Snorkeling in Bali opens a treasure trove of marine world – breathtaking lush coral gardens, swaying anemones and a vast variety of fish species being among the rarest on the globe. The paradisal island of Bali lies in tropical waters a bit South of the equator and is a part of well-known Coral Triangle featured by the largest biodiversity of pelagic life.
The Best Snorkeling In Bali
Nusa Dua possesses remote, peaceful and well-kept beaches being Bali’s very exclusive resort zone. Placed at the island’s South-East shore and protected by the Nusa Dua reef from the big swells coming from the open waters it is featured by calm and surgeless sea. The bay with azure waters is an ideal spot for snorkeling.
Opposite to the large waves common to the Bali’s South coastline, its North shoreline presents tranquil sea-piece. Menjangan Island is situated at the North-West point of West Bali National Park. This paradisal islet is blessed by crystal shallow waters with perfect visibility all year round. The turquoise waters shelter flourishing coral gardens and vibrant pelagic life. To reach Menjangan Island just take a boat of Labuhan Lalang port which is in proximity to Pemuteran Beach.
Pemuteran Bay located just 3 km East of the Menjangan Island is a prime Bali diving spot and refuge to the largest artificial coral reef on the globe. Thanks to year-round light waves stimulating the coral growth this bay possesses the biggest area of shallow coral reefs on the island of Bali. Over 2 dozens of bio-rock nurseries are set up around the 2-hectare coastal area beneath the surface of Pemuteran Bay. Snorkelers easily enjoy lush marine gardens nearby the coastline. Divers can go deeper and relish the amazing underwater realm where colorful schools of a tropical fish cruise among shrines and healthy corals thrive among the statues of goddesses. The site embraces areas for all levels divers including the deep reef for the most experienced (36 m deep) which is home to the giant sea fans, morays, and lobsters. You can join the project and plant a coral by installing a little wire structure made in the shape of your name which will be further covered with corals.
You will never forget your snorkeling in Bali if you once visit the stunning Nusa Islands – Lembongan, Ceningan, and Penida. Nusa Islands are the closest offshore escapes lying South-East from the Bali mainland. Hop onto a boat on the Sanur Beach or at Benoa Harbour, the trip takes 30-45 minutes only. Nearly all beaches on Lembongan’s and Ceningan’s West coast are great for snorkeling, particularly Dream Beach and Mushroom Bay. The waters around are shallow, visibility is perfect.
Nusa Penida is the biggest island of the three which is the paradise for diving in Bali. This is the place to meet some of the rarest marine species on the planet – the mysterious ocean sunfish, majestic manta rays and at times whale sharks. Penida has just a few snorkeling bays and mostly known as the destination for advanced divers. Most of the waters around Penida face the open Indian ocean and have strong currents. The most renowned dive sites are Crystal Bay and Manta Point. The best period to come is August – October when the visibility is 20 m deep. Boats to Penida departure from Lembongan dive resorts or from the Sanur and Padang Bai coast on the mainland.
Padang Bai locates on the Bali East shoreline and presents a wide range of wonderful snorkeling and diving spots teeming with amazing tropical marine life - Bias Tugel, Blue Lagoon, and Padang Bai itself. Currents in some areas may be strong. The greatest visibility is May - September.
Amed Beach and its Jemeluk Bay lie on the Bali’s East coast being well-known for a wide spread of lush coral gardens. 25 km North of Amed lies Tulamben with its famous shipwreck USAT Liberty which currently turned into a spectacular artificial coral reef. Except tons of bright tropical fish, you will enjoy sea turtles, rays, reef tip sharks, and vibrant corals.
Bali’s Weather & Snorkeling Conditions
The majority of the best snorkeling spots are easily accessible just from the Bali’s stellar beaches. Cross the beach, slip your fins, mask and snorkel, and dive into transparent azure water teeming with healthy corals and rainbow tropical fish.
The best time for snorkeling in Bali is during its dry season (April – September). However, the difference in the temperature between its dry and rainy seasons is very small if any and the average year-round temperature is +30oC.
How To Get To Bali?
Ngurah Rai International Airport is situated in Bali’s capital Denpasar. The airport serves quite a lot of international flights (mainly from Far East countries) along with a raw of domestic flights.
Java and Bali have a wonderful ferry connection, ferries cruise between Java’s Ketapang and Bali’s Gilimanuk ports. Ferries also connect Bali's Padang Bai and Lembar port on Lombok Island. Fast boats link Bali's Sanur Beach with Gili Islands.