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Snorkeling in Bali, check this guide!

Snorkeling in Bali

Snorkeling in Bali is a good Idea, Bali’s coast is best known for its great surf beaches, but it is also known as a great place to dive because it has a lot of different kinds of dive spots. But if you don’t want to wear a tank on your back and learn how to SCUBA, Bali’s underwater world has a lot to offer snorkelers of all levels, from those who have never done it before to those who have been doing it for years.

Scientists think that Bali and all of Indonesia are part of the “coral triangle.” This means that they are in the area with the most marine life diversity in the world.
Still, if you’ve been to Bali, you know that the water can be rough and murky in some places, making snorkeling a bad idea.

So, if you want to spend your next vacation exploring Bali’s coral reefs, you’ll need to know where to go first.

Explore our list of Bali’s 7 best snorkeling spots, and you’ll find pristine reefs with crystal clear water, WWII shipwrecks, baby sharks and giant mantas, and even the largest man-made coral reef in the world!

Put on a mask, snorkel, and fins, and jump right in. Bali’s underwater world has a lot more to offer than you might think.

The wreck of the USAT Liberty and The Coral Garden – Tulamben

1-a. See beautiful coral and fish at the Wreck of the USAT Liberty, Tulamben.

Tulamben is probably the most well-known place for divers in Bali because it is home to the wreck of the USAT Liberty, an American warship that was sunk in the Lombok Strait during World War II.

The Liberty made it to Bali in the end, but it had taken on too much water and ran aground near Tulamben, where it sank.The bottom of the wreck is at about 30m, so only advanced SCUBA divers and expert freedivers can get to the deep parts. However, the top of the wreck goes up to 5m, and when the water is clear, you can see most of the huge 125m long wreck from the surface.

The best thing about the Liberty for snorkelers, though, is the huge number of fish that have made it their home. The wreck is now an artificial reef that is completely covered with bright, healthy coral.

Because the dive industry is a big part of Tulamben’s economy, the locals have agreed not to fish on or near the wreck. As a result, the number of fish has grown a lot.

The Liberty is easily one of the best places to snorkel in Asia. It is full of reef fish and has a lot of interesting history.

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Naomi BuickNaomi Buick
09:35 17 Aug 23
This dive was the experience of a lifetime! Sensational coral, colourful fishes everywhere and a shipwreck to explore. Ketut my dive master was exceptional and helped me so much. Bail Diving went above and beyond. Tulumben is such a cool place to be. I highly recommend this as a ‘Must Do’ dive.
Alessa KAlessa K
13:47 16 Aug 23
Had a really great first diving experience. Chris is the BEST! Never left my side, always made sure that I’m fine and was so patient and considerate. I felt comfortable and safe all the time. My boyfriend didn’t feel good at the beginning. Chris tried to make him feel better and brought him back to the shore with me as he wanted to quit. Our driver Putu was also super kind and funny. Would definitely recommend Bali Diving to everyone. Especially for first time divers like me. Thank you!!
Emma PechEmma Pech
00:43 01 Aug 23
Amazing experience, staff are very friendly and helpful, they pointed out different locations and beaches along the way and answered any questions we had.I loved how small the group was, it didn’t feel like a big tourist thing, it felt intimate. The Snorkel instructor pointed out lots of turtles and other sea life.We were lucky enough to see 4 Manta Rays. Best experience of my life!It is a big day, so pack extra snacks for yourself, extra warm clothes and extra sunscreen.We will defiantly be doing this again.
Elizabeth XieElizabeth Xie
12:15 14 Jul 23
The couches are super friendly and helpful. Very convenient for pick up and drop off service. You should all try and ask them for renting a GoPro to record this amazing experience. Will sure to go back.
Hannah GolankaHannah Golanka
23:50 21 Jun 23
These are the best people ever. Every single person who works here is not only kind but knowledgeable and helpful beyond belief. I couldn’t be happier with my first week in Bali and it is all thanks to Bali diving. I got my open water and advanced in the time I asked for, and made many friends in the process - I cannot say enough about how lovely the entire crew is. If you are considering which dive shop to do, go here, they will take the best care of you. I only wish I could dive with them for longer!! Also their cat is cute, bonus.
Justin WoerleeJustin Woerlee
10:09 19 May 22
Went diving with my wife with this dive school. We went to Nusa Pelida to Manta Point, and two points up north.Our guide, Agus, was extremely professional and thoughtful of us and took good care guiding my partner in these waters as currents can be very strong. Honestly, this was among the best diving I've done in my life.We saw manta rays, giant turtles, and a ton of fish. We even had to hold on to rocks as the current got so strong that we were waving like flags hanging onto these rocks.At all times we felt safe as Agus was extremely knowledgeable of these waters and had a good eye on us.Lunch on the boat was simple and wonderful.Thank you so much guys for giving us this wonderful diving experience. Next time I'm in Bali, i'll be sure to visit you again.
Yasmin ChaerunissaYasmin Chaerunissa
05:48 29 Mar 21
Amazing!I had my diving course and did my first dive with Bali Diving. At first, I learned it in the swimming pool, then to Padang Bai, and Tulamben (USAT Liberty Shipwreck). And it's so much fun!As someone with zero diving experience, the explanation from the dive instructor, Bli Ketut Latra, was very clear and easy to understand. Whenever I felt nervous, he could calm me down and made me excited to master the diving skills. Bli Ketut was also fun to talk with during the trip. He is the best!The staff from Bali Diving are also very friendly and helpful. They have diving masks for people with glasses (my eyes are -4). And at that time I was able to use it at no extra cost! However, there was additional cost for the diving documentation.During the diving course, everything had been prepared: transportation, diving equipment, lunch. I just needed to bring a towel and sunscreen.Anyway, I highly recommend Bali Diving for anyone who wants to learn or try diving.Thank you, Bali Diving!
Julija KazakovaJulija Kazakova
03:42 09 Jan 21
We enjoyed diving in US liberty wreck with these guys. They are real professionals and good people. The trip was fun and friendly. Highly recommended! Will definitely dive with them again.
Nick GavrilovNick Gavrilov
10:59 29 Dec 20
- Amazing service including transfer from and to the hotel, breakfast in a restaurant.- Very good guidance by a guy named Ferry, he was walking us throughout the entire diving process.- Professional equipment- Great location for beginners called Padang bay, saw lots of different kinds of fish, big turtle, sea star etc10/10! Highly recommended! Thank you for such an amazing experience!
Jack OstwaldJack Ostwald
10:42 25 Jan 20
Very friendly staff and professional team. I had not dived for 22 years and was well looked after by Ketut on staff during two dives on the USAT Liberty Wreck.. I had a fantastic experience and will be back to dive with this centre again. The equipment was suitable and it was great to be back under water again! Thank you and Mkasih banyak. Mantul!!