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Chinese New Year in Bali : Unique Cultural Parallels with China

Chinese New Year in Bali

Chinese New Year is a widely celebrated occasion around the world, and Bali, Indonesia, is no different. The island celebrates Imlek with a captivating fusion of local and Chinese customs, showcasing its stunning landscapes and vibrant cultural heritage. It is intriguing to note that Bali and China have numerous cultural similarities despite their contrasting geographical locations.

Exploring the Intersection of Diving and Culture in Bali

Bali Diving offers a unique experience that goes beyond being a mere tourist attraction. It serves as a captivating convergence of different cultures. During Imlek, diving centers in Bali experience a surge of divers from different backgrounds, including a significant number from China, united by their love for the ocean. This convergence exemplifies the cultural harmony between Bali and China in a remarkable way.

Unlock the wonders of the deep with a PADI certification—your passport to the mesmerizing world beneath the waves.

Bali Diving provides a wide selection of diving courses that are certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the foremost organization for scuba diver training worldwide. These courses are designed to accommodate divers of all skill levels, from those just starting out to experienced professionals.

  1. Beginner Diver Course: Embark on your scuba diving journey with the PADI Open Water Diver course, designed for those new to the underwater world. This course covers both theoretical and practical aspects, allowing participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of scuba diving. It encompasses essential topics such as safety protocols and techniques for navigating underwater. Immersing oneself in Bali’s vibrant marine life is an incredible and enlightening experience.
  2. Take your diving skills to the next level with advanced and specialty courses. After becoming certified as an open water diver, you can further enhance your abilities and knowledge with the Advanced Open Water Diver course and a range of specialty courses. These programs offer divers the opportunity to explore their specific interests, such as deep diving, night diving, or underwater photography, all while being surrounded by Bali’s diverse marine life and vibrant underwater landscapes.
  3. Dive Master: Reaching the Peak of Amateur Diving: For individuals aspiring to elevate their passion to a professional level, the PADI Dive Master course represents the pinnacle of achievement. It helps develop strong leadership skills, enabling divers to effectively guide and motivate others. Immerse yourself in the course in Bali, where you’ll be surrounded by the vibrant culture and breathtaking underwater beauty. This unique experience offers a perfect blend of professional development and personal enrichment.

The cultural connection between Bali and China goes far beyond diving

Both regions prioritize spirituality, community, and the vibrant celebration of traditional festivals. In Bali, the celebration of Imlek is a lively display of lion dances, red lanterns, and various Chinese symbols, all harmoniously integrated with Balinese Hindu rituals and offerings. This cultural harmony exemplifies the profound respect and seamless integration of diverse cultural practices.


The celebration of Imlek in Bali goes beyond being just a festive season. It serves as a time to showcase the fascinating cultural similarities between Bali and China. Exploring the world of Bali Diving, from the initial stages of learning to the ultimate achievement of becoming a PADI-certified Dive Master, showcases a captivating blend of cultures. It represents a sense of togetherness, common interests, and the appreciation of differences amidst the expansive sky and the enigmatic ocean depths.

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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!!