Talking about tourism in Bali, it seems like a never-ending topic. There are so many things to talk about starting from the beauty of nature, the strong culture, the art as well as the underwater beauty. When it comes to underwater beauty, Bali is actually as famous as Raja Ampat in Papua. It is actually a famous and popular site for scuba diving and snorkeling for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Best Snorkeling Spots in Bali
The best locations for diving and snorkeling spread throughout this island of the Gods. If you wonder whether you will need to have a license to dive here, well, be at ease since this island provides diving spot not only for experts with a license but also for beginners who hold no diving license at all.
So where is the best snorkeling spot in Bali? As mentioned previously, there many famous spots for snorkeling in Bali, for example, Tumbalen, Amed, Lovina, Blue Lagoon, Sanur, and the list still continues. These spots have incredible underwater views. There is a place that even has a shipwreck inside. Without further ado, here is the list of the best snorkeling spot in Bali.
This is the diving spot is also very famous in other countries. Since the American photographer came to this place to make documentation for underwater photos, then the underwater nature at Tulamben beach started to become known by many people. The term often used for this dive site is Bali Reef Divers. What’s interesting in Tulamben Marine Park is the existence of the wrecked USAT Liberty went down in 1942. If you want to see the shipwreck, you need to dive in since snorkeling won’t do. However, Tulamben is suitable to be used as a snorkeling spot because of its stunning and clear underwater natural beauty. In addition, the coral reefs in this region are also very exotic, complete with the presence of marine life with all kinds of colors.
This diving area in Tulamben has also been used several times as a location for Bali’s unique prewedding photos because it shows the underwater beauty. If you are interested to go here, just go toward Karangasem in the eastern part of Bali. Once you are in Karangasem, you can also see the beauty of the land of Karangasem by visiting the Tirta Gangga water park which is still located in the same area as Tulamben.
Another famous snorkeling spot in Bali is Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Lembongan itself is one of a group of islands in Bali. To get here, the visitors can get on the boat from Sanur Harbor. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get there using a speed boat. People can do not only, but also other water sports activities. This snorkeling spot on Nusa Lembongan is also quite often visited by tourists. This is because the access is quite easy, and also the nature of its undersea is still natural.
Another name for the best snorkeling spot in Bali is Amed. This spot is also a favorite spot often visited by tourists, especially tourists who want to spend time in the east of Bali.
Amed has a very stunning panorama. Even visitors do not need to use a boat to cross to Amed for snorkeling because even on the seashore area has astonishing underwater scenery. The specialty of this snorkeling location is the existence of a former World War II shipwreck belonging to Japan. The spot is now known as Japanese Shipwreck.
For those of you who want to enjoy an underwater view, you are recommended to visit Menjangan Island for your snorkeling and diving activities. This snorkeling spot is not far from Gilimanuk, which is around 15 kilometers from the port. The island of Menjangan is located in the western part of Bali which borders with Buleleng. To be able to snorkel here, visitors have to take a boat that takes around 30 to 40 minutes. There is a resort that is super convenient for tourists. Underwater beauty, especially coral reefs, and coral gardens and various types of fish are just astounding.
Nusa Penida and Ceningan
Nusa Penida or Penida Island is very famous for its beautiful Bali snorkeling spots. If you want to dive here, you must have a professional diving license. You adapt to explore the underwater beauty if you dive at a depth of 5 to 25 meters below the sea. If you want to see the former and many sunfish and coral reefs, just come to Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. Your eyes will be spoiled by a very beautiful marine ecosystem.
Pemuteran is located in the North Bali region which is about 40 Km from the beach of Lovina. In Pemuteran you can find many lobsters, table corals, and lionfish. If you want to see the beauty of the inhabitants of the sea, you only need to swim on the beach. You can also snorkel on this very clear beach. Formerly, Pemuteran has no visitors due to the damaged coral, but after being redeveloped this place began to be crowded with tourists again
Blue Lagoon Bali is a beach paradise on the island of Bali. It has beautiful beaches and coral reefs that can be seen from the height of this beach. There are also black rocks to stand on where the visitors can see coral reefs from here. The presence of lava rock as the result of the great volcanic eruption adds the beauty of the blue lagoon beach.
Blue Lagoon is a favorite snorkeling spot in Bali with perfect rock, stranded in shining white sand. Crystal clear water, sandy bottom, and bright light make this tourist destination a popular place for taking underwater photos. As you can imagine, there are various kinds of fish found here such as Butterfly Fish, Angelfish, Parrot Fish, Lion Fish, and much more. Don’t forget to look for squid that is often seen here floating in the water. You can see them changing colors to disguise themselves or to scare other animals. If you are lucky you can see turtles and reef sharks.
Blue lagoon Padangbai without a doubt is the best snorkeling spot on Bali Island and the location is easy to reach and very strategic.
Tanjung Benoa Beach
This place is not exactly a place for professional divers. The location is indeed intended as part of the amusement for tourists. The diving activity in Tanjung Benoa is called “sea walker” attraction and you don’t have to bother about carrying oxygen cylinders or breathing from your mouth here. Just wear a “glass helmet” and you breathe as you normally would on land. Then go down to a depth of 7 meters to see the beauty of the marine, coral and coral gardens accompanied by professional divers. In addition, around this beach, there are also many coral reefs that you can explore by snorkeling.
Sanur also holds a view of its beautiful coral reefs. This location is the same Tanjung Benoa for it is just another water tourism alternative or water recreation for tourists. This marine park on Sanur beach is not that big and the sea conditions depend on the current. To do snorkeling during a strong current can be very unpleasant because the water gets feculent.
Jemeluk Bay is near Amed. Jemeluk Bay is also one of the best snorkeling locations in Bali. The specialty is visitor can snorkel on a cape. The current on this bay is rather calmer compared to the usual beaches. Therefore, visitors who snorkel in Jemeluk Bay can do the activity without having to worry about being carried away by the waves.
There is also one snorkeling spot that gives a view of the underwater temple. Next to its beautiful underwater view, the beach in Jemeluk Bay also has a beautiful white sand beach which makes it a well-recommended beach for visitors.
Lovina Beach is also one of the beaches of which name is quite famous. It earns its fame due to the beauty of the beach is very beautiful. People who come to Lovina can choose between snorkeling and just enjoying the beach. To do snorkeling on Lovina Beach, you can rent snorkeling equipment as well as boats that will help you find the best snorkeling spots. Usually, there are guides available for visitors who need help.
The specialty of the snorkeling spot in Lovina is its beautiful coral reef, complete with various fish and another marine biota which adds to the beauty of the underwater scenery.
Candidasa is a city located on the coast, on the edge of a freshwater lagoon. Candidasa is known as an alternative for a quieter place to relax. The snorkeling spot here is quite interesting. It offers the beauty of the underwater world which is quite often used as a place for prewedding. The snorkeling spot in Candidasa is pretty challenging because the current is quite strong, the water is cold, and has steep walls that are suitable for professional divers. Visitors who snorkel here will get unforgettable new experiences, witnessing amazing coral reefs and a variety of unique marine life.
Serangan is the name of an island that can be reached from Denpasar quite easily. The island is not too crowded because it is still rather unknown to some of the tourists.
Serangan, although relatively unknown, has a snorkeling area with beautiful coral reefs that are waiting to be explored. The name of the area is the Underwater Safari Park. There are various types of marine life.
This snorkeling location is conservation owned by local fishermen. The aim is to restore the natural values around the island Serangan which is almost endangered by the reclamation carried out in the area.
Finding the best snorkeling spot in Bali is not that hard because the island has many which can accommodate both professionals and beginners.