Famous for its beautiful surf beaches, the coast of Bali has much more to offer, especially to a snorkeling enthusiast. Doesn’t matter if you are a new bee testing the waters or you are a seasoned snorkeler comfortable beneath the sheet of the sea level, Balis offers something for all. The best part is the diversity, you cannot possibly imagine what you could find under the sea level, it’s a whole world out there a hidden civilization. It’s a magnificent diving destination but for the ones not that keen on carrying a tank on their back and getting deep into Scuba, Bali’s underwater will not disappoint. For the ones not much into the technicalities of the sports of snorkeling, Bali is the go to place.
Bali is considered to be in the ‘Coral Triangle’ by the scientists and that means Bali has the most amazing splendor of marine biodiversity in the whole of the world.
But it’s not all turquoise blue, the waters in Bali can turn rough and you need to know your way around before you head straight. If you know exactly where to look for under the skin of the water you will find an enormous bio-diversity, the absolutely breathtaking coral reefs, crystal clear waters, baby sharks, WWII shipwreck and giant mantas and above all, the largest man-made coral reef in the world!
Gorgeous spots to go snorkeling in Bali
Want to explore the underwater world and the blue waters of Bali? These ultimate spots will fill you thrill and joy. Go, explore the stories buried in water.
1. Wreck of the USAT Liberty, Tulamben
While you dive in, watch out for the vibrant coral reef and marine life at the Wreck of the USAT Liberty in Tulamben. It is one of the most popular spots among divers in Bali. Here under the water you will find the wreck of American warship, the USAT Liberty. The ship was torpedoed during WWII as it was traversing the Lombok Strait. Though the ship Liberty eventually made it as far as Bali but by then it has already taken on too much water, it was then beached off Tulamben and fin.
If you are not an advance scuba diver or a freediver it is probably a bit of a stretch for you to try and get to the bottom of the wreck located 30 m deep but the top of the wreck reaches up to 5m underwater. When the water is clearer much of the wreck’s 125 m stretch can be seen from the surface.
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2. The Coral Garden, Tulamben
Theres more to Tulamben than the Liberty shipwreck, in fact, the highlight for snorkeler is the flamboyant Coral garden. It’s a shallow reef that is almost on the surface and you can see its wonders as soon as you get into the water. It’s a mixture of man-made coral reefs and organic ones. It’s a 150 reef with both soft and hard corals spreading across from 3m down till 12m. At different hours of the day you can see different schools of butterflyfish and damselfish, clownfish, eels, octopus, squid, barracuda and may be even trevally.
Don’t forget to look for the ‘underwater temple’ which is now blossoming with colourful marine vegetations.
3. Manta Point, Nusa Penida
Manta Point is just off the coast of Nusa Penida and it is the only destination in Bali where you get to see the population of huge reef manta rays. Manta rays are funny creatures; they are the gentle giants of the seas known for their friendly approach to humans and curiosity. They emerge from deep get their skin plucked of parasites by a resident army of the cleaner fishes. These cleaner fishes stay at the coral mound just a little below the surface. You can see the amazing eco-system as you see these Manta rays continuously circling the coral mound to get their skin cleaned by the cleaner fishes, and being so close to the surface this entire episode can be witnessed by the snorkelers.
4. Mangrove Point, Nusa Lembongan
Famous for its natural nursery for the baby fishes the reefs around Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, often get hit by strong currents and this poses a challenge to the snorkelers at times making it even unsafe. But the main snorkeling sight is the Mangrove Point which is located on the north side of Nusa Lembongan and in this side the currents are gentler and perfect for snorkeling. As the name suggests, the sigh is popular for the mangrove population nearby serving as a shallow nursery for thousands of baby fishes before they venture out into strong currents.
5. Pos Dua, Menjangan Island
This one is considered to be one of the most pristine snorkeling destinations in Bali as you get to see and swim across an abyss with incredible visibility! The place offers a variety of under crowded coral reefs. And the absolute spectacle is Pos Dua which is especially popular for being unreal in its visibility with which you can see as deep as 40m down or more at times.
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6. The Coral Garden, Menjangan Island
Here is yet another ‘coral garden’ and this one’s at the north-west Coast of Menjangan Island. It is arguably the best spot for snorkeling for beginners and experienced divers alike. It is famous for being the ocean garden with the wild sea turtles.
7. Wrecked WWII Japanese patrol boat – Lipah Bay, Amed
It’s a black sand bay and the waters are tranquil, located by the bay near the town of Amed. Here you can see wonderful reef with hard and soft corals. And, Lipah Bay also happens to be the last resting place for the wrecked WWII Japanese patrol boat. It’s very easy to reach as the top of the wreck is just at 6m down and the bottom is at 12 m. The entire wreck can be easily seen from the surface on a day with a good visibility. It’s absolutely accessible to freedivers.
8. Crystal clear sapphire waters at Jemeluk Bay, Amed
For easy snorkelers, the Jemeluk Bay, near the township of Amed is the best bet. This also happens to be one of the most picturesque beaches in Bali. The waters here are crystal clear and blue.
9. The largest Biorock artificial reef project in the world – Biorock Reefs, Pemuteran
Located off the coast of a small fishing village on the remote north east coast of Bali is the beautifully scenic Pemuteran Bay. The bay is famous for sheltering one of the largest Biorock artificial reef project in the world. A biorock is a kind of cement-like substance using which marine engineers can create structures that will eventually be the habitat for corals, clams, oysters, and other marine creatures. This way the coral reefs previously decimated by waves can be brought back to life. To add to the snorkeling fun one can also explore sea turtles, reef sharks and on their lucky days even the whale sharks.
10. Snorkel with the sharks – ‘Shark Island’, Serangan
To save the near extinction of the common reef sharks that once prowled the coral reef of Bali, the initiative of “Bali Shakrs” offers a sanctuary for baby sharks and for snorkelers it’s double the fun, they get to swim with the sharks. The founders of this initiative, “Bali Sharks” have created an artificial shark island in Serangan. These beautiful black and white tip reef sharks are kept securely in large sea pens in the open ocean. The healthy once are eventually released back into the ocean. Once you see these incredible creatures up close you will never be scared of a shark again!
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