Although scuba diving gives access to more freedom underwater, snorkeling in Bali is simple enough even for kids and thrilling enough to raise everyone’s interest. If you want to get introduced in scuba diving or get near some animal, snorkeling is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in nature.
Bali has stunning underwater gardens that appeal to snorkelers. The seas around Bali offer plenty of natural marine habitats, with sightings of some of the most unusual sea creatures in the world. (oceanic sunfish, sea turtle, reef shark, moray eel, and more)
Bali is a component of the Coral Triangle. It means that it is one of the most biodiverse marine zones of the planet.
Also, if you’ve been to Bali, you may have noticed that there are areas where the sea can have low visibility, rough, and certainly unpleasant for snorkeling.
So, if you are thinking about snorkeling in Bali’s coral reefs during your next vacation, we have selected the best snorkeling spots. You will see scenes that will create unforgettable memories.
Snorkeling in Bali is a fun activity accessible to all that requires little equipment. However, many overlook the risk associated with snorkeling. It is important to have in mind a certain point to practice the snorkeling safely:
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Padang Bai is a big scuba diving and snorkeling location in the mid-east of Bali. Famous for its proximity to Nusa Penida, Padang Bai has a great snorkeling sites. Blue Lagoon is the most popular snorkeling spot in Padang Bai.
Although the name is deceptive, Blue lagoon is a large bay with a shallow coral reef. It’s located just a few minutes from the main beach with the scenery of a postcard (clear water and bottom of white sand). Most of the time peaceful, and flat and filled with tropical fish, Blue lagoon gives plenty to skilled and novice snorkelers who want to get close to the wildlife.
Amed Beach, located on Bali’s eastern edge, is a volcanic black sandy beach. The beach is renowned for having a lot of great snorkeling spots. Additionally, Amed Beach’s landscape is exceptional, with a stunning view of Mount Agung.
Much less crowded than other beaches in southern Bali, this results in healthy natural seabed. During your snorkeling adventure, you can see an underwater temple and statues close to the surface. The coral reefs well protected is home of numerous species of fish like Angelfish, Blue Spotted Stingray, Batfish and Surgeonfish.
Tulamben is perhaps Bali’s most popular destination, thanks to the American cargo shipwreck, the USAT Liberty that was sunken by a Japanese submarine through the Lombok Strait during the Second World War.
The wreck’s bottom lies at about 30 m, allowing the deep portion of it reachable only to experienced freedivers and scuba divers. However, the top goes up to 5 m, in clear water, it’s possible to see most of the wreck.
The economy of Tulamben is strongly linked to the scuba diving industry, for that the residents have decided not to fish in the area. As a consequence, there has been a rise in the fish population.