Mother nature is a force to be reckoned with. She is the single most skilled artist whose work never ceases to amaze us. From mountain tops and canyons to vast meadows and seasides, her portfolio is overwhelming, to say the least. However, even though it’s possible to find beauty in almost every nook and cranny of planet earth, some places, like Bali, can only be described as Mother nature’s masterpieces. This time, however, instead of undermining her expressive feats by solely focusing on the surface, let’s explore the stupendous and awe-inspiring ambiances found underneath her endless blue canvas. Let’s go face-to-face with Bali’s underwater paradise.
Scuba Diving in Bali
In the last few decades, Bali’s contribution to the world of tourism grew immensely and not without a reason. Namely, regardless of your preferable outdoor activities or types of sites, you like to visit, Bali offers everything. One could even argue that Bali’s assortment is second to none. Be it active volcanoes, mesmerizing coral reefs, gorgeous beaches, bone-chilling mountain peaks, you name it, it has it.
However, what’s often unjustly unmarketed and underrepresented, is Bali’s seabed which beautifully lends itself to scuba diving. Granted, the most splendid diving sites are often found far away from the central tourist areas located on the southern side of the island. Atop of that, it’s a painful experience to get to the diving sites in the first place due to Bali’s poor roads. Nevertheless, nothing in this world will ever be more worth your while. Trust us on that.
Therefore, in case you’re an avid diver in search for some amazing diving spots where you can test your newly acquired under $500 watch, here are the top three scuba diving sites Bali has to offer.
Tulamben USAT Liberty Ship Wreck
If you ever asked yourself, what’s the most famous wreck dive in the world, we’re here to tell you that it’s the USAT Liberty dive. The USAT Liberty was an American Army ship built in 1918 which served both in the first and the second World War. A Japanese submarine torpedoed it in 1942 leaving it unfit to perform its duties. Following the attack, the ship was beached on the island of Bali. However, it’s the volcanic eruption in 1963 that changed its location from the beach on to the merciless seafloor.
The most beautiful thing about this wreck dive is that it’s suitable even for the beginner diver. On top of that, given Bali’s climate, one could easily rejoice in this activity both in January and June. The wreck is located near the shore of Tulamben, a small fishing village on the northeast side of the island. When you get there, you’re free to choose between two different options. First is to explore the shallow part of the wreck which lies only 13 feet deep, whereas the second one takes you all the way down to 100 feet. Whichever option you settle for, you’ll be faced with an incredible marine paradise.
This site is great especially for those who’re into underwater photography. There are sea fans, both hard and soft corals, anemones, gorgonians, and a number of tropical fish such as Barracudas, Jacks, Lizardfish, and many more.
The Canyon – Gili Tepekong
Most passionate divers are familiar with the notorious canyon of the Gili Tepekong 984 feet long rock. It is often regarded as one of the most, if not the most dangerous diving site in Bali. The reason for its reputations lies in the fierce currents surrounding it. You see, the canyon is often referred to as “The Toilet.” That’s just how strong the currents are. Not a single soft coral can be found down there.
For that particular reason, beginner and even intermediate divers cannot mess with this diving site. However, as it’s often the case, the more nature tries to repel humans from penetrating her most cherished corners, the more treasure she hides there. The canyon of Gili Tepekong is a perfect case in point.
Some even say that the canyon, unlike no other diving site, showcases the abundance of schooling fish surrounding Bali. Most notable ones being white tip reef sharks, groupers, sweet lips, and jacks. If you ever thought about swimming with some of the most beautiful sea creatures in a Roman-like amphitheater, rest assured that it can become reality.
The Tulamben Wall
Lastly, we have the almighty Tulamben wall. Here’s another diving site suitable for divers of all skill levels. It’s a true pleasure to explore this incredible location due to the lack of currents swirling things into oblivion. The wall itself is located at the southern end of the Tulamben bay and is formed by three distinct lava spurs all of which are covered with corals.
The main characteristic of this great wall is its drop. Basically, you start your dive at a very shallow but steep sand slope and work your way down to the wall’s bottom at 196 feet. Along the way, you’re exposed to many forms of stone and soft corals, shrimps, crinoids, and a myriad of fish including blacktip reef sharks, big bumphead parrotfish, big filefish, large moray eels, and many other.
A True Paradise on Earth?
After you’ve visited Bali, one conclusion becomes apparent. Instead of daydreaming about owning a time-machine that can take you to a whole new dimension, it’s easier to simply go diving in Bali. A whole new world awaits there. A world disguised solely in beauty.