Best Dive Schools in Bali

Summer year-round, warm water throughout and a fantastic & unique marine world – what conditions could be better for diving?

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Whether you’re a seasoned diver or want to get started, Bali is the perfect place to do so. Besides that a trip to the island is already a fantastic experience in itself, you’ll be surprised about the diverse underwater world – from countless colourful fishes over rays and harmless sharks to mesmerizing corals. As Bali is just about 8 degrees south of the equator you can expect everywhere around the island warm water temperatures, speaking you acclimatize easily to your first dive. Moreover, the reefs are quite shallow (currents are almost none-existent), which again makes it easier when you dive for the very first time.

Another plus is the possible exploration of the torpedoed U.S. Liberty which sits off the coast of Tulamben as it doesn’t require a deep dive or any specific experience. Oh and don’t forget the actual underwater creatures and beautiful marine life here, such as the Great Barracuda, Napoleon Wrasse, mantas or the rare Mola-Mola that periodically frequents Bali.

Now you may think that you’re not having enough time to get licensed as diver – the good news are that you don’t need more than four full days to complete a PADI Open Water Diver course which you can then use anywhere else in the world.

Let’s dive in – here are the best dive schools in Bali:

  1. Bali Scuba

Bali Scuba is a PADI certified diving school located in Denpasar and just a stone’s throw away from the beach. They offer courses for beginners from $ 149 (“Discover Scuba”) to $ 549 (“Open Water Course”) in addition to several courses for advanced divers and those planning on becoming an instructor. Bali Scuba is also home to the island’s biggest onsite dive training pool.

Contact: +62 (0) 361 288610 Email: letsdive@baliscuba.com

  1. Bali Reef Divers – Amed

Amed is known for its laid back atmosphere and crystal clear water with the stunning backdrop of Mount Agung. The underwater world here is beyond amazing, no currents and even a shipwreck that can be easily reached. Bali Reef Divers offers a series of courses for experienced divers and beginners. The classic PADI Open Water Diver costs $ 320 and consists of several pool sessions plus four open water dives. You can even sign-up for the PADI eLearning theory course, speaking you can even learn before you arrive and thus, have more time for diving. Bali Reef Divers offers also custom-made dive safaris around other Indonesian islands.

Contact: +62 (0) 819 9938 6426 Email: amed@balireefdivers.com

  1. Adventure Scuba Diving

Located in vibrant Seminyak, Adventure Scuba Diving is perfect for those who want to learn diving while not spending too much time away from Bali’s main attractions. The PADI certified dive center is known for its friendly staff and professional service. Prices are reasonable and start from $ 260 (PADI Scuba Diver) or $ 360 (Open Water). For the more experienced divers, Adventure Scuba Diving offers several adventure dives like night dives and deep dives (30m) as well speciality courses such as the PADI Rescue Diver Course or PADI Nitrox/Enriched Air Diver Course.

Contact: +62 (0) 877 60 10 2000 Email: info@adventure-scuba-diving.com

  1. Bali Diving

Known as one of the longest established dive centers in Bali, Bali Diving offers everything for starters and pros, from single dives to dive safaris. Their dives are not limited to just one area in Bali, but can be taken around the island. Their Open Water Course costs $ 399 and includes the necessary paperwork, equipment, hotel pick-up and drop-off, lunch, pool sessions and, on the final day, even a wreck dive to the U.S. Liberty. Further courses for experienced divers are available, as well several dive safaris around Bali.

Contact: +62 (0) 361 270 791 Email: sales@balidiving.com

  1. Bali Bubbles Dive Center

Bali Bubbles offers certified SSI and PADI courses. Their Open Water Course costs $ 275 and can be completed within 3-4 days. Advanced Dive Courses include SSI Advanced Adventurer, SSI Specialty Diver or SSI Master Diver. They also have arrangements with several hotels that offer special rates including dives.

Contact: +62 (0) 363 421 96 Email: info@bali-bubbles.com

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