The Australian Division of BIDP was formed in 2009 in response to increasing interest from Australian divers for dive holidays in Bali.
Our Australian manager, Rob Morley: a qualified SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor; PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer; and qualified Technical Diver. His passion and knowledge regarding the world class diving Bali has to offer is second to none.
Rob Morley: “To provide a local point of contact for our Aussie Clients. Be they individuals, clubs, dive shops or wholesalers with prompt, reliable service and communication.”
We have an incredible diversity of diving and dive sites here in Bali. There are dozens of sites along Bali’s north and east coasts. There is truly something for every diver of every skill level.
The wall diving at Menjangan Island, which is part of the Bali Barat National Park and a National Marine park, has arguably, the best coral gardens in Bali. The dives at Menjangan are mainly gentle drift dives suitable for both novices under supervision and experienced divers. Menjangan Island is best experienced on a multi-day dive safaris, as it is a four to five hour drive from the southern tourist area.
The beautiful USAT Liberty wreck is Bali’s best-known dive site. Torpedoed whilst enroute from Australia to the Philippines by a Japanese submarine during World War II, the Liberty was beached at Tulamben whilst under tow to Singaraja for repairs. Her cargo was salvaged and she was stripped of her fittings. In 1968 an eruption of the nearby Gunung Agung, Bali’s largest active volcano, cause the Liberty to slip off the beach and break up. Today, her stern is in 6m of water and the bow is at 30m depth. The nutrient rich currents of the Bali Sea have helped turn the Liberty in to a spectacular artificial reef. CNN has rated the Liberty as number 21 of the world’s top 50 dives. Tulamben is a 3-hour drive from Sanur each way, so it is best enjoyed on a multi-day dive safari.
To the east of Bali accessed from Sanur or the Candi Dasa/Padangbai locality lie three islands, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Nusa Penida is the largest of the islands and has a great diversity of diving. Most are drift dives, which can be a little more challenging than those found at Menjangan due to stronger currents and deep water. From July through to November, with peak season in September, Crystal Bay plays host to the majestic Mola mola or Oceanic Sunfish. These large pelagics rise out of the chilly depths between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan to be cleaned at a cleaning station located at around 30m of depth at Crystal Bay. The current here is usually quite strong and with water temperature around 20 – 22 degrees. This is cold by Bali standards where the water temperatures range from 26 – 29 degrees most of the year.
Also located on the shores of Nusa Penida is a Manta Ray cleaning station. Manta Point is a shallow (12m) dive and is often colder than other Bali dive sites. It is also subject to lower visibility than the typical 20 – 40m viz and seasonally strong surge. It is worth the slight discomfort caused by the conditions as the Mantas come to be cleaned. Often a dozen or more Mantas can be seen here. June to August is the best time for Mantas, but they can be seen year round at this site.
Dedicated Muck divers have a lot of choice in Bali. The warm shallow waters of Secret Bay in the far northwest near the town of Gilimanuk, have a wonderful diversity of macro life. Like wise at Puri Jati, on Bali’s central north coast. The patient observer may find the fantastic Flamboyant Cuttlefish and Mimic Octopus here. Closer to Sanur and just a few minutes drive from Tulamben are the black sand slopes of Seraya. Rhinopias aphanes aka the Weedy Scorpionfish have been found here. Quite apart from the dedicated muck diving locations, the reefs abound with dozens of different nudibranchs, squat lobsters, whip coral shrimps, Pygmy seahorses and tiny colourful triple fins and gobies to name but a few. If it’s macro images you are after, the keen eyes of our qualified dive professionals will find you the critter shots of a lifetime!
Tech divers are well catered for by BIDP. We have Nitrox and Trimix available for those qualified in these gases. BIDP was the first Balinese dive centre to offer Nitrox and Trimix. The founder of BIDP, Avandy Djunaidi is a qualified Tech instructor and is always up for a dive with his customers, but be warned, his video camera is never far away! There are suitable wrecks at Menjangan, Celukan Bawang near Lovina and in the deep waters off the Tulamben drop-off. In these colder, deep waters, our tech divers from time to time encounter Mola mola. Bali’s dive sites are always full of surprises!
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