Your Internship Experience - Dive Sites
Bali has some of amazingly diverse diving conditions and environments all in convenient, nearby locations. We have wrecks, caves, walls, slopes, drifts, pinnacles and bays all within a short distance from our dive base in Sanur.
Some of the sites feature visibility up to 40m with sharks, turtles, manta rays and oceanic sunfish. We train at sites which vary wildly in their conditions. Occasionally we seek out challenging currents and strong surge so you can learn to manage adverse conditions under the guidance of our professional development team.
Bali Dive Sites - Nusa PenidaLocated off the Southeast coast of Bali, the three islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida offer some of the most fantastic diving to be had in Indonesia. The massive reef of branching corals along the North coast of Nusa Penida is one of the healthiest reef systems I've seen in my career of diving.
Nusa Penida is also the most likely place to encounter the Oceanic Sunfish (mola-mola). The mola-mola is the largest bony fish in the sea, often measuring in excess of three meters tall. These gentle giants inhabit the waters around Bali year-round, but are most commonly seen each year from July to October.
On the Southwest coast of Nusa Penida, Manta point features, you guessed it, Manta rays- all year round. In addition to the Mantas and Mola-molas, the NP region boasts some of the most diverse marine populations in the area.
Bali Dive Sites - TulambenThe Northern side of Bali is dramatically different from the South due to its being the lee side of the island. The chain of volcanic mountains which run across Bali keep the Northern portions of Bali fairly dry. In contrast to the white sandy beaches of the South, the Northern beaches feature black volcanic sand and are an excellent habitat for macro life.
Easily the most popular dive site in Bali, the USAT Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben is a regular diving and training ground for Blue Season. We run trips to Tulamben almost every day- and for good reason. The exciting swim-throughs and dramatic backdrop of the wreck provide the perfect habitat for countless fish species including great barracuda, black-tip reef sharks, schooling trevally, parrotfish and much more.
Initially a casualty of a Japanese torpedo in WWII, this 120m long US Army Transport vessel was beached at Tulamben in 1945 where it sat until the tremors from the eruption of Mt. Agung in 1967 pushed it into the water. She lays partially on her starboard side, parallel to the beach. With depth ranging from 3m to 28m, this is a perfect training site and the calm conditions make it a perfect location for diving all year.
After your Wreck course, come have a dive with me on the Liberty and we'll penetrate some of the ridiculous little spots that few divers ever see. We also run overnight trips up to Tulamben about every month as the night diving there is considered by many to be the best in Bali.
Bali Dive Sites - SanurSanur Bay is another common training area for Blue Season Bali. Its proximity to our dive center makes it the perfect location to run all levels of diver training. Most commonly, we conduct Open Water, Rescue, Navigation, and Search & Recovery there.
Just outside the reef of Sanur Bay is Jaya di Wilis, an excellent macro diving site with heaps of nudibranches, huge coral bommies and exciting swim-throughs. One great aspect of Jaya di Wilis is that the conditions are variable and offer us the occasional chance to challenge candidates with limited visibility, surf and surge. Sure, diving in calm water with 40m visibility is great, but it doesn't always make great training for dive professionals. We aim to help you increase your confidence and ability in a variety of conditions.
Jaya di Wilis is also one of the locations where Blue Season Bali conducts its regular coral monitoring activities, providing valuable data to non-profit marine research organizations. Common encounters both inside Sanur reef and out include Lionfish, Nudibranches, Boxfish, Moray Eels and Banded Sea Snakes.
Bali Dive Sites - Padang BaiLocated on the South coast of Bali about an hour East of Sanur is Padang Bai. Literally "Field Bay" in Bahasa Indonesia, Padang Bai is known for its sloping reef walls and rare fish species.
The shallow reefs of sites like Blue Lagoon and Jepun make them excellent sites for diving and snorkeling alike with many juvenile individuals of various species regularly spotted there. A dive at Padang Bai will commonly produce sightings of Octopi, Cuttlefish, Squid, and Frogfish.
Bali Dive Sites - Gili-gili Tepekong, Biaha, dan Mimpang.These three islets ("gili"s) are just off the coast from Padang Bai and feature some great wall diving. Covered with hard corals, soft corals, sponges and fans, the steep underwater walls of these three islands make for some of the best drift diving in the area.
Gili Tepekong is famous for its cave (pictured top), which is home to resident white-tip reef sharks. The cave dive at Tepekong is widely considered one of the best dives in Bali and should not be missed!
Due to currents and the overhead environment, this site is reserved for our more experienced guests. It is just one more example of the wide variety of training conditions which will contribute to the completeness of your professional education here at Blue Season Bali.
Bali Dive Sites - Puri Jati (PJ)
PJ is the best macro dive site in Bali. Period. Ask experienced divers what their number one requirement of a divemaster is and they'll almost invariably tell you "to show me stuff!" Whether you like the big stuff or the small stuff, you need to learn how to show your guests what they want to see.
Want to know how to find Ornate Ghost Pipefish? Can do. What about Porcelain Crabs? Can do. Do you want to spot more Scorpionfish? We can help with that too. This site is one of the areas where we help candidates develop their ability to guide experienced divers and photographers- one of the more demanding aspects of a dive professional's job.
We regularly organize overnight intern trips up to PJ in order to conduct night diving specialty courses and to give additional exposure to the fantastic dive sites of North Bali. PJ is also the location of Blue Season Zen Resort, a yoga, massage and wellness retreat designed for divers and non-divers to relax in a serene environment.
Bali Dive Sites - MenjanganThe island of Menjangan off the Northwest tip of Bali is one site which can rival the wall diving of Tepekong. The fantastic reefs off the coast of this island are home to numerous species. I saw the largest Grey Reef Shark I have ever seen at Menjangan- a monster nearly 3m long!
Menjangan is an Indonesian National Park which makes it one of the most protected diving areas in the country. The number of fish to be seen on an average dive here is astounding. Plus, it's not just the fish that add to the excitement of diving in Menjangan- the entire south wall is littered with crevices and swim-throughs. Nice...
Bali Dive Sites - EXPLORATIONThere are many (I mean, many) areas of Bali and the surrounding region which are completely unexplored. Blue Season Bali has undertaken a campaign to actively search out unexplored dive sites and put them on the map. How would you like to be one of the first divers ever to dive a certain site? Yeah, I like it too.
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