Bali Best Snorkeling Spots

The best places for snorkeling in Bali are readily accessible; you only need to hit the seaside, don a mask, a snorkel and fins, and head into the water to enjoy beautiful underwater gardens teeming with tropical marine life. Besides being blessed with world-class surf breaks, Bali also has several beaches that feature natural wave barriers, which make for calm waters apt for this activity. We’ve shortlisted some of Bali’s best beaches that allow you to snorkel with ease. Snorkeling can become a great addition to your holiday beach experience. These snorkeling sites let you discover a different world; a treasure trove of natural wonders. This island eight degrees south of the equator has tropical waters and, being part of the world’s famous Coral Triangle, features sunken coral gardens filled with swaying anemone and some of the world’s rarest specimens of fish and marine life that you’d only encounter below the archipelagic waves.

Menjangan Island and Pemuteran

Menjangan Island

In stark contrast to the large waves that are common to the island’s southern coasts, Bali’s northern beaches feature a more tranquil seascape. Menjangan Island is right at the north-western tip of the West Bali National Park, with its coasts featuring shallow waters and great visibility. Under the surface are thriving coral gardens and great tropical marine habitats. Great retreats such as The Menjangan and Shorea Beach Resort offer guests activities amongst nature. Three kilometres east from Menjangan is Pemuteran, with surrounding waters home to a bio-rock coral reef project and several pearl farms. Read More...

Nusa Lembongan

The nearest offshore escape off the Bali mainland is Nusa Lembongan, only a 45-minute boat transfer southeast from the Sanur Beach or Benoa Harbour. The calm waters around Lembongan and its sister island, Ceningan, are the tending fields of local fishermen and seaweed farmers. Almost all of its western beaches - particularly the so-called Mushroom Bay and Dream Beach - are great for snorkelling. On its other coasts, low tide reveals pools that are also enticing, with fish trapped between coral gardens. Some of Nusa Lembongan’s beaches get no deeper than a metre during high tide, and visibility is great year round. Read More...

Amed and Tulamben

What the far eastern area of Bali lacks in with its dry, arid and bland volcanic topography, it greatly makes up for with its beautiful underwater scenery. Amed has an immense spread of coral reefs spanning its Jemeluk Bay. The Banyuning site is home to a Japanese shipwreck that is now a thriving habitat of tropical fish, napoleon wrasses and shy reef sharks. When the local fishermen don’t take out their traditional Balinese jukung outriggers to harvest the ocean, they provide charter trips for diving and snorkelling trips. Amed is also a perfect base to enjoy neighbouring Tulamben, where the US cargo shipwreck, the USAT Liberty serves as main attraction, only 15m from the shore. Read More...

Labuan Amuk Bay

Bali has much natural beauty under the sea, many underwater spots that have not been explored by many tourists. Labuhan Amuk is one of the hidden spots in Karangasem Regency, enjoy snorkeling with local people who really understand the condition of the sea in their own homes. Enjoy Labuan Amuk snorkeling with the best guides – a local family with over 40 years of experience of snorkeling on these reefs. Snorkel with the experts who have lived here for generations and who have an expert knowledge of the reef and conditions here – you will be assured of a safe and enjoyable experience.

Nusa Penida Island

Nusa Penida is the largest and most exotic of the three Nusa Islands, thanks to its collection of unique Hindu temples and picturesque natural features of cliff formations and lagoons. Lately, the island’s best known as the new sanctuary of the once endangered Bali Starling following a highly successful captive breeding program of the bird, which is originally an endemic species from the forested region of West Bali National Park. Close to Penida’s white sand beach of Crystal Bay, divers enjoy one of Bali’s best dive sites, where pristine coral reefs and Mola-Mola fish (also known as oceanic sunfish), manta rays, and, if you're really lucky, even whale sharks are some of its seasonal sights. Besides diving in Nusa Penida, You can also find great visibility for snorkelling right near the shoreline. Some local shops selling refreshments right on the beach make for wonderful chill out spots with sunset views.