Bali has become famously popular over the last few years and known for its vibrant marine life, an exuberance of various species of sharks, and incredible culture. Above all, Bali has also become known for its ridiculously low travel and accommodation fares and has oftentimes been ranked as one of the lowest exotic destinations. In fact, there are last-minute deals that can be found for under a thousand dollars for a four-night stay, making this the perfect last-minute trip for someone who simply just needs to get away.
If you’ve ever had the joys of learning how to scuba dive, chances are you’ve also explored the wonders of the deep blue sea. Though this may be the first time visiting an exotic location or taking the plunge into putting on the scuba gear with an assisted guide, it’s normally due to an intriguing wonder about what truly lies beneath the ocean.
The Indian Ocean is home to over five hundred species of sharks, but one four of them are known to be dangerous to divers and beach-goers. But, most phenomenally, Bali is also home to marine life that can only be found in that region like the Hawksbill Turtle. Let’s explore the hidden wonders of Bali.
Exploring An Untouched Piece Of Treasure At Menjangan Island
The Menjangan Island lies just a few miles from Bali and means “deer” in Javanese, one of the official dialects in Indonesia and closest to Balinese. Many boats line the beach of Menjangan Island’s white sandy beach and tourists are likely to see herds of deer sunbathing by the water.
However, the most popular excursion that Menjangan Island has to offer is the ability to scuba dive and snorkel, on this secluded island, to discover the diverse marine life. Luckily, as the Menjangan Island is mostly uninhabited, the reefs and water are surprisingly well-preserved. When visiting Menjangan Island, one will find seven various diving sites that range from fifteen to fifty meters deep. These diving sites offer an exclusive view of a hundred and fifty years old ship that can be found forty meters deep, called Anker Wreck. In addition, there is also an eel garden.
When snorkeling or scuba diving Menjangan Island, divers will find a bed of soft coral before a small reef drop off into schools of green Chromis, sergeant majors, parrotfish, butterflyfish, angelfish and various clownfish in their anemones. Above all, divers may have a chance to see majestic sea turtles.
Enjoy A Little Muck Diving At Seraya Secrets With Black Volcanic Sand
The Seraya Secrets diving site has been ranked one of the greatest dives in the world, ranking with a five star and a “once in a lifetime” rating to see incredible marine life, with little to no current and perfect visibility. Overall, the Seraya Secrets have been known to be the best macro diving and muck diving experience in Bali, and even more so for night diving adventures where photographers and divers alike can capture the best photography of the deep blue sea.
At the bottom of a ten-meter dive, divers will be welcomed with thick black sand with friendly creatures lurking at the bottom of the sand. These creatures are unlike any of the ones you’ll see swimming around anemones and corals near the top. Because the bottom is so sandy and murky, there can be a challenging visibility aspect, but for those with an experienced belt, you’ll know exactly what to do to get the best shot!
Overall, divers will be welcomed with a variety of seahorses, octopus, firefish, frogfish, shrimps, puffers, lionfish and more. It is an absolute delight to dive into the Seraya Secrets.
Discover The Most Famous Wreck Sites At USAT Liberty Wreck
Get ready to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity, diving among some of the most beautiful sea creatures in the world that have made their homes in an abandoned shipwreck that was torpedoed in the 1940s by a Japanese submarine that was later brought to the underworld by an erupted volcano twenty years later. The USAT Liberty can now be found close to thirty-five meters below the ocean, hovering over a black sandy bottom.
Tropical sea life and corals can now be found throughout the abandoned wreck, adding fluorescent color and life to this gloomy ship carcass. Divers have had an unforgettable time diving to the depths of this shipwreck for stunning photography and even a refreshing night dive.
The USAT Liberty Wreck houses and is surrounded by a variety of marine life such as garden eels, reef sharks, turtles, parrotfish, barracudas and many more.
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Swim With These Large Beauties At Manta Point
For experienced divers, the Manta Point in Nusa Penida is another excellent destination to visit majestic manta rays and incredible marine life. At first dive, divers will be welcomed with a garden of colorful corals, clear visibility and no current. There is access to the dive at Manta Point throughout the year, however, the best time to see these giant animals is between March and June.
These Manta Rays are generally white and grey and span close to 9-meters long, though some black Mantas can be found. Mantas are also well-known for swimming along a divers’ side, getting up close and personal with each diver. Unfortunately, Manta Point is also extremely busy, scaring off some of the more timid Mantas of the sea and because of a large number of boats, they can make the current a little choppier at the beginning.