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10 Best Snorkeling Locations in Bali

JalanJalanMen! - The charm of the beauty of the exotic underwater world of Bali is already well known to foreign countries.

In Bali, we can also find snorkeling and diving spots that offer a wealth of underwater biota.

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You don't need a diving certificate to snorkel, Folks. Because this water activity is intended for beginners and general tourists.

For those of you who want to go to Bali to snorkel, the dry season is the right time to really enjoy the scenery. Because during the dry season, usually the sea water will be clearer.

The dry season in Bali is actually the same as most areas in Indonesia, from April to October.

Even though outside that time frame you can still snorkel. Just don't forget to check the weather forecast for that day. 

The Most Beautiful Snorkeling Locations in Bali

Below are 10 of the best snorkeling locations in Bali which have the most enchanting and exotic underwater beauty. 

1. Nusa Penida

  • How to get to Nusa Penida . You can depart from Sanur and travel 45 minutes by boat .
  • The price of snorkeling in Nusa Penida is around 900 thousand rupiah per person for one person. However, if you go with 1 or 2 friends, it will be cheaper around IDR 575,000.

This place has known for Exotic island off the coast of Bali with unique Hindu temples, rainforested hills & clear water. This is a cool spot for snorkeling in east Bali. To get to this place, you can depart from Sanur and travel 45 minutes by boat .

There are two famous spots that are most often the center of tourist attention, Manta Point and Crystal Bay, both of which are located in the southern part of Nusa Penida. It is called Manta Point because that is the location where Manta Rays are often found.

At this Bali snorkeling location you can swim with Manta rays who usually swim in groups. Heading to Crystal Bay, you will meet another unique fish named mola mola.

If you're lucky, you can also meet nemo fish, marlyn, dory and their friends at Crystal Bay. For the beauty of coral reefs, there is no doubt about its beauty. 

2. Blue Lagoon

How to get to the Blue Lagoon . From Kuta Beach Bali, you will travel approximately 1 hour 40 minutes to Karangasem. Almost the same travel time if you depart from Denpasar. Meanwhile, if you depart from Ubud by car, it will take 1 hour. Arriving at Padang Bai Harbor, you still need 10-20 minutes to get to the Blue Lagoon. 

Prices for snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon. For one guest, it is around Rp. 800,000. There is no entrance ticket to Blue Lagoon Beach, you only need to pay for parking for 5 thousand rupiah. 

Blue Lagoon is still a snorkeling location in east Bali. It is located in Karangasem Regency, Bali. In this place there is a beach called Blue Lagoon which is a paradise for water tourism lovers.

When the weather is in its usual condition, the sea water here is very calm so it is suitable for snorkeling with the family.

Blue Lagoon Beach has a large and coarse sand texture, in contrast to the neighboring beaches of Padang Bai and Bias Tugel.

Underwater biota that you can find on this beach include cow fish, morish idol, murray, turtles and even reef sharks.  

3. Jemeluk Bay,  Amed Beach 

  • How to get to Jemeluk Bay Amed? Amed Beach is indeed quite far compared to other Bali snorkeling locations. It is 100 km away, it takes about 2 hours 18 minutes from Ngurah Rai Airport, or 3 hours from Denpasar city. 
  • Prices for snorkeling at Jemeluk Bay Amed Beach. To get here, you don't need to rent a boat, you only need to rent snorkeling equipment which ranges from 40 to 50 thousand rupiah.

This place has known as popular for snorkeling, this secluded bay has coral reefs, marine life & an underwater shipwreck. One more proof that Karangasem Regency is truly a paradise for water tourism lovers. Uniquely, in this place you don't need to rent a boat to the middle of the sea to enjoy the beauty of the underwater scenery.

Because the water is so clear, you can already see coral reefs and other marine animals from the beach.

The natural beauty of the sea of ​​Jemeluk Bay is located next to the beach, so you can snorkel around the beach.

Here there is a temple that was deliberately sunk by PT Pos Indonesia and called the "Submarine Mailbox". 

4. Vienna Beach, Amed

  • How to get to Vienna Beach Amed . To get to other spots on Amed Beach is actually the same as going to Jemeluk Bay, Amed Beach. Still in the same area, only the spots are different. 
  • Prices for snorkeling in Vienna Beach Amed . More or less the same as in Teluk Jemeluk. Many local residents provide snorkeling equipment rentals. You can also still bid from the opened price, especially if you rent a group. But bargain at a reasonable price, Folks. 

Vienna Beach is a Bali snorkeling spot which is still located on Amed Beach. The location is also very close to Jemeluk Bay.

The beach at Vienna Beach is also different from the others, there is no white sand here. There are black rocks that come from the eruption of Mount Agung.

Praise for the colorful coral reefs that adorn Vienna Beach is often reaped by snorkelers who have been here. The structure of the coral reefs at Vienna Beach tends to be soft.

5. Lipah Bay

Still close to Amed Beach, Lipah Bay has a very well-known tourist destination, namely the Japanese shipwreck.

This Japanese Ship Wreck is now home to coral reefs and other marine inhabitants. However, the Japanese Ship Wreck tends to only be enjoyed by experienced snorkelers.

Although the actual position of this shipwreck is 10 meters from the shore with a depth of 5 meters from the surface.

The waters in Lipah Bay are indeed quite shallow compared to the others and there are many sharp corals. Be careful when snorkeling here, don't hurt yourself. 

How to get to Lipah Bay . Are you satisfied with enjoying the exotic underwater world on Amed Beach? If so, it's time to visit Lipah Bay which is only 3 km from Jemeluk Bay Amed. If you are satisfied with water tourism and want to return to the city, you will spend 3 hours to return to the bustle of Denpasar city.

The price of snorkeling at Lipah Bay is still affordable because you only need to rent snorkeling equipment at a cost of around IDR 50,000.

6. Nusa Lembongan

  • How to get to Nusa Lembongan . Nusa Lembongan is a small island whose position is closest to the mainland of the island of Bali. You only need 45 minutes from Sanur Beach or Benoa Harbor by boat. 
  • The price of snorkeling in Nusa Lembongan is around 800 thousand per person for adults and 700 thousand per person for children. 

This place has known for Picturesque destination with upscale hotels & tranquil ocean views, plus snorkeling & boat tours. Well, if you visit this one snorkeling spot in Bali, you will definitely see that most of the visitors are foreign tourists.

The reason is because the snorkeling spot on Nusa Lembongan is indeed a place for professional snorkelers who already have an official certificate.

But don't worry, even beginner snorkelers can still enjoy the beauty of Nusa Lembongan. There are 3 spots that are most visited by tourists, namely Lembongan Bay, Mangroves and Blue Corner. Besides snorkeling, you can also dive, sea walker or cliff jumping on Nusa Lembongan. 

7. Tulamben

  • How to get to Tulamben . With a four-wheeled vehicle, you can arrive at Tulamben within 2.5 hours from the city of Denpasar. 
  • The price of snorkeling in Tulamben is Rp. 750,000 people. By paying that price you already get equipment and a snorkeling guide. 

This place has known for Sunken US cargo ship, torpedoed in 1942 & now a dive site with colorful coral & tropical fish. If Lipah Bay has a Japanese Ship Wreck, in Tulamben you will snorkel accompanied by views of the wreck of the USAT Liberty which sank in 1942.

In addition to seeing shipwrecks, you will also be hypnotized by the beautiful species of fish and coral reefs that this Tulamben beach offers.

Previously, Tulamben was only a snorkeling spot for domestic tourists. But since there was an American photographer who captured his experience being pampered by the beauty of Tulamben, many foreign tourists have joined in enjoying the snorkeling experience in Tulamben.

Unique animals that you can meet are ribbon eels, mimic octopus, boxer crabs, ghost pipefish, seahorse, leaffish, garden eel, lion fish and harlequin shrimp . 

8. Menjangan Island

  • How to get to Menjangan Island . Menjangan Island can be reached in 3-4 hours from Denpasar. From Denpasar, you head west and will pass through the State Regency. While departing from Lalang Harbor, it only takes 30 minutes to Menjangan Island. 
  • The price of snorkeling on Menjangan Island on average makes you spend up to 800 thousand rupiah per person. Do not forget to prepare the fare to this island which is quite far away. 

Menjangan Island is located in the West Bali National Park, a government protected nature reserve. This place has known for Unspoilt island with a rich marine reserve drawing divers & snorkelers, shrines & a deer population.

Because it is a protected area, the coral reefs and fish species that live on Menjangan Island are very beautiful and enchanting.

This snorkeling location is suitable for releasing fatigue and taking a break from the daily grind. Menjangan Island has calm water currents throughout the year making it suitable for beginner snorkelers. 

9. Pemuteran Beach

The next exciting location for snorkeling in Bali is Pemuteran. Pemuteran was originally a coral reef conservation project managed by residents of Pemuteran village, Gerogak, Buleleng regency, north Bali. 

This place has known for Black & yellow–sand beach known for reefs & offshore snorkeling, plus proximity to diving sites. The beauty of the underwater life at this Bali snorkeling spot is no less amazing than other snorkeling spots.

No wonder many tourists target Pemuteran as a place to release stress. This marine tourism location offers a slightly different view from the others.

Because, this Bali snorkeling location is surrounded by green hills, especially during the rainy season. 

  • How to get to Pemuteran . Pemuteran is only 2 kilometers from Menjangan Island, therefore it only takes 15 minutes by speedboat to get to Pemuteran. Those of you who depart from Kuta, Sanur and Denpasar will travel for 2-3 hours by four-wheeled vehicle. 
  • The price of snorkeling in Pemuteran is not up to hundreds of thousands of rupiah, you know. For Folks who want to snorkel at an affordable cost, just go to Pemuteran. You only need to pay IDR 50,000 for snorkeling equipment rental. 

10. Tanjung Benoa

  • How to get to Tanjung Benoa . Located relatively close to Ngurah Rai Airport, you only need to spend 30 minutes south towards Nusa Dua to get to Tanjung Benoa. 
  • The price of snorkeling in Tanjung Benoa is still under 100 thousand rupiah. The snorkeling package in Tanjung Benoa starts from IDR 95,000 only, plus the distance is close to the airport, so you don't have to spend anymore for travel costs. 

This place has known for Large, sandy beach offering swimming, sunbathing & boating, plus nearby restaurants. Tanjung Benoa is one of the snorkeling destinations in southern Bali. Tanjung Benoa has calm waves and weak currents, making it suitable for beginners but also not a destination for professional snorkelers.

Even so, Tanjung Benoa is never empty of visitors. For Folks who can't swim, you can still see the beautiful underwater scenery at Tanjung Benoa with another water tour called seawalker .

You only need to use a glass helmet and then you will be led by a professional diver to a depth of 7 meters.

The distance which is quite close to Ngurah Rai Airport is also the reason many tourists visit this snorkeling spot. 

Conclusion

Most of the beaches suitable for snorkeling are located on the east and west sides of the island of Bali.

On the east side of Bali, there are Blue Lagoon beaches, Amed beaches, and Tulamben beaches. While on the west side of Bali, you can visit Menjangan island. So you can match where you stay.

However, even a long journey will pay off with the natural beauty of the Bali sea that cannot be found anywhere else.

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