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Lying just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali enjoys a tropical climate. The average temperature hovers around 30°C all year round. The wet season usually starts middle November to middle of March, leaving most of its tropical downpours for the months of January & February. Although diveable year round, the dry season (middle March until middle November) is generally sunnier, less humid and from a weather point of view, the coolest and best time to visit.
How do I get about?
Bemos (local minibuses) run around locally but you must always have small change (the drivers will not!). Taxis are frequent and have meters. For longer trips negotiate the price beforehand or consider hiring a car and driver.
You can hire motorbikes and cars to drive yourself but you must have an International Driver’s Licence.
Where should I stay?
There are lots of accommodation options in Sanur area, some within walking distance to our dive centre. Prices range from basic rooms with fans and cold water for IDR 200,000 per night to luxurious suites and villas for more than IDR 5,200,0000 per night! We can send you details and photos of various options and book them on your behalf. Our dive trip prices include hotel pickups and drop offs to most places in South Bali so if you prefer to stay in another area such as Seminyak, Legian, Kuta or Nusa Dua – no problem!
What visa do I need?
At the moment it is a time of change in relation to entry Visas for Indonesia.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you arrive in Indonesia and you must have a return ticket. The immigration officer at the port of entry may ask you to produce any necessary documents (such as an onward flight ticket).
Currently citizens from the following 45 countries can currently enter Indonesia Visa free for stays of up to 30 days.
Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Chile, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and South Africa.
If your country is not listed you should check for the most up to date information at the Indonesian Embassy closest to you (or on their web pages) – it may be that you need to purchase a Visa on Arrival for $35 US (Valid for 30 days) or meet other requirements.
Is there any departure tax?
Since February 2015 all airlines are required to include the airport departure tax in their ticket prices so there is no longer a 200,000 IDR fee to pay upon departure.
What currency should I bring?
Rupiah is the currency of the country. $US and €uro are widely accepted and can be changed easily in Bali. If you have US$, make sure bank notes are not torn or dirty and US$ notes should not be older than 1999 or issued year 2001 with serial number starting ‘CB’. Money changers will pay lower rates for notes of less than US$ 100
There are ATM Machines, especially in Southern and Main Towns around Bali. It’s a good idea to let your bank know you are coming to Indonesia prior to departure. You can pay by Credit Card (Visa, Master, Cirrus) in most shops and restaurants. The standard surcharge for credit cards is 3%.
What voltage and plugs are used?
Electrical current in Bali is 220 volts at 50 cycles. Most electrical plugs are set to take a two-pin plug.
Are there any health considerations?
Malaria Prophylaxis is not necessary for the main resort areas of Bali. Contact your local health facility for the latest updated advice. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially around sunrise and sunset and use insect repellents on exposed skin.
Where is the nearest hyperbaric chamber and hospital?
Bali’s hyperbaric chamber meets international standards and is located at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar. There are also a number of International Hospitals within 20 minutes’ drive of the dive centre.
Do I need diving Insurance?
Diving insurance is highly recommended for any diving in Indonesia.
What Payment methods do you accept?
We accept all major currencies and use the exchange rate on the day. Payments made by Visa / Mastercard incur a 3% bank charge, AMEX 4% bank charge, and you need to know your PIN number. Please note we cannot accept US$ notes that are in bad condition or more than 10 years old.
The water temperature varies from dive site to dive site and is generally set between 24°C and 28°C, an eventual drop to 22°C can be encountered at open ocean dives where we dive to spot Manta & Mola Mola (Oceanic Sun Fish).
I’m going to Nusa Penida – what facilities are on the boat?
Our high powered speedboat is stocked with lunches to serve after the second dive, hot water to make tea and coffee, a first aid kit, emergency oxygen, our Divemasters carry in-water GPS enabled VHF radios in case of emergency, we have a ladder for getting back on the boat, life rings, life jackets, spare equipment, extra tanks and a tool kit – plus – an experienced boat captain and crew!
I heard it can be cold – what wetsuits do you hire out?
During the European summer months some dive sites can drop to around 22 degees so we hire out 5mm long suits. For warmer months and / or warmer sites we also have a range of shortie wetsuits for those who prefer them.
Do I need to rent a dive computer?
We recommend that all dives are made with computers but it is your choice. The exceptions are Nusa Penida and the East Coast Islands (Gili Tepekong) where computers are required. We can rent a computer for IDR 150,000 US per day and if you do not have experience in diving with a computer our staff will explain the key features and functions to you.
Can I hire an underwater camera?
Yes!! It helps if you can book the camera in advance so we can ensure that batteries are charged for you. We have several options for underwater imagery:
Private underwater videographer service (edited CD of your dive trip): IDR 1,300,000 per day . Underwater camera rental (including 4Gb memory card to keep): IDR 550,000 per day GoPro Underwater video camera rental (including 16Gb memory card to keep): IDR 780,000 per day
When is the best time to dive in Bali?
We are very lucky as Bali offers great diving all year round. From mid December to mid February is when we have most rainfall and this can reduce visibility on some sites but this is also when the sea temperatures are at their warmest – up to 30 degrees at some sites. The cold thermoclines we experience from July to October bring phenomenally clear water to sites such as Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida and Blue Lagoon in Padang Bai. The manta rays are at Nusa Penida all year round, however, if you are hoping to see Mola the best months are from July to October. For macro fans and photographers any time of year promises a wonderful range of critters!
I don’t want to rent gear but I would like to buy some, can you help?
Absolutely! We have a dive shop integrated into our dive centre that stocks Scubapro, GoPro, Suunto, Bare, SubGear and Trident. We sell everything from major pieces of equipment such as BCD’s and regulators down to a range of smaller products and add-ons like slates, knives, mouthpieces etc.
Do I need my own equipment?
Not at all! We are happy to provide rental equipment for IDR 400,000 per day (not including computer). We will take your size requirements in advance and have it ready and waiting for you. If you have some pieces of your own gear then we will reduce the rental rate accordingly.
If you are taking a PADI course equipment rental is included in the price.
Do you have larger tanks available?
YES! Our standard tanks are 12 litre aluminium tanks but we are happy to provide 15 litre tanks upon request. The surcharge for large tanks is IDR 150,000 per tank – and let us know in advance!
Are your tanks DIN or INT? Will my regulator be okay?
YES! Our tanks have inserts that can be screwed in or out to cater for both types of regulators – just let us know what you have and we will prepare the tanks.
What should I bring with me on my dive trip?
We take care of all of the necessary supplies for your dive trip but here are a couple of additional extras that you may want to bring along with you: A towel, sun cream, dry clothes, any additional personal items and a dry bag to keep them in if you plan to take them on the boat with you. Please also remember to bring with you your certification card and log-book!
I want to dive but I don’t have a buddy, is this a problem?
No problem! You will be buddied with either another guest (of the same experience level as you) or, in the case of odd numbers, you will buddy with your guide!
Do you offer any discounts for group bookings?
Of course! Our discounts depend on the number of divers in your group and the number of dives they want to make – contact us at [email protected] for more information relating to your personal booking.
Do you offer discounts for Professional level divers?
YES!! We offer a 10% discount on diving prices to professional divers (Divemaster level and higher).
I haven’t dived for more than 12 months, what should I do?
Don’t worry! We know it is not always easy to get out diving so we offer a number of “Refresher” options from taking a pool review to refresh your skills to easy ocean dives with your own private guide to get you back into the swing of things! When you make a booking for diving we will always ask you when you last dived and let you know the options that will suit you best.
Will I have my own guide or will I be in a big group of divers?
We keep our groups small! We know that divers do not like to be in big groups so we keep it personal. On dives with current we have a maximum of 4 divers to one dive guide. For a small surcharge we also offer the option of having a private guide just for yourself or a private guide to share with just one other diver.
I want a tailor made safari package around Bali, can you make me a program?
YES! This is what we do best! We can make safari packages to as many different dive areas as you like; with as many dives as you like; over as many days as you like! Our packages include all transfers around Bali and to dive sites, accommodation to meet your budget and absolutely all logistics. All you need to do is enjoy the diving!
Do I need to book my dive trip / dive course in advance?
You can of course walk in to our shop at any time and ask for availability and we will do our utmost to help you. However, if you want to be sure of a place then yes – book in advance. During high season especially in Bali (June through to October) we are very busy and our boat places and course places fill up very fast and days ahead of time!
Are there dangerous sharks and marine creatures where I will be diving?
There are no man-eating marine monsters around Bali! We have several species of sharks that pose no threat to divers – especially when they are interacted with responsibly. Remember that you should never touch, tease or chase marine life – some marine creatures may act defensively but only if provoked.
I’ve lost my certification card, can I still dive?
Yes!! With just your name and date of birth we should be able to find your certification online, if you have lost your card come prepared though and bring with you your log book and any other documentation you have from the dive centre where you took your certification course. If in doubt, check with us in advance.
PADI Courses FAQs
We provide everything necessary for you to complete your course in comfort, however a couple of additional items that you may find useful include: a towel to dry off after dive sessions (we also have showers at the dive centre), sun cream, any personal items that you need and a dry bag if you are intending to take them on a boat. If you are taking an advanced level course you should also bring your log-book and certification card.
Will my instructor speak English?
Yes! All of our instructors can speak English and we can also offer courses in Indonesian, Chinese and a number of Scandinavian languages. If you are concerned about your English abilities then consider taking PADI elearning which enables you to study online, in advance, from home in a language of your choosing.
Do I need to be able to swim to learn how to dive?
You must be able to maintain yourself safely and comfortably in the water. For the Open Water Course you will be required to float / tread for 10 minutes without touching the bottom and also you must be able to comfortably swim 200 meters. This is for your own safety!
I don’t want to spend my holiday in the classroom, can I study at home before I come?
Yes! PADI elearning is available for most of the main stream PADI programs. Elearning allows you to complete all of the theory sessions from home before you arrive in Bali. Check out our individual course pages to see if elearning is available for your program and how to sign up!
What happens if I am unable to complete my course?
If you start your diving program with us here in Bali and then are unable to complete all sections we will charge you only for the completed components and give you a referral form to take away which documents what you have done. This form can be used anywhere in the world (within 12 months) if you want to continue your training later.
I want to take another course but my Open Water is not with PADI (e.g. SSI / Naui / BSAC) – is this a problem?
No!! As long as we can see that you have completed the required training you can upgrade to the next level with PADI. Remember to bring your log book and certification card or documents with you.
- 14-year accident-free record
- Diving in small groups
- All guides PADI Divemaster
- Medical oxygen every trip
- Clean air & clean tanks
- Well-maintained equipment
- New:In-water GPS radio
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- The PADI Advance course was great and I'm certainly more confident with diving now! I really enjoyed taking the course with you guys and I would like to thank instructor Toto for his patience with us! He was very funny as well which made the whole experience a lot more pleasant, especially when some of us weren't very confident at the beginning 🙂Alex – July 2014
- I cannot speak highly enough of Knut’s outstanding teaching skills and I say this as a professional teacher myself … nothing short of inspiring.Carl Davies, March 19th
- We really enjoyed the course and cannot think of anything that could have been done better.Jonas and Lina, November 26th
- The IDC was fantastic! All the staff at Bali Scuba were very friendly and helpful. The facilities are top shelf and the Course Director and assistants were amazing!Andre, December 18th
- Knut and Ketut were super friendly, patient and helpful with us during the IDC. Had a great time with Bali Scuba.Ali, Oct 28th
- It was a great experience for me personally and the whole setup was professionally done from first email to last dive!Darren, May 10th
- Thank you so much for the great service. Our dive master was excellent!Tim May, 6th May
- Overall it was a fun and interactive course. The instructor was very encouraging and guided us closely during our theory , closed water and open water exercises/skills. I can see he is dedicated to his work. The staff members in BaliScuba were indeed friendly and it made the whole atmosphere at the centre so much relaxed and easy to concentrate on the course. I cant say anything negative at this point of time really. Its been a great experience for me personally and the whole setup was indeed professionally done from the first email i sent out till our last dive in Tulamben. Well done Bali Scuba Team.Darren – May 2015
- I'm really glad I did my PADI open water course with Bali Scuba. The safe and conducive environment made it easy for me to learn.Yasmin, January 6th
- I'm really glad I did my PADI open water course with Bali Scuba. The safe and conducive environment made it easier for me to learn. I do feel that the two days in the pool is definitely helpful before venturing into the sea and the one-on-one training certainly helps a lot (and I'd recommend nervous students like myself to go for the one-on-one). I would definitely recommend Bali Scuba to my friends and I look forward to returning to do the advanced course soon! Many thanks!Yasmin – January 2015
- Thank you for the great service. The divemaster was very attentive, friendly and helpful. I will definitely come back!Bee, 12th April
- Me and my girlfriend did the 3 day 7 dive package including her PADI deep diver course. The service from start to finish was excellent, good communication, great guides, good food and really looked after us. Lili and Landung were very good and made sure we didn't miss a thing. Would highly recommend Bali Scuba to anyone!Phil – September 2014
- I have nothing but positive feedback for Bali Scuba. A wonderful, professional, relaxing and informative environment and your staff are magnificent.Caris, March 17th
- I cannot speak highly enough of Bali Scuba and Knut's outstanding teaching skills he was inspiring.Ian Kerr, February 6th
- I did want to make sure that I let you know that I have a great experience with you. Your communication all along was great, from the booking right down to calling the hotel to let us know you were running a bit late in picking us up on the day we went to Tulamben. The refresher course was great, as were the dives at Tulamben. After the course, and due to your staff's competence, I felt very comfortable on the dives. We were prompted to do buddy checks. I hope I have the opportunity to dive with you again.Wendy – May 2015
- My experience was awesome! Your team is perfect. Congratulations!Priscilla, September 22nd
- The open water course was really a breathtaking experience. The instructors Sunny and Chris were very good. The equipments and the scuba shop were excellent. Overall it was fantastic experience.Meetshah – April 2014
- I've been an enthusiast diver for 20 years and been diving around Indonesia with so many dive operators and I would say that Bali Scuba is on my top list. The service is excellent. Reliable. The staff is great. The dive master is professional. I'll surely go with you again next time I plan to dive in Bali and will recommend you to my others fellow diveYildes – December 2014
- Bali Scuba made my new diving experience amazing. For sure I’ll come back to Bali Scuba.Almas, May 6th
- I really enjoyed my PADI Advanced program with Bali Scuba and it was conducted in superb locations (Tulumben & Nusa Penida).Tim, August 31st