Bali diving frequently asked questions
What is the water temperature?
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.
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.
PADI Courses FAQs
What should I bring with me on each day of my course?
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.