After 1 year living in Bali and exploring many beautiful places here, I finally come down with this lists to make YOU, snorkelling newbie or not, to find destinations for snorkelling across Bali. I will put it down based on my favourite and the ultimate list of the best Snorkelling in Bali you need to go.
Menjangan Bali (Northwest of Bali)
This is has always been on top of my list and I could always come back over and over again. The protected National Park of Menjangan Bali made the corals and fishes are untouchable from the fisherman. It made the coral garden and the wall underneath so beautiful and lively full of endangered species.
I always recommending people to snorkelling here, as this is the best place I have ever been so far to dive and snorkel. Read the full post here to get the info
Nusa Lembongan (Island in South of Bali)
This island is the get-away place from the crowded of Bali for many tourist. They have several secret beaches that are beautiful and great view to spend on sunset. You need to rent the boat to snorkelling here, and some even offer you to reach Nusa Penida snorkelling spots.
The one I recommend near to Nusa Lembongan is the Mangrove Point. I have been here several times and it is never get so boring with the long view of corals underneath and those cute little fishes everywhere!
Nusa Penida (Island in South of Bali)
This has many exotic and special spots for divers and snorkelers to come. The Manta Point to see manta and Mola-mola in August until October. Be aware to this island as there are so many accidents of divers in here. But I assure you that the view is exquisite!
The locals in Nusa Lembongan often take the tourist to snorkel here, but now that Nusa Penida is growing, there are more guesthouses to choose. So I would recommend you to stay here in Nusa Penida and experience the island life. It has different vibes from Lembongan and you will feel more authentic instead.
Crystal Bay has the prettiest view and the safest spot to snorkel. As it located on a bay and the spot has shallow corals and fishes. I personally enjoyed myself floating here near the afternoon, as the view of the island was superb.
Amed (East of Bali)
This is a perfect spot for newbie, as you don’t need to rent boat, just drag yourself from the shore. I was a bit hesitant when I saw the sand of the beach was black, but when I got into water and saw lots of big fishes swimming around. Wow!
This is the cheapest and safest place you need to learn how to snorkeling in Bali. There are no guide, but they put the rope as the limit of your distance. There are so many spots here in Amed, but we usually find the restaurant near the beach (they rent snorkels too) and then drop our bags there, go snorkelling, and when you got hungry.. voila! Restaurant in front of you! 😀
Tulamben (East of Bali)
I love diving here. Especially the Liberty Shipwreck, it is one of the famous shipwreck dive in the world after the one in Egypt. And when I say shipwreck, it is freaking enormous and you need to prepare 3 dives or more to explore it all.
To snorkelling here is also the same like in Amed, you don’t need to rent the boat. But to dive here you need to swim farther from the shore and it is best to go with your guide. The current a bit hard but it also depends on the month you are going.The shipwreck was tilted underneath, so when we snorkel, we could see the top point of the ship. This view has always left me speechless, as it is so amazing to witness this place. It is covered with corals and became the home of the fishes. If you have already master free diving, this is a good chance to try it here 🙂
Padang Bai (Southeast of Bali)
Padang Bai is famous for the diving spots where you can see many sea creatures. As much as I love diving, I still prefer snorkeling with less heavy equipments. We went to two spots by renting the boat back then, one is called Tanjung Jepun, which is a really nice spot as it is bit far from the Padang Bai shore. The corals were spread out very nice and full of fishes. We snorkelled for a very long time on this spot.
The other one is called Blue Lagoon, a beach that (now) become really famous. You can walk from the Padang Bai to get this place and start snorkelling from the shore. I was a bit disappointed on this spot because there are so many trashes closer to the beach, and the corals were damaged enough to make the fishes go away.
If this is your first time ever to try snorkeling, please read the snorkeling guide for beginners. It can help you and save time to learn how to do it properly! Other than that, please enjoy your time underwater and be prepared to get addicted! 🙂
Let me assure you, nothing beats the feeling once you are down there in the sea with your mask and snorkelling gear on. With those little fishes and beautiful amazing corals, you will have so much fun in the water but please don’t forget to be alert all the time.
Let me know your experiences of snorkelling once you finished reading this! 🙂
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