The amazing thing about Bali is that the best snorkel spots are very accessible. Most of them are located close to the shore, and you don’t need to rent a boat to see beautiful things. Basically all you need is a mask, a snorkel, and a pair of fins. Of course if you are visiting Bali by motorbike, it is easier to reach the most remote snorkel spots. Some roads are just not made for cars.
Bali counts several beaches protected by the reef barrier. The water there is calm and perfect for snorkeling. With its tropical water, the Island of God is part of the Coral Triangle, which features amazing coral gardens filled with colorful anemone and some of the world’s rarest specimens of fish and marine life. Below I’ve selected for you, my personal favorite snorkel spots to go to when you are sightseeing in Bali.
Mejangan Island is an uninhabited island located in the North-West region of Bali. It is part of the amazing West Bali National Park. It is also a great snorkel spot because the water is very calm which makes the experience easy and relaxing. Only visited by a few tourists, the reefs remains uncrowded.
The most spectacular is known to be Pos Dua, famous for having incredible visibility thanks to the crystal clear water. A few minutes swim from the shore, you can reach a majestic underwater canyon with colorful corals that suddenly drop down to 40 meters deep.
The coral garden
Located on the north-western coast of Menjangan island, this coral garden is a great snorkel spot for beginners as well as for more experienced underwater explorers. The floor is covered with beautiful anemones and corals. You will also get the chance to see colorful fish such as clownfish and even wild turtles or manta rays if you get lucky!
One of the easiest snorkel spots in Bali, Amed is right in the middle of a beautifully preserved reef, which gently drops down to a shallow, sandy bottom.
If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing Bali retreat, with beautiful, easy snorkeling, Amed is probably your best option. If you are staying in a resort, you can walk down the beach and go snorkeling from there.
The water there is usually crystal clear blue, making the spectacular marine life easy to spot
Lipah Bay – The Japanese wreck (WWII)
Lipah Bay is the spot where the Japanese patrol boat sunk during WWII. It is only 6 meters deep from the surface so on calm days, you can see it very well from there. However on more agitated days, it gets pretty hard to have a clear view. The best way to get to Lipah Bay is just to walk off the beach and explore. In some bright and calm days, it is possible to spot the Japanese wreck from the beach.
The USAT Liberty wreck
Tulamben is one of the most popular destination for scuba divers in Bali, as the American warship the USAT Liberty sunk there during WWII after it got shot.
The wreck is very impressive as it is 125 meters long. The top is only 5 meters deep, and when the water is calm and clear you can see most of it from the surface. The bottom of the wreck is at around 30 meters deep, so I would recommend to be an advanced scuba divers or expert free divers to go dive there. You will also have the opportunity to witness amazing sea life that made the wreck their home.
Technically Nusa Penida is a different island than Bali, but it is located only 40 minutes from Sanur, so I thought I would include it.
Nusa Penida is considered by many as the best diving spot in Bali, but it is also amazing for snorkeling as there is a very good chance of seeing majestic manta rays.
The best place to see manta rays is at Manta Point (no pun intended), where there are two cleaning stations where manta rays come to be cleaned by cleaner fishes. They will come up to the surface and you will be able to see them very well. These gentle giants are known for being curious and friendly around humans. If you are lucky, you will get to see more than ten at a time!
Aerial View – Manta Point, Nusa Penida
Crystal Bay is famous for scuba diving because you get the chance to see oceanic sunfish (Mola Mola), which are pretty rare. Oceanic sunfish are huge prehistoric fish that can measure between 2 and 3 meters. It is also an amazing snorkel spot. However, you will have more chance to see a Mola Mola if you are scuba diving as they usually don’t come to close to the surface.
Snorkeling is an unforgettable adventure that you should at least experience once while you are sightseeing in Bali. The underwater landscapes are absolutely breathtaking, and you will have the chance to see beautiful and rare sea creatures. The best part is that you just need a mask, a snorkel, and a pair of fins!
Until next time,
Your Breezy Tour Guide 😉