Bali is probably one of the best spots to dive in the world. Warm water, marine diversity, famous dive sites like the Liberty Shipwreck or Crystal Bay, Bali is a dream come true for divers who like wreck diving and manta rays. Here is the most efficient itinerary you can do in 10 days based on my ultimate Bali road trip itinerary. Ready to go? Just follow the guide!
To get around Bali you can rent a motorbike, however, when diving in Bali it isn’t the easiest option if you travel with your diving gear. In that case, I recommend renting a car. This is a great way to visit the island while being as free as a bird and it is way cheaper than a taxi. If you don’t feel confident driving on Bali’s road, you can still hire a driver to follow the following itinerary.
Day 1 – Sanur
After your arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport, you can reach Sanur in only 25 minutes driving outside of the rush hours. Start by checking in at your hotel and book your speed boat ticket to Nusa Lembongan for the next morning. Then you can spend the day relaxing at the beach.
Day 2 – Sanur / Nusa Lembongan
After breakfast, it’s time to board the speed-boat taking you to Nusa Lembongan in only 25 minutes. At your arrival, check in at your hotel and a dive centre for the next morning. Then you have the rest of the day to explore the islands of Lembongan and Ceningan linked by a bridge by renting a scooter. End the day by looking at a fabulous sunset on Jungut Batu Beach over Mount Agung, the higher volcano of Bali.
Day 3 – Nusa Lembongan / Nusa Penida
Start your day by going diving in Nusa Penida to Crystal Bay or Manta Point. After lunch, if you are not too tired you can go diving in Nusa Lembongan in the afternoon or relax on Mushroom Beach, which is also a popular snorkelling spot.
Day 4 – Nusa Lembongan / Amed
After breakfast, it’s time to board the speed-boat taking you back to Sanur. From Sanur, you can go to Amed. Don’t hesitate to stop at the Taman Tirtagangga gardens on the way. At your arrival, check in at your hotel and a dive centre for the next morning.
Day 5 – Amed / Tulamben
The next morning you can enjoy a full morning of diving in Amed or sleep in, you’re on holidays after all, and scuba dive in the afternoon, it doesn’t make a big difference in Amed. You will have plenty of time, in any case, to relax on Jemeluk Beach which is also a popular snorkelling spot before heading to Tulamben which is only 15 minutes away.
Day 6 – Tulamben
By sleeping in Tulamben, you can book a sunrise dive on the Liberty shipwreck to have it only for yourself before the rest of the island arrives. It is the best way to enjoy diving in Tulamben. By starting that early, you will be able to tuck in another dive on the wreck and a third one at the drop-off. After lunch, take the time to relax and you may even go for a sunset or a night dive!
Day 7 – Tulamben / Pemuteran
The next morning, you can sleep in but remember a long road trip along the north coast of Bali which is the most untouched awaits you. On your way, you can make a stop at Lovina Beach. At your arrival in Pemuteran, check in at your hotel and a dive centre for the next morning.
Day 8 – Pemuteran / Menjangan Island / Pemuteran
In the morning, you can go diving in Menjangan Island in the heart of Bali’s West National Park. Usually, you will do one dive in the morning, picnic on the island for lunch and then a last dive in the afternoon. Take plenty of rest after, since you are taking a road going in altitude the next day.
Day 9 – Pemuteran / Ubud
The next morning you can sleep in, you’re on holidays after all! After lunch (brunch?), it’s time to head to Ubud. On the way you can visit the famous Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. Before checking in at your hotel in Ubud, you will have time to explore its colourful market and monkey forest both located in the centre.
Day 10 – Ubud
Before making your way back to the airport, depending on what time is your flight, you can enjoy a Balinese massage session if you don’t have too much time, or head to Tegallalang rice terraces and Tirta Empul Temple if you have an evening flight.
Have a look at these alternative itineraries in Bali in case you have more or less time during your trip on the Indonesian island:
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