Planning a trip to Bali

If you arrived here it means you are probably ready to start planning your adventurous trip to Bali. A trip to the island of the gods is for most people unforgettable and one of their best travel memories. I am no the only one who fell in love with Bali. Let me show you how and what to take into account so you can include as many fun things to do in Bali as possible while going scuba diving.

Special tips for scuba divers going to Bali

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. Diving Bali is a dream come true for divers who love wreck diving. You will find dives centres to book your dives mainly in Sanur, Amed and Nusa Lembongan. Dive packages start from 1,950,000 IDR (about £108 / 119 €) for a week of diving.

For information, the Liberty shipwreck is a great dive site for both beginners and experienced divers, while Crystal Bay is only recommended to advanced divers. In these dive sites, you may be able to see mola-mola (oceanic sunfish), clownfish and colourful nudibranchs. I wrote a full Bali road trip itinerary to link all the best dive sites while exploring Bali.

Tips to travel to Bali

The best way to go to Bali is by flying. Depending on the time of the year you’re going, a flight to Bali from London cost from £490 to £1000 (about 540€ to 1100€). The main airline companies flying to Bali are Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific for the United States. From Europe, you can take KLM or Malaysia Airlines, from Australia, Qantas or Garuda Indonesia, and from Japan, Garuda Indonesia too if you want to fly direct.

I recommend booking your flight at least 6 to 3 months ahead, 4 months being my magic number, as Bali is a highly requested destination. Learn more about how to go to Bali from different places in the world.

The best time to go to Bali is between June and October. At that time, this is the dry season, so the weather is sunny with an average temperature of 30°C. July and August correspond to the peak tourist season though. If you prefer to go during a cheaper period, I advise you to go in September. At that time of the year, the water is still clear and it’s less crowded.

If you wonder how to get around Bali during your trip, you may consider using a taxi or tourist shuttles. As a scuba diver, the best tip I can give you is if you book transfers with dives centres, it’s the easiest way if you don’t want to rent a car and drive by yourself. Personally, I prefer renting a car as it is easier when you travel with your own scuba diving gear and it gives me more freedom with my schedule.

Find a place to stay that matches your budget

If you wonder where to stay in Bali as a scuba diver, I recommend looking at Nusa Lembongan and Tulamben. Generally speaking, Bali is a safe and affordable destination. It’s easy to sleep, move and eat for very cheap up anywhere you go. But if you need high-end comfort and all-in-inclusive service, the cost per day might allow you to find luxury resorts from £80/90€ a night. Bali has a wide range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to cosy guest houses from as little as £12/14€ per night. As a rule of thumb, book your accommodation before getting there.

Once you have booked everything, make sure to read my list of things to know before going to Bali to make sure you have an enjoyable trip with lifetime memories.

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