Bali is famous for it’s stunning sunsets and awesome surfing, yet the snorkel spots are just as incredible. In fact, scientist’s have said that Bali, along with the rest of Indonesia, is part of the ‘coral triangle’. This means that the snorkeling here is the most bio-diverse, hot spot for marine life in the world! If you are stuck on where to head, check out our best snorkeling spot’s around Bali.
Some of the best snorkel spot’s around Bali are found around the bays of Menjangan Island. Lying 10km far northwest of Bali, the island is protected from the West Bali National Park. The word “Menjangan” in the Javanese language means “Deer”. According to Wikipedia, the name was given by the local population, who observed wild deer herds swimming to the island every spring. Watch out as it is not a surprise to see a deer swimming in the water here!
Beneath the crystal waters, you will find vibrant coral and a vast variety of sea life. It’s almost as if you are swimming in an aquarium! Get those Go Pro’s at the ready as you might be lucky enough to even see whale sharks, manta rays and turtles!
If you are a diver and fancy taking a deeper leap, you will find an anchor wreck. Also called the Anker or Kapal Budak (Slave Ship). Allegedly, this wreck is a Netherland’s ship from the 19th century that sank during World War II. Not your every day snorkel, but you can see why this is one of our best snorkeling spot’s around Bali.
If you are looking to snorkel with turtles, then this is the place to be. Gili Trawangan is the most visited island out of the Gili Family. It’s lively ambiance, yet paradise waters, makes this place one of our best snorkel spot’s around Bali. About 20 meters off the shore, past the fascinating coral reef, is a deep sea wall. A great attraction to the underwater life! The best feeling is floating around the warm waters and watching the weird and wonderful sea life that swims by. Afterwards lay upon the white sandy beaches and embrace the sun rays. Gili Trawagan is a must on your snorkel adventures. Why not come and find out for your self on our 10 & 18 Day Bali Experiences!
Besides the sandy beaches, Tulamben offers unique underwater scenery, which is even visible from the surface. Among the school’s of fish is the famous USAT Liberty ship wreck. The ship has been sunk for more than 40 years, making it a number one snorkel / scuba diving destination in Bali. The shallow area of the wreck lies only about 4 meters, or 13 feet deep, making it easy to access even by snorkelers. In the water, the Wreck sits from about 3m all the way down to 28m. A deep and daring dive but for sure worth it!
Manta Point – Komodo National Park
Are you feeling daring? Or fancy something a little bit different? There are many snorkel spots around the Komodo National Park. But, if you head to the Manta point you might be lucky enough to swim by an incredible manta ray. With schools of over 100 rays, snorkeling here has to be on our list of the best snorkeling spot’s around Bali.
The Komodo National Park is 1,817 square feet and established in 1980 to preserve the largest lizard in the world – the Komodo dragon. You can splash into another stunning snorkel spot at ‘The Pink Beach’. A surreal landscape filled with an exciting variety of sea life waiting to be discovered by you!
So that’s it, our best snorkeling spot’s around Bali! Channel your inner mermaid and get your-self out there today!
Words by Heidi Hemmings