Bali is one of the most exciting places on the earth. And as exciting as it is above ground, look underwater and explore the fascinating marine life of the island. If scuba diving isn’t for you, then snorkeling is great way to explore what lies beneath.
Snorkeling in Bali is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. What makes it so unique is that most of the beaches where people go snorkeling are part of the Coral Triangle, one of the most famous features in the world. This, therefore, means that when you go snorkeling, you stand to get an opportunity to see up-close some of the world’s rarest marine life, exotic kinds of fish and sunken coral gardens. It is no wonder that some of the spots here are looked at as being the most biodiverse places on earth.
There are many advantages that snorkeling in Bali has. To begin with, it has a variety of places including Nusa Dua, Amed among others where people can head into the water. Also, the surf breaks greatly contribute towards ensuring that the waters remain calm. This is essential as it allows for maximum enjoyment of the snorkeling activity. So grab your snorkel and fins and head over to experience snorkeling Bali.
As already stated, Bali offers very many places from where people can go snorkeling. To start off, we shall have a closer look at Amed. Although a fair drive from the main tourist areas of the south, Amed is charming, peaceful stretch of secluded bays on Bali’s north western coast. There are two bays which are mostly used for snorkeling in Amed namely the Jemuluk bay and the Lipah Bay. A visit to the Lipah bay can be fun for snorkelers of all levels of experience. The beauty of the reef around the area is just outstanding. On the other hand, the Jemuluk Bay features clear blue waters thus making it easier to see the existing marine life. In addition, it has the picturesque pyramids which have been set up to attract fish.
Another common snorkeling spot is Padang Bai which is located on the mid-east coast. Its Blue Lagoon is a special feature to Padang Bai. Whereas it is not a lagoon but rather a shallow reef, it has grown to become a unique snorkeling spot in Bali. There are plenty of tropical fish that can be seen at this place.
Nusa Lembongan is a charming island, lieing just off the coast of Bali. It features an array of marine life. On the neighboring island of Nusa Penida is the Manta Point, where you often get to see the rare yet impressive manta rays. These giant fish, which have been found be very human-friendly, usually show up on the higher side of the waters so that certain parasites can eat on its skin.
Back on the main island of Bali and meaning literally ‘two island’s because of the two small island found just off of the beach, Nusa Dua is an area of upscale and exclusive resorts that also offers from great snorkeling. The extensive Nusa Dua reefs have greatly contributed to ensuring that the water on the southern coastline remains calm. The blue waters around the Nusa Dua are perfect as it makes it easier to identify the various marine life that is present in the water.
Another island which stands out for its snorkeling activities is the Menjangan Island. It’s located in the northern part of Bali, and it forms part of the West Bali National Park. The crystal clear waters on this island allow people to have a surreal experience as they sight the coral garden and various marine habitats. The Pos Dua is a shallow reef on Menjangan which has received a lot of praise for its fascinating visibility.
While snorkeling on the island, you will be able to observe features such anemones, which function as a home to the common clownfish, around the island. If you are being observant, you’ll spot the stingrays, tuna, eagle rays or even the reef sharks. In addition, Menjangan is well-known for its sea turtles which people can swim with.
If you are considering snorkeling in Bali, it is vital that you keep your safety in mind. When the guides are giving directions, it is advised that people should listen as keenly as possible so that they can do the right thing. Local guides bring years of experience and knowledge of the local waters and tides and currents – some of which can be very strong, particularly around Nusa Penida. Bali Tours and More offers a variety of snorkeling tours to different areas either as individuals or groups using highly reputable and experienced guides.
Environmental considerations are very important when snorkeling, as the marine eco systems are very delicate. As tempting as it may be, please don’t touch the coral as it is extremely slow growing and easy to damage. Similarly, the fish, and if you’re lucky, turtles are fascinating to look at, but please don’t touch them.
In conclusion, if you are in Bali and you are interested in having an adventure of a lifetime, you should consider snorkeling. It gives you a good opportunity to explore beyond the surface of the land thus giving you a different perspective of Bali.