Bali is heaven for many beach bums and water lovers. There are lots of beaches and water-related activities to look forward to on the island. One of the most popular water-based activities is diving.
Whether it is scuba, drift or deep diving, enthusiasts come to the island from all over the world in droves. They are drawn to the magnificent dive sites that dot the island as well as the outskirts.
There are enough site for both experienced and newbie divers.
The weather in Bali is perfect for most aqua activities especially if you choose the right season. Also, the aquatic life is diverse and captivating. Many divers prefer the Indonesia liveaboard option to be able to access and experience the different dive sites.
Amazing Diving Adventures
Drift diving is possibly one of the most fun diving experiences you will ever have. You are simply carried along by the tide. If the weather conditions create more current than usual, you should definitely plan to go drift diving.
Some of the diving sites on the island always have a current that is perfect for drift diving. You do not have to wait for a particular season to indulge. Any time of the year is perfect for drift diving in these sites.
However, a few places rely on wind and rainfall to create the perfect current. The marine life you will see will be dependent on the strength of the current. You will also find sea life that is not found in no-current areas.
Drift diving gives you the illusion of flying. Since you put very little effort into it, you can cover vast stretches of reef and just have fun with it. If you are not particularly interested in seeing any marine life, this activity should suit you just fine.
Important information about Drift Diving
While it seems like a simple enough activity, you must ensure that everyone in your group is safe. Drift diving requires painstaking planning to avoid running into dangerous situations. You do not want to e swept out into the path of a shark.
Here are a few things you must do to ensure your experience is not only fun but also safe.
• Check the strength of the current. If it is too strong, you could be swept into dangerous waters.
• Check the direction of the current.
• Ensure that everyone in the group has a plan B should you be separated underwater.
Drift Diving Sites in Bali
You will find many drift diving opportunities on the island. Some of them are perfect for beginners and others are more suitable for experienced drift divers. Your guides and instructors should be able to advise you on the best sites for each group.
The following are a few of the most popular sites:
• PED dive site in Nusa Penida
• Bat Cave on Menjangan Island
• Jemeluk Wall
• The entire north coast of Nusa Lembongan
To get to these sites, you will be picked by boats at exit points. Alternatively, you can opt for liveaboard options for ease of movement from one site to the next.
You will need experienced guides as well as instructors in order to stay safe. These experts know the dive sites better than anyone in your group as they are local residents. Moreover, this is their work; hence, they have brought out other parties before yours.
The guides will lead you to the best as well as the safest sites and advise you on places to avoid. If they feel the conditions are not favorable for a dive, you would do well to listen to them.
As has been mentioned previously, you can go drift diving in Bali any time of the year. Ensure that you have a good plan and have expert and experienced guides and instructors on board. In addition, make sure that everybody understands what they need to do in case they are separated in the water.
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