8 Best Dive Centers in Bali

Where to Learn Scuba Diving in Bali

    The best dive shops in Bali can help you get into exploring the island’s wonderful underwater world. Staffed by professional dive instructors, guides and divemasters, these specialized centres can help plan and arrange for your trips to the island’s popular dive sites or serve as go-to places for beginners to pick up the fundamental basics and certifications needed to dive in the open water – be it PADI, BSAC, SSI or RAID.

    These best dive shops in Bali are also where you can pick up all your essential scuba diving gear, like wetsuits in all sizes, BCDs, weight belts and other essentials. Some run dive resorts right on the shores of popular sites, while others arrange exciting dive trips regularly.

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    BIDP Bali

    Bali International Diving Professionals (BIDP) in Sanur is often the go-to dive center in Bali where you can join a course and obtain your SSI (Scuba Schools International) certification. It’s also a professional dive instructor training center, with decades of experience guiding divers from the world over through Bali's rich tropical waters.

    They can arrange for dive trips to the premier diving spot of Menjangan Island and to the advanced diving waters around the island of Nusa Penida. The team behind BIDP are also specialists at underwater video and photography – they’re pioneers in professional underwater shooting on the island who can also arrange for underwater pre-wedding shoots.

    Location: Puri Damar, Jalan Sekar Sari, No 77AX, Kertalangu, Kesiman, 80228 Bali, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 9pm

    Phone: +62 (0)811 397 229

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    Tauch Terminal Resort Tulamben

    Tauch Terminal Bali is one of the pioneering dive resorts in the popular diving area of Tulamben in East Bali. It has been introducing divers from around the world to Bali’s underwater scene for decades. It’s also achieved ‘SSI Diamond Instructor Resort’ status and offers diving courses – from beginner's courses to professional and advanced rescue training.

    Besides onsite diving at its home in Tulamben, with the USAT Liberty shipwreck just 750 meters off the beach, they can also arrange for tours to other popular Bali dive sites such as neighboring Amed, Menjangan Island in the north and Nusa Penida. The full-fledged dive resort itself welcomes you to clean rooms, diver’s hangouts, spa and international restaurant.

    Location: Jalan Kubu, Tulamben, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)363 22911

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    Atlantis International Bali

    Atlantis International Bali arrived on the Bali scuba diving scene in 1996 as a PADI-certified 5-star Instructor Development Center (IDC). French-owned, it's also among the only dive clubs registered under the FFESSM (French Federation of Underwater Studies and Sports).

    Beginners can opt for first-timer courses while advanced divers can sign up for PADI’s Open Water Scuba Instructor courses. ‘Introduction dives’ often comprise a session in a training pool and 2 ocean dives, which can be an excellent way to try out diving in a real-world situation. Exciting optional dive sites usually include the popular shipwreck off the coast of Tulamben in East Bali.

    Location: Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai No.96E, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 7.30am to 6.30pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 284131

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    Bali Scuba

    This 5-star PADI dive center and BSAC resort offers a fun environment to get into diving, with its headquarters in Sanur featuring an onsite learning pool. With your courses completed and certification achieved, you can arrange for exciting trips with them that can be customized to suit your skill level. Trips include the popular sites of Tulamben, Padangbai and Nusa Penida aboard their bright orange dive boats.

    The underwater photography team offers trips if you’re an advanced diver who wishes to capture Bali’s alluring underwater beauty, taking care of your transfers, accommodations and gear. Shipwreck dive packages at Tulamben and dive gear rentals are available.

    Location: Jalan Danau Poso No.46, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 7am to 6pm

    Phone: +62 (0)857 3929 2642

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    Bali Diving

    Bali Diving is a dive shop based in Sanur that’s a good choice if you’re looking to do your PADI divemaster internship in Bali. You can combine your diving adventure with some extra qualifications added on, such as wreck diving, underwater navigation, rescue diving and other options.

    Total beginners can go for the ‘discover scuba’ or a resort course, supervised by a qualified instructor. Bali Diving offers both PADI and SSI certifications. They can also take you on fun dive trips which are scheduled daily and cover most of the popular dive sites in Bali. These include Tulamben and Menjangan Island, advanced diving sites around Nusa Penida Island, as well as the Sanur reef nearby.

    Location: Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai No.46E, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali 80237, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 7am to 6pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 270791

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    Ena Dive Center

    Ena Dive Center, a 5-star gold palm PADI resort based in Sanur, has a professional team of dive instructors who regularly provide tours and courses in English, Japanese and Indonesian. The dive shop has been around for well over 3 decades, making them one of the veterans in Bali’s diving scene.

    The team at Ena can organize introductory dive lessons, as well as day trips to all of Bali's famous dive spots. Their ‘adventure dive’ packages for 2 persons include a 5-night stay and exploration of Nusa Penida and Tulamben, combined with overland tours to Besakih Temple and jungle trekking. They offer open water introductory lessons around the reef off Sanur Beach, near their home base.

    Location: Jalan Tirta Ening No.1, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali 80227, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 6am to 11pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 288829

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    AquaMarine Diving

    AquaMarine Bali offers safaris combining exciting days out to Bali’s most popular diving spots, together with accommodations, dive trips and PADI-certified courses. They have a unique single-day ‘introductory adventure diving program’ for those who have limited time but wish to experience scuba diving or give diving a try while on their vacation.

    The option enables you to discover what scuba diving is all about. Certified divers can opt from their range of special packages, including 2-night experiences that include 7 dives at popular sites such as Menjangan Island, Tulamben and Amed Beach.

    Location: Jalan Petitenget No.2A, Kerobokan, Badung, Bali 80361

    Open: Daily from 7am to 7pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 473 8020

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    Bali Bubbles Dive Center

    Bali Bubbles Dive Center is a dive shop in Candidasa that offers SSI instructor training, as well as a full range of diving courses from both SSI and PADI. Certified divers can go for their available guided dives in small groups to Bali’s popular dive sites, and choose from an array of dive packages and dive sites based on their certification and experience levels.

    Daily dive trip packages are available that usually involves a dive leader guiding a maximum of 4 divers per trip, together with lunch, hotel transfers and diving equipment included. Newbies can opt for Bali Bubbles’ ‘try scuba’ program from SSI.

    Location: Jalan Raya Candidasa, Nyuh Tebel, Manggis, Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 7pm

    Phone: +62 (0)363 42196

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