Bali is the hub for many diving enthusiasts. Bali is relatively warm all year round as the island is located in the tropics. The highest temperatures are between 30 to 32 degree Celsius, while the lows range in the 24 to 26 degrees Celsius at night. However, a different rule applies to the underwater world; there are “good” and “bad” diving seasons in the year and it’s important to get to know them.
In this article, we’ll discuss the best diving seasons in Bali in general, as well as the best times to visit each group of dive sites around the island.
Best diving season in Bali in general, to avoid monsoons
As you know, in the tropics, there are two distinct “seasons” – the wet and dry seasons. The dry and pleasant season runs between May and September as dry southeastern winds from Australia bless the island with little rain. As November approaches, cold winds from the northern hemisphere bring moist air, and diving during the monsoon season can make a miserable dive session until March comes.
This still leaves out two “transition months” as the absolute best months to dive in Bali, namely April and October. Of course, subsequent months can offer favorable conditions. During the rainy season, the diving is still good, particularly around Menjangan island and it can be a great time to explore the island without encountering throngs of tourists.
Best diving seasons in Bali for specific dive sites
West, North and Northeast
Menjangan, Singaraja, Tulamben and Padang Bai all lie within these regions. The region receives 15 cm of rain every year, which is far lower than the rest of Bali. In fact, the dry season lasts around eight months in this region, which makes these areas quite popular among divers.
East coast and Nusa Penida
Sanur and Nusa Penida islands receive more rain, and during the dry season, visibility is spectacular especially at Crystal Bay. From July through November, you can spot a seasonal migration of the largest bony fish in the sea- the Mola-mola, or sunfish. Luckily they swim close to the surface at the best times of the year!
Stay at The Menjangan resort
The Menjangan is an eco-resort that aims to bring guests closer to the natural state of the island. In the water, experience a fascinating world as you float in weightlessness. On land, surrounded by nature, you can enjoy a laid back stroll and listen to the forest.