Bali is a small island in Indonesia and is part of what is known as the Coral Triangle. This area of the world has amazing underwater wildlife and coral. The diving or snorkeling in Bali is incredible. Pemuteran, a quiet little beach village in NW Bali, was the perfect spot for our second time diving. The diving was all very easy, and actually relaxing. A far cry from my first experience breathing underwater. Pemuteran is the perfect to spot to relax, unwind and spend as much time as possible underwater. Even if you’re not a diver, there are plenty of snorkeling spots right next to the small resorts.
Middle Reef Dive Site in Bali
Our first dive, Middle Reef, was a great start to get over my initial fear of being underwater again. Right out the gate we saw some of my favorite, although common, fish – the little Nemos (clown fish)! They’re shy little bugs, but I managed to get a shot in.
There were also all kinds of starfish dotting the ocean floor.
Another highlight was a small scorpion fish (even though my photog skills weren’t up to par on shooting it). And lots of nudibranchs.
Red is a color you don’t see all too often when diving. The red soft coral we saw at Middle Reef was definitely noteworthy.
Close Encounter Dive Site in Bali
Another fabulous and healthy reef exists at close encounter. The views along the way were particularly impressive.
But, again, the star here is really under the water.
Snorkeling in Bali
After our dive, we weren’t quite ready to be finished sampling the underwater world, so we grabbed our masks and snorkels and took just a few steps to the amazing reefs right along the ocean.
TIP: use the safe entrance and exit points so you don’t disturb any of the corals!
There were so many creatures that we were astonished simply by the sheer volume of fish in this area. We stayed snorkeling for about an hour, just drifting and watching all the ocean life that was only steps away from where we ate breakfast that morning. Pretty soon a storm rolled in, so we packed it up and went for dinner. Since the storm pretty much washed out the access street to most restaurants… we stopped for a massage at Titran Sari and waited it out.
Accommodations near Pemuteran Bali
There aren’t many to choose from in Pemuteran, which is partly the beauty of this little sleepy beach village. Here were some of our favorites:
- Reef Seen – if you’re a diver, this place is perfect. Right on a beautiful stretch of beach, close to fabulous restaurants and budget friendly. They’re small, with only a few rooms, which is exactly what we were looking for.
- Taman Sari Beach Resort – this place is gorgeous, and right next to Reef Seen. We had several meals at their beautiful beach front restaurant that were fantastic.
- Taruna Homestay – small but plenty of amenities, and a swimming pool. Even though it’s not directly on the beach, the family atmosphere and price might make up for it.
- Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – a gorgeous luxury option with a restaurant, spa and pool that’s right on the beach.
- The Menjangan Resort – this resort is a little more off the beaten path for guests who might want more seclusion and relaxation. This beachfront resort has many amenities and an on site restaurant.
This post is part of a series on Diving Pemuteran, Bali, check out the others in the series: Menjangan Island, Bio-Wreck Conservation Project, as well as the reefs of Pemuteran.
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