Some Reasons to Do Your Open Water Dive Course in Bali
I know you have other options in South East Asia for doing Open Water but why Bali? What’s so special about it? Here are several things I can think of Bali which (hopefully) will make you do your Open Water dive here:
#1: It’s BALI
Apart being the most famous island in the archipelago I can list at least TWENTY awards for Bali as tourist destination like seriuosly. The Tourism Beureau of Bali has done this for me from their page here a while ago. Among them Bali was awarded as Favorite Island four years in a row (1998-2001), Best Spa Destination of The World 2009 (massage after dive sound good eh?), Best Exotic Destinations Award 2008 (Luxury Travel Magazine, London), and Most Beautiful Island in the World 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler.
What does it mean for scuba divers (and scuba diver will-bes) like us? Well, you can rest assured that whatever you want is available in Bali. Direct flight from major airports in the world? Checked. Good road access around the island? Checked. Vast options of accommodations? Checked. Food? Gluten free are available. Spa? They are very good at it. One of best wreck sites in the world? Checked. Manta ray, mola-mola, muck diving, drift diving, UW photography, etc.? Checked.
#2: Coral Triangle
The Coral Triangle is a geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each ecoregion. This region encompasses portions of two biogeographic regions: the Indonesian-Philippines Region, and the Far Southwestern Pacific Region. The Coral Triangle is recognized as the global centre of marine biodiversity and a global priority for conservation. It also called the “Amazon of the seas” and covers 5.7 million square kilometers of ocean waters. Its biological resources sustain the lives of over 120 million people. According to the Coral Triangle Knowledge Network, about $3 billion in fisheries exports and another $3 billion in coastal tourism revenues are derived as annual foreign exchange income in the region. (source: wikipedia.org)
This is a promise by mother nature that whoever dive in Bali, in the coral triangle, will meet combination of underwater wonders couldn’t be found elsewhere.
#3: IDR local currency
Even now that local government has imposed a regulation of using only Indonesian Rupiah for local trading you (who hold stronger currency) still benefit from it. You don’t have to be rich rich to enjoy Bali.
An Open Water Course inclusive of certification pack cost only $399 with lunch, gear, fees and taxes included. Breakfast is commonly included with your accommodation so your extra money can go to dinner or spa. Food is also cheap in here local commonly buy their regular lunch for only IDR 10.000 (less than 1 USD).
Camera rental, gear rental, extra dives all come in reasonable budget. Backpackers will love Bali a lot.
Pick anywhere to stay in Bali and it won’t be far from sea. Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, Nusa Dua are all beach side area. Up north there are Lovina, Pemuteran, Menjangan and so on which happen to be in walking distance to wonderful beaches.
With beaches come other fun things too: surfing, jetski, freediving, fishing and spearfishing. It’s hard to get bored in Bali with so much activities to do. If I ever need to pay for lodging in Bali I would pick cheap hotel with basic amenities cause most of the time I’ll be out somewhere.
I’ll write more later but these should already get you divegasm in Bali. Or why not writing telling me your version of Bali to hello[at]balidiving[dot]com ?