Northeast of Denpasar City and northeast of Padang Bai in the Bali Sea, the snorkeling in Blue Lagoon is known for its protected waters and shallow coral formations. This shore-accessed or boat-accessed snorkeling dive site is in waters from 2 to 10 feet deep with plenty of staghorn coral formations. During a Blue Lagoon snorkeling dive, you may encounter grouper, batfish, chromis, frogfish, scorpionfish, moray eels and large anemones. At the outer edge of the reef where the currents pickup, watch for white-tipped reef sharks.
The best time of year for snorkeling off Bali is during the dry season from April to October for high water visibility. The water temperature on the north shore of Bali is much warmer than on the south shore; there can be up to a 20F degree temperature difference.
To reach the snorkeling dive sites on Bali by air, you will want to fly into Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) located on the northwest side of Jakarta. Then use the domestic air flights to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) located south of Denpasar on the southern tip of Bali. Occasionally, there are non-stop flights from Hong Kong directly into Bali. Once on Bali, the best mode of transportation is by taxi such as the Bluebird Taxi service. Upon arrival, there is an entry fee to obtain a 30 day visa permit. In addition, a passport valid for six months after the projected departure date is required. Plus, upon depature, there is a departure tax of at least $25USD.
While the national language on Bali is Bahasa Indonesia, the English language is widely spoken. But, it is still important to try using some of the local language to develop goodwill.
Tip - While snorkeling off Blue Lagoon, make sure to use a diver down flag since the boaters tend to drive fast and be unaware of snorkelers in the water.
Overall, Blue Lagoon is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in Bali.