Gili Tepekong Snorkeling
The 10th most popular snorkel dive spot in Bali.
Wednesday 13 July 2016 06:51 GMT
Northeast of Denpasar City and west offshore of Candidasa in the Bali Sea, the snorkeling off Gili Tepekong is challenging dive in crystal clear water. There is great visibility due to the strong currents of the open sea. This boat-accessed sea mount is known for large table coral formations along with sponges and red sea fans. The snorkeling waters range from 5 to 30 feet deep. During Gili Tepekong snorkeling dives, you may encounter nurse sharks, gray-tipped reef sharks, white-tipped reef sharks and black-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 Gili Tepekong, make sure to use a diver down flag since the boaters tend to drive fast and be unaware of snorkelers in the water.
Overall, Gili Tepekong is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in Bali.