Northeast of Denpasar City in the Bali Sea, the snorkeling off Tulamben is considered as the best in Bali. It is the islands diving center. Most snorkelers start by diving the house reef just offshore of the Tauch Terminal Resort in the 10 to 30 foot deep waters. You may encounter lionfish, moray eels, pipefish and barracuda among the coral heads, rocks and barrel sponges.
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.
Keep in mind that it is a long drive to Tulamben from Denpasar City over narrow, winding roads (3 hours).
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 Tulamben, make sure to use a diver down flag since the boaters tend to drive fast and be unaware of snorkelers in the water.
Overall, Tulamben is the 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in Bali.