Coral Gardens Snorkeling
The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in Bali.
Friday 29 July 2016 06:51 GMT
Northeast of Denpasar City near Tulamben in the Bali Sea, the snorkeling off Coral Gardens is a popular dive site. Located offshore of Paradise Hotel, the waters range from 10 to 30 feet deep. While snorkeling Coral Gardens, you may encounter over 250 species of fish including cleaning wrasse, butterflyfish, triggerfish and parrotfish.
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 Coral Gardens, make sure to use a diver down flag since the boaters tend to drive fast and be unaware of snorkelers in the water.
Overall, Coral Gardens is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in Bali.