North of Denpasar City on the northern coast, the snorkeling at Pemuteran Bay is considered some of the best on Bali. There are three popular snorkeling dive sites in Pemuteran Bay including Biorock, Napolean Reef and Kebun Chris Reef.
The Biorock Project snorkeling dive site is located offshore of the Pondock Sari / Bali Diving Academy. The Biorock Project has 50 artificial reefs arranged parallel to shore making for a good snorkeling trail.
The Napoleon Reef is a boat-accessed snorkeling dive site located well offshore. The water depth ranges from 10-30 feet deep. This coral garden is covered in sea fans and provides habitat for pipefish, damselfish and cuttlefish. Over the past decade, the coral health has improved greatly.
The Kebun Chris Reef snorkeling dive site is located about 60 feet offshore of the Reef Seen Divers Resort and is their house reef. During a Kebun Chris Reef snorkel, you may encounter moray eels, lionfish, cardinalfish and stonefish among the anemones.
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 Pemuteran Bay, make sure to use a diver down flag since the boaters tend to drive fast and be unaware of snorkelers in the water.
Overall, Pemuteran Bay is the 11th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 12 snorkeling dives in Bali.