Matching Your Dive Gear to Bali

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Bali, Indonesia, is a site famous for its coasts, temples, nightlife, food, shopping, and a whole lot of cultural spots. It also has some of the most interesting dive spots in the world. 

Take note of what gear you should bring depending on what dive you want to take in Bali. 

Muck Diving

Muck diving is called what it is because the sites are muddy and the dives are shallow–you are literally looking for the critters that live and grow in the muck. Shallow waters call for summer wetsuits and no dive computer or depth gauge, since there is no decompression.

When you choose your gear, find something light and easy to move in. You don’t want to use too much force to propel yourself in the water–it might stir up the mud and make visibility poor. Light gear makes it easier to drift and propel yourself with less movement. It’s also a good place to freedive unless your focus is photography.

Wreck Diving

There is one famous wreck in Bali–the World War II-era USS Liberty wreck in Tulamben. It’s perfect for both recreational divers and technical divers. Those with less experience can dive around the shallower areas, while the more technical divers can drop to as low as 30 meters below the surface.

This is a non-decompression dive, so no need for dive computers and depth gauges. A full-body, 3 to 5 mm wetsuit is recommended to protect against any scratches. A torch is also good to bring for night dives or when you are within the wreck. It is close enough to the surface to form a kind of reef, so bring your own mask for better visibility. 

Manta Ray Diving

Manta ray diving, much like shark diving, is an activity that requires some patience and technique. Use a comfortable wetsuit (it might be best to bring your own) that you can easily wait in. It is also recommended that you hover rather than touch the ocean floor, so you might want to bring your own fins to make sure you have good control.

There is no decompression, as you will be staying quite near the surface, so you don’t need a dive computer or depth gauge. Freediving is not encouraged, as your constant movement up and down might disturb the manta rays. Choose your gear with an idea to lightness and buoyancy so you can hover better. 

Macro Diving

Macro diving is diving focused on the small, less flashy (but no less unique) creatures that live in muck or in sand and rock formations. It is so called because divers usually need the macro settings on their cameras to take clear photos of these tiny marine dwellers.

There is no decompression, so you don’t need a dive computer or depth gauge. For night diving, you might need a low-beam light that helps you see but doesn’t cause the creatures to hide. A summer wetsuit is perfect for the shallow water and your comfort level.

Diving in Bali, Indonesia: Different and Fascinating

Bali has an unusual array of dive sites, from wrecks to mud. Study the different requirements of each dive, and enjoy each different experience. 

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