Words cannot describe how amazing Bali is, making it the most popular destination that attracts visitors around the world. No wonder Bali is even more popular than Indonesia itself among tourists. Bali is often associated with the crowded Kuta beach or Sanur. However, if you prefer a more relaxed holiday, maybe you can visit Candidasa, a small but beautiful coastal town in East Bali.
You can easily reach Candidasa from Ubud, Kuta, Sanur, Lovina and Padang Bai by the national Perama shuttle bus company. Make sure you book in advance. If you want to go directly by car from the airport, it takes about 90 minutes drive. Alternatively, you can get there by using a bemo, a public transport from Denpasar’s Batubulan terminal.
There are lots of things to do there, from day trips to Tenganan village, where its community still retains pre-Majapahit culture to diving as Candidasa is known as the point of departure for the most exciting dive spots in Bali. There are several top diving centers in Candidasa to choose from:
Besides Kuta, Sanur is one of Bali’s most desirable tourist spots. Known as a beach town, it never stops appealing visitors, mainly middle-aged and older families from Europe. It is more expensive than Kuta but more affordable than Seminyak. The best thing about Sanur is you can feel relaxed amid the abundance of accommodation and restaurant.
To get to Sanur, there are some alternatives. If you want to go there directly from Ngurah Rai International Airport, you can go by taxi and it takes 20 minutes. Besides that, you can choose shuttle bus or bemo from the north and south as well as from Tegal terminal in Denpasar. Additionally, if you are from Nusa Lembongan, you can go by boat that arrives at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah.
For divers and snorkelers, Sanur may not be one of the best dive destinations, however some of well-established diving centers in Bali are located in Sanur. Here are some recommended diving centers in Sanur:
Atlantis Scuba Diving
Atlantis is an established brand associated with diving. This dive center started its operation in 1996 in Sanur and now it is one of the most favorite diving centers in Sanur. In addition, Atlantis Scuba Diving is also one of the longest running dive operators in Bali which is renowned for its professionalism and warm service. The instructors-mix of Indonesians and expats-are friendly and ready to guide you dive in Bali’s top dive sites.
The facilities and equipments are world-class and there are many things to do there, from taking dive course to join dive day trips.
This is the oldest diving center in Bali (started 24 years ago) and one of the biggest diving centers in Sanur, let alone Bali. There are abundant of choices there, from dive course to day dive trips to some attractive dive areas such as Topekong, Amed, Padang Bai and so on. The price differs from one dive site to another.
Moreover, this center also offers dive packages and courseto choose from. For dive packages, you can choose whether you want to dive for 7 days or even 14 days. Morover, if you also want to visit Lombok, there is also Bali-Lombok dive package.
For non divers who want to watch beautiful fish in Bali’s waters, there is Underwater Walk program. You do not need to worry if you are too afraid of being in the water as their professional guide will accompany you so you can enjoy watching hundreds of colorful fish in a safe manner. You only need to bring your swim suit, sunscream and voucher of payment, no diving equipment needed. The rate is US$ 58 per person.
Bali International Diving Professional (BIDP)
The older dive operator in Bali, more than 25 years of diving experience in Bali. No wonder this center is also one of Bali’s favorite dive centers. Their professional dive guides and instructors are certified and ready to cater your need, no matter whether you are a newbie. This center provides dive package for people with disability as BIDP is the only certified member of the International Association for Handicapped Divers in Bali.
The prices for 1 day dive trips differs depending on which dive sites you choose. For example, 2 dives in Padang Bai costs you US$ 105 and the price for 2 dives in Tulamben is US$ 85. There is additional cost for extra dive (US$ 30).
So, come to dive in Sanur and feel the difference!
This dive center is located on the beach of Candidasa in front of hotel Puri Bagus, a hotel built in traditional Balinese style. There are several courses offered in this dive center, from beginners to advance divers. Online booking is highly recommended as you will get fewer rates. For example, if you book online for SSI or PADI Scuba Diver course, the price online is 171 Euro, less 19 Euro than the original price (190 Euro). For beginners, they can practice in a comfortable pool. Their professional instructors are ready to guide and teach you the basic skills of diving.
The policy is also applied for their dive packages. You can choose dive packages from 3 Day Package (max.2 dives) for 162 Euro (online price) to 12 Day Package (max.2 dives) for 594 euro (online price).
In addition, there are several half day and full day trips to several enchanting dive sites such as Menjangan, Nusa Penida and many more. Unfortunately, you cannot book online for these packages. But still, this newly dive center is one of the best diving centers in Candidasa.
Sub Ocean Bali
This operator is a PADI certified diving center in Candidasa, with professional team who are fluent in English, Dutch, Italian, German and Spanish. In addition, Subocean has some attractive trips to Bali, including diving, fishing, snorkeling and accommodation.
Like other PADI certified operators, Sub Ocean offers dive courses ranging from newbie to advance, with the price starting from 65 Euro (for PADI Scuba Review) to 195 Euro (PADI Nitrox Course). Book and certification are included in all the prices.
From this center, you can start exploring some top dive sites in Bali such as Amed, Tulamben, Gili Tepekong, Nusa Penida and many more. The price depends on how many dives and is different from one to another. For extra night dive, the cost is 5 Euro per person.
Alam Asmara Dive Resort
This dive resort has a slogan: More than just a dive resort. Honeymooners will fall in love easily with this place as there is Asmara Cinta Wedding package that fits for young couple. The price is US$ 2.877 net, while the dive package is US$ 880. The deluxe bungalow is equipped with top class facilities such as spa, pool, laundry and many more.
For food and cooking lovers, this resort also offers cooking class in their Rendezvous Restaurant. You will be able to learn how to cook traditional Balinese cuisine. You can also shop the basic ingredients in traditional markets and feel the difference.
Feel the sensation of Bali’s underwater by diving in Candidasa’s top dive operators. Happy diving!