Scuba Diving in Bali – FAQ
May 13, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Is Bali good to learn scuba diving and fun dives?
Bali not only famous for its prestige beaches and cultural visit. The waters surrounding Bali provides world-class diving destinations that host some of the most incredible marine life encounters a diver could wish for: Manta Alfredi, Mola-mola (Sunfish), Green Sea Turtles, huge shipwreck and healthy coral reefs.
Alpha World Diving have built a private swimming pool up to 4.5 meters deep, suitable for the PADI confined water training, exercises and practicing buoyancy control. Several dive locations like Tulamben and Padang Bai were ready for open water training with all-year-round calm waters. For advanced divers, Nusa Penida offers many drift dive sites while critters lovers can bring along your camera to Seraya Secret and Amed for macro photography.
2. When is the best time to dive in Bali?
Diving in Bali is all year round. The Manta Alfredi is always swimming around the Nusa Penida Manta Point cleaning the ground. Meanwhile, the best months to meet with Mola-mola was from July to October when the cold-water flow through Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida.
3. What is the water temperature?
The Bali waters are relatively warm to dive throughout the year. The temperature varies between 24°C and 28 °C. During the cold-water flow season, the temperature will eventually drop to 21°C.
4. How much does it cost for scuba diving in Bali?
We hope to share the diving passion and promote the local diving community. We charge between Rp1.400.000 to Rp2.700.000 for a daily diving trip. For PADI recreational courses the range between Rp2.000.000 to Rp7.000.000, while PRO courses will up to Rp18.000.000. The fees have included a full set of scuba equipment (without additional charges). Our equipment selections are a top quality brand and well-maintained.
5. I am not a swimmer, can I try diving?
You do not need to be a swimmer! We will provide training on the water floating and swimming skills (with masks, fins, and snorkel). 9 out of 10 of our customers are non-swimmers at the beginning.
If you want to try scuba diving but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving Bali is for you. We offer the DSD program in our newly built swimming pool, prior to the open sea environment. Although this is not a scuba certification course, you will learn all the steps it takes to be a PADI certified diver.
6. What is PADI?
PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization.
With more than 6,500 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, and more than 135,000 individual PADI Professionals who have issued more than 25 million certifications around the world, you’ll find PADI diver courses and scuba diving services nearly everywhere.
The PADI System of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety-related information and local environmental knowledge to student divers in stages. PADI courses are student-centered and provide maximum practice and realistic application.
7. Can I have a discount if I have my own set of equipment?
You will get an Rp200,000 discount on all the dive trips or PADI courses.
8. What are the Dive Instructors/Guides diving experiences and professional level?
Our instructors are all PADI certified IDC staff instructors with many years of teaching experiences. Our dive guides are all PADI certified Divemaster and above. We are Multilingual that speaks English, Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia. We strive to provide the highest standard educational quality and fun dives experience to our customers.
9. How much care will I get to join the diving trips?
We dive in a small group, maximum of 3 divers per Divemaster or Instructor. Private 1 on 1 dive guide available at an additional charge.
10. Do I need dive insurance for diving? Do you provide diving Insurance?
Diving in Indonesia does not mandatory required dive insurance. However, we strongly recommend you apply for DAN Insurance for frequent divers. We will help you to purchase the yearly insurance plan if you wish to.
11. Can I dive if I have a medical condition?
Divers need to be in good health to take a course or any diving activities and are required to complete the medical statement form. If you answer “yes” to any of the medical conditions on the form, you will need to pay a visit to the doctor and obtain medical approval before participating.
12. The hotel pickups started early in the morning; do you provide breakfast?
We will prepare breakfast based on diver’s special request and additional charges apply. We recommend you take breakfast at the hotel before the drivers arrive. As we may have other guests in the same vehicle, and we care about them by not waiting too long.
13. What is included in my diving trip?
2 or 3 dives (depends on the dive packages). Transport service from/to Hotel. PADI Divemaster or Instructors. 3:1 guiding ratio. High quality and reliable scuba equipment. INT valve scuba cylinders (DIN Valve provided on demand. First Aid kit. Emergency Oxygen Kit. Boat transfer. Lunch/Tower/Snacks/Waters/Tower.
14. Is NITROX (Enriched Air) available in your dive center?
We provide NITROX 32 to certified enriched air divers at additional charge Rp 65.000 per tank.
15. What do I need to bring for diving trips and PADI courses?
Please bring your certification proof, swimsuit and rash guard, personal scuba equipment if any.
16. Where is the nearest hyperbaric chamber and hospital?
The Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar Bali was equipped with Hyperbaric chamber medical facilities for diver emergency situations. There were numbers of international standard Hospital like RS Bali Mandara and Siloam around Sanur and Kuta area.