When we decided to go to Bali, I immediately thought aboutdiving. Novice and with only a few baptisms in the pocket, I did not hesitate long between the most beautiful waters of the world and the municipal swimming pool of Orléans to pass my diving certifications. ^
Nicolas was more reserved at first but you will soon discover which of us is the most bitten dive today;-)
Level 1-Open Water at Lembongan: How to become an autonomous diver?
By crossing some seasoned instructors, we were all told that we had the chance to start semi-professional scuba diving in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Indeed, barely arrived in Bali, we took the boat from Sanur to Lembongan, a small island south east of Bali, very close to its big sister, the wild Nusa Penida.
The French Kiss Diver Club We had been warmly recommended and we were super welcomed. In diving there are two major affiliations for clubs: SSI and PADI. The advantage of SSI is that you will be immediately autonomous with your level 1 and that they are often less expensive. The courses are very well done with quizzes. We follow them 100% online via the mobile application, very convenient to travel!
Diving is a passion but also a technical discipline at risk that deserves to be perfectly framed. When you learn the basics of physics (including a simple baptism), it may be more comfortable to do so in your native language, in French.
Greg, our instructor, made us the show for the theoretical part, and was very reassuring and pedagogue for the exercises in the pool. After the 4 hours of e-learning and all the formulas in mind, we were in a hurry to finally go into the ocean to meet the fish.
We were not disappointed. On the first day south of Nusa Penida, we saw giant manta rays at their cleaning station. No mola mola for us (deep fish can measure up to 12m) Unfortunately for us, but we were more and more comfortable and confident under the water.
The next day we dove north of the island and there the show was just dazzling. During a drift dive, we left ourselves in the sandstone of the currents and were able to enjoy the multicolored environment. It was a real underwater jungle with its trees: soft corals, some with fluorescent fibers and other hard.
Count 3 days for open water and about €300 in BaliAverage price OPEN WATER
Level 1 allows you to dive in pairs at 18m deep by being accompanied by a guide or dive master only
Fun Dive in Pemuteran
A few hours drive (3h) from Canggu, all the way to the north West of Bali and almost stuck to Java, lies a mysterious region and populated by legends.
However, this arid and isolated area contains species Rare on both the earth and the seabed.
All lovers of nature and adventure will tell you, Menjangan Island National Park is full of incredible wildlife. And the way to get there is breathtaking. You can contemplate the two volcanoes of the nearby Java Island and embark on a traditional wooden boat before arriving on an island with emerald green waters.
The National Park De Pemuteran is a protected reserve. Go off season, you’ll be Very few and sometimes even the attraction of tourists from Jakarta ^^.
Finally out of the exercises, we were able to enjoy a beautiful fall and underground caves. The water was crystalline and we discovered the most macro spaces to the largest specimens like a small shark !
In the evening, we made our first night dive which will remain one of the most memorable memories of our trip. Departure in Palm from the beach at sunset….
After feeling a little confirming that one can feel, this dive allows to discover one to one of the species that come out and live at night. Octopus, the cuttlefish that hunts, the crab covered with its protective jellyfish etc…
Level 2-Advanced to Tulemben
To continue our certifications and thus be able to dive in all situations, we decided to pass our level 2 to Tulamben. We discovered the cheapest club in the area (Dive concepts) but had also heard several bell sounds about it. Our experience was great. A lot of simplicity and professionalism on the part of Yohanna and Maria Our Uruguayan instructor, a former yoga teacher and perfectly bilingual.
All the guides we have met have focused on safety and everyone has been able to give us their tips and diving tip. It’s a good thing to change clubs when you’re in shape. Although the Common Core is quite similar, there are different experiences and good practices to be garnered from each.
This second level allowed us to be now perfectly comfortable, to better control our consumption and our buoyancy. We are more aware that the binomial is crucial in the event of an air problem. Also to be serene while diving.
We took automatism by diving together and at first we were very much annoyed (by bumping the bottles, kicking each other, looking for the other one was just above, unable to communicate etc…). Now it’s much more fluid and sharing as a couple through gestures and eye expression is pretty magical.
In the course of the dives, we realized the fragility of this underwater ecosystem and the need to preserve it. How much plastic, straws, tires we found all over the place. There is no culprit but it is by being sensitized as we have been that things will improve. Including the preservation of corals. It happens to skid and touch a little, but seeing divers crush, move, break the seabed with impunity has sometimes punctured our hearts.
Count 2 days for advanced and about €200 in BaliADVANCED Average price
To compare with the prices of other activities, go to our article on The cost of living in Bali.
We took the opportunity to pass the NITROX certification. This was the occasion and Maria immediately advised us to do so to secure our future dives and be less tired.
Difficult to describe the feeling that Provides diving. It’s a total serenity:
- You can’t feel your body floating in Weightlessness in the way of an astronaut in the air
- No more noise around us, if that Is the cracking of the rocks and the singing of the bubbles
- Our actions are slow and calm
- Our visibility is Microscopic creatures and at the same time when one raises the head, one is seized By the immensity of the ocean.
- You feel like a foreign guest A privileged stroll and enjoy the abundant life that surrounds it, without Touch it, simply contemplating it.
Bottle diving is undoubtedly the best way to experience underwater life in Indonesia. It is not the only one. We had a great time at a snorkelling in Amed and we would love to do some free dive classes.
It seems that in a few classes, everyone can get to hold 3 minutes snorkeling under the water!
Top 5 of our favorite species
- The Little Night Octopus that hid under his plastic bag.
- The turtle that started swimming next to us to go and breathe on the surface
- The 15 big fish parrots to hump that made white “poop” (because they eat coral with full teeth)
- The Little Blue Moray with Yellow Line
- The nudibranchs, very colorful and funny little slugs
- Nemo who plays in his anemone
Top 5 of our best memories
- An impromptu snorkeling where we saw new species of coral. We really had a sense of freedom and also the fear without the combi ^^
- To discover the artificial coral reefs (human-created iron structures fed by low-voltage current to stimulate the production of coral) to repopulate the seabed. Learn more about the BIO Rocks project
- The Buddhists temples present in the submarine funds. When an anemone serves as a headdress to a statue and the coral comes to colour these vestiges of the past.
- During a nocturnal dive, move your arms and see thousands of stars glowing everywhere around you (bioluminescent phytoplankton)
- Enter an underwater cave and discover a baby shark, both glazing and beautiful
Top 5 of our Galleys
- Morgana who knocks himself out with the boat during our first “autonomous” dive! 😉
- Nico who goes diving with his iPhone in the combi. Thanks the notification “the world” ^^ two meters to enter the water.
- The army of Asians with their dazzling lamps that hid all the bright plankton.
- A forgotten lead belt. Nico had a cold sweat at the thought of having to dive with 2 kilos (which meant emptying his lungs at full throttle to get down!!!)
- Morgana’s little narco-30m. We will never know if I am a loser in math or if it was the effect of depth. I admit I have an idea ^^
Welcome to the Dive!