Bali's Marine Appeal News Feed

Bali continues to be a strong draw for visitor's from around the world and an increasing number of tourists are engaging in marine tourism.

Among Indonesia’s approximately 88 tourist destinations, Bali continues to be a strong draw for visitor's from around the world and an increasing number of tourists are engaging in marine tourism.

According to marine tourism operators, all indications show business growth with increasing numbers of people returning to Bali to enjoy its many marine tourism activities. Yos WK Amerta, Chairman of the Indonesian Marine Tourism Association's Bali chapter, says the trend is clearly up for Bali’s many marine activities, including boating, snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, fishing and other recreational pursuits. Even though some adventure sorts like scuba diving involve substantial costs, Amerta, who also owns Yos Diving, said more and more people are interested in Scuba diving, also noting that many marine related businesses in Bali are run by foreigners.

Though Bali’s long stretches of white sand beaches have drawn tourists for decades, it’s the waters that now increasingly attract more visitors. Even inland water recreation, such as rafting down the island’s several inland rivers, seems to be attracting more people. With the rise in such options, however, local tourism experts say that when choosing marine tourism operators, it’s always best to compare and conduct plenty of online research. Yos recommends always selecting licensed marine tourist operators and it is also important for individuals to be aware of safety procedures, ensuring that all equipment is safe and to know what safety steps to take if needed in an emergency.

Another dive operator, Ena Dive’s director Ena Partha, echoed these suggestions, noting that the growth options ahead require careful oversight. Although Bali has a lot of potential and the market is promising, she says, the rest depends on professional management and promotion.

Both Yos and Ena recommend using licensed operators, listening carefully to instructions, mentioning health issues that could affect safety, and also suggested that knowing where to go and who to see in an emergency is always a good idea prior to the trip.

Bali's marine offerings are now vast and diverse. Snorkelling and diving locations abound along the east coast of the island, particularly between Amed and Padang Bay, as this section is calmer. Menjangan, Penida, Nusa, Tulamben, Lembongan and Pemuteran are known as some of the island’s top underwater areas, with superb reefs and abundant undersea fauna.

Year round diving and marine activities are available in Bali, but warmer waters make the most popular season from May through to November. Manta Ray season peaks  between April and  May, while sightings of  Mola Mola or Sunfish, the  heaviest bony fish in the world are more likely from August to October. Monsoon season from December through February means limited visibility on and under the water, especially on the east and north coasts. In contrast, the dry season from April through October is characterised by water temperatures of about 29 degrees Centigrade, except in the deeper ocean areas such as Secret Bay and Nusa Penida.

Bali now ranks very highly on the marine tourism scale and as people add the island to their  travel "bucket lists", those involved in the tourism industry hope its many attractive natural features will continue to draw increasing numbers of visitors in the years ahead.

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