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Welcome to the Bali Diving Academy! We are one of the oldest diving centres in the area, reknown for being environmentally conscious and a pioneer in the scuba diving in Bali!
If you’re looking for an exciting, and yet utterly safe adventure underwater you should contact us. Not only we will show you the most beautiful diving sites, and their fascinating inhabitants, but we will also make sure you’re completely safe. As a matter of fact, our safety record since the opening in 1991 is 100%.
Therefore, the Bali Diving Academy has a strong reputation as one of the most professional dive centres in Bali and has been chosen as the 2018 winner of the "Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training" Award by PADI Asia Pacific. We are Green Fins certified (most important independent certification agency for sustainable diving operations) with the best score in Indonesia and we support on a daily basis conservation and protection project and we are also awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. We give our divers the possibility to dive differently by trusting fully their dive center from a safety and environmental perspective.
We have only one true passion: the ocean and one goal: to give the possibility to get to know it and preserve this treasure. We would love to meet you and share our passion with you :-).
We are the proud holders of a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence thanks toexcellent comments from our scuba divers and freedivers. Moreover, we’re always on the list of top attractions in Bali. For example:
If you want a supportive, friendly and professional environment to learn how to dive - do yourself a favour and book with the BDA (Bali Diving Academy).
"....These guys are just AWESOME!!!!! Very professionals, safe and secure and the most important ALWAYS SMILING and here to accommodate. I'm not an experienced diver but I did a few dives already ( 85+ ) and I rarely find 2 instructors like these chaps! So Ivanna and Julien a huge THANK YOU for this funny time. I would WARMLY and HIGHLY recommend this place for a great diving experience..."
Mat D via TripAdvisor Bali Diving Academy Lembongan 3 Feb 2019
“Is there any rating above 5 stars? All my expectations for my Open Water Course with BDA were exceeded. From the start, BDA was super responsive and helpful in answering all of my questions. When I decided to book the course, they took care of virtually everything - hotel, pick-up/drop-off, transport to and from the fast boat in Lembongan, my accommodation during the course; I didn't have to plan a thing!... The course itself couldn't have been better... My instructor, Julien, patiently and compassionately helped quell any of my fears. He was with me every step of the way and gave me the confidence to complete the course with flying colors! Throughout our time together, he was extremely professional, patient, kind, and most of all, safe. I always felt looked after by him, especially in the open water…..if you're looking to dive as a beginner or more advanced there really is no better place than BDA. They will make you feel well taken care of and ensure you have the best diving/snorkeling experience possible.Thank you BDA! See you next time :)”
Chelsea via TripAdvisor Bali Diving Academy Lembongan Jan 2019
“The quality of the dive shop can be seen by inspecting their equipment and operations. This is one of the most organized dive operations i've seen. They are the only five star PADI certified center in Pemuteran. Do not go anywhere else. Staff is professional and curious, boats well maintained, equipment in excellent shape. I had 8 dives and my kid went through PADI course. Thank you Bali Diving Academy”.
Leisure via TripAdvisor Bali Diving Academy Pemuteran Jan 2019
“Top notch diving, best service ever. We spent 5 diving days, 10 dives in total with Bali Diving Academy, Pemuteran. Every single one of the dives turned out beautiful, exciting, relaxing, while none of them felt unsafe. Everything was handled extremely well by the very friendly and proficient dive-guides and other crew….Good quality rental gear, not a single technical problem during the stay, and they even set up my gear very proficiently - almost feels like cheating when setting up for a dive can be so non-stressful. :-) The managers were very flexible regarding our wishes for destinations and exact schedule, and very helpful with everything else practical to know when in this area for the first time. Some of the notable animals spotted: White-tipped reef shark, octopus, 2 species of sea horses, swimming cuttlefish, a wide variety of nudibranchs, hermit crabs, orangutan crabs and much, much more - the reefs are abundant with life…For macro-fans, this should be treasure chest in itself. Bali Diving Academy in Pemuteran gets the best recommendation I can provide - we've truly enjoyed every minute of our time here. I hope to return here again before too long”.
Michael B via TripAdvisor Bali Diving Academy Pemuteran Nov 2019
The Scuba Diving Bali Experience
At the Bali Diving Academy, our primary mission is to provide you with the best scuba diving Bali experience. One of the ways to achieve that is diving in small groups. Our instructors will be able to give you their undivided attention because we never dive in groups bigger than four. That way, we can take care of your safety and keep the experience more unique for you.
Furthermore, you can learn every stage of the scuba diving process with us – from PADI Open Water students up to the Instructor course. We also offer freediving courses by a recognised PADI and AIDA freediver instructor (the sole Balinese Freediver Instructor) or underwater photography courses given by our awarded underwater photographer. You deserve to learn from the best and most of all from passionate divers, holidays are precious and rare for many. Hence a professional teaching in a relaxed environment is crucial as well as the key for quality time.
Moreover, we want to help you discover every type of beauty the ocean has to offer. There is magic everywhere, from the breathtaking biodiversity to the explosion of colours in the coral reefs. In fact, once you get to experience the thrilling underwater realm, you’ll be hooked on scuba diving forever.
Our PADI diving instructors and certified PADI Divemaster have years of diving experience. They found most of the best diving spots while exploring the area. Therefore, the Bali Diving Academy offers unique dive safaris in:
- Padang Bai
- Nusa Lembongan
- Nusa Penida
What's more, the Bali Diving Academy is known for offering customised packages. The packages include transportation, thanks to our own driver and exclusive contracts with fast boat companies. Additionally, accommodation, thanks to the long-term contracts with hotels that offer net rates, which are mainly better than other booking sites. Our strong reservation team in the office in Sanur, we’ll make sure all of you needs are met with expediency and efficacy.
The Finest Dive Centre Bali has to Offer
Why the Bali Diving Academy can offer you a unique experience? Because....:
- We’re environmental friendly
- Locally oriented and focused on the community
- Green-Fins certified, and we have obtained the best score in Indonesia
- Close collaboration with the famous Coral Triangle Center (the Foundation that created the Protected marine area in Indonesia)
- We also collaborate with the Marine Megafauna Foundation (for the study and protection of Mantas) as well as the Biorock Project, National Geographic Student Expeditions
- In-house Marine Biologist for conservation projects in line with our Divemaster trainee programme
Bali Diving Academy is also the winner of the "Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training" Award by PADI Asia Pacific. The competition was between over 270 other dive centres in the region. Moreover, we want to give back to the community as much as we possibly can. That’s why we, among others, trained the first Balinese freediving Instructors and the only Indonesian Freediver instructor. The Bali Diving Academy philosophy comes down to the fact that the big majority of the staff that’s working in the company since 1991 comes from the local community that we have trained.
We want to give you the possibility to dive differently with us thanks all those reasons :-).
The Best Diving in Bali
However, now that you know the most important facts about us, we want to tell you more about the best diving in Bali you can experience. In fact, we would like to provide you with a list summarizing the best diving sites we have gathered over the years:
Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan – if you’re looking for spectacular reefs and rich biodiversity this is the place where you should go diving. You can encounter manta rays, big tunas, eagle rays, pelagic fish and even the famous MolaMola.
- Mangrove Point
- Blue Corner
- Lembongan Bay
- Crystal Bay
- Secret Manta or Manta Bay
- Manta Point
Menjangan Island (Deer Island) – as part of the Taman National Bali Barat park it has some of the healthiest, most beautiful coral reefs and wall dives in Bali.
- Shark Point
- Temple Wall
- Coral Garden Menjangan
Tulamben - if you are looking to dive one of the most famous wreck in the world: US Liberty wreck or if you would like to see the biggest diversity of corals in Bali surrounded by many schools of fishes, the two dive spots below are a “must dive”:
- US Liberty wreck
- Drop Off
With the Bali Diving Academy, you can also go diving in Amed, Sanur, Padang Bai, Amed or Pemuteran. There are so many spectacular diving spots all over Bali and you can discover them all with us. We would love to bring you there :-).