Welcome to Padang Bai and Geko Dive Bali
Geko Dive Bali is proud to have been officially selected as a Participating Dive Operator (PDO) for the Indonesian World Underwater Photography Contest - IWUPC - 2013
Why Geko Dive Bali
What has a gecko got to do with scuba diving? Everybody knows that geckos are not good swimmers. Neither are they divers. Indeed geckos are often seen climbing up walls and ceilings in a dry environment. (Be happy when you find them in your bungalow: mosquitoes are their favourite dish!)
The name was coined following a fun dive at the Balinese Eastern coast. Some dive sites here are sometimes hit by raging currents. One sometimes ends up holding on to rocks and creeping along walls, like geckos, in order not to get flushed away by the drift (We also have relaxed, easy, dive sites for training and gazing at/photographing macro critters;-). Helped by some inspiring drinks, the name GEKO DIVE was born while sitting together and enjoying a slice of life after such a pounding dive adventure.
First Scuba Dive Centre in Padang Bai
Geko Dive Bali first opened in June 1997. At 15 years of age, it is the oldest dive centre in Padang Bai. Geko Dive Bali is a PADI Resort since 1998 and became a PADI 5 Star Resort many years ago. This Bali dive centre has also recently become a TecRec Technical Dive Centre!
We are fortunate to have one of Bali's best dive staff! The Geko Dive Team speaks Balinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Indonesian and Japanese. There may be a bit of British, Australian and Thai here and there too. All of our dive guides are excellent divers, PADI Divemaster certified and fully insured, with years of working experience on Bali's numerous dive sites. For the Geko Dive Team, scuba diving remains a passion, first and foremost.
Fun Scuba Diving in Bali, Indonesia
Diving with Geko Dive Bali has always been fun and serene. To make sure that it stays this way, we have no intention on getting any bigger than we already are. Diving in large herds at dive factories is not a divestyle that the Geko Dive Team enjoys.
Scuba diving should be a personal experience! We therefore keep small dive groups (4 max and often less), with similarly experienced divers together. We also keep the same guests with the same PADI Divemaster for the duration of their dive holiday whenever possible. That way divers and diveguides get to know each other and work together towards the divers' satisfaction.
We believe all our guests deserve the ultimate diving adventure with utmost enjoyment and safety. The Geko Dive Team is always happy to hear what you would like to see underwater. Be it a macro critter, like frogfish, siagiani squat lobster, ghost pipefish, orangutan crab, tiger shrimp, Spanish dancer or nudibranches, or a large animal, such as manta rays, reef sharks, turtles, mola-mola oceanic sunfish or pelagic fish, we will do everything we can to find it for you in order for you admire it or take photographs. We can't work miracles but we certainly will try.
Geko Dive Supports the Padang Bai Community
We also adhere to a philosophy of creating employment opportunities in the local community. This is obvious in the level of service that you will receive when you are here. You will never have to carry a tank, set or clean your equipment while you are diving with us, if that is what you wish. This high level of service still comes at highly competitive rates.
Green Dive Centre in Padang Bai, Bali
We also strongly believe that scuba divers have a responsibility to the underwater world. This is why we do everything we can to help preserve and care for the environment in many different ways. Please see our conservation and education programs for more information.
Discover Bali´s Amazing Underwater Wildlife
Swim with manta rays. These beautiful creatures grace us with their presence all year long at Nusa Penida.
Find the elusive mola-mola oceanic sunfish on one of our Mola-Mola Sunfish Safaris.
Come play with reef sharks. Although endangered in most places, whitetip reef sharks and even wobbegongs (in season) are still plentiful on our local dive sites and coral reefs.
Discounted PADI Specialty Combo
Geko Dive offers divers a great opportunity to combine two of the latest PADI specialties. Take the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty along with the PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty and benefit from a special price.
These specialties are the perfect combination for experienced divers and underwater photographers wishing to learn novel ways of diving self-sufficiently. These two courses are normally offered at a price of Rp 3,000,000 each. Combine them and pay Rp 5,000,000 only benefitting from a whopping 15% discount!!!
This offer is only valid until June 2013 and limited places apply. You can book by sending us an email now!
East Bali's first PADI TecRec technical dive centre
In 2012, Geko Dive Bali became East Bali's PADI Asia Pacific first TecRec Dive Centre .
As a fully fledged technical diving facility, Geko Dive Bali offers a range of courses from PADI TecRec Discover Tec, through PADI TecRec Tec 40, PADI TecRec Tec 45, PADI TecRec Tec 50 and PADI TecRec Tec Sidemount.
Low Season Is The Best Season to Dive in Bali
Bali is reaching low season! This means more wet days and less people in the water. This is the perfect time for divers who like small groups, close interaction with fish, be they small or large, and even private tuition or guiding.
Macro critters, such as frogfish and pygmy seahorses, ornate and robust ghost pipefish, nudibranches and crustaceans, are thriving in Bali this time of year. Larger animals, like manta rays, sharks and turtles, can be approached more easily as there are less divers in the water. Plus, we still enjoy sunshine daily.
Don't spoil it by spreading the word too much, but now is the best time to dive in Bali
Tailor-Made Diving in Bali and Your Personal Dive Experience
Whether you have never dived before, are an experienced diver or a passionate photographer enjoying private guiding, the Geko Dive Team will show you world-class diving and the best that Bali has to offer.
If you have never experienced the thrill of scuba diving, then why not give it a go? Bali is a great place to learn to scuba dive. Imagine doing your PADI in a place that experienced scuba divers from all over the world are excited to dive in. The tropical paradise island of Bali is that place! Aided by our experienced team of PADI Instructors, PADI Divemasters and our friendly staff, you will leave Bali feeling that you have had the time of your life. Be careful though, scuba diving in Bali is addictive and you will want to come back.
You won't be left out either, if you are an experienced diver. You will see things here that you will remember for the rest of your lives - not just Mola -mola oceanic sunfish, sharks, turtles and Manta rays, but also a diversity of life that will make you want to return to Bali again and again. From healthy coral reefs, to muck dives through wall, wreck and drift diving, Indonesia's Bali island can offer a bit of everything to passionate divers.
This is why professional photographers keep on coming back to Bali. Many of them choose to dive with Geko Dive Bali due to the extensive experience of the diveguides, the flexibility of the dive centre staff and the dedicated charging tables and rinse tanks available to them. If, like us, you have a passion for underwater photography, the Geko Dive Team will take extra care to ensure you get the shots, whether macro or wide-angle! You can even enter the IWUPC 2013 competition since we have been offically recognised as a Participating Dive Operator (PDO).