Scuba diving in Ubud: Padang Bai, the closest dive base

Tired of Ubud's hustle & bustle? Why not join us for a day of scuba diving from Padang Bai? This Balinese village is the most convenient place to dive for Ubud holiday-goers, just one hour away from the island's artistic and cultural capital.

Scuba diving Padang Bai from Ubud 

There is no scuba diving in Ubud as it is a landlocked town. This does not mean you cannot scuba dive while staying in Ubud. Padang Bai is located less than 40Km / 28 miles away from Ubud. The commute from Ubud to Padang Bai takes about one hour.

This village is the easiest place you can dive from while sleeping at a hotel in Ubud. You can easily leave your hotel around 7am, do 2 dives at local Padang Bai scuba sites and be back to your hotel by 3pm. You can choose to use your own transport or have the Geko Dive Team organise it for you (at a supplement). Please contact Geko Dive Bali by email for a quote for return transport from Ubud to Padang Bai at the time of booking.

Beginner dive sites close to Ubud

If you are a dive beginner staying in Ubud, the Geko Dive Team recommends that you join us for a halfday PADI Discover Scuba Diving program with one or two dives at our local Padang Bai sites. The other option is to take a 3 days PADI Open Water Course during which we strongly advise you to stay in Padang Bai in order to cut transport costs.

For Open Water certified divers, the Geko Dive Team also recommends diving Padang Bai dive sites. At these sites, divers can encounter whitetip reef sharks, turtles, pelagic, schools of tropical fish, nice corals and great macro.

Learn about the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program in Padang Bai

Check out the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Padang Bai

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Advanced dive sites near Ubud

For Advanced Open Water divers and up, there are more great sites available to dive departing from Padang Bai while resiing in Ubud. These include Manta Point, Nusa Penida North and the Gili Islands of Biaha, Tepekong and Mimpang.

Learn about diving Manta Point from Padang Bai

Check out scuba diving Gili Biaha from Padang Bai

Read more about dives in Gili Tepekong from Padang Bai

Why not come and spend a night away from Ubud?

Do you think one day by the beach is not enough? We think so too! For travellers wishing to dive with the Geko Dive Team for several days, we have selected the best accomodation in Padang Bai and Candidasa for you. Have a look at our Padang Bai accommodation page for the best choices of hotels, guesthouses and homestays for the seaside portion of your Bali holiday away from Ubud.

Read about staying in Padang Bai.

Check out Padang Bai as a dive base.

Look at photo galleries from Padangbai.