Scuba diving in Nusa Dua: Padang Bai, the closest dive base
Want to experience Bali's legendary scuba diving while staying at a Nusa Dua resort? Why not join us for a day of scuba diving from Padang Bai? This Balinese village is a great place to dive from for travellers stayingg in Nusa Dua, just one hour away from the island's resort peninsula.
Convenient place to scuba dive from Nusa Dua
Due to its exposure to the Indian ocean's swell and its sandy beaches, Nusa Dua offers no quality scuba diving locally. Your best bet is to travel from your Nusa Dua resort to Padang Bai. Padang Bai is located less than 60Km / 40 miles away from Nusa Dua. This village is the easiest place you can dive from while staying at a hotel in Nusa Dua. The commute from Nusa Dua to Padang Bai takes 1.5 hours, much less than the 3 hours + each way needed to dive Tulamben's Liberty shipwreck from Nusa Dua.
You can easily leave your hotel around 6:30am, do 2 dives at local Padang Bai scuba sites and be back at your hotel by 3:30pm. 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 Nusa Dua to Padang Bai at the time of booking.
Beginner dive sites close to Nusa Dua
If you are a dive beginner staying in Nusa Dua, 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 diving 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 on transport cost.
For Open Water certified divers, the Geko Dive Team also recommends diving Padang Bai dive sites from Nusa Dua with a local operator. 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
Read more about scuba diving in Padang Bai
Advanced dive sites near Nusa Dua
For Advanced Open Water divers and up, there are more great sites available to dive from Padang Bai while staying in Nusa Dua. 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 Nusa Dua?
Do you think one day diving 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 Kuta.
Read about staying in Padang Bai.
Check out Padang Bai as a dive base.
Look at photo galleries from Padangbai.