Padang Bai is one of Bali’s most popular destinations for scuba diving and at the same time for private snorkeling bali. The diverse tropical marine life makes snorkeling Padang Bai ideal for both beginner and advanced swimmers.
As a relatively medium size village for Bali island, the village of Padang Bai is home to a number of beautiful beaches and bays that offer excellent snorkeling, amed bali opportunities.
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Things to know when snorkeling in Padang Bai
Padang Bai is famous for its underwater diversity and beautiful coral reefs. The abundance of soft and hard coral, and the diverse tropical marine life combined with large fish species and small critter that live there makes Padang Bai the best place to snorkel for a one easy day trip.
For those most fascinated about turtles, snorkeling Padang Bai is one of the best places in Bali to swim with them. Packed with beautiful underwater life, you may see octopus, sea snakes or white tip reef sharks.
All of the snorkeling Padang Bai is conducted by using traditional spider boats. The boat rides are short, convenient and the waves are generally small or none at all which makes Padang Bai an excellent choice for children and family trips.
The best 3 snorkeling Padang Bai spots
1. Blue Lagoon
Padang Bai Blue Lagoon Snorkeling is the most popular activity in Padang Bai and primarily because it’s a beautiful bay that can be visited both from the beach and by boat. The underwater life is beautiful and diverse with turtles easily seen on a daily basis.
Snorkeling a little bit out of the bay will enable you to see the beautiful coral reef that Blue Lagoon is offering.
2. Tanjung Jepun
Locally known as Jepun and placed just on the left side of Blue Lagoon bay, this is the second most popular spot for snorkeling in Padang Bai. Jepun features a beautiful wall that starts from shallow which enables snorkelers to enjoy the diverse marine life.
3. White Sand Beach
Disregarded by many, White Sand Beach is one of the best spots for snorkeling in Padang Bai as it offers a beautiful beach view and beginner friendly snorkeling that is rich with hard and soft coral as well as turtles and other marine life.
White Sand Beach is added to our list as it’s a less visited snorkeling spot so during the peak season it’s less crowded compared to Blue Lagoon.
Padang Bai marine life
What makes Padang Bai so famous for snorkeling is the diverse marine life and this is the best way to describe snorkeling in Padang Bai. Simply it’s packed with diversity and it’s all that snorkelers imagine when visiting a tropical island like Bali.
Turtles, sharks, octopus, sea snakes, camouflage fish, schools of pelagic and the list can go on.
Padang Bai marine life
How to get to Padang Bai?
Padang Bai is easily reachable from either the south or the north-east coast of Bali. Generally a short 1 hour car trip, this allows travellers to either visit Padang Bai by themselves or to choose an operator such as Neptune Scuba Diving.
Once arriving in Padang Bai harbour, you will easily spot the many spider boats known as Jukung which will be used to visit the east bali snorkeling spots.
Padang Bai is the number one choice for a one easy day trip for snorkeling as well as for family trips, children snorkeling.
Best time to visit for snorkeling Padang Bai
Are you searching for the best time for amed snorkeling tour? Same as all the other snorkeling spots in Bali, the best time to visit Padang Bai is during the dry season April to October. Snorkeling in Padang Bai suitable all year round but the rainy days of the wet season may sometimes affect the visibility although it’s not a general rule that it does.
Bali Snorkeling Tour – Padang Bai
The day starts with the hotel transfer at approximately 7AM, meet and greet at the dive center for preparations, snorkeling gear check and day briefing before finally heading out to snorkeling Padang Bai. The trip to reach the harbour of Padang Bai takes approximately 45-60 minutes by car from Sanur where our dive center is located.
Once arriving in Padang Bai, we will be loading the boat, a traditional spider boat called Jukung and off we go for a 5-10 minutes ride to the nearest snorkeling spots.
In each snorkeling spot we will be swimming for approximately 45-60 minutes before returning back to the harbour where we will be enjoying lunch at a nearby local restaurant with delicious local food. Lunch is included in our snorkeling Padang Bai pricing.
The return back at the dive center is scheduled for approximately 2PM after 2 spots snorkeling.
Snorkeling Padang Bai has a total of 9 main dive sites out of which almost all of them are perfectly suitable for snorkeling.
What is included
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Transport to Padang Bai
- Boat rental
- Snorkeling guide ( 4 on 1 group )
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected areas)
- Full set snorkeling equipment
- Bottled water
What is excluded
Additional equipment such as but not limited to: GoPro rental, private snorkeling guide, private car, private boat, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions about Snorkeling Padang Bai
How far away is Padang Bai?
Padang Bai is located on the east coast of Bali, approximately 1 hour away by car from Sanur and 1.5 hours away from Kuta, Seminyak and Nusa Dua.
Is snorkeling Padang Bai good?
Yes, snorkeling in Padang Bai is one of the best that Bali has to offer, swimming with turtles, octopus, diverse tropical marine life.
Where is the best snorkelling in Bali?
Bali has several excellent snorkeling spots with clear waters, abundant marine life, and beautiful coral reefs. Here are some of the best snorkeling spots in Bali:
Menjangan Island: Located in West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island is considered one of the best snorkeling spots in Bali. The island is home to a variety of marine life, including schools of colorful fish, sea turtles, and beautiful coral reefs.
Amed: Amed is a fishing village in East Bali, famous for its black sand beaches and excellent snorkeling opportunities. The waters around Amed are home to a wide range of marine life, including reef sharks, octopuses, and colorful fish.
Nusa Lembongan: Nusa Lembongan is a small island off the southeast coast of Bali that is popular for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and excellent snorkeling spots. The island is home to several species of fish, as well as colorful coral reefs.
Padang Bai: Padang Bai is a small village on the east coast of Bali, and it is famous for its beautiful beaches and excellent snorkeling spots. The waters around Padang Bai are home to a variety of marine life, including reef sharks, turtles, and colorful fish.
Tulamben: Tulamben is a small fishing village on the northeast coast of Bali, famous for its world-renowned USS Liberty shipwreck, which is now home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, eels, and octopuses.
Is Bali a good place to snorkel?
Bali has many excellent snorkeling spots, and each one offers a unique underwater experience. It’s best to research and choose a snorkeling spot that suits your preferences and interests.
What is Padang Bai, and why is it a popular snorkeling destination?
Padang Bai is a small coastal village in the eastern part of Bali, Indonesia, known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant marine life. It is a popular snorkeling destination due to its clear waters, diverse coral reefs, and abundant sea life, offering snorkelers an unforgettable underwater experience.
When is the best time to go snorkeling in Padang Bai?
The ideal time to snorkel in Padang Bai is during the dry season, which runs from April to September. During this period, you can expect calmer sea conditions, increased visibility, and overall better snorkeling experiences.
What marine life can I expect to see while snorkeling in Padang Bai?
Padang Bai is home to a variety of marine life, including colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles, and occasionally, reef sharks. Some of the fish species you might see are angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, and clownfish.
Do I need any prior snorkeling experience to enjoy Padang Bai?
No, Padang Bai offers snorkeling spots suitable for beginners and experienced snorkelers alike. If you are new to snorkeling, consider joining a guided tour or taking a beginner's course to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Are there any snorkeling gear rental services available in Padang Bai?
Yes, many local shops and tour operators in Padang Bai offer snorkeling gear rental services. It is advisable to check the quality of the equipment before renting to ensure a comfortable and safe snorkeling experience.
Can I join a guided snorkeling tour in Padang Bai?
Absolutely! There are several tour operators in Padang Bai that offer guided snorkeling tours. These tours often include transportation, snorkeling gear, and a knowledgeable guide who can help you navigate the best snorkeling spots and identify marine life.