Thursday, March 8, 2012

Diving (or not) in the Paradise of Bali – 10 days from £1280 pp

Dive Worldwide recommends Bali as a fantastic diving holiday destination. Not only is the diving superb, but it has wonderful beaches and lots to do for
any non-diving partners.

Most divers tend to head straight for Komodo or Raja Ampat and often overlook Bali which in addition to being a great dive destination for all levels of ability, has lots of non-diving activities (perfect if a partner doesn’t dive) to say nothing of its tropical beaches.

From protected, shallow bays populated by exotic scorpion fish, octopus and nudibranchs, to exciting drift diving in wild currents with sharks, pelagics and manta rays and wreck diving in Tulamben Bay, where reef fish swarm the wreck of the World War II vessel, the Liberty, and black coral growth is lush. Not forgetting the incredible mola mola sunfish that come to the Bali waters from July to October – Bali really does have it all.

For the non-diver, activities on offer include hiking to the top of a volcano at sunrise, walking or cycling tours along terraced rice fields, exploring the spice fields, visits to ancient temples and river rafting.

You can also enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach or at one of the many spas, take yoga or meditation class, learn traditional Balinese cooking, games and dancing, and learn how to prepare the daily spiritual offerings. Watersports include learning to surf or SUP (stand up paddling) and kite surfing; or simply chill out on the beach.

Dive Worldwide has a range of accommodation from simple dive lodges to luxurious five-star hotels and itineraries can be flexible to include any Bali dive sites, any number of diving days and can also include inland-tours.

For example, a 10 day holiday staying at the Scuba Seraya Resort, 3km from the world-renowned dive destination of Tulamben costs from £1280 pp (two sharing). The resort which is comprised of villas and bungalows is located in lush tropical gardens on a secluded black volcanic sand beach.

It has its own on-site dedicated PADI dive centre, with purpose built boats, small classes, and its ‘no groups’ policy makes for relaxed diving.

The price includes flights, transfers, 7 nights’ B&B and 5 days’ diving (10 dives)

Call 0845 130 6980 (