The island of Bali in the south Pacific is considered to be one of the best places to relax in the world. While sitting on the beach and working on your tan can be a great way to spend the day, more active travelers are going to want to get out and explore at some point. Fortunately, Bali is also home to many snorkeling spots with plenty of aquatic life for you to see.
One of the more popular spots for snorkeling in Bali is the area around Padang Bai. Located on the southeastern coast of the island, Padang Bai offers easy access to a number of great snorkeling spots. Take a boat over to Nusa Penida for a chance to see coral and manta rays. Many of the locations around Nusa Penida are a bit deeper, making them popular with scuba divers. Those who want to stay around Padang Bai have plenty of other options. The Blue Lagoon has calm waters and is home to cuttlefish, eels and much more. Bias Tugal and Jepun are other nearby coves with some good snorkeling opportunities.
For a truly unique snorkeling experience, head to Tulamben. The waters surrounding this town are famous as the site of the United States Army Transport Liberty shipwreck. There are many shipwrecks all around the world, but they typically require scuba diving gear to really explore. The Liberty is located in very shallow water, allowing snorkelers to get in on the fun as well. What's more, this area features a black sand bottom along with plenty of marine life, such as stingrays.
While these spots are great, they can become crowded with tourists from time to time due to their popularity and close proximity to the major towns. For those who want a more secluded snorkeling adventure, head out to Menjangen Island. This small isle is just off the northwestern coast of Bali, approximately a 30-minute boat ride from Labuan Lalang or Pemuteran.
Although uninhabited, this island is approved for travelers because it is actually part of Bali Barat National Park. This protected marine park contains more than 100 unique species of coral, so bring your underwater camera to get some truly magnificent shots. You'll also find angel fish, lion fish, surgeon fish, eels and the occasional turtle or two. If you want to snorkel in clear water without too many others around, Menjangen Island is your best bet.
With crystal clear waters, tons of coral and a wide variety of marine life, your Bali cruise is the ultimate chance to go snorkeling and create some great memories.