Scuba diving in Kuta / Seminyak: Padang Bai, the closest dive base
Tired of Kuta's hustle & bustle? Why not join us for a day of scuba diving from Padang Bai? This Balinese village is one of the best locations to dive from for Kuta or Seminyak holiday-goers, just one hour twenty minutes away from the island's party capital.
Scuba diving Padang Bai from Kuta
There is no scuba diving in Kuta as its exposure to the Indian Ocean and its sandy beaches equate to low visibility and few corals. This does not mean you cannot scuba dive while staying in Kuta & Seminyak. Dive centres in Kuta or Seminyak bring their guests to locations far away for diving. Padang Bai is located about 50Km / 35 miles away from Kuta. The commute from Kuta to Padang Bai takes around one hour. This makes Padang Bai one of the closest quality places to dive from Seminyak
This village is an easy base to dive from while sleeping at a resort in Kuta. You can easily leave your hotel around 7am, do 2 dives at local Padang Bai scuba sites and be back to your Kuta 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 Kuta to Padang Bai at the time of booking.
Beginner dive sites close to Kuta or Seminyak
If you are a dive beginner staying in Kuta, 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 down on transport costs.
For Open Water certified divers, the Geko Dive Team also recommends diving Padang Bai dive sites from Kuta 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 Kuta or Seminyak
For Advanced Open Water divers and up, there are more great sites available to dive from Padang Bai while staying in Kuta or Seminyak. 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 Kuta & Seminyak?
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.