Bali General Info | Atlantis Bali Diving

COUNTRY

Indonesia, Bali,140km from East to West and 80km from North to South

  • Area: 5620 sq km 
  • Population: 3.3 million 
  • Capital City: Denpasar 
  • People: 80% ethnic Balinese, plus Javanese minority
  • Language: Bahasa Bali, Bahasa Indonesia and English in tourist areas
  • Religion: 80% Balinese Hindu/Buddhist, plus Muslim and Christian

CLIMATE

Dry Season from April/May until the beginning of November (Winter) :

  • Lower humidity and cooler nights
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  • Water Temperature: Between 20°and 28° depending on the Bali dive sites

Rain Season from November until April (Summer):

  • The Monsoon in Bali isn’t as strong as in India or Thailand and many days are sunny
  • Water Temperature: Between 26°and 30° depending on dive sites 
  • Bali’s average temperatures oscillate between 30-33° all year round 

We dive all year around in Bali

PASSPORT & VISA

  • Your Passport must be valid for at least 6 months on your date of arrival
  • You can get 1 or 2 months Visas from your Indonesian Consulate before departure
  • Visas are also available for tourists from many countries directly at Denpasar airport. U$ 25 or 240,000Rp in cash for 1 month

CUSTOMS & DUTY

Free Customs allow you to bring in a maximum of 2 liters of alcoholic beverages and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco.

Death Penalty on Drug Trafficking !!!

MONEY

  • The Rupiah: 1 U$ = Rp , 14500 1 Euro = Rp. 16500
  • The Euro is accepted everywhere, no need to exchange into US$.
  • If you have US$, make sure bank notes are not torn or dirty and US$ notes should not be older than 1999. 
  • Moneychanger will pay lower rates for notes of less than US$ 100 .
  • There are ATM Machines, especially in Southern and Main Towns around Bali.
  • You can pay by Credit Card (Visa, Master, Cirrus) in most shops and restaurants. Surcharge 3%.
  • We will recommend you to carry some cash or travelers checks as a back up.

ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

  • Electricity runs generally at 220V – 240 V . 24 h.Y
  • You can use your Mobile Phone nearly every where in Bali and you can call overseas from Main Towns or Hotels.
  • Internet Connection is available all around the Island, albeit sometimes slow…

SAFETY

  • We always bring 2 Oxygen Tanks & First Aid Kit at all dive sites.
  • The Hyperbaric Decompression Chamber is located in Denpasar Sanglah Hospital. (South Bali)
  • We have a Full Cover Diving PADI Insurance (Horsell International Pty Limited)

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT US OR BALI OR SCUBA DIVING IN BALI

I recently took part in an IDC held by Dune Atlantis Bali. It was excellent and i would like to highlight the great job done by course director Patrick and staff instructor Karl. What i was most impressed with was their focus on not getting us to pass the IDC and the subsequent Instructor Exam, but to create good instructors. I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in doing IDC.

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Hard to know where to start. . .

After emailing several dive centres around the world, I decided to do a 2 month Divemaster internship with Atlantis. The emails received from Jerome and Marie were so helpful and friendly, answered my many, many questions and made me feel confident I had chose the right place.

They arranged everything and gave a price that included all required (advanced open water, EFR, Rescue and Divemaster courses, learning materials, equipment rental AND accommodation) – no surprise charges when I got there. They picked me up from the airport, took me to the dive centre for a little tour and then onto my guesthouse – absolutely no stress involved. All the staff – the drivers, the equipment guys, the office girls, the divemasters and instructors were so nice and made me feel relaxed and very welcome straight away.

The scuba equipment and speedboats are in excellent condition and the equipment guys move all the tanks and wash your equipment for each dive so you don’t have to!

All the instructors and divemasters are experienced and very capable as well as friendly and funny. The courses are taught well and they go well beyond what is required from PADI – they want you to be a good divemaster, rather than just a divemaster. The office staff are fantastic and make everything happen – the organisation is always perfect, and there is a lot of organising to do on busy days!

It goes without saying the dive sites in and around Bali are excellent and as a divemaster trainee you get to go to all of them, many many times. I dived almost every day I was there – the only exceptions were when there were classroom/pool days and when I asked for days off to go exploring.

The dive centre, training and equipment are top quality. What really makes Atlantis special though is the people. After a while the staff stopped seeming like staff and more like friends. At the end of the 2 months, I finished the DM course, was originally intending to travel on to Vietnam and Cambodia for my final month of holiday. . . but I was having such a good time with Atlantis, I stayed 🙂 .

At events I heard people from other dive centres referring to the ‘Atlantis family’. . .which to begin with sounded a bit cheesy to me. . .but it’s true and I will miss them all very much. It’s no exaggeration when I say that it was the best three months ever and I can’t wait to get back out there at the earliest opportunity.

I could write for hours, but will stop now. . feel free to ask me for advice 🙂

Thanks for everything Atlantis.

Tom J

The Atlantis dive master intership is a fantastic, hands-on experience that leaves you feeling confident in your skills whether you plan to continue onto IDC or work as a dive master in the industry. In addition to quality education, the people at Atlantis welcome you to their dive family and introduce you to the life in Sanur Beach. You also get to experience a variety of fun dives in addition to their training for the dive master certification.

lina E