Diving in into another world – Bali and the Gilis

Diving in into another world – Bali and the Gilis

After spending 2 weeks in the lush green mountains of Bali we changed to another color: we checked out all shades of BLUE, diving in the Bali Sea. A week at the North coast of Bali and another one on Gili Meno island swimming with fish and turtles, admiring colorful corals and enjoying the feeling of weightlessness in the warm water were the main points on our agenda lately.

Snorkeling is fun, but I wanted to try out what the difference is when breathing under water, so I took a “Discover Scuba Diving” trip which was just AMAZING!!!! So, to be able to join Werner also in deeper waters I decided to take a course and become a certified diver. After a lot of reading and learning and even more practicing I became first an Open Water- and after 2 more course days an Advanced Open Water Diver. 🙂

Once being certified we spent about 25 hours under water in the last 3 weeks and discovered the beautiful dive sites at Tulamben (Bali) and Gili Meno (Lombok). We saw turtles, sharks, moray eels, lion fish, sting rays, box fish, groupers, large barracudas, bumphead parrotfish, lobsters (etc.) all surrounded by wonderful hard- and soft coral reefs.

The photos in the gallery are reflecting just some of the beauty we found under water. During our night dive (yes, Luca, I went into the water in the dark!!!) we could unfortunately not take pictures, but the 2 meter long hunting moray eel and the luminescent plankton we will remember even without pictures…

Underwater pictures from our diving:

 

21 thoughts on “Diving in into another world – Bali and the Gilis

  • November 13, 2016 at 4:46 am
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    That’s an achievement to complete 2 diving courses back to back & to take amazing underwater photos! I did my Open Water on Gili Air, had a great instructor but I wasn’t so impressed with the diving – it was nowhere near as colourful or diverse as your photos. One year later & I’m about to do my Advanced in Honduras but feeling pretty nervous eeeekkkk!

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  • November 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm
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    Bali is really exotic and apart from the islands and beaches, the underwater diving is fascinating. What a brilliant underwater world with all its mesmerizing colours.

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    • November 12, 2016 at 7:23 pm
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      Amazing, right? can´t wait to return 🙂

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  • November 8, 2016 at 9:41 am
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    I became dive certified for my 30th birthday and I haven’t dived nearly enough in the places that we have traveled too. I need to make this a priority next ocean side place we go. I love the rainbow of colors you see underwater, it makes it so magical.

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    • November 9, 2016 at 7:38 am
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      It is a new love for me, and I will take all possibilities to practice it. Not so many possibilities here in Europe, though… 😉

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  • November 7, 2016 at 8:06 pm
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    Just beautiful! I love your photos. You are so lucky! My hubby dives but due to my asthma I am not allowed to. I know I miss out on a lot… for example he got to see the manta ray at Pulau Weh and I did not. But I love snorkelling and we are in the water with Nemo and his friends when ever possible! Enjoy your knew found underwater world!

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    • November 9, 2016 at 7:35 am
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      Thank you so much! Sorry you cannot dive… But until now I was also only snorkeling and I loved it a lot as well. Main thing: warm, crystal clear water 🙂

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  • November 7, 2016 at 7:10 am
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    Your underwater pictures are brilliant. There is truly some amazing creatures and scenery under the sea, it makes me want to get over my fear of diving (I’m afraid of being shark bait) and get in the water. Perhaps the next time I go to Bali.

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    • November 7, 2016 at 7:22 am
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      Thank you, Anthony! You should not be afraid, just don’t dive where there are sharks. 🙂 Most of the sharks are harmless (and small) anyway. I would not dive either where there are the big ones…. 😀 Regarding diving: give it a try – there are intro dives, where you can check out if you like it or not, before committing to a course. For me it was absolutely worth it – and Werner is a long-time diver anyway. 🙂

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  • November 7, 2016 at 2:39 am
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    Our son was really little when we were in Bali so we didn’t go diving but what a great place to do so! Even without diving the water was so clear you could see the beautiful fish. Looks like you had a great experience.

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    • November 7, 2016 at 7:14 am
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      Yes, it was just amazing! We found some perfect diving spots. Although snorkeling there was also wonderful – in the crystal clear warm water….

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  • November 7, 2016 at 2:21 am
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    I absolutely love this post! So many beautiful photos, I can’t get enough! I had no idea that learning to dive was so fast! Might as well try it too!

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    • November 7, 2016 at 7:12 am
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      Yes, give it a go! 🙂 It is amazing, we can’t wait for the next opportunity to dive. And thanks for the kind words.

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  • November 7, 2016 at 1:47 am
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    This looks amazing! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to scuba in Bali just snorkel due to time constraints 😕 But after seeing your photos it is definitely a must next time around!

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    • November 7, 2016 at 7:11 am
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      Oh, I agree – it is amazing to dive there. But I also like snorkling soooo much! And if you get a chance go also to the Gilis. I think that the spots there were even more beautiful.

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  • November 6, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    I am not a diver but your pictures are beautiful and I can appreciate any divers experiences. A whole different world down there. Would love to visit Bali though.Thank you for sharing.

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    • November 6, 2016 at 10:31 pm
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      You are right, Bali is fantastic, not only for diving. Visit if you can! And I am happy you like the pictures. 🙂

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  • June 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm
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    Congratulations Julia – OWD & AOWD perfect!
    So you are very well prepared for the next trip to the red sea!
    Good job Werner ;-)))

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    • June 9, 2016 at 6:39 am
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      Thanks, Roman! 🙂
      It was sooooo much fun. Maybe you Guys join us for the next dive trip…

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  • June 5, 2016 at 10:37 am
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    Nem kell ez a púder, tudom, hogy ezek a képek Tullnban a házban készültek!

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    • June 6, 2016 at 8:52 am
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      Yes, Mom, and I lost so much weight, that I can finally swim in the aquarium… 🙂

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