The most romantic dive spots in Bali

The most romantic dive spots in Bali

Dig your toes into the sand and dive (or snorkel) into a vibrant and spectacular underwater world in the ultimate romantic honeymoon spot: Bali

With its heavenly golden beaches and glorious Indonesian sunshine, more and more honeymooning couples are planning a trip to Bali for an unforgettable break in this romantic island paradise.

Thick jungles are rich with ancient temples and the region is deeply rooted in Hindu culture. But arguably some of the most spectacular sights to be seen are under the sea: expect an incredible rainbow of fish and a multitude of unusual marine life. And you don't need to be a diving pro to explore the reefs - if you can swim, then you can snorkel and can visit the shallower sites to experience the magic of life in the ocean. With Emma Brisdion's guide to the most romantic diving spots around the island, all you need is a snorkel, mask, some fins and your loved one!

Menjangan Island

For outstanding beauty beneath the waves, head for the Bali Barat Marine National Park at Menjangan Island, to the north west of Bali. From the golden beaches a park ranger will guide your dives, show you the best spots and give advice on exploring safely, without damaging the precious coral. The vast reef surrounding the island is protected from fishing, so is home to some of Bali's most diverse, spectacular marine life.

Snorkellers can choose between two sites close to the shore: one is filled with tree-like coral structures and the other home to a plethora of enchanting sea creatures. Amid the chaotic day-to-day life of the coral reef, you'll spot clown fish and yellow tang whizzing past, starfish settling in the sand and sea turtles popping up for a breath of fresh air above the waves.

Padang Bai

Add a splash of excitement to your honeymoon and head for east Bali in search of unforgettable dives. Not for the faint-hearted - venture over to the Blue Lagoon of Padang Bai for a chance to swim with white tip reef sharks, above a precipitous ocean shelf. You'll soon realisethat these impressive creatures are utterly harmless and naturally curious about humans. The graceful grey sharks are more than content to glide gently around you, creating a truly unique diving memory for you both to share.

Snorkellers can find paradise in the shallows by folloing the coral along the shoreline. Keep your eyes peeled for moray eels poking their heads out of holes in the reef and swim alongside lively clown fish and napoleon wrasse as they dance gracefully around the coral.

Mimpang

For more shark-encounters (potentially even including a rare hammer-head sighting!) take a short speedboat ride across Amok Bay, from the lagoons of Padang Bai, to Mimpang - known locally as 'Shark Point'. These trips are subject to the weather however, as the current in the deeper waters is often stronger and more changeable. Here there's an 80% chance of seeing sharks, and you'll also be in with a chance of spotting bigger fish like tuna and mola-mola (the plate-shaped oceanic sunfish).

Nusa Penida

Experienced divers looking to avoid the crowds should head over to Nusa Penida. The largest of a chain of three beautiful islands off the east coast, it offers quieter and more challenging dives. At Crystal Bay, swim through an underwater cavern to explore a hidden cave tucked beneath the cliffs, and watch the strange-looking sunfish employ smaller fish for a full-scale valet.

The real treat of this island however lies just off its southern coast. Manta Point is a rocky outcrop and, as the name suggests, boasts a striking population of mammoth manta rays year-round. Whenever your visit, you're (almost) guaranteed the opportunity to swim among these magnificent creatures.

After a day in the water relax and sip cocktails in a shared hammock along the shore and watch the sunset. There's plenty of time to explore life above the waves as the sun disappears below the horizon.

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Getting there: Malaysia Airlines fly from London Heathrow to Denpasar, Bali, from £550 return.

Where to stay: Spend a few nights in a thatched hut on the beach at Amarta Beach Inn Bungalows in Candi Dasa, for perfect access to the dive sites in eastern Bali. Doubles from £15p/p/p/n.

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