Best Places for Swimming with Turtles in Bali

Although Bali is known for its sheer natural beauty, pristine beaches, and excellent surf, it is also part of the Coral Triangle, an area with the highest biodiversity of marine life globally that features incredible sea life, such as coral, fish, and turtles. For example, this area is home to 7 different types of turtles, 5 of which are unfortunately endangered, and over 500 reef-building coral species – 7 times more coral species than the entire Caribbean has. Thanks to this diversity, Bali has become a premier location to swim with turtles, with many islands, beaches, and sanctuaries offering the chance to get in the water with these docile reptiles. So, before you head off, be sure to stock up on exclusive Turtle Board Shorts from our Bistro St. Tropez collection and get ready to explore the best places to swim with turtles in Bali.


Menjangan is an uninhabited island off the north-western coast of Bali and part of the West Bali National Park conservation area. Widely considered the best spot in Western Indonesia for diving and snorkelling, Menjangan is home to an array of underwater life, including reef sharks, coral, eagle rays, and, of course, turtles! Although there are no accommodations on the island, you will be guided by a professional instructor during your experience, which is why it is still reputed as one of the best places in Bali to swim with turtles. In addition, since it is more out of the way, fewer tourists find their way there, making it an excellent spot to visit for those who want an uninterrupted experience with the turtles and other marine life. Since you’ll be sure to encounter a wide variety of sea life at Menjangan, it’s the perfect location to sport your Turtle Sea Life Board Shorts from Bistro St. Tropez. Available in two colours, mint and blue, they are a flattering length for all body types and are made of moisture-resistant materials to keep you cool and dry all day long as you enjoy the turtles.

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Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach is one of the more popular beaches in Bali since it is located just 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai Airport. Once a habitat of Green Turtles, Kuta Beach now has a Sea Turtle Conservation Center, which helps protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates. Be sure to visit Kuta Beach during their hatching season, which runs from April to October, to get a chance to participate in the next baby turtle release – plus, it’s free! So, although it is not guaranteed that you will run into turtles while swimming or snorkelling in the water at Kuta Beach, there are many opportunities to interact with sea turtles and enjoy them in the clear ocean. You may even decide to commemorate the experience by snapping an underwater photo of you in your Coral Turtle Board Shorts swimming alongside the turtles and other marine life. The eye-catching design features turtles, coral, and brightly coloured fish, meaning you’ll feel right at home on the Balinese beach, while our innovative design will allow you to explore all day in comfort and style.

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Pemuteran is a small, laid-back village located on the north-western coast of Bali and, like Menjangan, is removed from the majority of the hustle and bustle. Pemuteran is home to the largest biorock artificial reef project in the world, and because of this, it is the perfect habitat for species like coral, oysters, fish, and turtles to flourish. In fact, there is a real spirit of marine conservation effort in this area, and you can even enjoy some early morning dolphin watching as well. Since it is often overlooked by tourists and is less crowded, snorkellers will visit Pemuteran to enjoy the crystal clear waters with visibility up to 40 meters or more and swim alongside marine life. There are local dive centres in Pemuteran you can visit, or you can seek out your own underwater experience for free while showing off your premium men’s board shorts from Bistro St. Tropez. The understated yet punchy design of our Turtle Tribe Board Shorts is perfect for your next vacation to Bali, as they can go from swimming with the turtles to lounging on the beach to enjoying a nice dinner at the resort with just some simple styling choices.

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Gili Islands

No guide to swimming with turtles in Bali would be complete without mentioning the Gili Islands. Although they are technically located in Lombok, it is nicknamed the turtle capital of the world and is an extremely popular place to swim with sea turtles. The Gili Islands are composed of three islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, and you can expect to see the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle mostly swimming at Turtle Point (on the smallest island, Gili Meno) when you visit. There is also a sunken ship that sits at Wreck Point near Mentigi Beach at Gili Trawangan. But regardless, since the turtle population is so concentrated at the Gili Islands, you are guaranteed to see turtles and be able to swim alongside them in the waters. As the ultimate location for turtle lovers to get an up close and personal experience, the obvious choice of outfit is our classic Turtle Board Shorts – available in three colours navy, pink, aqua, and charcoal. Once you’ve made your colour selection, this Bistro St. Tropez best-seller will perfectly complement the Balinese vibe while also setting you apart as a trend-setter and connoisseur of exceptional board shorts.

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Nusa Penida

Like the Gili Islands, Nusa Penida is not located directly in Bali but rather nearby. Nusa Penida, sometimes referred to as Penida Island, is situated about 12 km from the southeast coast of Bali, separated from Bali by the Badung Strait. Although it may not be as popular as some of the other locations, there are still many beautiful fish, coral, turtles, and other marine life waiting to be discovered and explored! Most divers will put in just off the Nusa Penida’s white-sand beach called Crystal Bay, and this area is known for having one of the best dive sites in the Bali region. So, if you’re searching for the perfect Bistro St. Tropez style to bring to Nusa Penida, look no further than our Big Turtle Fish Board Shorts. Perfectly encapsulating the tranquillity of the big turtles that glide around reefs such as Nusa Penida, our premium men’s board shorts directly draw inspiration from Bali and are sure to be a conversation starter. Plus, they wonderfully capture the essence of the ocean, making them an ideal option to pack for any ocean vacation getaway.

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Turtle Conservation & Education Center

Finally, if you’re looking for a hands-on experience with turtles but not necessarily to swim with them, you may decide to check out the Turtle Conservation and Education Center. Though there are many sanctuaries throughout Bali, this one was opened by the governors of Bali in 2006 and was developed to help eradicate illegal turtle trading on the island. Entry to the centre is free, although there is a fee to sponsor a turtle and release it back into the ocean. This means the Turtle Conservation and Education Center is a great option for people who may not enjoy diving in the deep ocean but still want to get up close and personal with some different turtles. Since you won’t necessarily be needing board shorts, this is the ideal opportunity to wear your Turtle Tee from Bistro St. Tropez – available in both black and white. It’s a great laid-back option, thanks to the subtle yet impactful design, perfect for visiting the sanctuary and learning all about turtles in Bali.

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Final Thoughts

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