Bali, with its emerald terrains and shimmering coasts, offers a plethora of experiences, yet there's one that stands out distinctly: the chance to swim with turtles. These magnificent marine creatures have captured the hearts of many travellers, making the quest to swim alongside them a sought-after Balinese experience. If you're eager to have this once-in-a-lifetime encounter, here are the premier spots to swim with turtles in Bali.
An upscale resort area on Bali's south-eastern coast, Nusa Dua is more than just luxury hotels and immaculate beaches. Its clear waters are frequented by turtles, making it a serene setting for a close encounter. Just a stones throw away is the aptly named "Turtle Island." Not to mention there is often conservation efforts in the area and Nusa Dua beach is a known release spot.
Tip: Early morning snorkels often yield the best sightings.
Located on Bali’s east coast, Padang Bai is not just a gateway to Lombok but also a hub for divers. The Blue Lagoon and Jepun dive sites here are known for turtle sightings.
Note: The calm waters make it perfect for both beginners and seasoned divers.
Nusa Penida’s Gamat Bay
Nusa Penida, off Bali’s southeast coast, is famed for its manta rays. However, Gamat Bay here is a lesser-known treasure where turtles roam amidst vibrant corals.
Recommendation: Take a dive guide with you to pinpoint the best locations in the bay.
Secret Bay in Gilimanuk
Positioned on the island’s far western point, Secret Bay is a muck diving paradise. Here, amongst the seagrass beds, green turtles can often be seen munching away.
For Photographers: This spot provides unique photo ops due to the turtles' interaction with their environment.
Preserving the Experience for Everyone
When you venture into the waters to swim with turtles in Bali, remember that you are entering their home. Adherence to some basic guidelines ensures that these animals continue to thrive:
- Hands Off: As tempting as it might be, do not touch the turtles. They have a protective layer on their skin which can be damaged by human contact.
- Avoid Flash Photography: Bright lights can be stressful for marine creatures. If taking photos, always turn off the flash.
- Stay Calm: Quick and sudden movements can spook the turtles. Be calm and composed, letting them come to you.
A Stylish Reminder of Bali's Marine Wonders
Swimming alongside Bali's turtles is undoubtedly an experience that lingers in memory. But what if there was a way to carry a piece of that experience with you, every day? Bistro St. Tropez offers just that with their Turtle Boardshorts. Inspired by the very essence of Bali's marine life, these boardshorts blend comfort with a design that evokes the serenity of your underwater encounters.
Every time you don Bistro St. Tropez's Turtle Boardshorts, you're not just wearing a piece of clothing – you're wearing a memory, a feeling, a slice of Bali's magic. Plus, it's a wonderful way to spark conversations and share the importance of marine conservation. Dive into fashion that matters; choose Bistro St. Tropez.