Frequently Asked Questions (F-A-Q) about snorkelling, diving and PADI certification in Bali… 
Please click on the F-A-Q of your choice to reveal the answer.  Thanks for taking the time to read our F-A-Qs, to better understand our snorkelling & scuba day trips and PADI courses in Bali, Indonesia. 

I want to come to your dive centre.

Manta Manta Diving has deliberately chosen not to set up a tradition dive centre with lots of equipment and an expensive pool and property. So we can reduce costs and pass the savings on to our guests. (F-A-Q answer 1)

The location you may see us located at on Facebook, Google and TripAdvisor, is simply the centre of our pick up area. So please don’t try to walk in and talk with us, you won’t find us!

To contact us please use the contact form, email or call us on (+62) 0812 3787 0200. Or if you would feel more comfortable talking with us face to face, we can come to your hotel or villa to tell you all about our trips and courses.

Do I need to be able to swim to dive?

Yes and you should be comfortable in the sea too. But you don’t have to be a strong swimmer to do an Introduction Dive. If you want to do a you are required to be able to swim 200m and to float unassisted for 10 minutes, this will be tested on the PADI Open Water course.  This is a very important F-A-Q!

How old do you need to be to be able to dive?

The underwater adventure can start from the age of 10 years old.

Do I need to have certification in order to dive?

No, we can offer you Introductions dives if you aren’t certified and just want to see underwater without a course. But please consider our 2 day PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Diver course.

Is scuba diving safe?

Statistics show that recreational scuba diving is as safe as swimming. Certainly there are potential hazards, which is why you need training.  But like driving a car, as long as you follow the rules and use common sense, it’s safe. To put it in perspective, the drive in your car to the airport was more dangerous than diving!

We offer high European standards of service, safety and customer satisfaction, owing to the managers/owners being English and Swiss.  All our courses are run in accordance with PADI Standards.

If you are European owned, how does the local economy benefit?

We are also 50% Indonesian owned to ensure revenue is funnelled back into the local economy, enriching the whole local community.  We also try to us Indonesian suppliers where possible for dive gear, tanks, boats, cars, etc.  This is all done to try to support the local economy as much as possible.

Who are PADI?

PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is the largest recreational dive organisation in the world and is the certifying body for most recreational divers.

I’m certified with another agency, not PADI (e.g.SSI, SDI, NAUI, CMAS and BSAC), can I dive with you?

Yes you can.  As long as you are a certified through an approved agency, you can do Fun Dives with us.  If you don’t have any certification, you can do Introduction Dives with us, you’ll just need some swimming ability.

What are the sea temperature & visibility like and when is the best time to dive in Bali?

The dive season is year round in Bali. December to March is rainy season (although most days it doesn’t rain) and there are fewer scuba divers around, even though the diving is still spectacularly good.

The best conditions to dive in Tulamben can be found between early April to July, October and November. It is dry season during these months and visibility can reach up to 40 metres at this time of year.

The diving around Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan is good all year round and visibility is generally 20-30 metres. Water temperatures are usually 25-26°C except during mola mola season when it can drop to the low 20’s. Sunfish, sharks and other large pelagics are best spotted between July and November. Manta rays are present all year round.

If you are going to use your own wetsuit, please note that we tend to use 5mm full length suits between July to November due to cooler waters.  Throughout the rest of the year we use 3mm shortie suits.

What are the best dive sites on Bali?

It all depends on your diving experience and what you want to see. Bali has dive sites ranging from the very easy to the very advanced. It may be more enjoyable for a newly certified diver to dive on one of the easy or moderate sites, while a very experienced diver may prefer to take on the challenge of a very advanced dive site. You can learn more about the different dive sites on Tulamben, Padang Bai, Nusa Penida and Amed by clicking on the location name.

When is the best time to see manta rays and mola mola (giant sun fish)?

The manta rays are at Nusa Penida all year round and are seen on about 70% of dives at Manta Point or Manta Bay, we always try to go to one of these sites (weather permitting).  The mola mola are around from July to November and generally seen in Crystal Bay.  If you don’t know what a mola mola looks like, check out the photo on the Nusa Penida page.

I forgot my diving certification card, can I still dive?

Yes you can.  Just let us know what agency you are certified through e.g. PADI, SSI, BSAC.  Then we can look up your certification details online if you provide us with your full name and date of birth.

Do I need Insurance?

This is up to you, but it is always recommended to have travel insurance that covers the activities you are doing.  If you just want dive insurance, you may want to try Diver Alert Network (DAN).  DAN are used by most scuba instructors.

Do I need to fill in any paperwork before diving with you?

Yes, this is standard practice around the world.  You must agree with, complete and sign the forms required for the activity you are doing e.g. training, Introduction Dive or regular fun dives.  It’s not that in-depth, just 2 pages.  Here are the links to the forms we will ask you to complete when you arrive.  Please take a look.

If you are doing an Introduction Dive, you will have to agree to and complete these forms when you arrive:

PADI Medical Statement

Introduction Diver Agreement

If you are doing a normal Fun Dive, you will have to agree to and complete these forms when you arrive:

Certified Diver Agreement

PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement

If you are doing a course, you will have to agree to and complete these forms when you arrive:

PADI Medical Statement

PADI General Training Agreement

How long do I need to leave between flying and diving?

You need to allow 18 hours to pass before flying after diving! So if flying the following day, make sure it is after 7am.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Bali has many dive sites to choose from, in sheltered bays or just miles away from the bad weather. If it is raining or windy, this doesn’t effect things too much underwater. So don’t worry if you wake up in the morning and the sun isn’t shinning! We can always find somewhere suitable to offer you great diving. It hasn’t happened yet, but in a worst case scenario, we will either move to an alternative dive location, reschedule your dive trip or offer a refund.

What do I need to bring?

We recommend bringing a towel, sun cream, sunglasses and a bit of money for souvenirs, ice cream or even a cold beer (after the dives!).  As the journeys can be long, you may want to bring a pillow, book, movie or music to keep help the journey fly by.  Please also bring you diving certification card if applicable.

I want to use my own dive gear, is that OK?

Sure you can use your own gear, or just use our dive equipment if you don’t have enough space in your luggage!  Please let us know if you do plan to use your own gear so we don’t pack kit for you.  Certified divers must inspect their gear prior to each and every dive, and they must be responsible for the proper functioning of that gear.  If you forget gear or your equipment fails, we maybe able to rent spare gear onsite for you.

If you are going to use your own wetsuit, please note that we tend to use 5mm full length suits between July to November due to cooler waters.  Throughout the rest of the year we use 3mm shortie suits.

If you are going to use your own fins, please note that the beach entry at Tulamben is done walking across large pebbles.  Therefore we use wetsuit boots and open heal fins.  Tulamben is not suitable for bare foot and full foot fins.

Our tanks are normally Yoke valves, if you have DIN regulators, please either bring a convertor or let us know so we can make special arrangements.

Can I dive if I have a medical condition?

Students must be in good health to take a course and are required to complete a brief medical questionnaire.  Click here to view the medical form.  If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the first page, you will need to visit your doctor and obtain medical approval before registering for the course. If you’re not doing a course, you should still follow the same guidelines.

Can I still dive with contact lenses?

Sure you can, you may just want to keep your eyes closed if water enters the mask, until your clear it. Or you could consider buying a prescription mask before coming to Bali, this would enhance all of you future dives.

Do you provide accommodation?

We provide accommodation for overnight courses and trips, but that’s it. There are so many great hotels around I’d suggest you check out TripAdvisor for the latest and greatest places to stay!

What is included in the day trip?

We include transfers (as per question the question below), all the dive gear you need (except dive computer and camera, which can be rented), lunch & refreshments, PADI Divemaster/Instructor, porters and local fees/taxes.  For courses we also provide the appropriate learning materials and certification.

Do you organise hotel transfers?

We offer pick ups and drop offs (free or private) all around Bali. Pick up and drop off is offered for free on the trips and courses on the open water dates (not included for pool sessions). The free pick up area is Tuban, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Sanur.

For pick up and drop off at Denpasar, Ubud, Jimbaran, Uluwatu, Canggu & Nusa Dua areas, there is an additional charge of US$30/day/group as you are a long way from our dive center and we can not inconvenience other guest with long detours. If you’d rather not pay the additional charge for these areas, we can meet you at McDonalds in Sanur (on Jalan By Pass) or from McDonalds or Burger King near Legian/Seminyak (both on Jalan Sunset).

However, please contact us if you are outside of the free pick up area, as we are sometimes able to bend the rules slightly!

I’d recommend either staying in Sanur or Seminyak for easier pick ups without getting stuck in the traffic jams of Kuta and Legian.

I’m changing hotels  or  bringing luggage with me on the day of my dive trip, is that OK?

If you are changing hotels or bringing luggage, please tell us when you book so we can make arrangements. We may have other guests in the transport and can not inconvenience them with long detours.  We may also not have enough space for passengers, dive gear and luggage!  So please let us know as we may have to order a larger vehicle or a private vehicle, this may involve a small additional cost.

The pick ups are early, do you provide breakfast?

Unfortunately not! But we do provide lunch. We recommend that you request that your hotel or villa provide you with an early or packed breakfast. All we ask is that you are ready to depart at the arranged departure time, as we may have other guests in the same vehicle and we don’t want to keep them waiting.

What are the approximate travel times to each dive site?

Seminyak to Tulamben – 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours to Tulamben, then walk off the beach!

Seminyak to Amed – 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours to Tulamben, then walk off the beach or a 5 minute boat ride.

Seminyak to Padang Bai –1 hour 30 minutes to Padang Bai then 5 minutes by boat to the dive sites.

Seminyak to Nusa Penida – 30 minutes to Sanur then 40 minutes by boat to the dive sites.

These times are average durations and traffic dependent.

How do I book a dive course or a dive trip?

Either send us an email or all us on (+62) 0812 3787 0200. We will answer all your questions and confirm you requirements. Then, when you’re happy, we will send you a Paypal invoice to cover the cost of the course/trip and send you a link to our online registration form. This will give us all the information we need to confirm your booking and supply the correct sized dive gear for you. We will then send you a confirmation email to let you know your booking is secured. The day before the trip/course, we will send you your pick up/pool session details at about 3pm. Please make sure you’ve read the F-A-Q page and the terms and conditions page to make sure your happy before booking.

If I can’t make the trip/course, can I get a refund?

See our Terms & Conditions page for full details. But to summarise our policy is basically…

We can offer a full refund for cancellations* over 7 days from the trip/course date.  50% cancellation fee if there is cancellation within 7 day of the trip/course date and no refunds offered if there is cancellation within 3 days of the trip/ course date. We do suggest you have a travel insurance policy that covers cancellations, we will fully support you with any travel insurance claims.  This is another important F-A-Q to read!

*Please note, refunds can not be given for PADI materials purchased by us directly from PADI for courses. These can be used at any PADI Dive Centre world wide for up to 12 months from the date of the first login.

What is PADI eLearning and PADI Touch?

eLearning is online learning from PADI, which allows you to get all the boring theory work and exams completed at home from a computer, before coming to Bali to do the courses. PADI has their own F-A-Q section if you click the link below to learn more.  If you want to do the online learning from a mobile device please let us know as this requires different software called PADI Touch.

PADI eLearning in F-A-Q page

Click here for more details about PADI eLearning

I’m not certificated but I want to be! What is the first course I must take?

The first recommended PADI course is the PADI Open Water Diver. This is a course everyone must complete to truly enjoy the underwater world down to 18 metres. This can be done in just 2 days.

I started a course with with another dive centre but didn’t finish it.  Can I finish the course with you?

Yes you can!  All you need to do is send us your training record/referral paperwork, which the previous dive centre can provide you with.  We can then see what you have successfully completed and then we can come up with a plan for you to successfully finish the course with us.

 I started a course with another agency, not PADI (e.g. SSI, SDI, NAUI, CMAS and BSAC), can I change and finish the course with you and PADI course?

Sure you can!  Divers who complete the pool training and knowledge development components of their entry-level course with another agency can complete their training with PADI via a referral process. In order to complete the crossover, divers must undergo a pre-assessment that indicates whether they have mastered the skills and the theory required to meet the PADI Open Water course standards. To do this, the referral diver will complete a skills session in confined water, as well as taking the Open Water Diver course final exam before completing their open water dives. Upon completion of all components, they will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver. Referral crossovers at entry level are only acceptable if the student completed their theory and confined-water sessions with an agency recognised by PADI, including SSI, SDI, NAUI, CMAS and BSAC.

I am a certified PADI Open Water Diver. What is my next step?

The next step is the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. This will extend your depth limit to 30 metres and give you more advanced knowledge to become a greater diver. This can be done in 2 days.

I’m certified with another agency, not PADI (e.g. SSI, SDI, NAUI, CMAS and BSAC), can I do a PADI course with you?

Yes you can.  If you’re already certified through a recognised agency, it’s possible to make the switch simply by enrolling in a PADI course that’s equivalent to your next level of training. For example, if you have an entry-level certification from NAUI or CMAS, you may qualify to enrol in a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. Most recognised training agencies have equivalent certification levels, simply inquire with us about which continuing education course you’re eligible to take. It’s worth noting that you can’t receive a certification unless you complete that specific course.

I am a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. What is my next step?

After the PADI Advanced Open Water course you can take the Emergency First Responder and PADI Rescue Diver Course. We highly recommend you do both of these courses together so the First Aid knowledge is still fresh when you do the Rescue course.

Can I do the Enriched Air Nitrox course?

Of course you can!  Anyone who has completed the PADI Open Water Course can do the Nitrox course. This is an online course which we like to add to a regular diving day trip. This allows you to put the theory work into practice.