Turtles in Bali: above water, on the beach and underwater
Indonesia has great spots to see turtles, especially in Bali you can find many turtles. Turtles in Bali can either be found on the beach – You can help release them into the ocean or swim and snorkel with them in the blue clear waters. Let’s dive into the best spots with high chances of spotting a turtle. Enjoy turtles in Bali! And don’t forget to check out Hotspots for Turtles on the Gili Islands in Lombok!
Release turtles at Kuta Beach with the Bali Sea turtle Society
Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS) is an organisation running a conservation program for endangered sea turtles. ‘We relocate sea turtle eggs from the beach to a central hatchery to protect the eggs and increase hatching rates.
The eggs take between 45-60 days to develop and hatch. This is a natural process and we can not predict when the eggs will hatch.’
Diving with Turtles in Bali at USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben
The chances are quite high to see turtles while diving in Tulamben at the USS Liberty Shipwreck. If you are lucky, you can also see them while snorkelling or freediving. Simply book your diving trip in Tulamben or grab a mask and fins and dive to the beautiful sea turtles in Bali.
How do get there: Find the USS Liberty Dive Site in Tulamben on Google Maps, rent a mask and go explore Sea Turtles in Bali!
Snorkelling at the underwater temple in Jemeluk (Amed)
The underwater temple in Jemeluk is also a known place to see turtles once in a while. If you are unlucky, simply snorkel with colourful fish around the underwater temple in Jemeluk. Jemeluk is not too far from Amed and is a great bay to snorkel and relax.
Virgin Beach: See more turtles in Bali
Because the waters at Virgin Beach are very blue, it is good for snorkelling, furthermore, the sand is white and clean. Watch out for some turtles – Swimming around Virgin Beach is one of their favourite things to do in Bali.
We love islands, so do the Bali Sea Turtles
Turtles love to stroll around on the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Crystal Bay might be too busy for turtles (many boats going in and out) but if you are lucky you can spot them there. On the east shore of Nusa Lembongan there are turtles. Also – when you are lucky, you will see them at manta point (indeed, where you also have the chance to see incredible manta rays!)
If you are lucky: Turtles in Uluwatu, Thomas Beach
The south of Bali is a melting pot for surfers. Though, on high tide, you have chances to spot turtles while snorkelling in the beautiful riffs of Thomas Beach and Padang Padang. You can simply rent a mask at Ari Homestay and make your way exploring the clear waters and find Bali Sea Turtles!
Be aware when swimming with turtles in Bali
- Don’t touch turtles (you transfer bacteria and make them sick!)
- Keep your distance & don’t disturb them (it’s their home!)
- Respect nature and the ocean, keep it clean and don’t pollute their environment
- Want to help? Volunteer in the Turtle Conservations!