PADI Divemaster in Bali. What else is there to do when you are not diving?

PADI Divemaster in Bali. What else is there to do when you are not diving?

If you thinking about doing your PADI Divemaster Course in Bali, but you are not sure if you are in the right spot we have a few ideas what you can do here apart from diving.

A Divemaster or Instructor Course can be intense however you will have days off and there is so much to do aside diving on this magnificent Island. This is a little day off and holiday guide around Bali.

First a bit of general Information about Bali: Bali is located in Indonesian inbetween the Islands of Java and Flores and is very much known for its vibrant live, forested volcanic mountain, iconic rice paddies, beaches, coral reefs, party hot spots and it’s vast diversity. The island is home to to many hindu temple sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple which is a must. To the South, the beachside city of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu has lively bars and clubs, while, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats. This is all going down in the mountains around Ubud. So as you can see there is something for everyone. Either Party on the West coast meditation and yoga in the mountains. Diving and exploring pristine beaches in the East and south.

Surfing in Bali while doing your Divemaster

If you are a Surfer you are coming to the right spot. It is not only on the West coast as Sanur is located on the East coast, where we also have quite a couple of cool breaks. 

However the main surf spots for beginners are only 15 Kilometers away from Sanur. A good Idea is to stick to the beaches around Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu as those are left and right hander sand breaks. Here you have an abundance of surf shops which are all eager to coach you and rent out their boards to you. Normally you pay around 150.000 Rupiah for a dry and water lesson including board.

If you are already advanced and sure about your skills there are many other spots like the whole south west coast around Uluwatu with padang padang, dreamland, suluban (blue point) ,impossibles or bingin. Those are all reef breaks and at times requires quite some skill. Also here in Sanur we do have some reef breaks but they are only good on high tides. Again here quite dangerous at times.

Depending on your Divemaster schedule you might be done a bit earlier and head out for a sunset session on one of many surf spots in Bali. At Joe’s we have a couple of instructors which are more than happy to share their favourite spots with you.

Yoga in Bali while doing your Divemaster

If you are more into Yoga and meditation. Sanur has some great offers from free meditation groups over classes up to yoga teacher courses. One of them is the Power of now oasis school located on mertasari beach. More information directly under either in the morning for meditation before diving or after. Complete courses can be scheduled around your Divemaster course at Joe’s.

If you take a couple of days of then Ubud is your destination for countless retreats and yoga classes.

Night life while doing your Divemaster in Bali

Going crazy the night before diving is definitely not a great Idea but if you are just looking for an easy night out, Sanur is a good place to be. Several bars and beach clubs are great for an easy sun downer cocktail or beer like the ABC beach club, Maya, or any of the little warungs along the beach. For later Casablanca is the place to be for most of the divers on Fridays as they have a pressure hour with free beers. Every day live music with different topic every night like salsa dancing, ladies night, pub quizz and Beatles cover band. Great live music and a very laid back vibe you can find in Linga Longa with good music, Shisha and always a cold one.

If you get a day off the next day I would recommend heading to the West coast. For sunsets in Uluwatu with little party at the cliffs in either Single Fin or El Kabron. After that you can head downtown Kuta on Legian Street with their numours bars and clubs. The biggest one definitely skygarden with international DJ’s different floors for different types of music. In Seminyak the street to be is Petitenget. A bit more civilised area than Kuta for sure with clubs like Mirror, La Vavela and Mexicola. Here you get a bit more variety and great food before the party is getting started.

Sight seeing in Bali while doing your Divemaster

There are Countless temples, rice fields and water falls to visit. We are just narrowing it down to a few. At joe’s you can ask all the staff as everybody has different favourite spots across the whole Island.

But let’s start with the all time hits. 


  • One of the most visited temples is for sure Tanah Lot on the West coast in Beraban village. This Temple is build on a rock in the Ocean and is only accessible in low tide. The temple is build for the sea god Baruna. The Rock’s original name was Tengah Lod which is translated to „in the sea“. Although you cannot enter the Temple grounds as they are sacred the views are simply breath taking.
  • Another great Temple to visit is on the southern tip in Uluwatu. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of the 6 main temples which are believed to form the main spiritual pillars in Bali. This is for sure one of the most stunning place to be for sunset pictures with its Indonesian architecture and view over the Indian Ocean 70 meter above the ocean.
  • Besakih temple or also the so called mother temple located at 1000 Meters on the southwestern slopes of mighty Mount Agung. Besakih is the biggest of all temples and is used for around 70 ceremonies per year. Surrounded by rice fields, waterfalls and streams you can include this hot spot in a full day trip. Just make sure you bring some warm clothes as it can be a bit fresh up here.

Waterfalls and rice fields:

  • Tegallalang rice fields in Ubud. This is one of the 3 most stunning views over the extensive rice terraces next to the other two located in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan. If you are into nature views this a must on your list. You can stop in one of the coffeeshops on the road to get your perfect picture of this gem. Also easy to combine in a day trip to Ubud and Monkey forest.
  • Tegenungan waterfall. One stunning view a few steps, you can walk down to the pool and have a nice cool off which takes around 30 minutes. This water fall is located in Kemenuh, Sukawati which means around 45 minute drive from Sanur. Also doable with a day-trip to Ubud including a visit to a Luwak coffee plantation which you can find nearly everywhere in the mountains.
  • If you are a bit more adventurous, you might want to visit Aling Aling waterfalls. With a natural waterslide, spray shower and natural surrounding you should bring good shoe’s and swim gear, to explore this waterfall.

What to do when it rains?

First of all it normally doesn’t rain the whole day but it is sometimes just nice to have different options indoors especially if you stay in Bali for a month or longer. Of Course you can always go diving or surfing, it is always nice and warm even with the  rain.

  • Spa: In Bali you can find massage shops on every street corner for a good price. Our recommendation is a around the corner from Joe’s, Sanctuary Spa Sanur.
  • Cinemas: Don’t want to miss the newest Hollywood flick? No worries, There are Cinemas everywhere the closest to Sanur is in Renon which can be reached within 5-10 minutes with a Scooter. 
  • Bowling and bounce center: Bowling in Canngu at Strike bali, very modern and fun for everyone. Also in the same building you can find Bounce Bali, this is a trampoline land open every day until 9 pm.
  • Escape Room: There are 3 different ones around Seminyak. The best one we think is Pandora Experience. It gives you four different options it requires some brains and teamwork. Best to go there in a team.

Things to do close by Sanur

Even on a normal diving day you can plan things to do in the neighbourhood while you are becoming  a Divemaster in Bali.

  • Abandoned Theme Park: If you are an urban explorer an interested in some horror stories this is the place to find it. The Taman festival theme park is abandoned and some artist claimed the walls here for graffiti art. But if you beliefe some locals the place is haunted and some crocodiles are still around the park. I’ve been there a couple of times, no crocodiles but very cool street art and at some places, yes a bit spooky.
  • Wake Park Bali: Ready to try something new. This Park is for beginners and Pros. Water Ski wake boarding on the cable. Pretty close to Sanur, about 10-15 minutes from Joe’s. For the more experienced ones there are obstacles, rails and pro boards for rental. They also opened a Aqua-land last year, so if you are up for some water fights on a bouncy obstacle run with your friends, this is the place to be.
  • Museum: Some more cultural things close by. There are plenty of museums in Renon, from the first President Sukarno museum to history and civilisation museums. Renon is within 5-10 minutes reachable from Joe’s Gone Diving.
  • Turtle and Shark Conservation: On a little Island called Serangan you can find Eco friendly conservation projects like bali sharks which is a black and white tip shark nursery. Or the Turtle conservation Center where you get some insides about land and water turtles.

So we got you into the right mood to start your PADI Divemster in Bali? Find out more about the Course itself.

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