What is a discovery dive ?
Discovery diving is an initiation to scuba diving. It is designed for all those who want to discover the sensations of diving. But without having to spend the few days necessary to become a certified diver. Discovering diving in Bali is quite a nice experience to bring back from your trip, isn’t it? And who knows, you may like it so much that you will want to continue or come back to Bali to take the PADI Open Water Diver Course. And if you want to know more you can read our complete guide of scuba diving in Bali.
How is a discovery dive in Bali?
Discovery diving with Warnakali follows the standards of the main diving organization in the world, PADI. It consists of some training in the swimming pool, followed by two sea dives in Nusa Penida, Bali. The experience is monitored by experienced dive instructors, knowing perfectly Nusa Penida diving sites and its currents. Finally, to ensure the best service, each instructor will only guide two divers for a discovery dive.
We start discovering diving in the pool
We will first pick you up from your hotel in Nusa Penida in the late afternoon to bring you to the center and choose your equipment. After a short diving theory course, it’s time to go swimming and “breathe underwater”. You calmly familiarize yourself with the diving equipment in the small pool in shallow water.
And then you will dive into the 3 meter deep pool to learn to equalize your ears in a reassuring environment. That’s it, you are ready to dive in the beautiful waters of Nusa Penida ! But before that we will probably enjoy the beautiful sunset from Warnakali dive center !
Then let’s go diving in Nusa Penida underwater !
We will pick you up the next morning at your hotel and we will reach directly the port of Toyapakeh. From there we will go on the first dive spot for your first underwater discovery dive around Nusa Penida. After a well deserved fruit salad and coffee, we will make a quick assessment of the first dive. Soon, you will then return to the colors of the aquatic world for the second discovery dive. With a little luck you may have seen Manta rays during one of the two dives. Finally (that soon ?), we take you back to the hotel. And, that’s it, you’ll become a member of the great scuba divers family !
At what age can you discover diving ?
For a discovery dive at sea you must be at least 10 years old. No previous experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you must be in good physical health. We are proud to have initiated to diving Elias, 10, who had as a nice birthday present a discovery dive in Bali. And more precisely at Manta Point with the Manta Rays of Nusa Penida!
Between 8 and 10 years in the pool, from 10 years at sea
But if your child is between 8 and 10 years old, you can also initiate him to diving in Warnakali swimming pool. Two options for this : the Bubblemaker course for a first contact with diving and with the PADI Seal Team course which will allow him to strengthen his technique by supplementing exciting AquaMissions.
What will you learn during your discovery dive ?
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. During an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:
- Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
- Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
- Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
- Have fun swimming around and exploring.
- Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
What scuba gear will you use ?
Dune Warnakali will provide all the basic scuba gear you’ll use including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a tank.
All equipment at the Dune Warnakali Dive Center is new and maintained by qualified personnel. And most importantly, all the necessary security equipment is available.
How deep is a discovery dive ?
The PADI standard requires staying within the limit of 12 meters deep. The first 3 meters are the most important to properly equalize the air pressure in his inner ear. This is why we practice it in the swimming pool before going to sea.
The good news is that most dive sites in Nusa Penida allow very nice dives at less than 12 m deep.
Where do a discovery dive in Nusa Penida ?
Your Warnakali instructor will choose the best sites each day according to the tides, currents and weather conditions.
The most common sites for your first dive, depending on the conditions, are:
- Manta point
- Gamat Bay
- Crystal bay
- PED, SD, Buyuk, Sental or Tugu
You will find all the information on these sites in this article devoted to the most beautiful diving sites in Nusa Penida.
In any case your dive instructor will ensure your safety, your comfort and make this experience unforgettable !
What is the price of a discovery dive in Nusa Penida?
The price of a discovery dive consisting of a pool dive and two dives in Nusa Penida underwater, including a dive at Manta Point is around 2 million rupees per person (about 130 €).
The price of the first dive generally includes:
- pool dive plus two recreational dives with an experienced guide
- rental of complete equipment (regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges, 5 mm wetsuit, boots, mask, fins, weight belt, 12-litre aluminum tank)
- Transportation to Nusa Penida dive sites by speed boat, with oxygen, radios and safety equipment on board
- PADI insurance
- a snack on board: tea, coffee, snack.
- pick-up and return to the hotel within a radius of 5 km around the dive center
Discover scuba diving at sunset, a unique Warnakali experience
Looking for a unique experience combining the romance of a sunset with the adventure of discovering scuba diving ? The aperitif sunset formula is for you ! The Dune Warnakali Dive Center offers one of the most beautiful views of Nusa Penida, overlooking the Lembongan Strait, Mount Agung and Bali in the distance.
Its 3 meters deep infinity pool is a must for training but also for sunset experience. Plan with us your discovery dive at the end of the afternoon and indulge yourself with a glass of wine while admiring the sunset ! And you may feel so good that you may want to stay at our brand new restaurant after sunset !
Read some reviews from other divers !
Warnakali received more than 300 outstanding reviews from divers around the world. Read them and contact us if you have any question. It is always a pleasure to discuss with scuba divers.
Here are the latest reviews from happy divers :
Amazing place for learn diving
The crew was so nice and professional, the equipment is very good, you will feel safe with them!
On the boat you ll have some good coffee and an healthy fruit salad.
And the dives were so beautiful!
It s a small padi dive center, not a big machine, so you will not feel like a number.
Just book with them!
Thank you very much, it was so nice to discover the scuba diving with warnakali. A very good team kind and friendly I recommend to everyone. Vincent