First dive in Bali

Whether you want to discover the wonders of scuba diving, develop your diving skills or simply explore the Marine Protected Area of ​​Nusa Penida, Warnakali will have you covered.

The first dive consists of an initiation in the pool followed by two dives in the sea. The first dive is provided by experienced French instructors, perfectly familiar with the dive sites of Nusa Penida and their currents. 

As part of our programs, we are accompanied by all the safety equipment necessary for the practice of scuba diving: oxygen, first aid kit, means of communication.

Are you tempted by  diving in Bali ? But you’ve never taken the plunge to breathe underwater? Here you will find all the practical information on how to conduct your first dive in Bali with the Warnakali dive center based in Nusa Penida. Where you can see Manta Rays all year round!

The baptism of scuba diving is an introduction to scuba diving . It is aimed at all those who want to discover the sensations of diving. But without having to dedicate the few days necessary for the complete training to become a certified diver! A first dive in Bali is an incredible experience to bring back from your trip and a great gift to give yourself, isn’t it?

And who knows, you might like it so much that you want to continue or come back to take the PADI Open Water Diver . We are flexible at Warnakali. Then your first discovery dives will be taken into account in the certification course, if you plan it from the start. We have lots of stories of divers who started with a baptism and continued their training far away. Read for example the story of Anne who came back to spend her rescue diver with us! 

The baptism of scuba diving with Warnakali follows the standards of the main diving training organization in the world, PADI . Warnakali is also a PADI 5 Star dive resort, a label given to establishments that offer a very high quality service to divers. 

The baptism consists of a training in swimming pool followed by two dives in the sea in Nusa Penida, Bali. The baptism is provided by experienced French instructors, perfectly familiar with the sites of Nusa Penida and their currents. Finally, to ensure the best service, each instructor will guide only two divers per baptism.

We start with the first dive in the pool

We first pick you up from your hotel in Nusa Penida at the end of the afternoon to accompany you to the center and choose your equipment. After having exposed you the theoretical bases of diving, it will be time to “ breathe underwater ” for the first time! You familiarize yourself quietly with the diving equipment in the small pool, having your feet.

You will then descend into the  3 meter deep pool to learn how to balance your ears in a reassuring environment. There you go, you will be ready for the next day’s dives in the beautiful waters of Nusa Penida in Bali. But before that we will probably have an aperitif to enjoy the magnificent sunset!

The initiation to diving continues at sea!

We pick you up the next morning from your hotel and we will go directly to the port of Toyapakeh. We will board our Buraq 3 boat and go to the first spot for your first underwater experience around Nusa Penida. You will be amazed to see so many fish, corals and colors! After a fruit salad and a well-deserved coffee on the boat, we will do a quick review of the first dive. Very quickly you will then find the colors of the aquatic world for the second time . With any luck you may have seen Manta Rays on one of the two dives. Finally (already?), We bring you back to the hotel. And, that’s it, you will have become a member of thegreat family of scuba divers !


For a first dive 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 also proud to have welcomed Elias, 10 years old, who had as a beautiful birthday present a baptism of diving in Bali. And more precisely in Manta Point with the Manta rays of Nusa Penida!

Between 8 and 10 years old in a swimming pool, from 10 years old at sea

But if your child is between 8 and 10 years old, you can also offer him an introduction to diving in the Warnakali 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 completing exciting AquaMissions . You will find all the details by reading this article on PADI diving training .


You learn basic safety guidelines and the skills necessary to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. During your dives in the sea, you will practice some additional skills in shallow water. This will ensure you are ready to continue your scuba diver adventures .

In more detail, you will notably discover how to breathe underwater . This is still the essential! But also understand how the diving equipment works. And above all: enjoy two magnificent dives in Bali!


Warnakali will provide all standard diving equipment. You will thus use a mask, a snorkel, fins, a regulator, a BC, a pressure gauge and a diving tank.

All Warnakali equipment is maintained by qualified personnel . And above all, all the necessary safety equipment is available.

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The PADI standard requires you to stay within the limit of 12 meters deep . But the first 3 meters are the most important for balancing the air pressure in your inner ear. That 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 great dives to be done less than 12 meters deep. 

ovide all standard diving equipment. You will thus use a mask, a snorkel, fins, a regulator, a BC, a pressure gauge and a diving tank.

All Warnakali equipment is maintained by qualified personnel . And above all, all the necessary safety equipment is available.

Your Warnakali instructor will choose the best spots each day based on tides , currents and weather conditions .

The most common sites for your first dive, depending on the conditions, are:

  • Manta point
  • Gamat bay
  • Crystal bay
  • Toyapakeh
  • PED, SD, Buyuk, Sental or Tugu

You will also find all the information on these sites in this article devoted to the most beautiful dive sites of Nusa Penida .

In any case, your Warnakali instructor will ensure your safety, your comfort and make this initiation unforgettable!

Are you looking for an exceptional experience that combines the romanticism of a sunset and the adventure of a first dive? Then the sunset aperitif formula is made for you! Warnakali offers one of the best views in Nusa Penida over the Lembongan Strait, Mount Agung and Bali in the distance.

An aperitif after the baptism

Its 3-meter-deep infinity pool is a must for training. But also to admire the sunset. So, schedule your first dive in the pool at the end of the afternoon. And then let yourself be tempted by an aperitif . After the effort, the comfort! We also recently opened the Warnakali restaurant. A great way to extend the evening after the sun sets. And to make this first dive experience in Bali unforgettable!


Read the reviews of other divers!

Warnakali has received over 300 outstanding reviews from divers around the world who have initiated, trained or dived with us. Read them, it will surely make you want to join them!

First dive Very good atmosphere, affordable prices, top instructors and little pampering who can advise you as much on diving as on the rest of your trip. Quick response whether by email or WhatsApp. To advice. Dahlia

First dive Very good experience for our first dive in this center. Our instructor Loic guided us very well, reassured us, and allowed us to have a great time! The framework for the exercises beforehand is incredible. Thanks to the whole team ! Pauline

Memorable memories! We did our first dive on December 31, 2019 with my girlfriend, we arrived the day before at 4 p.m., theoretical course then first dive in the infinity pool with breathtaking views of Bali and the islands opposite. You can also eat at the dive center and it is very good. The day after departure on the dive site by boat, 2 good dives at 12m, the marine life is rich, lots of turtles, we came back around 12h, we had the ferry at 13h for Bali so perfect timing knowing that the starting point / arrival of the dive is 100 m from the company Angel Billabong. Support, security, and the experience are top level, we highly recommend! Antoine

First dive First dive for us, absolutely brilliant and I think unforgettable. The nautical fonts of Nusa Penida are magnificent, the team at the top and very reassuring. I can only recommend. Noemie

First dive and snorkeling trip A superb diving experience in the wonderful underwater world of Nusa Penida! Very professional team, top management, personalized support! I will stay there again without any hesitation. My companion took advantage of the boat and snorkeling trip, he was delighted! Long live the W !!!

Baptism Thank you Célia, Lander and Yan for your professionalism and your availability during the different dives that I have done. It was the first time I was diving I was a little scared but there was a very good support team. The superb seabed of Nusa Penida discovered thanks to you are engraved in my head and are not ready to come out again. It is a great diving club !!! The welcome, organization and security are excellent. A very good team, don't change a thing. To discover without hesitation.

First dive Excellent, we decided to do our 1st bottle baptism during our vacation in Nusa Penida and the experience was a total success. We were supervised by Célia during the training in the swimming pool then Lander and Yan the next day for 2 dives in the sea it was incredible !!! Corals and fish of all multicolored sizes were there, we will keep a wonderful memory for life. In addition, the supervision for learning and safety were at the top Of the pure treat really 😁😍👍🏽 🐠 👌🏽 Jason

Scuba diving on Nusa Penida Great diving with Warnakali at two sites in Nusa Penida! The team is really top notch, very professional, pedagogue and really adorable ☺️. We were super well supervised for this baptism and it was really happy to do this activity with them! Thank you very much to the team for this morning at sea !!!! I recommend with my eyes closed. 🙈 As a bonus of the turtles 🐢 !!! Margot

At the top !!! 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌 It was a great initiation, the funds of nusa penida are really magnificent again a big thank you to our instructor Loïc for his great professionalism, his listening and his kindness. Thank you so much. Ryad

First dive We made my friend and I a first dive with Warnakali in Nusa Penida. Loic and Sam were our instructors, they are both awesome, very educational and professional !! The diving team is at the top, everything was ready when we arrived in the boat, which is very appreciated. And the icing on the cake… we saw 2 mola-mola and 1 thresher shark to name a few !! 😉 I recommend! Thank you again 🙂 Nicolas

great experience Excellent time with the team and Célia our instructor who made our berth an unforgettable moment. Reassuring first dive in the pool with a superb view of the dive site on Nusa Penida! thank you for this moment Ludivine & Thibaut

First dive Short trip of 4 hours in the morning on two diving spots (1h45 underwater). Super professional staff and top management while leaving a feeling of freedom. Alan

The best for diving in Nusa Penida We were lucky enough to be able to book a first dive 2 days in advance. Top experience from start to finish. We were taken care of by Célia, the first day for some essential theoretical explanations and exercises in the pool, and the second day for two dives in the sea around Nusa Penida. We were apprehensive about not being able to fully enjoy the dives at sea because of the attention to be paid to the technical aspects (first baptism). But we were quickly reassured, and the dives at sea were incredible, unforgettable, especially our encounter with the manta rays. Warnakali is an experienced, friendly and attentive team. We highly recommend! Nicolas

At the top thank you again 😃 Dylan and I had our first dive with Warnakali. Top diving center. Training in the pool with a magnificent sunset, then out to sea the next day. We were very happy to be able to visit 2 sites in Nusa Penida and swim with manta rays. Thank you to the whole team, a serious and super nice and dynamic team. Little wink for Célia our instructor who was at the top. Thank you and see you next time if we come back to the area 😊 Léa

Exceptional diving If you have to choose a team to dive on Nusa Penida take Warnakali! A brilliant, smiling and professional team that will make you feel like a fish in water! We could not ask for a better baptism.

First dive Top team, I recommend 200%. Acclimatization in the pool (with a sublime view), instructors always there to help and give advice, 2 dives at sea, fantastic seabed! Very happy to have made this baptism and to have met the team.

Excellent discovery of diving We had an incredible time for our first dive experience. Loïc put us completely at ease to make us discover the underwater environment of Nusa Penida. We even had the chance to meet a Mola Mola! Thanks again to the whole team. Chlo

First dive at the top Incredible experience sublimated by a superb team led by Loïc during my first dive. An extraordinary and unforgettable adventure! Vincent

A magical moment We had our first baptism with Célia. Everything was perfect. We discovered diving with an initiation in the magnificent swimming pool of the center the day before the baptism. The next day we left for two magical dives. We were just us (a couple) on the boat. Which is really appreciable. Célia gives us confidence, takes care of us and explains everything from A to Z. She allows us to make the most of our dive and there is so much to observe !! The team on the boat is great. We have absolutely nothing to complain about and we hope one day to make more bubbles with this team.

Cool cool cool Bagus! We dived for two (including 1 baptism with swimming pool initiation, sumptuous setting by the way). Superb dives in Crystal Bay and Manta Point with a top, professional, welcoming and confident team. We were able to admire the majestic manta rays in complete safety and relaxation. Thanks to the team and especially to Loïc who is cool cool cool 👌👌👌 Fred & Jess

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