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With its emerald green landscapes, turquoise waters and black sand beaches the volcanic island of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago is also called 'the Island of the Gods'. Divers sometimes refer to Bali as 'the Underwater Jewel of Southeast Asia'.
This jewel is situated between two oceans and offers one of the world’s richest marine environments. Warm tropical waters in the north and cooler waters in the south mix in the seas around the island, giving home to over 2200 different species of fish and 80 different coral genera, not to mention the huge variety of other marine life. Divers will see species they have never encountered before. Barrier reefs, walls, reef slopes, offshore rock formations and a world famous wreck all contribute to the diversity of this exceptional and breathtaking place.
Besides the outstanding diving, Bali also offers a unique mix of nature, culture and adventure. This Hindu island with its famous temples, stunning rice fields, superb cuisine and relaxing atmosphere will make everyone feel at home. Especially the south (where Beyond Scuba is situated) offers many recreational pleasures: surfing, bungee jumping, fine dining, shopping, clubbing, horseback riding and more. It's the ideal place to reload your batteries after an extensive dive trip around the island and before heading back home.
The Coral Triangle is recognized as the global centre of marine biodiversity and a global priority for conservation. It is also called the "Amazon of the seas" and covers 5.7 million square kilometers of ocean waters. More than 3,000 species of fish live in the Coral Triangle, including the largest fish - the whale shark. It also provides habitat to six out of the seven marine turtle species known worldwide. The Coral Triangle comprises the highest coral diversity in the world: 76% (605) of the world’s coral species (798). It also has the highest diversity of coral reef fish species in the world: 37% (2,228) of the 6000 known species, and 56% of the 4050 Indo-Pacific coral reef fishes. Bali lies in the South-Western corner of the Coral Triangle. (source: Wikipedia)
The Indonesian Throughflow is a massive current running from the Pacific Ocean (where the sea level is typical 20cm/8inch higher than the average) to the Indian Ocean (where the sea level is approximately 10cm/4inch lower than the average). This current sweeps through the Indonesian archipelago and thus through the Coral Triangle at a rate of 15 Sverdrup (one Sverdrup is a flow of one million cubic meters per second). Roughly 18% (2,6 Sverdrup) of this current passes between Bali and Lombok. It is rich in planktonic eggs and larvae of just about every species of fish and invertebrate life that inhabits the Pacific Ocean. Due to Bali’s position on the southern side of the Indonesian archipelago it also benefits from influences of the Indian Ocean. This makes that the Balinese reefs belong to the richest and most diverse on the entire planet. (source: “Diving Bali” by David Pickell and Wally Siagian)