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There are over 500 different species of sharks in the world. Rest assured, only four species are dangerous: these are oceanic sharks, tiger sharks, great white sharks, and bull sharks. They are not present in Bali. Below are the species you may encounter during your stay.

Most commonly seen sharks in Bali

On the Island of the Gods, there are three species of reef sharks, which are members of the family Carcharhinidae. As the name suggests, these sharks live mainly in the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Here are the ones you can see in the underwater waters of Bali:

  • Blacktip reef sharks, recognizable by the black tip on their dorsal fin,

  • Whitetip reef sharks: like blacktip reef sharks, recognizable by the white tip on their dorsal fin. Their other name is "Silvertip Shark" because their white spots become shiny underwater,

  • Grey reef sharks, also known as dagsit or black tail sharks: can be recognized by their first dorsal fin, which is white (or with a white tip), while the other fins have a black end.

shark of the Carcharhinidae family in Bali, visible underwater thanks to the Bali Breizh Divers centre
Shark of the Carcharhinidae family

Other sharks on the island

You can also see other species of sharks in Bali, such as the sleeper shark, nurse shark, leopard shark, bamboo shark, thresher shark, guitar shark, and, if you are lucky, the Wobbegong shark (also known as the carpet shark) or the world's largest fish, the whale shark.

Bamboo shark in the Indian Ocean in Indonesia in Bali taken by the diving centre Bali Breizh Divers
Bamboo shark

Where to SEE SHARKS?

The dive sites to see sharks in Bali are all incredible and very different.

Here is a list of these places with the shark species findable there:

  • In Amed at Jemeluk, you can encounter the gray reef shark, the whitetip shark, and the blacktip shark,

  • At Tulamben, you can see blacktip and whitetip sharks at Coral Garden and the drop-off,

  • The Gilis are full of white tip sharks. At Gili Tepekong, juvenile sharks lurk near the coral spuds. At Gili Mimpang, you can see them in the shark passage or the shark nursery. Finally, Gili Biaha is known for its shark cave, where these marine animals rest during the day,

  • At Padang Bai, at the Temple site, you can discover different species of sharks, such as the nurse shark or the leopard shark, while at Blue Lagoon, you can dive with whitetip sharks,

  • On the dive sites in the north of Nusa Penida, where the currents are higher, you can observe reef sharks. You will also see them on Menjangan Island and in Sanur at the Jeladi Wilis site.

White tip reef shark on the island of Gods in Indonesia photographed by divers from Bali Breizh Divers
White tip reef shark


You can see Bali's sharks on a scuba diving trip.

Our Bali Breizh Divers dive center in Sanur runs daily trips to the sites shown above. Our English and French-speaking PADI guides can take you to the best spots to see them.

Ask our team now to organize an incredible day of shark diving.

WA: +62 81 338 732 713


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