Useful stuff about diving and staying on Bali

Useful information about Bali


The Indonesian currency is the Indonesian rupiah. There are plenty of ATMs here you can get money from, additionally you can exchange any common currency at the banks here for reasonable rates. Don’t be scared by the high numbers, 1 million rupiah is actually only US$75 at the moment. The rupiah does fluctuate quite a bit throughout the year though.

Getting around on Bali

Traffic in Bali can be hectic and quite intimidating for first time visitors. Many of our guests rent a motor bike or bicycle for their stay here in Bali. Motor bike rental is about US$60 per month, bicycle rental about US$35 per month. It is also very easy and not expensive to go by taxi. To be able to drive a motor bike you will need an International driver’s license.

About Sanur

The coastal village of Sanur is a relaxed village in the South of Bali. It offers a great beach lined with palm trees, plenty of small shops and restaurants. The Balinese culture is still abundantly present and it is not as busy as Kuta or Legian. If you are looking for a busy night life on your days off though, the clubs in Kuta are only a short taxi ride away.

Bali – top things to do

Bali is an amazing place with a wonderful mix of culture, beaches, beautiful marine life and great weather. On the days you are not diving, you will be spoiled for choice with things to do on Bali.

Some of our favourites:

  1.  Walk or cycle through the rice fields around Ubud and watch the monkeys in Ubud’s Monkey Forest
  2. Join one of the many yoga classes; sunset yoga classes on the beach are especially spectacular
  3. Lavish on the freshest fish or king prawns in Jimbaran
  4. Go rafting on the Telaga Waja river
  5. Enjoy a massage in one of Bali’s many spas
  6. Visit the amazing temples of Uluwatu and Tanah Lot
  7. Step back in time in Tenganan
  8. Take surfing lessons in Kuta
  9. Enjoy a cool Bintang beer while watching the sunset
  10. Go shopping in Seminyak


The accommodation we provide as part of our packages are clean and simple rooms with AC and hot water. If you would like to arrange your own accommodation or prefer more luxurious accommodation, please let us know. If you don’t need any accommodation, you will receive a discount on our course price. Bali has a wide range of accommodation options available so if you have any specific requirements or looking for alternative options, please let us know.


Which visa is appropriate for you, will depend on how long you are staying and which country you are from. If you will be staying for 1 month only, you might be able to enter Indonesia without the need of purchasing a visa. Currently 90 countries don’t need any visa, but please check the Indonesian embassy in your country to see which rule applies for you. If you will be staying for 2 months, you will need to purchase a visa on arrival for US$35 which is valid for 30 days. You can extend this for another 30 days here in Bali for about US$55. If you will be staying longer than 2 months, you will need to apply for a social visa. We can help you with that. A social visa is normally valid for 2 months and can be extended 4 times up to 6 months. Each extension will be about US$55. If you are doing our beginner to dive instructor internship you will stay in Indonesia for 7 months and will need to leave the country once to renew your visa.

Cost of living

The cost of living on Bali is not very high in general. Local Indonesian meals cost around US$3, Western food is usually between US$6-8 and beers around US$2.50. Wine and liquor tends to be more expensive.

Diving on Bali

Medical statement diving

Are you fit enough to dive? To join any of our dive internships or fast track programs you will need to fill out a medical questionnaire. A doctor needs to sign this medical questionnaire and declare you are fit enough to dive. You can view the dive medical statement here.

Your doctor can also provide you with a separate letter stating you are fit enough to dive. The statement cannot be older than 12 months. Please make sure you bring your signed medical statement with you. It is also possible for us to arrange a doctor here on Bali for you.

Dive sites on Bali

The dive sites on Bali are incredible with an immense variety. Being located in the coral triangle, we have the luxury of being surrounded by amazing drift dives, world renowned wreck dives, special macro marine life as well as impressive large marine life such as mantas, sharks, turtles and sunfish.

Explore many of the Bali dive sites on the Joe’s Gone Diving website


PADI is the largest scuba diving training organization in the world. All their courses have been well developed and well thought through to make sure your learning experience is fun, safe and worthwhile. With a PADI Dive Certification you can dive anywhere in the world. As a PADI 5* IDC Dive Center we offer all course up to PADI Dive Instructor level.

PADI Open Water course

Your scuba internship adventure begins with the PADI Open Water course, the most popular dive course in the world. In this 3-4 day course you will learn the basics of diving and dive to a maximum of 18 metres. You will go over the dive theory, spend time practicing in the swimming pool before exploring the beautiful Bali reefs in 4 dives.

PADI Advanced Open Water course

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is the next step after finishing your PADI Open Water course. In 5 adventure dives you will further fine-tune your diving skills and explore different sides of diving such as wreck diving, recognizing amazing marine life and navigating underwater. You will learn to dive deeper to a maximum of 30 metres. The course takes 2 days.

PADI Rescue Diver course

In the PADI Rescue Diver course you will learn how to rescue others as well as yourself. You will first practise all the rescue skills in the pool, before bringing them into the practice in the ocean. It may all sound very serious, but actually this course is a lot of fun and an eye-opener for many divers. The practical part of the course will take 2 days, but you will need some extra time beforehand to prepare the theory.

To become a PADI Rescue Diver you will also need to follow the Emergency First Response course (EFR), unless you already have an equivalent medic first aid and CPR certificate from another organization that is still valid. The EFR course takes 1 day.

PADI Divemaster course

Learn to assist on courses, lead dives, perfect your diving skills and so much more. The PADI Divemaster course is the first step on the professional diving ladder and is your ticket to explore the world as a PADI Pro. This course takes a minimum of 2 weeks, but if you have the time can be spread out over several months to gain more experience and make more dives… During the PADI Divemaster course you will be diving on a wide range of dive sites on Bali and will work with our our experienced and passionate team of dive instructors.

PADI Instructor Development Course

In the PADI Instructor Development course (IDC) you will learn how to introduce new divers to the wonderful world of scuba and learn new skills to more experienced divers. In this focused course you will spend time in the classroom developing your dive theory and presentation skills, perfect your demonstration skills in the pool and follow a wide range of workshops in the ocean. After finishing your IDC you will enroll into the PADI Instructor Exams here in Sanur on Bali. After successfully passing the instructor exams and taking the Emergency First Response Instructor course, you will have all the tools to become a great dive instructor.

Fun diving during your internship

To get more dive experience you will do plenty of fun diving during your internship. To start your divemaster course you should have at least 40 dives and to become a PADI Dive Instructor you will need at least 100 dives. As we dive almost all around the island you will dive on many different dive sites and will get excellent exposure to different types of diving conditions, from easy shore diving and gentle conditions to boat diving and drift diving. Combined with the amazing marine life Bali has to offer, you will be well-prepared for diving on many different dive locations in the world. Be warned though, once you have dived on Bali you will be a bit spoilt…

PADI eLearning

If you are planning on joining any of our fast track dive programs, it is highly recommended to do the theory part of your course via PADI eLearning. These online programs allow you to prepare the dive theory from home, online, at your own pace and time. It will save you a lot of time studying here on Bali, but it does work out a bit more expensive generally. You can do eLearning for all PADI dive courses. For your fast track dive program you can prepare via eLearning for the PADI Rescue Diver and the PADI Divemaster course. If you have finished your online portion for the Rescue Diver course, you will only need to do a quick review here on Bali to check your knowledge. For the divemaster course, you will still need to do two exams here on Bali, but eLearning prepares you very well for this.

You sign up for eLearning via the PADI website and pay PADI directly for it. If you affiliate with our dive center, you will however get a discount on your dive course price with us. For the Rescue course you will get a discount of US$135 and for the PADI Divemaster course US$125. To affiliate with our dive center, you can simply sign up here.

Who is Joe´s Gone Diving

Joe’s Gone Diving

Joe’s Gone Diving is a PADI 5* IDC Dive Center based in Sanur in Bali. We are not the biggest dive center on Bali and don’t aim to be that either, to make sure we can give all our guests the attention and service they need. Our passionate dive staff will make your dive experience on Bali fun, interesting and safe. Check out the Joe’s Gone Diving website to meet the team you will be spending your time with.

How to Book an Internship or Fast Track

Booking at Joe’s

You can book by filling in our contact form or sending us an email. Bookings are confirmed once we have received your deposit of 25%. We offer several payment methods and will send you information about our payment options when you are booking.

Payments at Joe’s

For all bookings we ask a deposit of 25% which you can pay in cash at our dive center, via bank transfer or via online payment.

Payments at the dive center are always in Indonesian rupiahs and you can pay in cash or with credit card. Credit card payments do incur a surcharge of 2% for Visa or Mastercard and 3.25% for American Express.

Terms and conditions


Bookings are only guaranteed once Joe’s Gone Diving has received a deposit of 25% and has confirmed your booking.

Paying at the dive center

The remainder of the payment can either be transferred just before arrival on Bali or on Bali itself. When paying on Bali, you can pay in cash or with credit card. For the use of a Visa or Mastercard credit card a 2% administration surcharge is charged, for American Express a surcharge of 3.25%. All transactions in Indonesia will be charged in Indonesian rupiah, no other currencies are allowed.


We will always do our utmost to accommodate any changes. However as we do incur costs if you don’t cancel on time, we will need to charge you a cancellation fee

In case of cancellations of individual day trips and courses, a cancellation fee will be charged as follows:

  • Trips can be cancelled up to 48 hours beforehand free of charge
  • After 48 hours customers will be charged 50% of the agreed price
  • Cancellations within 24 hours before the start of the trip, will be charged 100% of the agreed price
  • Manuals that have already been picked up can only be returned if they have not been used and are in a good condition at the discretion of Joe’s Gone Diving.


Please note: for the purpose of this policy, day trips start at 8.00am

In case of cancellations of dive safaris and accommodation, a cancellation fee will be charged as follows:

  • Trips can be cancelled up to 14 days beforehand free of charge
  • After 14 days, the customer will be charged 25% of the agreed price
  • After 7 days, the customer will be charged 50% of the agreed price
  • After 72 hours, the customer will be charged 100% of the agreed price
  • B. In the high season (July – September and December – January) some hotels have a 30-day cancellation policy. In case of hotel bookings, Joe’s Gone Diving will maintain the same policy as the hotels.

Please note: for the purpose of this policy, trips start at 8.00am

Personal belongings

Please note you are responsible for your own personal belongings, Joe’s Gone Diving is not liable for any loss, damage or theft.