AWARE Week 2023 Celebration, the Symbol of Marine Preservations

Coast and Underwater Clean-ups

by Mardia, AMD-B’s 2023 Divemaster Internship

PADI AWARE Week is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of ocean conservation and taking action to protect our marine environment. In this week-long event, AquaMarine Diving – Bali, fortunate to celebrates with various activities such as a clean-up event, Webinar, School Visit, and Conservation Education.

On 19 September 2023, AMD-B kicked off the PADI Aware Week with beach and underwater clean-up. The clean-up event was a tremendous success, with volunteers coming together to remove the debris from the coast and the ocean. Seeing the dedication and passion people contribute to protecting our marine environment is heartening. As usually we are hosting our monthly clean-up at every 4th, now we thrilled invited some of our partners and friends to be involved in our AWARE Week Clean-up event, namely:
– Coral Restoration Partner, Livingseas
– PADI Regional Manager, Neil Davidson
– Simone Tomazela
– Topi Inn Staffs

In this clean-up event, we successfully collected 13.48 kgs and 17.44 kgs of debris from the coast and our adopted site, The Jetty and The Mushroom Point. The clean-up event plays a crucial role in safeguarding the health and well-being of marine life. By removing trash, we are creating a cleaner and healthier ocean for all living creatures.


AWARE Week 2023 Beach Clean-up

The Second 2023 Blue Project Webinar Talk

In addition to the clean-up event, we hosted a webinar titled “A Century to Urge Ocean Conservation” on 22 September 2023. This webinar provided a platform for passionate marine conservationists to share their experiences and stories about their work. Egi Pamungkas (Indonesia) and Giulia Pellizzato (Italy) were exceptional speakers who captivated the audience with their extraordinary efforts and unwavering commitment to ocean conservation. Their shared knowledge and expertise shed light on the urgent need to protect our oceans and inspired individuals to take action in their own lives.


AWARE Week 2023 Webinar

Engaged the Rural School to their Nearest Local Sea Turtle Conservation Community

On 23 September 2023, as part of our community outreach, we visited SD N 5 Saba, a local school in Gianyar. During the school visits, students learn about plastic pollution and the significance of protecting turtle habitats. After the class, we took the students to the Saba Asri Turtle Conservation, where they had the opportunity to release the baby turtle. These hands-on experiences not only educate but also leave a lasting impact on the students, encouraging them to become ambassadors for ocean conservation.

We are incredibly proud to celebrate PADI Aware Week and raise awareness for the health of our oceans. The clean-up event, webinar, and school visit were all significant endeavors that contributed to our mission of protecting and preserving our marine environment. By working together, we can positively impact and ensure a healthier future for our planet.


AWARE Week 2023 School Visit

AMD-B 24th Birthday

Diving Into 24 Years of Adventure: AquaMarine's Journey to Excellence

by Mardia, AMD-B’s 2023 Divemaster Internship


On this special day of 18 September 2023, AquaMarine Diving – Bali is filled with immense pride and joy as we celebrate the 24th anniversary. AquaMarine has been dedicated to providing unparalleled diving experiences, discovering stunning underwater worlds, and advocating for marine conservation for over two decades.

Starting as a very small, but passionate, company in 1999, AquaMarine has grown into one of the most reputable diving companies in the industry. Throughout the journey, we have always aimed to exceed expectations by prioritizing safety, professionalism, and adventure for the guests.

AquaMarine is also committed to ocean sustainability through the Blue Project. This initiative aims to connect and appreciate the marine environment by raising awareness about preserving the ocean and its inhabitants. Through beach clean-ups, underwater clean-ups, campaigns, educational initiatives, and collaboration with local communities, we strive to positively impact the marine ecosystems we explore.


The director, Annabel Thomas, expressed her disbelief that it’s already been 24 years since the company opened. However, she also shared her wishes for the future, including the staff’s professional development, continued support for the local dive community, providing excellent service for guests, promoting Bali’s phenomenal diving, and sharing the beauty of the underwater world with as many people as possible.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of AquaMarine’s loyal customers and dedicated team members. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the trust, enthusiasm, and belief in our mission. Together, we have made countless memories and formed lifelong friendships. We are excited to continue exploring and sharing the beauty of the underwater world with everyone. Here’s to 24 years of excellence in diving and many more to come!


What to Expect on a PADI ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ Day Trip with AMD-B

PADI ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ Day Trip

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? To feel weightless, surrounded by beautiful corals and marinelife?

The PADI ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ (DSD) programme with AquaMarine is perfect for people who want to try diving but are not sure they want to get certified (yet!) – or don’t have time. Taking the DSD is a safe and enjoyable introduction to scuba diving – and Bali’s amazing underwater world.

AquaMarine conducts the DSD in Tulamben Bay on Bali’s northeast coast. Yes, incredibly, you will actually dive on the world-famous 120 metres USAT Liberty Shipwreck! Divers come from around the planet to dive here! This is the perfect one day experience; what a way to remember your time in Bali!


Trip Arrangement

We’ll pick you up from your south Bali accommodation at around 07:00, bringing the necessary dive gear with us (no need to stop off at our office!).

The journey to Tulamben takes you through beautiful Balinese countryside, past rice terraces, along the coast, via rural villages, with great views of Mount Agung: Bali’s most revered volcano. This journey can be a whole Land Tour with other companies.

Upon arrival in Tulamben, as you settle into our base for the day, the Tulamben porters will unload the dive gear, tanks, etc. You will then review basic dive theory with your AquaMarine PADI Instructor before familiarising yourself with the dive equipment.

Then it’s time to get in the pool to learn some basic scuba diving skills and practise hand signals to use underwater (sssh, no talking!).


AquaMarine has a maximum ratio of 2 DSD participants to one PADI Instructor however it’s usually 1-to-1 so everyone can go at their own speed. There is no pressure to learn anything within a given amount of time.
Our motto is ‘Safety and Enjoyment’ 🙂

Then it’ll probably be time for lunch!

Afterwards you can walk straight off the beach and into the water. Because Tulamben Bay is ‘shore diving’, you can go as slowly or as quickly as you want; and dive for as short, or as long a time, as you want.

The maximum allowance depth for PADI DSD is 12 metres however you can stay shallower if you prefer 🙂


PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Tulamben Bay

So, you’re wondering “What will I see?” – well, the first thing you need to know is the sand in Tulamben Bay is not the ‘white tropical sand’ you might expect, it’s actually black as it’s volcanic sand 🙂

Yes, you will really be diving on Bali’s infamous USAT Liberty Shipwreck – it’s only 30 metres from the shore, lies parallel with the beach and starts at only 5 metres (yes, people snorkel here too). However it’s a lot more than just a boat lying on the sand: It’s actually pretty broken up (but still identifiable as a boat) and covered in both soft and hard corals, anemones, sea fans, and similar. The wreck is home to many different kinds of marinelife including over 400 species of fish.

There’s no better place to fall in love with diving than Bali, and no better company to do it with that AquaMarine Diving – Bali!

‘Discover Scuba Diving’ is the perfect first step if you just want a taste of scuba diving. However maybe, after reading this, you feel you’d like to book your PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver course with us?

Full Day Trip
1 Pool Dive
1 Ocean Dive
All gear and lunch included
Everything at your own speed 🙂