Fishing in Bali

Information on fishing and angling in the fresh water lakes of Bali, as well as sea fishing off the Balinese coast...

There are many opportunities to go fishing in Bali, with excursions offered for sea fishing, shore fishing, lake fishing and mangrove fishing.

Sea Fishing

Sea fishing is becoming increasingly popular with visitors to Bali, and there are numerous privately-run operators organising fishing excursions, many of which are all-inclusive with refreshments, equipment and insurance.

Popular fishing areas include the Badung Strait and Lombok Strait around the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, where several species of sharks, giant manta rays and tuna can be found.

The area off the south western coast is known for yellowfin tuna, and in the Bali Strait it is possible to catch yellowfin tuna, tengiri, dorado, mahi-mahi, giant travelly, marlin, sailfish and grouper.

On Bali's east coast fishing is possible all year round, even in the wet season.

Many different types of vessels are used, with some operators using traditional style Balinese fishing boats.

Fishing trips are available further afield to Lombok, for big tuna, blue marlin, black marlin, mackerel, dog tooth, sail fish and hammer jack, as well as other species of deepwater game fish. Live-aboard fishing excursions are available from Bali to other islands such as Komodo, Sulawesi, Borneo and Irian Jaya.

Fishing Styles

There are several popular types of fishing, and these include: spearfishing, deep sea fishing, trolling, jigging and bottom fishing.

Trolling, where baited fishing lines are drawn through the water, is practised when catching Spanish mackerel (tengiri), trevally, tuna, mahi-mahi, barracuda, wahoo, blue marlin and sailfish.

Jigging, using a jerky, vertical motion, is practised for catching fish from the bottom of the ocean, such as dogtooth tuna, ruby-snapper and amberjack.

Bottom fishing, sometimes known as coral fishing, is used for catching snapper, blue crevally, mahi-mahi, grouper, skipjack tuna and barracuda.

Shore fishing

Shore fishing is also available on several beaches, including Sanur, Nusa Dua, Serangan Island and Candidasa, where it is possible to catch white snapper, goat fish and jack travelly.

Inland Fishing

Fishing for game fish is possible on Lakes Buyan and Tamblingan.

There are also trips organised in mangrove plantations, to catch small fish and crab from floating platforms, using light tackle and casting small lures for barramundi (Asian seabass). These are then be paid for by weight and cooked for lunch by the on-site restaurant.