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Overview

Come face to face with exotic sea creatures you can't see anywhere else in the world as you hone your skills in the world's best diving spots.

This trip is a chance to travel halfway around the globe to an area few westerners have ever been. You'll develop both diving and leadership skills in remote locales like the Gili Islands. You'll experience an enormous variety of diving - shore, boat, wall, wreck, drift, pinnacle and reef - and come face to face with exotic sea creatures you can't spot anywhere else, such as an endless array of nudibranchs, pygmy sea horses and a chance to see the elusive mola mola.

You'll watch the sun rise over a volcanic lake on Mt. Batur and wander the spiritual landmarks of Ubud. You won't just see sites; you'll meet the people who live there and learn about their culture straight from the source - all while participating in community service projects and earning your Level 1 Freediver certification.

Dates Grades Length Tuition Availability
June 27 - July 17 HS 21 days $6,980 Open
July 20 - August 9 HS 21 days $6,980 Open
Earn & Learn
Bali & Lombok Advanced Scuba Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn internationally recognized certifications and documented community service hours. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

On Bali & Lombok Advanced Scuba, students earn 5 hours of documented community service and may pursue 5 PADI diving and freediving certifications.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • PADI Open Water Certification
CERTIFICATIONS:

During this 21-day scuba intensive program, students will expand on their fundamental skills and complete 25+ scuba dives, for which they may earn multiple certifications including:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Drift Diver
  • AWARE Shark Conservation
  • PADI Fish Identification
  • Freediver Level 1
COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in Indonesia, use local connections to find and assist with the most pressing community projects at the time you arrive. The projects give you the opportunity to engage community members while working with volunteers, stakeholders and residents on local improvement and conservation projects which may include:

  • Volunteer with the Biorock Project in the Gili Islands to retrieve coral and transplant it onto Biorock structures
  • Participate in shark protection and conservation projects with a local rescue organization

5 Certifications

5 Service Hours

Bali & Lombok Advanced Scuba Itinerary

Itinerary

Advanced Scuba program for teens in Bali
1

After traveling halfway around the world, head to your home for the first week, Pemuteran, a quaint Indonesian fishing village. Explore the underwater treasures of the northern dive sites, participating in your first ever “muck dive.” Feeling refreshed and confident after our first dives, we head east, stopping along the way to visit a pearl farm and hike to a remote waterfall.

2

Embark on an underwater exploration with the fishing village of Tulamben as your new home base. You’ll stay in bungalows on the black volcanic beach and do both boat and shore dives through the temperate waters. Experience an exhilarating dawn dive as well as dives through walls, pinnacles, muck and even the USAT Liberty, one of the most famous wreck dives in the world. From there, you’ll venture to Seraya and Coral Garden to spot dozens of unique sea creatures.

3

Head south along the Bali coast and visit your final diving spots of Bali, just off shore Nusa Penida, where you’ll scour the ocean for sea creatures. Test your luck, venturing out to sites where you may spy a manta ray or the elusive mola mola (sunfish). Along the way, look out for pygmy seahorses, porcelain crabs and dozens of other species.

4

Here’s where you’ll pack up the dive gear and head to Ubud, the cultural and spiritual center of Bali. In Ubud, you’ll explore temples and terraced rice fields, taste delectable cuisine, experience Balinese dancing, take in a sunset over Mr. Batur, make your own batik, step inside a royal palace, visit the Monkey Forest and learn to cook Balinese food. You’ll also witness first-hand the unforgettable Kecak Fire and Trance Dance, a performance inspired by ancient religious rituals.

5

Refreshed and eager to get back in the water, take a high-speed ferry to Gili Air, the smallest of Indonesia’s three Gili Islands. Off the beaten path, you’ll find plenty of white sand beaches but no roads or cars. Embark on two or three dives a day, including a night dive and participate in an all-island scavenger hunt. Practice stand-up paddle boarding, yoga and meditation and meet with Gili Island elders to learn about the life and history of the islands, its strong community ties and a culture that revolves around fishing the surrounding seas.

6

Dive even deeper into the waters of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan during a two-day freediving class. You’ll take off from at least seven different sites with chances to spot dozens of marine species, including leopard sharks, pygmy seahorses and ribbon eels. Help build an artificial reef system as a service project and earn your Freediver Level 1 certification by learning kicking, equalization and breathing techniques, as well as freediving up to 18 meters. Join your group in a community service project and spend your final night watching the sun drop into the Bali Sea, reflecting together on your experiences during the trip.

  • Trip Highlights

  • Explore world-class dive sites in the Gilis and Nusa Penida
  • Experience incredibly diverse marine life including pygmy seahorses, leaf fish and the elusive mola mola
  • Earn a freediving certification over two days in the Gili Islands
  • Volunteer to rebuild reefs and conserve marine habitats
  • Explore Bali's black sand beaches, remote waterfalls and witness a fire-dance
  • Dive the USAT Liberty, one of the world's best wreck dives
Bali & Lombok Advanced Scuba Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Taylor Belger from Houston, TX

Stop looking for another program. If you want a once in a lifetime trip that gives you a thrill while teaching you to respect other cultures, then sign up for this trip immediately. You will visit unreal destinations that just take your breath away. The counselors and the guides are outstanding and you will never have any experience like it again. This is the best Broadreach trip to ever sign up for.

Alexandra B. from Farmington, CT

We learned so much on every dive and even not in the water-it taught me how to properly experience another culture and skills that I can use later in life. What I learned about life, culture and scuba skills exceeded all my expectations. This has been the best trip I have been on, mostly because of the instructors and other students!

Isabel Levin from Shaker Heights, OH

My Broadreach trip to Bali was one of the best experiences of my life! Definitely go on this trip! Diving in Bali is so different from the Caribbean. The new fish species and bright coral are awe inspiring. The food is delicious and the group is like a family. Free diving is also a very cool experience. I learned so much about diving, the environment, and new cultures. Seeing manta rays, turtles and even a shark was spectacular. I can’t imagine a better place, or way, to spend 3 weeks.

Ann C. from Charlottesville, VA

This is my third Broadreach trip and I can honestly say that they have gotten better each time. Truly the best three weeks of my life. This was my first time traveling outside of the western hemisphere and it really changed my understanding of the world.

William Rosenau

This trip not only gave me great insight into the rarely seen Balinese culture but also had the best diving that I have ever done in my life. It was truly a trip to remember!

Owen C. from Spring Lake, NJ

Through meeting people from all walks of life and different parts of the world, we as a group now all look at the world from a different prospective. It’s safe to say that this was the best experience of my life.

William M. from Wayne, PA

It was an awesome experience in an amazing place- I enjoyed how unique everything was to Bali itself. It would be hard to have these experiences anywhere else.

Bali & Lombok Advanced Scuba FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:
Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour.
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Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer
Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we'll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.
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How does travel work?
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For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.
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How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer
The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.
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Do most participants come alone or with friends?
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Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don't know anyone else on your program. It's normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you'll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.
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How does Broadreach address safety?
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Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We'd be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you're considering if you'd like to give our office a call.
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Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer
We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.
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What does tuition protection cover?
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Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.
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Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer
Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you'd like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.
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Who will my instructors be?
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Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).
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Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
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We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.
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Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
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Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.
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When is the application deadline?
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We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you'll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.
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How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer
We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).
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What should I pack?
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We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.
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Where will we be staying?
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Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.
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What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
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Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.
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Do you offer any discounts?
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In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
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Do you offer scholarships?
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We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.
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