How to Read a Tide Chart
The height of tides is determined by a complex combination of factors relating to the positions of the Earth, Sun and Moon. Because the Moon revolves around the Earth, the Earth revolves around the Sun and the Earth also rotates on its own axis, the distances between the three bodies and their relative positions to one another constantly change.
Depending on this distance and position, tides may be higher or lower, and tidal currents may be stronger or weaker.
Learning how to read tide chart is an essential skill for those who is spend time near the ocean, such as swimmer, divers and surfers.
In Bali high and low tides occur twice in a day.
Remember that high and low tide times will be different every day. If your plans are flexible, looking at the chart a low tide at a convenient time. This may mean waiting several days for the best opportunity for walk and photo.
High tide expressed as a large number, closer to 2.0. This number indicates how high the tide will be at this time.
Low tide expressed as a average number, closer to 1.0.
Lowest tide highlighted in green and expressed as a small number, closer to zero.
Strong wind can change the specified tide level up to half a metre.
Enjoy low tides. When the tide is out you have the best chance to see marine life near the reef.
Attention! Rip Current!
If you are caught in a current that pulls you quickly from shore, swim parallel to the beach to break out of it.