DIVE NUSA PENIDA


DIVE NUSA PENIDA

Nusa Penida is home to some of the best dive sites in all of Bali.  People from all over the world flock to this small island off the coast of Bali to dive Nusa Penida and marvel at it’s unspoiled beauty and for the chance to dive with Mantas, Sunfish and other large pelagics. Nusa Penida has a variety of dive sites to suit all experience levels and needs, some of which we introduce below.

Manta Point

  • Average depth: 18m
  • Average visibility: Good
  • Average current: Light
  • Average temperature on surface: 28°C
  • Average temperature on bottom: 23°C

As the name suggests, this is one of the best dive sites around Bali to see the majestic Manta Ray in its natural environment. Mantas come from all around the area to use the “cleaning station”, a natural formation of rock and coral which the Mantas use to clean parasites and dead skin from their bodies before heading back to the open sea in search of plankton. There is nothing quite like seeing these amazing, but sadly endangered, creatures forming an orderly line and patiently waiting their turn to scrub themselves clean. A placid and completely harmless animal, they are also very curious and more than happy to swim directly in front of you and stop to check you out. Being surrounded by these huge Rays is an experience you will never forget! The magnificent Mola Mola is also a regular visitor to this site in season. Also known as the Sunfish, Mola Mola are one of the most graceful and unusual fish you will see on your SCUBA diving journey. Other types of marine life that may be seen on this site are Bamboo Sharks, Green and Hawksbill Turtles, Whitetip and Blacktip Sharks and Reef Octopus. At a maximum depth of 15 meters, Manta Point is a fantastic diving and snorkeling site.

 

Manta Bay

  • Average depth: 18m
  • Average visibility: Good
  • Average current: Light
  • Average temperature on surface: 28°C
  • Average temperature on bottom: 23°C

One of the larger dive sites around Nusa Penida, Manta Bay also offers the opportunity to SCUBA dive with Manta Rays. At a maximum depth of around 25 meters and about 300 meters wide, Manta Bay is one of the largest dive sites near Bali and offers a huge variety of fish and coral life.

 

Crystal Bay

  • Average depth: 26m
  • Average visibility: Excellent
  • Average current: Moderate
  • Average temperature on surface: 30°C
  • Average temperature on bottom: 21°C

This dive location is a bay on the shore of Nusa Penida which is amazing for diving and snorkeling. With depths ranging from 3 meters to 60 meters, there is something for all levels of divers here. Normally crystal clear waters give this dive site it’s name and it rarely disappoints on this count. Stonefish, Sweetlips, Rabbitfish, Surgeonfish and Unicornfish are all very common here and the occasional Turtle and Whitetip Shark brightens the day no end. At lower depths and in season, it is possible to see the Mola Mola here.

 

Toyapakeh

  • Average depth: 22m
  • Average visibility: Good
  • Average current: Strong
  • Average temperature on surface: 29°C
  • Average temperature on bottom: 26°C

Normally a drift dive, Toyapakeh is a beautiful dive site situated on the western side of Nusa Penida, with the island of Nusa Lembongan across the way. This diving location begins at a fairly innocuous marker, a little tree poking out of the short cliff on the side of Nusa Penida, and ends at a jetty about 300 meters away. Along the way, many different types of coral grace this dive site, making it a beautiful drift dive with so much to see. Depending on the current and water temperature, this is one of the best places to see Mola Mola around Bali. Just set your buoyancy, let the flow take you and drift peacefully along, watching the underwater world go by.

 

Sakenan

  • Average depth: 21m
  • Average visibility: Excellent
  • Average current: Moderate
  • Average temperature on surface: 29°C
  • Average temperature on bottom: 28°C

Another drift dive, this time near the smaller islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. A very pleasant current offers a chance to relax after a days diving at Manta Point or Crystal Bay. This scuba site begins again at a fairly innocuous location and runs around 500 meters before ending at the turn of the island. Turtles, the occasional Shark, Reef Octopus and Cuttlefish are frequently seen here and this is the perfect site to end a day of diving on Nusa Penida, Bali.

At Nusa Penida, there are more advanced dive sites available to experienced divers. For more information, click here

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