NUSA PENIDA & LEMBONGAN, Bali Dive Sites
The island of Nusa Penida is actually one of three islands located just to the south east of Bali. Nusa Penida is the largest of the three, the others being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
Just a short forty five minute boat ride from Sanur harbor will get you to some of the best dive sites in Bali, actually in the world. Enjoy the beautifully clear waters and amazing corals at Crystal Bay. Dive with the magnificent manta rays and relax and enjoy an exhilarating drift dive on the north of the islands at sites such as Sakenan and SD.
Nusa Penida has such great variety of dive sites for experienced scuba divers, we think that you will want to return again and again. Don’t forget, if you want to dive with Mola Mola, the season runs from July to November. And if you want to dive with manta rays,they are seen all year around in Bali. We are normally able to get very close to the manta rays (without invading their personal space!) and spend lots of time watching, videoing and photographing them as they keep swimming around the cleaning station.
We make two or three dives at Nusa Penida which is about 30 minute drive and 30 minute speed boat ride from the main tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
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Watch in wonder as the magnificent manta rays glide over the cleaning stations at Manta Point. Keep your distance and these curious creatures will continue to circle, amazing you with their grace and beauty in the water.
Manta Point is located on the south west corner of Nusa Penida and is the furthest dive site on Nusa Penida from Sanur harbor, taking approximately forty five minutes in total to reach. It’s a journey that is well worth it as the coastline around Nusa Penida is rugged, unspoilt and absolutely beautiful.
Manta rays really are amazing creatures that are resident in Bali year round so whenever you dive there is an extremely high chance of seeing them in the water. Some of the mantas here have wingspans of more than three meters and all have an individually unique black, white or grey pattern on their undersides which makes identification easy.
Look out also for blue spotted rays on the sandy bottom and unusually at this dive site they can be found lying on top of each other! Divers also find octopus on the huge limestone rocks that are a feature of this dive site as well as bamboo sharks or a chance sighting of Mola Mola.
Superb corals and stunningly clear waters make this a favourite dive site all year around and especially so during Mola Mola season.
Drop down to the sandy bottom and then head over pristine soft corals towards the corner where larger fish and Mola Mola are found in season.
Look out for the frog fish that sometimes make their home here as well as mantis shrimps scurrying amongst the corals, looking for food. You will also find many unusual shapes and colours of nudibranchs so keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
Finish the dive with a safety stop around the huge coral pillar that is teeming with marine life. Swarms of glass fish hide under the lower edge and the elusive and well camouflaged leaf scorpion fish is usually found here by our keen eyed dive guides.
Come and dive with us at Toyapakeh, a favourite of many of our dive guides for the abundance of corals and marine life as well as for the great visibility.
The dive site enjoys some shelter from the strong currents that run through the deep channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, usually with a gentle drift to the north. However the currents can change quickly so stay close to our experienced local dive guides for a fun and safe dive.
The main feature of the site is the coral pillars, some of which are huge. We also find large gorgonian sea fans thriving amongst the healthy hard and soft corals and large schools of fish.
At the deeper end of the dive site we see sharks, turtles, and in season the famous Mola Mola (Sunfish).
Stunning, healthy corals, huge sponges, a great abundance of reef fish, on a drift dive sum up this wonderful stretch of reef
The healthy reef stretches over most of the northern coast of Nusa Penida and extends over a number of sites with Sental being near the middle.
On a day when the current runs fast you will cover more than one site! Drift diving at Sental is great fun.
The reef starts in the shallows, where you will see seaweed farms, and drops away to where some of the best corals and marine life are to be found at 15-20 meters. Huge puffer fish, turtles and reef sharks are found here. Look a little deeper and you may see larger pelagics, eagle rays, marble rays and, in season Mola Mola (Sunfish).
Watch as the reef fish effortlessly face into the current or hide behind the coral stacks as you drift past. See the huge table corals and sponges that cover the reef and provide shelter from the currents, beautiful!
SAKANAN / MANGROVES
This site is so-called due to its location, right by the mangrove area to the north east Nusa Lembongan. Mangroves offer a healthy sloping coral reef, with small bommies and table corals waiting to be explored for the smaller stuff but often marble rays and other larger species swim past in the deeper water. Sharks are occasionally seen here too. It’s a great site for all levels of diver.
S.D. and PED
These dive sites are along a coral slope and are both usually drift dives which can be exhilarating at times. This beautiful coral garden is home to a wide variety of fish including the large Queen Angelfish, large Puffer fish, Hump headed parrot fish and Cuttle fish. And if you are lucky you might run into some Whitetip reef sharks and Mola Mola’s.