Diving Nusa Penida island

Nusa Penida is about 40 minutes speedboat ride from Sanur, and has several divesites. One is a great spot  for seeing Manta rays, either feeding or being cleaned, with close encounters more than likely. Another divesite is world-famous for finding Oceanic Sunfish – MolaMolas. Other sites have great coral, deep walls, and currents making good drift-dives; you need a very experienced guide to dive safely here, and get the benefits of these dive-sites.

There are also many good snorkelling sites here around the North coast of Penida and Lembongan.

 

Reasons to dive here

There is such a variety of dive-sites here, it’s impossible to have anything except a great days diving. Together with the fast boat-ride here, it’s a great diving day for really keen divers, a great day-out where you are fully occupied with the elements, the sea, and your diving.

Type Wall, drift, reef
Access 40 minutes speedboat ride from Sanur beach
Coral/bottom abundant mostly hard coral, large bommies and coral walls
Marine life Manta rays, MolaMola, other rays, Reef fish, sea-snakes etc
Current/conditions None to very strong including strong downcurrents at some sites
Visibility up to 35m
Depth 10 – 50m+
Experience level from complete beginner to advanced
Photography Wide angle / snapshot (Mantas, Molas)

Key information

  • Experienced divers can go looking for Mola Mola (due to current and depth)
  • The boat ride is 40 minutes – it can be choppy or rough and the currents can be strong,  –    so prepare well for an active day
  • The whole day is spent on the boat
  • There is shade on the boat; but bring sunblock. Water and lunch and towels are provided.
  • Check all your dive-equipment on the boat before it leaves, including nitrox analysis.

 

Itinerary

Meet for morning coffee in the Bali Aqua dive center, then go to the beach at 8am, where the boat will be loaded with equipment and tanks. After checking all personal equipment, the boat leaves, taking 40 minutes to get to the first dive-site. Each dive has a 1-hour surface interval, and is about 60 minutes long; after the 3rd dive we head back to the beach – normally arriving back before 16:00.

 

Description

Manta Point
is the place to go to see mantas, or just around the corner, Manta Bay. The Mantas are nearly always there, but of course the water conditions make a difference to your manta sightings. The best point to be is about 9m deep, with a slope going out into the blue where the boat waits.
A mostly sandy or rocky bottom has some coral, and there are often many other types of ray to be seen here.
Snorkelers also often get good Manta sightings here!

Crystal Bay
is famous for seeing MolaMolas. In the bay is really nice coral, with many reef dwellers; then the coral turns down into a wall as you get further out into the channel between Penida and Ceningan. You need to be quite an advanced diver to go to see the molas out on the wall, as there can be strong currents here both going out into the blue, and going down. If the conditions are good, there is a cave to swim into, and plenty to explore!

Toya Pakeh
the coral is beautiful here, from 5 m sloping down into the blue of the channel – which is very deep! Toya Pakeh is slightly sheltered, not getting the direct currents which run along the north coast but still getting some; it has mostly hard coral due to the currents washing  over it several times a day, bringing nutrients from the deep. Not too strong, it often gives a nice drift-dive, and you can see both deep-water fish and reef dwellers.

North coast
SD, PED, and several other divesites make up the coast across the north of the island, which are very similar; from about 5m it slopes down, getting steeper, until it disappeares into the channel, which is very deep. Mostly hard coral, with many reef fish, here the currents get strong (depending on the tides) and can sweep you along at a really fun rate!

Ceningan wall
A huge wall with massive currents! Fantastic coral and a chance to see MolaMola, Eagle rays, Manta rays – but not for beginners or the faint-hearted. Perfect control, professional equipment and a low air-consumption are needed; we only take the very experienced.

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