Bali Diving - Nusa Penida

Diving with Manta Rays and Mola Mola

    Nusa Penida

    This is an Advanced Dive Site and includes 3 dives – divers must have a minimum of 10 logged dives beyond Open Water be an Advanced Diver or hire a Private Guide.

    Nusa Penida is located off the southern tip of Bali. Some of Bali’s best diving is off the coast of Nusa Penida, including the legendary Manta Point. We travel to Nusa Penida from Sanur beach using ocean-going speedboats, rather than the local “Jukung” outrigger boats which are used for inshore diving operations, this can take around 45 mins to get to the first of the many dive locations. because we are crossing open ocean it is recommended any seasickness medications are taken in advance. Diving in Nusa Penida gives you the opportunity to experience the majestic Manta Rays as well as the incredible Oceanic Sunfish (Mola Mola). These can be seen at a few sites including, Manta Point, Manta Bay, Crystal Bay. Nusa Penida is also well known for some amazing drift dives along some of the most beautiful reefs. The marine life is in abundance and can be perfect for Videographers as well as Photographers alike. The Mola Mola season is generally considered to be between late July and often into November, but this season varies and these creatures can be spotted sporadically, all year round. Oceanic Sunfish (Mola Mola) are reclusive animals and even in the season, sightings are not guaranteed, if seeing this mysterious creature is on your bucket list, consider booking 2 of 3 days of diving at Nusa Penida, this will maximize your chances of a sighting.

    Advance booking for dives at Nusa Penida during this period is always recommended as spaces on boats are limited. Always try to have alternative dates for diving available.

    Please be aware that Nusa Penida can be subject to choppy water and strong underwater currents, therefore we require that all drivers are properly certified and inexperienced or new divers book a “private guide”. This allows us to match air consumption rates so that everyone gets the best, most enjoyable and safest dive possible. This is also a great option if you are a dedicated underwater photographer or videographer – Private guides can be shared between a group.


    Manta Point

    The name of this dive site is derived from the Giant Manta Ray patrols around it, often found by the divers and almost all the year around. To get this site is a must to cruise 50 minutes longer compared to other sites in Nusa Penida. Its location is the most south of the island; potentially hazardous its big surges, which could affect the technique of entry procedure, sometimes starts from deep water. The maximum depth would be 15 meters, mostly stay in 4 to 6 meters where Manta Rays patrol along the line of the cliff, no further deeper than 15 meters. The bottom composition is huge boulder rocks are stretching along the edge of the cliff, further left to the cliff do not exceed the ragged wall, where the current pick out up to the deep beside there will be no Manta Rays as well. And to right will continue slope bottom, the current gets stronger between two huge boulder rocks headed out on the surface. The best place to see Manta Rays are at the left corner about 5 meters beside the huge boulder rock, stay calm then Manta Rays will get closer and closer to swim around in small school of 3 to 6 Manta Rays. Please Note – Additional costs apply for diving at Manta Point, if you would like to dive at Manta Point then check out the Manta Point Page for more information. Read More.

    Crystal Bay

    Situated in the bay of Penida Village, which widely opens into Ceningan Channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan (the smallest island amongst 3 sister islands). Inside the bay is anchored permanent floating buoys that are used to anchor the diving boats, and right in the middle of the bay stands the huge lime rocks on the edged of the channel as to mark this diving site. From the place where the anchor is, the plated sand bottom with some bommies are well covered by soft corals, keep swimming on the right side (north) from a huge single lime rock toward the channel, you will end up in a wonderful cave underwater in 11 meters of water leads up to the surface under rugged lime cliff, suddenly will be heard the voice of roosting of bats clinking on the sealing of the cave. It is absolutely amazing being inside it where the sunlight goes through between the cracked rocks to make even more beautiful scene. Sometimes single White Reef Tip Shark mostly baby one hides in the cave. After few minutes surfacing then descending again out to the channel might swim against the current otherwise it puts into deep water as the result of the current from the channel and the current out from the bay. Keep the coral reef on the left-hand side as you swim along the slope, and keep looking toward the deep you may see big pelagic fish cleaning in the edge of an overhang in 25 meters. At this dive site, there are two cleaning stations for the Sunfish, in 18 meters and in 30 meters or deeper on the sand bed toward the bay. These fishes are quite friendly and the calmest creatures, but they afraid with the bubbles of divers and best not to get close to them by approaching from the tail (actually is no tail but body extension) or well-controlled breathing which is results in very small bubbles. The highlight of this site besides the cave also the Sunfish cleaning stations and are best to discover them from the left of the huge lime rocks offshore, lead directly into the cleaning stations. The Sunfish appearances are dependant on the season, July to September. Good luck to see them and remember to be well prepared with exposure suits due to cold-water temperature.


    Is a small Muslim village on the North Coast of the opening bay that separates Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. Colonies of Acropora coral dominates, growing in shallow water. Down the slope along the edged reef grows short corals and leather soft corals, which in this part frequently swept by the currents. A variety of reef fish and even big pelagic fishes are abundances at this site. Around the end of June up to September, offers Sunfish cleaning station at the depth from 15 meters to 25 meters as the highlight of Toyapakeh and the water turns into cold roughly 20-24 degrees C. Also, Black Jacks and Turtles are frequently found here. The local dive operator sometimes call this place – coral garden-, and if the current starts from southwest is best descending from the edge between Bay and the Channel and fin along the edge to northeast under the jetty’s pillar, don’t go further as the swirling current often occurs, exit and end the dive is the best option.

    Sekolah Dasar (SD)

    Stands for an elementary school in local language. The reef offshore is named SD point by the local dive operators. This site stretches as long as the coastline, it offers a pristine healthy coral reef with a number of reef fish mainly pelagic fish, as the reef is extends from the east marked by the white fibre buoy to the most west marked by the jetty, which it separates from Toyapakeh. It is best to do a drift dive because the shore currents are always flowing with uniform direction miles away and the coral heads spread along the slope bottom and make us easy to stop or hide behind them. Reef Shark, Sunfish (Mola-Mola) and even Manta Ray have frequently been seen. Experiencing a drift dive in Bali is best taking SD point at Nusa Penida.

    Peed Point

    Its named after the temple on the shore of the Peed village, apart from that on this beach was put the concrete wall to protect the beach from erosion. Descending right at the front of the wall in 5 meters water will lead toward the steep slope along the coastline, a composition of the coral reef is mainly colonies of Stag Horn coral, coral heads and bommies rich with marine fishes, even pelagic like Sunfish often visits this site. The reef stretches east to west and both directions are interesting, best to begin the dive in the up currents. The water temperature is unpredictable changing and can drop to 22 degrees C whenever up current occurs.

    Batu Nunggul

    The capital city of Nusa Penida Island offshore is the local harbor where the public boats come from Bali to embark the passengers and dock the boats. Further east of the main entrance of this a small bay. Anchored the floating buoy to be used by the dive boats. The dive is begun, once descending to 5 meters of water a huge boulder stands on the steep slope bottom contour to deep blue water. To fin along the edge towards the east, the reef pattern quite similar in its composition to boulder rocks, coral heads, and bommies are extended until an outcrop, which is a mile away from the entry point. Whenever the current flows downward it is simply just to follow it and will end up in the wall continues to the slope rubble reef. Look close to the reef to see the number of colorful Nudibranchs, tropical reef fish and even pelagic like Manta Ray and Eagle Ray in the deep water. The current flows can be unpredictable they change intensity and direction, good coordination with the skipper must be done before the dive, so by the end of the dive, the skipper does not make a mistake in providing pickup services. The water temperature can be 26 degrees C or even lower whenever up current occurs.

    Gamet Bay

    This is actually a small bay located between the Crystal bay and Toya Pakeh, its open directly to the channel of Nusa Penida. Boat divers are anchored in the bay where the diving is begun, the bottom well covers with soft corals, once move out to the channel about 12 to 14 meters water bush of Stagehorn Corals healthy growth continue to the steep slope of the channel. To dive in this site needs to check water condition, when the waves lapse the bay then the diving is nearly impossible due the water stirs up and strong current occurred in the channel. Plat water in the bay and doesn’t notice the swell from surface is the favourable condition to dive. Great number of fishes like big pelagic, coral reef fishes and many more are common here. A long the steep slope of the channel is interesting colourful reef to dive but just be careful as the current in the channel is unpredictable changing its strength and direction. Visibility is roughly excellent while the water temperature is little cold. Prepared suitable exposure suit is very important to keep the body warm.

    Blue Corner-Lembongan

    This dive site is real adventure dive, suited only for experienced divers, where the current is unpredictable changing its strength and direction. The bottom composition is short polished corals due to strong current flows downslope until to the overhang in 25 meters, continues to deeper water. If suddenly caught by massive current safely hide in the overhang, wait there while viewing the variety of schooling fish like Marble Sting Rays, Sweetlipped fish, Tunas and many other creatures, which they stay against the current for prey. Afterward, start to move away scrolling along the bottom towards shallow water. When the air in the tank shows 75 bars find the ideal place to do a safety stop. The water temperature roughly cold as the thermocline occurs quite often, it can reach 20 degrees C, be well prepared to dive at this point is a must like BCD, Regulator and Wet Suit. The adrenaline will rise up faster than any other dive sites. malibu Point. The reef at this point isn’t different than the dive sites on the north shore of Nusa Penida, gradual slope reef to 18 meters then sharper slope to deeper water. The reef grows short with many Sea Whips spreading along the slope and its length can be over 2 meters, these are the indication of the current sweeps frequently from mild to moderate. The diving descends down current until the corner of the most eastern tip of the Island, once close to the corner, current shifts toward the open sea. The sea creatures have been reported to see are Reef Sharks, Manta Rays and other big pelagic, surely variety of tropical reef fishes. To get to this point will take another hours cruise from common Nusa Penida points like SD or Peed. Water temperature is about average 28 degrees C, and a safety stop is recommended to float up the sausage to be used by the skipper to get you after the dive.

    Ceningan Wall

    Ceningan Island is one of the smallest out of three sister islands of Nusa Penida, it offers a sheer wall dive with the healthiest reef, soft corals and table corals are well grown into Nusa Penida channel. To carry the dive activity at this point is a must to pick up the slack high tide where the water condition is full and calmness contrary will unable and unsafe to dive at it. Several of pelagic types are common countered along the wall and their sizes are rather bigger compared are found in the other location around the Island. The diving boat will then is anchored at the north tip of Ceningan Island from where a group of divers descends to discover the wall and exit out down current in the channel. As the current is changeable its strengths and direction, to apply safety first is a judgment as a crucial action to be taken by a diver as personal or leader of the group. The water temperature is roughly cold as much as 25 C, sometimes even lower as water from the deep rises up to the surface, well prepared of exposure suit is a must to be able to keep the body warm. A minimum of three divers is required to run this dive trip. Single diver, please Contact Us.

    Tugu Point

    Tugu is ‘a small shrine’ in Balinese word and its function to be used to pray The God as Guardian of the Balinese property like the ocean, houses etc. Tugu on this site is just about the waterline lapses the shore. Descending is begun from the front of Tugu to the slope along the coastline depends on the current direction, offers a colorful reef with some boulder rocks headed and tropical reef fishes are swimming around. Many divers have also reported spotting ‘Sunfish’ in the steep slope where is suited for cleaning station of this creature, Banner Fish does clean it. Water clarity is average up to 15 meters distance, the temperature is warm likes bathing water. If supposes to dive toward the small village’s harbor is better to end up the dive before it regarding the safety of the group, the local skippers are not familiar with the diver rule of thump.

    7amPick up from Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and remote areas
    7:30amPick up from Sanur
    Equipment Preparation and load vehicles
    8:15amTransfer to Sanur Beach
    Load Boats & Travel to Nusa Penida
    Ocean Dive #1 at Manta Point
    Surface interval & move sites
    Ocean Dive #2 (usually Crystal Bay)
    Surface interval, lunch & move sites
    Ocean Dive #3 (site with best conditions)
    Travel to Sanur Beach
    3pmTransfer to Bali Diving & await equipment
    4pmReturn to accommodation in the shuttle bus
    Please note: This trip for certified Divers only

    • Hotel pick up @ 7 am to 7:30 am and drop off (Nusa Dua to Seminyak tourist area)
    • Remote areas such as Uluwatu, Canggu, and Ubud require us to allocate a car and driver to pick you up and drop you off. A small extra charge of $27 applies to this as we have to send a car and driver, but this is a per group cost.
    • All Marine Park entry fees
    • All and any Boat and Porters Fees
    • Delicious Quality Lunch Box and bottled mineral water – let us know if you require vegetarian
    • Free water, tea, and coffee at the Dive Center
    • Experienced Dive Instructor/Dive Leader
    • The Equipment you used – washed & stored for you
    • Rental of all Diving Equipment Inc. Tanks & Weight Belts

    • Please bring a hat, sun screen, seat cushion and your own towel
    • (Towels can be rented at the dive center)
    • Dive computer
    • Underwater camera
    • Swim wear
    • Please note: Its a good idea to bring extra snacks just in case. Bali Diving also brings a snacks box. Soft drinks and beers are available for sale at the dive Center

    •  We provide complimentary pick up and drop off in our shuttle bus from most of the major south Bali tourist areas including Nusa Dua, Jimbaran Beach, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak between 7am and 7:15am, and Sanur between 7:30am and 7:45am.
    • Remote areas such as Uluwatu, Canggu and Ubud can still be serviced but we have to allocate a car and driver for this and therefore a small additional cost ($27 both ways/ per vehicle) applies.
    • Customer Service reconfirms all pick-ups the day before by e mail.

    • If you have a certified diver who wishes to tag along and join you on any training dives, that’s fine – they just pay the standard fee for that particular site and this  can be added from the “Go Diving” section.
    • Land content only is not available on this package. If you have smoeone who wishes to accompany you on the boat, snorkelling rates ($89.90 per participant) apply.
    • This dive is not suitable for young children to come along

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