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Nusa Penida - Manta Point

 

Situated on the western coastline of Nusa Penida, underneath dramatic limestone cliffs, is Manta Point. As with many sites worldwide that attract Manta Rays, this is a cleaning station, and very attractive to many other pelagic species too. Coral cover here is minimal and there can be some swell, a site for the big fish diver.
 

While talking about the dives on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida we think that it is worthwhile mentioning the body of water that divides Bali from her sister islands - The Badung Straight.

Known by captains and navigators the world over, this channel is partner to the wider Lombok Straight, one of the few passages that link the Indian Ocean to the Java Sea.
Boat rides out to the islands from Sanur offer spectacular views of both Bali and Penida. Check out the blowholes on Lembongan when approaching, sending plumes of water into the sky. One a clear day the middle of the straight is great for observing Bali's volcanoes too.

 

 

Nusa Penida - Manta Point - Facts & Figures

 

Reef type: Rocky with large boulders
Visibility: Generally excellent like most Lembongan and Penida sites
Current: Not so much but there can be a heavy swell
Coral: Not really a site for the coral lover
Fish: Mantas and other pelagics
Highlights: Imposing scenery and mantas

 

 

 

Nusa Penida - Sekola Dasar (S.D.) & Toyapakeh

 

S.D. and Toyapakeh are one of our most popular sites for fish and coral lovers.  These two sites offer excellent coral reefs in all the colors you can dream of.  The fish life is fantastic and you’ll have all your tropical fish in abundance. All types of fusiliers, damsels, snappers, tunas, angelfish, moray eels, trigger fish, octopus, occasional turtle, cuttlefish, sting rays/bigger rays etc. etc.!!

 

You might be lucky to also spot the rare sunfish on these sites during the season (April-Oct./Nov.)

 

Both sites are prone to currents from mild to strong, depending on moon cycle and tides.  We love the lazy dives you can do on these sites!! These sites are also good for photography/videography.

 

Nusa Penida - Gamat Bay & Penida Rock south/Bat cave

All these sites are in the deep channel between Penida and Ceningan.

 

They are very similar in bottom topography (wall/sloping wall) and have all your tropical, colourful aquatic life.  Often we have the ‘big’ fish passing by, Giant Trevally, Yellowfin tuna and the Mola Mola (again seasonal). On Penida Rock south/Bat cave we can enter the bat cave from underwater at only 10 mtrs. depth and ascend inside the cave.  Do not remove your mask or regulator on the surface, the bats do not smell good!

 

After the cave we hang around 10-18 mtrs. depth to look for nurse sharks resting under a coral, giant moray eels, different kinds of nudibranch and all your tropical reef fish.

 

Can be subject to strong currents because of location, sometimes not diveable. But don’t worry we can move to other sites!

 

Nusa Lembongan - Blue Corner and Jack Point

 

The deep waters of the ‘Badung strait’ is what many dive professionals in Bali refer to as the Mecca of Indonesian diving. The islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan, just off the South East coast of Bali and in the path of the Lombok straight, hold even hardcore divers in awe.

 

Fueled by powerful cold upwellings, the “Sister Islands of Bali” produce amazing diving. From the sloping reefs off of Penida, which offer a spectacular array of marine flora and fauna to the adrenalin packed drift dives at the famous “Blue Corner”, this site has it all.

 

While exploring the Nusa Lembongan sites divers have a great chance of a close encounter with one of the strangest fishes they are ever likely to see, the Oceanic Sunfish or Mola Mola. While this species occurs pretty much worldwide it is not often seen, preferring the open oceans and is usually only spotted on the surface. Not so here though, this is the world's premier Mola Mola dive site.

Just watch in awe as these massive animals (up to 3.5 meters fin to fin), drift by in the current, all the while keeping their beady eye on you.

 

Access to these great sites at Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida is by boat from our moorings on Sanur Beach. This is one you cannot miss!

 

Nusa Lembongan - Facts & Figures

 

Reef type: Rocky walls and current swept terraces
Visibility:
Normally excellent, 40 meters +
Current:
Yep
Coral:
Good growth of both hard and soft
Fish:
More marine life than the Great Barrier Reef
Highlights:
The chance of seeing one of the wonders of the ocean, the Mola Mola

 

 

 

 

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