Nusa Penida & Lembongan
Having a 45 minutes speedboat ride from Sanur will take you to the exquisite diving location of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. This site is for white tip and grey reef sharks, turtles, manta rays, sunfish, huge schools of healthy reef fish, large pelagic’s, macro critters, pristine hard and soft corals, gorgonian sea fans and stunningly clear visibility. However, changing currents make this a location better dived by more experience divers. The temperature can be varied during a year: during June-October, you can expect anything from 19-22o Celcius. During November-February, it can be around 27-28o celcius.
Diving around Nusa Penida is just extraordinary experience. It offers incredible dive sites where you have great chances to see the famous and rare Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish). The best period to spot it is from August to October. One of the most famous dive site here is also Manta Point where numerous Manta Rays come all year round to enjoy the cleaning station.Prepare your underwater camera and very good for underwater videography.
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As its name, famous dive site in bali and great diving.it is fantastic visibility normally experienced here as ‘crystal’, which can reach 30-40m+ on good day. It is certainly one of the area’s most popular of the visiting mola mola (ocean sunfish) from August to October. The rock in the middle of the bay has very steep drop offs to the south and west and an amazing shelf in the north that is carpeted with wrinkled soft corals in the shallows. A healthy coral reef, an interesting cave,huge table coral and hundreds of fish of all shapes and sizes – there is not much that this dive site cannot offer.
The capital city of Nusa Penida, offshore is the local harbour where the public boats come from Bali to embark the passengers, which further east of the main entrance of this a small bay. The dive starts here. Close to the reef, you can see number of colourful Nudibranch, 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, so it needs good coordination with the skipper or boat captain to pick divers up in the right place.
Sekolah Dasar means ‘primary school’ in Bahasa Indonesia. Though when the currents are running, this site is not for the novice. Less steep than Blue Corner, but with larger coral heads, the currents here wind you past Green and Hawksbill Turtles, Marble Rays, Sea Snakes, Octopus, White Tip Reef Sharks and the most diverse collections of corals and sponges in Bali.
Tugu is ‘a small shrine’ in Balinese word to be used to pray The God as Guardian of the Balinese property like ocean, houses etc. Tugu on this site is just about the water line lapses the shore. Descending is begun from the front of Tugu to the slope a long the coastline depends on the current direction, offers colourful reef with some boulder rocks headed and tropical reef fishes are swimming around. Many divers have also reported to spot ‘Sunfish’ in the steep slope where is suited for cleaning station of this creature, Banner Fish does clean it. Water clarity is average more than 15 meters visibility.
The ‘jewel’ of Penida, Toyapakeh means salt water in Balinese and is the richest site in Penida. Many often find themselves swimming through school after school of colourful fish of all varieties, including the red tooth triggerfish, giant trevallies and batfish. It has also terraces with huge hard coral formations in the bay and a shelving reef in the north that drops off gently all the way to 190m. The density of coral, sponge and fish life is incredible, even the infamous pygmy seahorse is occasionally spotted by keen sighted divers. It has all this plus larger pelagics have been spotted here (hammerhead sharks, mantas and sunfish).
This site is so called due to its location, right by the mangrove area to the north east of Nusa Lembongan. Mangroves offers a healthy sloping coral reef, with small bommies and table corals waiting to be explored for the small stuff and often marble rays and other larger species swimming past in deeper water. Sharks are occasionally seen here too. A good site for all levels and drift dive.
This is an exciting dive for experienced divers only. The huge expanse of current swept slopes at Blue Corner provides some dramatic topography. Dropping away to 50 metres, a series of overhanging terraces hide White Tips and large Black Marbled Rays and, as you approach the corner, schools of Snapper and Jacks regularly pass by. A great site for mola mola (ocean sunfish) during the season and other visitors include eagle rays, wobbegong, tuna and even the occasional shark.
Gamat Bay is a very small yet memorable site off Toyapakeh Strait. The steep, rugged reef slope is rich in hard and soft corals and is colourful down to 50+m. Gamat is a dive where you don’t want to cover much territory and once you have navigated the slope, there are plenty of bommies, overhangs and small caves to explore as you head back into the shallows.
This site has the mantas rays all year round, sometimes seven or eight at a time, though even one is a fantastic sight. We rarely dive more than 15m deep and certainly mantas are the main priority as the coral and visibility here are not as good as elsewhere. Besides the mantas, Turtles, Nurse Sharks, Bamboo Sharks and Blue-spotted Rays are regularly sighted the sea conditions have to be favourable, so it is definitely a dive to be savoured. It rarely has any current it is subjected to swells. This site is suitable for all level of divers.
The furthest dive site and one of the toughest to dive too. Yet this pristine site offers up all of the most sought after marine life Bali has to offer; Mola mola, Manta, Turtle, Sharks. Abundant Lobster & Nudibrancs. It’s an ocean-facing site so can get rough at the surface with some big ocean swells. It’s only suitable for the most experienced divers.