Experienced or minimum certification
Some dive site such as Manta Dive Site in Bali and some sites in this area are ok for the beginners also a suggestion or an option to add a private divemaster arrangement. You can’t force your self if you only have limited experience of diving in the currents or these kind of condition such as for Mola Mola diving site due to current and depth of diving, you as a certified diver know your own limit and ability, you want to have fun and enjoy the scuba diving, don’t mess your self in the condition that you are not ready yet to handle. In the end you will not enjoy your holiday, you waste your money and waste your time.
Recommended requirements minimum of 50-100 of minimum open water dives for Mola Mola Diving ( current and depth), experienced in currents, and have the ability to be ready in any situation, sometimes wind change/ choppy waters / big swells mostly in Manta Dive Site.
Snorkelers are suitable to snorkel in Nusa Penida area with a guided snorkeling activity.
For Manta Point, we can’t guarantee that you can jump in the water until we arrive at the sites. Due to swell condition / wind and the topography on manta dive area is off cliff area and also the cleaning station quiet close to the rocks and cliffs. When the swell is big, it is impossible to do snorkeling. Manta Dive site in Bali is suitable for try scuba program when weather permitting and in some dive site areas in Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan. Consult and inform us about your preference.
How to approach and take a picture with Mantas and Mola Mola ?
It is forbidden to touch these two gentle giants. Please respect the ocean and its life. Diving and Snorkeling with the ocean hearts and mind.
You can’t chase them, the more you chase the more they will swim away from you. Never to try it, they swim so fast and even you see them swim gracefully and slow.
Just prepare your underwater camera / go pro, and it is very comfortable for some divers to set the auto focus, our suggestion is you may set the pre manual focus on 1 -1,5 meters, you may capture when they swim or just passing by not doing the cleaning position ( stationary), bubbles scared them away, find the position for the good angle and see where it goes, be slow not moving or finning too fast.
When the Mola Mola in its cleaning position ( mouth facing up, all the banner fishes eats the parasite in its body) you can approach it very carefully and please to not using flash from you camera. And keep your distance also breath slowly to control your bubbles. DO NOT TOUCH THEM!
When the Mantas are swimming gracefully in their cleaning station most of them just stay in the shallow water, then it makes easier for the snorkelers as well to approach them and take a shots.
Do not chase the Mantas, do not touch and scared them away, just swim or hover they will sometimes comes to you and just be ready with you pre focus camera / videos.