Nusa Penida Diving
This is the place to see majestic manta rays, mola mola in the season and do some epic drift dives. We stay on the boat during our dives and enjoy dramatic scenery above and below the water as we travel around the island’s waters.
Who wants to dive with manta rays at Nusa Penida?!
The topography at Manta Point is dramatic: rocks, cliffs and slopes, with some coral, but the main attraction is the mantas. Surge and plankton blooms can affect this dive site, impacting visibility, but more plankton = more mantas!
Our manta friends are reliable; we see them around 85% of the time we dive there. We also often see blue spotted rays, mantis shrimps, octopus and a friendly bamboo shark.
Things to see
Expect the unexpected at Nusa Penida, with vibrant, healthy coral and abundant marine life.
We often see manta rays, mola mola (June – October), stunning coral formations, abundant schooling reef fish, peacock mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, wobbegong sharks, moray eels, giant pufferfish, blue spotted rays and octopus.
- Currents – tidal; can be very strong; at Manta Point surge and waves.
- Temperature – June – October 18 degrees – 26 degrees. November – May 25 – 28 degrees
- Suitable for snorkellers, Discover Scuba divers (with additional pool training), to experienced divers. Not advised for open water students.
- Depth – manta rays 3m – 20 metres, mola mola often 30m, drift dives 12 – 20 metres
Let’s Go Diving!
Other Dive Sites
Crystal Bay is famous for clear water and seasonal mola mola, but also intense and sometimes unpredictable currents.
Timing is critical when diving this site. We dive along a sloping reef, which turns into a dramatic wall heading out of the bay.
Corals are beautiful here, and the reef is teeming with life – turtles, octopus, wobbegong sharks, nudis, sea snakes and great macro in the sandy bay.
Drift dives at Mangroves, Toyapakeh, and SD are over sloping coral reefs, going with the current and coming up for a boat pickup. This can be an exhilarating style of diving with swift currents and excellent visibility.
Be prepared for stunning coral, sometimes huge bommies and sponges, thousands of schooling reef fish, turtles cruising by.
These dive sites are tidal, so we need to choose our timing carefully.
Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area
The marine life and underwater ecosystems surrounding Nusas Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan are protected by the creation of the Nusa Penida MPA which was established in 2010.
All guests wishing to partake in marine tourism activities in this protected area must pay a fee of Rp100,000 per person, we include this in the cost of your trip.
Nusa Penida Diving Code of Conduct
In addition, when enjoying the stunning marine life here, you must agree to dive and snorkel in accordance with the MPA Code of Conduct.
We care so much about our marine environment, that if you choose not to follow these guidelines, unfortunately you will not be permitted to dive with us.
You’ll be asked to agree:
- Not touch coral or any other marine life
- Not enter cleaning stations (your guides will help you)
- Not approach manta or mola mola from behind or chase them
- Not block marine life escape routes
- Stay at least 3m away from manta or mola mola
- Pay attention to instructions from your guide