Diving Nusa Penida, also known as Bali’s little sister island. Its beauty is simply breathtaking. First, it offers crystal clear waters, beautiful white sand beaches, and limestone cliffs. In addition, healthy coral reefs and amazing marine life. In truth, it has become very well known both by the diving and snorkelling community. There are many dive sites all along its coastline. Here are the highlights.
This is the most well-known dive site in Bali. In fact, it is a cleaning and feeding station for manta rays. In other words, divers have the chance to observe these majestic fish swimming gently in the shallows.
It is located in South Nusa Penida, facing the Indic Ocean. The maximum depth at the main cleaning station is about 18 meters. It is a white sandy bottom with large boulders covered with hard corals. Water temperature can drop to 19 degrees and also visibility can be reduced during less optimal diving conditions. Above all, having the opportunity to swim amongst the mantas is more than worth the work!
Dive Nusa Penida: Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay is a small, charming bay with crystal clear blue water, white sand beach, and palm trees. It is located at the Cenengan Channel and earns its name due to its excellent visibility, from 30 to 50 m.
It is a well known dive site due to the frequent seeing of Mola Mola. More precisely, sunfish come to the cleaning station during the period from June up to November.
Also, Crystal Bay offers stunning, healthy and colourful reefs. Even more, whit an enormous variety of reef fish, morays, fusiliers, barracudas, and also turtles. That is to say Crystal Bay offers all!
Depending on the moon and tides, currents can be very strong. In addition, water temperature can drop to 16C. In short, we need a good planning to dive at this spot.
Diving Nusa Penida North Coast
All along North Nusa, we can find a slope that is perpendicular to the coast. It is rich firstly in both hard and soft corals forming large boomies and second in fish life, which is excellent. For instance, you can see schooling jacks, fusiliers, sweet lips, and spade fish. And also patrolling white tip sharks, giant trevalies, and turtles.
The North side of the island is exposed to strong currents that flow through the Lombok Strait, therefore it is a drift dive. On top, visibility usually is very good. In conclusion, proper planning and execution of these dives are crucial.
Watch a video of one day diving with Manta Rays at Nusa Penida, Bali.
Video credit: Ludovic Amevor
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