NUSA PENIDA

Located 18 Nm east of Sanur. With “Explorer II” our alloy boat specially designed for diving, will get you to the island in approximately 30 minutes.

Nusa Penida offers some of best diving to be found anywhere. Most of the dive sites around Nusa Penida and its two small sister islands – Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan will be a drift dive and the current can reach more than 4 knots. Upwelling from the deep water south of Bali, keep the visibility in these areas clear, but can also form thermo clines with temperatures dropping down to 22°.

Pelagic are the main attraction here and you have a good chance to see jacks, mackerel, tuna, turtle, and mantas. Sharks are common and big mantas are frequently sighted. Perhaps the most unusual pelagic visitor to Nusa Penida ( August – September ) is the unique mola-mola or oceanic sunfish, a mysterious large flattened fish with elongated dorsal and vertical fins and a lumpy growth instead of a tail fin.

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SD, PED, SENTAL, BUYUK

These dive sites are located on the coast of northern Nusa Penida and offer great drift diving. The reef is healthy and has a similar structure all along this stretch, a steep slope of low hard coral, with patches of bommies that runs to depth of 50 meters or more.

Current is always present in this area which means our dive will always be a drift dive from a pleasant, relaxing knot, which can be up to 4 knots.

The visibility is very clear with 20 – 30m.These are also good areas to see large pelagic, shark, mantas, tuna, barracuda, and molas.

On these sites, because the coral commences as shallow as 3 meters it is possible to enjoy

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TOYA PAKEH

Located on the islands northwest point, the channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan is probably the single most popular dive site on Nusa Penida and is regarded by many as the best. It’s recognition comes not only because it is partially protected from the current flowing through the strait between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, but also the water is clear and the coral is rich.

The topography here is very nice; there are some very attractive coral formations, with big gorgonian and soft coral bushes.

The fish life is excellent with both small and large species that present in large numbers, emperor and regal angelfish are common and triggerfish of many types including big titan and brightly paltered clown fish cruise the reef.

Snapper of several variety especially midnight, school here in phenomenal numbers and there are many a great number of sweet lips. The larger reef residents including giant groper, large parrot fish, moray eel, white tip shark, giant trevally, lots of big eyed jack, big barracuda and in deeper areas a chance encounter with the fabled ocean sunfish (mola-mola).

The current often heads northeast but sometimes can be difficult to read. The easiest way is to drop into the middle of the dive site, starting at 6 meters with a lovely reef and beautiful soft coral, following the slope down wards to 10-15 meters, then you can turn either north or south conditions permitting. The water can be very cold in here.

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GAMET BAY

This bay located on the north west of Nusa Penida, off toya pakeh strait, between toyapakeh and crystal bay.

Gamet bay is the only good site on Nusa Penida that does not require a drift dive. “It is a jewel of a site and a favorite site of Prodive Bali founder”, Troy Lowrie.

We descend to the dept of 6-8mt. The shallow depths here are exceptionally rich, with colourful soft coral, hard corals, gorgonian, bommies, and many reef fish, and you may want to stay your whole dive as the colour of Gamat’s shallow reef simply glows.

Follow the slope down to 10 -20mt of water, where a series of big bommies provide some

protection from the current pulse. These areas are very rich and overall probably the nicest part of Gamat reef.

Sharks are common especially at a depth of 20-25, where there is a cave, which almost always has white tip reef shark hiding in it. Step up to a depth 18mts, there are 2 caves and you will often find green turtle ( also sometimes seen in the Gamat bay itself ).

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CRYSTAL BAY

Located on the south side of Gamat bay, south west of Nusa Penida there is another bay with rocky island in the middle of it, called Crystal Bay.

Upon entering the bay, you descend directly down to the reef which is 5 – 10 mtr, and this coral reef has a white sandy base, covered with anemones and soft corals. Follow the north side of the bay and in the corner, at a depth of 12 mtr, there is a cave, entering from underwater once inside the cove, which opens to the sky, you will see bats asleep overhead. Most of the time you will see reef shark inside the cave.

From the bat cave continue following the wall ( the reef is not particularly rich ), hard corals provide home for lots of lobster.

The bay is vulnerable to swell, creating up and down currents. When the current is present, there is the opportunity to see white tip shark, leopard shark, mantas, and eagle ray.

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MANTA POINT

This is a lime stone rock off the southwest coast of Nusa Penida. The above water scenery is dramatic, with lime stone cliffs that descend straight into the ocean. The swell can be very strong, therefore Pro Dive Bali recommends this dive should be done early in the morning, before the wind starts to pick up.

The profile is a slope down and there is no coral at all, just bare limestone rock. There is no real current in here just swell. The only reason to dive here is to see the mantas. You may also see other pelagic such as tuna, and tiger mackerel.

Please be aware that if mantas aren’t there, there is nothing else to see, except water, sand,limestone rock and your buddy. This is the place where they usually come to feed, so there is no guarantee you see them. But if you are lucky you will be surrounded by these pelagic which are 2-4m wide and totally harmless as they eat plankton.

BLUE CORNER

This location on the northwest of Nusa Lembongan is a very popular drift dive location. The current can be strong here and can try to pull you downwards.

The dive starts east off the point ( where the light house is ) you then descend to the slope starting at 10 mtr where you are swept in a drift west to the corner, where there is a vertical wall, depth around 30 mtr plus.

The main reason to dive this site is because molas can be seen here ( seasonal – April to September )