About the Location

Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan is a MUST if you are diving Bali. It encompasses some of the best reefs and the chance to see some truly spectacular animals; a unique experience! Diving ranges from the rugged reefs on the south coast of Nusa Penida where there is a great chance to spot manta rays; to the north coast where there are incredible coral reefs and exhilarating drift dives. Some months of the year, big tunas, eagle rays and even the elusive Mola Mola can be seen! You will be able to observe pelagic fish in beautiful coral reefs.

Some of the famous dive sites around the island are Crystal bay, Manta bay, Manta point, Blue Corner, Cenigan wall and many others.

Bali Diving Academy pioneered both Manta Point and the now famous Mola – Mola interaction.

Some of the Dive Spots in This Location

Mangrove Point

Level: Advanced

Depth: 3 to 20 m

The dive is over a very gently sloping reef that ranges from 3 m – 20 m in depth. The reefs are a really interesting mix of branching acropora corals, large sponges and soft corals. There are a few large bommies to look around, this dive site lends itself very well to diving in stronger currents but it is also a great site where many small animals are hiding around the reef. Here your diving is like in an aquarium, where hundreds of anthias, fusiliers and damselfish can be seen, angelfish, as well as very large blue spotted and Star puffers. This is also a very good place to see flabellina nudibranchs.

Blue Corner

Level: Advanced

Depth: 40 m

This is a dive site for experienced divers who are comfortable in strong currents. The bottom is around 40m and flattens out with sandy patches, stretching away from the reef. Strong currents are regularly experienced here which provide the best conditions. A shallow shelf initially that quickly drops down to a small flat around 20m, then another drop off to 35m – 40m. There are many overhangs, big rocks and gullies to shelter from the current to see large pelagic animals. Often seen are large turtles, eagle rays, marble rays, tuna and even the Mola (Sun Fish). Large schools or sweetlips and fusiliers can be seen, as well as shoals of bannerfish. The topography is really interesting at this site, providing plenty of space for animals to hide away.

Lembongan Bay

Level: Beginner

Depth: 12 m

It is a flat sandy bottom from 3 m to 12 m right in front of our Dive Center (less than 5 minutes by boat) where  colourful coral bummies can be spotted. There are some interesting statues to find in shallow and as you swim deeper there are very large bommies to swim around and look for marine life. Easy to find parrotfish, lobster, octopus, cuttlefish and squid are often seen out hunting. If you don’t have any dive experience, this dive site is perfect for training or to refresh your dive skills.

Crystal Bay

Level: All levels

Depth: 5 to 40 m

There is a large sandy flat inside the bay, with a beautiful soft coral garden in the shallows and a series or large coral bommies too. The sandy flat turns into a valley that stretches down from about 8m to 40m, with healthy corals on both sides, stretching down from about 8 m. to 40 m. On the sand there are flounders, boxer crabs, snake eels, garden eels and sometimes squids and octopi. Over the corals are large shoals or anthias, damsel fish and goat fish. Deeper on the slope frog fish and sometimes seahorses can be found, along with different species of pipefish. Just outside the bay is one of the better places to see mola mola in the right season.

Secret Manta or Manta Bay

Level: All levels

Depth: 5 to 30m

A large series of bays that provides plenty of shelter from the currents experienced at other sites. There can be quite large surge on the south coast, so the conditions are always checked before diving here. The reef is a large plateau with many sandy patches and bommies with overhangs.
There is a very good chance to see manta rays here feeding on or just below the surface pretty much all year around! They are either feeding, being cleaned or just cruising by. The bommies provide many hiding places for bamboo sharks and mantis shrimp, and the sandy patches for blue spotted stingrays. Turtles can also be seen swimming by, and if you are lucky even dolphins!

Manta Point

Level: Beginner - all levels

Depth: 5 to 30m

Another bay that provides shelter from currents, but can be exposed to swell when the waves are big. There is a LARGE CLEANING STATION FOR MANTA RAYS in the middle of the bay, only about 3 to 10m deep. Most divers wait at the cleaning station however manta rays can be seen being pretty much anywhere and in great numbers too. Heading slightly deeper there is a sandy flat at about 25m in the middle of the bay and on the western side the topography is really interesting with large boulders and some swim throughs. This site is further away than most other sites, but the MANTA RAYS here tend to be slightly larger. Scubalio the manta ray adopted by Bali Diving Academy through Marine Mega Foundation was spotted here already several times.