Nusa Penida - SCUBA Diving with Manta Rays and Mola Molas (Bali, Indonesia)
Are you a certified diver and planning a holiday to Bali? Plan a trip to Nusa Penida and dive with manta rays and mola molas! Nusa Penida is an island South-East of Bali. The most famous dive spots here are Manta Point and Crystal Bay.
|Dive area name||Bali, Nusa Penida / Manta Point|
|Dive center||Joe's Gone Diving|
|Famous for||Manta rays and Mola Mola|
|Price||Day trip with 2 guided dives $145,- including transport, lunch/snacks, towels, park fees and dive insurance.
$25,- full set equipment including dive computer
|Hotel recommendation||Bali Life Villas|
The dive sitesManta Point is a cleaning station meaning Manta rays come here to get their body, teeth and gills cleaned by small fish like cleaner wrasse and parasitic copepods. Quite often manta points form around a rock formation at a shallow dept. Mantas circle around the rock as slowly and steady as possible to get the best 'cleaning'.
The manta rays around Nusa Penida are reef manta rays, they can get a wing span of 3 to 3,5 meter and eat plankton. Manta rays are identified by the pattern on their bellies.
Crystal Bay is a dive spot where you can see the Mola Molas, the Ocean Sunfish. A disk-like flat fish that eats jelly fish with an average diameter of about 3 meter. Although I have been diving many times during the Mola Mola season I have never been lucky enough to see one. The best time for spotting Mola Mola is from July to October. The deeper part of Crystal Bay can have very strong currents and down currents (pulling you to greater depths) so they are for experienced divers and have special procedures. Having that said, the dive site gives a good chance of seeing sharks, rays and schools of fish in the blue.
About the organization of Joe's Gone Diving
Joe's Gone Diving on Bali is a dive center run by a lovely Dutch couple that offers a good price, service and dive equipment combination. As soon as you enter the dive center you will love the relaxed diving vibe and well organized set-up. After finishing the paperwork and a cup of coffee you can sort out a set of equipment. The equipment here is quite new / well maintained and there is a lot to choose from so you can have it your way. Long wetsuits are advised around Nusa Penida due to the currents. With a minivan you are dropped at one of the harbors of Sanur and when the crew has loaded the boat the journey begins.
We did three dives on one day, Crystal Bay, Manta Point and Jack Point. As mentioned above there where no Mola Molas at Crystal Bay - no strong currents either, but there where an amazing amount of Manta rays at Manta Point! The visibility was not so good, but we encountered about 30 mantas playing around on our way back to the boat from Manta Point! I will never forget this moment!!! Our last dive was at Jack Point with strong current, this was a drift dive so this is quite OK but there was some down current as well which made it challenging. We ran out of coral and air within 30 minutes... What can I say, this is nature.
Depending on the experience level of the group and local circumstances dive sites around Nusa Penida will be chosen. You do not need to dive currents and have challenging dives, talk about what you want / like with the staff when you book a trip. The boat and dive site briefings were great and the whole day went smoothly thanks to our enthusiastic dive guide and helpful boat crew. When we came back to the dive center there were cold beers!
Joe's Gone Diving in Sanur.
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|Bottom structure||Reef structure||Pelagic
(big stuff in the blue)
(bigger stuff on the reef)
(small stuff on the reef)
|Flat bottom with bumps/big rocks/pinnacles||Hard corals tree-shape
|Slope (going down slowly)||Soft corals tree-shape
|Rays||Eels/snakes||Sea horses and pipe fish||Small
(you can easily swim against it)
(steep but you see the bottom)
(you can swim against it for a little while/higher air consumption)
(steep and you can't see the bottom)
(you cannot swim against it)
|Sponges||Sardines/herrings||Puffers||Shrimps||Pumping/washing machine/OMG/hold your regulator
* The transparent boxes are the things I have seen down below and / or are spotted on almost every dive in that area.
* The dark blue boxes are the 'things' that are unavailable - things I have not seen and/or that are uncommon in that area.Click here for more information about comparing dive destinations.
Things you can see underwater
Crystal Bay and Manta Point reef and marine life.
Manta rays around Manta Point!
Information about BaliFind out where to stay, other things to do and the bars & restaurant recommendations in Bali below.
Selamat datang / Welcome to Bali!
The 10 must sees of Bali!
Sanur, a place to get comfortable and relax!
Tulamben & Amed, quiet black lava beaches and SCUBA diving!
Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali!
Umalas and the rice terraces!
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