Guide for Bali and Nusa Penida diving
Diving in Bali is a dream for many of us. To encourage you to transform this dream into reality, here is a guide to scuba diving in Bali and Nusa Penida. Scuba diving is indeed one of the key activities to do in Nusa Penida. Why ? Because its dive spots are part of most rankings of the top 10 dive sites in the world. And in the top 3 dive sites in Indonesia, along with Komodo and Raja Ampat. Scuba divers come indeed from everywhere in the world to meet the oceanic sunfish, also called Mola Mola, and the manta rays. But this complete guide of Bali and Nusa Penida diving will prove you there is much more to see !
Marine fauna diving Nusa Penida
One of the main assets of Nusa Penida scuba diving is the great diversity of its marine fauna. We have already mentioned pelagic animals like the manta ray or the sunfish. But we also regularly meet reef sharks, such as white tip sharks or bamboo sharks. Or more rarely a whale shark as it happened to us on December 31st. There is also a wide variety of rays : eagle ray, marbled ray, stingray ray. Lots of turtles too. You have also good chance to meet dolphins, which we regularly see on the surface. And sometimes underwater !
Schools of fish
There are also many schools of fish, big or small. In particular schools of tuna, jack fish, batfish, blue and gold fusiliers fish, or surgeon fish. On every wall around the island you can see many moray eels and lobsters, well hidden in asperities. And sometimes octopuses.
For macro lovers
Macro lovers will also love Nusa Penida scuba diving. There are very many species of nudibranchs, for example chromodoris, flavellin and nembrotha. It’s like chasing Pokemons and our collection is already impressive ! We also like to go and search for a pygmy seahorse, a Zanzibar shrimp or an Orangutan crab.
There is a very wide variety of coral, hard or soft, with an incredible diversity of colors. And also very beautiful sea anemones in which we are looking for the smallest ! The coral flora also offers exceptional underwater landscapes. Visibility is very good, generally 20 to 30 meters. And the water is warm, usually around 26°C at the surface. In short, go diving Nusa Penida island with us, and you will see a multitude of colors and species !
Diving safety in Nusa Penida
Safety must be one of the important criteria for the choice of your diving center in Nusa Penida. Specially because of the currents which can be violent : tearing currents or downward currents. Indonesian law also requires having a maximum of 4 divers for a guide.
It is therefore important to choose a good diving center with all the safety equipment – in particular oxygen and radio on board – and can offer you PADI insurance. Above all, whose guides and instructors are experienced and know perfectly well Nusa Penida dive sites. Check other divers reviews, for example on Tripadvisor.
Best season for diving in Nusa Penida
You can go scuba diving is all year round in Nusa Penida and Bali. But to see the sunfish, it is better to plan your diving trip during the Mola Mola season, between August to October. On the other hand the manta rays are there practically throughout the year. But whatever the time of your trip we will make sure that your diving in Nusa Penida is awesome !