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Can you see turtles while diving Nusa Penida?

Nusa Penida has gained immense popularity recently among divers and nature enthusiasts. With its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, it's no wonder that diving in Nusa Penida has become a bucket-list experience for many.

One of the most sought-after encounters while exploring the underwater world here is the majestic sea turtles. Let's introduce you to some of the different turtle species found in the area and where you can spot them!

Turtle diving Nusa Penida
Turtle diving in Nusa Penida

Dive sites in Nusa Penida to spot turtles:

Nusa Penida offers several dive sites where you can have memorable encounters with turtles. Here are some of the top spots:

Crystal Bay:

This popular Nusa Penida dive site is known for its awe-inspiring visibility and stunning coral formations. While diving here, you have a good chance of encountering green sea turtles gracefully gliding through the water. These turtles are often seen feeding on the seagrass beds or leisurely swimming around the coral reefs.


Toyapakeh is a vibrant dive site teeming with marine life. Besides the colorful corals and schools of tropical fish, you might encounter turtles while exploring the underwater landscapes here. Keep your eyes peeled for green sea turtles or the occasional hawksbill turtle gracefully making their way through the currents.

Batu Mulapan:

On the East coast of Nusa Penida, Batu Mulapan is one of the best reefs around the island. Often referred by our staff as "Turtle City", you can easily spot up to a dozen during your dive! The various species of corals and coral heads make it truly a beautiful place.

Turtle in Nusa Penida
Always a great encounter underwater

Different species of turtles found in Nusa Penida:

Nusa Penida is home to various turtle species, each with its own unique characteristics. Let's take a closer look at some of the turtles you might encounter during your dives:

Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas):

Green sea turtles are the most commonly sighted turtles in Nusa Penida. These magnificent creatures are known for their vibrant green coloration and their ability to stay submerged for long periods. They often feed on seagrass, you might also see them munching on some corals or sponges.

Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata):

Hawksbill turtles are another species you might encounter while diving in Nusa Penida. These turtles have a distinct pointed beak and beautifully patterned shells. Hawksbills are known to feed on sponges, which are abundant in the area's coral reefs. Keep your eyes open for their unique appearance as they navigate through the underwater world.

Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea):

Although less common, olive ridley turtles occasionally make appearances in Nusa Penida's waters. These turtles have a rounded shell and are known for their synchronized nesting behavior on certain beaches around the world. While diving, you may be fortunate enough to encounter these captivating creatures as they traverse the ocean depths.

Diving in Nusa Penida offers an excellent opportunity to encounter magnificent sea turtles in their natural habitat. With plenty of dive sites to discover, you can explore the underwater world while keeping an eye out for green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, and even olive ridley turtles. Witnessing these animals gracefully swimming through the crystal-clear waters is an experience that will stay with you long after your dive is over. So join us for a dive in Nusa Penida, and embark on an unforgettable turtle encounter that will leave you in awe!


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