Are you looking for a diving adventure that offers stunning underwater scenery and an abundance of marine life? Look no further than Nusa Penida, a small island located southeast of Bali. In this comprehensive guide, we'll cover everything you need to know to plan a memorable diving trip to Nusa Penida.
Getting to Nusa Penida
Before you can start diving, you'll need to get to Nusa Penida from mainland Bali. The island can be accessed by boat from Bali or nearby islands. If you're traveling from Bali, the most popular way to get to Nusa Penida is by boat. Several companies offer daily departures from Sanur, Serangan, and Padangbai to Nusa Penida. Depending on the boat and the departure point, the journey can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Once on the island, renting a scooter or hiring a driver are popular options for getting around, check our blog post for more details. Most dive centers can also help arrange transportation for you. Be aware that the island is quite big, and it can take up to an hour to go from one area to another.
Dive sites in Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is home to several world-class dive sites, each offering unique underwater landscapes and diverse marine life. Crystal Bay is a must-visit spot for its clear water and the chance to see the Mola Mola, or sunfish. This elusive species can be seen in Nusa Penida's waters from July to October, making it a popular destination for divers during that time. Another very popular dive site is Manta Point, where you can witness these majestic creatures gracefully swimming around the cleaning stations. Manta rays can be seen at Manta Point all year round.
Diving other sites in Nusa Penida such as Toyapakeh and SD Point, you'll be able to enjoy some of the healthiest coral reefs in Nusa Penida, as well as a variety of reef fish, turtles and varied marine life.
Diving Conditions in Nusa Penida
The water temperature in Nusa Penida ranges from 18-30°C (64-86°F), with the warmest temperatures typically found from December to April. Colder water season is usually between June and October. While the temperature might be chilly, this is usually the peak season to meet the weird looking oceanic sunfish, also known as mola-mola.
Visibility can vary but is generally excellent with ranges from 20-40 meters. Currents can be strong in some dive sites, so it is important to choose a dive operator with good knowledge of the area and a strong safety record.
The currents around Nusa Penida can change rapidly, so it's important to dive with a knowledgeable guide who knows the area well. However, the currents also bring nutrient-rich water to the area, which contributes to the abundance of marine life.
Choosing a dive operator
When choosing a dive operator in Nusa Penida, it's important to select a reputable and experienced center. Look for a center with good reviews and certifications from reputable organizations. It's also important to ensure that the center has well-maintained equipment and follows proper safety procedures.
As with any diving trip, safety should be a top priority when diving in Nusa Penida. Be sure to check the weather and diving conditions before heading out, and follow the guidelines of your dive center. It's also important to stay within your skill level and not push your limits. An experience dive center should know the conditions around Nusa Penida and offer to take you to dive sites that are appropriate for your level of experience.
Diving Nusa Penida will likely be one of the highlights of your holiday in Bali! With stunning reefs, diverse marine life and clear waters, diving in Nusa Penida can be enjoyed by both beginner divers and experienced ones alike! Ready to go diving? Get in touch today!