We are not trying to shoot ourselves in the foot here, but we get asked that question often! Nusa Penida and the surrounding islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan offer stunning diving, but can also be home to strong currents. Here is what to look for to dive safely in Nusa Penida.
Dive at the right time
It is important to choose the right dive times and dive sites according to tides and currents. Diving in areas with strong currents can be more challenging and potentially dangerous, so it's important to plan your dives for times when the currents are more favorable. Your diving operator should be able to provide guidance on the best times to dive based on the tides and currents at each dive site. Some dive sites are not always accessible because of swell, wind or currents, and an operator telling you otherwise should probably not be trusted.
Check the equipment
There is nothing wrong with asking questions about the rental equipment you will be using. Having proper fitting equipment that is well maintained can make a huge different during a dive. It's also important for divers to know how to use their equipment properly and to have a basic understanding of how to troubleshoot issues that may arise.
Check the dive operator
We pride ourselves on our customer reviews and our excellent safety protocols. We feel that every dive operator should do the same! If you are unsure about safety standards (other than choosing a reputable training agency) you can also ask about safety equipment: oxygen, marine radio, life jackets and so on.
Additionally, make sure to follow all safety instructions provided by your diving instructor or dive leader. This includes following proper dive tables, making controlled ascents, and staying within your dive limits.
Consider dive insurance
Finally, it's always a good idea to have dive insurance, no matter where you dive. This can be very helpful in case of any unexpected accidents or injuries while diving. We offer DAN short term plans but they are plenty of other companies out there that can help you get a dive insurance for your trip.
In conclusion, diving in Nusa Penida is not inherently dangerous, as long as proper precautions are taken and a reputable diving operator is chosen. By following safety instructions and using high-quality diving equipment, and choosing the right dive times according to tides and currents, you can enjoy a safe and beautiful diving in Nusa Penida!