Nusa Penida & Lembongan Diving

Nusa Penida is the largest (17km long) of 3 islands; the others being Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan that lie the other side of the Bandung Strait from Bali’s east coast.

The water here is fairly cold, due to a cold upwelling from a deep ocean through south of Bali. But it is often startlingly clear, with gorgeous corals and prolific fish and some turtles, Grey reef and Silver-tip sharks. In July to mid-November, Mola-Mola, the weird and wonderful Ocean sunfish, can be seen here. 

Nusa Penida is about 40 minutes speedboat ride from Sanur, and has several divesites. One is a great spot  for seeing Manta rays, either feeding or being cleaned, with close encounters more than likely. Another divesite is world-famous for finding Oceanic Sunfish – MolaMolas. Other sites have great coral, deep walls, and currents making good drift-dives; you need a very experienced guide to dive safely here, and get the benefits of these dive-sites

Manta Point

The name of this dive site is derived from the Giant Manta Ray patrols around it, often found by the divers and almost all the year around. To get this site is a must to cruise 50 minutes longer compared to other sites in Nusa Penida. Its location is the most south of the island.

Crystal Bay

Crystal bay is famous for seeing MolaMolas. In the bay is really nice coral, with many reef dwellers; then the coral turns down into a wall as you get further out into the channel between Penida and Ceningan. You need to be quite an advanced diver to go to see the molas out on the wall, as there can be strong currents here both going out into the blue, and going down. If the conditions are good, there is a cave to swim into, and plenty to explore!. 

Toyapakeh

The coral is beautiful here, from 5 m sloping down into the blue of the channel – which is very deep! Toya Pakeh is slightly sheltered, not getting the direct currents which run along the north coast but still getting some; it has mostly hard coral due to the currents washing  over it several times a day, bringing nutrients from the deep. Not too strong, it often gives a nice drift-dive, and you can see both deep-water fish and reef dwellers

Sekolah Dasar (SD)

Stands for an elementary school in local language. The reef offshore is named SD point by the local dive operators. This site stretches as long as the coastline, it offers a pristine healthy coral reef with a number of reef fish mainly pelagic fish, as the reef is extends from the east marked by the white fibre buoy to the most west marked by the jetty, which it separates from Toyapakeh. It is best to do a drift dive because the shore currents are always flowing with uniform direction miles away and the coral heads spread along the slope bottom and make us easy to stop or hide behind them. Reef Shark, Sunfish (Mola-Mola) and even Manta Ray have frequently been seen. Experiencing a drift dive in Bali is best taking SD point at Nusa Penida
 

Peed Point

Its named after the temple on the shore of the Peed village, apart from that on this beach was put the concrete wall to protect the beach from erosion. Descending right at the front of the wall in 5 meters water will lead toward the steep slope along the coastline, composition of the coral reef is mainly colonies of Stag Horn coral, coral heads and bommies rich with marine fishes, even pelagic like Sunfish often visits this site. The reef stretches east to west and both directions are interesting, best to begin the dive in the up currents. The water temperature is unpredictable changing and can drop to 22 degrees C whenever up current occurs

Batu Nunggul

The capital city of Nusa Penida Island, offshore is the local harbour where the public boats come from Bali to embark the passengers and dock the boats. Further east of the main entrance of this a small bay. Anchored the floating buoy to be used by the dive boats. The dive is begun, once descending to 5 meters of water a huge boulder stands on the steep slope bottom contour to deep blue water. To fin along the edge towards the east, the reef pattern quite similar in its composition to boulder rocks, coral heads and bommies are extended until an outcrop, which is a mile away from the entry point. Whenever the current flows downward it is simply just to follow it and will end up in the wall continues to the slope rubble reef. Look close to the reef to see number of colourful Nudibranch, tropical reef fish and even pelagic like Manta Ray and Eagle Ray in the deep water. The current flows can be unpredictable they change intensity and direction, good coordination with the skipper must be done before the dive, so by the end of the dive the skipper does not make a mistake in providing pickup services. The water temperature can be 26 degrees C or even lower whenever up current occurs

 

Gamet Bay

gamet bay

This is actually a small bay located between the Crystal bay and Toya Pakeh, its open directly to the channel of Nusa Penida. Boat divers are anchored in the bay where the diving is begun, the bottom well covers with soft corals, once move out to the channel about 12 to 14 meters water bush of Stagehorn Corals healthy growth continue to the steep slope of the channel. To dive in this site needs to check water condition, when the waves lapse the bay then the diving is nearly impossible due the water stirs up and strong current occurred in the channel. Plat water in the bay and doesn’t notice the swell from surface is the favourable condition to dive. Great number of fishes like big pelagic, coral reef fishes and many more are common here. A long the steep slope of the channel is interesting colourful reef to dive but just be careful as the current in the channel is unpredictable changing its strength and direction. Visibility is roughly excellent while the water temperature is little cold. Prepared suitable exposure suit is very important to keep the body warm.

 

Blue Corner-Lembongan

This dive site is real adventure dive, suited only for experienced divers, where the current is unpredictable changing its strength and direction. The bottom composition is short polished corals due to strong current flows down slope until to the overhang in 25 meters, continues to deeper water.

If suddenly caught by massive current safely hide in the overhang, wait there while viewing the variety of schooling fish like Marble Sting Rays, Sweetlipped fish, Tunas and many other creatures, which they stay against the current for prey. Afterward start to move away scrolling along the bottom towards shallow water.

When the air in the tank shows 75 bars find the ideal place to do safety stop. The water temperature roughly cold as the thermocline occurs quite often, it can reach 20 degrees C, be well prepared to dive at this point is a must like BCD, Regulator and Wet Suit.

The adrenaline will rise up faster than any other dive sites. Malibu Point. The reef at this point isn’t different than the dive sites on the north shore of Nusa Penida, gradual slope reef to 18 meters then sharper slope to deeper water. The reef grows short with many Sea Whips spreading along the slope and its length can be over 2 meters, these are the indication of the current sweeps frequently from mild to moderate.

The diving descends down current until the corner of the most eastern tip of the Island, once close to the corner, current shifts toward open sea. The sea creatures have been reported to see are Reef Sharks, Manta Rays and other big pelagic, surely variety of tropical reef fishes. To get to this point will take another hours cruise from common Nusa Penida points like SD or Peed. Water temperature is about average 28 degrees C, and a safety stop is recommended to float up the sausage to be used by the skipper to get you after the dive.

Diving at Menjangan

The beautiful location that is known as Menjangan National Park has some of the most beautiful locations for both diving and for adventure activities. Menjangan has 7 amazingly beautiful diving spots, that are teaming with marine life, The Menjangan island is untouched and uninhabited, meaning that it provides some of the most untouched reefs in Bali.

Garden Eel

This dive site is located at the most northwestern tip of Menjangan Island and can be reached by boat. In order to reach it you need to follow the wall west of the Anchor, navigate around the tip of the island and head almost into the channel between Menjangan and the Bali mainland. In the channel you will find an extremely rich and healthy wall. At the end of the dive you come across a shallow area which is inhabited by garden eels and is known as a good spot for occasional sightings of barracuda, white-tip reef sharks, turtles and napoleon wrasse

Diver Level: All Levels
Depth: 5-30 meters
Visibility: 10-40 meters

 

Marine Life: 

  • Huge colony of garden eels
  • Black-tip reefsharks
  • Barracuda
  • Turtle
  • Schools of jack fish and trevallies
  • Leaf scorpionfish
  • Napoleon wrasse
  • Colourful marine life

 

Kapal Budak (Anchor Wreck)

The name of this site comes from an ancient wooden boat whose name and history are unknown.  It seems that the boat may have been transporting slaves at the beginning of the 19th century, as “kapal” means “ship” and “budak” means “slave”.  Two anchors are encrusted into the sediment and sand, one of them at 6 metres, and the other at 32 metres deep.  What remains of the boat is found between 35 and 50 metres deep, but the ship itself is hardly recognizable as it’s completely overgrown in coral.  The dive begins along a wall blotted by rifts and recesses which is colonized by an abundant marine life.  As this is often a deeper dive, be careful to watch closely your depth gauge and no-decompression limits.  Lucky divers might see eagle rays, whale shark, or even sun fish (Mola mola).
  • Diver Level: All Levels
  • Depth: 5-40 meters
  • Visibility: 10-30 meters

Marine life:

  • Very rich reef life
  • Large schools of colourful fish
  • Reef sharks
  • Turtles
  • Bull jacks
  • Grey snappers
  • Surgeonfish
  • Nudibranchs
  • Fusiliers

POS I

 Pos I offers some spectacular corals, crevices and fissures, as well as some small caves along the reef. Also, there is a broad channel that leads to the beach. There is an abundance of fan corals along the drop-off which descends to 40 metres or more
  • Diver Level: All Levels
  • Depth: 5-30 meters
  • Visibility: 10-30 meters

Marine life: 

  • Abundant colourful reef life
  • Schools of jacks
  • Turtles
  • Groupers
  • Octopus
  • Reef sharks
  • Pygmy seahores
  • Oranguntan crabs
  • Colourful sponges, sea fan and soft corals
POS II
The POS II Ranger Station is another of Menjangan’s impressive wall dives. This site can be accessed by boat or from the beach on Menjangan after a break. A sandy slope leads to the start of the wall at about 12 metres. You will find gorgeous soft corals here, sea fans and sponges. And an abundant colourful reef life: schooling jackfish, turtles, barracudas, nudibranchs and pufferfish. As the visibility is usually very good here, be sure to look down at the sandy bottom to look out for reef sharks and eagle rays. A relaxing dive with plenty to see. 
  • Diver Level: All Levels
  • Depth: 5-30 meters
  • Visibility: 10-30 meters

Marine Life: 

Colourful reef life

  • Schools of jacks and fusiliers
  • Reef sharks
  • Eagle ray
  • Barracuda
  • Beautiful coral formations

Diver rates are per diver, based on minimum of 2 divers, and include:

Two Day Dives
Land transport 
Boat transport
PADI Divemaster or above (max ratio 1:4)
Diver Medical Insurance
Mask/snorkel, booties/fins, tanks/weightbelt
Lunch & unlimited bottled water
Free use of beach towels 
Local taxes, fees & porterage

Non-diver rates include:

Land transport
Boat transport
Diver Medical insurance
Free use of snorkelling gear
Lunch and unlimited bottled water
Free use of beach towels
Local taxes/fees/porterage.

Diving at Tulamben

The Tulamben Liberty ship wreck is a must do for any divers going to Bali. The wreck is humongous (120 m) and is a fantastic playground to explore.

If you are a beginner diver it is a unique opportunity to scuba dive a world class wreck dive site. If you are an experienced diver try to go further to the deeper part of the wreck around 35 m deep and look at the wonderful bow gun covered with Coral. It is a great photo opportunity! Moreover for macro lovers you can also find the rare pygmy seahorse in the area.

All over the wreck you will spot schooling fishes, trevallies and barracudas looking for their next meal and Blacktip Reef Sharks patrolling the area. On the sandy part, watch the garden Eels dance and try to spot the giant Sweetlips often there

USS Liberty Shipwreck

Type: Shore Dive
Level: All Levels
Current: None
Depth: 10 – 30 meters
This is the most famous dive site in Bali. The USS Liberty Shipwreck is a 120 meter long shipwreck just 50 meters off the shore in Tulamben. It lies between 10 and 30 meters, with a small part a bit more shallow. This dive site has everything for everyone. It is the easiest wreck dive in the world. The Liberty is covered with coral and has an abundance of fish life around it. It has a few nice swim throughs and for macro lovers there are Nudebranches, Ghostpipe fish, Frog Fish and from time to time Pygmy Seahorses. For the early birds or the Night dive lovers, a school of Bumphead Parrot Fish uses the wreck as their private bedroom.

Coral Garden

Type: Shore Dive
Level: All Levels
Current: Mild
Depth: 5 – 15 meters
Shallow reef dive right next to USS Liberty Shipwreck. Good for macro photography and relaxed diving. Just hang out around 5-10 meters and keep your eyes open for Nudebranches, Ribbon Eels and beautiful shrimps. Two Giant Sweetlips are seen quite often hanging out in the shallows.

Drop Off

Type: Shore Dive
Level: All Levels
Current: Mild
Depth: 10 – 40 meters
Wall dive at the end of Tulamben bay. The wall drops to about 70 meters near the end. You just follow the wall and take the same way back. You might encounter Black Tip Reef Shark, Barracuda, Lionfish and if you have great eyes you might find Frogfish, Octopus or Stonefish.

Alamanda

Type: Boat Dive
Level: All Levels
Current: None
Depth: 10 – 30 meters
Just a 5 minute boat ride from the Drop off, is Alamanda. Alamanda offers a beautifully covered, coral slope, holding a lot of treasures. Expect to find a lot of Macro life with the occasional Shark, Bumphead Parrotfish or Napoleon Wrasse.

Seraya

Type: Shore Dive
Level: All Levels
Current: None
Depth: 5 – 20 meters
The dive sites of Seraya are famous for muck diving. Over the years, several dive sites make up Seraya and they all offer similar diving. Black sand, small patches of corals and Critters. Lots of them. In all colors and shapes. Things we have spotted here: Leptocaephalus, Boxer Shrimp, Harlequin Shrimp, Ambon Scorpion Fish, Mimic Octopus, stargazers, Dragonet, … During the right time of the year, this site is the Macro lovers heaven!

Kubu Monkey reef

Type: Shore Dive
Level: All Levels
Current: Mild
Depth: 5 – 30 meters
Kubu is a little town just 5 minutes from Tulamben but is quickly making a name for itself as a new diving destination. Monkey reef is a beautiful coral reef, similar to what is to be found in Amed. It’s a good alternative if Tulamben gets way too crowded and you want to do a nice, relaxing dive without hundreds of divers around. Expect a nice, gentle reef with all the usual (and unusual) critters.

Kubu Shipwreck ‘Boga’

Type: Shore Dive
Level: All Levels
Current: Mild
Depth: 10 – 30 meters
The Boga is a brand new dive site. In September 2012, the Boga was sunk just off the coast of Kubu, about 5 min away from the USS Liberty. The 85m long vessel lays between 18 and 30m, so it’s a wreck only accessible for people holding and Advanced certification. No real coral growth on the wreck yet, but the many Buddhist statues, the car and many other details make this a very interesting, fun new dive site. Just keep track of your no deco time.

Diver rates are per diver, based on minimum of 2 divers, and include:

Two Day Dives
Land transport
Boat transport
PADI Divemaster or above (max ratio 1:4)
Diver Medical Insurance
Mask/snorkel, booties/fins, tanks/weightbelt
Lunch & unlimited bottled water
Free use of beach towels
Local taxes, fees & porterage

Non-diver rates include:

Land transport
Boat transport
Diver Medical insurance
Free use of snorkelling gear
Lunch and unlimited bottled water
Free use of beach towels
Local taxes/fees/porterage.