Boat Dive, Drift, Deep 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.
Populer Dive sites: Crystal Bay, Manta Bay, Sental, SD, Ped, Toyapake.
Location: 3 Islands lying off the east coast of Bali
Depth: 6-40 metres (average depth 18 metres)
Visibility: 15 – 40 metres
Current: Mild to strong and unpredictable.
Min. Level: Intermediate
Dive types: Boat Dive, Drift, Deep diving
Conditions: The water can get pretty cold at times. Being mostly drift diving, it is not easy to take photographs here. Prone to currents.
Hightlights : Year round Manta rays, Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish) from July-mid November, rays, occasionally turtles, larger pelagics.