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Diving with Safari Jukung

Moray

Moray

Nusa Penida is a part of archipelago and submarine reservation Three Sesters and is located 25km from Bali. This island is the largest among those three islands and also the most interesting as for the submarine life goes. The southern coast is created by huge vertical cliffs which create magnificent scenery of wild coast with picaresque bays that are all year rind full of stingrays and mantas. Western coast has rocky character with splendid beaches and is washed by water of the deepest channel between two islands in the world; the channel is 250 in depth. You can find here several beautiful spots where you can meet sunfishes, barracudas and sometimes also sharks and at the same time the spot provides magnificent night dives. The northern coastline is created by sand beaches and never-ending seaweed plantations, which are just next to marge coral reef – one of the most preserved in the whole Bali-Lombok area. The eastern coast is wild as well as several submarine spots where you can meet again sunfishes. Next to the neighboring island of Lembongan is very beautiful spots called Blue Corner (sunfishes, stingrays, sharks, snakes), Lighthouse and Mangrove Point. Next by to the Ceningan Island is splendid vertical wall – Ceningan wall. As for diving goes, Nusa Penida is a jewel thanks to its all-year-round appearance of mantas and seasonal appearance of the world’s largest osseous fishes – sunfishes (Mola Mola), that are ascending with the help of cold currents in order to rinse off skin parasites. Nusa Penida is the best place in the World to observe such amazing marine creatures. From November till June are the water temperatures around 26-30 °C, however from July till October the water temperature drops to 22-26 °C and extraordinary to 15-21 °C. The main diving season lasts from April to November and the peak season is June – October. From December till March are also good diving conditions and beautiful diving with sharks and mantas. The visibility on Nusa Penida is all-year-round better than in Bali and Lombok, where is problem with rivers spilled into ocean. Nusa Penida doesn’t have rivers; therefore there is no problem with visibility in the rainy season. Nocturnal diving is wonderful in Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay and Toyapakeh Bay. We recommend using 5mm wetsuit, with hood and gloves. Diving with signal buoy is obligatory.

S.D. Point

Helmet shell

Helmet shell

Can see during a night dive at Ceningan island

The longest and the best marge coral reef of Nusa Penida that is rich in variety of coral species and reef fishes. There are entertaining current dives and the most beautiful part is about 10m deep. It is a relaxing locality during calm conditions and cool toboggan in the current. You can meet here thousands of reef fishes, sea turtles, big puffers, morays.

Ped

Another locality with interesting coral reef that is rich in fish species. The platform that reaches up to 12m is overgrown with coral vegetation that is locally fractured. Deeper there is vertical slope where is a good chance to meet larger fishes. This locality is also easy even if currents take place.

Crystal Bay

Is the most famous and the easiest locality in Nusa Penida and is famous for its cleansing station of sunfishes. In the shallow waters can be found nice coral garden with a couple of table corals and then descend the terrain to sand canyon which bottom lays 20-60 below the sea level. This slope is place where legendary sunfishes (Mola Mola) come for cleansing. There is also chance to see white tip shark, bamboo shark, wobbegong, sea Krait, turtles, black-blotched stingray, stonefish, frogfish , banded snake eels, demon stinger (Inimicus),many kind of nudibranch (slugs)…It’s good spot for night diving and you can meet fishes,Spanish dancers, Pleurobranch, crabs, stonefish, crocodilefish, slugs, snake, eels, octopus, cuttlefish... In order to see sunfishes it is important to have a good timing due to a crowd from Bali.

Frederic Point

Magnificent cut to the Toyopakeh Channel, that dramatically descends to 60m and breaks again to the bottom of the channel. On the edges of the hollow can be seen sunfishes (Mola Mola), eagle ray, turtle, snake and sometimes sharks. In the depth of 10-25m is interesting coral reef.

Manta 66

Manta ray

Manta ray

its cartilaginous fish that feed on plankton. It is not dangerous. Can grow up to seven meters in length. In Indonesia occurs at Nusa Penida, Komodo and Irian Jaya.

This spot is a sure bet if you want to see mantas. During the ideal conditions you can run into hordes of huge mantas in about 10m of depth and you will be just couple of feet away from them. It is an unforgettable experience and very easy dive. On this spot you can also see many Kuh’l stingrays and sometimes sharks, turtle or sea snake. During a stormy conditions is quite bad visibility and challenging conditions so the timing is important. There is couple of interesting spots nearby.

Manta Channel

Is a channel on the end of Manta 66 Bay, where the water flows in between the rocks and coast. The depth here doesn’t exceed 18m in the channel itself only 8m. The mantas feed here on plankton which is spontaneously drifted to their mouths. It is impossible to dive here during big surf.

Manta Wall

Is an interesting terrain under the Manta 66 spot where a platform breaks into a wall which descends up to 35m and contains several interesting holes and out hangs. On the sandy bottom live many stingrays. The wall is rich in fishes and the dive can be terminated during calm conditions in rocky castles in 7-12m, with plenty of mantas.

Barracuda Point

Wide channel between rocks by Manta Channel and the island. Mantas and barracudas can be spotted here, especially in the current. The channel is deep 30m and contains a couple of interesting tunnels. The island itself has interesting vertical wall that descends to 50m and contains many snapper and other fishes.

Manta Bay

By the exit from Toyapah Channel is vast bay with rocks where often come mantas and are feeding here on plankton. In order to dive here the ocean must be calm. It’s also a good spot for snorkeling.

MM Point

The top notch diving spot on Penida; demanding and wild but simply amazing. Want to see whole shoal of sunfishes? This is the spot. It is the real diving for the real divers. Often the condition in the shallow is wild but the deeper the calmer. Therefore it is needed to descend down to 40m. In 29m is a beautiful tunnel full of fishes which flows into a wide chimney to the surface. It is important to respect here the Mother Nature. Minimal number of dives is 50 and AOWD.

Malibu Point

Vast bay on the North-Eastern end of Nusa Penida, where the slope falls dramatically to the bottom. The spot is interesting in the depth of 20, and bellow. There is often a strong current that can drift you a couple of hundred meters away where the slope runs into a vast flat land and where were spotted some sharks. This locality is rich in shoals of fishes. Minimum 50 dives and AOWD.

Blue Corner

The best locality in Lembongan that can enrich you with unforgettable experience with sunfishes, black-blotched stingrays, eagle rays and shoals of fishes; or give you diving trauma. This spot is suitable for experienced divers and believe that it has a lot to offer. During calm conditions the dive is not difficult but it is not advised to dive here during low tide (only for experienced divers and physically strong divers). Minimum 50 dives and AOWD.

Lighthouse

Dwarf reef lobster - Enoplometopus anillensis

Dwarf reef lobster - Enoplometopus anillensis

very shy and posible see him during a night dive.

Fragmented and dramatic terrain between rocks that create vast drops and are full of stingrays and if the current occurs also spotted eagle rays can be seen. Sometimes come also reef sharks or bamboo shark. Toward the Blue Corner spot runs the locality into rocky stairway with numerous lips. Also sunfishes ( Mola Mola )come here for cleansing. During the drift dive the dive is initiated at Lighthouse and terminated behind Blue Corner. This kind of dive is only for advanced divers.

Mangrove Point

Easy spot suitable for beginners, no currents around. Remarkable plateau till 25m which runs into steep slope. You can see here reef sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays, octopus, moray and other species. Rich coral reef is just nearby.

Gamat Bay

Small bay in the deepest channel which descends to remarkable depths. Spot where often come sunfishes (Mola Mola) and shoals of barracudas. Sometimes reef sharks and spotted eagle rays can be seen here.Also octopus, kambala, leafscorpion fish, many kind of nudibrunch,rare frogfish. In the depth of 55m is a rocky amphitheater where is under certain circumstances possible to meet Mola Mola. Watch out for descending current. Nice spot for night dives.

Ceningan Wall

Fast, magical and unbelievably deep spot. Wall falling down to 200m, plus you cat a ride on submarine toboggan. The fishes pass by and it feels like riding in bullet train. Beautiful terrain and pure adventure. Minimum 50 dives and AOWD.

Toyapakeh Bay

Beautiful and easy spot that is created by vast coral plateau and by steep slope descending to the channel. Also here, with a bit of luck, can be spotted sunfishes (Mola Mola), black-blotched stingrays ,many kinds of morays, octopus, sea lugs, giant trevally. For experienced divers is possible to dive to the edge of submarine canyon where live Mola Mola. Nice spot for nocturnal diving.

Toyapakeh Channel

Magical and wild channel between Toyapakeh and Gamat bay. Steep slope runs into vertical wall with several deep cuts. Species to spot are: eagle rays, sunfishes, morays and reef sharks. Usually you can take a toboggan ride with shoals of fishes passing nearby.