Nusa Penida including Manta Point is an Advanced Dive Site and divers must have a minimum of 10 logged dives beyond Open Water and/or an Advanced Diver certified.
It’s located across the Badung Strait from Bali’s Southern Tip, offers some of the best diving to be found anywhere. But conditions around Penida and its two sister islands-Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan- can sometimes be difficult, with unpredictable currents reaching four or more knots. This is not a place for beginner divers and inexperienced boatmen. Also, upwelling current from the deep water south of Bali, which keep the water crystal clear and makes the water uncomfortably cold. Due to the currents sweeping past Penida means just about every single dive turns into a drift, it is worth bearing in mind the following points:
- Always stick close to the reef seek protection behind coral heads and bommies, and the currents that flow right up against the reef is always less fierce.
- Overall,it is not the most rewarding place for photography as its currents are unpredictable, they can shift and turn into strong currents. Anyway as its waters are crystal clear, videographers will find these sites more satisfactory to their needs.
- Because of the strong currents and its unpredictable change in its intensity and course, this can potentially cause the divers to easily separate from the group, it is recommended to bring an inflatable signal device, which it helps the skipper to see you if you become separated from the group.
Nusa Penida’s dive sites spread along the north and northeast coast, and the detail describing will be presented as below:
Situated in the bay of Penida Village, which widely opens into Ceningan Channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan (the smallest island amongst 3 sister islands). Inside the bay is anchored permanent floating buoys that are used to anchor the diving boats, and right in the middle of the bay stands the huge lime rocks on the edged of the channel as to mark this diving site. From the place where the anchor is, the plated sand bottom with some bommies are well covered by soft corals, keep swimming on the right side (north) from a huge single lime rock toward the channel, you will end up in a wonderful cave underwater in 11 meters of water leads up to the surface under rugged lime cliff, suddenly will be heard the voice of roosting of bats clinking on the sealing of the cave. It is absolutely amazing being inside it where the sunlight goes through between the cracked rocks to make even more beautiful scene. Sometimes single White Reef Tip Shark mostly baby one hides in the cave.
After few minutes surfacing then descending again out to the channel might swim against the current otherwise it puts into deep water as the result of the current from the channel and the current out from the bay. Keep the coral reef on left hand side as you swim
along the slope, and keep looking toward the deep you may see big pelagic fish cleaning in the edge of a overhang in 25 meters. At this dive site there are two cleaning stations for the Sunfish, in 18 meters and in 30 meters or deeper on the sand bed toward the bay. These fishes are quite friendly and the most calmest creatures, but they afraid with the bubbles of divers and best not to get close to them by approaching from the tail (actually is no tail but body extension) or well controlled breathing which is results in very small bubbles.
The highlight of this site beside the cave also the Sunfish cleaning stations and are best to discover them from the left of the huge lime rocks offshore, lead directly into the cleaning stations. The Sunfish appearances are dependant on the season, July to September. Good luck to see them and remember to be well prepared with exposure suits due to cold-water temperature.
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.
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.
A Minimum of four divers are required to run this dive trip. Single diver please contact us.
Price includes :
- All Land and Sea transportation on diving.
- Lunch and Bottled Water between dives
- Weights and Belt
- 1 Tank per dive
- PADI – SSI Instructor / SSI Divemaster SSI Dive Guide
- Diver Insurance highly recommended for all participants
- A complete set of dive equipment is available for rent for US $20.00
- Extra dive at some dive location cost $30.00 (day dive)
- Minimum 3 certified divers.