World-class dive sites on a dream island near Bali

There are plenty of beautiful dive sites around Nusa Penida. The most famous destinations are Manta Point and Crystal Bay. We make daily excursions to Manta Point and naturally visit Crystal Bay frequently considering the diving conditions of the day. Although Nusa Penida is especially known for its manta rays and mola molas (the oceanic sunfish), the diving there is overall fantastic. Visibility at Nusa Penida is usually very good (10m-40m) and coral reefs are better preserved than in many other places. You can admire the colourful coral gardens beyond the reach of the eye. Common inhabitants of the reefs of Nusa Penida include for example turtles, moray eels, scorpionfish, bufferfish, frogfish, anthias fish, nudibranches, sweetlips, trumpetfish, batfish and rays. There is also an excellent opportunity to encounter different reef sharks, barracudas, tunas and humphead wrasses.

Nusa Penida is known for its currents and you can experience really long and speedy drift dives at Nusa Penida. Surrounding currents and depth of the sea affect the water temperature, and although the average water temperature is usually 26-27 degrees, the temperature may drop 4-5 degrees lower during the dive. Water temperatures are lowest from June to October and warmest from November to February. The dive center’s wetsuits are usually 3 mm and usually those are enough. If you tend to freeze easily while diving, it may be a good idea to pack 5mm wetsuit or hood with you.

While Nusa Penida is a dream dive destination for more experienced divers, there are also easier dive sites for the more inexperienced divers. The Sanctum team knows when it is safe to dive at any destination and the day’s dives are planned with the safety in mind.

After the video, you will find more detailed information about the best dive sites in Nusa Penida.

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Manta Point

Manta Point is located on the southwest side of Nusa Penida on a gentle slope slowly descending to 25 meters. At a depth of about seven meters, there is a manta cleaning station, where mythical manta rays come to be cleaned or eat as the sea is often planktonic at this point. Manta Point has a good opportunity to see more than one manta ray at a time. There are no currents usually so this site is suitable for all divers and snorkelers. There is also another manta cleaning station at a depth of about 20 meters, where manta are also often seen. The mantas around Nusa Penida are so called reef manta rays. (Manta alfredi) and they are typically about 4 to 5 meters. 

  • Experience level: easy, suits for all levels
  • Depth: 4 to 30 meters
  • Visibility: 5 to 20 meters

Crystal Bay

The name Crystal Bay refers to the magnificent visibility of the destination, which can be up to 40 meters on a good day. Crystal Bay is one of the most popular dive sites in the area and one of the best places to encounter mola molas (Ocean Sunfish) from August to October. As a dive site, Crystal Bay is versatile and interesting dive spot even outside of the mola mola period, There are different type of coral reefs on the both sides of the bay and in between a fine sandy bottom where you might encounter even a funny frogfish that is crossing the bay. Crystal Bay is also interesting night dive site.

  • Experience level: intermediate
  • Depth: 3 to 37 meters
  • Visibility: 10 to 30 meters

Toyapakeh

Toyapakeh is a popular drift-dive site and is located in the Gulf between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. The constant current has kept the coral reefs very healthy and there you can enjoy the magnificent reef gardens and abundant marine life. You have also possibility to encounter unique mola moles during deep dives In August-September at this site.

  • Experience level: intermediate to experienced
  • Depth: 10  to 40 meters
  • Visibility: 10 to 40 meters

Nusa Penida North

Nusa Penida’s dive sites at the northern side are WC, SD, Pura Ped, Sental and Buyuk. All of these have the same type of sloping topography, with the coral reef descending at an angle of about 45 degrees and serving as a home for numerous reef fish. Northern destinations tend to have really good visibility and marine life is rich. You might encounter often for example turtles, scorpionfish, frogfish, sea snakes and rays. Sometimes bigger fish also swim by so remember to look at the blue ocean once in a while. the north side is also drift dive site and you might be able to see most of the the northern shoreline with one dive if you are lucky with the current.

  • Experience level: suits for all levels
  • Depth: 3 to 40 meters
  • Visibility: 10 to 40 meters

Mangrove

The Mangrove dive site (also called as Jacks point) is located between Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and  Nusa Penida. Near this dive site, there is a mangrove area which is very important to the local ecosystem. The dive site is a continuum of the mangrove area and this unique reef full of marine life plays also an important role in the local ecosystem. The reef gradually descends deeper and large coral formations can be encountered. at the Mangrove dive site you can explore big part of Indonesia’s most common reef species. It serves as a home for macro life such as seahorses and pipe fish, larger schools of mackerel, tuna and barracudas, turtles, moray eels and rays. You can also encounter reef sharks there. 

  • Experience level: suits for all levels
  • Depth: 6 to 35 meters
  • Visibility: 20 to 25 meters

Blue Corner

The Blue Corner is located near Nusa Lembongan, a long thin island, northwest of Nusa Penida. Blue Corner is a very popular dive site as it is possible to encounter larger marine life there, such as sharks, rays and mola molas. The sloping reef peak starts at a height of about 12 meters and forms a steep wall  continuing deeper and deeper. At a depth of about 25 meters there is an “angle” whose convenient protrusion provides useful protection for diving. There are sometimes very strong currents and it is not always possible to dive there. This dive site is usually recommended for more experienced divers, but with moderate currents, it is also suitable for those with intermediate experience.

  • Experience level: intermediate to experienced
  • Depth: 10  to 40 meters
  • Visibility: 10 to 30 meters

Malibu

This dive site is located on the east coast of Penida and is similar to the dive sites on the northern side of Nusa Penida. Malibu is the best place to meet a sharks in Nusa Penida.

  • Experience level: intermediate to experienced divers
  • Depth: 10 to 40 meters
  • Visibility: 10 to 30 meters

Ceningan Wall

The magnificent coral wall falls to a staggering 170 meters to the east of Nusa Ceningan. The currents can be very strong in this dive site and is only recommended for experienced divers. You can only dive at certain times at this location. The Ceningan wall is a colorful reef wall with full of life. You can spot tunas, barracudas, rays, reef sharks and also mola molas in the deeper dive in autumn.

  • Experience level: intermediate to experienced divers
  • Depth: 15 to 30 meters
  • Visibility: 10 to 25 meters