Nusa Penida Dive Sites - Bali Dive Sites - Mola Mola Sunfish Bali

Nusa Penida Dive Site

Nusa Penida is such a treasure trove of dive sites that there really are too many to mention! Some highlights include Manta Point and Crystal Bay (see later pages), but Ped, SD and all others provide probably the greatest display of Asia’s marine species in one dive. We recommend at least 2 dives here!

What is of interest while scuba diving in Nusa Penida are the large pelagics such as giant trevallys, sharks, mantas, eagle rays and turtles. On all dive sites described here (except Manta point) the special animal to find here is the rare giant ocean sunfish Mola Mola (German = Mondfisch). Sunfishes normally live up to 300 meter deep. But around Nusa Penida they come close to the surface between August and October each year.

Experience
Open Water diver
Type Bali's sister island about 8 km east. Sloping reefs, canyons and walls
Acces 30 minutes by boat from Padang Bai to the 10 different dive sites on the north coast of Penida and Lembongan
Coral Very good variety and number of hard and soft coral
Fish
Best variety of tropical reef fish in Bali, you probably see most of south east Asia's marine species in only one dive, often seeing pelagic species as tuna, manta ray and oceanic sunfish
Current
Can be anything from mild to strong depending on the moon. Mostly drift diving
Visibility
25 - 50m even in the rainy season
Note The channel between Penida and Lembongan has difficult to predict currents but is diveable on occasion
Highlight Large staghorn fields

    

Mola Mola Sunfish Bali operates from Padang Bai Beach Resort, set on the sandy beach of a picturesque village right in the heart of Mola Mola country.

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