Nusa Penida, Manta and Mola Mola (Sun Fish)


The island of Nusa Penida is known world-wide for Manta rays and Mola Mola, which are more commonly known as Sun fish.  Nusa Penida is the least populated of the islands situated just east of Bali.  The islands Lembongan and Ceningan are more developed, with their beautiful white sand beaches and their numerous seaweed farms, producing enough seaweed for food production and to be exported for cosmetics.  

Nusa Penida is the largest and by far the least developed of the three islands.  The Atlantis International speedboats will introduce you to the breathtaking views of the island as you pass impressive rocky cliff-faces, enormous waves crashing upon white sand deserted beaches, and tropical forest and arid plant-life mixing together to cling to the sheer walls that descend into the depths of the blue below you.  And then you arrive at Manta Point, where beneath the surface lies a “cleaning station” frequented by Reef Mantas (Manta alfredi).  
On the other side of the island, you will find the not-to-be-missed dive site Crystal Bay.  Here, between June and October, you can marvel at the incredible Mola Mola (Sun fish), which can grow up to 3 metres in size from fin-tip to fin-tip.  Nusa Penida will never fail to blow you away; there are numerous dive sites and the corals are in excellent health.  Other well-known dives sites include Toyapakeh, Mangrove Bay, and drift dives such as Ped Wall, SD Wall, and Sental.  

Cold currents rising up from the deep allow for good visibility and preserve the coral reef.  At times, these thermoclines are as cold as 16 ⁰ C, and encourage pelagic life to swim up from the deep where divers can catch a glimpse of some of these amazing fish.  However, this island, due to its location between Bali and Lombok, is also exposed to very strong currents that arrive from the Pacific and move towards the Indian Ocean, which can generate very strong, sometimes violent, multidirectional current (including down-current).  Due to the difficult conditions, we often reserve these dive sites for our more experienced divers or for those we have previously dived with and evaluated.  Nevertheless, when conditions get too rough, there are always other protected dive sites waiting to be explored.

Owing to its placement on the Wallace Line, a biogeographical zone where the biodiversity of Australia and Asia meet and mix together, the biological abundance classifies the location as a “hotspot” of biodiversity, with 250 species of coral and close to 600 species of reef fish that were recently indexed around the perimeter of Nusa Penida.  
Since 2010, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan were declared as one “Marine Protected Area,” prohibiting all industrial and destructive fishing practices, as well as limiting watersports activities in the area.  

Atlantis’ speedboats, Atlantis I and Atlantis II, leave Bali everyday around 8:00am to complete 2 or 3 dives.  Equipped with two Yamaha 250 HP 4-stroke injection outboard motors, our boats can accommodate 14 and 12 divers, respectively.  You will arrive at the dive sites in as little as 35 - 45 minutes.  All of the dive sites are chosen according to the certification and experience level of the divers present, the weather conditions, and the current.  The day includes 2 or 3 dives, lunch served on the boat, along with hot tea or coffee, and snacks.

 

Day Trip Description:  2 or 3 dives Diving Day Trips

  • Pick-up from hotel by Atlantis International bus
  • Depart Sanur around 8:00am
  • Take Atlantis International speedboat:  marine toilet, sundeck, covered cabin
  • Arrive at Nusa Penida in 35-40 minutes
  • 1 or 2 dives  (morning)
  • Lunch on the boat
  • 1 dive  (afternoon)
  • Return to Sanur around 3:00pm
  • Drop off to hotel by Atlantis International bus
  • All equipment included
  • 12L Aluminium tanks with yoke/K-valve  (DIN valve by request)
  • 15L and Nitrox available
  • Instructor or guide (English, French, Chinese, or Bahasa-speaking)
  • PADI Diving Insurance
  • Free Wifi at the Atlantis International main office
  • Non-diving companion welcome
  • Snorkeling possible