Manta Bay is 1 of 2 of our main Manta Ray encounter sites. Manta bay is the feeding area and a hot spot for diving and snorkelling interactions with Manta rays. Usually spotted within the top 5m, manta rays congregate in these bays to feed on zooplankton and other microscopic plankton floating close to the surface.
Only 15 minutes away by boat from Nomads beach and an ideal location for any diver level. Also a great spot to see the brown banded bamboo shark, green and hawksbill turtles, octopus, and nudibranchs.
Mantas Mantas Mantas!
Nusa Penida boasts a year round Manta Ray population at two special spots located on the Southern coast of Nusa Penida. Manta Point is famous for being Penida’s manta cleaning station and divers flock to this site from around the world to get up close and interact with wild manta rays. A shallow and relatively easy dive, divers hover above the ocean floor at 12m and encounter dozens of the majestic manta rays circling, playing, and getting cleaned.
North East Penida
North eastern Penida runs from SD point to Buyuk and is Nomads Diving house reef. Minutes from Nomads beach, this fringing reef spans the length of Northern Nusa Penida. These are slopping bottom reefs with healthy hard and soft coral gardens and gentle longshore currents making for an easy and enjoyable drift dive. Jump in one of many points along the shore and is home to many reef critters and macro life. Don’t forget to keep one eye into the blue for passing whale sharks and eagle rays!
This is an advanced dive located on the North western corner of Nusa Lembongan. High chance of seeing marine megafauna (larger marine animals) in the blue including mola mola, manta ray, sharks, and marlins. The currents can be very strong here and special planning needs to be considered including optimal tides and weather conditions.
The dramatic topography, schooling fish, and large animal sightings makes for an exciting dive where you never know what you’re going to see.
Due to the nature of this site you must hold an Advanced certification or higher and have a minimum of 50 dives.
favourite among the staff of Nomads, this pristine reef is located just around the corner from Nomads beach. Hard and soft coral are thriving along the norther western point of Nusa Penida creating a rich biodiversity. Healthy colourful corals supports schooling snappers and trevallys, amazing macro life, and even the occasional mola mola, manta ray, or whale shark might be passing by in the blue.
Good for all levels with depth ranging from 5m – 40m. This is a gradula sloping bottom blanketed in tropical coral reef.
Located on the western cliffs of Nusa Ceningan, this advanced drift dive pushes you along a vertical wall encrusted with hard and soft coral with plenty of fish life. Also a great site for mola sightings (seasonal).
Due to the current and conditions we require an advanced certification or higher and 50 dives + to go on this dive.
Crystal Bay’s more advanced sister site, this small inlet on the eastern side of Nusa Penida opens up to the channel separating Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. A thriving reef paradise with school fish and manta sightings. Like Crystal Bay, there is a high chance of seeing Mola Mola’s (seasonal).
Due to the nature of the currents and depths of this site, an advanced certification or higher with a minimum of 50 dives are required to explore this site.
Mangrove is a drift dive located on the northern side of Nusa Lembongan. This healthy shallow reef with a longshore current and makes for an easy and enjoyable dive along the gradually sloping bottom. Mangroves are a key habitat which works as a nursery to reef fish and corals. This feeds into our mangrove dive site which boats many juvenile species as well as their predators such as white tip and black tip reef sharks, great barracudas, and large mackerel and tunas. School snappers and rainbow runners are often seen and lots of little critters. Great site for all experience levels.
North Western Penida
On the North western side of Nusa Penida there are more challenging slopping dive sites running from Buyuk to Atuh Beach. This relatively unexplored part of the marine park boasts some of the best macro diving around. The stronger currents make this one of our advanced sites and we require a minimum advanced certification or higher with 50 dives.
Crystal Bay is located on the southern channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. This is one of the highlight sites in the MPA because of it’s high probability to spot the famous Mola Mola (Mola ramsai) at it’s cleaning station. The cleaning station itself is located around 35m and you must be an advanced diver or have your deep diver adventure diver to go to the cleaning station.
Don’t have your Deep diver certification? No problem! Open Water divers and discover scuba divers are still welcome to explore Crystal Bay’s clear blue water and thriving hard and soft coral gardens with a chance of seeing Mola Mola, turtles, sharks, giant trevally’s, and all the beautiful tropical reef Indonesia has to offer.
Or you can sign up for a Deep Adventure dive with one of our instructors and try your luck at the cleaning station.
Discover the amazing underwater world of Nusa Penida. We accommodate all levels from beginner to professional with small groups organized by experience level.