Nusa Penida SCUBA Dive Sites

Category: BaliNusa Penida


Map Legend:

  1. Batu Abah
  2. Batu Nunggul
  3. Ceningan Wall
  4. Crystal Bay
  5. Gamat Bay
  6. Karang Sari
  7. Malibu Point
  1. Manta Point
  2. SD
  3. Sental
  4. Toyapakeh
  5. Toyapakeh Wall
  6. Tugu
Nusa Penida at a Glance
Access:40 minutes speedboat ride from Sanur or Padang Bai
Reef Type:Slope and mini wall
Marine Life:Mola mola and various reef fishes
Visibility:15-30 meters
Current:Current can be strong
Accomodation:Known accomodations are only available in Nusa Lembongan
Tips:Dive here with a good operator and reliable dive boat
Difficulty:Moderate to difficult

One the favorite among Kapal Selam Diving Club member is Nusa Penida, which is situated in the southern of Bali Island. This area in fact consist of three big island, those are Nusa Penida itself, Nusa Lembongan, the smaller one, and Nusa Ceningan the smallest among these three main islands. Nusa Ceningan lies between Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.

This island is the big sister of Bali, it is located southern of Bali. With the big machine speedboat, you can reach this island 30 to 40 minutes from Sanur. This island also accessible by traditional boat, called jukung (read it as joo koong), from Padang Bai, Candi Dasa and Kusamba. However, since we live in South Bali, we always take the boat from Sanur. Another reason is because we have a friend who has a good speedboat and good boatmen operating in Sanur. To dive there you must make sure that the boatmen is highly skilled and have good eye especially during the strong current that it's possible you will be drifted and the boatmen have to follow your bubbles.

Almost every dive we made there is a good dive, with the good visibility, that can reaches 30 meter at its best. Some friends of ours encounter mola mola (family Molidae) here. The coral reef here is also beautiful and diverse. If you like to play with the current then this is the place. The species we often encountered here are titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) which will give you a painful bite if you entered their territory and the tame and smiley face halfmoon triggerfish (Rhinecanthus lunula), moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) and volitans lionfish (Pterois volitans). Chances you will see a group of giant trevalley (Caranx ignobilis) under abandoned Quicksilver ponton.

Mostly all dive sites we dove are in the north and west area, like SD, Toyapakeh, Batu Nunggul and Crystal Bay. If no current you can try to penetrate a cave in Crystal Bay which you can surface at the end, but do not take off your mask since it is very stinking because a lot of bats live there. The average temperature here is 26° Celsius, but sometimes it can reach as cold as 15 °, especially in June and July when the winter begin in Australia. This cold water is not a bad thing if you want to encounter mola mola, since they often appeared during the cold season.

Written by: Erwin Kodiat


KSDC Trips to Nusa Penida

  1. KSDC Annual trip 2015 - LOB Nusa Penida area Safari
  2. KSDC 2014 Annual Bali Xtreme Dive
  3. Bali Safari 2013
  4. KSDC Bali Extreme Dive Trip 2011
  5. Bali KSDC Safari Annual Diving Trip 2011
  6. Batu Abah - South East Nusa Penida
  7. Bali KSDC Safari Annual Diving Trip 2007
  8. Nusa Penida 3 Dives
  9. Bali Mola Mola Sunfish 2006
  10. Bali KSDC Safari Annual Diving Trip 2006
  11. Chinese New Year 2006 Bali Dive Safari
  12. Bali Weekend Dive
  13. Bali KSDC Safari Annual Diving Trip 2005
  14. Quest for Manta in Manta Point, Bali
  15. Batu Abah, Nusa Penida Drift Diving Trip
  16. Bali KSDC Safari Annual Diving Trip 2003
  17. Nusa Penida Diving Quest
  18. Chinese New Year Diving Bali I
  19. Most Recent Nudibranch Photos