Scuba diving in Crystal Bay

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Access
From Boat
Diver level
Experienced
Depth
Average: 16.4 ft
Maximum: 164 ft
Current
moderate to strong
Visibility
Average: 65.6 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft
Crystal Bay is located on the west side of Nusa Penida and is one of the most popular dive sites in the area due to regular sightings of a rare marine creature Mola Mola. Starting July and through November Mola Mola, also known as sunfish, ascend to swallower depths of Crystal Bay to be cleaned. Mola Mola feeds mostly on jellyfish and to maintain its great size it needs to consume large amounts of jellyfish. It is amazing watching a gigantic Mola Mola swallowing jellyfish one by one with its small mouth. Another great feature of Crystal Bay is a beautiful coral reef that starts at 5m/16ft depth and goes down to a white sandy bottom. On the north side of the bay there is a Bat Cave. Divers can enter the Bat Cave from underwater and then go up to the surface to see numerous sleeping bats overhead. There can be reef sharks inside the cave but they are not aggressive and usually leave when divers arrive.

When to go

Diving at Crystal Bay is possible all year round. However, to see the marvelous Mola Mola, the best time to come here is between July and October, when sightings of this rare creature are almost guaranteed. The water temperature throughout the year stays at its average of 26C/79F. Strong unpredictable currents at Crystal Bay make diving possible only for experienced divers.

What to see

When diving at Crystal Bay, divers can see shoals of colorful reef fish, angelfish, sweetlips, frogfish and bannerfish. There is also a good chance to spot reef sharks, eagle rays and, of course, the main attraction of this location - the incredible Mola Mola.

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  • Nusa Penida Penida Dive Resort

    3 Days Diving Package (For 2 Persons)

    Daily diving. The price is for two divers. This product is for certified divers only and is available Upon Request. If you travel in group of 3, 5 or 7 persons please contact the dive center via 'Ask a Question' and confirm the dates before booking
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    4 Days Diving Package (For 2 Persons)

    Daily diving. The price is for two divers. This product is for certified divers only and is available Upon Request. If you travel in group of 3, 5 or 7 persons please contact the dive center via 'Ask a Question' and confirm the dates before booking
  • Nusa Lembongan Legend Diving Lembongan

    8 Dives Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only. The Nusa Penida diving region offers world-class diving with some of the best dive sites in Bali and the whole of Indonesia. While diving in Nusa Penida, all kinds of pelagic can be seen by divers. Legend Diving Lembongan goes out, every morning for two or three dives to the Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida dive sites by speed boat. Depending on the daily dive sites, the trip normally last 4 to 5 hours and you are normally back at the beginning of the afternoon. After the dives, you will return to the dive center to complete logbooks and be able to share your underwater experiences in comfortable and cosy facilities
  • Nusa Penida Penida Dive Resort

    5 Days Diving Package (For 2 Persons)

    Daily diving. The price is for two divers. This product is for certified divers only and is available Upon Request. If you travel in group of 3, 5 or 7 persons please contact the dive center via 'Ask a Question' and confirm the dates before booking
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    Trip to Nusa Penida South (2 Dives; For 2 Divers Minimum)

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  • Nusa Lembongan Legend Diving Lembongan

    12 Dives Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only. The Nusa Penida diving region offers world-class diving with some of the best dive sites in Bali and the whole of Indonesia. While diving in Nusa Penida, all kinds of pelagic can be seen by divers. Legend Diving Lembongan goes out, every morning for two or three dives to the Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida dive sites by speed boat. Depending on the daily dive sites, the trip normally last 4 to 5 hours and you are normally back at the beginning of the afternoon. After the dives, you will return to the dive center to complete logbooks and be able to share your underwater experiences in comfortable and cosy facilities

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