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Diving in Nusa Penida

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When to go to Nusa Penida

Diving at Nusa Penida is possible all year round. However, to see the marvelous Mola Mola, the best time to go to Nusa Penida is between July and October, when sightings of this rare creature are almost guaranteed. The annual temperature in Nusa Penida varies between 23-30C/73-86F. The water temperature ranges between 24-29C/75-84F throughout the year, but because of the currents, it can occasionally drop down to 18-20C/64-68F in some places. The coldest water has been fixed in those areas of Nusa Penida where it is very deep. The use of a 5mm wetsuit is recommended for diving in those locations during winter time.


What to see

Besides vast shoals of colorful reef fish, divers can see big pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, tuna, snappers, jacks and sharks. However, it is the rare giant Mola Mola, also known as sunfish, that has made the diving at Nusa Penida so special.

Scuba diving in Nusa Penida

The island Nusa Penida is situated between the islands of Bali and Lombok in Indonesia. The closest international airport is Denpasar, from there you got to get to Nusa Penida by sea. Due to its geographical location the island is often exposed to strong currents that arrive from the Pacific and move towards the Indian Ocean. That is why most of the diving at Nusa Penida is drift diving. The coral reefs around the island are very healthy with miles of pristine corals and an incredible diversity of marine life.


Most popular dive sites

The incredible Mola Mola that can reach the size of up to 3m/9ft can be seen at many dive sites of Nusa Penida, however Crystal Bay, Toyapakeh and Gamat Bay are the sites where, during the right season, it is seen the most. Also such sites as Cenningan Wall and Manta Point must not be missed by divers.