Diving Nusa Penida, Bali with Ceningan Divers

Often called the “Sister Islands” of Bali: Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Penida offer world-class diving. Part of the Coral Triangle and the Nusa Penida marine protected area, these 3 islands located 20 kilometres east of Bali are a must see destination for any dive enthusiasts.

Welcome to Nusa Paradise where you will find colourful reefs populated by various species of tropical fish. The conditions here are suitable for divers of all levels. Whether you are a new or an experienced diver, you will find a variety of conditions and sites to meet you needs, learning goals or desire for adventure.

Come Dive Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Penida with our experienced team!

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The area is best knows for being one of the few locations in the world to see Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish), we also have a healthy population of Manta rays, and hundreds of tropic fish species as well as a diversity of very healthy coral.

Average visibility range from 15 to 30 meters, dive site depth range up to 40 meters. Water temperature can drop to low 20s during the month of July to October, which is the best time to see the Sunfish.

Nusa Penida Dive Sites

1. LEMBONGAN BAY

Required Level : Beginner
Depth : 12 meters
Location : Lembongan Island
Travel to Dive site : 25 Minutes

Description : 
Lembongan Bay is an ideal site for night dives, beginner divers, or for avid photographers. The sandy bottom is scattered with coral bommies which are home to frog fish, moral eels, lobsters, schools of damselfish and many more of the smaller species.

2. BLUE CORNER

Required Level : Advanced
Depth : 30+ meters
Location : North-West Lembongan Island
Travel to Dive site : 20 Minutes

Description : 
Located on the northwest of Nusa Lembongan is the famous Blue Corner dive site.

If you are hoping to dive with amazing pelagic like Mola Mola, a school of bullrays, or reef sharks and you are okay with cruising in strong current, this site offer some of the most extreme condition around the islands. However with harder conditions comes greater risks.

This is an exhilarating dive for experienced divers. There are wild currents at this drift dive site with dramatic underwater topography.

The shallow part of Blue Corner has a large flat reef  forms a protected area from the strong currents of deeper waters.  The gradual sloping reef from 6m – 18m is perfect for all skill levels.  Molas and Thresher sharks have been spotted in the shallows here, and there’s always great macro hiding under the numerous large coral bommies scattered through the area.

3. MANGROVE

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 30+ meters
Location : North Lembongan Island
Travel to Dive site : 15 Minutes

Description : 
Sakenan is sometimes referred to as Jack’s Point or Mangrove. This site is near the mangrove forest to the north east of Nusa Lembongan. Mangroves are important for ensuring coral reef health – and the surrounding reef definitely shows. The coral slopes gently outwards and has often been compared to diving in a giant underwater aquarium due to the many varieties of reef fish found here!

This drift-dive is designed for nature lovers and is great for all diving levels.

4. CENINGAN WALL

Required Level : Advanced
Depth : 40+ meters
Location : East Ceningan Island
Travel to Dive site : 15 Minutes

Description : 
Located on the east side of Nusa Ceningan Island.  This impressive coral wall at the base of limestone cliffs is fed by nutrient rich waters from the nearby mangroves and upwellings from the deep channel. The colourful coral wall drops vertically to depths beyond recreational diving. Currents can be strong here, however experienced divers will really appreciate this amazing wall dive.

5. TOYAPAKEH

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 30+ meters
Location : West Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 10 Minutes

Description : 
Toyapakeh (meaning “salt water” in Balinese) is located at the north end of the deep channel between Penida and Ceningan. It offers a steep wall to the south, terraces with huge hard coral bommies in the bay and a terraced reef in the north.  We think this is possibly one of the best dives around the area!

Drifting with the current at this site gives you the possibility of seeing anything and everything! The occasional mola mola (in season), eagle rays, morays, schools of trevally and red-tooth triggerfish can all be spotted here. Vast forests of acropora coral and towering coral heads provide interesting finds for even the most seasoned marine biologists!

6. TOYAPAKEH WALL

Required Level : Advanced
Depth : 5 – 30+ meters
Location : West Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 10 Minutes

Description : 
Constant current, very deep towards the Toyapakeh Straight, the current runs along the wall, with a wide variety of tropical fish, which thrive in this current swept environment. Prolific marine life can be found along the wall, along with hard and soft corals and if you are lucky, the mola mola.

7. GAMAT BAY

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 30+ meters
Location : West Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 15 Minutes

Description : 
This is a good site to discover different invertebrates in the sheltered bay area and if the swell is not too strong, you can spend time between 10-20 meters and look for the macro creatures which inhabit the bay. Big table corals, coral bommies and on the steep slope sponges and whip corals. Another site where the mola mola can be sighted.

8. CRYSTAL BAY

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 40+ meters
Location : West Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 20 Minutes

Description : 
Crystal Bay is one of Bali’s most popular dive sites. Located on the south west of Nusa Penida, this bay with a rocky island in the middle can be an amazing dive site. The inside of the bay is sheltered from the currents, and house a colourful reef sloping down to the white sandy bottom.

The rocky island has steep drop offs to the south and west.  There is an amazing shelf in the north covered with soft corals in the shallows.

Outside the bay the currents bring nutrient rich waters, making this a favorite site for Mola mola and other pelagics. Over the years the growing popularity of this dive site combined with the challenging conditions has often been the cause of discussions. Caution is recommended when venturing down the drop off, as downward currents can be extremely strong.

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Mola Mola (Sunfish)

9. SECRET MANTA

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 10 meters
Location : West Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 25 Minutes

Description : 
Manta rays frequently sighted feeding on plankton near the rocky shore. Normally a calm dive, but occasionally affected by surge. Also a good spot for snorkelling. The coral life is not as prolific as other sites, but the mantas make up for it! There are many holes, cracks and overhangs where you will find many different shrimps, crabs & octopus. Blue spotted stingrays and marble rays can be found in the sand. Occasional sightings of nurse shark.

10. MANTA POINT

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 10-30+ meters
Location : South Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 45 Minutes

Description : 
This Manta cleaning station is located on the south-west side of Nusa Penida. This site provides a fantastic opportunity to see Manta Rays, often in large groups just circling around waiting to be cleaned.

Manta Point actually consists of several small bays and rocky headlands on the exposed southwest coast of Nusa Penida.  Large swell from the Indian ocean pushes up against the coast of Penida and brings plankton rich waters which attract the Mantas all year round.  The main reason to come here is diving with Manta rays! However these sites offer interesting underwater topography and are also frequented by Nurse Sharks, Blue-spotted Stingrays and lots of soft corals.

The Mantas are often curious and will swoop down to get a closer look at divers. It can be the dive of a lifetime, if you see the Mantas dancing!

11. SD

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 40+ meters
Location : North Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 15 Minutes

Description : 
The current can be to strong here and is often changing directions. Enjoy drifting past schooling fish and don’t forget to keep an eye on the blue as sometime giant trevallies, whitetip sharks and barracuda pass by. Lots of macro life here with the orang-utan crab being regularly sighted. Large coral bommies and massive fields of branching coral. Very healthy reef with normally good visibility.

12. PED

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 40+ meters
Location : North Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 20 Minutes

Description : 
The slope is bit steeper than SD, but with similar coral. The huge  sponges and long whip coral, are good indicators that strong currents are evident. Lots of schooling fish, unicorns, orang-utan crab, snappers, ribbon eels, clouds of triggerfish, anthias and occasional turtle.

13. SENTAL

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 40+ meters
Location : North Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 25 Minutes

Description : 
Similar site to SD and Pura Ped, with a steeper slope and large coral bommies. Schooling fish,  unicorns, snappers, ribbon eels, triggerfish and anthias. Good site for macro life, with the orang-utan crab hiding in the anemone. Another site where the mola mola can be spotted. We have even had occasional sightings of whalesharks!

14. BUYUK

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 40+ meters
Location : North Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 25 Minutes

Description : 
Buyuk is a sloping reef at the nort east coast of Nusa Penida. The huge barrel sponges and long whip corals, are good indicators that strong currents are evident. Lots of schooling fish, unicorns, snappers, ribbon eels, moray eels, clouds of triggerfish and anthias. Whitetip reef sharks can sometimes be spotted cruising past in the blue. Another site where the mola mola can be sighted.

15. Sampalan

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 40+ meters
Location : North Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 40 Minutes

Description : 
Sampalan Dive site is located on the north side of Nusa Penida; the marine life is similar to SD with some high lights of underwater structure that is quite different. A few thermoclines are present in deeper water. Some slopes are full of soft coral with reef fish hovering to get nutrients from the rich water.

16. Karan Sari

Required Level : Open Water
Depth : 5 – 40+ meters
Location : North Coast of Nusa Penida
Travel to Dive site : 45 Minutes

Description : 
Karan Sari Dive site is located on the north side of Nusa Penida; the marine life is similar to Sampalan with some very healthy corals and a good chance to spot sharks. The slopes are covered with a mixture of soft coral, reef fish and diversified eco system.

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