Diving Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

You’ll find some of Bali’s very best diving at the two islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida located about an hour’s boat ride off Bali’s South-East coast.

Overview: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

A playground for experienced divers.
Rating
Quality 5/5
Visibility (m)
20 - 45 m
Level
Beginner - advanced
Currents
Gentle - very strong
Depth (m)
8 - 40 m
Temperature (°C)
20 - 26
Highlights
Sunfish,
schools of manta rays
Number of dive sites
15+
Best time to dive
All year.
Rough from Jun-Sep.
Sunfish: July- Sep.

About Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are the perfect island getaways with crystal clear waters and white sanded beaches you can have all to yourself.

Mass tourism has yet to discover these two islands, all though tourism on Lembongan is picking up.

Divers have found their way to islands though, due to the many spectacular dive sites around the islands. Read more about Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.

Diving Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

The main attraction of the islands is the rare Sunfish (or Mola Mola), that you’ll have a good chance of spotting from July to September. The Sunfish are rarer than they are pretty — looking like a two-meter-long and one-ton-heavy lump of meat with fins, they are quite a sight.

Currents can get very strong around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida and the water is colder than most places in Bali. Therefore, a lot of the islands’ top sites are only for experienced divers.

Most popular dive sites around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

The islands have more than a dozen good dive sits and new ones are still being discovered.

Crystal Bay

As the name indicates, the visibility at Crystal Bay is spectacular, often better than 30 meters. Crystal Bay is the top site for encountering sunfish, which can be seen from July to the beginning of November. The coral is superb and, apart from sunfish, white tip reef sharks and eagle rays are among the top attractions.

Manta Point

Manta Point has gotten its name from the groups of manta rays that often circle the waters. There is not much else to see here and the waters can be very rough, but observing the large groups of Manta rays elegantly swimming above and below you is a sight you won’t forget any time soon.

Blue Corner

At Blue Corner you dive down to around 20 meters, where the current will take you on the roller coaster ride of a lifetime. You will be drifting by some of the islands’ most interesting marine life. Keep an eye out for marble rays, eagle rays, sharks and sunfish. Due to the wild currents you need experience to dive Blue Corner.