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Diving Bali | Nusa Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan Islands | Indonesia
Soft corals
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Bali's best known dive sites run along the island's east coast. Although these attract the majority of divers who come to the island, opposite the small town and harbour at Padang Bai are three offshore islands, which are also surrounded by a range of exciting dives.

Nusa Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan sit in the middle of the deep water Lombok Channel and because of their location, the dive sites around them can be some of the most exhilarating and challenging in Balinese waters. Currents rush down the Lombok Channel and hit Nusa Penida's northern tip, splitting along the coastal reefs. Many of the dives are lively drifts although at times it can be mill-pond calm – it all depends on the time and tides.

The most famous sites in this area are known for their resident mola-mola (oceanic sunfish) and manta ray populations but it should be noted that seeing these animals is seasonal. At other times of year there are pretty walls and sloping reefs with good coral coverage and lots fish life.

Nusa Penida dive photo gallery Scuba diving features

Marine Life Soft Corals
Schooling fish
Top dive site Manta Point
Seasons All year
Visibility 10 – 40 metres
Water temperature 25 – 29º C
Deco chambers Bali
Flights to Bali then a 2-3 hour road transfer
Accommodation There are small hotels on Lembongan and a couple of dive centres, but most people go over on a day trip from Bali.
Dive operators Extremeley numerous but we mostly use AquaMarine Diving - Bali.

Bali is such a lovely place, it's hard to think of any serious cons, a very personal opinion, but there you are. Parts of the south of the island have become commercial and busy, which some people may not like. If that's the case, then staying on the east coast is a great option especially if you want to do a fair deal of diving.

Always bear in mind that Bali is a big island with dive sites in several locations. Cross island journeys are the perfect opportunity to see the island and it's culture.


Although you might dive around Nusa Penida on days when there is little or no current, chances are that you will get some lively water movement at least once. These dives can be amazing especially if you are lucky enough to encounter the mantas or mola-mola, which sadly, we haven't in this area. The seasons for these animals are short though (usually August – October) and the dive sites can get crowded when they are about.

OPINION Bali has always been a special place for us. We've spent many months there while trekking around the globe, returned for our honeymoon and many times since. There are so many good things about Bali and Balinese – nothing that ever happens seems to dampen their spirit and personality.
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