The marine area surrounding Nusa Lembongan offers some of best diving to be found anywhere! Most of the regularly visited dive sites are around the three islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. This area now has conservation status in Indonesia as a Marine Protected Area.
Nusa Lembongan is famous for drift diving in the strong currents (which can reach more than 4 knots). However there are many sheltered sites for novices which are equally amazing. Usual water temperature is around 28°C, but the strong currents and sharp thermoclines can occasionally bring it down several degrees. Visibility is spectacular, often greater than 30m.
Up-welling from the deep water of the Indian Ocean south of the islands, and plankton rich currents of the Lombok Strait attract many kinds of pelagics. Sharks are common and big mantas are frequently sighted. Perhaps the most famous visitor to our waters (from May– November) is the Mola-mola or Oceanic Sunfish.
Located directly infront of our dive centre on the northwest of Nusa Lembongan is the famous Blue Corner dive site. This is an exhilarating dive for experienced divers. There are wild currents at this dirft dive site with dramatic underwater topography.
The dive begins by cruising over a series of flat terraces with an incredible diversity of encrusting coral species. At the corner a vertical wall drops from 30m, where large pelagics (sharks, tuna, marble rays, and mola-mola) are often spotted here.
Shallow Blue Corner
This large flat reef infront of the famous “Blue Corner” forms a large back-eddy protected from the strong currents of deeper waters. The gradual sloping reef from 6m – 18m is perfect for all skill levels with the chance of spotting ANYTHING here. Molas and Thresher sharks have been spotted in the shallows here, and there’s always great macro finds hiding under the numerous large coral bommies scattered through the area.
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 diversity and abundant fish life is incredible on this gently sloping reef.
This drift-dive is designed for nature lovers and is great for all diving levels.
A beautiful sloping reef on the north side of Nusa Lembongan. Forests of staghorn corals in the shallows often hide barracuda, angel fish & lots of species of butterfly fish. Table corals cover the ridges in middle depths where eagle rays can be found gliding past.
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.
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 a depth of over 180m! Currents can be strong here – but experienced divers will LOVE this site!
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This site is quickly becoming a favorite for all our diving staff. Perfect site to do a PADI Naturalist Diver course – as there’s a chance of seeing anything and everything here! The dive starts by swimming over the reef crest to a vertical wall plunging down to the deep depths of the Toyapakeh channel. Mid-way through the dive the topography changes to a series of terraces, canyons, overhangs and rocky pinnacles. Come and experience Engine Reef with Blue Corner Dive!!
Toyapakeh (meaning “salt water” in Balinese) is located of Nusa Penida island 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. Possibly one of the BEST dives in Indonesia!
Drifting with the current at this site gives you the possibility of seeing anything and everything – mola mola (oceanic sunfish), eagle rays, morays, and huge 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!
Sekolah Dasar / PED / Sental
These popular sites are a vast fringing reef on the northern coast of Nusa Penida. Here there is a healthy reef starting in shallow water down to depths well below recreational diving depth limits. Therefore this site has something for everyone from snorkelers to technical divers.
This site is a great place to see Molamola in season, and offers some of the best drift diving in the world. Common encounters can be had here with Green and Hawksbill Turtles, Marble Rays, Sea Snakes, Octopus, White Tip Reef Sharks and a huge diversity of corals and sponges.
Diving in Crystal Bay is Bali’s most popular site. Located on the south west of Nusa Penida, this site is a bay with rocky island in the middle. Inside the bay is sheltered from the currents, with a colourful reef sloping down to the white sandy bottom. The rocky island has steep drop offs to the south and west and an amazing shelf in the north covered with soft corals in the shallows. Outside the bay the currents bring nutrient rich waters are a favorite site for Molamola and other pelagics.
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.
East Side of Penida
Fantastic sites where we’ve spotted mola-molas, mantas and whale sharks!! Well worth the longer trip and surcharge for these further sites. So request a custom trip to the East side of Penida with Blue Corner Dive today!!