Nusa Penida Island in Bali has long been one of the star attractions in Indonesia especially for visiting divers. This beautiful Island only 40-50mins speed boat ride from Bali boasts fantastic coral reefs and the chance to have amazing interactions with unique marine Mega fauna such as the unusual Mola Mola AKA Oceanic Sunfish, giant Manta Rays as well as many species of Turtle, Whale and Dolphin making an appearance.
Recently Nusa Penida received a national award from the Indonesia Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry declaring Nusa Penida as one of the most effectively managed Marine Park Areas (MPA) in Indonesia. Of the 76 MPA’s covering 16 million hectares of coastal marine ecosystems in Indonesia only seven received this recognition putting Nusa Penida up in the same league as the world renowned Raja Ampat MPA in West Papua.
The Nusa Penida MPA was developed in 2008 by the Coral Triangle Center with the help of local communities. After surveys of the coral reefs in the area by the Nature Conservancy and the CTC identified 296 species of coral and 576 types of fish including 5 new species in 2010 the MPA was officially declared and now covers 20’057 hectares of Marine Habitat including the coastal marine ecosystems of mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs.
Nusa Penida was described as being the jewel in the crown of Indonesia MPA’s for being one of the most thoroughly planned and zoned MPA’s in the Coral triangle. Through collaboration with numerous organisations local peoples livelihoods in the area are protected and the amazing marine life and important habitats are secure for future generations and the 20’000 tourists that visit Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan every year to enjoy.