The dive sites around Nusa Penida offer a great variety of hard and soft corals, fish life, reef sharks and turtles. Stunning hard coral gardens, coral bommies where a wide variety of reef fish like angelfish, anthias, schooling bannerfish, fusiliers colour up your day. And most famously, encounters with manta rays are possible throughout the year and possibly Mola Sunfish mostly between June-October.
Currents are often strong, therefore we require an advanced certification with 20 logged dives or Open water diver certification with a minimum of 30 dives as the conditions can be challenging.
Our driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at appointed time to take you to our dive centre or if you are staying with us just walk in after your breakfast. After check-in at the dive centre, a cup of coffee or tea and an introduction video on how to responsibly dive with big marine animals like manta and Mola, we leave by bus to the departure pier where the boat is waiting for you. The drive to the pier takes about 10 minutes.
45 minutes later we will arrive at the island of Nusa Penida where we either have 2 or 3 dives scheduled. The dive sites chosen will depend on the circumstances at the day, for both safety and to increase the chance of special encounters.
If you prefer to do 2 dives instead of the three dives planned you are most welcome to stay on board, but in our experience most likely the dive sites are too exciting to miss out on ;-).
There is a minimum of 1,5 hour surface interval scheduled between the dives [check]
On a 3 dive day we will be back at the dive centre around 5pm. (if the day is scheduled for two dives only return time will be around 3pm).
Pick up times from hotels:
-Kuta/Seminyak Pick up time 7am
-Nusa Dua – Jimbaran Pick up time 7am
-Sanur hotel Pick up time 7.30/45am
Due to the currents often being strong at Nusa Penida we require advanced certification with 20 logged dives or Open water diver certification with a minimum of 30 dives as the conditions can be challenging.
For less experienced divers to dive with a private guide for extra safety. Our normal dive groups are small, maximum 4 divers per guide, so it’s not always needed. Whether a private guide is needed depends on when you last dived and how many dives you have done in total. We are happy to advice you on this.
The water temperature in Nusa Penida varies a lot, most of the year temperatures are 26 to 29 degrees Celsius, but during the period from July till late October (the so called Mola season) it can get a lot colder. Temperatures on the southern sites might even go below 20 degrees, while the northern Penida dive sites can still be as warm as 28 degrees on the same day.
We have both 3mm and 5mm thick short and long wetsuits at the dive centre to use. If we know the conditions are colder at the time or if you prefer, we will prepare a 5mm long wetsuits or even an extra layer.
Over all roughly 20m, but it can vary from anything between 15-25 meters depending on the circumstances on the day