Guide of scuba diving in Nusa Penida and Bali

Bali and Nusa Penida diving : a complete guide

A complete guide of Bali and Nusa Penida diving : Manta Ray, Oceanic sunfish or Mola Mola, other marine fauna, choose your dive center

Diving in Bali is a dream for many of us. To encourage you to transform this dream into reality, here is a guide to scuba diving in Bali and Nusa Penida. Scuba diving is indeed one of the key activities to do in Nusa Penida. Why ? Because its dive spots are part of most rankings of the top 10 dive sites in the world. And in the top 3 dive sites in Indonesia, along with Komodo and Raja Ampat. Scuba divers come indeed from everywhere in the world to meet the oceanic sunfish, also called Mola Mola, and the manta rays. But this complete guide of Bali and Nusa Penida diving will prove you there is much more to see !

Nusa Penida underwater

Marine fauna diving Nusa Penida

One of the main assets of Nusa Penida scuba diving is the great diversity of its marine fauna. We have already mentioned pelagic animals like the manta ray or the sunfish. But we also regularly meet reef sharks, such as white tip sharks or bamboo sharks. Or more rarely a whale shark as it happened to us on December 31st. There is also a wide variety of rays : eagle raymarbled raystingray ray. Lots of turtles too. You have also good chance to meet dolphins, which we regularly see on the surface. And sometimes underwater !

Whale shark diving Nusa Penida

Schools of fish

There are also many schools of fish, big or small. In particular schools of tuna, jack fish, batfish, blue and gold fusiliers fish, or surgeon fish. On every wall around the island you can see many moray eels and lobsters, well hidden in asperities. And sometimes octopuses.

An octopus hiding after being spotted

For macro lovers

Macro lovers will also love Nusa Penida scuba diving. There are very many species of nudibranchs, for example chromodoris, flavellin and nembrotha. It’s like chasing Pokemons and our collection is already impressive ! We also like to go and search for a pygmy seahorse, a Zanzibar shrimp or an Orangutan crab.

There is a very wide variety of coral, hard or soft, with an incredible diversity of colors. And also very beautiful sea anemones in which we are looking for the smallest ! The coral flora also offers exceptional underwater landscapes.

Visibility is very good, generally 20 to 30 meters. And the water is warm, usually around 26°C at the surface.

In short, go diving Nusa Penida island with us, and you will see a multitude of colors and species !

Nudibranch Nusa Penida Bali JORUNNA
Jorunna Nudibranch

Bali and Nusa Penida dive sites

There are around 50 dive sites around the three islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. The Gili dive sites in Padang Bai are also accessible by boat from Nusa Penida. To know more, read our article on our 20 best dive sites in Bali !

Different types of diving in Nusa Penida and Bali

You can practice all types of scuba diving in Nusa Penida island. And all divers, whatever their experience, love diving Nusa Penida. We often do drift diving, in the current, and deep diving, to search for the Mola Mola. If you are a fan of wreck diving, don’t miss Tulamben in Bali, and the beautiful wreck of the USS Liberty, close to Amed.

Drift dive

Nusa Penida is especially well known for its currents. These currents can be stable and medium as for example on the north coast of Nusa Penida island which allows very beautiful drift dives along the reef. You stall in the current with a well-controlled buoyancy and you just have to watch the movie unfold in front of you ! But the currents can also be more violent as for example in the channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, in the middle of the rising or falling tide. These currents bring a lot of life and the dives are spectacular. But you will have to be careful and above all, follow the directions of your guide.

Departures from the beach are rare in Nusa Penida because it is wiser to have a boat following you if the current picks up.

Mola Mola Nusa Penida Bali
Mola Mola in Nusa Penida

Deep dive

Your guide may propose a deep dive, in particular to go observe the oceanic sunfish. The Mola Mola indeed lives very deep, down to a few hundred meters. It goes up during the season to depths accessible for a fun diver, but rarely very close to the surface of the water.

Finally, the easiest dive sites allow you to combine scuba diving and snorkeling. Interesting, if your partner does not want or cannot scuba dive with you.

Diving safely in Nusa Penida

Safety must be one of the important criteria for the choice of your diving center in Nusa Penida. Specially because of the currents which can be violent : tearing currents or downward currents. Indonesian law also requires having a maximum of 4 divers for a guide.

It is therefore important to choose a good diving center with all the safety equipment – in particular oxygen and radio on board. And who can propose you a PADI insurance. Above all, whose guides and instructors are experienced and know perfectly well Nusa Penida dive sites. Check other divers reviews, for example on Tripadvisor.

Best season for diving in Nusa Penida

You can go scuba diving is all year round in Nusa Penida and Bali. But to see the sunfish, it is better to plan your diving trip during the Mola Mola season, from August to October. On the other hand the manta rays are there practically all the time during the year. But whatever the time of your trip, diving in Nusa Penida is awesome !

Manta Ray diving Manta Point Nusa Penida Bali with Warnakali dive center
Manta Ray

PADI diving course in Nusa Penida

Most dive centers in Nusa Penida offer PADI diving training. The diversity of diving types and the presence of currents is a big advantage. With the right instructor, after being trained in Nusa Penida, you can scuba dive serenely almost anywhere in the world ! The most popular PADI certifications are open water diver and advanced open water diver.

Why choose Dune Penida Warnakali ?

Warnakali diving center was created in 2017. It was the first PADI certified diving center in Nusa Penida. Warnakali has joined the closed club of PADI Five Star dive resort in Bali in less than two years. Several hundreds of 5 * reviews on Tripadvisor also testify to the great quality of the services provided by the center and the team. The dive center signed a partnership with the worldwide known Dune group and is now called Dune Penida Warnakali.

The perfect and extensive knowledge of the dive sites makes it possible to vary the dives every day. And to guide you on sites or at times where you will come across very few other divers.

Dune Penida Warnakali dive center Nusa Penida Bali
Dune Penida Warnakali pool

Top level equipment

Dune Penida Warnakali will also offer you many options for your diving : Nitrox, 15-liter tanks, adaptive diving for divers with disabilities.

The centre’s equipment is up to this ambition, and in particular the 3-meter deep swimming pool. This allows the initiation to diving and preparation for first sea dives in exceptional safety and comfort conditions.

Discovery dive with Warnakali

If you have never scuba dived but want to try it, Dune Penida Warnakali and Nusa Penida are perfect for a first dive. You will start in our 3 meter deep pool. And once familiar with the scuba diving equipment you will go discovering diving with Manta rays !

Discovery dive with Manta Ray Nusa Penida Bali
Discovery dive with Manta Ray

Day dive in Nusa Penida with Warnakali

The scuba diving day in Nusa Penida is as follows.

We will meet at Toyapakeh, where our Buraq 3 boat is located. All your equipment is already equipped on board the boat, with the sizes you have communicated to us the day before. After a little coffee to get to know each other, we set off on an adventure for this day (3 dives) or half day (2 dives). A snack is served on board during the surface interval.

The choice of sites is made according to sea conditions as well as the desires and experience of each. Among the fifty dive sites in Bali where we regularly go.

Staying at Adiwana Warnakali

Warnakali is a dive resort. You will find accommodations, restaurant, spa and more at Adiwana Warnakali PADI 5 star dive resort.

Any question about Nusa Penida diving?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Just click WhatsApp button, I will be happy to discuss with you !

4 thoughts on “Bali and Nusa Penida diving : a complete guide (2022)”

  1. Julie Barrack

    If i am staying on Lombok (in the south, I think at Pujut, West Nusa Tengarra), how do I get to Nusa Penida to go on a full day of diving with you please?

    1. Hello Julie,
      I will take half a day to reach Nusa Penida from Pujut. Because you need to reach Sengigi or Bangsal and then take a fast boat to Nusa Penida. So the only way to go diving in Nusa Penida would be to stay one or two nights in Nusa Penida. If you are interested I sent you by email the contact of my friend Roy who can organize the full trip including the diving day in Nusa Penida.
      Alternatively you may consider to dive in Lombok.

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