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Diving on Nusa Lembongan

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The islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida collectively offer almost 20 dive sites with spectacularly diverse and abundant marine life.





The lion(fish)’s share of the best sites are in the waters off Nusa Penida. Only three sites are actually around Lembongan, but most of the dive shops are based here. The megastars of this underwater show are undoubtedly the curious mola mola (oceanic sunfish), which cruise through between July and October, and the graceful manta rays, which can be seen year round. A host of other notable performers include several species of sharks (whale, bamboo, wobbegong and white tips), humpback whales, turtles, dolphins, seahorses, octopus, lionfish and cuttlefish, as well as a dazzling coral garden.

Sometimes you don’t even need to get wet to see a manta. Photo taken in or around Diving on Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Sometimes you don’t even need to get wet to see a manta. Photo: Sally Arnold

The clear waters around here, especially off Penida, are known for their strong and unforgiving currents and are much colder than you would assume for the tropics. If you’re learning, Bali is more suited to absolute beginners. That said, you can still learn to dive on Nusa Lembongan, just don’t expect to be taken to the more demanding sites (fatal dive accidents have occurred in these waters).

Popular sites include Toyapakeh (meaning salt water in Balinese) in the channel between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, which offers macro life, a diversity of corals and large pelagics; you can take a wild guess as to what you’ll find at Manta Point off Nusa Penida, and near Nusa Lembongan, Blue Corner offers rugged topography and crystal-clear visibility, but the treacherous waters are only for very advanced divers accompanied by a divemaster well versed in ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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