Package 1: Lembongan Diving with Manta Rays and Mola Mola
Location: Manta Bay and Crystal Bay ( 2 Dive )
Nusa Penida: Manta Point, Cleaning Station and Feeding Grounds Dive Sites, Bali, Indonesia
Lembongan Diving with Sunfish
The Mighty Mola Mola
So not too many dive sites in the world that can boast the presence of the magnificent Mola Mola, but those that do are rightfully proud of the fact. Diving with sunfish will provide you with an unforgettable memory - the odd looking flat disc lolling near the surface staring at you with its large dopey eyes. Dives with these creatures are great, but all the more special if you know a thing or two about the stars of this show ...
The oceanic sunfish, is surely one of the most unusual looking creatures in the sea. The German name for this fish is "Schwimmender Kopf" meaning swimming head, which gives you some idea of what Mola Mola look like.
If you were diving at Lembongan, Nusa Penida in Bali, you might see this large almost flat, awkward looking creature appearing just like a large head equipped with long sweeping fins atop and below. With a body less than twice as long as it is deep, sun fish tend to loll near the surface seemingly sunning themselves. Diving with one makes for a life time experience to remember.
Mola Mola are usually found in oceanic waters, but occasionally come inshore. This happens between July and September every year in Bali, making these months the best time to see these fish. Because they are often seen at the surface, sunfish are sometimes mistaken for sharks because of the large dorsal fin which protrudes into the air and sometimes flaps comically.
RICH, CLEAR, AND FAST
This first dive lasted maybe fifteen minutes. I have since had much longer dives here, of course, but in a way this fist experience nicely sums up North Penida diving. Healthy, and in places, very beautiful reefs, and fast and unpredictable condition and lovely, sparkling clear water. Twenty meters might be a typical visibility around the island, and in good conditions it might be double that. When a skipper follows the divers’ bubbles. But at Nusa Penida, it can means he literally follows the divers.
Once I was on the boat while Wally and a client were diving, again at Toyapakeh. I put on a mask and leaned over the edge of the boat. The were looking closely at a wire coral near a large barrel sponge, on the slope just past the area of bommies. My guest was that Wally was showing his guest a commensal shrimp on the coral.
All of this would be unremarkable except that the wire coral was at twenty-five meters and well down slope of the boat, which put at least forty meters of the water between us. My only limitation in seeing what was going on came from my eyes. The water may as well have been air.
NORTH NUSA PENIDA
The coast of northern Nusa Penida from the Biasmuntig Peninsula to the Krambitan Peninsula is, after Toyapakeh, the most frequently dived area on the island. The reef is quite healthy, and of a similar structure all along this stretch : a slope of low hard coral, with patches of bommies, that runs to fifty meters or so. There is always current here, from a pleasant knot-and-a-half to a roaring four knots, which kepps the water clear, but also insures that the coral growth is generally low and tough. There are no big gorgonians here, for example. Because of the proximity of deep water and the strong current, this is a good area to see molas, big requiem sharks, and other pelagics, but as always, this Is not guaranteed. Just about every dive here becomes a drift, and you can cover a surprising amount of territory. For example, you might start at Buyuk, and find yourself at the mouth of the Adegan River by the end of your dive.
|Schedule||Pick-up time 7.00 AM back to hotel 5.00 PM|
|Adult Price||USD 210|
|Children Price||USD 197|
|Minimum Person||2 person|
- Return pick-up hotel
- Return Fast Boat to Nusa Penida
- 2 Diving activities
- 2 Location Diving, Manta Bay and Crystal Bay
- Diving Equipment
- Special local open boat Diving
- Dive Master