Nusa Penida is small, stunning island, generally undeveloped yet rich in its natural charm. Only 30 minutes speedboat ride off Sanur coast, Bali, Nusa Dua is one of tourist favourite to escape from the crowds of Bali. Nusa Penida gives off the vibe of all-natural, rustic vibe that would capture everyone’s heart in seconds. In this island, you won’t find fancy bistros or lavish malls. The island is filled with bumpy road, coconut tree forest, golden sand beaches, sparkling blue ocean, and magical lookout over coastal cliff. The island’s beauty doesn’t stop even under the water. In fact, many divers flock to this island just to enjoy crystal clear water and stunning sea beds covered with hard and soft corals with millions of tropical fishes swim round and about. Nusa Penida is just perfect for diving and summer holiday—and these are just some of its wonders.
A Must in Nusa Penida Diving: the Manta Point
No diving in Nusa Penida is complete without a dip in the Manta Point. The main star here is, of course, the ever-so-gracious, gigantic Manta Ray. A sight of one single Manta Ray gliding gracefully through the water is enough to make a diver’s day. Your best chance is on the early morning where squadrons of Manta Rays visited their favourite cleaning stations and playing around. They are also visible over the viewpoint of the surrounding cliffs.
The Alternatives: Manta Bay
If the Manta Point get too crowded on the day, you can try to head on to the Manta Bay. The Manta Bay is home to juvenile Manta Ray who loves to take shelter in shallow bays. This particular diving in Nusa Penida is very suitable for beginner to intermediate divers who just want to have some fun in the water! Just listen to your instructor and be careful when the stronger swells come.
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The Instagrammable Diamond Beach
No summer is complete without sunbathing in the beach, and the DIamond beach is just perfect for that. This beach is famous for its stark white sands and tall, jagged cliffs that looks like diamond, surrounding the beach. The trek down to the beach is not easy, but it will surely bless you with one of the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen. The Diamond beach was featured on numerous Instagram photos and on many other platforms, which boost its popularity. This place is now getting more popular than ever before and thus, getting more attention. You better get to the beach early in the morning before the majority of tourist come.
No Nusa Penida Diving is Complete without Crystal Bay
The Crystal Bay is a pretty white beach ringed by coconut trees and it’s just a short ride from the harbour. The Crystal Bay could satiate everyone; divers, snorkelers, and the non-divers. The underwater scenery of Crystal Bay is a perfect example of what Nusa Penida diving – or even Indonesia diving looks like. Warm water, extremely clear water, thriving coral and sponges of all shapes and colours, sea turtles, and plenty of reef fish from all species live in hypnotizing harmony. Even the famous Mola Mola can be spotted on this site during their season! When you get tired from all the diving and exploration, the Crystal Bay is just perfect for just sitting and cooling down, sipping a fresh coconut water while taking in the beautiful surrounding.