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A Week to Capture Lembongan Photography with Cris Zampicinini

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Underwater Photography with Cris Zampicinini

Last month, you may have seen some amazing photography on our Facebook and Instagram pages! These beautiful capturing of the life found around Lembongan and Pendia were taken by Cris Zampicinini.

Cris and Roby had been to Indonesia many times for diving holidays, but this was their first time in Lembongan. Cris and his wife Roby dived with Twin Island Dive for one week. Cris is a very confident underwater photographer and over 12 divers, Cris was able to take some beautiful diving photography.

Cris is a big fan of macro photography. Although Nusa Pendia / Lembongan does have some macro life (Photo Gallery), Cris was here for photographing the coral, manta rays and the mola. Unfortunately Cris did not get the chance to see / photograph a mola, but he did get some amazing photography of the of underwater life.

Colourful Coral

Set with his wide angle lens, Cris was able to capture some amazing photos of the coral landscapes found on the north coast of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.

Underwater Photography: Coral Reef

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Coral Reef

Photo by: Cris Zampicinini.

Underwater Photography: Coral Reef

Photo by: Cris Zampicinini.

Manta Rays

The manta rays that we find around the south coast of Penida, were one of the creatures that Cris really wanted to photograph.

Upon our first trip to manta bay, we did get some manta rays, but they were all shallow. With the manta rays shallow and Cris below, shooting up towards the sun, getting that perfect photo proved difficult.

The next trip to the manta site did not fair too well with the manta rays on the dive. After a good hour of search, we sadly didn’t find any.

After the dive, we slowly drive the boat around the coastline, to see if we could spot any mantas feeding on the surface. This decision resulted in us spotting 2 manta rays. Cris was then able to jump in with his camera and take some great close encounter photos, while snorkeling.

Underwater Photography: Manta Ray

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Manta Ray

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Manta Ray

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Macro Creatures

Sadly Cris didn’t get the chance to see or photo the molas (Sun Fish). But Cris was able to capture some of the other creatures that can be found while diving around the Penida area.

For most of their dives, Cris took his wide angle, but on one day, for the two dives, Cris tried his macro lens. Now the focus would be on finding the crazy small creatures that are hidden among the reef.

Nudibranchs, crabs and shrimps are all common macro life that we do get here. Once you know where to look and if the current is not too strong, finding these creatures can be easier then you think.

Underwater Photography: Coral Shrimp

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Stone Fish

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Nudibranch

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Other Underwater Creatures

It wasn’t only about the macro creatures. Cris was also able to photograph some of the other friendly creatures that we often find.

Many turtles were spotted while Cris and Roby were diving with us. One of these dives, 4 different turtles were spotted. Seeing all these turtles, gave Cris the great chance to get some great photos.

Another creature that is spotted often here are the clown fish. There are 7 different types found around Lembongan and Penida. One of the 7 types is the false clown fish (Nemo). Cris was able to take his time and snap some great photos of these dancing fish.

Underwater Photography: Clown Fish

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Scorpion Fish

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Turtle

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

PADI Deep Certification and Molas

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Mola in the blue

Molas / Mola Mola / Sunfish!

Molas are the one creature that all divers hope to see while diving Lembongan during this time of the year! We often get asked, how to increase the chance of seeing these amazingly strange creatures? One bit of advice we give people is to take the PADI Deep Diver certification course. We are going to look at a few points about why doing the PADI Deep Diver certification course helps increase your chance to see a mola.

These points are:

  • Where molas spend most of there time
  • Dive sites where we often see the molas
  • Prerequisites for the PADI Deep certification
  • What you will learn in the PADI Deep certification
  • How we link the Deep course and the hunt for molas

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Lembongan – Diving Environments and Dive Training

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Diving Nusa LembonganDiving Nusa Lembongan – Environments and Dive Training

Nusa Lembongan is found in the heart of Indonesia which arguably has the richest biodiversity found in South East Asia. With the open Indian Ocean below and the Bali Sea above, there are thousands of different species of the sea to be discovered. From the big Kings of the Ocean to the tiny critters which require an eagle eye to be found, diving Nusa Lembongan is a hidden gem.

Being open to the elements, the conditions at sea can get moderate, which makes diving Nusa Lembongan a top destination to further your diving education. Water temperatures have stayed slightly lower around Bali and its surrounding islands, and with medium to strong currents of nutrient rich waters. Lembongan is also home to a reasonable size mangrove area.

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Nusa Lembongan

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Jungut Batu Beach - Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan Island

As a dive centre, we spend a lot of time showing the pretty photos from the waters around Nusa Lembongan, but what about on land? Lets have a look at some facts and information about this great little island, which Twin Island Dive, calls home! Read More


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NuNudibranchsdibranchs in Lembongan

Lembongan is very famous for its larger creatures, but when you take the time to look, you may find some crazy little creatures too. Nudibranchs can be found at all the dive sites around Lembongan and Penida. These small ‘slug’ creatures are very much a favorite creature to many divers.

Colourful Creatures to spot:

Nudibranchs are noted for their often extraordinary colours and striking forms. Currently there are about 2,300 valid species of them that are known. With this, it is possible to buy fish ID books that have 100s of pages full of these colourful creatures.

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Lembongan Marine Association

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Lembongan Marine AssociationWhen we all learnt our PADI Open Water course, we were taught the rules and regulations of diving to ensure that we dive safe and comfortable. Being safe and comfortable on our dives results in greater enjoyment and it is for this enjoyment that we dive. Just like the rules and regulations of diving, the dive sites around Lembongan also have rules and regulations to ensure everyone that dives here is safe and comfortable. These rules were created by the Lembongan Marine Association (LMA).

This association is made up of all the main dive centres on the islands of Lembongan and Ceningan. The regulations created by this association are based upon 15 + years of knowledge of diving in these waters. These rules also apply to any dive centre from Bali that is diving the area.  Read More

Molas in Lembongan

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Molas in LembonganOne of the star attractions in the waters around the Nusa islands, are the Molas in Lembongan. These strange and interesting creatures, bring divers from all over the world, to catch a glimpse of them. As we are getting closer to the Molas season, it is time to fill you full of knowledge about the mysterious Mola.

We are going to be looking at:

  • Mola Anatomy
  • The Family of the Mola
  • Life of the Mola
  • Cleaning Stations

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Diving the Channel

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Channel diving with KippThe north coast of Penida provides some spectacular diving. Rich in coral life, dense with fish diversity and many little creatures to find. The South coast provides a world famous environment for regular sightings of Manta Rays.

But what is going on in between the north and south coasts?

The channel that runs between the islands of Ceningan and Penida, lays home to some of the most amazing and extreme dive sites that the area has to offer.

This narrow strip of water, pulls the ocean from Bali and Lombok, through a thin, deep channel. It is this situation that creatures some of the most breath taking dives, as well as, some of the fastest.

With all the factors involved with these dive sites, not many dive centres dive in the channel, but is it really that bad? Read More

North Coast of Nusa Penida

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The Reef of the North Coast of PenidaDiving in Lembongan is famous for the Manta Rays found in the south of Penida and the Molas found in Crystal Bay. These dive sites can all be seen in just one days diving. What about the other sites that Lembongan and Penida provide? The long stretching north coast of Penida and Lembongan, are home to most of the dive sites around the islands. There are 7 main dive sites that run along this coast line. It is these sites that have the best coral life of the area.
Due to the conditions of south coast, it is hard for the more sensitive soft corals to grow. Read More

Titan Triggerfish and Nesting

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Titan Triggerfish in LembonganPicasso, titan, blue, red tooth, clown, reef masked. These are just some of the names of the many different types of Triggerfish. Here in Lembongan, the most common Triggerfish that we get, are the Titan Triggerfish, Clown Triggerfish and the Redtooth Triggerfish. The most ‘infamous’ of the types of Triggerfish, is the Titan Triggerfish, due to its ‘interest’ nesting habits.

We are going to look at some information about these 3 types of Triggerfish that we get around Lembongan. This information is to help keep you informed and aware about these interesting creatures of the sea. Read More