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Rays in Lembongan

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Manta Rays are not the only type of rays that we get in Lembongan!


Blue Spotted Stingrays in Lembongan

Rays in Lembongan!


Lembongan area is known as a great spot to see manta rays. These beautiful creatures can be seen all year round on the south coast of Nusa Penida. The southern coastline of Penida provides and amazing environment for the manta ray cleaning stations and feeding stations.

As amazing as the manta rays are, mantas are not the only type of ray that we get to see underwater!

Let’s take a look at three different types of rays that are possible to see, while diving in Lembongan, besides manta rays.

These three are:

  • Blue Spotted Stingray
  • Eagle Ray
  • Marble Ray

Manta rays in Lembongan

Blue Spotted Stingrays in Lembongan

Blue Spotted Stingray!


The blue spotted stingray, also know as bluespotted ribbontail ray, can often be found at the manta ray sites. Differently to the manta rays, stingrays are bottom feeds and have their mouths located on the underside of their bodies.

These rays are often found in sandy areas, to a max depth of around 30 meters. Often when diving at Manta Bay or Manta Point, these creatures will be tucked under the sand or gliding just above the bottom.

The blue spotted stingray is a fairly small ray, not exceeding 35 cm (14 in) in width, with a mostly smooth, oval pectoral fin disc, large protruding eyes, and a relatively short and thick tail with a deep fin fold underneath. It can be easily identified by its striking color pattern of many electric blue spots on a yellowish background, with a pair of blue stripes on the tail.

While timid and innocuous towards humans, the bluespotted ribbontail ray is capable of inflicting an excruciating wound with its venomous tail spines. Due to this, it is very important when kneeing down in the stand at Manta Bay or Manta Point, that you check to make sure there are no hiding stingrays.

Eagle Ray!


These medium size rays can be found at many of the dive sites around Penida and Lembongan. Although not as common as the blue spotted stingray or manta ray, these rays can be spotted passing by at the end of the Mangrove dive site.

Unlike the blue spotted stingray, the eagle ray has its mouth at the front of its body. Eagle rays spend most of their time swimming above the reef and in open ocean. They are ovoviviparous, giving birth to up to six young at a time.

Eagle rays feed on crustaceans, crushing their shells with their flattened teeth. They are also able to filter plankton from the water, just like a manta ray.

They are excellent swimmers and are able to breach the water up to several metres above the surface.

One of the defining features of eagle rays, that differ from other rays, is their long tails. These tails can some times be 2 to 3 times the length of the eagle rays body. This makes it easy to identify them from other rays, when at a distance. They range from 0.48 to 9.1 m in length.

The eagle ray is one of Bryce’s favorite creatures to spot underwater. While working in the Cook Islands, eagle rays were a common sighting. There where times where they would be spotted schooling, flying along the reef like birds in the sky.

Eagle rays in Lembongan

Marble rays in Lembongan

Marble Ray!


Another ray that is not as common as the manta rays here in Lembongan but are sometimes spotted at Mangroves, Blue Corner, Gamat Bay and Ceningan Wall.

As like the blue spotted stingray, the marble ray has its mouth located on the underside of its body. These rays spend most of their time resting on the bottom or swimming just by the reef, generally at a depth of 15–60 m.

Reaching 1.8 m across, this large ray is characterized by a thick, rounded pectoral fin disc and a relatively short tail bearing a deep ventral fin fold. In addition, it has a variable but distinctive light and dark mottled pattern on its topside.

Generally nocturnal, the marble ray can be solitary and is an active predator of small, crustaceans, and bony fishes. Although not aggressive, if provoked the round marble ray will defend itself with its venomous tail spine.

More diving videos around Lembongan, Penida and Ceningan can be found at Twin Island Dive’s YouTube!

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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2017: Diving in Lembongan Year in Review – Underwater Creatures

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What a year 2017 has been for diving Lembongan and Twin Island Dive.

2017 marks a large landmark for Twin Island Dive. 2017 was our 2nd full year of running and our 1st high season, diving Lembongan, with our new team team. With the exciting new team, an amazingly busy high season and wonderful underwater sights, 2017 has brought joy to so many, while diving Lembongan. Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking at the highlights of the year.

This first blog will be looking at the underwater creatures we found while diving Lembongan in 2017. Read More

Little Creatures of Lembongan

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Little Creatures of Lembongan

Little Creatures in Lembongan

Lemobngan is very much know for it’s large creatures. A lot of divers come to the area to dive with the manta rays and the molas. As the mola season comes to a close, let us have a look at the cool little creatures that we find around the Lembongan and Penida dive sites.

When the currents are calm on the north coast of Nusa Penida, this offer an amazing opportunity to have a good look around the soft corals for some crazy nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs.

Some of our favorite creatures that we like to point out to our guests are; orangutan crabs, hairy squat lobsters, ‘sexy’ shrimps and whip coral shrimp.

Although these small creatures seem hard to find at first, once you know where to look, they are quiet common here.

Below you will found some information about each of these creatures, what they look like and where to find them. We hope with this information, you will be able to find some of these creatures on your next dive in Lembongan. Read More

Bryce – Why I Like Scuba Diving in Lembongan

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Why I like Scuba Diving in Lembongan

Walking into Water While Scuba Diving in LembonganI learnt to dive 16 years ago. It all started with a try dive in a swimming pool at an island resort while on holiday. I then returned to New Zealand to do my PADI Open Water course. I spent the next 5 years diving in Wellington harbour, which was a 2 hour drive for some pretty “interesting” shore diving. Wellington harbour is known for its cold waters, surf entries, limited visibility due to the very silty bottom and little fish life. Most people dive there to collect shellfish. This is where I did my divemaster and instructor courses and taught in these conditions before moving to work in the pacific islands.

I have spent the last 9 years teaching diving around South East Asia, from the Pacific Islands to India. Over this time, I have seen many different creatures underwater, some healthy reefs and some unhealthy reefs. I have worked with some great people and worked against some very competitive dive shops. And then I moved to do scuba diving in Lembongan.

The scuba diving in Lembongan was a very nice surprise. After seeing reefs completely bleached by warming waters, reefs dyeing from commercialization and rubbish, it is so nice to see such healthy coral growth while scuba diving in Lembongan.

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Finding Nemo – Exposed

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Finding Nemo in LembonganFinding Nemo in Lembongan

In 2003,  Pixar Animation Studios filled the silver screen with bright colours and introduced children and parents alike, to Nemo the Clown Fish. It was because of Finding Nemo, that Clown Fish would now consistently be refereed to as Nemo(s).

Nemo and his friends underwater adventures helped introduce a new generation to the underwater world. This in turn helped spike interest in scuba diving, fish and despite the horrifying scene of Nemo being snatched for a personal collection, an extreme boost in Clown Fish sales, for pets.

Even though more Clown Fish were being taken from the oceans, for aquariums, Finding Nemo did fill children with wonder about the underwater world, different fish and a new found love for Clown Fish.

We know that Finding Nemo is a kids movie about adventures, friendship and family, which needed to be delivered in a child-friendly way, but there are a few facts that are just not quiet correct.

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Stunning Week in Lembongan

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Manta Ray in Manta Bay

Last week at Twin Island Dive…

What a week it has been here at Twin Island Dive, in Nusa Lembongan. We have had some very lucky divers with us, who have seen some of the best sea creatures that Lembongan has to offer! What a stunning week in Lembongan, it has been! Manta Bay was 100% the standout dive site of the week.

We have had everything from PADI Discover Scuba Divers, to PADI Open Water course to lots of fun divers. All these divers have brought an amazing amount of luck to their dives.

Started the week right!

The week started with Jesper and Michella doing their PADI Open Water course with us. After completing the theory and swimming pool skills, it was time to get out into the ocean for their open water dives.

On the 2nd day of their ocean dives, while diving at Manta Bay, everyone on the boat got the chance to see dolphins playing around at the surface. Instructor Bryce and Jesper, descended for the start of their dive and headed in the direction of where the dolphins were.

10 minutes into the dive, Bryce banged on his tank and pointed into the distance. Although they were a bit far away, both Bryce and Jesper, had the chance to watch the passing pod of dolphins. Read More

Nudibranchs

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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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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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