Penida and Lembongan Diving Sites

There are many places to go diving around the Nusa Islands

To make it a little easier to find the dive sites and the type of diving you are looking for we have divided the sites into 4 different areas.

From Crystal Bay, Manta Point and Blue Corner, to the north coast of Penida, you will find detailed descriptions of the Lembongan diving sites.

Penida, Ceningan and Lembongan diving house some of the best diving in Indonesia

Scroll down for information about each Lembongan diving site.

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Lembongan Diving Sites

Manta Ray Dives

To the South and our Manta dive sites, here we find dramatic landscape and below the sea large plateaus creating the ideal cleaning and feeding station for the Manta Rays. Although not as rich in diversity of corals and marine life, the plateaus do offer up some interesting topography with troughs and swimthoughs. The main reason for diving in this area is of course the chance encounter the swirling mantas above as they swoop in for a closer look at the divers.

Difficulty

20%

Diversity

50%

Depth

20%

Chance of Pelagics

80%

Manta Bay

Dive Level: Open Water
Depth: 12m
Average Visibility: 15m
Travel Time: 25 minutes
Type of Dive: Manta Dive!
Known For: Manta Rays, Bamboo Sharks, Woebegong Sharks

Located on the West coast of Nusa Penida, diving conditions are generally easy although we can experience some surge. The Manta Rays are often smaller than the giant ones found at Manta Point, however the dive site is much closer and more protected. The plankton rich water found along the limestone coast attracts the Mantas all year around. The dive site is a shallow bay with a mixture of sandy and coral bottom and generally a maximum depth of 12m. The dive is often spent quite shallow, closely observing the Mantas as the feed and sometimes put on a display for the watching divers. Delving a little deeper into the dive site we can explore the gullies and swim throughs searching for Bamboo Sharks, Woebegong Sharks and turtles often to be found at the site.

Mantas at the point

Difficulty

25%

Diversity

50%

Depth

25%

Chance of Pelagics

80%

Manta Point

Dive Level: Open Water
Depth: 10-25m
Average Visibility:  15m
Travel Time: 45 minutes
Type of Dive: Manta Dive!
Known For: Manta Rays, Nurse Sharks, Bamboo Sharks and Mola Mola (July-Oct)

Located on South West coast of Nusa Penida, strong current and big waves mean that we are not always able to dive this site. A 45 minute boat ride alongside the dramatic limestone cliffs that will make you feel like you are on the set of Jurassic Park and you will arrive at Manta Point.  This site provides year round opportunity for a magical encounter with the majestic Manta Rays. The main attraction of the dive site is the cleaning station or large rock formation found at a shallow depth of 5m, with the plankton rich waters attracting circling mantas above just waiting to be cleaned and often swooping in for a closer look at divers. Manta trains with as many as 30 mantas on one dive have been spotted at this site. Swimming out into the slightly deeper surrounding water can mean an encounter with nurse sharks, bamboo sharks, a plethora of blue spotted sting rays and in Mola Mola season perhaps even an encounter with a sun fish.

North Penida

The sloping reefs found along the North Coast of Penida offer up dive sites with spectacular corals starting from as shallow as 5m, sloping all the way to the bottom and extending as far as the eye can see. Here you can find an incredible array of hard and soft corals, with an abundance of macro life to be found hiding amongst it all for the well trained eye. The rich biodiversity provided by the healthy reef makes for the perfect environment for a diverse range and number of schooling tropical fish. Out in the blue and off the reef it is possible to see those exciting pelagics everyone is hoping for- Sharks, Mola Mola and even Whale Sharks.

Difficulty

50%

Diversity

90%

Depth

75%

Chance of Pelagics

50%

SD (Sekolah Desar)

Dive Level: Open Water Diver
Depth: 5-30m
Average Visibility: 25-30m
Travel Time: 25 minutes
Type of Dive: Drift Dive
Known For: Turtles, Bat Fish, Black and White Tip Reef Sharks

Located on the North coast of Nusa Penida, SD is so named for the village primary school, Sekolah Desar. Seaweed farmers are to be found living along the stretch of white sandy beach, while beneath the blue waters the coral reef runs parallel. SD combines with three other Lembongan diving sites (PED, Sental & Buyuk) to make up the length of the entire coast and offer some of the best drift diving to be found in Indonesia. The currents here can range from exhilarating to non-existent and certainly make for an exciting dive with conditions sometimes changing halfway through the dive. Either way when the boat moors up in front of the school and we roll in its best advised to grab hold of the line just in case. The site consists of a moderately steep slope, covered in fields and fields of corals and sponges. As we drift along we encounter swirling schools of trigger fish, butterfly fish, trumpet fish, angel fish and pretty much any other tropical fish you can imagine. Turtles, sea snakes and reef sharks are often spotted and peering out into the blue we may even be lucky to encounter larger pelagics. At the end of the dive make sure to keep an eye out for the resident school of Bat Fish, a lovely way to finish off the safety stop.

Snowflake eel circle

Difficulty

35%

Diversity

90%

Depth

75%

Chance of Pelagics

50%

Ped

Dive Level: Open Water Diver
Depth: 5-30m
Average Visibility: 25-30m
Travel Time: 25 minutes
Type of Dive: Drift Dive
Known For: Corals, Turtles, Orangutan Crabs

Located on the North coast of Nusa Penida, the drop off point for Ped is punctuated by the Temple found on the shore. Ped is the second of the four dive sites that make up the length of the entire North Coast of Nusa Penida. The dive site offers up a slightly steeper slope than SD and some excellent stretches of wall diving. Once again the currents here can range from a fast moving roller coaster ride to a nice relaxing amble along the dive site. Beautiful sponge barrels, unfeasibly long whip corals and an extraordinary expanse of staghorn coral can be found along the dive site. Schools of triggerfish, sweetlips, unicorn fish and pretty much every other tropical fish you have seen in a guide book can be found along the site. In a slower drift we can have the opportunity to search for orangutan crabs, nudibranchs and leaf scorpion fish. Diving down a little deeper we can sometimes find large pelagics such as eagle rays, white and black tip reef sharks and even Mola Moa during the season

Frogfish circle

Difficulty

30%

Diversity

90%

Depth

75%

Chance of Pelagics

50%

Sental 

Dive Level: Open Water Diver
Depth: 5-30m
Average Visibility: 25-30m
Travel Time: 30 minutes
Type of Dive: Drift Dive
Known For: White and Black Tip Reef Sharks, Turtles, Moray Eels

Located on the North coast of Nusa Penida, Sental is the third of the four dive sites that make up the length of the entire North Coast of Nusa Penida. Therefore the topography is very similar to Ped and SD, however the slope is steeper and we can also find more clusters of large coral bommies. This area is considered to offer some of the best drift diving in Indonesia and depending on the conditions of the day can be an adrenaline charged ride or a gentle tour past the magnificent corals on display. Once again a dive site in this area offers up a plethora of schooling tropical fish from triggers to batfish and Anthias. Octopus, giant moray eels and beautiful ribbon eels can be found hiding in amongst the corals. Out in the blue and down at depth Hammerhead sharks and whale sharks have even been spotted and regular sightings of Mola Mola in season.

Triggerfish at Mangrove

Difficulty

40%

Diversity

90%

Depth

75%

Chance of Pelagics

50%

Buyuk 

Dive Level: Open Water Diver
Depth: 5-30m
Average Visibility: 25-30m
Travel Time: 30 minutes
Type of Dive: Drift Dive
Known For: Reef fish, pelagic swim pasts, Moray Eels

Located on the North coast of Nusa Penida, Buyuk is the fourth of the four dive sites that make up the length of the entire North Coast of Nusa Penida and as such the topography is very similar to the adjoining sites. The strong currents found on this site are evidenced by the amazing coral to be found- sponge barrels, long whip corals and a stunning array of other hard and soft corals. With the right conditions this site offers up an adventurous drift dive, sometimes at quite an exhilarating pace. Swirling schools of fish and an array of interesting macro can be found on the site provided you are not drifting too fast! Giant Napolean Wrasse and large Barracuda are also frequent visitors to the dive. There are rumored sightings of Thresher Sharks down at depth and Mola Mola are also to be seen during the season.

West Penida

In the West area we encounter some exhilarating wall dives and perhaps the area’s most famous dive site- Crystal Bay. Although Mola Mola have been sited at all of the Lembongan diving sites, it is at Crystal Bay where you are most likely to see them as they come up from the depths, during the months of colder water, to be cleaned and photographed by waiting divers. All of the dive sites in this area offer spectacular underwater topography and the best visibility