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Diving in Nusa Lembongan

This small island sits 16 km / 10 miles off the coast of Bali and is famous for its chilled out atmosphere, stunning scenery and legendary surf breaks. Dive sites are predominantly located around neighboring Nusa Penida which offers manta rays at Manta Point or Manta Bay with seasonal Mola Mola sightings and vibrant reefs at many other dive sites. Nusa Lembongan has retained its island charm and is the perfect island to kick back, relax and watch the world class sunsets.

Diving in Nusa Lembongan

Quick facts

Nusa Lembongan is situated approximately 16 kilometres / 10 miles to the east of Bali where it is one of three “sister” islands along with Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Lembongan’s traditional way of life, colourful ceremonies, friendly locals and laid back vibe make it an ideal holiday destination. White sand beaches, stunning vistas and lush green hillsides are mirrored beneath its famous surf breaks by vibrant, healthy reefs and abundant marine life. Diving from Lembongan is predominantly done around Penida and Ceningan islands and while diving here is wonderful, currents are common and it’s likely that many dives will be drift dives led by an experienced local PADI Divemaster or Instructor.

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Toyapakeh – Vibrant healthy corals, rolling topography and simply bursting with life. Toyapakeh is a colourful dive site and packed with fish of all shapes and sizes. If there is little current it is a great spot for finding macro-life and if you are drifting then there are plenty of larger species and schooling fish to keep you entertained. Highlights include marble sting rays, ribbon and moray eels, reef sharks, scorpionfish, nudibranch, sea snakes, turtles and seasonal Mola Mola (Sunfish). Crystal Bay – Also known as Penida Bay, this site is one of the best spots for seeing Mola Mola during the season. The site is a steep sloping reef along the side of the rocky island combined with a stunning shallow water coral garden. An even mix of healthy hard and soft corals provide habitat for scorpionfish, frogfish, cuttlefish, moray eels, sea snakes, huge puffers and sweetlips, passing turtles and schools of colourful jewel like antheas. Due to mild-strong currents, Crystal Bay is an advanced dive site and is recommended for experienced divers. Mangrove (Sakenan) – This long stretch of sloping reef around the North of Lembongan Island is home to diverse, healthy and vibrant corals as well as a plethora of marine life. Critters and macro life abound on the reef along with sea snakes, huge puffer and porcupine fish and keep an eye out to the blue for larger species and schools of fusiliers. Ceningan Wall – This site is a favourite for many divers for good reason. The pristine coral wall is full of nooks and crannies where you’ll find cleaner shrimps, moray eels, scorpionfish, lionfish and nudibranch. When you are not being mesmerized by the colours and marine life on the wall look out to the blue of the Ceningan Channel for chances of seeing schooling fish and passing pelagics. Manta Point – Positioned at the base of Nusa Penida’s rugged south coast cliffs, Manta Point is a stunning spot. The dive site in the shallows is a collection of huge boulders which have fallen from the cliffs, one of which forms the main manta ray cleaning station for which the site is famous. There are deeper sandy patches which are often littered with small blue spotted sting rays, rugged rocks and hard corals and a mini wall. The site is also good for octopus among the rocky crevices and passing turtles but nothing beats the sight of the manta rays when they are in action.

What to see

Marine life in Nusa Lembongan is similar to that of Bali with some dive sites shared between the two islands. You will find numerous species of shrimps, nudibranch, scorpionfish, frogfish, ribbon eels and lobsters. For those looking for larger marine life, manta rays, marble rays, passing reef sharks, barracuda, trevally, tuna and seasonal Mola Mola are also a likelihood.

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Location

Nusa Lembongan is a picturesque island south east of Bali. This stunningly beautiful island is fast achieving popularity as a top tourist destination in and around Bali. While it carries all the charms of Bali, it is not half as crowded and bustling as Bali. There is no traffic and vendors to spoil the majestic scenery and natural feel on the island. The water is aqua blue and crystal clear. All in all Nusa Lembongan is an ideal place to just lay back and immerse in the sun. The island is a great location for water sports like surfing, snorkeling and diving. Diverse and rich marine life and healthy coral population around the island means there are several diving sites here. Apart from the crowded surfing beaches, there are many more beaches which are secluded and quieter. Sandy Bay and Dream beach are two beautiful and oft frequented beaches of the island. The island is visited by the the Ocean Sunfish between July and October. It is a great favorite with divers and attract them to dive here. The best and richest dive sites on the island are Crystal Bay and Blue Corner. The marine life around the island include spectacular species like eagle rays, manta rays, wobbegogn shark, tuna, snappers, jack and marbled rays.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Denpasar International Airport (DPS), also known as “Ngurah Rai” on mainland Bali. Ferry boats from Bali to Lembongan depart from Sanur Beach at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah and there are numerous services to choose from, many of which offer airport or hotel pick ups and drop offs.
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