“Manta’s, Mola’s, Adventure Diving”
8Âº44′ South 150Âº32′ East
There are 3 islands here, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan. These are located some 20 km from Bali’s south-east coast. Nusa Penida is the largest of the three islands and is one of the main locations for scuba dive trips departing from Bali.
Nusa Penida is known for possible encounters with large pelagics like Manta Ray’s (Manta Birostris) at Manta Point Dive Site and Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish) at other dive sites around the island. On one rare occasion our crew spotted a whale-shark..
The northern dive sites of Nusa Penida like Crystal Bay, Pura Ped and Toyapakeh are good destinations for Drift Diving. A boat ride with BIDP’s speed boat of 45 minutes brings you to the best underwater adventures here in Bali Indonesia.
The divesites around Penida can be challenging. Upwellings from the deep can cause thermoclines and let the temperature drop to 20 degrees celsius. Currents running between the Nusa Islands and Lombok Strait are most of the time southward, but can be influenced in direction and strength by the monsoon seasons.
Nusa- Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan are located on the so called Wallace Line which runs between Bali and Lombok. The Wallace line is a boundary that separates the ecozones of Asia and Australasia. West of this line organisms live that relate to Asiatic species, East of this line most of the species are related to the Australian species. Scientist think that these boundary are present for some 50 million years and actually form the southwestern edge of the Sunda Earth Crust Shelf which links Borneo, Bali, Java and Sumatra to the mainland of southeast Asia.
BIDP organise daily dive trips to the Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan Islands and regularly visit 12 divesites. You can feel save to dive with an organisation with more then 25 years of experience diving in Bali, Indonesia.
Nusa Penida – Nusa Penida is part of the Klungkung Bali district. Long time ago the island of Nusa Penida was used as prison island to house convicts of the mighty Gelgel dynasty during their early 18th century rule under the Majapahit (or Madjapahit). The Gelgel Balinese kingdom conquered Lombok during that period some centuries ago.
Badung Strait – During WWII the Badung Strait was the location of “The Of Badung Strait”. This event took place on 19 and 20 februar 1942. Allied forces had a confrontation here with the Imperial Japanese Navy.