Nusa Penida, located off the southeast coast of Bali in Indonesia, is a renowned diving destination, especially during the months of July to September. This period is considered the best time for diving in Nusa Penida, and one of the highlights during this season is the chance to encounter the majestic Mola Mola, also known as the ocean sunfish.
Nusa Penida is part of the Coral Triangle, an area known for its incredible marine biodiversity. Crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs make it an ideal spot for diving enthusiasts.
- July to September: This period marks the dry season, with calm seas and excellent visibility, ranging from 20 to 40 meters. The water temperature hovers around 25-28°C (77-82°F), providing comfortable conditions for divers.
Mola Mola Encounter:
- Species: The highlight of diving during these months is the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring Mola Mola. These massive, flat-bodied fish can weigh up to 2,000 kilograms and are known for their unique appearance and behavior.
- Depth: Mola Molas are typically found at greater depths, often between 20 to 40 meters. Divers should have advanced certification and experience with deep dives.
- Behavior: Mola Molas are known to come up to shallower depths to visit cleaning stations, where smaller fish help them rid themselves of parasites. This behavior allows divers to witness these gentle giants up close.
- Crystal Bay: One of the most famous dive sites in Nusa Penida, Crystal Bay is renowned for its clear waters and the possibility of encountering Mola Molas.
- Toyapakeh: Another popular site, Toyapakeh offers diverse marine life, colorful coral, and the chance to spot Mola Molas cruising by.
Other marine life:
Apart from Mola Molas, divers can expect to encounter a rich variety of marine life, including:
- Manta Rays: Nusa Penida is also known as a Manta Ray hotspot, and sightings are common during these months.
- Vibrant Coral Reefs: The reefs around Nusa Penida are home to a kaleidoscope of coral species and their associated marine life.
- Visibility: Excellent visibility is a hallmark of diving in Nusa Penida during these months, ranging from 20 to 40 meters.
- Currents: Divers should be aware of varying currents, especially at sites like Crystal Bay. It’s advisable to dive with experienced guides familiar with local conditions.
- Dive Certification: Due to the depths involved, divers should have an advanced certification.
- Dive Guides: Utilize the services of experienced dive guides familiar with the local conditions and the behavior of Mola Molas.
- Conservation: practice responsible diving and adhere to conservation guidelines to protect the delicate marine ecosystem.
Diving in Nusa Penida from July to September offers a unique opportunity to witness the extraordinary Mola Mola in their natural habitat, surrounded by the stunning underwater landscapes of this Indonesian paradise.
Price is Per Person (Minimum 2 Persons)
|Price Per Person
- Return hotel transfer
- Boat with the captain ( a small group )
- Dive Gear
- 3 Dives in 3 location
- Lunch box