Diving and Snorkeling at Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan Near Bali
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Diving Snorkeling Nusa Penida Nusa Lembongan

 

This post on diving and snorkeling Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan on our own and with World Diving is part of a trip report including Cathay Pacific Business Class and First Class to Hong Kong and Bali, plus reviews of luxury hotels and food in Hong Kong and Bali. Prior posts include:

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Cathay Pacific Business Class Review: 777-300ER NYC to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific First Class NYC-Hong Kong

Four Seasons Hong Kong Review

Tim Ho Wan Review: Hong Kong's Best Dim Sum and Cheapest Michelin Star?

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Review

10 Things to Eat in Bali

Cathay Pacific Business Class Review 747-400: Hong Kong to Bali

Ayana Resort and Spa Review-Club Level

Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay Review

Hotel Review: The Kayana in Seminyak, Bali

Restaurant Review: Metis in Seminyak, Bali

Batu Karang Resort on Nusa Lembongan

Restaurant Review: Indiana Kenanga, Nusa Lembongan

 

For most of our snorkeling off Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, we simply hired a friendly local, who not only nicknamed himself "Captain Nemo," and this was great in terms of bringing along the munchkin, going exactly where we wanted to go, staying out only as long as we wanted to, etc. The munchkin is still learning to snorkel, but he enjoyed using his mask and holding his breath to look underwater at all the fish. I was glad that I'd gotten him an actual wetsuit (as opposed to the thinner dive skins my husband and I used) because the water was quite chilly in places, plus there were some small jellyfish type things that apparently left small stings on another child we met at Batu Karang. The water is warmer during the wet season, but that's not as good a time to go due to worse water clarity.

Diving and Snorkeling Nusa Penida Nusa Lembongan - Wetsuits

 

One of the big highlights for us was swimming with the graceful manta rays:

Diving and Snorkeling Nusa Penida - Manta Point

 

Neither my husband or I are any good with underwater photography, but even with shots from our cheap underwater camera you can get an inkling of how amazing it is--just imagine being surrounded by some of the most colorful fish and creatures you've ever seen, and strikingly colorful corals (the photos definitely don't do them justice).

Diving and Snorkeling Nusa Penida Nusa Lembongan - Green Coral

 

Diving Snorkeling Nusa Penida Nusa Lembongan

 

My husband also went one day with World Diving, a local dive operator. Even though he went snorkeling instead of diving, he still saw many of the fish, corals and anemones in the video, plus he got to see a huge pod of dolphins which just happened to swing by--and in this instance, he was actually at an advantage relative to the scuba divers, who were in the boat with all their heavy gear and couldn't easily get into the water to take a look! Needless to say though, it was so sudden and brief that the videographer didn't manage to capture it. 

Whether you dive or snorkel, I'd say Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan sites such as Crystal Bay, Manta Point, and the Mangroves are not to be missed. Much better sites than most that you'll find directly off of Bali, including Padang Bai (Blue Lagoon) which we got to snorkel later in the trip.

 

 

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Avatar_60_masha Masha G. commented 29 Sep 2012
Looks gorgeous. I have heard about Manta Point, and how it is one of the most reliable sites for seeing Manta Rays.
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