Nusa Penida Diving
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What you should know
Fly straight to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). There are public buses, taxis, car rentals, and motorbike rentals available from the airport to the jetty in Sanur. The journey should take not more than 1 hour. Then from Sanur, take a fast boat ride (approximately 40 minutes) to Nusa Penida.
Yes, in order to get a diving certification. For leisure dives, unless you know the area well, it would be best to go with a guide who can show you the best spots!
Yes, you are required to have obtained your Open Water certification for activities such as the Leisure Dives. For those planning to obtain certifications make sure you are in good physical condition too!
Dry season: April to September. Best time to see Manta Rays is April and May, catch the Mola Mola, Oceanic sunfish from August to October. Worst season to dive is during monsoon: December to March.
The differences include diving courses, options, and dive locations.
The main points of interest of Nusa Penida are as follows:
Kelingking Beach: that's the one that looks like t-rex! This is THE spot to take photos of the green 'dinosaur head' swallowing blue waves. You can walk down the "spine" of the dinosaur to get to the beach. But do be careful as the path is not great condition.
Crystal Bay: has some of the clearest waters and the healthiest corals and fish life around. This makes it the perfect spot for snorkelling.
Broken Beach: another marvel of nature, this pool of water is surrounded by limestone cliffs.
Angel Bilabong: this is a natural infinity pool! These very impressive clear waters rival that of any pool.
Wall Beach/Wall Point: another clear watered beach that is great for snorkelling with great fish and coral life
Gamat Bay: a more wild and secluded version of Crystal Bay; it takes a bit of time to walk down an overgrown path to get to the beach, but it's totally worth it. Great for snorkelling as well!
Manta Point: this the place to see the majestic manta rays!
Avoid having dive lessons on the day you fly! The drastic change in pressure and altitude can be really dangerous.