2 certified fun dives at Nusa Penida's Crystal Bay & Drift, Bali dive sites
- Duration: 5 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Padangbai, Bali
Nusa Penida's Crystal Bay & Drift Dive Sites, Bali, Indonesia
If this site is not available on your chosen date or you'd like to arrange a different dive sites combination, please contact the Geko and we will try to help
- PADI Advanced Open Water diver certification or equivalent
- Non-certified divers can join as snorkellers
- Please bring your certification cards with you on your first day of diving
- 1/2 day - 2 dives
- 08:15 Sign in and equipment preparation
- 08:30 Boat departure and first dive at Crystal Bay
- 10:45 Surface interval on the boat. Complimentary snacks and hot beverages.
- 11:45 Second dive at a Nusa Penida drift dive site
- 13:30 Complimentary lunch at the dive centre
- 2 dives
- Weights and 1 tank per dive
- Guiding by a professional PADI Divemaster in groups of max 4 divers
- Transport from the dive centre to the dive site
- Snacks, a soft drink, water and hot beverages
- Use of our seafront dive facilities, including showers, lockers and one towel per diver per day
- All fees, taxes and service charges
- Full set of scuba diving equipment, including fins, boots, wetsuit, bcd, regulator, dive computer, mask and snorkel (available as extras during checkout)
- Hotel pick-ups (available as extras during checkout)
- Dive insurance. This is not compulsory, but strongly advised
- Surcharges for non-cash, IDR payments. VISA and MasterCard payments on the premises have a 3% surcharge and PayPal payments for the final bill cost 5% extra
Crystal Bay: A bay with a beautiful white sand beach and a small island with a temple in the middle. The small island is bordered by a plateau with great corals on all sides except the Northern edge where a current swept wall leads to extreme depths.
Drift: Sites on the Northern side of Penida, such as Buyug, Sental, PED, SD or Toyapakeh, offer a very different feel to Manta Point. Corals thrive here in the nutrient rich, coral swept shores of the island. A plateau from 3m to 15m gives way to a sheer slope to depths few divers will reach. Divers drift with the current mostly running Southwest.
About 50 minutes from Padang Bai's harbour and the Geko Dive Base to Crystal Bay by speedboat. The Drift sites are much closer and the return leg of the journey takes less than 40 minutes.
Coral Reef State
Crystal Bay: Great corals on both sides of the bay with a huge coral bommie at 6m. On the wall, some corals are unfortunately damaged by careless divers in search of the sunfish. The middle of the bay is a white sand area.
Drift: Good variety of hard and soft corals, various types of gorgonians, whip corals, healthy stag horn corals and huge barrel sponges growing at an angle due to the current.
Mola molas! The oceanic sunfish can frequently be seen approaching Nusa Penida's reefs in order to be cleaned by banner fish. Many cleaning stations are relatively deep (25m to 40+), but the elusive fish sometimes swims shallower or even rests at the surface. The best season to see the heaviest bony fish is July to October.
Oriental sweet lips, moray eels, many species of clownfish and anemone fish, napoleon wrasses, trevalies, jackfish, dogtoothe tunas, king mackerels, crocodilefish, lionfish, octopus, pharoah cuttlefish and green turtles
Crystal Bay: Moderate to very strong. Can run in multiple directions during a single dive. The wall area is only suitable for experienced current divers.
Drift: Moderate to strong. Usually running in a single direction allowing for drift, but the combination of Indian and Pacific Ocean tides sometimes gives way to vertical and pulsating currents.
Crystal Bay: 30m+
Oceanic sunfish (mola mola) cleaning stations with some of the best chances for encounters in season (July-October)
Very strong currents can prohibit dives at this site on a given day. The Geko Team does its best to plan ahead but the unpredictable nature of Balinese waters sometimes mean an alternative dive site must be chosen once on site.
During the July-October, the presence of numerous divers and the cold water (down to 16 degrees at times) add to the challenging nature of this dive site.