2 certified fun dives at Nusa Penida's Manta Point & Drift, Bali dive sites
- Duration: 5 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Padangbai, Bali
Nusa Penida's Manta Point & 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 Manta Point
- 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
Manta Point: A shallow plateau at the bottom of a sheer cliff with cleaning stations and feeding grounds frequented by manta rays on a daily basis, all year round. Interesting topography with huge boulders detached from the cliff serving as swim-throughs for divers and refuge for turtles and nurse sharks. There is a mola mola cleaning station down at 25m.
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 60 minutes from Padang Bai's harbour and the Geko Dive Base to Manta Point by speedboat. The Drift sites are much closer and the return leg of the journey takes less than 40 minutes.
Coral Reef State
Manta Point: Swell from the Indian Ocean prohibits vertical growth. Some hard corals and leather corals growing close to the rock bed.
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.
Manta rays! Alfredi, birostris and mobula rays frequent these waters all year round. Chances of encounters are very high with hundreds of individuals residing in these waters.
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. These sites offer much better quality of encounters than Crystal Bay as they are larger and often less crowded. 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
Manta Point: None to mild. Here, the swell can be a challenge for inexperienced 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.
Manta Point: 15m+
Manta rays are almost always sighted on these trips.
Oceanic sunfish (mola mola) cleaning stations with some of the best chances for encounters in season (July-October)
During the July-October high season, cold water (down to 16 degrees at times) can be present. We advise divers to choose their exposure suits accordingly.