Reef Tour: Nusa Penida Overview

Ah, Bali. My preferred home away from being on tour in Afghanistan. It’s a place where the people are friendly, the food is fantastic and the locals didn’t mess with the beer recipe in a fit of post-colonial frenzy. It also happens to be a fantastic diving location, with some of the finest warm water dives you can do in your life. Tulamben, a village on the northeast coast of the island alone is worth travelling there for, with beautiful reefs, a fantastic wall and the wreck of the USAT Liberty Glo.

A sometimes overlooked jewel in Balinese waters though is the island of Nusa Penida, a short hop over from Sanur. Many dives have I spent there, diving with the great people from Bali Scuba. Ped, SD, Toyapakeh, Manta Point and Crystal Bay all offer unique and often astounding experiences. Mine came when a curious Manta ray buzzed me while we were at Manta Point. Bali Scuba offers great dive charters out to Nusa Penida and the varied environments make it more exciting. The strong currents of Crystal Bay, the fantastic drift diving over the coral reefs of SD and Ped, the gentle Manta rays at their cleaning station…

The trip out starts around eight in the morning, with three dives planned out. Typically Manta Point first (before the other dive groups scare away the Manta rays), followed by Ped or Crystal Bay, and finishing with SD. If conditions aren’t favourable at one location, you swiftly find yourself on route to a back up location, so you always get your dive time! There’s a break for lunch (provided) then a final dive in the afternoon, then it’s back to the “mainland” in time for dinner. Not bad for a day’s diving, and you’ll probably want to go again; which of course, can always be arranged.

I’ve said before that a camera is part of my regular arsenal when I hit the water, and it’s not just because I want pictures. In shallower depths where all the colours haven’t been sapped away, a digital camera can make a decent movie. It’s not big screen quality, but it definitely gets the job done and creates a nice memory you can share with others. In preparation of releasing more of these on their own page, here is a short clip from a dive to Ped:

Can you believe this was filmed during the rainy season? When diving is supposed to be “not so great”? Me neither, but it’s true. Bali is a fantastic location to go to for a holiday, especially if you’re a diver. The only real cost is getting there, and once you’re there, you’re not going to want to leave! In seriousness though, check out Bali Scuba, located in Sanur, if you’re on the island and looking for a good experience. They can provide for all levels of training and experience, and are a top notch group to work with. But enough of my shameless plug. I’ve made short movies with all of my cameras while in Bali, and will release them soon! Good luck and good diving!

About the author

Graeme is a professional diver, qualified as a PADI and SDI Divemaster, DCBC 40m Unrestricted Commercial Scuba Diver, 30m Restricted Surface Supply diver, and CAUS Scientific Diver Lv.2. Graeme has an Associate Degree of Arts in Environmental Studies, where he focused on archaeology and physical geography, and an Advanced GIS certificate.