On Nusa Penida Island in Bali, Indonesia, Penida Dive Resort offers excellent experiences above and below the water. The hotel has excellent food, free breakfast, and is within walking distance of several restaurants. The whole island can be explored in several half-day trips by motorbike or car—which we recommend due to the rough roads.
Kiti, the Dutch manager, ensures that everything is perfect on land, and “E” looks after everything at sea. After a satisfying breakfast—and a few subway handle photos—we suited up for diving along with several new diver friends from the hostel.
After “E” briefed us on the dives, we were excited to experience Manta Point and Labyrinth!
1. Manta Point
Manta Rays prefer divers over snorkelers because we move more slowly. Maximum depth would be 18 meters, with a total time of 50 minutes. Don’t chase Mantas if they approach you. There is a mild surge current up and down, so be aware of the rocks.
A new dive location, Labyrinth, offers swim throughs & possible Manta Ray sightings.
The sea was very cold that day, but the photos, videos and experiences kept us warm. If you look closely at the photo of Dan diving with the yellow fins, you’ll see two Mantas playing in the distance!
If you’re looking for an excellent hotel and dive shop on Nusa Penida, Kiti at Penida Dive Resort will hook you up. Reservations are recommended as it’s a relatively unpopulated island and quality hotels and dive shops book quickly.
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