Snorkeling Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is a small island located near Bali and it is by far the highlight of snorkeling packed with the best of the underwater life and coral reefs for Snorkeling Nusa Penida.

Snorkeling Nusa Penida
Snorkeling in Nusa Penida with the Manta Rays

Everything about snorkeling Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is located approximately 45 minutes away from Bali using a speedboat. The island is only reachable by speedboat due to the distance but also because of the occasional waves which make the traditional boats unable to be used.

Nusa Penida is home to quite an extensive list of dive sites, each different from the other, and each with their own advantages for what snorkelers can see.

Ideally, for Nusa Penida snorkelers should opt for the 3 spots trip to maximise their visit for snorkeling Nusa Penida. Particularly the 3rd spot is almost always in the north part of the island where the best coral reefs are.

The most popular spots for snorkeling Nusa Penida are:

  • Manta Point
  • Crystal Bay
  • SD Point
  • PED
  • Mangrove

Everything about snorkeling Nusa Penida

Schedule of the day

As always, we start the day in the morning at approximately 7AM with the hotel transfer. We will be meeting at the dive center for preparations, snorkeling gear check and the daily briefing to set the tone for the day. Return time is scheduled for approximately 2PM after 2 spots snorkeling and 4PM after 3 spots snorkeling.

The first stop on our snorkeling Nusa Penida tour is almost always Manta Point. This spot is named after the reef Manta Rays that can be spotted here. The Manta rays seen here are the mature ones with a wing span of approximately 3-4 meters. The Mantas in Manta Point are coming close to people so snorkeling here brings you up close and personal to these gentle giants.

The second stop on our tour is Crystal Bay which is known for crystal clear waters and stunning coral reefs. The coral reefs are beautiful, some of the best and filled with diverse marine life, including sea turtles, octopus, stone fish, frog fish, etc. When snorkeling at Crystal Bay, often we can spot dolphins passing by closely to us.

sea turtle
sea turtle
stone fish
stone fish

For the 3rd and last stop of the day we visit one of the drift spots on the north coast of the Nusa Penida island where the best coral reefs are. By far the highlight of the trip, packed with beautiful colourful fish and reefs that compete even with the Great Barrier Reef.

What is included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Boat rental
  • Snorkeling guide ( 4 on 1 group )
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected areas)
  • Full set snorkeling equipment
  • Towels
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water

What is excluding

Additional equipment such as but not limited to: GoPro rental, private snorkeling guide, private car, private boat, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions about Snorkeling Nusa Penida

  1. How far away is Nusa Penida from Bali?

    Nusa Penida is located an easy 45 minutes speedboat ride from Bali starting off from Sanur or Padang Bai harbours.

  2. Can you see Manta Rays every day in Nusa Penida?

    Spotting the Manta Rays can never be guaranteed but there is a 90% chance to see it. Rarely it happens that you don’t see at least 1 or 2 Mantas Rays.

  3. Are currents strong in Nusa Penida?

    It depends on the dive site. Manta Point for example does not have any currents. But yes, Nusa Penida does have unpredictable and sometimes strong currents but they do not affect snorkeling.