Macro: diving in Bali is very famous in Indonesia and especially the small island of Nusa Lembongan South. Beyond her beautiful coral and his beautiful drifting it's mainly the fact of being able to see manta rays in Nusa penida which attracts people !! Add to that the unique chance of being able to see the very rare in season mola mola (moon Fish) and you make Nusa Lembongan a destination absolutely to do if you come to make a diving stay in Bali ! Many diving clubs, many of whom speak French, are waiting for you at Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida to offer you diving course, of baptism to theopen water and even make a divemaster. The place is therefore suitable for all types of divers and snorkelers!

Context: Instructor in the Gili islands for 1 year, I had the opportunity to go diving several times in Bali and in particular in Nusa Lembongan.

# Overview
# Presentation
# Diving # Manta rays # Mola molas
# Dive sites 
# Seasons and conditions
# Diving club
# Accommodation
# Dive prices 
# Diving training 
# How to get there 
# My diving review

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  • Macro: Bali's best diving destination.
  • Best diving season Nusa Lembongan : April to November.
  • Manta ray season : all year.
  • Mola mola season : July to September.
  • Best Nusa Lembongan dive sites : Blue corner, Manta point, Crystal bay, Toyapakeh.
  • Common Marine Life : classic fish from Indonesia + manta rays (Manta point).
  • Possible species mola molas (in season), reef sharks.
  • French-speaking diving club Nusa lembongan : French kiss various Lembongan.
  • Access : 30 minutes by boat from Sanur or 2 hours from the Gilis / Lombok islands.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurRecommendations by category of divers:

> New diver : good for a baptism or spend your open water.
> Confirmed : to do absolutely if you come to Bali!
> Experienced : very good, but Raja Ampat, Komodo, Alor and the banda sea are clearly above.
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Where is Nusa Lembongan?

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  • It is a small island south of Bali.
  • We often talk about Nusa Lembongan and sometimes Nusa Penida.
  • The map below will help you understand:
    • The two islands are very close to each other (with even Nusa Cenindan in between)
    • Nusa Lembongan is much more developed than Nusa Penida.
    • Nusa Penida is much bigger and prettier but there is no big thing on the island (less housing, roads, shops), but more beautiful to visit.
    • Dive sites are divided between Lembongan and Penida but the majority of diving centers are located in Lembongan.

A very nice little island

Lembongan land 2-min

  • There are not that diving in Nusa Lembongan / Penida.
  • You can rent a scooter and to walk inside the island.
  • Beautiful beaches, beautiful views, Buddhist temples ...
  • I advise you at least a day in Nusa Penida.

Rather calm atmosphere

  • The atmosphere is rather quiet in Nusa Lembongan (even quieter in Nusa Penida).
  • There are not many bars and neither nightlife.
  • The leaders of the island want the place do not become "Kuta" or "Trawangan", so all the bars close towards 10-11h.
  • If you want more "animation", you will have to go to Gili Trawangan (very lively atmosphere) or Gili Air (casual and very nice atmosphere).

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How is diving in Nusa Lembongan?

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  • Diving in Nusa Lembongan is rather sporty! It's not Komodobut the currents can be very strong still!
  • Apart Manta point (site for mantas) and Crystal bay (site for mola molas), the dives are rather north of Nusa Penida and are beautiful drifting.

What marine life in Nusa Lembongan?

Lembongan nord 4-min

  • Coralrather well preserved. Soft corals, hard corals, There is something for every taste!
  • Pisces : You will find all types of classic fish from the Bali area  (angels, parrots, butterflies, surgeons, chests, lions ... but also moray eels, octopus, cuttlefish ...)
  • Rare species : There is some sites (especially Blue Corner) where you can find reef sharkbut we do not come to Bali to see sharks (There are other areas in Indonesia for that: Komodo, Raja Ampat, sea of Banda ...). Feeding sharks can meet on some sites.
  • Turtle : There are not a lot (you'll have to go to the Gili Islands for that).
  • Macro : Lembongan is not no longer really famous for that macro, this is not where you will find frogfish or seahorses on every street corner…
  • Wrecks : there are not any.

Diving for experienced divers

Nusa Lembongan is perfect for experienced divers or spend his advanced!

Lembongan nord 5-min

  • All northern dives from Nusa Penida are from beautiful drifting and can be subject to strong currents (which means a lot of fish!).
  • See the manta rays is really exceptional, and you will appreciate it even more if you master the current and the swell that can be on the spot.
  • See the mola molas is truly a unique experience!

Diving to try / learn

Nusa Lembongan is not the best place to start diving.

Lembongan crystal bay 12-min

  • Having seen the conditions on the spot, I would not recommend doing a baptism or your open water (level 1) in Nusa Lembongan.
  • Dives are very often subject to a lot of current, the visibility can be reduced and there is a lot of swell which makes entry and diving close to the surface difficult.
  • I you recommend instead Gilis or Amed Islands.
  • On the other hand to pass the Advanced is not bad!

Diving tips for a few days on Nusa Lembongan

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  • A day : Crystal bay / Manta point to see the mola molas (in season) and manta rays.
  • One to two days in the north of Penida : to make beautiful drift dives (Toyapakeh, Sental, Ped, SD ...)
  • If you are really experienced, try to organize a dive at Blue corner (more info below), it's the best site of the island, but the conditions are often very rough (especially the current), so it's hard enough to go (in 3 times there, I have not managed to do it!)

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Of course see the manta rays is the main attraction of Nusa Lembongan!

The 10 essential info to know about manta rays here!

Or see manta rays in Nusa Lembongan?

Manta Lembogan 1 x 1 close blue-min

  • The best place to see manta rays in Nusa Lembongan is Manta point which is a cleaning station with manta rays.
  • Macro: manta rays season in Nusa lembongan is ALL YEAR ! But, it is not guaranteed to see each time (90% chance according to local instructors).
  • He may have some dozens and dozens, or one or not at all

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The organization to see the manta rays of Nusa Lembongan

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  • All centers offer the same formula : 2 dives, one to Crystal bay (to see the mola molas in season) and one to Manta point.
  • The exit takes the day :
    • Departure in the morning around 9am
    • First dive at Crystal bay
    • Lunch on the boat
    • Second dive at Manta point
    • Back to 14-15h


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The second big attraction of Nusa Lembongan is to have maybe the chance to see the very rare mola molas!

10 essential info to know about mola molas here! 

Where to see the mola molas in Nusa Lembongan?

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  • The best known site for seeing mola molas in Nusa Lembongan is Crystal bay.
  • They usually evolve in deep watersbut Crystal bay is a cleaning station where they go back in season (from July to October) to the area of 20-30m.
  • Even in season NOT GUARANTEED TO SEE ! (60-70% chance according to local instructors).

The good plan to see the mola molas in Nusa Lembongan!

If you are a experienced diver this information will interest you!


  • Everyone goes to Crystal Bay to see the mola molas, but in fact, the best site to see them in season is Blue corner!!!
  • The problem is that it's much more difficult to organize because of the conditions (the current can be very strong), so the centers prefer to go to Crystal bay, which is still protected.
  • But if you are an experienced diver who will manage the current, go to Blue Corner to see the mola molas, there will be more than Crystal Bay!
  • There will be a lot less people and you will have the opportunity to see more things: lots of sharks, eagle rays, humpback parrots
  • Visit Lembongan discovery dive centerGuaranteed that they can take you to Blue Corner!

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The organization to see the mola molas of Lembongan

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  • All centers offer the same formula : 2 dives, one at Crystal bay (to see the mola molas in season) and one at Manta point.
  • The exit takes the day :
    • Departure in the morning around 9am
    • First dive at Crystal bay
    • Lunch on the boat
    • Second dive at Manta point
    • Back to 14-15h


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Map of dive sites Nusa Lembongan Bali

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What are the mbest dive sites Nusa Lembongan Bali

Apart from the two well-known sites of Crystal bay and Manta point, the most beautiful dives in Lembongan are Blue Corner and north of Nusa Penida :

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  • Manta point: the mantas site
    Without a doubt the most famous site of Lembongan, and Bali (with Liberty on Amed). This cleaning station with manta rays is located in a kind of big bay. The site is a sand plateau between 12 and 18m with a huge rock in the middle (the top is 5 m from the surface) where the manta rays come to be cleaned. It can be subject to a very big swell which makes entry difficult at times, but also buoyancy control during the dive! You can also simply snorkel with manta rays on the site.

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  • Crystal bay: the site at mola mola (in season).
    This is the site the best known of Bali (and maybe even Asia) to see mola molas. This is not the only site for that in Lembongan, but the one that present the best conditions and the most chances (except Blue corner, see below). We follow a right hand slope to the end of the "corner" just before the current of the strait between the two islands begins and we hope that the mola molas arrive (for info, I saw three the first time I went there and a second time, both times in September).

Lembongan crystal bay 7-min

  • Blue corner: the best site of Nusa Lembongan !!
    This site is supposed to be the best of the island, but in three times there, I never managed to do it !! Always subject to a very strong current, the conditions do not always allow to go there and it is reserved only for very very experienced divers! We start with a slope and we arrive at a "corner", where we find a beautiful drop around 25m. At this place, we can see a abundance of pelagics : reef sharks, wrasse, tunas, eagle rays, giant trevally (giant trevallies) and in season (July-October), it's the best site to see mola molas (see "dive with mola mola" above). Visibility between 15 and 30m, it is often subject to thermocline so the temperature can vary from 20 ° to 28 ° C.

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  • Toyapakeh: very beautiful site
    That is sure my favorite dive (but I did not do Blue Corner), one of the best sites in Nusa Lembongan for sure. Located northwest of Nusa Penida, at the entrance to the Ceningan Strait, this site is rather protected from the current. The hard and soft corals are beautiful, there is a lot of life, benches of red tooth triggerfish (triggerfish), anthias, fish surgeons ... and the visibility is often very good (20-30m).

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  • Sental / Ped / SD: great drift dives
    These three sites are located north of Nusa Penida and present similar types of diving. Always subject to current (weak to very loud), are beautiful drifts along a slope, with beautiful coral all along and a lot of fish from start to finish diving. We are not bored, there is always something to watch!
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You can almost dive all year round in Bali and Nusa Lembongan But the best diving season in Bali is from April to November.


When to dive in Nusa Lembongan Bali?

  • Avoid the rainy season from December to February.
  • Manta ray season in Bali is all year round.
  • The mola molas season in Bali is from July to September.

Diving conditions at Nusa Lembongan Bali :

  • Visibility to Nusa lembongan bali : good, between 20 and 30 m.
  • Water temperature at Nusa lembongan bali : 20 to 28 ° (this is one of the special features here, there are a lot of thermoclines and the water can be very cold).
  • Current Nusa lembongan bali : often strong, especially on northern sites.
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The best dive centers from Nusa Lembongan to Bali

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  • French kiss various (see below)
  • Dive concept (see below)
  • Lembongan discovery dive center (if you want to be sure to go to Blue Corner!)
  • Bali Dive academy
  • Blue corner dive
  • Two various fish

The best diving clubs French in Nusa Lembongan Bali

French Kiss Divers Lembonganlembongan FKD 7

  • After Kao tao and Malapascua, French kiss diver has opened a new center in Nusa Lembongan!
  • Good atmosphere, professional instructors, well organized center, equipment always in good condition
  • You can go there with your eyes closed!

Dive concept

  • One of the 1st "French" center in Bali
  • They are clubs in Lembongan, Amed, Pemuteran and Tulamben.
  • Renowned for being the least to dive on Bali.
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What is the price for diving in Nusa Lembongan?


  • The price of a single dive in Nusa Lembongan Bali is around 500,000 RP (27 €).
  • The price of a single dive in Nusa Lembongan is around 625,000 RP (€ 35).
  • The price of a diving baptism in Nusa Lembongan Bali is around 850,000 RP (47 €) for 1 dive (cheaper than the Gili Islands) and 1.4M RP (78 €) for 2 dives.
  • The price of a PADI open water (level 1) in Nusa Lembongan Bali is 5M RP (278 €), cheaper than the Gili Islands.
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Diving schools in Nusa Lembongan Bali


All the diving schools in Nusa lembongan or Nusa Penida offer PADI or SSI diving training, you can:

  • Discover diving by doing a first dive.
  • Learn to dive and pass open water PADI or SSI, the equivalent of level 1 diving.
  • Continue to improve by doing your Advanced or your Rescue.
  • Nusa Lembongan is also a great place to do your divemaster.
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Diving accommodation Bali Nusa Lembongan


It's very easy to get to Nusa Lembongan, just take a boat from Bali.

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Sanur to Nusa Lembongan by speedboat: 30 min

  • Whether you come from anywhere on the island (Ubud, Kuta, Amed ...), to take a speed boat in Sanur is the best solution to go to Nusa Lembongan (or Penida) from Bali.
  • The crossing takes about 30 minutes.
  • There are departures everyday and all day with many different companies.

Journey from Gili / Lombok islands to Nusa Lembongan by speedboat: 2h

  • There are departures everyday with several different companies.
  • You can go from Gili Air, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and even Bangsal on Lombok (There are other departure cities from Lombok).
  • The crossing takes about 2h.
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It is obvious that if you are a diver (beginner or experienced), the possibility of going see manta rays in Bali do not refuse! For some very experienced divers, there are other places that I will recommend (with far fewer people, see the full article on theIndonesia for that), but they are harder to access. Diving with mola molas in season is also quite exceptional! The other dives (especially in the north) sare very nice for those who master the current. On the other hand, I would advise against starting diving in Nusa Lembongan, Amed on Bali or the Gili Islands are in my opinion more suitable places. In summary, spend 3-4 days in Nusa Lembongan for mantas and mola mola, make beautiful dives, relax on a nice island and see beautiful landscapes it seems to me not bad!!

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