With the Tyrannosaurus Rex looking cliff formation of Kelingking beach and turquoise sea water, Nusa Penida is easily Bali’s poster child. The remote and quite unspoiled island is located just at the tip of the south-east of Bali. Nusa Penida is famous for its impressive beaches, snorkelling and diving. The island is overridden with currents from the Indian Ocean with rich nutrients which contributes to the burst of life underneath its water. No divers would want to miss Nusa Penida. But before you go pack your dive gears, there are five important cautions you need to pay attention to.
Not All Diving Site in Nusa Penida is Suitable for Beginners
The Nusa Penida is undoubtedly the most famous dive destination in Bali after Tulamben’s USAT Liberty wreck site. It appears on many divers’ bucket list, mainly for the coral gardens and the rare duo, Mola Mola sunfish and Manta Rays. Both are gigantic and majestic ocean creatures that you cannot see just anywhere. However, Nusa Penida is not entirely friendly for diving beginners. Ocean currents in many sites are known to be strong and unpredictable. This also means good opportunity for drift diving, which excites advanced and pro divers. Beginners would enjoy Manta Point and North Shore as the currents is generally calmer. Always consult with your dive instructor before jumping into any site.
Enough Cash to Sustain Your Trip
Despite its popularity, Nusa Penida is still a remote small island where ATM machine is rare and sparse. And when it’s available, often times it only serves local bank cards. So don’t make it difficult for yourself. Take enough cash to last during your days diving in Nusa Penida.
Safe Place to Keep Your Money
While robbery is not a common thing in Bali, it never hurts to be cautious. Now that you bring lots of money in cash, better have somewhere safe to keep it.
Ethical Diving with the Manta and Mola Mola
The majestic, gigantic Manta Rays and Mola Mola Sunfish which come in seasons are the number one magnet of Nusa Penida’s underwater. But here’s the ultimate caution when you decide to go diving in Nusa Penida to meet these amazing creatures; do not, for any non-rescuing reasons, touch them. A lot of irresponsible divers tried to touch them out of amazement while in fact it could hurt these fishes. Touching Manta Rays and Mola Mola could remove protective film layers from their skin which make them susceptible to infections. Treat every creature with respect. Never touch, never take, and never leave anything.
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Diving with Trustable Company in Nusa Penida
Solo diving in Nusa Penida is not advisable. We really recommend you to hire a diving company to help you having better experience. Not only that they will keep you safe from the unseen dangers of Nusa Penida’s depth and currents, they will also make arranging your accommodation and transportation better.