Snorkelling at Manta Point Nusa Penida is up there with one of the most epic experiences I have ever had. These humble underwater giants fly through the ocean like eagles in the sky.
Snorkelling adventures to Manta Point Nusa Penida can be booked on Nusa Lembongan island at one of the many tour companies down by the harbour. I booked my snorkelling trip with Monkey Activities, a local tour group on Nusa Lembongan island for 200,000 Rupiah. You can CLICK HERE to organise your trip with them.
There are 3 Nusa Islands to explore, just a short 30 minutes boat ride from mainland Bali. I used Tamarind Resort as a base for my adventures this week on Nusa Lembongan. You can check out their rooms and rates HERE.
WHERE IS MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA
The snorkelling trip began at 8:30am, so my friends and I walked down to the harbour, met with our tour guide and jumped on board our private boat. We cruised through crystal clear waters towards Nusa Penida Manta Point. Within seconds of arriving, our snorkelling guide starting yelling out “manta, manta manta.” We spotted a ray cruising along the surface of the water and we were quick to jump in with a mask, snorkel and fins!
These majestic creatures are absolutely incredible! They glide effortlessly through the ocean and are really friendly to swim with. The manta rays can be quite intimidating to begin with due to their body size of up to 5 meters, though you will soon realise they are harmless, humble giants. I counted roughly 8-10 different mantas at Manta Point Nusa Penida on this mornings snorkelling adventure, which is more than usual. I think it is safe to say we got very lucky!
Our snorkelling guide was really flexible with our group and was happy to do whatever we requested. So we snorkelled for at least 2.5 hours at Nusa Penida Manta Point before making our way around to Crystal Bay on the boat. The reef here is super colourful and many species of fish can be seen.
Palm trees in the bay line the beach on a golden stretch of sand, so we asked our guide if we could go explore and he was more than happy to drop us over there. There was a crowd of locals on the island that were gathered under some temporary tarps hung between the trees. I wandered over to see what was going on and discovered a traditional cock fighting tournament. Big money was getting thrown around the arena to bet for one rooster to win the battle.
There are small warungs on the beach to sip on a fresh coconut under the shade of the palms. Crystal Bay beach is an epic location to get those ‘tropical island vibe’ shots.
The journey back to Nusa Lembongan from Crystal bay is a short 15 minute boat ride back to harbour.
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