MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA!
Snorkeling at Manta Point Nusa Penida is up there with one of the most epic experiences I have ever had. These underwater giants are incredibly humble and to be able to swim with them is a moment you will never forget!
I have put together this complete guide of Manta Point Nusa Penida including where to book and what to expect!
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WHERE TO BOOK A SNORKELING TRIP TO MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA
There are a couple of options to book a snorkeling trip to Manta Point Nusa Penida and they are:
From Nusa Penida Island, boat tours operate out of Toya Pakeh Bay to Manta Point Nusa Penida on a daily basis.
You can head down to one of the many tourist offices in Toya Pakeh to organise your snorkeling trip to Manta Point. The cost of a Manta Point snorkeling tour is around 200,000 IDR.
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The Manta Bay Snorkeling Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.
This tour includes a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali, English-speaking guide and you will visit such spots as Manta Point Nusa Penida, Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay, Toyapakeh Wall and more! All this for less than $50 USD.
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Manta rays at Manta Point Nusa Penida
Gearing up at Manta Point Nusa Penida
MY EXPERIENCE AT MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA
Our snorkeling trip to Manta Point Nusa Penida began at 8:30 am, so my friends and I went down to meet with our boat and guide at Toyapakeh Bay. Our guide sorted us all out with some snorkeling gear and fins before jumping on board the boat.
We cruised through crystal clear waters towards Nusa Penida Manta Point. Within seconds of arriving, our snorkeling 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 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 at Manta Point Nusa Penida 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 to 10 different mantas at Manta Point Nusa Penida on this morning’s snorkeling experience, which is more than usual. I think it is safe to say we got very lucky!
Manta Point Nusa Penida
Our Manta Point Nusa Penida guide
Manta ray at Manta Point Nusa Penida
MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA – CONTINUED
Our guide on the Manta Point Nusa Penida tour was really flexible with our group and was happy to do whatever we requested.
So we snorkeled for at least 2 hours at Nusa Penida Manta Point before making our way around to Crystal Bay on the boat. The reef here is super colorful 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 to the beach.
We spotted a large group of locals that were gathered under some temporary tarps hung between the trees. We wandered over to see what was going on and discovered a traditional cockfighting tournament. Big money was getting thrown around the arena, betting for one rooster to win the battle. It wasn’t my scene by any means and I couldn’t stand watching it for long.
Small warungs line the beach at Crystal Bay if you want to grab a fresh coconut to sip on under the shade of the palms. Crystal Bay beach is also an epic location to get those ‘tropical island vibe’ shots.
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Palm tree lined shoreline at Crystal Bay Beach
Crystal Bay Beach – Manta Point Nusa Penida
Snorkeling at Manta Point Nusa Penida
TOYAPAKEH WALL SNORKELING SITE
After a short stop at Crystal Bay, the Manta Point Nusa Penida tour continues to Toyapakeh Wall which is another popular diving and snorkeling site here on Nusa Penida Island.
Toyapakeh Wall is a diverse marine ecosystem with an abundance of corals and tropical fish that you can see while drifting in the current along the surface. Make sure you save enough battery on your cameras for this spot.
From here, the boat will drop you back to Toya Pakeh which concludes the Mant Point Nusa Penida tour.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near Manta Point Nusa Penida to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pandawa Beach Resort & Spa
This amazing beachfront 5-star resort is centrally located on Nusa Penida Island. Pandawa Beach Resort offers beachfront rooms, outdoor swimming pool, free wifi and ocean views. The rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen tv’s, private bathrooms and modern interior. A continental or buffet breakfast is included for all guests.
Mid Range: La Roja Bungalows
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida which is a short drive away from Manta Point Nusa Penida. These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people featuring spacious rooms, private bathroom, air-conditioning and free wifi. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, shared lounge and restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also included. Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Nusa Garden Bungalow
The best budget accommodation in Nusa Penida and a short drive away to Manta Point Nusa Penida. There are dorm rooms, double rooms and family rooms available at Nusa Garden Bungalow at a very affordable price. These Balinese-style bungalows are fitted with a fan, mosquito net and ensuite bathroom. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
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AIRBNB NEAR MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA
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WHAT TO PACK FOR NUSA PENIDA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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