Diving With Manta Rays, Nusa Lembongan

During my recent time on the gorgeous island that is Nusa Lembongan, I decided to work towards and complete my PADI Diving certification. I had wanted to get my licence for some time and knew that the pristine clear, warm, busy aquatic waters of Indonesia would be perfect to complete it in.

Nusa Lembongan is one of the many idyllic islands that sits just off the coast of Bali, a haven within itself. I’m guessing you have heard already of The Gili’s? Or Gili Trawangan at least?

See my Guide To Gili Trawangan here

Well The Nusa Archipelago are actually located slightly closer to Bali, but are less well known and remain slightly less ‘ruined’… at the moment anyway.

Tip: You can access Nusa Lembongan from Sanur port {East Bali} which takes about an hour and cost me 600,000IDR for a return ticket. Tickets can be booked at pretty much any travel agent on the streets in Bali.

After successfully completing my PADI {YAY} and all the confined and skill dives within it, I was ready to let loose and put my new skills to the test. Seeing as I was in one of the best diving locations in the world, I decided to take my first ‘fun dive’ whilst I was still on the island. After all, one of the island’s main attractions are the Manta Rays that inhabit around the shores, so it would have been rude not to.

I dived with Blue Corner Dive, a beach front location that you will probably come across should you head to the island, whether you dive or not. Blue Corner Dive is one of the best places to watch the sunset and is located along the main tourist strip of Jungutbatu Beach.

Tip: Blue Corner Dive also have an awesome mexican menu and some super ‘instagram friendly’ coloured bean bags out the front on the beach. See the location of Blue Corner below…

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When I went out to dive with Blue Corner I was booked onto a day trip that included 2 dives at 2 separate sites.

The trip cost around 1,300,000 IDR ($95 / £80) and included a traditional Indonesian lunch, professional dive guides, all the equipment you need and the boat transfers too.

The most popular spot that the Mantas are witnessed in is, funnily enough, a site called Manta Point.

Manta Point is located just off Nusa Penida {one of the other islands in the Archipelago} and is a popular diving spot so it will be more than likely to go ahead during your stay. It is worth emailing or checking in advance when the dives are due to go out though, as they don’t go every day.

En route to Manta Point you drive around and get a gorgeous waterside view of Nusa Penida – an adventure within itself.

Note: The ocean can be very choppy out at Nusa Penida, some times a lot worse than others. The day I did my dives the seas were ‘worse than they have been in a long time’. I had never been sea sick before, but I felt beyond sick for the duration of the trip and would highly recommend you take a sea sickness tablet prior to the trip, just incase. 

Nevertheless, my dive was unbelievably magical and the sea sickness memory soon faded in the distance.

We saw 4/5 MASSIVE Mantas as we descended beneath the surface at Manta Point. Mantas are known for their fun, interactive natures and it is needless to say we all gazed in disbelief and they weaved from in, out and around us all.

The team here at Blue Corner are very professional and I was made to feel totally comfortable at all times, even despite the conditions we faced.

I would highly recommend Blue Corner, should you be looking to dive with these gorgeous creatures on Nusa Lembongan or to obtain your PADI Diving Certificate as I did.

You can see more and book your diving experience through the Blue Corner Website.

Okay okay, you want to see the pictures…

Here come the Manta Rays!

P.s. I took the photos on my Hero 5 Session.

You can see all the camera equipment I use on my travels here.

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Mollie x

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  • stephaniestraveldiary

    Wow amazing photos. I wish I knew how to work my gopro like that LOL.
    I was on Bali last summer but had no time to visit Nusa, sadly.
    Congrats on your PADI!
    x

    • thank you babe! Well actually, it was TOTAL fluke! I felt so ill and just whacked it into time lapse and took a million photos. Luckily the outcome was CRAZY GOOD.
      Thank you for the congrats, hope you get to Nusa L at some point <3 <3 <3

  • This is so so so so beautiful!! And those gopro pics are awesome xx

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  • Emma West

    Your trip looks great! Do you think it’s worth staying on Lembongan for a couple of nights or is it best to do a day trip from Gili’s or Bali?

    • I would definitely stay a night or two, it’s a beautiful island to explore 🙂 and you can toast a beer to your day / dive over the sunset! {they are amazing!} <3