Nusa Lembongan Scuba Diving – Indonesia
Scuba Diving Tips
Scuba diving Lembongan is a real treat. The waters are less populated and much less disturbed than Bali’s coasts. The reefs are dazzling and the sea life is unique, such as the HUGE Mola-Mola. If you get a chance to see these gentle giants, do it!
- Don’t forget your PADI card!
- Do a boat dive with a master diver
- Remember regulations about altitude and flying
- Try to time your visit with Mola-Mola season
- Don’t wear green in the ocean
Our Recent Dive Experience
The last time we visited Nusa Lembongan, we did a boat dive with Big Fish Diving. We only really wanted to do one dive, but after hearing more, we decided to do two. It was worth it. The first dive was on the far Northeast end of the island. We enjoyed seeing some beautiful tropical reef and fish.
The second dive was really exciting. A bit more West, we did a drift dive. The current was moving strongly west, which is true to the island’s character. It was fantastic! We sat cross-legged and watched the reef race past us. It was exciting yet relaxing not having to do any swimming around. It was a real effort though, when we did want to stop and check something out more closely. We saw eels, clown fish, nudie brachs, angel fish, tons of different butterfly fish, amazing flat florescent coral and much more.
Going by boat with an experienced dive master made all the difference. The boat followed our bubbles and was waiting for us when we surfaced. We also had a chance to see the Mangrove Forest from the water.
Quick Reminder: Remember altitude! If you plan on flying anywhere, make sure you have ample time after your dive (at least 12 to 24 hours depending on the number and types of dives). Also, something many people forget, if you want to go into central Bali to see the volcanoes, keep in mind that many of them are at high altitude (higher than 1,000 feet). It causes the same effect as flying, so be careful!
Big Fish Diving
We took the advice of our resort concierge and used the dive boat and guides at Big Fish Diving, located near the Ferry ticket counter.
One of the owners, Tim, was our guide. He was a lot of fun, with some in-depth knowledge of the area and ocean life. Originally from Nigeria and England, he exemplifies the new face of Bali. Another very nice, interesting traveler pairing up with local businessmen to help pull in the tourist dollar. He did a great job, and it was nice to have a well-spoken (English speaking) guide for our dives. He and his lady are enjoying the good life and his enthusiasm for what he does makes the dive that much better.
Some Quick Bali Facts:
- Most Balinese Hindus don’t go scuba diving. It is still widely believed that the deep ocean holds evil spirits
- Mola-Mola (sunfish) season in Bali is from July to November
- The color green is taboo in the ocean to the Balinese. Don’t wear it.
- There are many great dive locations around Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida. See some of these spots on our Nusa Lembongan Map.
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We’d like to thank Natalie Brown for her beautiful Nusa Lembongan scuba photographs.