Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Diving in Nusa Penida, Bali

My bro, Rave and his fiance, Ms. Tjak were getting married in Bali so Gaffa and I took this opportunity to do some diving. We did some research and found that Bali was famous for its manta rays and the mola mola but it was not mola mola season. So we decided to do our first day of diving at Nuda Penida, in search for some manta rays.

Earlier in the year we'd taught The Banker and her boyfriend to dive, and we also found out that a few of Rave's friends were divers too. I organised with a PADI CDC (the highest rating for a dive centre) - Crystal Divers to spend the day out on their boat with a group of 9 of us - 7 divers and 2 snorklers. They were very efficient in answering our questions via email beforehand and their level of service and professionalism was top notch. I would highly recommend them for anyone diving in Bali. They're service provides everything: pickup and drop off from your hotel, gear hire and lunch, snacks and drinks during the day. The prices are reasonable also, giving discounts to PADI professionals.

Our first dive was a Manta Point. As the name suggests, we were diving here at the cleaning station hoping to see manta rays swim by. And we did! The first one was quite far away but still exciting. The second one came closer and swam above our guide who had a camera and managed to get some great shots. On that dive we also saw a turtle which stuck around and had a feed.

For the second dive we did an awesome drift dive at Jack Point. The marine life that we saw was so abundant. It's amazing to see this, as usually sites that are over dived are not.

Our main guide by the name of Toto, was a staff instructor and also a magician. He entertained us all day with his magic tricks and good humour, which made for a very fun and exciting day - as you can see by the photos.

Most of these photos were take by Sunfish Toto. 


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