Manta Point Nusa Penida Island, Bali – Indonesia
Snorkeling with these giant Manta Ray’s at Manta Point Nusa Penida Island was one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life. With the crystal clear water, sea life everywhere, and the easy accessibility it is definitely a must see when you visit Nusa Penida, Bali.
How to get to Manta Point Nusa Penida Island
Manta Point is located on Nusa Penida Island and can be reached by boats departing from Nusa Lembongan down by the main harbor from which you arrived in Nusa Lembongan. There is no shortage of tours to be found so make sure you select the right one. I booked my tour through Monkey Surfing and it was 200.000 Rupiah.
I stayed at The Tamarind Resort during my stay on Nusa Lembongan so we departed from there ( which happens to be right down the street ) around eight in the morning. Try to go as early as possible to beat all of the tourists as Manta Point Nusa Penida is a very popular area and will fill up quickly.
The group of 10 I was with boarded our private boat provided by Monkey Surfing and we were on our way to Manta Point Nusa Penida. It is so amazing how blue and clear the water is on these Nusa Islands and staring into the beautiful blue abyss made the quick ride over to Manta Point even shorter than it actually was. Although we were amongst the first boats to take off to Manta Point we were still met with about six boats that had already gotten there before us.
We were warned that seeing manta rays at Manta Point isn’t promised as they are wild animals and are free to glide wherever they please. However, once we pulled up there was instant excitement when our boat captain started yelling, “manta manta!” We were all so excited to jump in the water with these fascinating creatures and so we quickly prepared our underwater equipment and dove in. Life was to be seen everywhere it was incredible.
While underwater with these giants at Manta Point Nusa Penida the aim is to sit on one spot and not follow the mantas because they swim in a circular pattern and loop by you constantly, the good ole, “work smarter not harder.” I had seen pictures of Manta Point Nusa Penida but I could have never expected what it was actually like. I urge you to go experience this for yourself!
As you have seen on the above photos there were jellies all over the place. However, we were promised that these particular jellies don’t sting you… usually. For the most part it was true but some of us did get stung, only minor stings though, the pain and rash went away in less than an hour.
After we had swam with the giant manta rays at Manta Point Nusa Penida for as long as we could handle it was off to the next location where we could chill on a beautiful beach and enjoy a coconut, snorkel some more, or even watch cock fights ( not my thing ).
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
Our tour guide through Monkey Surfing was awesome and extremely flexible. The tour was meant to go to 12 p.m. and we still had some time after snorkeling with the giant manta rays at Manta Point Nusa Penida. He gave us some options and we decided to go to Crystal bay were we could all relax on the beautiful beach.
We anchored up and were free to do what we wanted on this beautiful beach for a couple hours. We could snorkel there but we had just done about 2.5 hours of snorkeling so we all opted to stay on land. I got myself a massive coconut.
The rest of the group went to watch the cockfighting that was going on, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch it. The locals were all about it, huddled closely betting away all their money as two roosters with daggers attached to there legs battled to the death. Most likely both roosters would end up dying in the exhibition so it was really a matter of which one died first. The beach was so nice but 12 p.m. rolled around and we were back on the boat and headed back to the harbor at Nusa Lembongan. The trip was worth every penny spent and I hope that this blog influences you to go experience it for yourself!
If you have any questions about my journey through Nusa Penida, Ceningan, or Lembongan let me know below I am happy to answer any questions you may have.