For many divers, going to a scuba diving trip to Nusa Penida would always means of swimming with manta ray, mola mola, and probably some drift diving. However, the Nusa Penida is more than the beaches and the sea. There are so many things to discover in Nusa Penida on your dive trip. So keep your eyes open and let your soul wander!
The Origin Name of Nusa Penida
As a scuba diving enthusiast, you might know more about the Nusa Penida for its crystal clear water and amazing biodiversity. But do you know that the Nusa Penida, in Balinese local language, means the Island of priests? Nusa means Island whilst Penida means priest. Legend has it said that the Nusa Penida was the place where dark spirits dwells after banished from Bali by the priests. But the mutual existence of dark and light—of negative and positive—is deemed necessary in Balinese Hindu teaching for the balance of the universe. So fear not. You can still enjoy Nusa Penida’s natural beauty as you want.
June is the Worst Time to Have Scuba Diving in Nusa Penida
Do you know that June is the worst time to go and dive to Nusa Penida? If you are planning a summer holiday, it’s better to wait until July to August to go there. The east wind from Australia hit Indonesia, and especially Bali on June. The waves get really big and the seas get really choppy. It’s the worst time to have a sea journey as well as diving. The best time to visit Nusa Penida for scuba diving is between July to November, when the elusive Mola Mola sunfish go up to the ocean surface.
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Nusa Penida has the Clearest and Coldest Water for Scuba Diving
Among all other diving spots in Bali, Nusa Penida is probably the clearest and coldest of all. While the water in Bali generally stay warm at 27 – 30 Celcius degrees, the water temperature in Nusa Penida could be as low as 22 – 16 Celcius degree. If Nusa Penida is listed on your scuba diving wish list during your Bali trip, make sure to pack a 5mm thick full wet suit. You don’t want to get hypothermia while venturing the ocean beauty, don’t you?
You Need to Wear Shorts, Flip Flops, and Plastic Bag Upon Departure
Do you know that you need to walk from the boat to the beach on Sanur and Nusa Penida? Their ports are not like other ports in general. There’s no deck where you can jump into the boat. That means you need to jump into the water and get wet. Your sandals/ shoes will be collected by the operator and get dumped to the beach. Make sure you are wearing less expensive sandals. Your pants will get wet so shorts will work better. Don’t forget to wrap your bag in a plastic bag or better, use a waterproof bag.