Manta Point is a popular dive spot off the south shore of Nusa Penida Island. It’s so named as it’s one of the main dive sites in Bali where you can spot manta rays. These graceful rays are visible on almost every dive, along with spotted stingrays and nurse sharks.

You can dive here all year round but the best time to go is usually between August and October, when visibility can be an excellent 20 metres. Most trips depart from the dive resorts on Nusa Lembongan or from the coasts of Sanur and Padang Bai on the Bali mainland.

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Diving at Manta Point

The waters around Manta Point can get fairly cold due to the open currents from the Indian Ocean. However, visibility is often excellent here, allowing you to better explore and photograph the prolific marine life under the surface.

Divers might see sea turtles, reef sharks, and the oceanic sunfish (or mola-mola) at Manta Point. Mantas freely roam and feed in the plankton-rich waters, while enjoying the company of cleaner wrasses, which rid their bodies of parasites. You can spot these marine creatures at a depth of about 10 metres within the protected bay.

Manta Point in Bali

Location: Batukandik Village, Nusa Penida, Bali 80771, Indonesia

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