How to get there
From Bali, there are many ferry companies that disembark from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida. You can book online HERE, or from a tourist center.
If you are staying in Lembongan, like us, there are many tours that go from the beach every morning. Ask your hotel or homestay what they offer or can arrange for you. We’re sure it will be the same situation in Penida, too.
Most tour company’s will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the boat.
We paid 150,000IRD (£8/$11) each for the morning snorkeling tour, which was worth it just to see the manta rays.
What to Expect
The tour will take 3 hours (9-11am) with up to 20 people, and consists of three stops; Manta Point, Crystal Bay and Mangrove point. Each stop will be approximately 30 minutes.
The day we went was VERY windy. It was the roughest boat ride we’ve ever experienced. Luckily we don’t get motion sickness, but if you do you might want to take a Benadryl.
You are almost guaranteed to see Manta Rays, unless the weather is very bad, so check with your tour company or guide before going. When our boat anchored we could see two near the surface already. They are amazing creatures and it was incredible to swim near them. Don’t be alarmed if they appear close to you, they will glide below to dodge you.
Snorkeling at Manta point is often more difficult than what you might have experienced before, due to the swell and waves. Lifejackets are provided if desired, for those people who aren’t strong swimmers.
The other two snorkeling points were much clearer, where you can see live coral and and array of different fish.
What to Bring
For any boat tour it’s important to take;
- GoPro (recommended)
What is provided;
- Mask and Snorkel
- Life jacket (optional)
–> Read about our Nusa Penida Bike Tour HERE
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