Nusa Penida Center area is for us the dive site between north coast and west coast. They are 3 well knows dive site with Toyapakeh, Ceningan wall and Gamat bay. Less dive than the classic of Nusa Penida those 3 dive sites are really worth it. Usually we decide to dive them when we have dive package or would like to show our diver other good diving area in Nusa Penida.
Toyapakeh, named after the village where the first Nusa Penida harbour is located, is a fairly busy dive site because of its versatility. Fit to every level depending on current condition and full of good surprises.
Toyapakeh is a very large dive site, especially if you count the shallow part where beginners will delight their dive. More seriously, the dive site requires a good knowledge of tides and currents analysis. Indeed the dives will be quite different in current entering (towards the East) or outgoing (towards the West). What we prefer is the slack tide in order to be able to enjoy the site and contemplate the fauna rich in colors. We like to “land” between 16 and 25 meters, sheltered by large coral formations in order to be able to contemplate the fauna passing through the blue. Toyapakeh is like North Nusa Penida dive sites, often a drift dive. The entry point will be determined by your guide depending on the currents. An appropriate briefing will be given according to conditions ...
We love Toyapakeh for its terraced topography, but even more for its wildlife. Even if the macro is present and diverse, we like Toyapakeh for the atmosphere and the feeling of being able to come across a large pelagic at any time.
Ceningan wall is, as its name suggests, a drop off on the south of Ceningan island. Not always doable due to strong currents and big surge but as soon as the opportunity arises our guides do not hesitate for a second ... The ideal is a weak current to be able to enjoy the "wall" and the fauna.
Ceningan wall is not for beginners, as the current can be quite strong as well as the surge. You need good buoyancy control as in any drift dive and even more for the safety stop with surge and swell. The entry point will depend on the current, sometimes it is better to enter further south-west. The drop off is impressive strewn with hard and soft corals of all colors. Ceningan wall is also an opportunity to meet large pelagics, Mola-Mola are not rare but the most impressive is certainly the many schools of fish such as barracuda, fusiliers, red-toothed triggerfish, jacks, tuna, rays ... If conditions allow it is also a good opportunity to focus on macro fauna with many nudibranchs.
Gamat bay in Nusa Penida is like a little cute sin. Very versatile dive site and at the same time which can be demanding. A bay which seems sheltered but facing a channel with the strongest currents in the world. Exceptional flora and fauna, diversity of approach and types of dives make this bay one of the most popular on the island.
Gamat bay is a multi-purpose dive site and is often offered for its flexibility regarding the different types of divers on the boat. Indeed the dive site is ideal for try scuba diving and ambiance dives. The bay is rich in coral formations, while the exit of the bay, even if it can be more sporty, offers a beautiful slope very rich in colors. Do not forget to look on the deep blue! Mola Mola are regularly "spotted" at this location. However Gamat bay can be quite a difficult dive site depending on the conditions and current. We like to do it in drift diving with launching north or south (depending on current) and enjoy the show before going to take shelter in the bay. Macro enthusiasts are not left out as the fauna is varied and will delight macro-photographer. A dive site to discover absolutely during your stay in Nusa Penida.