The Nusa Penida East coast is the least visited and certainly the most mysterious. We find it to be the most preserved coast as well as the most authentic in terms of diving with dives sites that are rich in colors and stir your and emotions. Two sites are for experienced divers only : Malibu and Batu Abah and are two hidden treasures, but for how long? Sampalan and Karang Sari are only few minutes away from our dive center. Batuh Abah is a marine protected area and can be dive only with special authorization.
The Sampalan dive site takes its name from the nearby harbor of Sampalan village. Sampalan harbor is newly built and will be the main entry of Nusa Penida. A dive site to discover and revisit as the beauty and diversity will impress you.
Sampalan or Batu Nunggul is an extraordinary dive site as the diversity of corals and sponges will jump out at you. The current in this area is more moderate and will allow you to explore many coral formations, each one richer than the last. The entry point will depend on the current and your divemaster will take unto consideration to guide you to the best parts of the dive site. Large barrel sponges will accompany you throughout your dive as well as all the usual reef fish fauna. We like to look for frog fishes and other macro life hidden around the site.
The dive site is named after the small village of Karang sari on the east coast. A little more sheltered than the other drift dive sites. Karang Sari has a fairly large plateau inviting you to explore Macro fauna. The slope is less marked than in the north and is perfect for beginners.
Karang Sari will undoubtedly offer you a very nice dive. The topography is very interesting and suitable for all types of divers. A fairly wide plateau and a stepped slope invite you to explore all the coral formations. We love this topography which adds a unique atmosphere. Take shelter behind a coral potato to admire the blue. Indeed, as everywhere in Nusa Penida, the blue holds surprises, here we have the chance to see sharks, and not just the small white tip reef shark. You will enjoy many soft corals, morays eels, octopus, anemones, nudibranchs, frogfish and much more .
Batu Abah is one of our favorite dive sites, not only because it is unique and can be a challenge but also because it is not easy to be able to do it "legally" while respecting the marine reserve of Nusa Penida. We need a special authorization to be able to do it and only then for conservation or research.
Batu Abah dive site is the holy grail of Nusa Penida as it is difficult to be able to dive it. Not only concerning the sea conditions but also administratively. Indeed it is in the most protected area of Nusa Penida and dives are only permitted for research and surveillance. In addition to that, it is a dive site which can be extremely dangerous depending on the conditions. The easy part is the plateau sheltered by the island with a multitude of coral formations and a gently descending slope. Currents can be sudden and changeable with a typical surge in the area. It' worth it though, as big pelagics are often present with of course the famous Mola-Mola, sharks, oceanic manta rays, giant trevally, tuna and many others. If lucky enough to dive it, it's a site that you can brag about having in your logbook!
Malibu is the "wild" dive site on the east coast of Nusa Penida. With unpredictable, currents that make you go up or down without warning, this is a wild dive site where all the dexterity of your guide will be showcased.
Malibu is undoubtedly a site for seasoned divers. We don't do Malibu like any other site in Nusa Penida. We must know our divers here in order to be able to react as quickly as possible in the event of a diving complication. Here nature dominates and that makes diving even more thrilling. The drop off is magnificent with beautiful coral colonies on the edge of the slope. The plateau is littered with successive staghorn colonies and the fauna scrolls by like a movie. Malibu is the dive site where there is no limit, everything is possible, from Mola-Mola to schools of eagle rays, black tip sharks or even more ...