Manta point is one of the most famous dive sites in Nusa Penida because you can see Manta rays almost all year round. And with a good guide, you will see much more than Mantas : sharks, macro, marbled rays, eagle rays, sting rays. We even saw a Mola Mola there. The opportunity for great discovery or fun dives during your trip to Bali !

Diving Manta Point, Nusa Penida

Manta Point is renowned as one of the most popular dive sites of Nusa Penida island, providing a unique opportunity to dive alongside majestic manta rays almost every day of the year. The site’s name is derived from the community of manta rays that inhabit the surrounding deep waters. Visitors are often treated to a spectacular display as the creatures rise to shallower waters, where they are attended to by small reef fishes that help them cleanse themselves of parasites. The dive itself typically begins at a sandbar, leading to the first of several cleaning stations.

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3 Mantas Ray at Manta Point

Let the show begin

The show begins there, around that massive coral bump where they are flying around. After some time, we usually go across a lively and rich big coral plateau to join the second cleaning station. We enjoy there the diversity of the fauna present at Manta Point. And we finally follow the blue to find those specific rocks and bumps where reef sharks can be spotted.

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Manta Ray (photo Fhon)

You now get the idea, Manta point is famous for the Mantas, but it is also an incredible dive site where everything can show up. We also often see there Bamboo sharks and blue spotted stingrays. It is also a highlight to see smaller organisms, like rare species of nudibranchs, Zanzibar shrimps, Porcelain crabs. We recently met an awesome crown jelly fish. To know more about the marine fauna in Bali you can read this guide of Nusa Penida diving.

What is a manta ray cleaning station ?

The site welcomes several coral heads which serve as cleaning stations for the manta rays. What is a cleaning station ? It’s quite an eco-system : manta ray constantly turn around the coral head so that the cleaner fishes, mostly wrasses, remove their bacteria and other parasitic microorganisms. Plankton is also very present and manta ray can eat the plankton while being cleaned. Read more about Manta Rays and cleaning stations.

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At the cleaning station

Manta Rays

Manta rays can be identified by the patterns on their belly, which, like a form of identification or fingerprint, are unique to each individual. Divers can easily count or even recognize them based on these distinctive patterns. There are times of the year when they may not be present at the site, for instance, during their mating season. During these periods, they gather and reproduce in the depths. Pollution, water temperature, or other factors can also play a role as unfavorable conditions. Read our article to learn everything about Manta rays !

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Manta Ray (photo Fhon)

Where is Manta point in Nusa Penida ?

Manta point is almost in the middle of the south west coast of Nusa Penida island. If you go by land to Peguyangan waterfalls you will see a sign on the left to Manta Point. Close to a white temple you will be able to overlook the sea from the cliff and sea the manta rays from the top. There is no way to go down to the sea from there, so the only way to swim, snorkel or dive with a manta ray is to take a boat.

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Manta Rays from the cliff

The navigation to Manta point will take 45 minutes, from Toyapakeh in Nusa Penida. And about the same from Sanur in Bali. It is a nice boat trip as you will se from the sea most of the famous sites of Nusa Penida island. Just after leaving Toyapakeh we will pass by Adiwana Warnakali dive resort, Gamat Bay, Amok Sunset and then Crystal Bay. We will also have a look on the right to the islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.

We will then turn left and pass by Angel Billabong and Broken Beach, then Kelingking Beach and finally Temeling and Peguyangan before reaching our destination. On the way back we usually take a photo in front of Batu Bolong, because it inspired the logo of Warnakali dive center !

Can you snorkel at Manta point ? Manta Bay or Manta Point ?

Usually snorkeling companies go to Manta Bay, which is in front of Broken Beach, because it is closer. You have around 80 % chance to see Mantas there, and there may be many boats chasing them. As soon as he spots one, the captain of your boat will probably urge you to jump into the water to get the chance to spend a few seconds with a manta, in the middle of all the other boats and snorkelers.

That is why some snorkeling companies started to bring snorkeling guests to Manta point. Less snorkelers and the divers are deeper ! But the best way remains to dive with the mantas even if it is your first time. We will be pleased to make you discovering diving with the manta rays ! It’s really a great experience.

Discovery dive with Manta Ray Nusa Penida Island Bali
Discovery dive with Manta Ray

How deep is Manta point ?

The shallowest part of the bay is 8 meters deep and not deeper than 12 meters. The site is therefore a good spot for discovery dives as the manta rays are usually in between the sea level and 10 meters. For those who are looking for more demanding dives, there is a much deeper part, down to 40 meters, where asperities and reliefs are numerous.

Manta Ray and a Whale Shark

What is the best time to dive Manta point ?

Manta are present most of the time, except during their breeding season, when Manta meet and breed in the depths. Pollution, water temperature or weather conditions can also be adverse factors. And the sea is sometimes a bit rough to go there. We will tell you when the the conditions are not optimal, but you may decide to take your chance anyway !

Unfortunately, Manta Point is becoming a very busy place and sometimes it is full of divers. That is why Warnakali usually tries to adapt the time of the dive to arrive before or after most of the other dive centers. And to explore the other parts of the dive site if it gets too busy !

Eagle Ray at Mangrove dive site, Nusa Lembongan
Eagle Ray

Manta Ray or Manta Globula ?

Each Manta is unique. It is indeed possible to identify each Manta with the patterns of their belly, like an identity card or a fingerprint. This way, divers can easily count them or even recognize them. At Warnakali, we like Black Mama, which is totally black and huge. Her babies are also almost totally black, but smaller.

You will probably not be able to make the difference between manta ray and manta globula, which are smaller and have a ventral mouth.

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2 Mola Mola and a Manta Ray (photo Fhon)

At Manta Point, it’s not just Mantas!

A little away from the cleaning stations, there are caves that are perfect for a leisurely exploration. This site is also incredibly diverse, featuring a rich array of macro life. You can spot crabs, the famous clownfish, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, rabbitfish, and all the endemic marine life of the island. Recently, we had the pleasure of encountering a stunning crown jellyfish here.

You can also catch a glimpse of stingrays, eagle rays, marble rays, and, with a bit of luck, blacktip reef sharks and bamboo sharks. It’s also possible to encounter turtles and a variety of nudibranch species, some of which are more or less rare.

And, to add to the excitement, we’ve had several encounters with Mola Mola here as well! And even on September 13, 2023, a whale shark!

2 Manta Rays and 2 Mola Mola

Characteristics of Manta Point

Type of diving: reefs, photography, training, fish identification, macro

Depth: 8 to 35 meters

Level required: from discovery divers to experienced diver

Visibility: 10-20 meters

Current: no to weak, swell possible

Access: 45 minutes of navigation from Toyapakeh, very nice boat trip along the west coast of Nusa Penida island

Temperatures: 20 to 27 °

Fauna and Flora: Manta ray, Sting Ray, Marble Ray, Eagle Ray, Black tip shark, Bamboo shark, crabs, clownfish, fish surgeon, butterfly fish, rabbit fish

Best time: Diving all year

  1. Taryn says:

    Hi there,

    Is there availability for the 11th of July to do this dive. I am a PADI instructor and have all my own equipment. What would be the prices and times for this dive if there’s availableity.

    Best wishes,
    Taryn

    • Blaise says:

      Hello Taryn,
      I sent you all the information and put you in contact with Dune Penida.
      I hope you enjoyed diving in Nusa Penida !
      Blaise

  2. Taruna kwatra says:

    Hi, I want to do scuba diving to see manta rays. Please confirm the availability and prices.

    • Hello Taruna,

      If you are not a certified diver, the price for Discovery Scuba Diving is currently :

      IDR 2.200.000 / person

      Price Include :
      – Pool Session
      – Drop off and Pick Up on the Diving day within 5 km from our Dive Center
      – 2 Ocean Dives
      – Snack, Water, Tea, Coffee during the boat trip
      – Scuba Gear
      – Towel
      – PADI Insurance
      – Instructor/ Divemaster with Maximum Ratio 1:2

      Dune Penida sent you all the information by email.

      Note:
      1. Pool Session One Day before the Ocean Dive.
      Time : 16.00 in the Afternoon Located in our infinity pool at Dune Penida Dive Resort Above Adiwana Warnakali Hotel.

      2. The activities will start at 8.00 am the next day and finish at 1.00pm

      Enjoy your dives !

      Blaise

    • Hello Raphalel

      The current price for a Certified Fun Diver is IDR 1.650.000 / person
      Price Include
      – Drop off and Pick Up on the Diving day within 5 km from our Dive Center
      – 2 Ocean Dives
      – Snack, Water, Tea, Coffee during the boat trip
      – Scuba Gear
      – Towel
      – PADI Insurance
      – Instructor/ Divemaster for max 4 divers.

      Blaise

  3. hello! me and a friend have our PADI/SSI open water certificate and would like to dive at manta point. Would it be possible to send us the diving school information and dates?

    • Blaise says:

      Hello,
      Dune Penida goes almost everyday to manta point. When would you like to dive ?
      Blaise

  4. Alexandre Bénédicte says:

    Hello,
    I have a Padi first level but haven’t dived for few years and rather want to do the equivalent of a first dive at manta point
    Just one dive would be enough
    Is it something you propose?
    Thanks
    Benedicte

    • Blaise says:

      Hello Bénédicte
      If you have not dived for a few years you will need to have a refresh in a pool before diving at Manta Point or more generally in Nusa Penida.

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