Snorkeling at Manta Point is up there with one of the most epic experiences you can have on Nusa Penida Island.
These underwater giants are incredibly humble and to be able to swim with them is a moment I guarantee you will never forget!
I have put together this complete guide to visiting Manta Point Nusa Penida including where to book and what to expect on the snorkeling tour.
WHERE TO BOOK A MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA TOUR
There are a couple of options to book a Manta Ray Snorkeling Nusa Penida tour and they are:
From Nusa Penida Island, boat tours operate out of Toya Pakeh Bay to Manta Bay on a daily basis.
You can head down to one of the many tourist offices in Toya Pakeh to organize your snorkeling trip. The cost of a Manta Point snorkeling tour is around 200,000 IDR.
If you happen to be in Bali and want to go snorkeling on Nusa Penida, there is one tour that I can highly recommend which is a full-day trip from Bali.
The Manta Bay Snorkeling Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.
This tour includes a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, return boat transfers from Bali, an English-speaking guide and you will visit such spots as Manta Bay, Crystal Bay, Gamat Bay, Toyapakeh Wall, and more!
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Manta Point Snorkeling
Manta Rays Nusa Penida
Manta Ray Snorkeling Nusa Penida
Our snorkeling tour began at 8:30 am when we met with our boat and tour guide at Toyapakeh Bay. Our guide sorted us all out with some snorkeling gear and fins before jumping on board the boat.
We cruised on the boat for around 30-minutes across crystal clear waters until we arrived at the snorkeling spot.
Within seconds of arriving, our snorkeling guide started yelling out “manta, manta, manta.” We spotted a manta ray cruising along the surface of the water and we were quick to jump in with mask, snorkel, and fins!
These majestic creatures are absolutely incredible! They glide effortlessly through the ocean and are really friendly to swim with.
The manta rays can be quite intimidating to begin with due to their body size of up to 5 meters, though you will soon realize they are harmless, humble giants.
I counted roughly 8 to 10 different mantas during our snorkeling experience, which is more than usual. I think it is safe to say we got very lucky!
A huge manta
A large manta ray
Our awesome tour guide
Our tour guide was really flexible with our group and was happy to do whatever we requested.
So we snorkeled for at least 2 hours before making our way around to Crystal Bay on the boat. The reef here is super colorful and many species of fish can be seen.
Palm trees in the bay line the beach on a golden stretch of sand, so we asked our guide if we could go explore and he was more than happy to drop us at the beach.
We spotted a large group of locals that were gathered under some temporary tarps hung between the trees. We wandered over to see what was going on and discovered a traditional cockfighting tournament.
Big money was getting thrown around the arena, betting for one rooster to win the battle. It wasn’t my scene by any means and I couldn’t stand watching it for long.
Small warungs line the beach at Crystal Bay if you want to grab a fresh coconut to sip on under the shade of the palms. Crystal Bay beach is also an epic location to get those ‘tropical island vibe’ shots.
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Crystal Bay Beach
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
Snorkeling at Crystal Bay
TOYAPAKEH WALL SNORKELING SITE
After a short stop at Crystal Bay, the tour continues to Toyapakeh Wall which is another popular diving and snorkeling site here on Nusa Penida Island.
Toyapakeh Wall is a diverse marine ecosystem with an abundance of corals and tropical fish that you can see while drifting in the current along the surface. Make sure you save enough battery on your cameras for this spot.
From here, the boat will drop you back to Toya Pakeh which concludes the snorkeling tour.
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MANTA POINT NUSA PENIDA LOCATION
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pandawa Beach Resort & Spa
This amazing beachfront 5-star resort is centrally located on Nusa Penida Island. Pandawa Beach Resort offers beachfront rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, free wifi, and ocean views. The rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms, and a modern interior. A continental or buffet breakfast is included for all guests.
Mid Range: La Roja Bungalows
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida. These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people featuring spacious rooms, a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and free wifi. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and a restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also included. Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Nusa Garden Bungalow
The best budget accommodation in Nusa Penida. There are dorm rooms, double rooms, and family rooms available at Nusa Garden Bungalow at a very affordable price. These Balinese-style bungalows are fitted with a fan, mosquito net, and ensuite bathroom. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
BEST TOURS IN BALI
WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI
When visiting Bali, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Balinese sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
MORE BALI TRAVEL GUIDES
- Nusa Penida Guide: Things To Do In Nusa Penida
- Nusa Lembongan Guide: Things To Do In Lembongan
- Nusa Ceningan Guide: Things To Do In Nusa Ceningan
- Bali Travel Guide: 2 Week Bali Itinerary
- Bali Waterfalls Guide: Best Bali Waterfalls
- Bali Beaches Guide: Best Beaches In Uluwatu
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