SNORKELING WITH MANTA RAYS AT MANTA POINT ON NUSA PENIDA, BALI

Snorkeling with Manta Rays at Manta Point on Nusa Penida, an island just off the coast of mainland Bali is one of the most amazing experiences you can have while traveling in Indonesia. There are several options for how to reach Manta Point on Nusa Penida and in this blog post, I will guide you through each option and how to book the cheapest and best value tours depending on where you are staying.

You can book a tour locally for about $20 USD if you are already on Penida or Lembongan. To book a tour from Nusa Penida just head down to Crystal Bay and find a vendor as that is where you will launch off from. To book a tour on Lembongan, head down into the main street and you will find many tour offices who all sell the tour at the same price more or less.

 

BOOK A MANTA RAY SNORKEL TOUR FROM BALI

If you are based in Kuta or Seminyak, you can book a Manta Ray Snorkeling tour that will pick you up from your hotel in Bali. You will then be shuttled to the ferry station, catch a fast-boat for less than 40 minutes to Nusa Penida and before you know it, you will be in the water with the Giant Manta Rays. The tour includes lunch and several snorkeling spots on top of the Manta Point snorkel. It also includes lunch and all transports throughout the day.

Book your tour: Manta Ray Snorkel Tour from Bali

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BOOK A SNORKEL TOUR WITH MANTA RAYS AT MANTA POINT FROM NUSA LEMBONGAN OR PENIDA

You can book a tour locally for about $20 USD if you are already on Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan. To book a tour from Nusa Penida just head down to Crystal Bay and find a vendor as that is where you will launch off from. To book a tour on Lembongan, head down into the main street and you will find many tour offices who all sell the tour at the same price more or less.

 

MY EXPERIENCE SNORKELING WITH MANTA RAYS AT MANTA POINT

I have experienced the tour both from Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan and both were very relaxing and great experiences. Our boat drove us the 20 minutes to Manta Point as we took in the beautiful coastline of Nusa Penida. Once we arrived at Manta Point, the captain looked for any Manta Rays and they are very good at spotting them before you even have your snorkel ready.

When we jumped into the water we were immediately staring face to face with a giant Manta Ray, which is one of the most majestic creatures of the ocean. More than five Manta Rays playfully looped around the bay, entertaining the group of snorkelers. The Manta Rays always seem playful and loop back again and again unlike turtles or fish, which often swim away at the sight of humans. The Manta Rays will often actually head straight for you and then dart off to the side at the last minute. 

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The Manta Ray isn’t dangerous but it is still intimidating when a 5-meter creature swims straight at you before ducking away at the last moment.

We hung out in the bay until we could hardly swim anymore. The experience was unreal. I think this was even better than swimming with Whale Sharks in the Philippines

 

How to get to Nusa Penida

The ferry leaves multiple times per day from Sanur (east Bali) If you book it in advance often you can have your pick-up from the hotel included. To book it online in advance for the guaranteed lowest price you can click the link below to reserve your ticket.

Book your ticket: Sanur(Bali) to Nusa Lembongan/Nusa Penida Ferry

I have now visited Nusa Penida twice. The first time I only came for one day (7 hours) and this was a huge mistake. You definitely need to spend at least 2 days if not 4!! This way you can fully explore all of these cool spots rather than just getting a glimpse at each location.

If you are staying in Bali.. but still want to spend a day or two experiencing how epic Nusa Penida is, you can take a day trip on a speedboat to Nusa Penida and tour around the sights for the day (or stay for the night) with a guide before returning back to Bali in the evening. For just $63 (or even $45 if you are traveling in a group of 6), the top-rated Nusa Penida Day Tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Bali, lunch, boat transfers and your guide.

 

Where to stay on Nusa Penida

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I’m going to recommend three places to stay on Nusa Penida. All three of these spots are in great locations but each one is a little different. One is a luxury pick, one is a value selection and the last recommendation I have for you is where I recommend for the budget backpackers.

Ananta BungalowValue: The Ananta Bungalow is an awesome location right next to Crystal Bay, which is the best sunset beach on Nusa Penida and where the Manta Ray and snorkel trips launch off from. Basing yourself where you want to spend every sunset is a great idea. The beautiful bungalows have a thatched roof, terrace and combine the island life with modern facilities. The bungalows how WiFi and air conditioning. These are iconic looking bungalows and for less than $25 a night they really are the best value place to stay on Nusa Penida.

Semabu Hills ResortLuxury: Semabu Hills is definitely the best pick of the luxury options. It has an epic infinity pool that looks out over the ocean, which is an amazing spot to relax after adventuring around the island. With breakfast included each morning and luxury rooms, this is the kind of place you treat yourself to as a family or a couple.

Hostel Nusa Penida – Budget: There’s always a good hostel when backpacking in Indonesia and on Nusa Penida, this is your pick. Hostel Nusa Penida has free WiFi, is in a good central location, which is close to most of the main attractions, beaches, and hikes. It’s clean, modern and the staff are legends.

 

MORE NUSA ISLANDS BLOG POSTS

There’s a ton of epic things to do on Nusa Penida, but I also wrote detailed guides for all of the adventurous things to do on Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and the Nusa Islands as an overall guide.

NUSA ISLANDS GUIDE: LEMBONGAN, PENIDA, CENINGAN

27 AWESOME THINGS TO DO ON NUSA PENIDA

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13 Discussion to this post

  1. Vincent says:

    What seasons are possible to spot manta rays when snorkeling? Is it year round?

  2. Lorien says:

    Hello, thank you for your article! How much time would you say to allocate for the dive? And what time of day is best to go?

  3. Marina says:

    I heard about a lot of jelly fishes at this place. What is your experience?

    I am staying close to Crystal Bay, so I’d like to do the tour from that beach. Do you know at what time it starts and how many ßeople join a trip?

    Thank you!

  4. Maeghan says:

    Hi Jackson, question- my boyfriend and I are trying to determine whether or not we should purchase our own snorkels in advance, or whether just to use those provided by tour operators. What is your own experience? Thanks, Maeghan

  5. david says:

    Your website is the bible for southeast asia adventure travel for my wife and i. Would you recommend scuba or snorkel with mantas in nusa penida?

    • Maria says:

      Hey, we snorkelled with manta rays and had an amazing time. The pros of snorkelling are that you are more likely to see them from the top down, you can dive down if you like and even swim after them pretty fast when you’re snorkelling (I think this is the most important point). Also, if you are snorkelling they drop you off where the mantas are found close to the surface so it’s not an issue at all. We talked to people who dived with mantas and they couldn’t keep up with them! You can read more about our experience here:
      https://docsinthewild.com/snorkelling-with-manta-rays/

  6. Tesha says:

    Stunning pics! Was this with a GoPro?

  7. Mara Macs says:

    I’m pretty sure they are jelly fish Kim Giannoni

  8. Indy Nelissen says:

    Thank you for all the valuable information, planning on doing this myself next year! I was wondering though if you have to book this snorkeling tour up front in case it gets fully booked? Or would one day in advance be OK? Also if I may ask, with what gear did you take the pictures? Love them!

  9. Kim Giannoni says:

    I struggled to watch all of this with all of the rubbish! Yuk! Disgusting ?

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