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. In this blog post, I will convince you why it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim with these graceful giants. I’ll also detail how and where to book and give you all of the tips you need to know before you snorkel with GIANT Manta Rays.
BOOK A MANTA RAY SNORKEL TOUR FROM BALI
If you are based in Canggu, Kuta, or Seminyak, you can book this Manta Ray Snorkeling tour that will pick you up from your hotel in Bali. You will then take a fast boat for less than 25 minutes to Nusa Penida and before you know it, you will be in the water with the Giant Manta Rays.
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TOUR: Manta Ray Snorkeling Tour
The tour includes lunch and several snorkeling spots and a few beaches on top of the Manta Point snorkel. It also includes lunch and all transports throughout the day.
MANTA RAY SNORKELING TOUR AVAILABILITY
You can use this calendar below to see the availability of tours. It’s important to book this tour in advance during high season as it can be a very popular activity on Nusa Penida and they try and limit the number of boats in the water.
BOOK A SNORKEL TOUR WITH MANTA RAYS AT MANTA POINT FROM NUSA LEMBONGAN OR PENIDA
You can book a tour locally 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.
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
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 Bungalow – Value: 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 Resort – Luxury: 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.
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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.