Drift Diving at Toyapakeh Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida covers a wide area of diving locations, including Penida Bay, Batu Lumbung (Manta Point), Batu Meling, Batu Abah, Toya Pakeh and Malibu Point. The flow through the Lombok Strait is, overall, south-tending, although the strength and direction of the tidal streams are influenced by the monsoonseasons.

4.jpgDuring the southeast monsoons, the tidal flow tends south during the northeast monsoons, the tidal flow tends north. In the area of the strait north of Nusa Penida, the pattern is relatively simple, with a flow, at peaktide, of about three and one half knots. Tidal streams in Badung Strait are semi-diurnal, but the character of the stream is very complicated because its direction runs obliquely to the general south to north direction of Lombok Strait, and the channel has a curved shape.

Between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida there is a beautiful dive point called toya pakeh, Divesite Toyapakeh is one of the best dive spots around Nusa Penida in Bali and is only 20 minutes boat ride from Padangbai This is due to the site being permanently fed from the currents flowing through Ceningan Channel which brings all the great schools of fish and nutrition for the amazing coral formations. semi-protected from the currents arriving from the strait of Ceningan, this is a superb site with large prominent boulders and very particular and uneven coral formations.  Between 6 and 15 metres, a coral plateau stretches out and then drops off to an abrupt wall that descends down to about 30 metres, and it’s there that we find ourselves face to face with the big blue and the channel’s end.   Most often this is a drift dive that will sail people past a multitude of marine life and unbelievable corals, crossing paths with pelagics, including Mola mola.  Even in the shallows, thousands of juvenile fish take shelter amidst the coral reef.  In there you can see many flora and fauna such as black and white tip reef sharks, barracuda, mola mola, rays, trevally, sweetlips, napoleon wrasse, grouper, giant moray with a nice temperature between 26 – 30⁰ C, Toyapakeh will bring you a amazing experience of diving.

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