Both Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan are well known for their strong and fast-changing currents. That can make some of our dive sites challenging at times, depending on tides and conditions. But that’s also what makes this area so rich in life and a hub for pelagic, as well as a drift dive paradise and the mangrove point is the on of the dive paradise in Bali.
Mangrove Point is the best dive site on Nusa Lembongan. A huge slope of coral reef which starts at around 8 meters deep and slopes down to around 28 meters. The current here can be a bit unpredicable as the water rushes in from the deep water around Lombok to the west of Nusa Lembongan. When the current is strong expect a very fast drift dive along the Mangrove Point. This site is so-called due to its location, right by the mangrove area to the north east Nusa Lembongan. Mangroves offer a healthy sloping coral reef, with small bommies and table corals waiting to be explored for the smaller stuff but often marble rays and other larger species swim past in the deeper water. Sharks are occasionally seen here too. It’s a great site for all levels of diver. Close to the mangrove forest. Beautiful, wide-sloping hard coral reef, many coral bommies, which act cleaning stations for all kind of reef fish. You could be treated pufferfish, trumpetfish, triggerfish, occasionally turtles and barracudas, eagle rays and white-tip reef sharks.
The water temperature at Mangrove Point can get a bit colder than other areas of Nusa Lembongan. I had dove at Lembongan Bay in December and the water temperature was 27 degrees celcius. 1 hour later I dove at Mangrove Point and the water temperature there was 22 degrees celcius. As the water gets pushed in from the deep the water temperature is much lower. I had on a short wet suit and still was OK to dive in. If you don’t like diving in cold water, best to wear a long wet suit.