Diving with Mola Mola
Crystal Bay in Bali is the most famous of Nusa Penida dive-sites because it is one of the best places in Bali and probably in the world to spot the famous mola-mola or Oceanic Sunfish. The Fauna and the Flora in Crystal Bay are simply incredible. In addition to the typical variety of coral fish you can enjoy a lot of blue spotted rays, napoleon wrasse, trumpet fish, squid, cuttlefish, blue-yellow ribbon eels, trigger fish, butterfly fish, moray eels, angelfish, sweetlips, frogfish, banded sea snakes, many moorish idols, banner fish, trevalies, jackfish, tunas, snappers, mackerels and much more.
Crystal Bay is recommended dive site for advanced divers as the strength of the currents can be sometimes really powerful. Water around here is usually crystal clear and in the dry season extremely cold. The temperature can many times drop all the way down to fifteen degrees celsius. But mola mola likes exactly those condition and the chance to see it grows higher further the temperature drops down.
The site also reserves another cool surprise: a nice cave with underwater entrance with lots of bats sleeping hanging at the ceiling. However the access is rather difficult especially in a bad wavy condition. The hard coral reef along all Crystal bay starts at five meters and has outstanding beauty all the way to very deep parts of the dive spot. You can also expect to see occasional woebegone sharks, reef sharks, eagle rays, dolphins and manta rays.