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Underwater Photo Location: Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, Bali

Underwater Photo Location: Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, Bali

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Crystal Bay is a small bay which is protected from the currents around the island Nusa Penida, one of the sister islands east of Bali in the Lombok strait. Crystal Bay consists of sandy channel in the middle with on the north-side a sloping reef that turn into a dropoff close to Toyapakeh strait. The sloping reef can be challenging for Scuba diving when the planning is not right, strong currents aswell as downcurrent can rush to the bay. The are 3 cleaning station for Ocean Sunfish at this dive site where this large pelagic happens to appear between june and oktober when the water temperature is sometimes less then 20 degrees celcius. The top of the sloping reef contains some nice corals and also for the macro lovers this is a good place to dive, nudibranch, small shrimp, snake eels, seahorse and much more can be found at this dive site. There is a batcave with underwater entrance that can be excessed when the conditions are right, the hole in the ceiling of the cave can make some dramatic lighting. Crystal Bay is mainly reached by boat (45 minute ride) from Bali's mainland.
Facts about Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, Bali
  • It is in Indonesia
  • Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, Bali is in the Bali Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-40 Metres 0-130 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 30+ Metres 100+ Feet.
Dive types
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Marine Life
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by Marco Waagmeester
Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) cleaned by bannerfish, Crystal Bay, Bali (Canon G9)

by Marco Waagmeester
Cute little Boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) - (Canon G9, Inon D2000)

by Marco Waagmeester
Encounter with a Map Pufferfish (Arothron mappa) during daydive at Crystal Bay, Bali - (Canon G9, Inon D2000w)

by Marco Waagmeester
Crinoid shrimp (Periclimenes amboinensis) hiding in a Featherstar - Crystal Bay, Bali (Canon G9, Inon D2000w, 2xUCL165)

by Jiri Jarkovsky
Palm beach

by Marco Waagmeester
Snake eel (Ophichthus melanochir) in the sand - Crystal Bay, Bali (Canon G9, D2000w, UCL165)

by Marco Waagmeester
Clown or Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) - Crystal Bay, Bali (Canon G9, Inon D2000w)

by Marco Waagmeester
Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) - Crystal Bay, Bali (Canon G9, Inon D2000)

by Marco Waagmeester
Spotted Boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) - Crystal Bay, Bali (Canon G9, Inon D2000w, UCL165)

by Marco Waagmeester
Annae on stage (Chromodoris annae) - Crystal Bay, Bali (Canon G9, Inon D2000w, UCL165)

by Marco Waagmeester
Thorny-back cowfish (Lactoria fornasini) - Crystal bay, Nusa Penida (Canon G9, D2000w)

by Marco Waagmeester
Yellow Margined Moray Eel (Gymnothorax flavimarginatus) - Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida (Canon G9, Inon D2000w)

by Sinan Oztan
Cute couple

by Stefan Follows
Susie's Mola. Southern Ocean Sunfish - Mola ramsayi. Crystal Bay, Bali, Indonisia - EM5-Panasonic 8mm-iso200-f5.6-1/120-Inon D2000x2

by Luke Gordon
Bali reefscape at Crystal Bay

by Stefan Follows
Brave New World Manta Ray - Manta alfredi (juvenile) Crystal Bay, Bali, Indonesia

by Stefan Follows
Zephyr in the sky ... Manta Ray - Manta alfredi (juvenile) Crystal Bay, Bali, Indonisia

by Stefan Follows
This one ... Manta Ray - Manta alfredi (juvenile) Crystal Bay, Bali, Indonisia

by Irwin Ang
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida, Indonesia.

by Stefan Follows
Careen Manta Ray - Mobula alfredi (juvenile) Crystal Bay, Bali, Indonesia
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