The trip was arranged to go in search of the Mola Mola (Sunfish). We were not disappointed!
The water temperature was between 17 and 22 degrees and a 5mm full length wet suit is a must! Most of the dives sites are within a 30 minutes bot ride, with Crystal Bay and Manta Point being almost an hour.
Two Fish are a small and well run centre in Lembongan. They provide cheap kit hire, good food, accommodation and excellent dive guides.
Currents are sometimes unpredictable pushing you up and down and side to side. Sometimes they are there, the next they are gone. The guides are very knowledgeable and you are made to feel very safe in their capable hands.
So, you need to pay attention to them.
The 2 busiest locations are Crystal Bay and Manta Point. This is due to the 80% chance of seeing Mola and Manta Rays.
Avoiding other groups can be a challenge therefore. At Crystal Bay, expect maybe 20 boats at any given time. At Manta about 10.
The experience is worth it when you do see the sights.
That said, we were fortunate to see a Mola at 12 metres (instead of the usual 22m) at dive site SD as we mad our ascent.
Lots of macro stuff to see too. Nudis, leaf fish and baby spanish dancers.
There are some unusual scorpion fish - albino! Lots of large shoals of trevally , baracuda and bamboo sharks can also be seen.
Very enjoyable overall, despite the cold. The currents are challenging and fun in the drifts.
The local area is relaxed and the accompanying islands are worth a visit for the views and beaches. Rent a car/ hire a driver if you go to Penida as very uneven and scooter travel can be treacherous.
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