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Nusa Penida is an island southeast of Indonesia's island Bali. Administratively, the island is a district of Klungkung regency. There are two small islands nearby: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The Badung Strait separates the island and Bali. The interior of Nusa Penida is hilly with a maximum altitude of 524 metres. It is drier than the nearby island of Bali. Unlike the neighbouring small island of Nusa Lembongan there is very little tourist infrastructure here. Administratively, the kecamtan by the same name, had a population of 45,178 in 2010 census, covering 202.6 km2, very little changed from 10 years prior.
The reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) is a species of ray in the family Mobulidae, the largest rays in the world. Among generally recognized species, it is the second-largest species of ray, only surpassed by the giant oceanic manta ray
- conducted a manta survey. - at Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan
10 mantas at Manta Point on 04 Jan
We were lucky enough to see 10 Manta's at the cleaning station on Nusa Penida Manta Point. We dived with Crystal Divers from Sanur, Bali, our local dive guide was called Amin assisted by Holly an English guide. We saw the mantas on our third dive of the day and ours was the only boat at the site. We saw the Manta's before descending and they were all still there at the end of the dive, so for about 70 minutes while we were diving at the cleaning station. There was not any current but just a bit of swell/surge and the site is shallow and easy conditions on the day we were there. The dive centre informed us that they had not seen any Mantas there for the month of December but from the start of January they began to show up. It was a thrilling dive and a nice way to end our 2 weeks in Bali.