This was one of the most amazing things I have ever done, I knew there was plenty of dive locations and snorkelling locations around the islands, but I didn’t know we could swim easily and cheaply with the Manta Rays until I was talking to another guest at our hotel.
Our hotel arranged a tour with one of the locals to take us out on his boat to hopefully swim with some Manta Rays and see some snorkelling sites.
We could have done a tour on a larger boat, but after reading some reviews for the price difference we decided it was better to head off on our own, that way we could easily head back when we wanted to or change locations when we wanted to as well.
We lathered up with sunscreen, and were collected from our hotel about 8am. A short 5 minute walk to Coconut Bay and we were on our way.
We went passed the blow holes we had walked past the other day, and if you watch the video below you can see the waves crashing into the cliffs.
The waves crashing into the cliffs
Our first stop was Manta Cove, which is passed Nusa Cenigan, and just off the coast of Nusa Penida, it took us about 40 minutes to get there. When we arrived our guide was extremely excited to see a large Manta Ray in the bay, he was pointing but I couldn’t see it, he urged us to get in the water as quickly as possible which we did. The water was very rough I wasn’t expecting this, but seeing a Manta Ray made it worth drinking copious quantities of salt water.
In our haste to see the Manta Rays we didn’t realise we left our GoPro on the boat, it wasn’t till we were heading to the next snorkelling location we realised, and by that time it was too late to go back, but if I close my eyes, I can still see them. They were so peaceful, and placid for such large creatures.
At this point we also realised we had forgotten to bring water, it’s about a 4 hour journey all up, so remember to bring lots of water.
Crystal Bay very busy so we avoided this, yet another advantage to doing the tour on your own. We headed on to Wall Bay which was quieter than Crystal Bay and then Garmat Bay which had some lovely coral, and a fair current which let you drift while you were watching the fishes and coral.
This was one of the most amazing things I have ever done, and it was only Rp150k