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Dive Review of Pure Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Nusa Penida

Pure Dive Resort: "Surprisingly good reef diving, consistent manta sightings", Aug, 2022,

by Phil Johnston, Bayswater, AU (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 12034.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I visited Nusa Penida solely to see Mola Molas, which are seasonal & appear only during late winter/ early spring as they inhabit colder water (< 20 degrees C / 70 degree F). Regrettably no Mola Molas in my 3 days at Nusa Penida, due to water temps > 20 Deg C. This may have been a natural variation, but I suspect might be due to global warming. I did however dive Manta Bay on the south side of Nusa Penida Island on all 3 days, & saw Mantas on all 3 occasions. There is a quite shallow cleaning station 5-6 meters / 15-18 feet, saw up to 4 full size mantas at that site on my last visit there. A couple of mantas made quite close passes on that dive. Mola Molas use the same cleaning stations as the Mantas apparently, when the waters are cold enough. Negatives of this site: not much other marine life, & the site can get quite crowded (22 boats on my first visit).
Manta Bay is accessed via boats that depart from the northern side of Nusa Penida, the trip takes 45-50 minutes & covers some open water so can be rough (choppy & a bit swelly during my visit ). Like to ferry to Sanur Beach, embarking / disembarking the dive boat is done via the beach. I also dived a couple of reefs on the north side of Nusa Penida, & Crystal Bay on the western edge of NPI. Crystal Bay did not excite, but "SD' reef & the western end of Toya Pakeh Reef exceeded my expectations, quite rich reefs with good small tropicals & occasional small critters eg nudis (mainly spotted by the dive instructor). As with much of Indonesia, there was little in the way of pelagics / large fish life. The dive store operator told me sharks have basically disappeared from Nusa Penida over the last decade or so. I did see some mature turtles at various times. I found the dive operation, run by a Ukrainian gentleman, to be very professionally run. There is no accommodation attached to the dive operation, I stayed at Ring Sameton resort, which is within easy walking distance of the dive store, & a pleasant enough place. Lunch at a Warung across the road from the dive store was included in the price of the 2 morning dives, basic but tasty Indonesian food. Drawbacks of Nusa Penida: strong currents can make some sites inaccessible at times. One dive planned at Toya Pakeh was aborted due to sudden strong currents. The boat captain seemed to have pretty good judgement as to when to dive / not to dive a particular site. The flip side of the strong currents is very good viz due to the strait between Bali & Nusa Penida regularly being flushed by clean oceanic waters. Overall I enjoyed the diving with Pure Dive, I'm happy to recommend them for good Manta dives, some pretty good coral reef dives, & if you're lucky, Mola Molas.
Websites Pure Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia (Bali, Komodo, Rajah Ampat, Lembeh, Manado, Ambon) Cocos Islands, Mexico (Cozumel & Soccorros) Tonga, Galapagos, Tahiti, Maldives, Mozambique, Bahamas, Red Sea, Roatan, Philippines, Hawaii (Kona, Maui)
Closest Airport Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar Getting There Nusa Penida island can only be accessed via a fast ferry from Sanur beach, on the Bali mainland. When I say Sanur beach, I mean an actual beach...there is no dock facility, passengers must wade through knee deep water to embark / disembark the ferry. This is particularly challenging at low tide, on account of rocks & stones under the water. Passengers are asked to remove shoes for this, making for an uncomfortable wade to / from the boat. Do not wear trousers / long pants here!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 23-27°C / 73-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-15 M / 33-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The usual, no deco diving, no solo diving etc.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments I can't comment too much as I didn't have a camera. No fresh water rinse tanks on the dive boat though.
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