Manta Point Nusa Penida is the best spot for an unforgettable experience swimming with the large manta rays. These giant creatures are incredibly majestic to swim with and mesmerising to watch while they glide through the open ocean. Manta ray snorkeling is a must if you plan on visiting Nusa Penida.
How to get to Manta Point Nusa Penida
To get to Manta Point, you will need to arrange and book with a tour company so they can take you on a boat to Manta Point. We booked our ticket at Crystal Bay. There you will find a booth which offers different kinds of snorkeling adventures. The boats to Manta Point Nusa Penida leave from Crystal Bay Beach.
Where to stay
Most accommodation in Nusa Penida is located on the north of the island. There are a variety of accommodation types ranging from hostels to small beach front hotels. We stayed at the Jasmine Inn and found it was a good location although with limited food options. Semabu Hills Hotel is one of the nicer hotels in the area if you’re looking for a bit of luxury.
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Manta ray snorkeling cost
It cost us 200K IDR per person to swim with the manta rays. This didn’t include a pick up transfer so you will have to make your own way to Crystal Bay to get the boat.
What to expect at Manta Point Nusa Penida
We pre booked our manta ray snorkeling trip for 7:30am. This is the best time to see the manta rays as there are more in the mornings and there are also less people. When we arrived we were given flippers and snorkel gear, then put onto a private boat. We were fortunate that there were no other people around so we had the whole boat to ourselves. Our recommendation would be to go around 7am as you’ll most likely be the only ones on the boat. You’ll also be one of the first boats to arrive at Manta Point so you’ll have the manta rays all to yourself!
The boat trip took less than 10 minutes and we were given 40 minutes to swim with the manta rays. As we arrived at Manta Point Nusa Penida, we could already spot the mantas swimming beneath us. The water was refreshing and clear enough to spot the mantas in the distance. Within minutes there were at least 5 manta rays surrounding us, all swimming right beside us . The manta rays are mesmerising to swim alongside as they glide through the ocean with their large black fins.
It can be intimidating when you first get in the water, but after a few minutes it becomes less frightening. The manta rays are very curious creatures and they can’t harm you. Most of the time they’ll swim right by you and there were even a few times when they would swim so close that they would bump into you.
Unfortunately there is a bit of rubbish floating around the point which is such a shame to see these incredible creatures swimming through our garbage. Nevertheless, it was still an incredible experience and one that we would recommend to anyone visiting Nusa Penida.