Crystal Bay is an inlet situated right in the channel that runs between Nusa Penida and Nusa Caningan. It has a beautiful white sand beach. The perfectly clear waters as well as the underwater life forms they host offers excellent opportunity for divers to explore.
Crystal Bay, which is also referred to as the Penida Bay, is regarded as the best dive site in Bali to see the elusive Mola-Mola (the Ocean sunfish) during the high season, which occurs from July to mid-November. Entry and exit when diving is always done from the inside of the Crystal Bay shelter. There is a large rock which is somewhat isolated at the edge of the bay. This rock marks the edge of the channel. About five meters into the water, the hard coral reef becomes visible with it white sand base as well as the anemones and soft corals that covers the reef. Aquatic life that can be seen here includes sweetlips, angelfish, Banded sea snakes, frogfish, and many Moorish idols. If you go below twenty seven meters, you might see some decorated dartfish. There is also a chance that you might glimpse some bannerfish here.
Another attraction of the Crystal Bay is a bat cave accessible only from water. The surface of the inside of the cave is open to the sky and plays host to bats that sleep overhead. From time to time, large waves may come in through the top of the cave. There are also small reef sharks in the cave although they tend to make themselves scarce when divers are around. Along the wall from the bar cave, some 20 to 24 meters into the water, the hard corals in this part creates the home of several lobsters. Other marine life forms which you can see from this bay are eagle rays, reef sharks and if you’re really fortunate, wobbegong, leopard and guitar sharks.
Crystal Bay is famous for its sparkling water, which is generally cool in terms of temperature. With a temperature of between 18 and 23 degrees in the summer time, it is advisable to wear a thermal vest while diving. The waters are about 37 meters deep and it boasts of good visibility up to 30 meters into the water. The current in Crystal Bay’s channel is often tricky; it can be very strong at times and changes directions frequently. There are also up and down currents in the area. As a result, the current can be hard to handle, everywhere and unpredictable.
Diving in Crystal Bay is a great opportunity to see a lot of marine life, the photographs and overall experience in this beautiful inlet is totally worth it.
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.