Mola Mola (Sunfish).
The ocean sunfish or common mola (Mola mola) is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. Adults typically weigh between 247 and 1,000 kg. The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended.
Sunfish live on a diet consisting mainly of sea jellies, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate, up to 300,000,000 at a time. Sunfish fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin, and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish.
Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, killer whales, and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Nusa Penida, Bali.
A member of the order Tetraodontiformes, which also includes pufferfish, porcupinefish, and filefish, the sunfish shares many traits common to members of this order. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, is the type species of the genus.
Crystal Bay is round a small island placed in the middle of the bay located at the south of Nusa Penida. This for dive begins and ends inside the bay where you will find a sandy bottom with a patch of beautiful coral reef. This part of the bay is around 5-8m deep and is protected from currents which make it perfect for beginner dive and snorkelling.
Manta Point actually consist of several small bay and rocky headlands on the exposed southwest coast of Nusa Penida. Large swell from Indian ocean pushes up against the coast of Penida and brings planktons rich waters with attract the Mantas all year a round. The main reason to come here is diving with Manta Rays. However this site offer interesting underwater topography and are also frequented by Nurse Shark, Blue-spotted stingrays and also lots of soft coral.
EAST of Nusa Penida.
Fantastic site where we have spotted Mola-Molas, Manta and whale sharks! Well worth the longer trip and surcharge for this further site. So request a custom site to the east side of Penida with us today.
This site is near the Mangrove Forest the northeast of Nusa Lembongan. Mangroves are important for ensuring coral leave health and the surrounding reef divinity shows. The coral diversity and abundant fish life is incredible on this gently sloping reef.
This site located at North corner of Lembongan Island, where is exhilarating dive for experience divers. There is a wild currents at this drift dive site with dramatic underwater topography. The dive begins by cruising offer the series of flat terraces with an incredible diversity of encrusting coral species. AT the corner the vertical wall drops from 30m, where large pelagic (shark, Tuna, Marble Rays and Mola-Mola) are often spotted here.