Bali Dive Site: ToyaPakeh
Toyapakeh is a very popular dive site in Nusa Penida. It catches a lot of tourists for a variety of reasons. One is because of its richness in fish life due to its constant currents. The current goes through the slope of the Lombok strait instead of running into it. This lets you dip down to 24 meters or 79 feet where you can drift over the fields of corals.
Toyapakeh’s marine life includes big schools of small tropical fish, lion fish, moray eels, scorpion fish, butterfly fish, bat fish, reef sharks, nudibranchs, sea turtles and occasionally sunfish or Mola Mola. Its marine life is excellent in deeper areas where large pelagic fish could be seen. If you would like to see Mola Mola, you should try coming in Toyapakeh in early August or October to avoid the mob.
This site impresses people for it has the great pillars of coral at about 10-15 meters or 33-49 feet which make Toyapakeh resemble an underwater city. It has a stretch of reefs and in the southern area of the bay; there is a similar place of rugged bommies which are rich with fish and colors. The water is clear and abounded with corals.
Regardless of the bay’s exposure, it offers some protection from the wild currents flowing along the straits.
Toyapakeh is also known to be one of the few sites in Nusa Penida where big gorgonians and soft coral bushes are found.
Location: Northwest Nusa Penida, Indonesia
Main Attractions: Drift Diving, Marine life
Minimum Depth: 3 meters (10 feet)
Maximum Depth: 37 meters (121 feet)
Conditions: Constant current.