• Why Go Diving on Nusa Lembongan with Manta Rays?

    Manta Point Nusa Penida

     

    We are extremely fortunate that our tiny island of Nusa Lembongan, just off the coast of Bali is a short boat ride away from not one but two manta ray dive sites: Manta Point and Manta Bay

    Manta Point is where we see all sorts of manta-tastic action, from feeding and cleaning through to mating trains of up to 20 manta rays swooping and banking overhead. Manta Bay is where we tend to see smaller manta rays feeding in shallower depths, which is consistent with it being a ‘nursery’ site. Between these two epic Nusa Penida dive sites, you’ll see the full spectrum of manta ray behavior!

     

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    Dramatic scenery surrounds Manta Point on Nusa Penida

    Seeing a manta ray while diving is an incredible moment and one that’s on many scuba divers’ bucket lists. The more you know and understand about manta rays, the more impressive and exciting your sightings will be… so here are some of our favourite manta ray facts to get you started:

    Manta Ray Facts

    • “Manta” is Spanish for “cloak” which refers to their large blanket-shaped bodies.
    • Manta rays evolved from stingrays but unlike other stingray species, mantas do not have a stinging spine. They are completely harmless.
    • They have a large brain relative to their body size in comparison to other sharks and rays.
    • Because of their enormous size, the only known predators of manta rays are large sharks and humans.

     

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    Manta rays look as though they have horns, but it’s actually their feeding (cephalic) fins rolled up
    • Manta rays look like they have horns but these are actually large fins which they use to direct plankton into their mouths when they are feeding. When they are not feeding, they roll up the fins which result in the horn-like appearance.
    • Manta rays feed on plankton and occasionally on very small fish. They are filter feeders and do not have teeth for biting or chewing.
    • Manta rays such as those found along the south coast of Nusa Penida are reef manta rays and they average 3 – 5 meters from wing-tip to wing-tip.
    • Reef manta rays stay in the same area for long periods of time but they have also been recorded traveling from spot to spot. Did you know that some of our Nusa Penida manta rays have been spotted in Komodo?!
    • Reef manta rays can swim up to 24km per hour (estimated escape speed)
    • Female manta rays give birth to a single pup every two to five years. Their gestation period is believed to be around a year long.

     

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    Reef mantas usually measure between 3 and 5 meters from wing-tip to wing-tip.

    Why Is It More Important to Dive With Manta Rays Now?

     

    During COVID-19, like most of the world, Bali has been under lockdown for many months, which meant no diving. You may be asking why this is a problem but divers acting as citizen scientists play a huge part in helping marine scientists to learn and understand more about manta rays and other ‘marine megafauna’ species, including the ocean sunfish or mola.

    The markings on the underside of a manta ray (spots, shadows, lines, blotches etc) are unique to each individual manta ray, much like a human fingerprint. Scuba divers and underwater photographers are encouraged to become citizen scientists and take pictures of the manta rays markings to submit to Marine Megafauna Foundation or upload to the Manta Matcher database.

     

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    The markings on the underside of a manta ray are unique, like a human fingerprint.

    The unique markings on manta rays allow scientists to identify individual rays and to track where and how far they travel, estimate population abundance, examine their life history and reproductive ecology, determine spatial and temporal movement patterns, identify localized habitat usage and study patterns of natural predation and body scarring. Photography can also provide information on population decline in threatened regional populations, which is essential in the development of effective conservation and management strategies. The more we know about a population, the better it can be protected*.

    Dr. Andrea Marshall, co-founder and principal scientist at the Marine Megafauna Foundation said:

    “Initiatives like Manta Matcher reveal how much more we can achieve when we break down traditional barriers in science and invite people from all walks of life to participate in studies of our natural world. Collaborative wildlife studies will lead to hard hitting global conservation solutions”.

    Of course though, due to COVID-19 there are now almost 5 months of missing data and information…. which we hope to be able to help get back on track as soon as possible!!

     

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    Nusa Lembongan’s island economy has been hit hard by the COVID shutdown

    Why Nusa Lembongan Island Needs Divers Too

     

    Like many small island communities around the world whose economy is largely dependent on tourism and scuba diving, Nusa Lembongan has been hit by widespread unemployment as local businesses have closed. Unlike in developed countries where governments have put into place furlough schemes, benefits and financial support for those who are out of work due to COVID, there is no comparable equivalent in Indonesia.

    There are literally hundreds of charities, organizations and crowdfunding campaigns for mainland Bali but Nusa Lembongan does not have the same tourism numbers as Bali – we are a very small island where unfortunately the cost of living is higher than on the mainland due to all resources needing to be shipped here.

    Further compounding the problem is Lembongan’s extremely dry micro-climate which makes it impossible to grow rice and many of the other staple fruits and vegetables which are produced on the mainland, where those in rural areas can be self-sufficient.

     

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    Enjoy Nusa Lembongan on land as well as underwater!

     

    How You Can Help

    Come and see us when tourism re-opens! You’ll have an amazing diving experience, AND you’ll be playing a huge part in helping to regenerate the economy on the island. If you’re an underwater photographer you can become a citizen scientist and start capturing pictures of manta rays too! If you can’t travel yourself please recommend Nusa Lembongan to others!

    Latest Travel News

    The Governor of Bali has announced that Bali will be open again for international tourism from September 11th which is when we hope the free tourist visa on arrival will be reinstated!

    We understand that there are many islands around the world that are facing similar problems and if you do travel this year, wherever you go, you’ll be helping local communities at a time when they need it most – and we thank you for traveling!!

    If you’d like more information about diving Nusa Lembongan, taking a PADI course with us, PADI eLearning or to make a tentative booking please contact us on [email protected]

     

    *Marine Megafauna Foundation website

  • Post COVID – Diving into a New Normal

     

    Although we are still on lockdown right now on Nusa Lembongan, we are getting ready for ‘life after COVID’ – or as it is becoming known in Indonesia ‘the new normal’.

    Our primary goal when we reopen is to ensure the safety of all of our staff and guest divers, so we’ve been busy putting together new procedures to do just that! We hope that every diver who joins us enjoys the phenomenal marine life which we see around the island and does so in comfort and safety. These are the measures that you can expect to find in place on your next dive trip with us…

    Staff Procedures

    Every morning when our staff arrive at the dive center they will wash their hands before entering the facilities, they’ll also have their temperature taken and logged.

    All staff will be hand washing at regular intervals as well as using hand sanitizer and our cashier will be using hand sanitizer between each guest transaction when you come to pay your bill.

     

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    Guest Arrivals

    As well as receiving our usual warm, friendly welcome when you arrive, we’ll quickly take your temperature with a scanner and we’ll ask you to wash your hands before signing in. While you’re filling in your paperwork you’ll have a place to sit, overlooking the ocean, with your own allocated pen, and a safe distance away from other guests. If you are diving with a partner or as part of a group, you’ll be able to sit together. We plan to stagger our boat departure times so that the dive center will never become crowded and you’ll have plenty of personal space.

    Dive Boats

    After COVID you’ll have even more space! We plan to reduce the capacity on Big Boat from 12 to just 8 guest divers and our speedboat will continue to take groups of 4 (if you are in a group), or just buddy pairs if you are diving alone.

     

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    Dive Equipment

    We want all guests to feel confident in the hygiene of their equipment so if you are opting to use our rental gear, your regulator will be fitted with a freshly disinfected mouthpiece and you’ll receive a disinfected mask and snorkel too. If you would prefer to buy your own mask, snorkel and mouthpiece we have a stock of these items available for sale. To ensure you feel confident in your gear, every diver will be supplied with their own bottle of disinfectant to use to disinfect mouthpieces after diving. Prior to rental gear being allocated to another diver, we will disinfect the entire regulator system including the second stage, the BCD oral inflators, and the internal BCD bladder will also be disinfected.

    Our staff will continue to carry your dive gear bags on and off the boats – unless you would prefer to carry your own – just let us know!

     

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    Surface Intervals

    We will continue to supply our famous rice parcels (nasi bungkus) during surface intervals and these will be packed into individual lunch boxes which will also contain your own cup for complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water.

    Facemasks in Indonesia

    It is now required by the Indonesian Government to wear a facemask when outdoors. You’ll find that our staff are wearing masks and you’ll need to wear one too. If you forget your facemask in your hotel room, we will also have a supply of masks available for purchase in the dive center.

     

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    Dive Conditions Post COVID

    It’s been three months since we locked down on Nusa Lembongan and we are excited to see if and how our reefs have changed in the absence of boat traffic! We hope that you’ll be able to join us in re-discovering our amazing underwater world!

    Special Offers and Contact Us

    If you have any questions or would like to make a booking we are still offering special prices on PADI Courses and fun diving up until the end of September 2020 (30% discount and free accommodation for those taking courses).

    Fill in our contact form below or email us at [email protected]

     

     

     

  • PADI Advanced Open Water in Nusa Lembongan, Bali

     

    Advanced Open Water Lembongan

     

    The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is your chance to develop your dive skills and experiment with new types of diving. It’s exciting, fun, and there are a lot of awesome dives to choose from when you are diving in Bali.

    Imagine diving to 30 meters, swimming with manta rays, or even mastering the art of underwater photography. It’s all possible when you are diving Nusa Lembongan and our surrounding area of Nusa Penida. During your Advanced Course, you’ll make 5 incredible dives in Nusa Lembongan, which include some of the most famous dive sites in the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area.

     

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    Diving in Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area from Big Boat

     

    There are two required dives – a deep dive and an underwater navigation dive – and another three dives which you can choose from the following options –Drift diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night diving, Underwater Naturalist, Fish ID, Boat Diving, Search and Recovery, Underwater Photography and Multilevel & Computer diving.

    Start your Advanced Open Water online now with PADI eLearning from home! Click HERE to sign up with PADI.

    In this Blog we will take a more in-depth look at the two mandatory dives and some of the options which we offer when you are diving Lembongan with us!

     

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    Your PADI Advanced certification will certify you to dive to 30 metres

     

    Deep Dive: (Mandatory)

    Once you are certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver, you’ll be able to dive to a maximum depth of 30 meters, so it’s essential that you practise deep diving procedures during your course. In the theory section, you’ll look at depth and decompression issues as well as nitrogen narcosis. You’ll also learn how to plan dives before making one for yourself and discovering the amazing depths of scuba diving in Nusa Penida!

     

    Underwater Navigation: (Mandatory)

    Remember the compass skills from your open water course dives? The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills, helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time. You’ll also discover some of the pitfalls of navigating underwater due to conditions and currents.

     

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    Perfect your buoyancy skills in the Peak Performance Buoyancy dive

     

    Peak Performance Buoyancy Diving: (Optional)

    Are you still going up and down more than you’d like to? Do you use your air faster than your buddies? Do you have trouble staying still underwater? In the peak performance buoyancy dive, you’ll perfect your buoyancy skills. You’ll learn how to gauge the weights you need for diving, how to use breath control to fine tune your positioning, how to kick efficiently, and ultimately how to be more streamlined, comfortable and efficient underwater.

     

    Drift Diving: (Optional)

    There is no better place to learn drift diving than along Nusa Penida’s north coast. Drift diving is easy when you know how and it opens up a range of new dive sites. You’ll learn how to plan a drift dive and how to (literally) go with the flow. After making a drift diving entry and descent you’ll explore one of our favourite Nusa Penida dive sites and learn how to ‘read’ the currents along the way. At the end of the dive you’ll make a controlled ascent before being picked up by the boat.

     

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    From manta rays and turtles to Nemo, Nusa Lembongan has it all!

     

    Fish Identification: (Optional)

    Finding ‘that silver fish’ in marine life books is never easy so during the fish identification dive you’ll learn how to identify various families of fish by sight. You’ll learn how to record sightings including which features are most important to take note of in order to be able to identify the species later. You’ll find that the fish books which used to seem overwhelming suddenly make sense! With over 75% of the world’s tropical fish found at our dive sites, you’ll have plenty to learn!

    Night Diving: (Optional)

    Why limit yourself to seeing only the marine life that’s active during the day? As the sun goes down so many of Bali’s most cryptic critters come to life! You’ll learn how to plan a night dive, communicate with your buddy during a night dive, as well as mastering navigation at night. Be aware though… night diving can become strangely addictive! (Availability of night dives is subject to sea conditions and tides.)

     

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    Clownfish live in symbiosis with anemones. In the naturalist dive you’ll learn more about marine ecosystems

     

    Underwater Naturalist: (Optional)

    Many divers know the names of fish and various species found when scuba diving in Bali, but few divers know about the entire marine ecosystem, what it includes and how it all co-exists. During the underwater naturalist program you’ll extend your knowledge beyond fish to plants, corals, and the symbiotic relationships which hold the pieces of the puzzle together. This is a great dive for anyone interested in nature and eco-systems.

     

    Underwater Photography: (Optional)

    It’s hard to think of a better Instagram moment than when you are diving with manta rays or encounter a mola mola – which is definitely possible when you are diving in Nusa Penida. Say goodbye to blurry and blue images and say hello to crisper focus and colour! In this optional dive you’ll put into practice the SEA method (shoot, evaluate, adjust) and you’ll learn camera and housing preparation for dives, how to use underwater lights, camera settings, how to read histograms and invaluable underwater shooting techniques for capturing even the flightiest of fish!

     

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    Capture stunning images in the underwater photography dive

     

    Search and Recovery Diving: (Optional)

    In this adventure dive you’ll learn a variety of underwater search patterns and when to use each one and you’ll learn techniques for using a lift bag for lifting negatively buoyant objects off the bottom. During your dive you’ll put these techniques into practice – which is a rewarding challenge and a lot of fun! This is a great choice for anyone who plans to make underwater cleanup dives, or enter the diving industry on a professional or commercial level.

    Boat Diving: (Optional)

    Do you know your stern from your starboard? Learn to identify the parts of dive boats, boat diving entries and exits, signaling for boats on the surface – and the best bit of this option? Dives from our luxurious, traditional Big Boat or one of our speedy speedboats!

     

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    Learn more about diving from either big boat or one of our speed boats in the boat diving option

     

    Multilevel and Computer Diving: (Optional)

    When diving Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida we are most often diving on sloping reefs which are ideal for practising multilevel diving. A multilevel dive allows you to explore more of a dive site and have longer and safer dives than staying at depth. You’ll plan your multilevel dive then you’ll lead your instructor from level to level according to your plan! You’ll also learn how to read your dive computer (we will provide one if you do not have your own),  how to use it for dive planning, and how to retrieve dive information for your logbook after diving.

     

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    Lembongan sunsets are the perfect way to end a day of diving in Nusa Lembongan

     

    Advanced Open Water Schedule with World Diving

    Remember the reading and theory from the open water course? The good news is that the Advanced has far less and we usually complete the course in 2 days.

    If you opt for eLearning there is a quick review (quiz) on your first day and you may need to read additional sections in the manual according to your dive choices.

    For divers taking the complete Advanced Open Water in Lembongan, there are 5 chapters to read (one for each dive) and some theory questions to review with your instructor. There is no exam for the Advanced Open Water course and reading can be done in afternoons or evenings when you are not diving.

     

    Advanced Open Water
    2 days of incredible diving, developing your dive skills, and a lot of fun!

     

    Our *2 day schedule includes a morning boat trip each day and one afternoon dive. During your 2 dive morning trips you’ll head over to Nusa Penida and dive Bali’s most vibrant and healthy coral reefs – if conditions are good you might even explore the most famous sites of Manta Point and Crystal Bay!

    You’ll dive from either our spacious traditional Big Boat or one of our smaller, speedier speedboats. A light lunch is provided during the surface interval on all boats in between dives.

    (*Scheduling is flexible to account for sea conditions, whether you opt for eLearning or theory in Lembongan, your arrival time on the first day, and your chosen dive options. To be safe, you should allow 2.5 days to complete your program)


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    SPECIAL OFFER!

    Start your Advanced Open Water online now with PADI eLearning: Click HERE to sign up with PADI now.

    Book your course with us before the end of July (and pay your deposit) and we’ll give you a 30% discount in Lembongan PLUS free accommodation during your course!

    (If you can’t travel due to COVID19 we will also change your dates at no extra cost).


    Are you ready to take the plunge and become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver? For more information or to make a reservation click here or send us an email to [email protected]  and we’ll get right back to you.

    We look forward to scuba diving in Lembongan with you soon!

     

     

  • Keep Being a Lembongan Scuba Diver on Lockdown with eLearning

    Diving Penida

     

    We are currently on lockdown on Nusa Lembongan but we are surrounded by beautiful views of the ocean and the island – so life isn’t too bad! We are blessed with the beautiful Balinese sunshine, crystal clear waters and friendly locals to occupy our days.

    All of our staff are working on personal projects from studying Google courses through to making handmade guitars! If you are looking for an activity to keep you occupied, keep you connected to diving AND to save some money on getting your next level of diving certification, PADI are currently holding their biggest sale on PADI eLearning.

    PADI eLearning takes care of the knowledge development component of your PADI course and by taking it at home, you can work through it at your own pace. Completing the course in Nusa Lembongan (or ANYWHERE else in the world) is easy and just involves making the dives.

     

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    So here’s the Deal…..

    1. Save 25% with PADI eLearning

    2. Complete Your Course with us and we’ll give you:

    – 30% discount on your course completion
    – Free accommodation

    Huge savings for booking now! Must book your course with us by May 31st May 2020, if you cannot travel on your chosen dates due to COVID19 you can reschedule your stay free of charge for any dates up to 31st May 2021. 50% deposit payable on booking. Free accommodation does not apply to PADI Divemaster programs.

    Here are some of our favourites that are included in the PADI eLearning sale and what dives you’ll do to complete the course when you are next diving in Nusa Lembongan:

    Advanced Open Water:

    This is your next step if you are an Open Water Diver. The PADI Advanced course will certify you to dive to 30 meters – which means even more of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida’s awesome dive sites to explore! You’ll also learn how to navigate underwater as well as looking at 3 other types of diving!

    Diving in Lembongan: We usually dive Lembongan House Reef or another flat sandy site for the navigation dive. This is a lot of fun and you’ll soon discover how much attention you pay underwater! The deep dive can be done at any of Nusa Penida’s north coast dive sites, or Crystal Bay or even Manta Point! Drift diving is perfect for north coast Nusa Penida diving – you’ll master flying over the reefs through schools of fish and who knows? Maybe even a passing mola! In total, you’ll make 5 dives with your instructor (Navigation, Deep plus 3 of your choosing). Nusa Lembongan is ideal for a host of other possibilities including Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Photography, Search and Recovery, Boat Diving, Fish identification and when the tides are right we also have amazing night diving in the Bay!

     

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    Take the PADI Rescue Diver – the most rewarding dive course you’ll ever take

     

    Rescue Diver:

    Professional divers will often cite this as being the most rewarding course they ever took. You’ll be learning lifesaving skills and techniques as well as learning how to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. If you are thinking about joining us for your PADI Divemaster Course or would like to become a PADI Instructor in the future then the Rescue Diver Course is essential.

    Diving in Lembongan: During your Rescue Diver Course in Lembongan you’ll start in our purpose built pool, practicing self-rescue techniques before looking at assisting others. You’ll learn how to deal with tired and panicking divers at the surface as well as divers in distress, or unresponsive underwater. You’ll also learn different types of search techniques and practice these underwater. Your pool training will come together in 4 open water sessions at different sites from the house reef in Lembongan to making a two dive trip with fun divers to Nusa Penida!

     

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    Become part of our team during your PADI Divemaster training in Lembongan

     

    PADI Divemaster:

    Yes!! You can now start your journey to becoming a PADI Professional at home! If you are thinking of the diving industry as a future career path, get started now with the PADI Divemaster online!

    Diving in Lembongan: Yes – but there is so much more!! You’ll become a part of our team and learn how we operate behind the scenes too. You’ll learn how to assist our instructors when teaching PADI Courses and you’ll learn how to guide our guests safely at Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan’s incredible dive sites.

    You’ll also learn which PADI Courses you can conduct independently, how to organise dive trips, knot tying, dive site mapping, deep diving to 40 meters, refresh your rescue diver and EFR skills, watermanship skills and fitness tests, you’ll learn how to perform demonstration quality skills like an instructor and you’ll even have an underwater stress test! Challenging? Yes. Worth every minute? Absolutely!!!

    To complete your PADI Divemaster training in Nusa Lembongan with us, we recommend staying for 4 weeks to get the most of your time and to really experience life as a Divemaster on a tropical island!

     

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    Learn how to capture stunning images of Lembongan’s marine life

     

    Digital Underwater Photography Specialty:

    You might not be able to go diving right now but the skills and techniques you learn in the PADI Digital Underwater Photography specialty can be practiced at home – which means hours of entertainment with your camera when you can’t go out!

    Diving in Lembongan: One thing is for sure, we have no shortage of amazing underwater scenery and fish to take pictures of! You’ll join us for a two dive trip and you’ll come back with colourful masterpieces to wow your land-loving friends with!

     

    Enjoy longer bottom times with enriched air nitrox

     

    Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox):

    Have you ever wished you could stay deeper for longer? Diving with Enriched Air (Nitrox) increases your allowable bottom time meaning you can admire the depths of your favourite Lembongan dive sites for longer!

    Diving in Lembongan: The PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Specialty is one of PADI’s non-diving courses, but where’s the fun in that? There is a practical component to complete which includes calibrating a nitrox analyzer, preparing your tanks, analyzing your tank, setting your dive computer accordingly and recording your data. We also include 2 dives into your course so you can experience longer allowable bottom times and a faster surface interval offload on your dive computer with your instructor.

    Don’t want to study alone? Buy a PADI gift pass for your buddy and study together!

     

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    Stop dreaming and start eLearning your way to your next dive certification!

     

    What Next?

    Sign up for your PADI eLearning course and discount HERE. Then make your booking for your course completion with us to claim your savings in Lembongan. For reservations and more information, email us on [email protected]

    So dive in and put your lockdown time to good use and start eLearning today! We can’t wait to be able to welcome you back to Nusa Lembongan!

  • Beat the Winter Blues and Splash into the New Year

    Tired of the dark grey winter mornings? Desperate for some sunshine and scuba dives? Planning to make a new years resolution to dive more? Planning to take your next level of PADI Course? We are here to help! Dive with World Diving Lembongan during February and March and we’ll give you an instant 10% discount!

     

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    That’s right, we are offering 10% discount on our daily dive trips, dive and stay packages and PADI courses.

    There is no better time to dive with us than through the winter! Did you know this is also when the water temperature is at its warmest and the dive sites are quieter meaning incredible marine life encounters without other divers!

     

    Jukung Balinese World Diving

     

    Are you an Indonesian National or expat living in Indonesia? Combine your WNI / KITAS 10% discount with our winter savings discount for a massive 20% off trips, courses and packages!

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    See you soon in sunny Nusa Lembongan.

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