There are now four ATMs on the island. One at Bali Hai in Mushroom beach, two close to the clinic at Jungutbatu and the original one near the Banjar Desa. They are still unreliable! There are several money changers springing up on the island but they charge a great deal in commission and give variable rates of exchange. Make sure you have enough cash to see through your visit before leaving Bali.
Can we settle our bill with a credit card?
Yes you can. Both World Diving and Pondok Baruna accept payment by VISA or Mastercard. In Indonesia there is usually a surcharge of 3% on all credit card transactions.
Are the dive sites around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida suitable for inexperienced divers?
Yes! We time our daily trips so that our guests dive while there is an incoming tide. That way the currents are gentle and divers of all abilities can enjoy the underwater scenery. Our dive groups are small – a maximum of four divers – so that guests are grouped with others of similar ability and dive to their own level of capability and experience.
Is it possible to dive with World Diving for a day if staying over on mainland Bali?
Generally we would advise against planning a day trip out here to dive with us. If we are leaving at about 10.00 a.m. it is just possible to return to Bali on the same day, using the speedboats Scoot or Rocky. However, if you are based in Kuta or Ubud, it will make for a very hectic day. It is better, if possible, to stay overnight, so that the tide time is no longer crucial.
What are you likely to see on a typical dive at Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan?
A huge variety of marine life! The corals are spectacular and in excellent condition as very little fishing occurs around these waters. Marine life typically seen includes: different kinds of Rays, Scorpionfish, Lionfish, Puffer fish, Sweetlips, Emporer Angelfish, Moray Eels, Ribbon Eels, Nudibranchs, Black-striped Snakes, Clown Triggerfish, Titan Triggerfish, a huge variety of Parrotfish …the list goes on! During the season, you are likely to spot either the Mola Mola or the Manta Ray during your dives.
What is the minimum age for learning to dive?
We have had a lot of experience in teaching youngsters to dive, having run a dive club in an international school in Jakarta for 10 years. The youngest students we will take must be 12 years old. At this age, they are better equipped to comprehend the theory and also physically stronger for the open water environment.
What should I expect to pay for food and drink on the island?
There are many excellent places to eat and drink on the island with lots of different prices. Simple warung food will cost any where from Rp. 30,000 to Rp. 50,000 for a main meal, while some of the top restaurants will charge Rp. 200,000 or more. Beers are about Rp. 30,000 for a small Bintang and big beers are around Rp. 40,000. A Glass of wine is about Rp. 80,000.
Is internet and WiFi available on the island?
There are several places on the island with free WiFi. Some notable locations are The Beach Club, The Deck Bar and Bali Eco Deli.