Dive Site: Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Blue Angelfish hiding in the basslets diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Reef – Drift
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 12MBottom: 16M
Location: Along the northern coast of Lembongan Island

Description

Diving Nusa Lembongan is quite different from diving Nusa Penida and much more relaxing. Nusa Lembongan has a steadily sloping reef from about 5 to 16m with a lazy current flowing gently along it. The corals are still in great condition and plenty of reef fish call it home.

Here is a short video of a few of the critters you might see diving Nusa Lembongan.

Relatively shallow sloping reef simply hang and drift along, moving up and down the slope according to what takes your fancy.

Basslets, Pullers, Butterflies and surgeons diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

The water is pretty clear and the coral varies with depth. Close to the top of the reef you’ll find pretty coral stacks with Anthias and Hawkfish

Pretty coral stack with Anthias and Hawkfish diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

A Forsters Hawkfish in this particular case.

Forsters Hawkfish diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

The mid-sized reef are well represented with surgeons, angels and butterflies, like this Velvet surgeon (note the bar under the eye)

The eye-bar white-cheek or even velvet surgeon note the bar under the eye diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

A Blue Angelfish – showing what makes her an Angelfish: the little spine on the bottom of the gill cover.

Blue Angelfish; note the spine on the gill cover diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

A pair of key-hole angels – perhaps because the blotch is shaped like a keyhole or perhaps because they’re small enough to fit through one!

Keyhole angelfish diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

A pair of black back butterflyfish.

Black back butterflyfish diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

And an almost rectangular Chevron butterflyfish.

Chevron butterflyfish diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

Also higher up the reef in the shallower water I spotted a juvenile yellow spotted puffer.

Juvenile yellow box fish diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

And further down the slope – the adult.

Adult Yellow Box fish diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

Another interesting little fish: the Mimic filefish – mimics the poisonous (to eat) Three Saddle Toby. Apart from their markings the easier way to tell them apart is just to watch: the Three Saddle Toby will instantly try to hide from you, the mimic will stick around and even on occasion, approach. This one is a genuine Toby – the next shot of him was his tail from behind!

Mimic filefish - mimics the Three saddle toby diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

There are plenty of nudis around, but not so easy to spot on a drift dive.

Crested Nembrotha-black rhinophores-aka the green dragon diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

Crested Nembrotha-black rhinophores-aka the green dragon diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

This Juvenile lionfish was resting inside a coral – check the anemonefish for scale

Juvenile lionfish inside coral with anemonefish for scale diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

Between the corals, this lobster left himself a little exposed. Though he didn’t immediately make off.

Painted spiney lobster diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

This scorpionfish is so confident of his ability to make himself invisible he doesn’t flinch when I point my camera and light at him. Clearly in denial!

Devil Scorpion fish diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

A finally, that village-idiot of fish: the Black tipped grouper – a fish that looks like it lacks IQ

Black tipped grouper - a fish that looks like it lacks IQ diving Nusa Lembongan at Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit