There are various the reason why Bali stays a favorite amongst all scuba diving locations on the planet. Considered one of them is the chance to satisfy the oceanic sunfish, additionally referred to as mola-mola. After two journeys to Bali, it was solely on the finish of my second journey that I had the chance to swim with one for perhaps 30 seconds. To have an opportunity to satisfy the animal thought-about by many divers as a Marine Grail in Bali, here's what you could know.
Going Diving on the Fallacious Place
If you go for the primary time to scuba dive in Bali, it's comprehensible to not be an skilled on the island geography. There are lots of scuba diving spots across the well-known Indonesian island together with Tulamben and the Liberty wreck, Menjangan Island, Amed, Padangbai, or Sanur. However probably the most thrilling dives from a pelagic species encounter perspective occur a bit outdoors of Bali: between the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
They're a part of the executive area of Bali, however you will have to board a ferry (1h30) or a speedboat (25 minutes) from Sanur to succeed in these islands. Whereas there are typically sightings on the primary island’s shores, the dive website well-known for mola-molas is Crystal Bay, within the channel shaped by Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. To go scuba diving there, the simplest approach is to book a trip with a scuba diving centre of Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida.
Going within the Incorrect Season
With migratory animals, you all the time should watch out with planning for the season. There's nothing worse than going to a spot and being informed that this isn't the fitting time. As a rule of thumb, if you wish to see a specific species, all the time keep away from the primary and final month of the stated season. Sightings are nonetheless attainable however fairly unlikely.
The season for the mola-mola is meant to be July-October. So once I went to Bali mid-October on my second trip, I crossed my fingers exhausting and fortunate me, I noticed one. I wouldn’t advocate moving into October, August-September will probably be a greater guess. Nevertheless, you understand how it really works with nature. Nothing is ever assured.
Being Solely an Open Water Diver
Sorry for newbie divers, however the mola-mola dive at Crystal Bay is a deep dive. To get an opportunity to see a mola-mola, you will want to be at the very least a licensed Advanced Open Water Diver to be allowed to go right down to 30 m deep the place mola-molas often swim. So, when you've got been considering of taking your scuba diving expertise to the subsequent degree, Bali may be simply the suitable alternative you have been ready for.
Getting a Little Bit Too Excited
Ensure you and your dive buddies are accountable divers who perceive that chasing an animal, for the sake of an image or a video, shouldn't be okay. Regardless of its monumental measurement, the mola-mola is often a timid fish. If somebody rushes straight on it, the probabilities it can run away earlier than you've time to see will probably be vital. As a suggestion, favor scuba diving centres providing dives in small teams and with an enormous give attention to responsible diving practices of their dive briefing.
Looking for the Mistaken Species
Whereas most individuals can’t see the distinction, the precise species of sunfish that swim within the waters of Bali aren't Mola mola, however Mola alexandrini, which widespread identify is bump-head sunfish. So, from a rigorous scientific perspective, it is going to be arduous to discover a mola-mola in Bali!
Florine is a PADI Divemaster and a Dive Journey blogger at World Adventure Divers. She dives in tropical to excessive chilly waters, choosing her locations when each journey diving and cultural discoveries are a part of the journey, and displaying you how you can do it with out breaking the financial institution.