Divers and lovers of the deep blue sea should be heading out to Nusa Penida these following months to witness the magnificent Mola-Mola Sunfish making their way back to Bali’s tiny offshore island on an annual offshore migration.
Weighing at about 1000kg, this docile and friendly mammoth of the deep makes an annual migration to Nusa Penida located a short distance from Bali during the months of July and August. Whilst these magnificent creatures make their home around Bali all year round, the best time to see them is from July to October when they are frequently seen by experienced divers.
Measuring at 1 metre from top to bottom, these underwater marvels are incredible to behold, and are most often found at a depth of around 20-meters near Crystal Bay, Blue Corner Beach, Toyapakeh Beach or off Nusa Penida’s north coast.
The fish is notoriously shy and those wishing to see the Mola-Mola should only do so in the company of a guide from a reputable diving operator and follow all instructions established under a code of conduct established by the Coral Triangle Center (CTC), the Klungkung Regency and the Marine Tourism Association (Gahawisri). The code protects the ecosystem, with special emphasis on marine life species such as the Mola-Mola and Manta Rays.
Destruction of the reef or being disturbed by overly-aggressive divers can cause the reclusive Mola-Mola to seek new grounds.