07 August 2016

The Mola Mola is back

The gigantic Mola-Mola fish have returned to Nusa Penida. The Mola-Mola, a large, docile sun fish that grow to a top-to-bottom height to as much as one meter, makes an annual migration to the small off-shore island located a short distance from Bali in the months July till begin September. The remarkable fish is 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.

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