PADI IDC Nusa Penida with Instructor Development Centre Sanctum Dive
Sanctum Dive in Nusa Penida is part of the Sanctum Dive Eco Resorts brought to life by 2 passionate underwater advocates: Andriy & Emmi. They started in Una Una (est. 2015, Togian Island, Sulawesi) and quickly had the opportunity to add another asset to their portfolio by opening in Nusa Penida (Bali). In 2020, they will be operating as well from the famous Gili Trawangan (Lombok). The link is obvious here, Sanctum Dive is created for divers, by divers. You will quickly become part of the Sanctum Dive family and experience their way of organising the dive activities: a personalised, professional and safe etiquette. In 2020 Santum dive starts conducting the PADI IDC Nusa Penida.
The Diving in Nusa Penida
Diving in Nusa Penida is amazing. The abundance of fish, corals and invertebrates will blow your mind away. Of course, the apotheosis is the opportunity to dive year round with the amazing Manta Rays. These gentle giants of the sea are spotted almost daily due to the incredible richness of the waters surrounding the 3 nusas: Penida, Lembongan and Ceningan. Diving the Nusas is probably the best what Bali has to offer divingwise and it is most likely going to become the preferred diving destination for Bali in the near future.
The Padi Instructor Development Courses (PADI IDC Nusa Penida) will be held on Nusa Penida, which is a brand new Padi 5 star IDC Center. All the facilities are on site for you to be trained in a fantastic environment far away from the bigger structures. The PADI IDC Penida at Sanctum Dive Penida will focus on training you to become an instructor, not just to pass the Instructor Exam. The new revised 2019 instructor curriculum will exclusively be taught with various multilingual options. Their setting is breathtaking. You’re literally on the beach, facing Bali’s iconic gunung Agung (3031m), pristine waters and white sand creating the perfect cocoon to support you during your IDC. The classroom will be a bit different from the classical air conditioned ones as you basically will be overviewing “the office” that you cherish so much and where you will spend the most of your future dive instructor life. Come and join Sanctum, you will not regret it.
The Diving around Nusa Penida
The Nusas are a vast Marine Protected Area (MPA) that will surprise you and will not let you down, unless you dive them of course.
Nusa Penida is THE main diving hub of Bali. It has a very particular mystical importance as the Balinese believe that the Nusa archipelago is protecting Bali against the bad spirits and other evil forces. That being said, when you go diving around Nusa Penida, you will be enchanted by what you can experience. Nobody comes back from a dive the same, and Penida is certainly no exception to that rule. Penida is the biggest Nusa where most of the diving takes place. Lembongan is the second largest and in-between there is Ceningan, the little brother, with some very particular dive sites as well.
Big, strong, huge, great, incredible, challenging, amazing, rich, diverse are adjectives regularly used by divers coming back from a trip to the Nusas. Penida is like a five star restaurant where you will be astonished by what the chef has to offer. The chef here is no one else than Mother Nature. You name it you have it, is the spirit. There is a very large population of Manta Rays all year long that is migrating all the way to the island of Flores where the world famous Komodo National Park is. You can sometimes expect to see a fever of rays (this is how you call a group of rays, fyi!) of up to 20 individuals forming a manta train, an amazing mating characteristic of these giants of the sea. From May till October, it is very likely to be able to spot the unique Mola Mola or sunfish. They shallow up from the abyssal depths to mate and to get cleaned. In 2019, even a 5m female Great White Shark was spotted in the famous Crystal Bay. Tresher, White & Black Tip Reef sharks, Nurse and Wobbegong sharks are also spotted frequently. Huge Marbled Rays, Cowtail Rays or Bull Rays are often seen swimming against the ripping current like nothing else matters. That’s for the big stuff. Now Nusa Penida is also a great place for macro diving with loads of lovely critters to enjoy like frogfishes, pipefishes, seahorses, and tons of colorful nudibranchs. The coral is very diversified with an abundance of soft and hard corals.
Conditions can vary from a nice little walk in the park to a thrilling rollercoaster ride. Currents are known to be tricky at some moments of the year and the water temperature might convince you to do your dry suit specialty during the winter months, but hey, this is also why it is so good to dive the Nusas. Everyone diving there will find something they always wanted to see, making it a top bucket-list dive destination in the world.
PADI IDC Nusa Penida Dates:
|Course Dates:||Exam Dates:|
|15 January - 30 January||31 January - 01 February 2020|
|29 April - 14 May||15 - 16 May 2020|
|29 June - 14 July||15 - 16 July 2020|
|02 September - 18 September||19 - 20 September 2020|