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Encounter the Majestic Mola Mola in Bali

The waters around Bali are teeming with diverse marine life, but few creatures are as awe-inspiring as the massive Mola Mola, also known as the ocean sunfish. This unusual and fascinating fish is a true gentle giant of the sea, and spotting one while scuba diving in Bali is an experience you'll never forget.

Mola Mola or sunfish in Bali
photo credit to Steve Wood

Interesting Facts About the Mola Mola

  • Despite their immense size (some can weigh over 2,000 pounds), Mola Molas are docile and harmless to humans. They are often seen basking in the sun near the surface, which gives them their "sunfish" nickname.

  • These unique fish have a lateral body shape, resembling a disc with two long fins on either side. This distinct appearance has earned them nicknames like "swimming head" and "topside tumour."

  • Mola Molas are found in temperate and tropical waters around the world, but the waters of Indonesia, including Bali, are one of the best places to spot them.

  • They are believed to be the heaviest bony fish in the world and can grow up to 4.3 meters (14 feet) in length.

  • These massive fish consume primarily jellyfish, which they swallow whole with their small mouths.

Where to Spot Mola Molas While Diving in Bali

map of dive sites around nusa penida

The islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan, are the best places to encounter Mola Molas while scuba diving. These gentle giants are often spotted during the dry season, which runs from April to October.

Excursions with experienced dive operators, such as those at Bali Villa Dive Resort, can take you to specific dive sites where Mola Mola sightings are common. These majestic creatures are truly a sight to behold, gliding effortlessly through the crystal-clear waters and offering divers an unforgettable underwater experience.

So, add the Mola Mola to your bucket list of marine creature to see. Get in touch today and let us help you design your dream diving holiday to Bali.


Our Advice : Join us on our hosted trip to Bali Villa Dive Resort in November 2024. Our brochure with full itinerary can be found here.

Trip Highlights :

- Return airfare London Heathrow to Denpasar via Dubai on Emirates

- Overnight hotel in Sanur upon arrival

- Land tour on route to resort

- 12 nights at Bali Villa Dive Resort with full board basis

- Dive package includes 30 dives with daily guided boat dives and house reef diving

- All transfers

from £3150 per person based on double occupancy INCLUDING flights for this 13 night itinerary. Call today and reserve your space.


Be sure and check out our trip report below.

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