Tourists and divers flock the pristine Nusa Penida Island in Bali, Indonesia for the scenic views, beautiful beaches, towering limestone cliffs and life underwater.
Nusa Penida is known for its healthy corals famed to harbour small reef fish that in turn attract the bigger marine life such as manta rays (mobula alfredi) and the famous mola mola (ocean sunfish).
For Virginie Casse, marketing manager at Bali Scuba, the presence of divers is bittersweet. Tourism can have a hugely positive impact, for example by providing income to the local communities, but there is a risk of people threatening the corals if they don’t follow environmental best practice.
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