Buddha Point: Underwater Temple Statue In Nusa Penida / Lembongan

by David & Intan

Buddha Point is a group of underwater Buddhist temple statues near Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan in Bali.

It’s a cool spot that can easily be visited from Lembongan or Nusa Penida.

This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!


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Visiting Buddha Point

The statues are only about 5 meters (15 feet) deep and can easily be reached by snorkeling without any scuba gear.

There’s a 3 meter (8 foot) tall Buddha statue surrounded by some big bell-shaped stupas that look like ruins, similar to the ones at Borobudur Temple in central Java.

Take caution here, because the currents can be strong. My boat guy had to keep scooping me out of the water and dropping me back at the statues again, because I was quickly being carried away by the fast currents.

As long as you’re a good swimmer or have an attentive boat man, it should be OK.

Swimming with fish underwater near Nusa Penida, Bali
 
 

How To Get To Buddha Point

Buddha Point can be reached from Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan, or Penida.

The group of statues is located near the north end of Nusa Ceningan, not far from the mouth of the Ceningan Channel (the channel between Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan).

It can be reached by boat easily from Penida as well. I visited the statues along with several other coral spots on a half day snorkeling trip from Nusa Penida, for just 200k IDR ($14 USD).

Underwater Buddha statue and temple ruins near Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan in Bali

The underwater statues are contemporary, but the ocean has already started to make them look like ancient ruins!


 

Now Closed?

As of 2019, there are some rumors going around from people (including locals) saying that these statues have been removed.

I spoke to my Balinese friend in Nusa Penida and he said the company that originally put the statues there as a snorkeling object didn’t like having a bunch of other companies bringing snorkelers to the same spot, so that’s why they’re trying to drive away other tours.

Apparently it’s a turf war created by this snorkeling company claiming ownership over the statues. According to my friend the same company has also removed the statues now, but it’s likely just a rumor to keep people away.

I’m still working on getting updated info. If anyone has any current info on the statues, please let me know and I’ll update this post.
 

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7 comments

Carlos May 21, 2019 - 3:23 pm

Hi, what’s the current situation on the Buddha temples in Nusa Penida? Did you manage to get any insight on this? Would appreciate a reply, thanks

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David May 23, 2019 - 1:14 pm

Hi Carlos, unfortunately the latest I’ve heard from locals is that the statues aren’t there anymore. I still haven’t been able to confirm this yet. I think the only way to know for sure will be to drop under the surface of the water there and check. Cheers

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xiwen June 9, 2019 - 4:37 am

updated 2019/6/10
it has closed and not avaliable

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laura nieto cubero September 10, 2019 - 3:44 pm

Hi there, I will be staying near Yellow bridge and can walk to the place, now my question is, where do I book the snorkelling there? Thanks

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David September 10, 2019 - 4:12 pm

Hi Laura,

Lembongan has lots of snorkeling companies, but unfortunately I don’t think any of them will take you to Buddha Point anymore, for the reasons mentioned in my blog post above.

The company that put the statues there originally is trying to keep people away from it now.

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Hannah November 19, 2021 - 1:08 am

Hi !

Thank you for your blog, it’s great!

So, have you had more information about Budha statues since 2019?
My boyfriend and I are going to indonesia next summer and we would love to see this

(sorry for my english i speak very badly)

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David November 19, 2021 - 1:24 am

Hi Hannah, sadly the last I’ve heard is that it’s closed, because the company who put the statues there is trying to keep people away from it now.

I will ask again soon, because it could change.

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