Something that has long been on my critter bucketlist, is the super strange mola mola, or giant sun fish. They are one of the weirdest creatures I’ve seen online, and I would love to get in the water with one.
I’ve seen photos of divers next to a giant mola mola, which dwarfed them. But the most recognizable is their incredibly weird and funny body shapes!
I once again caught up with my dive buddy from Indonesia, Pinneng of Wet Traveler, to have him share some of his awesome photos from his times diving with mola mola around the Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan Islands in Bali.
I’ve dove in a lot of locations around Indonesia with Pinneng, who is the authority for diving around the country and the more remote areas. And I am always impressed with his incredible captures he gets on each dive. All the mola photos in this article are his, so thanks to him for sharing!
Normally this giant sun fish is a deep dweller, but between the months of July and November, they come up to the surface, possibly to be cleaned by other small cleaner fish. For many divers or snorkelers seeing these weirdos is a once in a life time ordeal.
I have head of divers running into these freaks of nature in other places besides Bali, such as in Alor, Indonesia, and even in Scotland on the surface, but Bali is the only place I have heard of that has them regularly and in numbers. It’s your best bet to see them by heading to the Nusas!
Please note: Please NEVER touch or handle or manipulate a mola mola, or any other marine life for that matter, as they can be hurt or worse. They are not there for your amusement, and violators can be punished when caught. Help protect our oceans and it’s precious inhabitants.
If you are thinking about diving in Bali, make sure to check out our comprehensive guide to diving in Bali, and if you want more ideas for fun, when you aren’t diving, check out 101 Awesome Things To Do In Bali.
About the Photographer:
Pinneng and Gemala are the Indonesian team behind Wettraveler.com, and the authority in scuba diving around the wonders of Indonesia. Together they travel every corner of their home country to explore and document some of the best diving the world has to offer. Pinneng is a underwater photographer, and Gemala is a pro surfer, and together they make a great team while capturing the beauty of Indonesia.