For Our Planet

Ocean Sunfish Research

In addition to our first class instruction, safety and environmental standards we support Ocean Sunfish Research.

This project is based on the PhD research of ocean sunfish researcher Dr. Marianne Nyegaard. This is a pioneering project that spans Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand and has already resulted in many incredible discoveries, including an entirely new ocean sunfish species, Mola Tecta! (Marianne Nyegaard et al, July 2017).

The Indonesian section of this project aims to learn more about the ocean sunfish that congregate on the reefs of Bali every year. Two citizen science projects were born through this research:

  1. The Photo Identification Catalogue (Match My Mola!)
  2. The Seasonality Study (The Mola Log)

For more details about Ocean Sunfish Research please visit

For an educational dive experience that contributes to Ocean Sunfish Research, certified divers can take our fun diving trips to Nusa Penida.

The Bali Sunfish Season is a unique and mysterious phenomenon and the target of a massive and ever-growing tourism industry. In understanding the ocean sunfish better, this project hopes to provide vital information and raise awareness within the diving and tourism community as well as for environmental NGOs and governing bodies to achieve sustainable tourism practices that will ensure the continued presence of the ocean sunfish on the beautiful reefs of Bali.

It is also a great way for our guests and all divers in Bali to get involved and contribute directly to scientific research and obtain a deeper understanding of the awesome area in which they are diving.

In our efforts towards sustainable tourism practices and environmental awareness we adhere to and inform our guests about the Diver Code of Conduct and the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area, as well as ensure that all our dive trips are as zero waste as possible.

For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


Help out with Mola Science

Upload your photos / footage to:

Your mola will be identified based on its skin pattern

if its new, you get to name it!

You retain all copy rights, Your photos will not be used for any other purpose than research without your permission.

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