Ceningan Divers | Secluded Boutique Eco Resort
Ceningan Divers is a PADI Five Star dive resort located on Nusa Ceningan, the smallest of the three Nusa islands located off the southeast coast of Bali, Indonesia. Nestled among mangroves and palm trees and surrounded by the underwater treasures of the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area, the boutique eco-resort provides divers with comfort and tranquillity without sacrificing amenities.
Since opening in 2015, Ceningan Divers has grown in reputation, winning a number of awards and attracting divers from around the world. One of the biggest draws is the resort’s commitment to preserving the island’s beauty and protecting its marine life, evident in its eco-minded initiatives: no single-use plastics, on-site compost, a hydroponics garden, mangrove nursery, stainless steel straws, water refill stations, rainwater collection, and more. The friendly staff even take part in weekly trash pickups helping to keep the island clean and to help prevent the rubbish from polluting the beautiful dive sites.
World-class dive sites are another big draw, with some of the best scuba diving that can be found around Bali. The incredible biodiversity of the Coral Triangle is on full display around the islands. Ceningan Divers is at the centre of a scuba diving paradise, filled with critters ranging from the smallest macro wonders to the biggest fish in the ocean.
Relax in a hammock on the jetty, listening to the birds in the mangroves. Escape the heat in the two resort swimming pools, or soak up the sun poolside. Take a standup paddleboard or kayak out for a spin. Use the free wifi to send pictures to envious friends and family. Enjoy the island lifestyle.
Eight cosy, thatched roof bungalows open onto a lush garden full of flowers and trees. Each room has a veranda with chairs, table, and a hammock for enjoying this view. Inside is a spacious king-size bed, or two twin beds, hotel quality linen and duvet, safe, an air conditioning unit, and a private bathroom with sink, toilet, and an open-air hot water shower.
The Mangrove Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with enough options to cater to even the most particular gourmand. International dishes include a mezze plate, beef tenderloin, bangers & mash, burgers, pasta, stir-fry, and curry. Traditional Indonesian dishes, such as pepes ikan, nasi goreng, sate ayam, gado-gado, and more, are done in the Mangrove Restaurant's unique style. Seafood, starters, salads, sandwiches, and sweet desserts round out the menu. Using herbs and garnishes grown in the resort's hydroponic garden, the meals are artistically plated, look great and taste even better. Vegans and vegetarians will find lots to love.
The Phoenix Bar is situated beside the water, with a view almost as refreshing as the wide variety of drinks on offer. Cool down with a beer, soda, milkshake, or a freshly-made fruit juice. Those looking to try something more adventurous might like to try one of the Phoenix Bar's unique cocktails: the Ceningan Ice Tea, Paradise Mojito, or Pangalactic Gargleblaster. There is a wide selection of liquor, including gin, tequila, whiskey, rum, and vodka. For the wine drinkers, Bali-made Plaga is available.
The Shisha Lounge
Set on the second floor of the main building and overlooking the mangroves is the Shisha Lounge. Enjoy blueberry, cherry, apple, mint, and many more flavours, or mix flavours to give hundreds of combinations. The lounge also offers a large collection of board games and books. Sit back, relax with friends, and recharge for the next adventure the island has to offer.
Ceningan Divers is a multi-award winning PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, a Green Fins Operator, Green Star Award, and 100% AWARE Partner. The dive resort is situated on the island of Nusa Ceningan, a short boat ride to the various dive sites surrounding the islands in the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area, home to almost three hundred species of coral and over five hundred species of reef fish.
Two giants of the ocean are found in the area: manta rays and the common mola. For those searching for macro wonders, orangutang crab, mantis shrimp, glass shrimp, and numerous nudibranchs are just the beginning. In between these two extremes, divers can see octopus, giant trevally, triggerfish, leaf scorpionfish, lionfish, frogfish, and so much more.
Boarding the boat from our private jetty makes diving easy and comfortable. With a maximum capacity of 4 divers or students for 1 divemaster and/or instructors, each dive excursion feels like a private tour. Each boat is equipped with first aid and emergency oxygen kit, marine radios, spare equipment and tools. The captains finds the best site to dive each day. The friendly and fun dive team provide tons of information and let divers go at their own pace. Drinking water, coffee, and tea, along with snacks and fresh fruit, are available between dives. As part of the sustainable program, sarongs are provided to divers to protect themselves from the sun, remain warm and dry between dives. Only reef safe sunscreen is allowed on our boats and at the resort.
Dive site selection and conditions
The team select the best dive sites based on the conditions and the level of experience of the guests.
Manta rays are found along the south coast of Nusa Penida all year long, but trips to the manta sites can be weather-dependent. In general, the swells tend to be higher for a few days just before and after the new and full moons, and hence conditions may not be the best. The north side of the island, however, is always welcoming.
High season range from mid-June to late October and during the Christmas / New Year holidays. The rainy season starts in late November and lasts until early April. The best time for Mola is mid-August to mid-October, although we do see them randomly throughout the year.
Ceningan Divers has a Marine Biologist / PADI Instructor on staff, the team conduct special briefings before the dives as well as various workshops on topics ranging from Turtles, Manta, Mola and reef conservation.
Diving at a Glance
- 20+ dive sites, most within 15 minutes, all less than 40 minutes away
- Diving in Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area
- Three dives per day available (two morning, one afternoon, occasional night dive)
- Full range of PADI courses, including several PADI speciality courses
- Guide/Instructor to Guests/Students ratio 1:4 max
- Aqua Lung Partner Centre, with quality Aqua Lung, Technisub, and Apeks gear serviced on-site by certified technicians
- Bauer Clean Air Facility with extended air system with a stock of 12L, 15L tanks and 7L tanks.
- Languages spoken for guiding and courses: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Romansch, and Bahasa Indonesia
- Eco-friendly PADI 5 Star Dive Resort
- 2 pools including a dive training pool 12m long x 6m wide x 3m deep
- Green Fins Operator
- Green Star Award
- 100% AWARE Partner
Winner: Dive Resort of the Year at the 2019 BlueGreen360 Awards.
Winner: Dive Operator of the Year at the 2018 BlueGreen360 Awards.
Third Place: DIVE Travel Awards 2018 in the World's Best Dive Centre or Resort category
For more information about Ceningan Divers, PADI 5* Dive Resort, team and services, download the Ceningan Divers Digital Booklet. You can learn more about the dive centre and start booking your next dive holiday at www.ceningandivers.com