- PADI 5 Star Dive Resort
- Experienced team with more than 20 years safety record
- Multilingual local and International Dive Team: We speak Bahasa, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.
- PADI Courses from Beginner to Divemaster and GoPRO Internships
- Discover Scuba Diving Experience Program with pool and ocean dives.
- Daily diving trips to world-class dive sites around Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida
- Mola Mola (Sunfish) and Manta Ray dives
- Maximum Diver : Instructor ratio – Beginner diver program 2:1 and certified 4:1
- Snorkelling trips for non divers
- Two custom-made dive boats equipped with safety equipment, oxygen, and marine radios.
- Our dive guides are equipped with waterproof Nautilus GPS marina radio
- Aqualung Partner Centre – New rental equipment maintained by certified technician
- 100% Project AWARE Centre
- Green Star Award Eco Resort
- Insurance options
- Dive & Stay packages with Ceningan Resort
- Diving: $49USD Per Dive. ***Includes Aqualung dive gear, 5mm long wetsuit, tank, weights, safety gear, marine park fees, guide fees, towel, snacks, tea/coffee/water***
- Snorkelling: $49USD Per trip. *** Includes all snorkelling gear, safety gear, marine park fees, towel, snacks, tea/coffee/water***
- PADI Discover Scuba Diver: $79USD
- PADI Scuba Diver Course: $299USD
- PADI Open Water Course: $399USD
- PADI Advanced Open Water Course: $349USD
- PADI Rescue Diver Course: $349USD
- Contact us for our full list of Specialty Diver Courses and PADI GoPRO Internships.
Explore Nusa Paradise with Ceningan Divers
Ceningan Divers is the Premiere PADI 5* Dive Resort on Nusa Ceningan. Our experience team of local and international PADI Instructors has been happily diving in Bali and the Nusa Penida area since 1996. We are very proud of our 100% safety record.
We are located a seashell throw away from Nusa Lembongan, only 500 meters on the left side of the yellow bridge in the pristine mangroves of Nusa Ceningan. We are a Green Star Award, Eco-Friendly, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, we offer water sports activities for both divers and non diving guests.
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Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan Travel Guide
There are many land and water sport activities to explore while staying on the sister islands.
This guide is meant to provide some inspiration of what you can do while enjoying your stay with us at Ceningan Resort.
The climate of Nusa Ceningan is similar to neighbouring ‘mainland’ Bali but it is noticeably drier here, particularly in the period of May to September. January and February are the height of the rainy season (still a magical time to visit).
The locals are Hindu and visitors will notice little or no difference from the prevailing culture on the Bali mainland. Balinese is the most common language of communication between local residents, with Bahasa Indonesia a distant second. The Balinese spoken here is a distinct dialect, and sharp-eared linguists would certainly notice this. English is widely understood and spoken, often with an Australian accent!
Bali offers world-class diving and diversified dive sites that will meet the needs of both new and experienced divers.
Ceningan Divers based on Nusa Ceningan focus on diving around the islands of Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Located nearly 25kms from east Bali, this area is part of the Coral Triangle and known for it’s world-class diving with Manta Rays and Mola Mola (during season – July to October). Ask our staff for more details about diving or read this article about diving around the sister islands.
Non-divers should not feel left out, as good snorkeling is available close to the shore at various spots around the island. The waters around Nusa Ceningan are crystal clear, hosting colourful coral and sea creatures, making it an ideal location for snorkeling and for any other water sport activities. Ask our staff for more details about snorkeling trips.
There are three main breaks, all off the top half of the west coast, with another less well known just to the southwest off Nusa Ceningan. Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks are all close offshore and reached via an energetic paddle from the beach, or in a more leisurely fashion, by a local boat (perahu) which can be chartered from the nearest beach.
The waves around these islands are amazing, however it’s best to surf at medium to high tide. Be very careful when surfing here, with names like lacerations, shipwreck and razor, it’s not hard to grasp that you are entering treatcherous waters! Read our surf guide for more information.
Sightseeing and land activities
Until recently, the great majority of locals on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan were involved in seaweed farming. One of the best places to view the farms is on the south-west side of Nusa Ceningan. Here there are cliffs lining the beach so you can see the farms from above.
Alternatively, you will see a lot of seaweed being dried in front of homes at the northern end of Nusa Lembongan.
Seaweed farming is a labour intensive industry and the price the locals receive from the large Asian market is quite variable.
As part of a tour of the mangrove in the north-west corner of Nusa Lembongan, you can sail over the seaweed farms. This is dependent on tide conditions, but if it is low tide in the afternoon you can take a close look at how the seaweed is grown and harvested.
Mangrove forest tour
Large parts of the north and most of the west coast of Nusa Lembongan are covered by mangrove forests. You can go for a short tour through the mangrove and the adjacent seaweed farms in a flat bottomed boat. Perhaps the Lembongan version of a gondolier as the ‘driver’ uses a long pole to push the boat along and steer it through the narrow channels.
Boat trips can be organised at our resort or you can make your own way there and organise on the spot. A 30 to 40 minute trip costs between 50,000 and 100,000 rupiah per boat, 2 to 3 persons, depending upon your negotiation skills.
It is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon and can be followed up with a cool drink at one of the many warungs.
Ceningan Resort is located in the pristine mangroves of Nusa Ceningan, you can hire one of our SUP (stand up paddle board) and cruise down the channel. Ask our staff for more details about mangrove tours.
Motorbikes and bicycles
If you want to explore the islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan it’s best you rent a motorbike or if you are ready to take on the extra workout you can rent a bicycle as well. Ask our staff for more details about bike/motorbike rental.
These are excellent islands for walking and keen visitors should not hesitate to just head off and explore the myriad tracks that criss-cross the islands.
Yellow suspension bridge
The yellow suspension bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan allows visitors to easily access each island. The narrow bridge allows access by foot, bicycle or motor bike: it is unsuitable for cars.
Zipline in Nusa Ceningan
The newly built Ceningan Zipline is located near Ceningan Point. (more details coming soon)
Cliff jumping in Nusa Ceningan
The Blue Lagoon Cliff Jump is about 14m high and you can find it just behind and to the left of Ceningan Point.
The Mahana Point Cliff Jump is about 15m high and situated behind Secret Point Beach.
*Recently several people have been injured (broken legs and spinal injuries) while jumping off the cliff at low tide, we strongly recommend caution or even best to avoid this activity!
You may be able to catch a cock fight, look out for a crowd of local men! This generates a lot of excitement on this tiny island.
Gala Gala Underground House
Gala-gala was built by Made Byasa, a farmer, priest and Mangku Dalang (puppet shadow performer). Due to his profession as a Dalang, he got inspired by one of Mahabharata episode, “Wana Parwa”; the twelve years in exile in the forest. In the story Pandawas decided to build a cave, Gala-gala, to protect his family from Korawas who wanted to find and kill all of Pandawas’s family. The underground house is dug into the rock and covers an area of five hundred square meters. Built using nothing more than a hammer and chisel. He started the project in 1961 and finished in 1976.
A wonderful secluded beach with powdery, white sand, located on the south coast of Nusa Lembongan. From the west coast, head southeast towards Lembongan Village, turn west, and then look for the sign leading south to Dream Beach. Be very careful about entering the water here as the rip currents can be fierce. Only the strongest swimmers should consider this and even then, avoid the eastern end of the beach.
Sandy Bay (Sunset Beach)
A small but spectacular beach with white sand and crashing waves, located to the north of Dream Beach, and easiest to reach via the same route. At low tide a cave is exposed in the low limestone cliff at the eastern side of the bay. Approach carefully and make sure you are not cut off from the beach by a rising tide. All-in-all, this is a great laid back spot.
Located between Playground’s surf break and Mushroom Bay. From this beach you have a good view of Bali and Mount Agung. Swimming is good only at high tide.
Is a wonderful beach with a view of Mount Agung, white sand and mangrove trees, Jungut Batu village is located at the end of the beach.
Is the place where most boats arrive in Nusa Lembongan. It can be a good spot to hang and dip in the ocean, on the north east of mushroom beach is a hard to access secluded beach.
Is found by walking either a few minutes north from Dream Beach or south from Sunset Beach. A rocky outcrop on the south western coast. Spectacular crashing waves and water plumes.
Exploring the temples
Puncak Sari Temple
Located in Lembongan Village (just north of Lembongan Village on the main route back to Jungut Batu). It is the largest and grandest Hindu temple on the island. Enjoy an amazing view of the Indian Ocean, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan.
Pura Dalem Temple
An elegant, whitewashed temple between the villages of Lembongan and Jungut Batu.
This temple has three parts with one of the worshipping areas perched right on the sand. Not far away on the north-west road in a quieter area is Empu Aji Temple.
Pura Ulun Danu Temple
Pura Ulun Danu of Nusa Ceningan is a temple that is dedicated to Dewi Batari Ulun Danu, goddess of the lakes and rivers. This temple is situated on the western part of Nusa Ceningan. This Ulun Danu temple is also known as ‘the Temple of the Cave’, as it is built on a hill, sitting on top of a holy cave, the Goa Raja or “King’s Cave”. Placed on a concrete platform in this temple sits a small ship flanked by the statues of Dewa Baruna, god of the seas, and Dewi Ayu Mas Segara, goddess of the Southern Seas – in Java commonly known as Lörö Kidul.
Goa Raja Cave Temple
The Goa Raja Cave also houses a small temple and it can be reached via a narrow staircase which is hewn out of the rocks, descending to the entrance of the cave. The Goa Raja cave, considered to be very holy, in general can only be visited by priests. In very rare cases westerners are permitted to enter the holy cave.
Jungut Batu is Lembongan Island second and smallest village. World famous surfbreaks are located in front of Jungut Batu. Breaks such as “Shipwrecks” and “Lacerations” have lured surfers to the area for over 30 years
The main population centre of the island is Lembongan Village in the southern interior and it is here that you will find the homes of many traditional island families.
Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan Surf Breaks.
With a growing reputation as world-class diving and surfing destinations, Nusa Lembongan and its twin sister Nusa Ceningan have become must see islands for experienced surfers and divers from around the world.
Off the Beaten Path Surfing Destination
The quiet, friendly and laid-back islands are reminiscent of how Bali was decades ago. With an unsatiable urge to travel off the beaten path and explore new destinations, adventure seekers started to migrate towards these twin islands at the turn of the millenia.
The waves around these islands are amazing, however it’s best to surf at medium to high tide. Be very careful when surfing here, with names like lacerations, shipwreck and razor, it’s not hard to grasp that you are entering treatcherous waters! A good thing to remember: if it’s crowded, go surf!
The breaks are usually packed at prime tide times, with 20-30 surfers out. Surfers tend to look out for each other and would normally spot and assist anyone in trouble. When in doubt, make friends with the locals! Otherwise, it’s probably best to just head over to Ceningan Resort’s lounge, have a few drinks and play some rounds of your fav board games!
For the experienced surfers wanting to test their skills, here’s a summary of the local breaks:
Playgrounds (left and right hander)
Nestled below cliffs offering good SE trade protection, this is the most surfer-friendly spot on Lembongan. It’s an easier paddle, being closer to shore, continues to break at lower tides, is a little bit deeper and offers more wall to work as opposed to the flat out barrels nearby. The lefts are better with a few lip-bashing opportunities along a tapered wall, while the rights may pitch slightly, but fade quickly. Constant current to paddle against and the whole area is surrounded by a flotilla of cruisers, pontoons and leisure craft catering for the daily influx of Bali tourists.
Lacerations (left and right hander)
Hard core right with excellent, wide open tube time on offer as the tide floods the sharp, shallow reef. It’s a pitching, air-drop entry from the peak into a straight barrel section then a further sucky bowl as it approaches the channel marked by floating mooring lines that litter the bay. Not easy, not long and not empty but it’s more challenging than neighbours Shipwrecks and Playgrounds. Occasionally the lefts are makeable and there are a few more, hollow, ridiculously shallow sections of reef nearby.
Shipwrecks (right hander)
Iconic Nusa Lembongan break marked by a rusting ship bow on long exposed reef platform. Non-existent at low tide, it starts breaking on the push to mid and sets start rearing up out of nowhere, peeling fast with a high, tight envelope and open shoulder. Gets packed with surfers of all standards so snagging one and avoiding the scratchers is part of the deal. Getting the tide just right is the trick – mid on springs, higher on neaps. Watch out for scrap metal on the reef and seaweed sticks.
Razor (left hander)
Next to Shipwrecks, this long left hander is easy to spot from the shore as it is always breaking and is bigger than other spots. Choos your wave carefully as some of the sets close out. This is best for experienced surfers as there are many seaweed sticks.
Ceningan (left hander)
Off the SW tip of the barely populated Ceningan island is a lefthander that lines up rolling walls with a nice steep pocket and predictable sections. Some protection from the trades but it can get messy with currents and deepwater channel affecting the swell. Good small swell, low tide option when Lembongan isn’t working, it gets powerful and sketchy when the swell jumps. Best accessed by boat, although there is a few ways down the cave-pocked cliffs, but it’s only sometimes crowded. Locals say it is sharky.
Surf break descriptions taken in part from magicseaweed.com
Diving Nusa Penida, Bali with Ceningan Divers
Often called the “Sister Islands” of Bali: Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Penida offer world-class diving. Part of the Coral Triangle and the Nusa Penida marine protected area, these 3 islands located 25 kilometres east of Bali are a must see destination for any dive enthusiasts.
Welcome to Nusa Paradise where you will find colourful reefs populated by various species of tropical fish such as anemonefish to schools of Mantas. The conditions here are suitable for open water students to advanced divers. Whether you are a new or an experienced diver, you will find a variety of conditions and sites to meet you holiday needs, learning goals or desire for adventure.
Come Dive Nusa Ceningan, Lembongan Island, and Nusa Penida with our experienced team!
The area is best knows for being one of the few locations in the world to see Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish), we also have a healthy population of Manta rays, Sharks, Napoleon and Giant Trevally
Average visibility range from 15 to 30 meters, dive site depth range up to 40 meters plus. Water temperature can drop to low 20s during the month of July to October, which is the best time to see the Sunfish.
Nusa Penida Dive Sites
Crystal Bay is one of Bali’s most popular dive sites. Located on the south west of Nusa Penida, this bay with a rocky island in the middle can be an amazing dive site. The inside of the bay is sheltered from the currents, and house a colourful reef sloping down to the white sandy bottom.
The rocky island has steep drop offs to the south and west. There is an amazing shelf in the north covered with soft corals in the shallows.
Outside the bay the currents bring nutrient rich waters, making this a favorite site for Mola mola and other pelagics. Over the years the growing popularity of this dive site combined with the challenging conditions has often been the cause of discussions. Caution is recommended when venturing down the drop off, as downward currents can be extremely strong.
This Manta cleaning station is located on the south-west side of Nusa Penida. This site provides a fantastic opportunity to see Manta Rays, often in large groups just circling around waiting to be cleaned.
Manta Point actually consists of several small bays and rocky headlands on the exposed southwest coast of Nusa Penida. Large swell from the Indian ocean pushes up against the coast of Penida and brings plankton rich waters which attract the Mantas all year round. The main reason to come here is diving with Manta rays! However these sites offer interesting underwater topography and are also frequented by Nurse Sharks, Blue-spotted Stingrays and lots of soft corals.
The Mantas are often curious and will swoop down to get a closer look at divers. It can be the dive of a lifetime, if you see the Mantas dancing!
Sekolah Dasar / PED / Sental
These popular sites are part of a vast fringing reef on the northern coast of Nusa Penida. The healthy reef starting in shallow water slopes down to depths well below recreational diving limits. Therefore this site has something for everyone from snorkelers to technical divers.
The coral slopes down at a 45 degree angle and is home to an abundance of reef fish including red toothed triggerfish, unicorn fish, angel fish and butterfly fish. There is often a drift of up to 4 knots making this an exciting dive.
These sites are a great place to see Sunfish in season, and offers some of the best drift diving in the world. Common encounters can be had here with Green and Hawksbill Turtles, Marble Rays, Sea Snakes, Octopus, White Tip Reef Sharks and a huge diversity of corals and sponges.
Toyapakeh (meaning “salt water” in Balinese) is located at the north end of the deep channel between Penida and Ceningan. It offers a steep wall to the south, terraces with huge hard coral bommies in the bay and a terraced reef in the north. We think this is possibly one of the best dives around the area!
Drifting with the current at this site gives you the possibility of seeing anything and everything! The occasional mola mola (in season), eagle rays, morays, schools of trevally and red-tooth triggerfish can all be spotted here. Vast forests of acropora coral and towering coral heads provide interesting finds for even the most seasoned marine biologists!
Nusa Lembongan Dive Sites
Located on the northwest of Nusa Lembongan is the famous Blue Corner dive site.
If you are hoping to dive with amazing pelagic like Mola Mola, a school of bullrays, or reef sharks and you are okay with cruising in strong current, this site offer some of the most extreme condition around the islands. However with harder conditions comes greater risks.
This is an exhilarating dive for experienced divers. There are wild currents at this drift dive site with dramatic underwater topography.
The shallow part of Blue Corner has a large flat reef forms a protected area from the strong currents of deeper waters. The gradual sloping reef from 6m – 18m is perfect for all skill levels. Molas and Thresher sharks have been spotted in the shallows here, and there’s always great macro hiding under the numerous large coral bommies scattered through the area.
Lembongan Bay is an ideal site for night dives, beginner divers, or for avid photographers. The sandy bottom is scattered with coral bommies which are home to frog fish, moral eels, lobsters, schools of damselfish and many more of the smaller species.
Sakenan (Jack’s Point or Mangrove)
Sakenan is sometimes referred to as Jack’s Point or Mangrove. This site is near the mangrove forest to the north east of Nusa Lembongan. Mangroves are important for ensuring coral reef health – and the surrounding reef definitely shows. The coral slopes gently outwards and has often been compared to diving in a giant underwater aquarium due to the many varieties of reef fish found here!
This drift-dive is designed for nature lovers and is great for all diving levels.
Nusa Ceningan Dive Sites
Located on the east side of Nusa Ceningan Island. This impressive coral wall at the base of limestone cliffs is fed by nutrient rich waters from the nearby mangroves and upwellings from the deep channel. The colourful coral wall drops vertically to depths beyond recreational diving. Currents can be strong here, however experienced divers will really appreciate this amazing wall dive.