Diving Nusa Penida, Bali

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!

Bali Diving Nusa Penida

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

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.

Manta Point

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

Blue Corner

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

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

Ceningan Wall

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.

We offer special packages, contact us for more information.

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Green Star Award

Ceningan Eco Resort

When we took over the Jetty Resort earlier this year, we drafted our business and action plans. As part of our commitment, our operation will follow eco-friendly practices and promote awareness through educational programs. We also want to limit our impact on our community and Ceningan island.

With that in mind, we are renovating our facilities. We are adding a water collection system on our main building. We dug a new well, installed seveal water reservoirs to ensure that our capacity and consumption does not impact the local community. We are installing new energy saving appliances; AC units, fans, light bulbs, and low volume shower heads in our bungalows to reduce our energy and water consumption.

While we are doing these renovations, we are doing our best to use local materials and suppliers to reduce our carbon footprint. We are using organic material whenever possible, and we are installing bioseptic tanks to process the grey water from the showers, sinks and toilets of our resort’s 8 bungalows and restaurant facilities.

As a PADI 5 Start Dive Resort we will also dedicate a good part of energy in promoting Project AWARE educational programs, actions, and participate in fundraising innitiatives.

Ceningan Resort – Green Star Award

We are happy to announce that today, after discussions with PADI, our resort has been granted the Green Star Award.


What is the Green Star Award?

The PADI Green Star™ Award is granted to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts that demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including (but not limited to):

  • Water conservation
  • Energy use
  • “Environmentally friendly” transportation practices
  • Optimized waste management
  • Use of sustainable materials
  • Conservation leadership
  • Paperless interactions with their PADI Regional Headquarters
  • Donation to Project AWARE

The Green Star Award identifies dive businesses that care about the environment and are acting to protect it.

While diving with us, you can rest assured that our team does everything possible to ensure that we have a limited impact on the environment and is helping make our world a better place for future generations.

Contact us for more more information on our conservation projects or to book your Project AWARE internship program.


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Nine Reasons to Choose Ceningan Resort

Travel off the Beaten Path

Are you looking for a unique Bali experience the way it was 20 years ago?

You deserve a holiday from which you return, both invigorated and inspired.

What is your perfect holiday? We hope that you enjoy exploring new destinations, blazing your own path, spending time with caring people, eating delicious food, diving amazing world-class sites, and creating memories that last long beyond your tan line.

Should you hope to escape the clutter of every day routine, our resorts offer a unique setting. We don`t to impress you with pretentious concepts, our resort is a reflection of our combined personalities and values. We cut down the excesses to focus on our guests and our environment.

Ceningan Resort is located near pristine mangrove on Nusa Ceningan, a relatively undeveloped island located 25kms from the east coast of Bali. The island is rich with lush vegetations, traditions and loving people anxious to share their culture and passion with you.

There are many reasons to stay with us. We hope these ten reasons will inspire you to join us on your next holiday to Bali, Indonesia.

Nine Reasons to Choose Ceningan Resort

Nine Reasons to Choose Ceningan Resort

ONE – Magical off the Beaten Path Location

We are located near on Nusa Ceningan, the smallest of 3 islands on the east coast of Bali and part of the Nusa Penida Marine park. This region has been declared a marine protected area, we have access to many world-class dive sites within 10 to 20 minutes from our jetty. Our Resort is located on the shoreline of pristine mangroves, surrounded by coconut tree forest.

Ceningan Resort is your home away from home. Our resort is the culmination of years of hard work to achieve our collective dreams. From our cosy bar to our spacious lounge, our bungalows and our boat, we hope the atmosphere we created will satiate your daily needs and provide you with the tranquility you seek at the end of an amazing day in paradise.

TWO – Our Professional Experience

Our award-winning team of local and international service-oriented, experienced dive instructors has been honing their skills with one goal in mind: To better serve you! We are PADI Platinum Course Directors, Master Instructors, and Master Scuba Diver Trainers with more than 20,000 combined dives and 20 years of diving experience in Bali. We have made Indonesia our home and we work closely with the local community to ensure our guests get the most out of their time with us on Ceningan Island. In addition to guiding our international guests, we are continuously guiding film crews, world famous photographers, researchers and journalists.

THREE – Nusa Ceningan Proximity to Bali Mainland

Thanks to the close proximity to Bali and Denpasar (DPS) international airport. The transfers to Nusa Ceningan is just a short journey of about 45 minutes by speed boat from Sanur or Benoa harbour to our resort’s private jetty. There are also a number of speedboat companies that leave from both locations to Nusa Lembongan several times per day. From Mushroom Bay on Lembongan to our resort is only a short 15 minutes drive.

FOUR – Our Resort Footprint

We care deeply about the island that has become our home. This is why we pro-actively take part in conservation initiatives and work with the local community to ensure we operate as an eco-friendly resort. We promote low impact tourism, recycling, and conservation efforts to ensure that Nusa Ceningan remains a sustainable island for future generations. Together, we can help conserve this amazing paradise and its inhabitants – both: above & below

FIVE – The Coral Triangle

Nusa Ceningan, Bali has the distinction of being located in the Southwest corner of what is referred to as The Coral Triangle. This area is recognized as the global center of marine biodiversity. Considered the underwater equivalent of the Amazon rainforest and one of the most important marine nurseries in the world, it harbours more species than any other marine environment we know of, including 76% of all coral types and more than 3000 species of fish.

SIX – Safety First

With more than 20 years of industry related experience, we pride ourselves on an excellent safety record. We have a range of safety provisions including, procedures, comprehensive equipment, and staff training. Our resort has a large oxygen reserve and first aid equipment, our boat has both a first aid and oxygen kits on board. Our resort staff are certified Emergency First Responders (EFR) and We have 2 EFR Instructor Trainers and 3 EFR Instructors on our team.

SEVEN – Ceningan Resort Lounge

Ceningan Resort has the most extensive collection of Board Games on the island. You can enjoy a fun social evening with games in our lounge. We have a broad selection of hooka pipe, and flavoured Shisha tobaccos. We play the occasional movie and host weekly game nights and educational events for our guests and team.

EIGHT – Ceningan Island Restaurant

We cater to all tastes and provide a healthy fusion of western and Indonesian dishes. Our kitchen will serve familiar dishes will offering you the chance to discover new local and tropical fruits and vegetables. Our international team also add a variety of their favourite items on the menu. If you crave a healthy snack or a home-cooked meal, our diversified daily menu will satiate the foodie in you.

NINE – Our Team and Our Guests

You will get to meet and know some of the friendliest people on the planet; our team and our guests! After all, as resort operators, we can only hope that our dream place meet your expectations and that you, our guests will have an amazing time with us on Nusa Ceningan Island.

We are open to your feedback and comments, if you have an idea on how we can improve our services and offerings, we are happy to heard from you. With that in mind we have a great reward program for guests we are proactively helping us improve our facilities and team.

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