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Resort Highlights

  • Winners of the 2018 BlueGreen 360 Awards for Dive Operator of the Year
  • Be revitalised by Nusa Ceningan’s quiet gardens, relaxed vibes and top-notch reefs 
  • Swim with turtles, mantas, mola-mola and hundreds of fish in the Coral Triangle
  • Enjoy the charm of Bali without all the crowds in this cosy slice of Indonesian paradise
  • Family-owned, award-winning, eco-friendly and fun dive resort
  • Lush green gardens scattered with tropical flowers and authentic stepping stones
  • On-site bar, restaurant and lounge offering shisha, board games and movie nights
  • Intimate feel with only 8 air-conditioned, traditional thatched roof bungalows
  • Dive centre within the hotel grounds, just steps from the enticing pool

Resort Description

Take a trip to Nusa Ceningan and you will find lush gardens, a super relaxed atmosphere and a Marine Protected Area home to world-class dive sites. Located just off the South-East coast of Bali, this laid-back island offers all who visit a chance to unwind from the madness of city life and explore the underwater beauty of the Coral Triangle. Famous for the majestic manta rays that frequently visit for a feed or clean, and the annual mola-mola (oceanic sunfish) season that never fails to impress (July till October). The reefs around this small island are teaming with colour and shimmering tropical fish, and seem to go forever with an average visibility range of 20-35m. Whether you are new to diving, or have been exploring the underwater world for years, you are bound to find the conditions and dive sites to meet your needs and desires. 

Ceningan Resort is a family-owned, environmentally friendly, PADI 5* Dive Resort based just meters from the quiet coastline of Nusa Ceningan. Turn left just after the yellow bridge, and enter a serene garden, interspersed with leafy vines, tropical shrubs and vibrant pink flowers. The resort has 8 traditionally thatched roof bungalows, each with comfy beds, air conditioning, hot running water and a balcony. In the chilled out, cosy grounds of the resort you’ll find a pool, the Mangrove Restaurant, Phoenix Bar, Ceningan Lounge (where you can enjoy some shisha and play board games) and the resort’s private jetty. Taking environmental conservation seriously, Ceningan Resort is a proud to have gained the Green Star Award, be a 100% AWARE Partner and be a lifetime member of The International Ecotourism Society. Despite the intimate size of the island, there is heaps to do outside the resort including cycling around the island, enjoying a massage, zip lining, surfing, dropping by a sea weed farm and visiting the mysterious Gala-Gala Underground House. This truly is a paradise for nature-loving, chilled out and inquisitive diving enthusiasts. Whether you are looking to enjoy some fun dives or crack on with another qualification, you’re in safe hands here.

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Explore diving around the Ceningan Resort

Best dive sites in Bali

USAT Liberty – Bali’s most famous dive site and a chance to see a resident school of bumphead parrotfish, black sand muck diving combined with a coral encrusted wreck. The USAT (United States Army Transport) Liberty was awaiting repairs on the shore when lava flow from an erupting Mount Agung pushed her back into the water where she now lays on her side. Starting at just over 5 meters and extending down to 30 meters this wreck is a marine life hotspot. Look out for barracuda, turtles, pygmy seahorses on fans, numerous species of nudibranch, sting rays and a wealth of critters. Gili Tepekong – These magnificent rock pinnacles are encrusted with a vibrant mix of hard and soft corals and offer stunning underwater topographies ranging from walls and slopes to canyons and swim throughs. Biomass here is exceptional with hoards of fish occupying the reef. It is a great site for spotting reef sharks, seasonal Mola Mola and when looking out to the blue - anything is possible! Due to mild-strong currents, Gili Tepekong is an advanced dive site and is recommended for experienced divers. Gili Selang – Starting out on the black sand slope you’ll be impressed by the variety of nudibranch and other macro critters as you head down to the top of the reef. The reef and wall offer gorgonian fans, rope sponges, branching corals, occasional bommies, colourful soft corals and barrel sponges in the deeper areas. Look out for moray eels, trevally, cuttlefish and pygmy seahorses camouflaged in the fans with schooling fusiliers and passing pelagics in the blue. Due to mild-strong currents, Gili Selang is an advanced dive site and is recommended for experienced divers. Eel Garden – This is a beautiful dive site which takes its name from a sandy ridge, populated by literally hundreds of garden eels which sway to and fro in the plankton rich currents. That’s not all though, this is a diverse dive site where you can spot passing pelagics and a wealth of critters on the reefs and sandy slopes. Underwater Temple – Also known as “Temple garden” or “Taman Pura” this site is an artificial reef designed to look like a traditional Balinese temple. There are sunken stone statues of Buddha and Ganesha behind ornate Balinese gateways. If there was ever a site that reflected Balinese spiritualism underwater, this is it! Bali is home to innumerable dive sites which offer diverse topographies and marine life. Other notable sites in Bali include: Coral Gardens, Napoleon Reef, Secret Bay, Jemeluk Bay and Blue Lagoon.

What to see

Bali is one of the most diverse underwater environments the ocean has to offer. Famous for sightings of mola molas, manta rays and sharks it would be easy to overlook the other riches available. Tuna and barracuda stalk the reef. Vibrancy comes from in the from the 2500 varieties of reef fish that make Balis reefs their home. Octopus, cuttlefish and scorpion fish hide in plain sight. Divers will often encounter turtles here. Play close attention for the macro and muck diving delights. Discover pygmy seahorses, mimic octopus, frogfish and an array of nudibranch. No matter how long you have been diving, unless you have been to Bali before, you are virtually guaranteed to see so many fish and critters that you have never seen before.

Dive Center


  • World class diving around Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida 
  • Dive with mantis shrimp, spider crabs, mantas, groupers, turtles and mola-mola
  • Warm waters, 20-35m visibility and buzzing coral reef systems
  • Winners of the 2018 BlueGreen 360 Awards for Dive Operator of the Year
  • Eco-friendly, safe and passionate dive operation with speedy boats
  • 5 highly experienced and enthusiastic instructors with 1000’s of local dives
  • Courses from beginner through to pro level and specialties
  • Private jetty and combined dive center and resort for maximum convenience


With so much to explore at your fingertips, both above and below water, you wouldn’t be blamed for not knowing where to start! Nusa Ceningan offers world-class dive sites, impressive marine life, schools of shimmering fish and a relaxed, quintessentially Indonesian atmosphere. The waters surrounding the island have Marine Protected Area status, allowing the tranquil reefs in this area to flourish. Spot turtles, mantas, spider crabs, mantis shrimp, groupers, trigger fish and – between July and October - mola-molas. You will be spoilt for choice with the sheer variety of dive sites on offer, and with so much to choose from, you’re sure to discover something new every day. Diving is fab all year round in this heavenly corner of our planet, so dive into the warm tropical waters and enjoy the astonishing visibility of these crystal blue seas!

Ceningan Divers are the proud winners of the 2018 BlueGreen360 Awards for Dive Operator of the Year. Take a trip with them, and you’ll receive a first-class, safe and environmentally responsible diving service. The enthusiastic dive team is comprised of 5 highly qualified, experienced and passionate instructors, together with thousands of local dives under their belt. With the dive center on-site and the boat moored on the resort’s private jetty, you won’t have to wonder far to enjoy a couple of refreshing morning dives. The purpose built dive vessel is well equipped to store gear and waste no time in delivering you to the dive site. Dive sites range from 5-30m, and courses all the way from beginner to pro level are offered, so you’ll find something to suit everyone. And the best part is, with a ratio of 4 divers to 1 guide, you’ll have the reefs all to yourself!



  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties


  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment (Free)
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  • Thick (5-7Mm) Wetsuits ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books


  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio
  • Nautilus Lifeline
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Other

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort


  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities


  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kayaking
  • Yoga

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • A La Carte Menu
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food


  • Massage Services


  • Beach Front
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • European (2 Pin) Power Sockets
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Power Socket Adapters

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  • Games
  • Movies
  • Kids Playground


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How to get there


  • Fly into Bali and prearrange a pick up from the airport or hotel in Bali with the resort. 
  • If you are coming from Nusa Lembongan, you will find the resort 500m to the left of the yellow bridge, on the left hand side of the path. 
  • From Gili or Lombok, direct boats depart daily. 
  • The easiest way to reach the resort from Lembongan or Ceningan is by scooter. Free parking in front of the resort is available for your vehicle. 


  • The resort will be more than happy to arrange a door-to-door transfer for you to the airport or other destination. 


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