One of the picturesque offshore islands, the small but inviting island of Nusa Ceningan is located just off the coast of Bali in Indonesia.

The waters around Nusa Ceningan are crystal clear and simply teeming with marine life, making this a popular sport for diving and snorkeling. There are a number of dive companies located on the island willing to hire out equipment and take tourists on tours of the watery underworld.

One of the most popular dive sites is known as the Octopus Garden, strangely lacking in octopi but featuring colorful collections of seaweed. The water running through the Ceningan Nusa Penida Pass is known for its strong currents and whirlpools, making this suitable only for advanced and experienced divers. Those with the knowhow will be able to explore the stunning soft corals, other corals and sea fans.

Those who enjoy sunbathing will also find some pretty stretches of sand on Nusa Ceningan, where you can simply spread out and soak up the sun for an hour or two. The atmosphere on this island is very laidback, making it the perfect place to chill out and do nothing.

Most of the accommodation on Nusa Ceningan is home stay, which provides a great opportunity to really get to know the people on the island and gain an insight into their way of life that staying at a luxurious resort can’t offer.

Getting There & Away

Most people traveling to Nusa Ceningan arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and then take a short bus or taxi ride to Kuta (20 minutes). Ferries regularly run from Kuta’s port to Nusa Ceningan (90 minutes).