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Dive Review of Cennigan Divers in
Indonesia/Nusa Penida

Cennigan Divers: "Currents aren't exaggerated", Jul, 2018,

by Alexander Armintor, AL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 10342.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]Getting there: Private driver from Tulamben, south over the mountains to Sanur Beach, where the people are. At Sanur Beach the driver dropped us off in at the entrance to an incredibly busy, long, dark 5 foot wide alley where we dodged carts and rubbed shoulders with everyone else going to and from the Sanur Beach sidewalk. Turning as instructed we passed stand after stand of vendors hawking tee-shirts, cheap sorongs, food and you name it along the sidewalk to Marlin Fast Boat, maybe a ¼ mile walk, but it seemed longer. After the peace and quiet of Pemuteran and Scuba Seraya, urban Asia was a shock. The Marlin Fast Boat ticket agent gave us a piece of tape with Cenningan written on it to stick on our shirts (youíll want it, as the Marlin personnel in Nusa Lembongan didnít seem to speak English, unusual for Bali). The Nusa Lembongan shuttle arrived, an 80-100 footer with 5 big outboards on the stern and the porters started wading into the surf and throwing luggage fire-drill style onto the top of the boat, which started to squat before the 80 inside customers plus however many they could cram on the back deck climbed aboard. Beach entry in 2+ ft of water, we did get wet. During the 45 minute crossing I reflected on all the news stories Iíd heard over the years about ferries in Asia sinking with hundreds of passengers drowning, but happily, it was into the surf instead of the deep we exited. Not so happily, a wave caught the boat just as I was stepping off and the part of me that wasnít already wet became so, including my backpack. Up on the sea wall, we watched even more unhappily as the porters threw all the luggage onto the sand. Happily, they then fire-drilled the luggage up onto the seawall and unhappily threw them in a pile for us to sort out. We grabbed our luggage and following hand signals and the rest of the herd, boarding the back of a truck. After some confusion and playing musical trucks (hereís where the shirt stickers pay off) we set off for the 20 minute drive through urban Lembongan to be dropped off at a foot traffic suspension bridge across the salt water river between Lembongan and Cenningan, which was now at low tide. Standing bewildered and alone at the intersection only lasted a minute, until a porter with a Cenningan Divers shirt politely took our luggage 2 at a time and to our horror wheeled it, or more correctly skidded them across the mudflats to a skiff for the 5 minute ride to the resort dock. More porters were waiting on us, to make a long story short, the wet sand and mud on our luggage was on the floor of our room by the time we got there. It was a long, hectic day and time for a toddy or 2 or 3 or 4.

Cenningan Divers Resort good: Nice Bali style bungalows, outdoor bathroom and dull modern doors that actually close right. Beautiful grounds with a pool and outdoor restaurant. Outdoor restaurant, Indonesian and European food, all inclusive, decent portions too. Good A/C, in a mangrove swamp, so no wind, but no bugs to speak of either. A 6 foot water monitor lizard would swim the lagoon in front of the bar from time to time.
Cenningan Divers Resort bad: Getting here. Note: The resort owners (they made the Marlin booking) told us they paid for the Marlin porters to take our luggage all the way to the yellow bridge. On the way back,it wasnít low tide and the Marlin porters did port all the way, so the luggage didnít get muddy, but it did get just as sandy.
Cenningan Divers Resort bottom line: Nice place, isolated. You need to understand the transportation before going there, this isnít the place you want to lug a bunch of suitcases to. Cennigan Divers is a good place to stay and beat the Bali day trip crowds to the best Nusa Penida sites.

Cenningan Divers Diving: All dives were 30 minutes to an hour south, across the pass separating Nusa Cennigan from Nusa Penida. Crossing the pass, you notice the water is always changing, usually with sharp interfaces: from normal swells to choppy little waves that look like rapids, to oily flat up-wellingís, to vortexes. We expected colder water, but after the bathtub like water of the north side our first dive here just south of the channel was an eye opener, our computers logged 65F. We were warned about the currents, but found them mild, lots of fish. Moving further south to an area of sloping reefs we started to experience the famous currents, warm ones off the beach push you down and cold ones from the deep push you up, watch the fish and when they all start swimming the same way, you' better too. The water would change from mid 80ís to 60ís and back to the 80ís in the course of 3-4 minutes and several times in the course of a dive. Lots of fish, nudis, beautiful reefs, the telltale signs of dynamite fishing here and there. Quite beautiful, but not for newbies. Trip to manta point: about an hour south along the spectacular western coastline of Nusa Penida. We were the 3rd boat there and I got a ringside seat to the manta show for about an hour, shallow 30-40 ft dive, no currents. I noticed there was starting to be a lot of kids snorkeling and chasing off the Mantaís. Surfacing I counted 23 boats at anchor, more crowded than Cozumel and it wasnít 10:00 am yet. Stopping at Crystal Bay on the way back in hopes of seeing a Mola Mola, our guide decided to take us around the open pass side of the small island/large rock that sits in front of the bay and separates Crystal Bay from the currents of the pass. After having a good look at the current in the pass and knowing something about the history here, I wasnít keen on it, but against my better judgment, I decided to follow along based on: maybe there really was a Mola waiting for us and the guide is a local and knows when itís OK to dive here. About 5 minutes into the dive weíd barely started to go round the pass side when I noticed all the fish and anemones below me polarize and Iíd already started to turn when I felt the pull, swimming hard I grabbed the reef and pulled myself up and out of the current, sucking down most of a tank of air in 20 minutes. That was enough Mola hunting at Crystal Bay for me. Hint: Always listen to that little voice inside saying something isnít right, Amen.
Top side: We rented mopeds from the porter that picked us up for 100K IDR/day ($7 US) and toured the island, highlights included watching the surfers and sunset at Mahana point, we also took the road through the jungle that takes you up on the ridge of the island where you have commanding views of the salt water river, Lembongan and Bali to the north and the channel and Nusa Penida to the south. We also took our lives in our hands and crossed the suspension bridge into the traffic on Lembongan for reasons that are unclear now.
Bottom Line: The last stop on our 3 week Bali dive tour, Nusa Penida has outstanding diving. The currents are no joke. Recommended only if you are experienced and understand the risk.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Alabama, Texas, Bahamas, Roatan, Turks and Caico's, Cozumel, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Moorea, Fakarava
Closest Airport DPS Getting There Ferry from Bali

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 65-83°F / 18-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 30 bar
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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