Ceningan Divers’ commitment to sustainable development and conservation is apparent in our actions and mandates. We recognize the need to develop sustainable business practices and our environmental responsibilities.
Our various efforts have been rewarded by multiple awards. We won the BlueGreen360 Award for Best Dive Resort in 2019 and Best Dive Operator in 2018. These awards are hosted by the United Nations Environment Programs, the World Reef Foundation, the Coral Triangle Centre, Green Fins, UW360 and ADEX – Asia Dive Expo.
Ceningan Divers Eco and Sustainable Initiatives:
GREEN FINS OPERATOR
Green Fins is an approach to sustainable marine tourism activities that works with business operators, communities and governments. It helps to implement environmental standards for the diving and snorkelling industry through a code of conduct. The overall aim of the initiative is to mitigate damaging impacts to the marine environment from the marine tourism sector and improve sustainability. The code of conduct is a set of 15 points designed to tackle the most common and detrimental effects of SCUBA diving and snorkelling activities on the habitat in which they operate.
As part of our ongoing goal to ensure our Ocean Planet remain a sustainable environment for future generations, we hired an in-house marine biologist who created and delivers workshops on various subjects at our PADI 5* Dive Resort. While staying at our resort our guests can learn about Project AWARE Specialties, attend a Manta, turtles, reef and marine life or Mola workshops, access general information and publications around our resort to help them better understand the impact we have on the local environment, reef and ocean. From our conservation-focus arrival briefing, our workshops to our morning boat briefings, we aim to share our knowledge and passion with our divers.
REFILLABLE BOTTLES AND WATER STATIONS
We provide free drinking water to our guests with refillable, recycled, glass bottles as opposed to plastic-bottled water. We have several water stations throughout our dive resort and on our boats for our guests to refill their own personal bottles.
ELIMINATED SINGLE USE PLASTIC PRODUCTS
One of the leading global issues is the increasing amount of plastic pollution in our oceans. In an ongoing effort to eliminate such waste, we vowed to not use plastic straws or single use plastic products at our eco resort and dive operation. Instead we serve our juices and cocktails with a stainless steel straw. We pack our food in our kitchen and snacks for our boats in reusable containers. We do not offer single use shampoo or soaps in our eco resort. Instead we provide organic body soap from dispensers and we sell organic shampoo bars to guests looking for alternative options.
REEF-SAFE SUN PROTECTION
Our eco-friendly dive resort put in place a policy allowing guests to only use reef safe sun protection. We sell a suitable, locally produced cream made with Illipe butter. Guests are not allowed to use toxic sun protection products on our boats, pool and at the resort. Educational material on the impact of chemical on get reef and ocean is made available in our briefing area. Guests can use alternative sun protections to ensure they do not sunburn while out enjoying their water sport activities.
ISLAND CLEANING INITIATIVE
We host weekly Ceningan Trash Hero cleanups. Our team along with volunteers from around the globe take an hour each each Monday from 5 to 6pm to pickup rubbish from the beaches, mangroves, streets and fields of Nusa Ceningan in an effort to keep the island clean. As part of this initiative, we provide free education and share information with other likeminded people.
ECO RECYCLING, UPCYCLING AND WASTE SEPARATION
At the resort we have separate rubbish and recycling stations, this allows us to separate recyclable material such as plastic, cardboard, glass and other materials. We also have several composting areas around the resort which help eliminate organic waste from our rubbish.
HYDROPONIC GARDEN AND LOCAL PRODUCT SOURCING
Our restaurant and bar use ingredients which we source from sustainable, organic vendors or local distributors. Our aim in working with fair trade producers and organic farmers is to provide our guests with healthy options which aren’t always easily accessible when traveling. We have an hydroponic garden on site, we grow our own herbs such as basil, mint and other ingredients we commonly use at the resort. Looking towards the future, we also planted several fruit trees when we opened our resort in 2015. We are always looking at other options to expend our garden.
(Starting in June 2019) We are currently collaborating with Indo Ocean Project to launch a Mangrove Nursery at our resort. Our goals with this new addition is in two folds: Mangroves play an important role in protecting our coastlines and our reefs. This also help with our goal to become a carbon negative operation and will help reduce our overall carbon output.
Fresh water on Nusa Ceningan and in Bali is particularly scarce. That is why we use the grey water from our bio-septic toilets to water our garden. In 2018-19, we build a 68,000 litres ground reservoir to catch rain water, we will use this water for our dive pool, our showers at our training facilities and to water our garden during the dry season.
ORGANIC CLEANING PRODUCTS
We source organic products for cleaning so as not to pollute our eco-system. Our staff has been trained to conserve energy, in keeping electricity and water consumption and non-organic waste to an absolute minimum.
REEF MONITORING AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
Ceningan Divers works in partnership with various community partners around Nusa Pendia, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Bali to ensure our local reefs remain healthy and pristine. We participate in annual coral watch and reef monitoring programs. Our team is composed of passionate educators and divers who dedicate their time and energy to share their love of our Ocean Planet. We take part in community coral transplantation initiative as well as other activities aim to preserve the beauty of our Marine Protected Area.
AWARE WINNING DIVE OPERATOR
Ceningan Divers was recognized by the United Nations Environment Programs, The World Reef Foundation, the Coral Triangle Centre, Green Fins, and UW360 Magazine in 2018 and 2019, we were awarded The Dive Operator of the Year Award and Dive Resort of the Year Award at ADEX – Asia Dive Expo in Singapore.