Diving and snorkelling at Menjangan Island

The best snorkelling and diving in Bali, a must se

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What we say: 4.5 stars

Most visit Pemuteran to snorkel and dive Menjangan Island which claims the best marine environment in Bali. Aside from Menjangan, it's also possible to snorkel right off Pemuteran beach.

Menjangan Island is located some 14km from the village of Pemuteran and many dive companies in town sell all in one packages that provide transport to the launching place of the boats, a national park guide, boat hire, scuba gear and the payment of a range of miscellaneous fees. One particular dive company with a good reputation of value for money is Yos Marine Adventures, about 300m west of the Adi Assri Hotel.

Menjangan itself is located within the Bali Barat National Park which is protected under Indonesian law from environmental abuses and as a result, the diving and snorkelling here is spectacular. It is possible to see turtles, intricate coral gardens, eels, sharks and a number of other pelagic species. The expense of seeing these things is slightly higher than in some other places in Bali because of the transport costs, but it is worth it. For snorkelling and dive buffs, this is a must-see experience and worth going out of your way for.

The best option for snorkellers is to travel by your own or public transport to the national park office on the main road at Labuhan Lalang 12km west of Pemuteran and negotiate your own trip to the island. Prices per person reduce dramatically as more people travel on the one boat, so it might be worthwhile to sit around the park office waiting for another group to arrive to share expenses.

Prices are slightly negotiable and include a boat that can hold a maximum of 10 people for 3 hours, guide, snorkelling gear and park entrance fees:

1 person: 465,000 rupiah
2 people: 525,000 rupiah
Every additional person: 60,000 rupiah

Night snorkelling is also available for an extra 60,000 rupiah per person and includes a powerful torch for spotlighting sleeping fish, eels and the abundance of plants that come alive at night.

The head guide is extremely helpful and is responsible for assigning work to his staff. He can be contacted at nono_friendsofnature@hotmail.com to gather more information or arrange a trek/snorkelling.

Snorkelling off the beach in Pemuteran is also particularly rewarding and it is possible to simply hire your gear from a beach vendor for 30,000 rupiah, step into the ocean and be surrounded by lots of coral and a large variety of fish. The wacky bio rock structures are worth a look outside of the Reef Seen Hotel where coral has been grown onto wire frames of interesting objects.

Yos Marine Adventures
300m west of Adi Assri Hotel
T: (0362) 81155
yasongko@yahoo.com
http://www.yosdive.com

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14km from Pemuteran
Last updated: 27th June, 2011

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