Diving and snorkelling at Menjangan Island

Diving and snorkelling at Menjangan Island

Bali’s best diving

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Bali’s best underwater gardens are found around the bays of Menjangan Island in the far northwest of Bali, within the protected area of West Bali National Park. This is no secret -- it's one of the more popular dive and snorkelling spots in Bali.

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Make a new friend! Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Make a new friend! Photo: Sally Arnold

Around the island, small sandy bays offer a bit of shade and it’s common to spot the resident menjangan or the Javan rusa or Sunda sambar deer (rusa timorensis) for which the island is named. The island is important for Balinese Hindus, who make pilgrimages to the four temples here, including Pura Gili Kencana, dating from the Majapahit period and believed to be the oldest in Bali. Take a sarong and sash if you wish to visit.

Unfortunately, as with many places in Indonesia, Menjangan Island has a problem with rubbish washed in on the tide and floating around the sea. The local guides make an effort to remove it (and encourage you to do the same), and one guide in particular, Nono Suparono, buys the plastic rubbish from nearby warungs before it hits the sea and transforms it into useful products like shopping bags — look for him at Labuan Lalang. Nono can be contacted through the organisation he helped set up, Friends of Menjangan. Sadly, their work isn't enough, and if the wind is blowing onshore, still expect a lot of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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