Photo: Menjangan Island: diving and deer!

Diving and snorkelling at Menjangan Island

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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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Famous for its calm clear waters, the abundance of sea life will make it feel like you’re swimming in an aquarium. Beautiful coral formations, filigreed gorgonian fans and clownfish-filled anemones are common, as are stunning walls and drop-offs pitted with caves and nooks and crannies for critters to hide in. Not as common, but you may be lucky to see some, are larger species like whale sharks, mantas and turtles. Waters here are a warm 28-31 degrees Celsius, the current is none to mild and the sun shines to the deep depths.

Make a new friend! Photo taken in or around Diving and snorkelling at Menjangan Island, Pemuteran, Indonesia 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 (Around 1,200 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Diving and snorkelling at Menjangan Island
22 km west of Pemuteran

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