Bali indeed holds millions of charms for anyone who visits it. Starting from nature tourism, cultural tourism, to religious tourism, all are available here.
But sometimes for some people who like to travel, Bali Island feels boring because only certain spots visited.
Eits, who would have thought if it turns out Bali still has a hidden paradise that offers amazing panoramas for you. This paradise is Menjangan Island. An island that is still very natural with super amazing diving spots.
Menjangan Island is located in the north of the West Bali National Park area. Precisely in Klampok Village, Grokgak District, Buleleng Regency, Bali, or about 60 km from Lovina. You will travel approximately 3 hours from the tourist center of Kuta and 4 hours drive from Denpasar.
Access and Facilities
For those of you who want to enjoy the beauty of this island must first fly to the island of Bali. You can take advantage of existing airline promo tickets.
From Denpasar, you can take the route Denpasar – Tabanan – Selemadeng – Pupuan – Seririt – Menjangan. Within about 4 hours of travel, you will be treated to a view of the green Balinese rice fields and blue sea.
It is recommended for you to rent a car and driver so that you have more time for fun. But for those of you who want to use public transportation, can start the journey from Gilimanuk.
To reach this island, you have to cross by motorboat (boat) for 30 – 45 minutes from Lalang Harbor. During the trip you will be treated to a view of volcanoes in East Java to Prapat Agung combined with clear blue sea. At Lalang Harbor, the facilities provided are complete, such as restaurants, lodging, bars, and many more.
At Lalangan Harbor there are already various complete diving packages available for you to choose according to the budget. This package price consists of boat rental + guide + insurance + snorkeling equipment rental. The existence of this tour package is very beneficial for you because later you do not need to mess around with bargaining matters.
The breakdown of prices is usually set for boat rental between 400,000 – 600,000 Rupiah per day. For snorkeling equipment per person is 40,000 – 50,000 Rupiah. The price of admission is 2,500 Rupiah per person, while for insurance, each person is charged 4,000 Rupiah. If you want to use the services of a guide, you have to pay 100,000 Rupiah per group. Boat rental can be cheaper if you rent a joint with other tourists.
If you want to stay in the closest location to this island, there are several inns and resorts that you can make a choice, such as The Menjangan Resort, Mimpi Resort Menjangan, Taman Sari Bali Resort and Spa, and Pondok Sari Beach & Bungalow Resort. Of the four inns and resorts that have the most complete facilities are The Menjangan Resort.
A glimpse about of Menjangan Island
This island is the perfect definition of an underwater panoramic beauty with pristine white sand and abundant marine biodiversity.
Why is it called Menjangan Island? The word “Menjangan” is derived from Javanese which means Kijang or Rusa. Every spring a herd of wild deer swim to this island with a distance of 1.2 miles. On this island there are many wild deer whose numbers are decreasing over time. So the government made it a West Bali National Park. This is an effort by the government to develop conservation in order to preserve the deer and the biodiversity that exists on this island.
What can you do when you are there?
What else can you do at this tourist site besides diving and snorkeling? Menjangan Island is famous for its wall diving. Wall diving is one type of diving activity at depth by following the underwater cliff lane. The underwater cliff on Menjangan Island has a depth of 20 to 60 meters, even more.
Although famous for its wall diving, Menjangan Island has many coral reefs with depths starting at 10 meters. You will find a lot of gorgonial fanfish fish here. The condition of the waters here is quite calm so that your visibility can reach 50 meters in certain weather conditions.
Menjangan Island is surrounded by coral reefs with various formations and forms. This 60-meter-deep coral rock formation forms small caves and large caves which function as coral reef habitats such as soft corals, large groupers and moray eels. Inside these small caves you will find small snapper and batfish that swim back and forth.
The seabed of the island is also rich in species of barrel sponges and sea fans with a very large size. At this depth location is also a place to live for species of tuna, hordes of jackfish, batfish, angelfish, sea turtles, and sharks. Amazing is not it? Some of the famous spots for diving that are often used as dive locations on this island are:
Eeel gardens is a diving spot located in the western part of Menjangan Island. This spot is often referred to as the best diving spot on Menjangan Island. In this spot there are a lot of collections of garden eels and sea fans, in accordance with the name of the spot. Diving will begin at a depth of about 40 meters of coral walls which is rich in gorgonia and other marine biota.
Secret Bay is the right location for you macro diving lovers because in this location the waters are quite shallow with a variety of coral reefs and have muddy sand on the seabed. In this volcanic sand live various rare and endemic marine biota. This location is a location that is still very natural and not much touched.
Only with a depth of 10 meters, you can find nudibranchs, frogfish, shrimpfish, seahorses, dragonets, pipefish, lionfish, sea shrimp, ribbon eels and many other species. But if you want to enjoy the beauty of these species you have to dive at the right time.
The recommended time is when the high waves and the moon’s circulais are in the right position too. It is highly recommended for you to use a good wetsuit because the water temperature here can be cooler than other Balinese waters.
Anchor Wreck is a recommended diving location for divers who are experienced and quite professional. With a depth of about 45 meters, this location offers the uniqueness of a wrecked shipwreck complete with anchors. According to the wider community, this ship was a Dutch ship that sank in the 19th century during World War II.
This ship is referred to as Anker or Slave Vessels, because this ship allegedly transported slaves from Bali to Jakarta. If you dive into this boat, you will find a chest filled with ceramic furniture that has been overgrown with soft corals and turtles and even sharks that are swimming.
Tips on visiting Menjangan Island
The best time to visit the island is between April and November. Because this island is an uninhabited island, you should bring your own food and drink supplies. Don’t forget to bring medicine, sunblock and clothes.
Before deciding to dive or snorkel, don’t forget to prepare the equipment that supports these activities first. You can rent diving and snorkeling equipment at the nearest resort before crossing the island.
It is recommended for you to stay overnight here, because the time you need to drive back and forth to Denpasar is around 7 hours. It is important for you that besides bringing your own baggage, bring special plastic bags for dirty clothes and also for your food and drink waste. Do not let the beauty of this island polluted by our own garbage.