Bali is saving millions charm for anyone who visit it. Ranging from nature tourism, cultural tourism, to religious tourism, are all available here. But sometimes for some people who like traveling, Bali was boring because only certain spots visited.
However, who would have thought if it turns Bali still has a hidden paradise that offers a stunning panorama for you. This paradise is Menjangan Island. An island that is still very natural with a super amazing diving spots.
Glance Menjangan Island
This island is the perfect definition of the beauty of the underwater panorama with a stretch of pristine white sand and marine biodiversity are very abundant.
Why is it called Menjangan Island? The word "menjangan" is derived from the Javanese language, which means deer or elk. Every spring many herds of wild deer that swam to the island with the distance of 1.2 miles. On this island there are a lot of wild deer that the longer the amount decreases. So that the government make it a West Bali National Park. It is the government's efforts to build a conservation order to preserve the deer and the biodiversity of the island.
What Can Be Done?
What else can you do in these places in addition to diving and snorkeling? Menjangan island is famous for its wall-diving. Wall-diving is one of the types of activities diving at depths by following lane underwater cliff. Underwater cliffs on the island of Menjangan has a depth of 20 to 60 meters, even more.
Although famous for its wall diving, Menjangan Island has many coral reefs to a depth from 10 meters. You will find lots of fish types gorgonial fanfish here. Conditions here are quite calm waters so visibility you can reach 50 meters in certain weather conditions.
Menjangan island is surrounded by coral reefs with different formations and shapes. Coral rock formations as deep as 60 meters forming small caves and caverns that have the function of coral reef habitats such as soft corals, large groupers and moray eels. In this small caves later you will find a small snappers and batfish were swimming back and forth.
Seabed island is also rich in species barrel sponges and sea fans with very large size. The location of this depth is also a place to live for tuna species, hordes of jackfish, batfish, angelfish, sea turtles, and sharks. Amazing is not it? Some well-known spot for diving is often used as a diving locations on the island are:
- Eel gardens
- Secret Bay
- Anchor Wreck
Eeel gardens is a diving spot which is located in the western part of the island Menjangan. This spot is often referred to as the best diving spots in Menjangan Island. On the spot, there are a lot of collection of garden eels and sea fans, according to the name of the spot. Diving will begin at a depth of approximately 40 meters of wall rock that is rich in gorgonians and other marine life.
Secret Bay is the right location for you lovers of macro diving because at this location is quite shallow waters with diverse coral reefs and has a muddy sand on the seabed. The volcanic sand is a variety of marine life are rare and endemic. This location is a location that is still very natural and not much untouched.
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 must dive at the right time.
The recommended time is when the waves are high and the circulation in the right position as well. Highly recommended for you to use wetsuits which is nice because here the water temperature may be cooler than the waters of the other Bali.
Anchor Wreck diving is the recommended location for divers who are experienced and quite professional. With a depth of about 45 meters, it offers a unique location that has been rusting wrecks complete with anchors. According to the public at large, this ship is a Dutch ship that sank in the 19th century during World War II.
This ship called the Ship or Vessel Anker Slave, because this ship suspected of transporting slaves from Bali to Jakarta. If you dive into this ship, you will find a chest with the contents of the furniture ceramics which have been overgrown soft corals and also turtles and even a shark that is swimming.
Tips Visit Menjangan Island
The best time to visit this island is between April to November. Because the island is uninhabited island, you should bring food and drinks alone. Do not forget to take medication, sunblock and a change of clothes.
Before deciding to diving or snorkeling do not forget to prepare the equipment that supports these activities first. Diving and snorkeling equipment can you rent in a nearby resort before crossing the island.
It is advisable for you to stay overnight here, because it takes you to drive to and from Denpasar approximately 7 hours. It is important for you in addition to bringing perbelakan own, please bring plastic bags for dirty clothes and also for junk food and beverages. Do not let the beauty of the island is tainted by our own garbage.
Access and Facilities
Deer island located in the northern area of West Bali National Park. Precisely in the Village Klampok, District Grokgak, Buleleng, Bali, or approximately 60 km from Lovina. You will travel approximately 3 hours from the tourist center of Kuta and a 4 hour drive from Denpasar.
For those of you who want to enjoy the beauty of this island had to fly to the island of Bali. From Denpasar, you can take the route Denpasar - Tabanan - Selemadeng - Pupuan - Seririt - Menjangan. In a travel time of about 4 hours drive, you will be treated to views of the Balinese rice fields green and blue sea.
It is advisable for you to hire a car and driver to have a good time longer. But for those who want to use public transport, can start the journey from Gilimanuk.
To reach this island, you have to cross by boat for 30-45 minutes from the Port Lalang. During your journey you will be treated to the view of the volcano in East Java until Prapat Agung combined with clear blue sea. The Port Lalang, the facilities provided are complete, such as restaurants, lodging, bars, and much more.
The Port Lalangan already provided various complete diving packages that you can choose according to budget. This package price consists of the rental boat + guide + insurance + rental snorkel equipment. This tour package is very advantageous for you because you will not have to mess with the affairs of bargaining.
The details are usually set price for the charter between Rp.400.000 - Rp.600.000 Rupiah per day. For snorkeling equipment per person is Rp.40.000 - Rp.50.000. The admission price of Rp.2.500/person, while for insurance, each person charged Rp.4.000. If you want to use the services of a guide, you should spend up to Rp.100.000/group. Rental boats can be cheaper if you rent combined with other travelers.
If you want to stay at the location closest to the island, there are several inns and resorts that you can make choices, such as The Menjangan Resort, Mimpi Resort Menjangan, Taman Sari Bali Resort and Spa, and Pondok Sari Beach & Bungalow Resort. Of the four lodgings and resorts have the most complete facilities is The Menjangan Resort.