Menjangan Island, which is part of West Bali National Park, is a small yet very popular island located off the north-western coast of Bali.
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Since the 1970s, this little piece of paradise has been one of the most sought-after diving destinations in Bali, thanks to its tranquil setting and its amazing scenery, as well as the underwater world that's teeming with life and full of color and marine species that are sure to take your breath away.
The great thing about Menjangan Island is that, unlike many other dive spots in Bali, the waters here are quite predictable, so all levels of divers can explore the area and experience the wonderful sights to behold beneath the waves.
How to Get to Menjangan Island
After arriving in Bali, you should head to Labuhan Lalang, which is located in Terima Bay. From there, the island of Menjangan is a short boat ride away.
You can get a boat ride through the Bali Barat National Parks Service, or you could alternatively take a boat from Banyuwedang Bay. No matter what, expect to spend about 30 to 40 minutes getting to Menjangan Island.
Dive Sites surrounding Menjangan Island
Garden Eel Point: This dive site is perfect for individuals of all experience levels, and it's one of the most popular diving destinations in the world and certainly one of the must-see dive sites of Bali.
Healthy coral can be found here as you travel along the wall, which is perfect for spotting tiny marine life hiding within the holes and cracks.
Bring your camera to be able to capture some stunning underwater images you'll want to share with others when you get home.
The maximum depth at this site is 35 meters, and the deeper you go, the more interesting your dive will become as you encounter hawkfish and gorgonian fans along the white sand slope.
Turtles, black-tip reef sharks, garden eels, a variety of tropical fish, and corals are all found throughout this amazing dive site too.
Pos II: Another site with really pleasant diving conditions is Pos II, a drift dive anyone will love. As you check out the wall at this site, you'll notice soft corals, gorgonians, sponges, and more, along with lionfish and moray eels that will excite you.
The cold currents that come into the area sometimes bring along sharks and turtles, as well as manta rays. You might even be lucky enough to spot a Mola-Mola.
Anker Wreck: The wreck of a small wooden boat that was never identified is found at the bottom of this dive site, where currents are calm enough to allow you to swim down to the depths without fear.
As you make your way to the wreck, you'll come across beautiful corals before coming upon the white sandy bottom and the dark wreck.
The boat's cargo can be found strewn about the site as well, so feel free to explore and see what you find. Sand-dwelling creatures, as well as nudibranchs, frogfish, and gorgonians are found at this tranquil site as well.
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What to See when scuba diving Menjangan Island?
Menjangan Island is known for its variety of gorgonians, soft corals, and diverse reef species, however you shouldn't expect to see many large fish in the area because the waters aren't cool enough for them.
Depending upon what dive sites you choose, you'll also have the opportunity to see turtles, sharks, eels, and much more.
Best Time to Dive Menjangan Island?
Menjangan Island is in a protected area that allows divers to explore all year round, especially since Bali's climate is so conducive to outdoor activities and water sports.
However, if you really want to make the most of your diving trip to this small island, be sure to visit between the months of April and November, as this is considered the best time to dive there.
And to get the best visibility, consider diving between July and September, when the waters are calm and warm.
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Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.