Surrounded by unspoilt white sandy beaches, stunning coral reefs, and enchanting underwater environment, Menjangan Island is a perfect definition of what natural beauty is all about.
Located about 10Km North West off the shore of Bali’s mainland, the small island of Menjangan forms part of the West Bali National Park Conservation Area. The word "Menjangan" in the Javanese language means "Deer".
This small island is actually where diving first started seriously in Bali back in about 1978 under the sponsorship of the Indonesian Navy, when it arranged a get-together of the country’s main diving clubs -Possi, Ganesha, Nusantara, and Trisakti. That get-together led to Menjangan establishing itself as the premier international dive location in Bali and many of the attendees went on to become the pioneers of commercial dive operations across Indonesia.
The island itself is surrounded by a coral reef, characterized by deep drop offs of near to 60 meters and by complex rock formations. These distinctive features have given rise to a great number of large and small caves, festooned with sponge and soft corals and often inhabited by large groupers, moray eels and by young snappers and batfish in the smaller caves. The sea beds are also rich in large barrel sponges and vibrant sea fans, some of which are truly enormous. Given the depth, the moderate flow of currents and its protection from strong winds, it is common to see tuna, shoals of jack-fish, batfish, angelfish, sea turtles, and on occasion also sharks, especially off the outer corners of the island.
The island is also known as the location for the best wall diving in Bali, with a very bright & colorful underwater world and lots of different sites to choose from. These dive sites are rich in marine life and sandy beaches to relax over lunch.
At a depth of 45 meters the Anchor wreck is found. Also called the Anker or Kapal Budak (Slave Ship), the site is an old wooden ship wreck sitting on the sea floor on the western tip of Menjangan which is either an 19th century Dutch ship that sunk during WWII or one that sunk much earlier during the Dutch colonial era while supposedly carrying Balinese slaves to Batavia (now Jakarta). The wreck contains a cargo of ceramics and glass bottles and is completely colonized by soft coral; an excellent place to meet turtles and sharks.
The main way to get to Menjangan Island is by using a local boat run by the Bali Barat National Parks Service, starting from the little harbour called Labuhan Lalang in Terima Bay. Alternatively, you can also take boats from the small jetty in the lagoon-like inlet of Banyuwedang Bay, next to the Mimpi Menjangan resort.
To get to Labuhan Lalang or Banyuwedang bay depends on where you are coming from – if from the tourist area of Kuta-Sanur-Nusa Dua, this means about a 140 km journey which will take around 3 hours or so and take you through Denpasar and along the southwest coast. Or if you are coming from Tulamben, it’s a bit shorter but it is still about 2.5 hours’ drive along the north coast of Bali.
The boat trip over to Menjangan Island takes between 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the weather and the boat’s load, and there is an excellent view of the East Javanese volcano of Prapat Agung in the distance as you make your way over. The boats men who take divers and tourists to Banyuwedang Bay have built themselves a kind of tree house in the mangroves where they wait patiently for your return.
Being an uninhabited island, there are neither accommodation options nor any other facilities whatsoever available on Menjangan Island, however several hotels and other accommodations can be found on the north western coast of Bali near the West Bali National park and the Pemuteran area.
Complete facilities and accommodation options are available at The Menjangan Resort. This peaceful 382 hectares compound of lodgings, villas, and other facilities located within the vicinity of the West Bali National Park can be the best place to start a diving trip to Menjangan Island. Here are some of the accommodations available around Menjangan Island.
West Bali National Park
Jl. Raya Gilimanuk, Singaraja Km. 17
Desa Pajarakan, Buleleng 81155 Bali - Indonesia
Phone: +62 362 94700
Fax: +62 362 94708
Mimpi Resort Menjangan
Banyuwedang, Northwest Bali - Indonesia
Phone: +62 362 94497
Fax: +62 362 94498
Taman Sari Bali Resort and Spa
Dusun Pemuteran, Kecamatan Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng- Bali
Phone: +62-362-93264 or +62-362-94755 or +62-828-9703-0012 or +62-815-522-3491
e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pondok Sari Beach & Bungalow Resort
Gerokgak, Pemuteran Bali