Menjangan Island is situated just off the northwestern tip of Bali. This small island is also located in the Bali Barat National Park, a protected marine reserve. Surrounded by acres of wonderful coral reef garden where a wide diverse of eco biology shelters there, this island has become popular especially among the divers and snorkelers. The island’s south side is a famous place for tourists and local people alike to dive for coral reef exploration. With Bali Barat National Park surrounding, the 12 dive sites are always protected.
The popularity of this tourist destination has made Menjangan Island a paradise for tourists with so many Menjangan Island resort areas built. For the divers and snorkelers, there are no dangerous currents this area to contend with, so it’s relatively safe to dive and snorkel any time of the year. And aside from the high diversity of beautiful coral species and tropical fish, you can also observe the different kinds of shorebirds and sea birds that frequent the small island. Plus, you can also spot the Hawkesbill Turtle that frequents the area.
The name ‘Menjangan’ itself means ‘deer’ in English. That is why this small island is also often referred to as Deer Island. The reason is that the island also happens to provide a shelter to the Barking Deer, which is also known as Muntjac.
To reach the island, hire a motorboard from Labuhan Lalang or Pemuteran. Labuhan Lalang is located at the main road towards Singaraja, accessible by minibus from both Singaraja and Gilimanuk. You can also travel by private car from Singaraja to Labuhan Lalang or Pemutaran. If you travel by minibus, the travel time may be double at least, considering the waiting times and stops on the way. Needless to say, when you go to Bali Island next time, be sure to visit Menjangan Island for all the attractions it offers, including Menjangan Island diving!