A Guide to Menjangan Island, Bali's Secret Island Paradise

A Guide to Menjangan Island, Bali’s Secret Island Paradise

This diving hotspot is just 30 minutes’ boat ride away from Bali!

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We are all familiar with Bali, but what about a nearby lesser-known but equally paradise-like outpost called Menjangan Island? Just 8km northwest of Bali, Menjangan (deer in Bahasa Indonesian) is famed for offering superb scuba-diving and stunning underwater scenery. With well-preserved coral reefs, rustic temples and occasional wildlife (the island is part of  West Bali National Park), Mengjangan is sure worth discovering.

How to get there and around

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Menjangan is a separate island from Bali, so the most straightforward way is to take a 30-minutes boat ride there from Labuhan Lalang, a port located at Northern Bali. From Ubud and the south Bali districts that’s a drive of a few hours. You’ll also need a permit (IDR 20,000 or USD 1.50 per person) and a park guide (guide fees range from IDR 350,000 or USD 26), which you can easily get at the park office in Labuhan Lalang.

Do note that you’re not allowed to stay overnight on Menjangan Island (head to mainland Bali for that). To make your day-trip there worth it, here are some fun things you can do in the day.

1. Snorkeling and Diving

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The number one thing to do on Menjangan, one can expect to come close to the magnificence of Indonesian marine life. And because the island was uninhabited for a while, the coral reefs remain intact and spectacular. But the best thing? The island’s mellow currents and less crowded dive sites, making it one of the top dive sites in Bali. There are plenty of snorkelling and diving day tours which you can get at the many operators at Labuhan Lalang.

2. Discover The Temples

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Many ancient temples stand on the island, including the Taman Pingit Klenting Sari Temple, which is not very far from the beach and features carved tigers. Other temples include the vibrant Agung Brahma Ireng, from where you can get a good view of Bali, and the magnificent temple of Kencana.

3. Relax and Enjoy The Beach

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Covered with white sand and facing crystal clear sea, the pristine beaches of Menjangan is as good as any other beach to soak in the island life. If you’re lucky, a deer might stroll past you! 

4. Explore the West Bali National Park

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West Bali National Park covers a stunning 19,000 hectares, and although Mengjangan is only a small part of it, it is still filled with exciting natural wonders. Most diving packages come with a tour pass, which lets you circle the island for 1.5 hours. From monkeys to deers, keep your eyes peeled for such furry encounters! 

Where to stay

While you can’t stay overnight on Menjangan, here are some noteworthy and nearby places to bunk in on mainland Bali that cater to people travelling to Menjangan Island.

1. The Menjangan

Menjangan Island

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Located near West Bali National Park, this resort offers an exquisite stay in the heart of nature. It also offers kayaking, beachfront dining and spa services.

Location: Jl. Raya Gilimanuk – Singaraja Km. 17, Pejarakan, Gerokgak, Pejarakan, Buleleng, Pejarakan, Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81155, Indonesia

2. Nusabay Menjangan

Menjangan Island

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This serene eco-resort, also near the West Bali National Park, offers direct access to stunning beaches and pristine waters. Similar activities as The Menjangan are also offered.

Location: Kotal Beach, West Bali National Park, Buleleng, Singaraja, Sumber Klampok, Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81115, Indonesia

Tips and tricks

Be sure to plan your trip (before and after) to Menjangan. Would you like to head back to Kuta after the day-trip? Or stay near Northern Bali so you can return to dive in Menjangan’s waters again? One good trick is to allocate more days when you visit the island so that you can also explore nearby sites like the West Bali National park and Pemuteran, which has an artificial reef.

Menjangan is a great year-round destination for all levels of divers thanks to its warm waters, good visibility and meek currents. As with Bali, it is busiest in July and August.

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