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Pulau Menjangan

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A dozen miles off the coast of Pemuteran, only accessible by sea on guided tours, Pulau Menjangan ("Deer Island") contains well-preserved sea beds in a paradisical setting. On the reef drop-off you will find angelfish, clownfish and thick shoals of chromis moving above an exceptional coral cover. Pulau Menjangan is a snorkeling spot not to be missed in Bali, and probably one of the most beautiful spots in Indonesia.
How to get there?

Pulau Menjangan is a small unspoilt island accessible only by boat. It is part of the Bali Barat National Park, and it is forbidden to spend the night there. The easiest option for visiting this spot is to go on a full-day excursion, on offer from many companies everywhere in Bali. Most excursions leave from Pemuteran, to the north of the island (from there, it takes an hour by boat to reach Pulau Menjangan). The price is about $80 per person for a day's excursion, including visits to several snorkeling spots and a lunch break.

Water entrance

You enter the water either from the beach or from the guide's boat. In the second case, follow the guide's instructions.

Aerial view

Exploration

The spot to explore covers a wide area between the beach and the reef drop-off, about 150 to 200 yards apart. From the beach, you will cross a few dozen yards of sandy sea bed and rock (↕3-6ft/1-2 m), then sea bed covered with soft coral (↕3-10ft/1-3 m) as far as the reef drop-off.

Although there are interesting things to see in the coastal bench (batfish, giant clams and blue starfish living in the rocky crevices), the spectacle takes on another dimension when you get closer to the reef drop-off. Here, the sea bed is exceptional: thick shoals of green chromis and sergeant majors move around the coral beds, while parrotfish, butterflyfish and Java spinefoot, with spectacular colours, come and go on the reef drop-off. This spot is particularly rich in soft coral (sarcophyton, xenia, etc.). Several species of angelfish, including sixbar angelfish and royal angelfish are easy to see. Try to find a sea anemone between the rocks: most of them contain ocellaris clownfish, better known to children as "Nemo". In the deep blue of the reef drop-off, you may also have the chance to see a green sea turtle or hawksbill sea turtle, although they are shy.

Snorkeling Report Pulau Menjangan Bali Indonesia
Reef drop-off at Pulau Menjangan

Pulau Menjangan is something of an exception in Bali. The reef drop-off is exceptionally well preserved and has underwater life of an unmatched richness. Blast fishing and human pressure in general have led to reefs being damaged everywhere else.



This is one of the most popular spots near Bali. A large number of boats and guided tours stop here. Watch out for other people when you are in the water.

Restaurants & accommodation

Pulau Menjangan is a natural site. There are no hotels or restaurants, but most excursions include meals. Ask your tour guide for details, and at least take along a snack and something to drink.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Intermediary
  • Protected area
  • Maximum depth
    25ft (8m)
  • Water entrance
    From the beach or a boat
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    High
  • Access costs
    Excursion price (approx. $80 pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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  • Lisiane Ortega

    super spot avec un tombant exceptionnel ou j’ai pu voir de nombreuses espèces de poissons, et tout ça, à seulement quelques mètres de la plage. Si vous êtes sur Bali, ne ratez surtout pas cet endroit magique !!!

  • lisiane

    super spot avec un tombant exceptionnel ou j’ai pu voir de nombreuses espèces de poissons, et tout ça, à seulement quelques mètres de la plage. Si vous êtes sur Bali, ne ratez surtout pas cet endroit magique !!!

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