Menjangan island – Deer island
Just off the northwest coast of Bali lies a small island with the name Menjangan island (of Pulau Menjangan in the Indonesian language). This island is situated in the protected marine reserve of the Bali Barat National Park. The island is surrounded by hectares of beautiful coral reef gardens with a very diverse eco biology, which makes it a favorite destination for snorkelers as well as divers. The good drop-offs on Menjangan’s south side is a popular spot for local people and tourists wishing to dive for a variety of fish and coral reef exploration. There are no dangerous currents to contend with in this area. Apart from a high diversity of coral species and colorful, tropical fish there are also many kinds of sea birds and shorebirds frequenting the island. Also the Hawkesbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is sighted frequently in the area. Menjangan island is often referred to as Deer Island as it happens to be the habitat of the Barking Deer or Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak). Visitors can regularly spot these deer taking a bath at the secluded, sandy beaches of the island. To reach Menjangan island you can hire a motorboat from Pemuteran / Labuhan Lalang (30-40 min). Labuhan Lalang lies at the main road to Singaraja and is accessible by bemo (minibus) from both Gilimanuk and Singaraja. Traveling by private car from Singaraja to Pemutaran / Labuhan Lalang will take you about 1,5 to 2 hours. When traveling by bemo/minibus travel time should be doubled at least, due to the stops on the way and waiting times at the main terminals. If you are going to visit Bali it would certainly be recommendable to also plan a day or two to explore some of these natural and cultural gems that West Bali has to offer.
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