Bali is a paradise island in Indonesia which boasts of gigantic forested volcanic mountains, pristine beaches, lush-green paddy fields and picturesque coral reef beds. Amidst all these beauty there is Menjangan island which is indeed the most beautiful hidden gem of Indonesia. Often called the land for experiencing the best of diving and snorkeling, this island has much more to offer its visitors. Follow this handy guide to explore the best of Menjangan island, and don’t forget to witness the incredible views of the life underwater.
About Menjangan Island
Just within the boundaries of Bali rests the Menjangan Island, an untouched and secluded region which is a home to diverse marine life and deers. The literal meaning of Menjangan is the ‘Deer Island’. Settled amidst the Bali Barat National Park which is also a marine reserve located off the northwest of Bali. The isolated location of the island has helped in preservation of a beautiful and unspoilt marine landscape which is a popular place for the divers and snorkelers.
Menjangan Island Map
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How To Get To Menjangan Island
The easiest and the most convenient way to reach Menjangan island is by taking a boat from Labuhan Lalang, a port located at Northern Bali. It takes 30 minutes to reach the island riding a boat.For traveling around the island, the traveler needs a park guide which the tour operator can manage to arrange for the people. One has to also purchase a permit for visiting the island which includes an additional cost.
Cost of the Park Guide – IDR 3,50,000 (INR 1,670)
Cost of the Permit – IDR 2,00,000 (INR 950) on weekday, IDR 3,00,000 (INR 1,430) on weekend
Note: The prices may vary according to the current year
Things To Do At Menjangan Island
1. Spend A Day At West Bali National Park
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Spread across an area of 19,000 hectares, the West Bali National Park is a home to a massive number of flora and fauna. The Menjangan island covers only a small part of the park but still it is popularly known for its diversity of Marine life and optimal diving spots. One can indulge into an guided island tour of 1 hour and 15 minutes and enjoy the rare sightings of various species including the rare Rusa Deer.
Cost: IDR 40,000 for a park permit (INR 190)
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (8 AM-6 PM)
Tip: Apart from taking a tour of the West Bali National Park, visit the mainland to explore the Prapat Agung Peninsula and witness its mountainous interior and sparkling coastline.
2. Relax And Enjoy The Serenity At Menjangan Beach
The first sight as you land at the Menjangan island is its pristine beach covered with white sand which complements the crystal clear water of the sea. Before heading out to explore the island, sit back and relax at the Menjangan Beach because there are rare chances in life to soak the sun while being surrounded by deers. Isn’t it?
Cost: Free (excluding island permit and guide)
Opening Hours: Always Open
Tip: Capture the movements of deers commonly found moving around the beach, and make sure to not litter garbage on the beach.
3. Explore The Pura Segara Gili Dharma Kencana Temple
The island is not only a shelter to wildlife and pristine beaches, this isolated region is also a home to Pura Gili Kencana which is the signature monument of Menjangan island. The temple features a statue of Ganesha, a holy priest who once lived in Bali. Made with pure white stone, the statue is believed to be protecting the neighbouring island.
Opening Hours: Always Open
Tip: Capture the best view of the temple from the water from where the statue of Ganesha can be witnessed at its full glory.
4. Dive And Go Snorkelling Of The Coast
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A trip to Menjangan island is incomplete without experiencing snorkelling which is the most popular activity for the tourists. Secluded from all the chaos, tourists rush here to witness the beauty of the Indonesian marine life. As the island has remained uninhabited since a long time, the water has some spectacular coral reefs and marine animals which are well-preserved since a long time. This island has seven exotic diving sites off the island’s coast which offers a magnificent view.
Cost: Prices vary between operators
Opening Hours: Timings vary between operators
5. Discover The Other Temples On The Island
Apart from the magnificent temple of Kencana, there are several other ancient temples resting at the island which are worth exploring. One of the heritage temples at Menjangan Island is the Taman Pingit Klenting Sari Temple, which is not very far from the beach and features the magnificent carved tigers guarding the entrance. Another site to visit is the Agung Brahma Ireng, which is a vibrant red temple which gives a perfect view of Bali.
Opening Hours: Always Open
Tip: Maintain peace and be respectful to the locals praying inside the temple. Following these trail of temples will lead to the majestic temple of Kencana.
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Accomodations At Menjangan Island
1. The Menjangan
Escape to a holiday amidst the Bali’s best nature retreat located just in the vicinity of the unspoiled region of West Bali National Park. Spread across a region of 382 hectares, this is the largest resort settled within the boundaries of the park which offers a relaxing and exquisite stay amidst the nature.
Tariff: INR 9,900 onwards (On Double Sharing Basis)
Location: Jl. Raya Gilimanuk – Singaraja Km. 17, Pejarakan, Gerokgak, Pejarakan, Buleleng, Pejarakan, Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81155, Indonesia
2. Nusabay Menjangan
Experience a perfect Balinese getaway at this exotic beach resort settled amidst the protected region of West Bali National Park. With an enchanting view of the pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and coral laden ocean, this is one of the best beach staycation among the Menjangan Island resorts.
Tariff: INR 5,800 onwards (On Double Sharing Basis)
Location: Kotal Beach, West Bali National Park, Buleleng, Singaraja, Sumber Klampok, Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81115, Indonesia
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3. Menjangan Dynasty Resort
Enjoy an ultimate luxury experience at this exotic glamping resort located at the world-class diving location enclosed by the enchanting views of Northwest Bali. Resting in a region of 16 hectares, this resort lies at the peninsula facing the white-sand beaches and boutique retreats which is a perfect escape for the adventure enthusiasts.
Despite being a small island in Bali, this paradise destination has a lot to offer for the adventure junkies and the travelers looking for a peaceful escape amidst the nature. If you’re looking for that much needed relaxing vacation, book your personalised Bali holiday package with TravelTriangle and let us curate the perfect vacation for you in this Balinese paradise!
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