Menjangan Island is located off the north west coast of Bali and has been featured as Bali’s most recognised dive site since the late 1970s.Known for its sprawling reef flats, calm and mostly predictable conditions, and relatively sheltered location, Menjangan Island has remained a favourite with many divers despite its damage and recovery from both a coral-eating Crown of Thorns infestation and coral bleaching caused by El Niño in the late 90s. It is now part of the West Bali National Park.
Menjangan Island can be dived all year round and provides some of the best visibility seen in all of Bali’s dive sites. Even though it may not offer a wide variety of marine life, massive pelagics or challenging drift dives like other sites, it’s a reliable site for enjoying some of the best soft corals, gorgonians, standard reef fish species and even its own humble wreck.
Visibility here is so good that it can often reach over 50m, and sea temperatures are quite warm at 28-31°C.
What Types of Diving You Can Do
Wall diving here is very popular and the walls plunge to depths of around 60m so there is always a lot to see. Because of the lack of currents the walls are covered in gorgonian fans attracting high numbers of small fish. All along the wall are tempting little crevices, cracks and hiding places providing constant discoveries, activity and marine life.
Best Time to Go to Menjangan Island
Although the best diving in Menjangan Island is said to be from April to November (during the south east monsoon), the island can be dived all year round as it offers some of the most protecteddiving in Bali. The clarity of the water can at times be amazing, July to September often yields the best visibility and a current of more than 1 knot is unusual. However, as Menjangan is protected from the cold currents coming in from the open sea, there are only rare sightings of larger fish.