Menjangan Island

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Menjangan Island
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Raymondale
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia803 contributions
visited here many years ago,that time i stayed at Pemuteran village,last year November, i visited bali again, and stayed at Pejarakan, i joined a snorkelling tour arranged by my homestay owner.i found that the underwater scene not as great as the first time i seen,but maybe i am wrong,cuz the first time impression normally deeper than the second time.hope not changed because of pollution or something like that. anyway, this time i had chance to land on the island,and had a short walk there.the guide pointed me there's a deer close to the pier,it was skinny,but not shy.heard that if you lucky enough,then you can meet them,oh,i am lucky!hehe,so had some pics of it.during November,the island very dry.of course that time very hot,i visited some local temples there,also found some deers beside a small temple.due to limited time,i cant stay longer,if have chance ,next time i want to stay more longer, and walk around the island.will be back for sure.
Written October 24, 2020
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Samuel Pasaribu
Bekasi, Indonesia2,187 contributions
We went to this spot using a boat package from Grand Watu Dodol, Banyuwangi. The cost was Rp. 2.000.000,- including lunch box. First we visited Menjangan Island, but we didn't explore the island to find deer. We only took picture at the port and on the white sand cape near the port. The view was beautiful.

Then we back to the boat to continue the trip to the first snorkeling spot around 5 minutes from port. There are many kind of fish and corals. Then we continue to the second spot, the famous trench. It has different fish and coral compare to the first spot. There was under sea caves here that we can enter and swim in, and get out at the other end of the cave. But you must have long breath. The caves length around 9 m and 16 m.

Then we continue the trip and saw a bat cave on the cliff. Before back we saw the Ganesha Temple with the big white elephant sculpture. But we could only see from the boat. A nice object for picture.
Written June 6, 2021
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GaryStew
Madrid, Spain12 contributions
After a few days of visiting beach clubs like Finn's and Potato Head, both of which were awesome by the way, we wanted to find a location in Bali where we could actually swim peacefully and without fear of aggressive waves. A lot of the beaches in the southern part of the island are beautiful and great for surfers, but we didn't find any ideal for non-Olympic swimmers until we went to Menjangan Island. The boat to get to the island was spacious and the water was super-calm, which we all appreciated, as we greatly dislike rough waters. The water itself was awesome - warm and replete with all sorts of tropical fish and sea life. We saw a 3-foot eel; various forms of starfish; beautiful, very large clams; sea cucumbers, nemos and fish of every shape, size and colour. It was amazing. And we swam peacefully for 3 hours, until we had to get back to the mainland before the rains started. As it is low season, we had to battle with few other tourists, and had the added pleasure of seeing local Hindu people come to the island to go to the Temple after a major religious holiday. There was some plastic and garbage in the water, but apparently that is a side-effect of the rainy season and lax attitudes toward environmentalism in this part of Asia. It did not, however, ruin what has no doubt been the highlight of our trip. If you go, please book with Blue Season Bali. They covered everything - food, pick-up from and return to our villa in Seminyak, a personal guide for 4 people, boat rental, insurance, park fees, etc, all for approximately $85 per person.
Written December 18, 2014
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Douglas G
Isle of Portland, UK520 contributions
Solo
I have waited a week before writing this to be sure what I wanted to say was fair and helpful. Parts were exciting and memorable and I am so glad I did the trip. If you are here and want to trip to the island do so it is beautiful, but be prepared for some shocks. I loved seeing the exotic fish and the remaining coral. I loved seeing a huge pod of dolphins 200 metres long with hundreds of dolphins, wow! I loved the beauty of the National Park that you can see on the mainland and the protected Island itself. They are trying to create a conservation area and raise environmental awareness etc. BUT I went on one of the many commercial trips to snorkel at the 2 main diving snorkelling points where the fish and coral are supposedly at their best. I would have loved to have seen this marine paradise before we all ruined it. My abiding memory is of the amount of plastic that floats over the shallow coral areas and is particularly concentrated along the marine ridge where it falls away to deeper water. It’s great when you dive under and swim with the fish and down to see the coral, truly amazing. Its revolting when you surface into a mass of plastic sheeting, strips, bags, cups, sachets etc etc. My overriding emotion is sadness that we manage to mess up the seas beauty so comprehensively and so quickly with this plastic waste. Bali has just banned plastic bags, I really hope they and the rest of Indonesia can do more and make progress the next 10 years to stop this madness and start restoring what we are destroying. The rest of Asia will have to help too, so I won’t hold my breath. I try to do my bit at home by collecting rubbish every time for 5 minutes before we enjoy the beach, I do it here to. Please somebody in power DO SOMETHING URGENTLY. If all these boats full of tourists and divers to the island, also did a 5 minute litter pick every visit progress would be possible! This island and its waters are wonderful and we all should be able to help the National Park in their mission to preserve and restore this wonderful place for future generations.
Written February 19, 2019
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shirley b
melbourne237 contributions
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As someone who has snorkelled here regularly since 2009 I was sooo sad to see the change in the last years. I hadn’t been for 2 years and I was shocked.
Deeply shocked! The once vibrant coral reefs, with so much fish, are now dead or dying and the fish numbers are now small.

I was with friends who were first time snorkellers and they still loved their time in the water but I was just kicking around going “oh no oh no”.
And while there was some rubbish years ago I just used to put out my hand and grab the occasional pieces but now there is so much rubbish it’s impossible to even begin... so I tried a little, but I knew it wasn’t making any difference.

I won’t go again! I feel so bad about the bleaching and the rubbish and the people standing on the coral and the fact that we are now paying 300,000rp per person for a park fee and it’s dirtier than ever and no evidence that these issues are being dealt with.
I used to tell anyone who would listen that the Island was as good as the Great Barrier Reef - and 9-6-4-3 years ago it was... now it’s not.
If you are an experienced snorkelled don’t bother. So very sad.
Written April 1, 2018
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madelynsmith411
Newcastle, Australia10 contributions
Friends
We arranged a snorkelling trip through a local Lovina company for $40 AUS which included transport and the boat to the island as well as a guide for snorkelling. The island and marine life were beautiful with great coral and fish however there was rubbish absolutely everywhere! We were swimming amongst streams of rubbish in the water and the beach was awash with debris. We went for a walk on the island to the temple, which was also littered with rubbish. It was extremely disappointing and ruined the whole experience to be honest.
Would not recommend going to the island unless there are some drastic changes in the efforts to conserve the area and clean up the rubbish.
Written March 20, 2017
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Kaz N
Victoria, Australia91 contributions
Solo
I was so disappointed that Menjangan Island has also suffered from coral bleaching. I went to two different area and it was the same story- coral bleached . Variety and quantity of fish limited because the coral was in such poor condition. I have been to many marine parks in the world including Bunaken and many times to Flores which are exceptional. It is a long drive to Permuteran- 4 hours each way- to visit Menjangan Island only to be so, so disappointed. I note that other TA rate this attraction highly but I wonder if they have any other experiences in the marine world to make a comparison.
Written December 24, 2016
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Lee T
Palo Alto, CA80 contributions
Couples
Over the years we've dived and snorkeled Menjangan Island in May, September and October. In those months I haven't seen rubbish in the water.

With so many reviews of Menjangan on TripAdvisor, there isn't much more to say about the place itself. So I'll focus on some aspects that may not have been discussed as much.

1. The fees for visiting the marine park jumped tenfold or more on June 1 2015--enough so that you should check the cost before going there again. The local dive operators are upset about this huge price hike.

2. There are bat caves under the temple that you can snorkel to--might be worth checking out.

3. There are three ways to get to Menjangan: slow boat from the nearby port, slow boat from Pemuteran, or fast boat from Pemuteran. We've done the first and third multiple times.

The nearby port features a slew of aging local boats with small outboard motors. The ride takes about half an hour. It can feel longer because out in the channel it can get choppy, unlike the ride along the coast to Pemuteran.

From Pemuteran most of the dive/snorkel boats are slower ones that take an hour or more to get there. If you take one of these make sure they have a toilet, since you can't jump into the water to relieve yourself during the long ride to/from. There's a squat toilet off the main dock on Menjangan, but there's no guarantee that's where you'll be, because the currents on the day/time you're there will rule out parts of the island for snorkeling/diving on a given trip. Mostly you use the bushes or the ocean, honestly.

We use Sea Rovers to go to Menjangan. Their fast boat takes the same time from Pemuteran as the slow boats from the nearest port to Menjangan, and since it's planing instead of wallowing along in displacement mode, the ride is much more comfortable--especially across the channel near Menjangan. No toilet though.

Sea Rovers boats also have side-mount ladders, which is safer and easier than entering/exiting next to the motors. And their boats all have dual outboards, which means you'll always get home. Single motors can leave you stuck on the water. Doesn't happen often, but it has happened to me. No fun. Their boats also have DAN emergency kits and oxygen, unlike the barebones local fleet from the nearest port.

If you come up from Kuta/Sanur for the day, you'll be taking one of the slow boats from the nearby port. That makes for an arduous day. Far better to stay in Pemuteran and use fast boats. There's lots of other good diving in the area as well. It's not just about Menjangan, spectacular as Menjangan is underwater (it's just a little lump of a scrub-covered island with one small temple abovewater--though there are shaded platforms to eat lunch on in several places).

Even with the new fees, anyone on a dive vacation who's staying in Pemuteran will want to visit Menjangan at least once, for two dives. After that you can decide whether to make more trips there or to explore Pemuteran Bay instead. If you haven't done the latter, it's definitely worthwhile. Especially if you like to find interesting critters.
Written June 10, 2015
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Laurens P
The Hague, The Netherlands21 contributions
Couples
Went for a snorkeling trip. They let you pay 315000rp entrance fee for the island. We were 5 mimutes on a dirty beach, a lot of garbage. Don't have a clue why we paid the entrance fee.

Snorkeling was good.
Written May 7, 2017
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naturalcookie
Cook Islands40 contributions
Family
This is an amazing place to snorkel or dive. For all ages and abilities. Hopefully the water is clean as trash can be washed into the ocean during the rainy season. Go early by boat and ask your boat driver to take you around to the bat caves and then snorkel on the other side of the island (the side where you can view the temple). Take lots of water and sunscreen and a few snacks.
Written November 24, 2014
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