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MENJANGAN ISLAND (North Western Bali)

Snorkeling at Menjangan Island

The drop-offs at Menjangan Island Marine Park can be a real treat, offering some of the most vibrant reefs to be found any where off Bali. There are several great sites but one of the easiest to reach is on the north coast, due north of the old ranger's hut. Here a broad channel leads from the beach-look to be greeted by batfish. Reaching the drop-off, there are spectacular corals, deep crevices and fissures

pock marking the reef. Sleeping groupers and Wary Big Eyes are found in many of the recesses. Fans decorate the drop-off down to 38m and more.

Located in the northwest Bali; a 3 hour drive from Nusa Dua or Kuta. Menjangan Island is part of West Bali National Park, declared in the 1982. Entry and diving on the island is controlled by the Park Service. In 1978 Menjangan become Bali's first internationally recognized diving location due to its beautiful flat reef. In 1997 the extensive flat reef at the island suffered damage from crown of thorns starfish and in again 1998 from coral bleaching as result of El Nino. However, the walls for which Menjangan is most famous are still in excellent condition.

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