Menjangan Island Bali diving

Bali dive sites

moray cleaner shrimpMenjangan Island is located 8 miles off the north west coast of Bali in Barat National Park. It is Bali’s oldest dive spot which you can reach by boat from Labuhan Lalang jetty.

The flat reefs used to be regarded as the best around Bali. However boat anchors, coral bleaching from the 1998 El Nino, and a 1997 Crown of Thorns starfish outbreak caused significant damage. Although the reefs are recovering well the best dives are now on the vertical walls where you can drop down beyond recreational dive limits, as far as 60 metres in places.

Currents around Menjangan Island are moderate and visibility averages 20m. Your cruising drift dives along the walls will be very pleasant. The walls are carpeted with soft corals and large gorgonian sea fans of various colours that sway in the current. Marine life is prolific with all the usual Bali reef fish and some pelagics.

Menjangan Island dive sites

A popular wall dive is POS II off the south east point of Mengangan island. It’s popular because thermoclines are often created by cold water up-wellings and these can attract sharks or manta rays. Moray eels, including giant moray and black spotted moray, like to poke out of coral crevices. They look menacing but cleaner shrimps are fearless as they remove parasites from the eels’ teeth. This is also a good dive site for divers to hunt for small critters and nudibranchs.

garden eelGarden Eel Point is another popular dive site with healthy coral coverage. The site is named after the patches of garden eels that can be found in the sand at 20m. White tip reef sharks can be seen on the bottom at around 35m. Longnose hawkfish can be seen gorgonian fans. It is sometimes possible to find pygmy seahorse also. Schools of snapper and fusilier are numerous. Other common fish are sweetlips and titan triggerfish. Friendly schools of longfin batfish swim in the blue.

The Anker Wreck is named after the coral encrusted anchor at about 7m depth although the wreck itself is scattered at between 35 and 50 metres depth. It’s a 25m long wooden cargo ship from the 19th century that was carrying ceramics and copper. Some of the cargo can still be seen. Corals, gorgonian seafans and encrusting sponges cover the wreck. White tip reef sharks can be seen at the stern at 50m.