Another wonderful Island you may find in west side of Bali. This island is the perfect definition of the beauty of underwater panorama with the stretch of white sand that is still natural and marine biodiversity is very abundant. Why is it called Menjangan Island? The word “menjangan” comes from the Javanese language which means deer. Every spring, lots of wild deers swim to the island with a mileage of 1.2 miles. On this island there are many wild deers whose number is decreasing. So the government made it as West Bali National Park. However, this is a government effort to build conservation in order to preserve the deer and biodiversity that exist in the island.
However, to reach this island, you must cross by boat (boat) for 30 – 45 minutes from the Port of Lalang. During the trip you will be treated by views of great volcanoes from East Java to Prapat Agung combined with clear blue sea. In Port Lalang, the facilities provided are complete, such as restaurants, inns, bars, and much more. Another information or tips for you, the set price for renting boats is between 400,000 – 600,000 Rupiah, per day.
Also, for snorkeling equipment per person is charged with 40.000 – 50.000 Rupiah. Admission price is 2,500 Rupiah per person, while for insurance, every person is charged with 4,000 Rupiah. Also if you want to use a guide service, you must pay 100,000 Rupiah per group. Rent a boat can be cheaper if you rent a joint with other travelers.
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Okay, those are some general informations for you, hope that might helping you in the future. Now, let us go to the spots or attractions that you can find in this magnificent island. Those are :
1. West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park is a large expanse of parks in the area of the highway of Denpasar-Singaraja-Gilimanuk. The total area of this park is 19,002 hectares, of which 15,587 hectares are land area and the rest are water areas. However, this park has 2 entrances that is through gilimanuk about 200 kilometers from denpasar, and from the main door that is from singaraja.
Also, this National Park has a variety of flora and fauna that can be found across the area of this park. Because of the variety of the flora and fauna, this park is also used as a place for research, protection and conservation of wildlife and its natural ecosystem. Fauna that live in this park is very diverse, there is even a really rare fauna and protected in this Western Bali National park. However, this park opens at 8 am – 6 pm and to enter it, you will be charge with 2.500 rupiahs per person for entry ticket. Its pretty cheap, right?.
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2. Menjangan Beach
This is one of the best things to do in Menjangan Island Bali Indonesia. This beach is located in the exact location when you arrived on this island. You can enjoy this beautiful beach right in front of your eyes. The sky is crystal clear, the sea is flawless like a mirror. These stunning views, are the views you can only get in this place, Menjangan Island.
The unique thing about this beach is, you can many of deers here. You can play a little with all those cute deers, but be careful though. Also don’t hurt them. However, there’s a good news for you, this beach (of course) opens every time. Of course, it doesn’t have closing time. You only need to pay the entrance fee for the island, its about 400.000. With only 400.000, you can enjoy all the heavenly feelings of this place.
3. Taman Pingit Klenting Sari Temple
This is the first temple you can find in here. As the other temples, this temple has no time for opening and closing. This place opens every time, because this place is used as a praying spot for the people around this island. Entering the area of Taman Beji Temple (Pura Pingit Klenting Sari), you will pass the Kori (entrance) guarded by a tigers in the entrance.
Inside the Pingit Klenting Sari Temple, there are several pelinggih. Among them are Padmasana, Pelinggih Ida Betari Duayu Taman which exist only in Pulai Pingit Klenting Sari. Also, there is a statue of White Crocodile and White Snake in this place. There are no entrance ticket, maybe there’s just a box for donation. Its truly great place to visit.
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4. Agung Brahma Ireng/ Ratu patih Keboiwa
From the first temple which is Pura Taman Pingit Klenting Sari, you can go to the next temple in Menjangan which is only 500 meters along the path to Pesraman Agung Brahma Ireng, Menjangan Island. Pendopo Ida Bhatara Ratu Patih Lingsir Kebo Iwa is built between dry grass and bush, with the color of red dominant building. Overlooking the sea with the view of the island of Bali in the distance. If you lucky, you will be able to meet Menjangan animals that roam the temple area.
Entering the middle room of Pesraman Agung Brahma Ireng, you can see 2 statues beside entrance. Inside the sacred room pesraman, there are 1 Pelinggih, 1 Gedong inscribed Brahma, and 1 statue of Ratu Patih Lingsir Kebo Iwa colored gold by using red wastra paint. Pretty unique, isn’t it?. As the other temples, this place opens every time and doesn’t have entry ticket’s fee.
5. Pagoda of Agung Dewi Kwan Im / Dewi Kemakmuran
Not so far from the last temple, just a few footsteps, you can travel to the third location of Tirta Yatra in Menjangan Island. Pagoda Agung Dewi Kwan Im, a sacred building of chinese architecture coloured in pink. Which of course same as Pagoda or other Pagoda in Bali, Pagoda Agung in Menjangan Island also has a statue of Kwan Im Goddess, also decorated with typical ornaments of pagoda like dragon, lantern, and oriental roof decoration in this temple.
In the holy chamber of the Great Pagoda of Goddess Kwan In there is a mantram. You can also see the Goddess of Prosperity (Dewi Kwan Im) inside a glass above the table. Surrounded by offerings of red candles, flowers, red fruits. However, this place opens every time and doesn’t have entry ticket’s fee. Very good, right?
6. Pendopo Ida Bhatara Dalem Gajah Mada / Hyang Wisnu Murti
The fourth temple is Pendopo Ida Bhatara Lingsir Dalem Gajah Mada which is just beside the Great Pagoda Dewi Kwam In. The room is larger and bigger than Pesraman Agung Brahma Ireng (Pendopo Ida Bhatara Ratu Patih Lingsir Kebo Iwa). However, its thick with Javanese feels, from Pendopo roof shape to carved wooden door / joglo in front of pelinggih.
Same as above, this place opens every time and doesn’t have entry ticket’s fee. However, in the hall there is a Statue of Horse located in the middle of the place of worship. Also in the holy room, there is a statue of Maha Patih Gajah Mada worshiped as Hyang Wisnu Murti, famous in the archipelago with his Palapa Oath to unifying the country. What an unique place.
7. Sang Hyang Siwa Pasupati Temple
Now, the fifth temple. This temple has Balinese architecture with a very dominant white color. From some of the remaining buildings that we can see, this temple is possibly just finish in pugar or in repair. On the right side, there is pelinggih penyawangan Ida Betara Lingsir Watu renggong. Behind or at the rear side of Shiva Sanghyang temple, stood Ganesha statue which is very magnificent, overlooking the sea.
Like other temples, this place is free to visit. Anytime you want. Its another great temple that you can find here, Menjangan Island of Bali, Indonesia.
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8. Pelinggih Sang Hyang Ganesha
Finally, the last temple, Pelinggih Sang Hyang Ganesha. You can reach here by returning along the path (out of the pelinggih of Ida Betara Dalem Lingsir Waturenggong and Dalem Air Langga, then to the right). Only 5 meters away from Ida Betara Dalem Lingsir Waturenggong and Dalem Air Langga. Its also be behind the Sang Hyang Pura Pasupati Siwa Nunggal.
In this temple you can find the standing sturdy and very magnificent statue of Ganesha, made of white stone material. Sang Hyang Ganesha guarding Bali Island from the North Coast, therefore he faces the Sea towards Bali Island. Pretty unique isn’t it?
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9. Nusabay Menjangan
Ah, finally place to rest. NusaBay Menjangan is the only resort within the West Bali National Park, offering rustic-style rooms surrounded by nature and wildlife. Featuring a blend of modern design and traditional Balinese architecture, this beachfront property offers an exciting snorkelling and diving location nearby. NusaBay Menjangan’s rooms have decoration of wooden interiors and thatched roofs. A welcome drink and a complimentary fruit basket welcome you in each air-conditioned room. Beautiful views of the garden can be enjoyed from the private balcony. Also, the private bathrooms come with slippers and luxurious bathrobes.
However, this resort opens 24 hours. In this resort, you can swim in the outdoor pool, or enjoy a massage at the spa. Recreation options include biking, hiking and trekking with guides in the National Park. Such a great resort, right?.
10. Eel Garden
Okay, for the next three diving spots, its recommended to come from the morning until night when there are none of big waves and the moon is up. Because, these spots really depend on the waves and the light. You can’t snorkel if you can’t see anything, right?. Also the snorkeling cost already mentioned above.
All alright, lest start with Eel Garden. Eeel gardens is a diving spot located in the western part of Menjangan Island. This spot is often referred to as the best diving spot on Menjangan Island. In this spot there are many collection of garden eel and sea fans, according to the spot name. However, diving will begin at a depth of 40 meters of coral walls rich in gorgonas and other marine biota. Its a pretty great spot.
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11. Secret Bay
This is one of the best things to do in Menjangan Island Bali Indonesia. Secret Bay is the perfect location for you who love macro diving because in this location the waters are quite shallow with a variety of coral reefs and have muddy sand on the seabed. In this volcanic sand, live a variety of marine biota that rare and endemic.
This location is a very natural location on the island of Menjangan and not much touched. With only 10 meters depth, you can find nudibranchs, frogfish, shrimpfish, seahorses, dragonets, pipefish, lionfish, lobsters, ribbon eels and many other species. The recommended time to dive in this spot is when the circular moon are in the right position. Also, It is advisable for you to use wetsuit because the water temperature here can be cooler than other Balinese waters.
12. Anchor Wreck
Anchor Wreck is a recommended diving location for experienced and professional divers. With a depth of about 45 meters, this location offers the uniqueness of a rusty shipwreck complete with anchor. According to the wider community, this ship is a Dutch naval ship that sank in the 19th century during World War II.
This ship is called as Anker Ship or Slave Ship, because this ship carrying slaves from Bali to Jakarta. If you dive into this ship, you will find a chest with contents of ceramic furniture furnishings that have been overgrown with soft corals and also turtles and even sharks that are swimming. Such an unique spot.
That’s it, several things to do in Menjangan Island, Bali Indonesia. Actually, there are more things you can explore, and i want you to find it yourself, and make a great experience of it, careful not to get lost though. Menjangan has many great memories that you’ll find, many of them are maybe the funny ones. Enjoy your holiday, have a great day!
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