Menjangan Island |Things to do in & Escape The Crowds
Menjangan island is One island that isn’t too far from home is Menjangan – a small a toll just 5 miles from north-west Bali’s mainland, surrounded by the natural wonders of the Bali Barat National Park.
Menjangan Island is a little piece of secluded, uninhabited paradise, located just a few miles from the coast of Bali. The island gets its name from the Javanese word for ‘deer’, thanks to an incredible natural phenomenon whereby flocks of the rare wild Javan rusa deer swim to the island every spring — some of them travelling an incredible 2 kilometres to get there!
The easiest way to reach Menjangan Island is by boat from Labuhan Lalang, a port in Northern Bali not far from Pemuteran Beach. To travel around the island you need a park guide (which can be arranged with the help of a tour operator). You’ll also need to purchase a permit. Once you’ve reached the island, there are many things you can do to occupy your time.
Day trip to Menjangan Island and find Nemo
As one of the main attractions in the Bali Barat National Park, a day trip to Menjangan Island should be at the top of your bucket list. The Menjangan resort can arrange the entire excursion for you, including a gourmet lunch box, snorkelling and diving equipment, a fast boat to and from the island, and your own personal guide. And since Menjangan Island really is one of the best diving spots in Bali (get your thrills at the breathtaking coral wall to find Nemo!) you’ll definitely want to jump in.
Ride on Horseback through the National Park
Explore the National Park’s mystical forest and you’ll come across The Menjangan’s stable of faithful Australian horses. These beautiful creatures know the woods almost better than the locals, so saddle up and take in the views of jungle and beach via horseback, guided by the resort’s trained staff who’ll tailor your trek to suit your riding ability. Top tip: go early in the morning or late in the afternoon when it’s cooler – you’ll also catch an epic sunrise or sunset.
Become an eco-warrior
The Menjangan resort works tirelessly to ensure the National Park remains exactly that – a preserved piece of natural beauty. And as part of the resort’s facilities, you can play part in the ecological and environmental protection. Make use of all of the resort’s stainless steel straws and refillable water bottles (no plastic here!) and be sure to chat to the friendly staff who’ll be happy to tell you more ways you can help in keeping the National Park clean.
Relax on Menjangan Beach
The first thing you will see as your boat draws up to Menjangan Island is a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters, perfectly blue sky and white sand. Before you head off to explore all the island has to offer, take some time to sit back and relax. After all, where else on earth could you sunbathe among a herd of deer? Grab a lounger and soak up the sun rays or go for a refreshing swim.
- Opening hours: Always open
- Tip: The deer are friendly and it is perfectly safe to approach them — just do not harm them or leave any harmful trash behind you when you leave the beach.
Dive And Go Snorkelling Of The Coast
A trip to Menjangan island is incomplete without experiencing snorkelling which is the most popular activity for the tourists. Secluded from all the chaos, tourists rush here to witness the beauty of the Indonesian marine life. As the island has remained uninhabited since a long time, the water has some spectacular coral reefs and marine animals which are well-preserved since a long time. This island has seven exotic diving sites off the islands coast which offers a magnificent view.
Cost: Prices vary between operators
Opening Hours: Timings vary between operators