Pemuteran and Menjangan

Pemuteran
Situated at the northwestern part of Bali, the charm of Pemuteran lies beneath the surface of its calm waters, in the many diving spots, and most especially its phenomenal Underwater Temple. Here peace and tranquility welcome all to its secluded beaches and captivating hilly background.

With its gleaming black volcanic sandy beaches complemented with sheltering coconut and palm trees and backed by enchanting sceneries of green hills, Pemuteran is a perfect illustration of Balinese philosophy on energy “Nyegara Gunung” (The fusion of energy between the mountains and the sea). The serenity of this place radiates a certain spiritual ambience, making it a perfect place for meditation. In contrast to the vivacious Bali southern beaches, Pemuteran offers very little (if not to say none) entertainment in the evenings. Instead, the hotels and cottages found here emphasize more on tranquility so their guests can solemnly meditate or just fully retreat from the city’s rat race. With all the fascinating wonders that lie beneath the surface, and the tranquility surrounding its shores, it may not be a coincidence that the Word “Pemuteran” means the turning point or a place to come back to. Because once you set foot here, you’ll definitely want to come back over and over again.

Menjangan Island
Menjangan Island is located off the north west coast of Bali and has been featured as Bali's most recognised dive site since the late 1970s. Known for its sprawling reef flats, calm and mostly predictable conditions, and relatively sheltered location, Menjangan Island has remained a favourite with many divers despite its damage and recovery from both a coral-eating Crown of Thorns infestation and coral bleaching caused by El Niño in the late 90s. It is now part of the West Bali National Park.

About Menjangan Island's Dive Sites
Approximately thirty five years ago Menjangan Island became Bali's first internationally-recognised dive location, famous for its wall-diving with great visibility (50m at certain times of the year). Menjangan’s walls generally start at 10m and descend to varying depths (the shallowest being 26m, the deepest 60m+).

They are flooded with sunlight; full of small nooks and crannies, overhangs, and bigger cavelettes, crevasses, etc; covered with soft corals, sponges and offer the greatest diversity of gorgonian fans in Bali.
 

What to see at Menjangan Island
Menjangan Island can be dived all year round and provides some of the best visibility seen in all of Bali's dive sites. Even though it may not offer a wide variety of marine life, massive pelagics or challenging drift dives like other sites, it's a reliable site for enjoying some of the best soft corals, gorgonians, standard reef fish species and even its own humble wreck.

Visibility here is so good that it can often reach over 50m, and sea temperatures are quite warm at 28-31°C.


What Types of Diving You Can Do
Wall diving here is very popular and the walls plunge to depths of around 60m so there is always a lot to see. Because of the lack of currents the walls are covered in gorgonian fans attracting high numbers of small fish. All along the wall are tempting little crevices, cracks and hiding places providing constant discoveries, activity and marine life.
Best Time to Go to Menjangan Island

Although the best diving in Menjangan Island is said to be from April to November (during the south east monsoon), the island can be dived all year round as it offers some of the most protected diving in Bali.

The clarity of the water can at times be amazing, July to September often yields the best visibility and a current of more than 1 knot is unusual. However, as Menjangan is protected from the cold currents coming in from the open sea, there are only rare sightings of larger fish

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