Located just off the coast of Bali in West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island or Deer Island is a gem of white sand. The island itself does not have facilities outside the simple bathroom and several open bale resting places. The offshore area whose walls are covered with coral reefs on the coast of a surging sea and fertile soft corals is a magnet for marine life, divers and snorkelers.
Diving tours are the main dish of Menjangan Island. Most visitors come to this island as part of a tour arranged with local dive or snorkeling operators, almost all of which include equipment and entrance fees for West Bali National Park. Resorts on the northern part of Bali also offer diving tourism options, although tourists on a limited budget usually arrange Menjangan exploration from the mainland dive town of Pemuteran. Most operators offer diving tours for certified divers and beginner divers.
Flows and less crowded dive sites make Menjangan one of the best diving destinations in Bali. Menjangan means “deer” in Indonesian and there are many in this national park. Because it is not possible to spend the night on Menjangan Island, most tourists stay at Menjangan resort on the mainland or in Pemuteran.
Menjangan Island is on the northwestern tip of Bali, a few hours drive from Ubud and the southern tourist area of Bali. The tour usually departs from Pemuteran and travels about 18 kilometers to the pier in Labuhan Lalang for 30-40 minutes crossing to Menjangan island. Groups of resorts on the outskirts of the national park can also arrange crossings by boat.
With good visibility, warm water and very small currents according to Indonesian standards, Menjangan Island is a year-round dive destination for beginners and advanced divers.