Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Menjangan Island, Bali’s Best Kept Secret

Located about 10 kilometers north of Gilimanuk Harbor in northwestern Bali, Menjangan is a 175-hectare island, which is part of the West Bali National Park.

The journey from Denpasar to Labuhan Lalang, a small traditional port that connects tourists to Menjangan Island, takes around four to five hours.
We arrived at the port around 4:30 p.m. and although we felt exhausted after hours of driving, we decided to get on the boat immediately so as not to miss the sunset.
It cost us around Rp 300,000 ($33) to go to the island on a traditional boat. The boat, which can fit up to 10 people, can wait around three to five hours while you and your friends explore the island.

Bowo’s promise of undiscovered beauty proved true. When we finally arrived on the island 30 minutes later, there was only one boat tied to a small dock and several foreign tourists hanging out on the beach.
Besides its natural beauty, the island is also home to a unique species of deer, called Menjangan, for which the island was named.

Those wanting to soak up a bit of culture as well as sun can visit some of the Hindu temples on the island, including Kelenting Sari and Segara Giri.
There is also a large statue of Ganesha, the Hindu god with a human body and an elephant head, which was recently erected on the island.

Bowo and I decided to spend an extra Rp 150,000 on two snorkeling masks and two pairs of fins.
Bowo assured me that going to Menjangan Island wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the beauty of its coral reefs and fish.
Accompanied by our guide, Bowo and I were in the water within minutes.
You don’t have to dive very deep to be immersed in Menjangan’s marine beauty.
As I was floating in the water, I could clearly see the coral reef and a plethora of colorful fish.
Not wanting to let me miss anything, Bowo eagerly pointed out each interesting thing he saw.
At one point, he showed me a group of small yellow fish with black and blue stripes.
The best moment came after our swim, when we decided to simply lay on the pure white sand, look straight at the sun and do nothing.

Bowo assured me that it was the best way to enjoy the sunset.
‘I want to go to the most beautiful beach in Bali, a place that most tourists still don’t know about.’

Full article by Tasa Nugraza Barley


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