Four hours drive from the bustle of the south, in Bali’s far northwest corner, is the village of Pemuteran - gateway to diving on Menjangan Island. This beautiful island, part of the Bali Barat National Park, has some of Bali’s best coral gardens and great visibility, whilst Pemuteran itself has some fascinating diving around the many artificial reefs. With such easy diving and a peaceful, laid-back atmosphere, many visitors to Bali consider Pemuteran to be their destination of choice for a relaxing holiday.

PEMUTERAN & MENJANGAN HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fantastic visibility and beautiful coral gardens at Menjangan
  • Surface in front of a giant stature of Ganesha!
  • Encounter green and hawksbill turtles, reef sharks and beautiful schools of reef fish
  • Explore the Biorock structures at Pemuteran and help support the coral restoration project
Biorock reefs
Coral gardens
Beautiful walls
Prolific reef life
Ideal For
SINGLES
COUPLES
FAMILIES
GROUPS
Diving in Pemuteran & Menjangan

Menjangan’s protected location in the far northeast means it is less exposed to the deep upwellings and currents that sweep much of eastern Bali and sheltered from most rainfall - resulting in great visibility, easy conditions and and relaxed diving.  These sheltered conditions are also conducive to coral growth and Menjangan and some of the coastal sites are well-known for their shallow reef flats - it is these coral gardens that bring so many visitors to dive and snorkel.

Most of the dive sites around Menjangan have shallow reefs flats filled with corals, small fish and turtles, and steeper walls or slopes, riddled with caves and overhangs. There are fabulous whip corals and huge sponges, colourful soft corals and, deeper on the walls, some huge sea fans. The warmer water means you are extremely unlikely to see a mola mola, but there are always turtles, reef sharks, schools of fusiliers, triggerfish, surgeonfish and bannerfish, huge clouds of anthias hovering over the corals and some barracuda, trevallies and the occasional big tuna. Big marbled stingrays are sometimes seen in the deeper sections and manta or devil rays will occasionally passby. There is even the heavily broken-up remains of a wreck. Diving on menjangan is not about adrenalin-pumping big-fish action and ripping currents. Instead it is a great location to enjoy some beautiful reefs in great visibility, easy conditions and with plenty of reef life.

The diving around Pemuteran itself focuses on serval offshore reefs known as Taka, straight out from the village. Whilst the visibility is generally not as good as at Menjangan, these sites are great for a gentle afternoon dive hunting for macro subjects or exploring the reef slopes where the better coral can be found. The famous Biorock artificial reefs are also worth worth exploring, particularly in the early morning. Divers can simply walk off the beach and explore a garden of incredible underwater structures, all festooned with soft and hard corals and guarded by small reef fish.

The conditions around Menjangan and at Pemuteran itself are perfect for beginners - in fact this area is probably one of the best in Bali to complete your Open Water qualification or do some further training.

DIVING DETAILS
Type
Reef diving, learning to dive
Level
Beginner upwards
Diving Season
Year round
Depth
5m - 35m
Visibility
10 - 30m+
Temperature
27 - 29C
SPECIES
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
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Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
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Blacktip reef shark
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Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Snorkelling in Pemuteran & Menjangan

Menjangan is without doubt the best place in Bali for snorkelling. The shallow reef flats that circle the island are best described as coral gardens, filled with schools of fish and turtles. The easy conditions mean snorkelers can drop off the boat after the divers and simply drift along the edge of the reef or in the shallows, meeting the boat as it picks up the divers once again. There is also some very interesting scenery - from the giant statue of Ganesha to the bat caves in the cliffs which can be heard - and smelt - as you get close!

The Biorock artificial reefs are also perfect for snorkelling, particular for those with some free diving skills. There are many structures in the shallows but the bigger Biorocks are in the deeper water around 15m - just shallow enough to easily explore by free diving. However, even if you don’t want to dive down, you can easily get an appreciation of these incredible structures and appreciate how they are helping to restore both the coral reefs and fish stocks in Pemuteran Bay.

DIVING DETAILS
Diving Season
Year round
Temperature
27 - 29C
SPECIES
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Healthy corals
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Walls & pinnacles
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
About Pemuteran & Menjangan

The village of Pemuteran was a sleepy fishing village until the late 1980’s when divers began to discover just how good the sites are around Menjangan. Since then, there has been a slow and steady development of small hotels, dive shops and restaurants running along the main road that heads to Gilimanuk in the far west of Bali, but the village still holds on to its sleepy atmosphere. Menjangan itself lies to the north west, close to Java and is accessible using one of the many small local ‘jukung’ boats that the resorts and dive centres normally use.

Menjangan - which translates to ‘Deer Island’ in the indonesian language - is home to several important Hindu temples that see a steady stream of Balinese traveling to the island to leave offerings and perform ceremonies. One of these temples has recently been renovated and now features an enormous statue of Ganesha looking out to sea - you can safely say, Menjangan is the only place in the world where you can surface from a dive beneath such an incredible sight! 

The island is uninhabited except for a few people that maintain the temples. It is officially part of the Bali Barat park but is administered from Java. There is now a daily fee for entry to the park which covers diving at Menjangan and tours of the forest and mangrove areas and several temples.

Getting to Pemuteran

Pemuteran is in the far northwest corner of Bali and as such, is reached by a long, four hour drive from the airport in the south. However, the road over gives you a chance to see the interior of Bali that visitors may not see otherwise. Most of the resorts will organise transfers for their guests but it is perfectly possible to hire a driver and car for the day, and turn your transfer into an exploratory day trip.

If you have the option it is worth driving up past the central lakes and visiting the waterfalls on your way to Pemuteran, and using the alternative Pupuan road on the way back so you can see a lot more of Bali.

Where to stay

Pemuteran now has a wide range of options for visiting divers - from small homesteads to beautiful ‘glamping’ resorts. Most are concentrated along the main road in the village itself. The older resorts are along the beach in the village itself, whilst the new businesses are on the far side of the road or outside the village. There are also a number of beautiful properties up in the hills overlooking Pemuteran Bay if you are looking for something different.

Most of the big resorts have in-house dive staff whilst the smaller dive centres normally recommend a home stay or resort they work in partnership with.

Seasons & Weather

Pemuteran lies in the lee of a chain of mountains that shelter this part of the coast from rains for much of the year. As such the entire area is often dry and brown, and cactuses dot the fields that extend beyond the road and up into the hills. When it does rain, the wet season typically runs from December through to March, although this has been somewhat unpredictable in recent years. Pemuteran can also be hit by brief storms which can cause some local flooding, rough seas and reduce the visibility, although these conditions only last a few days.

The dry season runs from March / April through to November, and is the best time of year to dive. The dry conditions and shelter from deep upwellings mean that the visibility can be fantastic around Menjangan - 30m+ is common and on some days you might get lucky and experience 40m+ visibility.

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Book an extended stay and experience everything this amazing part of Bali has to offer, whilst staying in one of Menjangan Dynasty’s luxurious Beach Camp tents. The package includes 6 dives at Menjangan Island and 2 tours from a choice of jungle treks, mangrove tours or safari tours.

Guests can choose from twin or double tents and the package is for a minimum of 2 people. For groups of 4 people or families, the Cliff Villa tents are perfect. Let us know if you would like to book transfers in advance when you make an enquiry.

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The ultimate luxury Menjangan dive and explore package

Duration
6 Days
5 Nights
Starts At US$1090
Diving

For the non-divers, book a snorkel trip to Menjangan as well as explore the amazing natural landscape of the area, whilst staying in one of Menjangan Dynasty’s luxurious Beach Camp tents. The package includes a snorkel trip to Menjangan Island and a choice of either a jungle trek, mangrove tour or safari tour.

Guests can choose from twin or double tents and the package is for a minimum of 2 people. For groups of 4 people or families, the Cliff Villa tents are perfect. Let us know if you would like to book transfers in advance when you make an enquiry.

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  • 1 jungle trek, mangrove tour or safari tour
  • Equipment
  • Lunch on boat on snorkel trip days
  • Free wifi
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • 1x 15min spa sampler
  • Free bottle of wine
  • Lunch on non-snorkel trip days
  • Dinner
  • National park fees
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Snorkel, trekking and glamping in luxurious style 

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2 Nights
Starts At US$345
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Learn to dive in style! Enjoy 2 nights in one of Menjangan Dynasty’s luxurious Beach Camp tents whilst completing your PADI Open Water course. The package includes 2 open water dives at Menjangan Island itself - a perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful coral gardens as you learn. 

Guests can choose from twin or double tents and the package is for a minimum of 2 people. For groups of 4 people or families, the Cliff Villa tents are perfect. Let us know if you would like to book transfers in advance when you make an enquiry.

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  • Free wifi
  • Daily afternoon tea
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  • Free bottle of wine
  • Lunch on non-dive days
  • Dinner
  • National park fees
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