Menjangan Island Snorkeling Guide: Prices, Locations, and Expert Tips

Menjangan Island Snorkeling Guide: Prices, Locations, and Expert Tips

Amidst the famed beaches and bustling towns of Bali lies a hidden gem: Menjangan Island. Situated in the northwest corner of Bali, Menjangan offers snorkelers a tranquil escape into a world of vibrant corals, playful marine life, and crystal-clear waters. As part of the West Bali National Park, this secluded island ensures not just an immersive snorkeling experience but also an eco-conscious adventure, emphasizing preservation and respect for its natural wonders. Whether you’re a seasoned snorkeler or a curious beginner, Menjangan Island offers a world class snorkeling experience for those who are willing to make the journey to visit.

Snorkeling Menjangan: Information at a Glance

AspectDetails
LocationMenjangan Island, northwest Bali
Trip CostSnorkeling typically starting from 750k per person, but cheaper with a larger group. Cheaper on weekdays and more expensive on weekends as cost includes National Park entry fee per person of 200k (weekdays) and 300k (weekends) for foreigners. Cheaper for local nationals.
Optimal Group Size4-8 people
Best Time to VisitApril to October (dry season)
Unique FeaturesPristine coral walls, deepwater drop-offs, diverse marine life, clear waters
Top Snorkeling SpotsPos Dua, Coral Garden, Mangrove Point
Guided Tours AvailableYes, many dive shops from mainland Bali and resorts on Menjangan offer guided snorkel trips
Equipment RentalTypically included in a guided tour. Rental’s often available from resorts, and also dive shops.
Best Area to StayStay in Sumberkima, or Pemuteran
AmenitiesLimited amenities on Menjangan Island. Go prepared.
Conservation GuidelinesPart of West Bali National Park; don’t touch or step on corals, no littering, follow guide instructions

Where is Menjangan Island?

Menjangan island is on the top left corner of Bali, a stones throw away from West Bali National park, and a short 30 minute drive from Sumberkima or Pemuteran.

Travellers coming from the other parts of the island can expect a drive there to take between 3 and 6 hours.

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Snorkeling Departure Location

The boats for the snorkeling trips typically depart from Labuan Port (Labuan Lalang Menuju Nusabay Menjangan). You can see where it is on Google Maps by clicking here.

It takes around 30 minutes in the boat from Labuan Lalang to get to the snorkeling areas off the coast of Menjangan.

How to get there?

Trip durations

TripDuration in CarDuration on ScooterPrivate Driver CostGoogle Route
Uluwatu to Menjangan5h4h 30m700k IDR (one way)Open route
Airport to Menjangan4h 10m3h 40m700k IDR (one way)Open route
Kuta to Menjangan4h 10m3h 35m700k IDR (one way)Open route
Seminyak to menjangan3h 50m3h 20m650k IDR (one way)
Open route
Canggu to Menjangan3h 30m3h 10m600k IDR (one way)Open route
Ubud to Menjangan3h 45m3h 15m500k IDR (one way)Open route

Note: these trip durations can be longer depending on traffic.

Expert Tip: You can hire a private driver for their day rate and go anywhere on the island for a maximum cost of around 800k (depending on the driver).

Trip from Uluwatu to Menjangan Port, with no traffic.

How many snorkeling locations are there around Menjangan Island?

Menjangan Island, despite its relatively modest size, boasts a plethora of snorkeling spots that cater to enthusiasts of all levels.

Around the island, there are several key locations that snorkelers frequent, each offering a unique underwater tableau.

Notable spots include:

Pos Dua: celebrated for its clear depths and myriad of fish species;

Coral Garden: a shallow wonderland vibrant with soft and hard corals;

Mangrove Point: where the intertwining roots of mangrove trees create a sanctuary for juvenile marine life.

While these are just a few highlights, in total, there are about half a dozen primary snorkeling locations around Menjangan. Each site offers its own distinct experience.

Did You Know?
“While the azure waters and vibrant corals of Menjangan Island captivate snorkelers today, the island’s history runs deep with spirituality. Menjangan houses an ancient temple, Pura Gili Kencana, which stands sentinel on a cliff overlooking the sea. Legends say that this temple is part of a sacred network of Balinese temples protecting the island from negative energies. So, as you float above the corals, remember you’re snorkeling in waters that have been considered sacred for centuries!”

How long is a snorkeling trip?

Snorkeling trips can vary in duration depending on the operator, and also what the group wants, but broadly speaking you can categorise them into two types.

Half Day Trips

Half day trips are between 3-5 hours. They might include one or two snorkeling sessions at different sites around the island. Travel to and from the island, preparation, and breaks between snorkeling sessions are also factored into this timeframe.

Full Day Trips

Full Day Trips are between 6-8 hours and often cover multiple snorkeling sites around Menjangan. They typically include lunch, rest breaks, and some free time to explore or relax on the island.

It’s important to check with the tour guide around about the specifics because each operator is different. These durations factor in the different times it can take to get to Menjangan by boat – which can also vary slightly depending on the boat.

Also worth noting… for full day trips you will probably get some time to take a break on Menjangan to eat some lunch and take a walk around. The island is is called Menjangan because that is the Javanese word for deer, and so there are deer to be seen all around the island. The deer are wild deer, and swim from the mainland over to the island to eat the grass – a remarkable feat for the deer! The swim is around 1.2km in length and takes them around 30 minutes to make the journey.

When do snorkeling trips to Menjangan typically depart, and when do they return?

Morning Departures:

  • Most boats, especially those going on half-day trips, prefer to leave in the morning. This is due to calmer sea conditions and to avoid the midday sun at its peak.
  • Departure times for morning trips usually range from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM.

Afternoon Departures:

  • Some operators might offer afternoon snorkeling sessions, especially during peak tourist seasons when there’s a high demand.
  • These trips typically depart around 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Return Times:

  • For half-day trips, boats often return by midday to early afternoon if they left in the morning, or late afternoon to early evening if they departed after noon.
  • Full-day trips usually return between 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, giving participants ample time to explore various snorkeling sites and often even have lunch on the island or on the boat.

How much does a snorkeling trip to Menjangan cost?

Prices for snorkeling trips vary based on a number of factors. The biggest factor is the season. During peak season the demand can outstrip the supply, and so prices increase accordingly. The other major factor is the number of people on the boat. Boat operators typically want to get a minimum total amount for a trip, so if you are just 2 people, the price per person will be relatively higher.

If there is a group of people, boat operators will try to charge an amount per person that totals above their minimum trip rate.

As with most things in Bali, the price is negotiable, so it’s worth speaking to a few different operators, and some locals about what the price should be like, given the time of year and current demand.

Another factor to consider, which is unique about Menjangan, is that because it’s in the national park, there is an entrance fee to be paid per passenger on the boat of 200k during week days, and 300k on weekends.

For these reasons, snorkeling trips to Menjangan can range in cost:

  • A basic half-day trip might cost around 700k to 1500k per person.
  • A full-day trip with all inclusions could range from IDR 1000k to 2500k per person.

Is food included in the trip?

Whether food is included in snorkeling trips to Menjangan Island depends on the tour operator and the specific package you choose. Here’s a general overview:

Half-Day Trips: Food might not always be included in shorter trips. However, some operators might offer light snacks or refreshments, such as bottled water, fruits, or sandwiches.

Full-Day Trips: These longer trips often include a meal, typically lunch. The lunch might be a boxed meal or a buffet-style meal served on the boat or on the island, depending on the facilities available and the operator’s arrangement. Common offerings might include local Balinese dishes, rice, grilled fish, vegetables, and fruits.

Best Nearby Places to Stay

When planning a snorkeling trip to Menjangan, it’s essential to stay a couple nights due to the distance you need to travel to get there from other parts of Bali. So for that reason, what would a snorkeling guide be if it didn’t also give you a few recommendations for places to stay for a few nights?

If you want to see more, check out our “Where to stay” page for more great accommodation options.

Taman Sari Bali Resort & Spa

  • Overview: A tranquil retreat set amidst lush gardens, just a short walk away from the beach.
  • Features: Traditional cottages, spa, yoga classes, and a dive center.
  • Ideal For: Nature lovers, divers, and those seeking a serene environment.

The Menjangan

  • Overview: A boutique resort within the boundaries of the West Bali National Park, offering a unique and immersive experience.
  • Features: Beach villas, forest lodges, dive center, spa, and bird watching tours.
  • Ideal For: Wildlife enthusiasts, eco-travelers, and those looking for a unique experience close to nature.

Pondok Sari Beach Bungalow Resort & Spa

  • Overview: A cozy resort offering a blend of traditional Balinese design with modern comforts.
  • Features: Beachfront location, tropical gardens, spa, and diving facilities.
  • Ideal For: Budget travelers, families, and divers.

Sumberkima Hill Retreat

  • Overview: Perched on a hill with panoramic views, this retreat provides private villas with a blend of luxury and nature.
  • Features: Private pools, spa treatments, yoga sessions, and dining with views.
  • Ideal For: Those looking for privacy, serenity, and a touch of luxury.

Mangroove Bay Hostel

  • Overview: A budget-friendly hostel offering a relaxed atmosphere with a touch of Balinese charm.
  • Features: Communal areas for socializing, outdoor pool, and quick access to the beach.
  • Ideal For: Solo travelers, backpackers, and those traveling on a tight budget.

Expert tip:
Many of the accommodation providers in the region went out of business during covid, so if you’re looking for an up to date list of great places to stay, check out our “where to stay” section of the site.

Recommended Operators

If you are looking to scan the market for the best operators, one thing to know is that almost all Diving operators in the region also offer snorkeling trips. So a quick search on Google Maps for diving operators will yield a host of snorkeling options for you as well. You can also search for “snorkeling menjangan” or “snorkeling pemuteran” to display the current options.

One important point to mention is that during Covid, many tourism operators went out of business, and didn’t update their business information on Google Maps. While there has been a large recovery to the region since 2022, some operators may still be closed shop.

Menjangan Tour Snorkeling & Diving

  • Overview: As a local expert specifically centered around Menjangan, this operator offers specialized tours that provide an intimate experience of Menjangan’s underwater wonders.
  • Features: Focuses on both snorkeling and diving experiences, emphasizes safety and eco-friendliness, and has a team of local marine enthusiasts guiding the tours.

Bali Diving Academy

  • Overview: With years of experience and multiple locations across Bali, the Bali Diving Academy has built a solid reputation for professionalism, outstanding customer service, and environmental responsibility.
  • Features: Offers a diverse range of diving and snorkeling packages, PADI certification, state-of-the-art equipment, and conservation initiatives.

Mimpi Resort Menjangan

  • Overview: Located in close proximity to Menjangan, Mimpi Resort’s dive center is well-regarded for its intimate knowledge of the local marine environment and commitment to providing top-tier snorkeling experiences.
  • Features: Well-maintained equipment, experienced local guides, conservation-focused operations, and the convenience of resort-based excursions.

Closing Thoughts

Menjangan Island, with its pristine marine sanctuaries and vibrant coral gardens, is undeniably one of Bali’s hidden underwater jewels. Selecting the right snorkeling operator can amplify this magical experience, ensuring not just safety and enjoyment, but also a deeper connection with the marine environment.

As travelers, our choices have the power to support sustainable tourism practices and promote marine conservation. By making informed decisions, we not only treasure our own memories but also contribute to preserving the beauty of Menjangan for future generations.

As you embark on this aquatic adventure, remember to dive deep, not just into the waters, but also into the ethos of responsible and immersive travel.

Fun Fact
While the towering sea walls of Menjangan Island are a diver’s dream, the coral gardens here harbor a quirky secret. Some of the coral species around the island are known to make popping or clicking sounds that are audible to divers and snorkelers. These sounds, often compared to the crackling of rice krispies, are produced by tiny bubble-bursting actions within the corals. So, when exploring Menjangan’s underwater realm, you’re not just in for a visual treat, but also a subtle symphony of the deep!

FAQ

Why is Menjangan Island a top snorkeling destination?

Menjangan Island is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life. Being part of the West Bali National Park, the island’s underwater ecosystem is protected, offering pristine snorkeling conditions.

When is the best time to snorkel in Menjangan Island?

The best time for snorkeling in Menjangan is during the dry season, typically from April to October. This period offers optimal visibility and calmer sea conditions.

Is it safe for beginners to snorkel here?

Absolutely! Many spots around Menjangan are suitable for beginners due to their calm waters and shallow reefs. However, it’s recommended to have a guide or an experienced snorkeler with you.

What marine life can I expect to see?

Menjangan Island boasts a rich biodiversity. Snorkelers can expect to see colorful corals, various species of tropical fish, turtles, reef sharks, and occasionally manta rays.

Are there any safety precautions to consider?

Always snorkel with a buddy, be aware of currents, and wear protective and well-fitting gear. Avoid touching or disturbing marine life, and ensure you’re well-hydrated and protected against the sun.

Is Menjangan Island only about snorkeling?

While snorkeling is a major draw, the island is also known for its diving spots, hiking trails, and temples. Combining snorkeling with other activities can offer a holistic Menjangan experience. Usually a snorkeling trip will also offer the change to take a walk on the island itself.

Are there food and accommodation facilities on the island?

Menjangan Island primarily serves day-trippers. While some tours include meals, there aren’t permanent dining or accommodation facilities on the island itself. Visitors typically stay in areas like Pemuteran, Sumberkima, or on the mainland.

How do I get to Menjangan Island?

The most common departure point is from Pemuteran on the northwest coast of Bali. From here, it’s a short boat ride to Menjangan Island. Many tour operators offer packages that include transport.

Do I need a permit or pay an entrance fee for snorkeling?

Yes, since Menjangan Island is part of the West Bali National Park, there’s an entrance fee. This fee contributes to the conservation efforts of the park. Typically this fee is included in the price of the tour operator, and you will pay this to your tour operator.

Is it possible to see deer on Menjangan Island?

Indeed! The name “Menjangan” means “deer” in Javanese. These animals can be seen swimming across from the mainland and roaming on the island.

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