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MenjanganThe Habitat of The Deer

Just off the northwest coast of Bali lies a small island with the name Menjangan island (Pulau Menjangan). This island is situated in the protected marine reserve of the Bali Barat National Park.

The island is surrounded by hectares of beautiful coral reef gardens with a very diverse eco biology, which makes it a favorite destination for snorkelers as well as divers. The good drop-offs on Menjangan’s south side is a popular spot for local people and tourists wishing to dive for a variety of fish and coral reef exploration. There are no dangerous currents to contend with in this area. Apart from a high diversity of coral species and colorful, tropical fish there are also many kinds of sea birds and shorebirds frequenting the island.

Also the Hawkesbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is sighted frequently in the area. Menjangan island is often referred to as Deer Island as it happens to be the habitat of the Barking Deer or Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak).

Visitors can regularly spot these deer taking a bath at the secluded, sandy beaches of the sland. North West BaliTo reach Menjangan island you can hire a motorboat from Pemuteran / Labuhan Lalang (30-40 min). Labuhan Lalang lies at the main road to Singaraja and is accessible by bemo (minibus) from both Gilimanuk and Singaraja.

During the rainy season is the best time to have chance to see manta and the baby whale-shark and this chance just probably that is not guaranteed  for this. but the bigger fish are norm at Menjangan, turtle, napoleon, grouper, big barracuda and shark are all regular sightings.

Menjangan Island also has its own little wreck known as Anchor Wreck that 5 meters of water at the top of the reef. One thing that this island very special, there are a conservation to protect deer on this island. but now in actually, this wonderful underwater sites are suffering from array of negative impacts, such as anchor damage, over-fishing, trash and climate change.