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When we were planning our trip, one of the first things we put on the list was snorkeling at Menjangan Island. I’d heard about the island and its reputation before, but seeing how far it was from my usual destinations in Bali, it always put me off.

This time, it was different. I was getting sick of crowded places, and escaping Jakarta with its hustle and bustle would only be worth it if I spent a good amount of time in a remote place. So when Katka said she really wanted to go to this place, I welcomed the idea.

We stayed at Pemuteran, a small village in the north of Bali (more on that later). Everything about Pemuteran was special, but it was a day trip for snorkeling at Menjangan Island that cemented our love for this place.

A Day Trip to Menjangan Island

On our third day, we woke up earlier than usual, put on sunscreen and packed our bag. A few minutes later we were on the beach, ready for a day trip to Menjangan Island. We went with Bali Diving Academy, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with them. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable, and I felt completely safe during the entire trip.

We eagerly tried on our snorkeling gears before we finally hopped onto the boat. Shortly before that, we were hesitating whether we should rent an underwater camera for IDR 300,000. I’m so glad that we did, as the photos from this camera are amongst my treasured possessions now.

Leaving the main island, my excitement was building as I saw this view of the island behind.

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We also passed a temple built on the edge of the uninhabited island, which looked quite fascinating.

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Getting closer to our first snorkeling spot, the water slowly changed from cerulean blue to turquoise, and it was incredibly stunning.

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Just as we got here, a group of dolphins swam right before our eyes, and I took it as our welcome sign. Soon the captain turned off the engine, and we put on our goggles and fins, before jumping off into the fresh cool water.

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Snorkeling at Menjangan Island: The Amazing Underwater World

Now, let me take you to the splendid underwater world. But I have to tell you though, these photos were mainly taken by Katka and Lukas, as they were so much better with the underwater camera (I had no idea it would be THAT hard to take good pictures in the water, I completely sucked at it).

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At one point, Katka spotted a sea snake, which she perfectly captured on the camera! How the hell she did it, I have no idea.

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After an hour of exploring, we went back to the boat and drove to the second spot. We had our packed lunch on the swaying boat and drank coffee while chatting with fellow snorkelers. Before we knew it, it was time to jump off again!

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While in the previous spot we snorkeled in shallow water, here was a different experience. Close to the island, the water was shallow, until at one point there was a sudden drop, and I couldn’t see the seabed anymore. One second I could touch the seabed with my toes, but the next I was meters above the seabed!

Looking down, it felt like I was on the edge of a cliff, and it was terrifying and amazing at the same time. I also could feel the huge difference of the temperature; warm in the shallow water and cooler in the deep water.

And the colors! Gorgeous turquoise in the shallow area and dark blue as the terrain changed.

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Down there, there were underwater caves, and even though I felt like it was out of my comfort zone, I’d love to try diving next time.

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That is our guide, Agus, who kindly informed us the name of things we saw during our snorkel. He was quick to spot interesting species, and I have to say it was pretty astonishing to see all this with my own eyes. It was like watching a live show of National Geographic.

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One of the many, many blue starfishes that we saw.

When we were snorkeling in this spot, we saw another group of dolphins swimming a few meters away from us (no pictures unfortunately, as we were too mesmerized to capture it). The second time of the day! We couldn’t believe our luck, but that wasn’t the end of it. As we bid farewell to this wonderful place, we saw another group on our way back to the main island. Three times in a day! We really lucked out.

This time, we only visited 2 spots. Those were tiny parts of the whole thing, and it makes me wonder what other amazing things in this world I haven’t seen. This few hours of underwater experience gave me all sorts of feeling, and I remember all the time I was snorkeling, I kept wondering, ‘Is this even real? I don’t wanna get out.’ I gotta say, that Prince Eric guy must be so handsome for Ariel to give up her mermaid life in exchange for a pair of feet…

We came home feeling elated and grateful, and couldn’t stop talking about our experience in the days to come. That night, I found my back had turned red and I ended up sleeping on my side as my back really hurt (thanks, sunburn!). Over the next couple of weeks, my skin would peel like crazy, and I learned my lesson: even my Asian skin (and a layer of sunscreen with 110 SPF) couldn’t handle the intense sun. But I want to do it again, even if I have to suffer in the next few weeks (I will keep reapplying sunscreen generously though, as I don’t want to make the same mistake).

I have to say, this was one of the best experiences I have in my life, and I’ll make sure this won’t be my last time exploring the underwater world. 😉

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Previous posts on Bali Trip series:

Bali Trip | How It Began

Bali Trip | Ubud

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  • Reply Christa

    Next on the list: belajar diving? 😀

    July 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Correct! Sayang banget rasanya kalo ga belajar diving pas tinggal di Indo. Harus dimanfaatin, ga semua tempat underwater world nya sebagus Indonesia 😀

      July 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply mysukmana

    pingin snorklingan lagi

    January 8, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Biasanya snorkeling di mana mas?

      January 9, 2017 at 11:00 am
      • Reply mysukmana

        karimun jawa sama umbul ponggok klaten

        January 10, 2017 at 4:45 am
  • Reply Septian Fajar

    Hi! Nice to e-meet you! Seru sekali snorkeling trip nya. Boleh tau tour operator nya apa dan habis berapa untuk snorkeling trip ini? Thanks!

    November 27, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Hi! Kemarin saya ga pake tour agent, ke sana arrange sendiri trip-nya. Utk snorkeling sekitar 400-500an utk WNI, penginapan banyak pilihan, kalo airbnb bisa kok dapet di bawah 500 ribu/malem, kamar dan fasilitas udah lengkap banget. Yang biayanya lumayan besar termasuk transport ke sana, dari Ubud waktu itu 700 ribu sekali jalan, mungkin kalo dari Kuta atau Denpasar lebih mahal lagi. Kalo mau ke Menjangan/Pemuteran, sebenernya lebih deket & murah dari Jawa 🙂

      November 30, 2017 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Bama

    I went snorkeling at the same spot back in early 2015, and it still is one of my best snorkeling experiences by far. It was rainy season though, so the underwater visibility wasn’t that great. But still, those marine gardens were so beautiful I ended up exposing my back to the sun for far too long. It’s definitely the worst sunburn I’ve ever got. But it was still a memorable trip, though.

    March 18, 2018 at 12:25 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      I bet it was! What you mentioned were the exact things that I think would sum up my experience: best snorkeling trip and worst sunburn ever (I couldn’t sleep on my back for 3 days after that). I’m still planning to go back there again to explore other snorkeling spots in Menjangan 😀

      March 18, 2018 at 11:41 pm

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