Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Last month, we visited the Menjangan island in Bali for a place that most tourists still don’t know about.
“I want to go to the most beautiful beach in Bali, a place that most tourists still don’t know about,” Waizly Darwin (Marketer, Music Connoisseur) and Amie Ardhini (TV Journalist) told me.
“Then we must go to Menjangan Island, take me there kakkkkk…take me thereeee” I said, with a big smile.
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 Ubud to Labuhan Lalang, a small traditional port that connects tourists to Menjangan Island, takes around three to four hours.
We arrived at the port around 4:00 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.
I promise of undiscovered beauty proved true. When we finally arrived on the island 30 minutes later.
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.
Waizly, Amie and I decided to spend an extra Rp 150,000 on two snorkeling masks and two pairs of fins.
I assured Wai and Amie that going to Menjangan Island wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the beauty of its coral reefs and fish.
Accompanied by our guide, Wai, Amie 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, Our dive guide eagerly pointed out each interesting thing he saw.
At one point, our guide showed us 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.
I assured wai and Amie that it was the best way to enjoy the sunset.
Half asleep and completely relaxed, I tried to focus on the sunset and forget all the stress I had brought with me from Jakarta and Surakarta.
Kakakkkkkk…culik aku lagi. It was AMAZING!!!
Happy Sustainable Travels!