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Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island is unquestionably the best place to dive in Bali for abundant marine life and healthy population of coral.  The island is famous for its reef fish, amazing coral, dramatic walls, and steep drop-offs, not to mention its stunning views of Java. Menjangan Island is home to many world class dive and snorkeling sites.  Here are a few of our favorites.

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Bat Cave

Distance from Zen Dive Resort: 1 hour by a car and 20 minutes by boat
Water Temperature:  28° – 31° C
Visibility : 20 – 30 meters
Average Dive Time: 45-60 minutes
Current: Mild to moderate
Diver Level: Beginner to advanced
Marine Life: White and black tip reef sharks, barracuda, blue fin trevalies, bigeye trevalies, bumphead parrotfish, fusiliers, red tooth triggerfish, schooling bannerfish.

Bat Cave is famous for its huge gorgonian sea fans and sponges, and the most beautiful soft corals on the whole island. When the conditions are right, we are treated to huge numbers of schooling reef fish.  Expect to see blue fin trevallies, big-eye trevallies, and the occasional black tip reef shark.

 

Eel Garden

Distance from Zen Dive Resort: 1 hour by a car and 20 minutes by boat
Water temperature: 28° – 31° C
Visibility: 20 – 45 meters
Average Dive time: 45-60 minutes
Current: Moderate to strong
Diver Level: Advanced
Marine Life: White or black tip reef sharks, barracuda, napoleon wrasse, fire dartfish, lionfish, scorpionfish, angelfish, pygmy seahorse, butterflyfish, nudibranch.

Eel Garden is famous for its large diversity of hard and soft coral and colorful sponges. The first 20 minutes of this dive are along a large wall featuring healthy coral and a large amount of reef fish.  We then swim up on to a flat sandy area featuring a huge colony of garden eels.  Occasionally, we spot a large  yellowfin tuna here.

 

Pos II

Distance from Zen Dive Resort: 1 hour by a car and 20 minutes by boat
Water temperature: 28° – 31° C
Visibility: 15 – 30 meters
Average Dive time: 50 minutes
Current: None to Moderate
Diver Level: Open Water Diver
Marine Life: White or black tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, triggerfish, lionfish, scorpionfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, pygmy seahorse, nudibranch, dartfish, anemonefish, spadefish.

This is a great place for our surface interval, where can eat lunch on a white sandy beach when the conditions are good.  If you’re lucky, you might even meet one of the resident deer while you’re enjoying your lunch!

Pos II is a shore entry dive with a steep underwater canyon that drops off into dramatic walls on both sides. Pos II is famous for its gigantic gorgonian fans in many colors and sizes.

 

Sandy Slope

Distance from Zen Dive Resort: 1 hour by a car and 20 minutes by boat
Water temperature: 28° – 31° C
Visibility: 15 – 40 meters
Average Dive time: 50 minutes
Current: None to Moderate
Diver Level: Open Water Diver
Marine Life: White and black tip reef sharks, green sea turtles, barracuda,  groupers, boxfish, triggerfish, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, nudibranch, spade fish, anemonefish, puffer fish.

Located on the north side of the Island, Sandy Slope has good conditions the whole year round with no waves. The sandy slope here turns into a steep wall dropping down to over 50 meters. The coral here is extremely healthy and very colorful, and hosts a large population of reef fish.  Large green sea turtles are regularly spotted here.

 

Mangroves

Distance from Zen Dive Resort: 1 hour by a car and 20 minutes by boat
Water temperature: 28° – 31° C
Visibility: 15 – 30 meters
Average Dive time: 50 minutes
Current: None to Moderate
Diver Level: Open Water Diver
Marine Life: White and black tip sharks, triggerfish, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, nudibranch, spade fish, puffer fish.

This site is located in between Eel Garden and Pos II.  The topography of the wall is breathtaking  with some overhanging, narrow entries, small caves, crevices and contours.

 

Coral Garden

Distance from Zen Dive Resort: 1 hour by a car and 20 minutes by boat
Water temperature: 28° – 31° C
Visibility: 15 – 40 meters
Average Dive time: 50 minutes
Current: None to moderate
Diver Level: Open Water Diver
Marine Life: White and black tip reef sharks, green sea turtle, angelfish, moray eel, triggerfish, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, nudibranch, spade fish, gobies, pygmy seahorse, puffer fish.

Coral Garden is located immediately next to the jetty on the north side of the island. This site is famous for its large walls that are populated by a wide variety of reef fish and hard and soft coral. You also have a chance of seeing larger marine life, such as sharks or turtles, at this site.

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