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Western Bali

Menjagan IslandPermuteranSecret Bay
The west of Bali is the islands most remote, wild and unspoilt area, attracting nature lovers and those looking to get away from the crowds.

While eastern & southern Bali may have the island’s more famous dive sites, there is also a good variety of excellent diving in the west.

A little off the beaten track, western Bali offers unspoilt dive sites, some great macro dives, and Bali's best wall diving to keep budding divers entertained.
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Menjangan Island, just off Bali’s northwestern tip, is part of Bali Barat National Park. Reached by boat from Bali’s mainland, it has a lovely wall to dive, with plenty of small caves, crevices and overhangs, plus abundant soft corals. The wall is home to numerous smaller inhabitants, with plenty of Shrimps and Crabs and even Pygmy Seahorses to find. In the blue, you are likely to encounter schools of Jacks & Unicorn Fish, Batfish and occasionally Sharks & Rays.

Menjangan Island is also home to a small interesting wreck, called the Anker Wreck. This wooden wreck dates back to the 19th century and sunk off the reef carrying a cargo of copper & ceramics. It is easy to find as a shallow anchor can be followed all the way down to the wreck at 30m. Manjangans’s protected location means conditions are invariably calm and visibility is usually excellent.

Just around the corner from Manjangan lies Pemuteran and Secret Bay. Pemuteran offers good, relaxed diving. The area's dive sites are all just a short boat ride away, plus there is good shore diving. Napolean Reef is a gentle slope down to 30m with both soft & hard corals. It has a good variety of reef-life, but the main draw is the macro-life, with the possibility to find Frogfish, Pygmy Seahorses, Ghost Pipefish and many more unusual critters. Close Encounters also has good macro-life, but as its name suggests it is famous for sightings of larger fish.

Secret Bay has no coral to speak of and could not be described as a beautiful dive site, however it is a great muck-dive with numerous unusual & normally difficult to find critters such as Seahorses, Frogfish, Ghost Pipefish, Leaf Scorpionfish & Mandarin Fish.

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The sites of Bali's western coast are all fairly close to shore and are normally dived as short boat trips from local dive centres & resorts.

It is also possible to reach the area as a day trip from the south of Bali and from Lovina on Bali's north coast, although both trips involve long journey times to reach the Bali's western tip.
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The west of Bali is the most remote part of the island and the least visited. Much of the area is given over to national park.

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There are a few resorts with dive centres around Pemuteran & further along the coast. Trips are made to all the local dive sites, most of which are close & very easy to reach. Menjangan Island is probably the most famous and most visited. Most dive trips are made from fairly basic local boats.

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The standard of accommodation in the area ranges from simple budget bungalows costing just a few dollars per night, to luxury spas and villas. The area does not have the huge range of options that are available in more touristy parts of the island however.

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The area can be reached by road from the main tourist areas in the south of Bali, or from Lovina in the north. The nearest airport is in Denpasar, Bali's capital city in the south. It is also possible to arrive by ferry from Java, which docks at Gilimanuk near Menjangan.

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Aside from diving, the main attraction of the area is Bali Barat National Park, which has some interesting and endangered wildlife. The area also has pristine jungle, some nice temples and some beaches. It is a very quiet and relaxed place to stay.

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The south of Bali is the heart of it's tourism industry, with thousands of visitors each year, especially to Kuta and the surrounding area.

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There are quite a few dive centres and the dive industry here is well established. Day trips are usually made to Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan. It is also possible to arrange trips to other areas in Bali, especially trips to Tulamben. Due to the travel times however, some people prefer to make an overnight trip or longer.

Southern Bali is also the departure point for Liveaboards making trips to Komodo National Park to the east, as well as the pick-up point for visiting Wakatobi by Liveaboard.

There are now quite a few well-established Liveaboard operators making trips to Komodo & Rinca. Trips run throuhgout the year & usually last for around 7-10 days, taking in Lombok & Sumbawa in addition to the sites of Komodo, before returning to Bali.

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There is a huge range of accommodation available in this area, from top-end luxury hotels to simple guest houses. Kuta is the main tourist hub of the area, with the biggest range of accommodation and the most amenities. Nusa Dua and Sanur are a little quieter and a little more upmarket.

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The area has its own international airport in Denpasar, the capital, with flights all over Asia plus Australia & Europe. From the airport, a bus or taxi can take you to any of the well-toursited areas. Antiquated ferries run between all of Indonesia's major islands, including Lombok directly to the east of Bali and Java to the west.

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Aside from diving, there is a huge amount to do here. Activities include great shopping, amusement parks, surfing, all sorts of adventure sports and plenty of other attractions. There are some very nice beaches in the area, especially to the south and Kuta is known for its lively nightlife.

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