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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Menjangan became Bali's first internationally known dive spot in 1978. The island in the Barat National Park is surrounded by coral reefs that drop down as deep as 60 meters in places. This spot is most renowned for is wall diving where huge gorgonians can be found clinging to the coral crevices. Pygmy seahorses and morays are often spotted in the cracks and under overhangs along the walls here. Other marine inhabitants include batfish, titan triggerfish and fuseliers. Visibility is usually good here often beyond 20 meters.

Menjangan used to be famed for flat reefs however since the popularity of island has increased more anchoring vessels in the area have caused damage. This coupled with a crown of thorns starfish outbreak in 1997 then El Nino in 1998 which lead to coral bleaching. The reefs today are recovering well and the attractions are now a lot deeper. The island is protected from the cold currents coming in from the open sea so sightings of bigger fish here are rare.

Many divers said that Menjangan Island is the best dive site in Bali. The water is clear and calm with a rich various species of fishes. This makes a certain comfortable sense of diving in this area. The Gorgonian is one of the interesting parts in this area. With the abundance of gorgorians, this area tells us that it is rich of plankton, and at last, with many various fishes and other underwater species. And the steep, craggy drop-off reef that that rings Menjangan Island has, overall, the greatest diversity of gorgonians of any area on Bali.

Garden Eel point is one of the more popular dive sites where coral growth is healthiest. Longnose hawkfish can be found on the gorginians here and whitetip sharks are often seen on the sandy bottom at around 35 meters. The garden eel colony is on a slope in roughly 20 meters of water.

So your vacation is not complete. If you don't try this place for your sport vacation. just try and fell your dive on Menjangan Island Bali, than you will get the true.

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