Dive Site: Coral Garden Menjangan Island Bali Indonesia

Hawksbill Turtle diving Coral Garden Menjangan Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Reef
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 15MBottom: 30M
Location: Midway along the north coast next to Dream Wall.

Description

Midway along the northern coast of Menjangan Island, the Coral Garden dive site starts with a shallow coral garden with scattered bommies, sloping down to a reef wall. It’s the sort of place where the marine life will surprise you and we saw a large school of bat fish almost as soon as we jumped in the water.

Titan trigger providing lunch diving Coral Garden Menjangan Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

Next was a Titan trigger, one of the few fish which can swim backwards dragging chunks of coral.

The steep sloping wall leading from eight down to 40 metres has soft corals and sponges.

Small leather corals diving Menjangan Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

The soft leather corals are all quite small – being still very young. There are lots of very large Gorgonian fans – 2-3m in diameter (and not too deep) and square spot anthias, damsels, convict surgeons, black surgeons, emperor angel and, of course, anemonefish.

True Clownfish in bleached anemone diving Coral Garden Menjangan Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

A yellow trumpet fish was silently hunting using an Angel as cover.

Yellow trumpetfish hunting behind a masked angelfish diving Coral Garden Menjangan Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit

We came across a sleepy turtle munching on the algae, a blue puffer fish and a few different types of anemone, one with a delicate Peterson cleaner shrimp dancing around in the tentacles.

Shrimp in Bleached anemone diving Coral Garden Menjangan Bali Indonesia by Diveplanit