Day 8 – Snorkelling on Menjangan Island

We were staying for two days at Taman Sari resort, that meant we didn’t have to rush to pack our bags and could instead relax. We had our breakfast before we started our bike ride from the resort.

We rode along the main road towards Gilimanuk, well before that we turned off on a small dirt road towards the pier for Menjangan Island. Our snokelling guide Deeka met us at the turn off to the pier and drove along with us to the pier.

We arrived at the pier, changed into swim gear, grabbed our snorkelling gear and boarded the slow boat to the Manjangan island. The boat trip across to the island was about 30 min. The first reef we stopped at didn’t look like much until we jumped in the water, as we swam along the reef we realized how spectacular the coral and fish looked. The reef was shallow and then dropped straight down to very deep with colorful fish and coral formations.

We found out that the Bali conservation department had an initiative going that was protecting and regenerating the coral reefs in the Manjangan island and surrounding area. We could see the difference, these were by far the best reefs we had ever snorkeled on.

After about 50min of snorkeling at the first spot we decided to move on to the next snorkeling spot. We left just in time because hordes of people on other boats started arriving. The next spot we moved to was near a temple with a huge Ganisha shrine, quite an interesting figure. The boat dropped us off and we snorkeled back towards the shrine, again the coral reefs were pristine and beautiful. This time we were out snorkeling for 40min, time flies when you are having fun.

Once we were done with the snorkeling the boat headed back to the pier. I had the idea that I would run the 10 km route back to the resort, I started off hard and fast, but due to the heat started slowing down after a few kilometers. Luckily Minggus decided to follow me in the van with Barbara. At about 5km to go I decided to get in the van because the heat and humidity was so bad that I was feeling dizzy.

After getting back to the bungalow, we showered, relaxed and then about an hour later went for a lunch. The rest of the day was mostly spent relaxing and reading. We ended the day with dinner and a night cap. Another chilled day in Bali.

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