Menjangan (Deer Island), a 1,5 km long and 500 m wide island is situated in the northwest of Bali and is part of the Bali Barat National Park. This park is actually quite large, it encompasses much of Bali’s western end and is also worth a visit. You will find forests, savanna, mangroves and the rich marine habitats of the Java Sea. (only about 12 individuals still live in the wild, others can be seen in the bird parks in Bali) lives here. You can also see rusa deers, wild boars, long-tailed macaques and leaf monkeys. The dive trips start from the Labuhan Lalang Jetty, from where it is about a 30 min. boat ride to the Menjangan island and it’s dive sites. Fixed moorings are build at the dive sites. Lunch is usually taken on a small beach near Pos I or the temple. Eel garden: this dive site is named after a large colony of garden eels and lies on the western point of Menjangan. It is also called Pos I for the nearby guard post of the park service. Anchor wreck (Kapal Budak), also called the Anker, is an old wooden ship wreck which sits on the western tip of Menjangan at 40 meter. The name comes from a heavily encrusted anchor, which sits at about 6m on the top of the reef nearby. Underwater caves: These caves lie west of Pos II at about 18m. Gilimanuk Gilimanuk is a large town and lies on the tip of a peninsula that borders the Bali Barat National Park in west Bali. It is an important port town for the ferry that connects Bali and Java. Gilimanuk Bay (Teluk Gilimanuk) is about two kilometer across and very shallow, less than 10 meter deep with an average of 4 to 5 meter. There are two small islands inside of the bay: Pulau Kalong (the name means flying fox – these are large fruit bats) and Pulau Burung (Bird Island). These islands are actually barely more than sandbars. The bay and it’s surrounding mangrove areas are a nursing ground for fish, the water is fed by upwellings brought by the daily tidal changes from the Bali Strait that are rich with plankton but cold. Secret Bay: This dive site is located in front of the docking area of Gilimanuk Harbor. Pemuteran Coming from Lovina in the east, Pemuteran is located just a few kilometers before the Labuhan Lalang Jetty (starting point to the Mejangan island). As part of a coral restoration program there were several biorock coral nursery structures installed on the house reef – you can check them out by snorkeling to the left of the beach . There is also a turtle sanctuary located at Pemuteran Pura Tembok, Close Encounter and Napoleon Reef are all located close to the resorts in Pemuteran, no more than a boat trip of about 15 minutes away. Pemuteran house reef: Night dives are around the house reef straight from the beach. Between Permuteran and Lovina Puri Jati (PJ): A relatively new dive site for muckdiving lying a couple kilometers west of Seririt (close to the Zen Hotel). It can be reached either from Lovina or Permuteran. There are no dive facilities on place, but a small Warung which supplies a tarp and fresh water to rinse your equipment. There is also a small river close by where you can take a dip. Lovina There is a small reef off the beach in Lovina But all dive operators (see this list) offer mainly trips to other and better dive locations in the west or east. Lovina is more a place to stay and enjoy nice food and the night life, than to do any serious diving!
Born in the Netherlands on 23-04-1940 and passed away in Bali on 25-05-2015. Farelli was the pseudonym of a remarkable man who was infused with an obsessive desire to create things that did not yet exist. Born in the Netherlands in 1940 Dolf Versteegh left his home country in 1990 in order to start a new life on the Island of Bali. Without any formal education he reinvented himself as an architect, as a designer of furniture, as a sculptor and as a writer.
As a teenager Dolf spent only three years in High School but he kept studying history and the natural world all his life and during his last 25 years on Bali he revealed himself not only as versatile artist but also as a formidable scholar of biology.
Farelli was a prolific creator of web content and what he has left behind will remain standing as a great monument to his creative spirit, his ingenuity and his never-ending search for knowledge.