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Pemuteran is a quaint little beach village situated in the northwest coast of the island of Bali in Indonesia. The tourism focus here is definitely on scuba diving, with it’s enchanting underwater world in the Bali Sea. There is so much to see beneath the water’s surface. From underwater temples, to spectacular reefs, private beaches, islands and wall dives – all with calm water, almost no currents and crystal clear water, Pemuteran is a diver or snorkeler’s dream.
Most divers flock to Pemuteran only for Menjangan Island, an uninhabited island just an hour boat ride away. Among the first dive sites in Bali, Menjangan is surrounded by beautiful reefs and walls of coral. The views from the boat are worth the trip alone.
The day trip typically includes lunch on a beautiful a private beach…
Part of what makes this island so spectacular are the stunning walls that go to 60 meters depth.
Menjangan is also known for it’s incredibly large corals, which can be attributed to the area’s low currents.
Fortunately, diving isn’t the only option for a day trip to Menjangan Island. Snorkeling trips are easily arranged, and there are plenty of shallow reefs to explore. We even saw a large barracuda from the boat in shallow water.
While Menjangan is impressive, the dives closer to Pemuteran are even better (and more affordable). Many of the dive shops in the area are working together as the Reef Gardeners to protect and restore many of the reefs in the area. One of which is Bio-Wreck. This dive site consists of several structures dropped onto the ocean floor in an effort to reconstruct the destroyed reefs.
Next to the structures is also a spectacular reef, so you can enjoy both in a single dive!
Underwater Temple Garden
Another project the Reef Gardeners are working on is the Underwater Temple Garden, an incredible and unique dive site in Pemuteran. Divers with their advanced certification (or your adventure deep, like me!) can go to the bottom of the temple at 30m depth. The visibility that deep is pretty low, and your oxygen tends to go rather quickly, so it’s by no means necessary to go to the bottom. A second part of the garden has been added at 15m, with several Buddha statues, covered in newly formed corals.
The Buddha garden on the reef flats was actually the more enjoyable part of the dive. Massive gardens of bright yellow coral were teeming with fish.
Middle Reef and Close Encounters
There are several dive sites with low currents and high visibility that are perfect for beginners. We dove Middle Reef and Close Encounters, which were both beautiful and made for an easy and relaxing dive. The amount of fish in this area of the world is astounding.
One of the highlights of our dive to middle reef was getting up close with a cuttlefish!
Not a diver?
Pemuteran still has a lot to offer non-divers. Outstanding snorkeling is just steps away from any of the resorts dotting the coastline of Pemuteran, and boat trips to Menjangan are easily arranged. Just remember to use the safe entrance and exit points when snorkeling from the shores to avoid destructing any coral.
The Reef Gardeners are working hard in the area to build and restore many of the beautiful reefs in Pemuteran. Massive statues were just lowered to the ocean floor in May 2014 to create the Garden of the Gods, and it will surely be an impressive dive site!
Katie caught the travel bug in 2001 and has had an insatiable case of wanderlust ever since. An explorer at heart, she kept her day job as a biologist and travels the world every chance she gets. You might find her diving, hiking, digging into local food or scoping out historical monuments, which she writes about at her blog From Shores to Skylines. Facebook, Twitter and Google+.