Menjangan is the gateway to West Bali National Park – home to rare wildlife and the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in Bali.
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Booking.com calls the Menjangan area 'Banyuwedang'
Menjangan is the place to go if you're looking for a place where you can exhale, where you can find peace and solitude, and escape the crowds. Out here on the north-west coast of Bali, when you're surrounded by the forest of West Bali National Park and are close to Menjangan Island, one of the best snorkelling and dive spots Bali has to offer, it'll be difficult to imagine that you're just 110km from the crowds of Kuta and the sun beds of Nusa Dua.
If you drive to the Menjangan area around the coast from Negara, you'll notice that as you "turn the corner" onto the northern part of the island the vegetation changes entirely. The lush greens that surround Negara make way for drier savannahs that are more reminiscent of Southern Africa and the Mediterranean that your usual views of lush, tropical Bali. It is hotter here than "down south", and as you travel further along the north coast you'll see many cactuses forming part of the vegetation.
There is no "Menjangan town"; rather, Menjangan refers to the area around West Bali National Park, which is home to Menjangan Island (and the menjangan deer, from which the island gets its name). Menjangan is the perfect area for travellers who want to escape the crowds and spend time in nature – whether that be under water, or trekking in the national park. There are some superb resorts out here, and a small selection of budget accommodation too. Most cater to divers, and all of them will be able to arrange snorkelling and diving trips to Menjangan island, as well as trekking and cycling trips in West Bali National Park. On the West Bali National Park page we've outlined how you can do these activities independently, although please keep in mind that when you do anything within the national park you have to be accompanied by a guide.
Menjangan: local advice
Airport to Menjangan: 150km
Travel time by car: about 5 hours
Cost: Rp800,000 with a driver
...if you drive yourself here
The road from east Bali out here is not great: it is often busy with overloaded trucks and risk-taking buses, and we do not recommend driving out here at night if you're not familiar with driving in Indonesia. If your flight lands in Bali after midday, we suggest you chill out and spend one night closer to the airport before leaving for West Bali the next morning. If you choose to drive straight through to Menjangan, expect to arrive about 6 hours after your plane lands. All of the hotels in Menjangan will offer airport pick-up, and most of them choose to drive up through the centre of Bali to the north coast, to avoid the overloaded trucks.
...if you're travelling on a budget
There aren't many budget hotels around Menjangan so if you're wanting to pay under US$100 a night then you'll be better off looking around Pemuteran for accommodation, and coming to Menjangan as a day trip (it's only a 30-minute drive away). The big drawcard here is diving and snorkelling and most hotels in Pemuteran would be able to arrange this for you.
...if you need cash
The closest ATMs are in the port town of Gilimanuk, about 15 minutes to the west, and in Pemuteran, which is 15 minutes to the east.