Dream diving: Pemuteran and Menjangan

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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I arrived on Tuesday at Pemuteran, a village on the north coast, just west of Bali. In this area of arid mountains, bordered by black sand beaches, all the activity of the village is turned towards the protection of the coral reef.

Welcome to Pemuteran

The mountainous region of Pemuteran, seen from the sea. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008)
The mountainous region of Pemuteran, seen from the sea. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008)

I stay at the diving center Reef SeenThe project is led by Chris Brown, an Australian who has lived here for 17 years and has done much to preserve the local seabed. He has, among other things, created a turtle nursery... But I'll tell you more about Pemuteran's various "eco-friendly" initiatives in a future article.

The article is online here → Pemuteran: baby turtles, underwater temple and electric coral

The funds are so beautiful that I dive every day, either on the sites near the beach or Menjangan Island, an hour away by boat.

A captivating underwater atmosphere

The island of Menjangan is especially worthy of its underwater atmosphere, bewitching. The reef on the south side of the island is a wall lined with a forest of huge gorgonians and a profusion of soft corals. The place is teeming with life. A life-size aquarium!

The visibility is excellent, and when you look up to the surface, the delicate branches of the sea fans are shaded in Chinese shadows on the blue. Super show.


Few meetings really new for me, except a flat worm striped yellow-orange-black that I had never seen before.


In addition to the usual tropical fauna, which is particularly rich here, I did come across a good number of interesting critters: beautiful photogenic nudibranches, a ghostly white stonefish, two white-tip sharks, a crocodile fish...




And the profusion of pygmy seahorses (already three since Tuesday) fills me up... Come on, I'll give you a small one for the road!


  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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  1. At the risk of repeating myself, but too bad, the photos are still as beautiful and enrich the text, which is also very interesting; here no tropical fauna, but the festival fauna you know .... already quite excited! In a few hours, on the way to the south, a quick round trip, besitos, Lydie. 😉 🙂

  2. Thank you for that little word. I'm leaving Pemuteran tomorrow, regretfully. But for another nice corner, in the east, this time: Amed.

    See you soon!


  3. Hello Corinne!

    I'm just now discovering all your lyrics that I hadn't seen! Superb this crocodile fish, well framed! 😉

    Pemuteran, I loved it: very rich and diversified dives, I had really enjoyed myself last year. And I bet on Amed you'll also find inspiration for new stories. If you are lucky enough to have clear water, the small wreck of Amed is just a bliss, in less than fifteen meters deep. But I suggest you explore especially the coral garden around, beautiful and very rich in small critters.

    Bravo for pygmies, without a macro lens, it was a challenge! ...

    Good luck on Bali ...


    Marie Ange

  4. Hello Marie-Angel!

    Thank you compliments on the photos. It must be said that this crocodile-fish was particularly cooperative and let me peacefully flash from all angles. Until I finally find the right one that allows to highlight its mouth crocodile.

    As for the pygmee, I stayed long minutes to turn around, this little shy stubbornly introduced me to his back ... Grrr! But I ended up having it !!!

    I too enjoyed Pemuteran and I'm looking forward to Amed. Tomorrow, I start of course by the inevitable wreck of the Liberty at Tulamben. As I plan to stay a good week in the corner, I'll have time to explore the rest, and I'll follow your suggestions ...

    Kisses too, see you soon!

  5. Hello,

    I discover your blog with wonder this morning ... I am attracted to Bali for almost 4 years now without even having set foot on the Indonesian side!

    I enjoy reading your articles that really make me decide to go on an adventure there ... (there are other destinations of course, but Bali arrives in front of Costa Rica, Mauritius and New Zealand. Caledonia ... dives force ...)

    As soon as I can ... zou ... I'm leaving ... (the Caribbean, I know enough now hehe). In the meantime, I will regularly follow your blog, tips and good plans ... it's always useful!

    See you soon, Virginie 8)

  6. @Virginia: Thank you for your little word. I really like Bali. If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to leave there. The island is beautiful tourist, it is an exciting place, on land as under water!
    See you soon!

  7. HATI HATI - Reef Seen Aquatics - Beware of the commercial practices of this dive club !! 👿 July 2009

  8. @Balajo: I had to erase your message because my blog is not intended to collect complaints from dissatisfied customers. And I have not witnessed what you report, so I can not publish your story, which would engage my responsibility.

    Especially for my part, during my visit in July 2008, I had a very good experience with this center, both in terms of reception, transaction, security, and I paid the price agreed, with even decreasing rates given the number of dives I made (rates agreed on site, live with the owner). I did not deal with the dive-master you were complaining about, but to a local dive-master and the Australian owner, both very friendly.

    The best thing would be to share your bad experience on a specific site for this kind of thing, like Good Plans Bad Plans, or the forums of Plongeur.com.

    Finally, you complain about having to pay for the equipment rental (BCD BC + regulator BCD), while you already had fins-mask-tuba (PMT). I do not see anything surprising or shocking about this, all centers rent specific scuba equipment for customers who do not have theirs, and PMT's are not considered "equipment" (for me I do not have that concern, since I carry my complete diving gear with me - except the bottle and the pellets, of course). Perhaps you should have made it clear beforehand if this rental was included or not in the price of the dive.

  9. Hello Corinne
    I also discover your blog by the answer to a bad comment posted on diver.com
    I spent the spring a month in Bali, half of the stay dedicated to diving
    unfortunately I was less lucky than you on pemuteran because the day I dive there was a current of hell
    I confirm however, the site is wonderful
    your photos are magnificent
    I also confirm that the island of Bali is an exciting place, both on land and underwater
    for my part, in addition to the beauty of the island, I particularly appreciated the great kindness of the Balinese
    I hope to have the opportunity to return in the future
    christian 🙂

  10. @Christian: Welcome to "Little Bubbles Elsewhere" and thank you for sharing your impressions of Bali, which join mine, by the way. The island may be very touristy, it retains an irresistible power of seduction. I hope to return too!

  11. Thank you for these testimonials! For departure on February 21, 2014 !! We look forward! For this second trip to Bali, we go off the beaten path and explore the Pemuteran region for 8 days!
    Emma 🙂