Bali – The North: Menjangan and Secret Bay
Two years after diving Bali´s East around Tulamben I decided to visit the North this time. As even last time the landmarks above sealevel kept undiscovered by me – there is too much to see below surface…
My main targets in this trip: Menjangan and Secret Bay
The waters around Menjangan are declared as a sanctuary (the island itself as well).
Hence, no fishing – neither with nets nor with dynamite – results in perfect seascapes.
The size of some seafarns was up to 3 – 4 meters. I have never seen something like that before…
Menjangan doesn´t really offer a lot of big fish sightings (some whitetip- or blacktip reefsharks were seen rarely) but the Macro World is simply great: Pygmy Seahorses, Nudibranch, Crabs, Shrimp, everything…
You can find the Secret Bay – the „small Lembeh Strait“ of Bali – after a 25 minutes drive from Pemuteran.
In opposite to Menjangan the Secret Bay offers Muck Diving at a maximum depth of 8 – 10 meters.
Critters where ever you look, in case you have some visibility…
There had been 2 facts to make me happy during my last two dives in the Secret Bay in this holiday.
My 300th dive ever… and…9 frogfish in 2 dives found by our great guide Komang
But there was a third great dive site still – the Mandarin Place.
I dove this place three times and were lucky during each dive to see the mandarin fish coming up and mating; what luck…
But Komang provided more surprises. Sometimes he held some parts of his briefings in German language. One of his standard phrases was: „Maximale Tauchzeit 60 Minuten, normalerweise“, that means: „Maximum dive time 60 minutes, normally“.
The „normally“ gave us the opportunity for dives up to 105 minutes.
So, his second phrase fits perfect: „Tauchen bis Flasche leer“ = „Diving until the tank is empty“
A perfect location to stay, relax and enjoy is the Naya Gawana Resort, located very idyllic in the tropical surroundings.
It´s not that new that I booked the tour with Reisecenter Federsee again.
Diving was organized by Extra Divers Naya Gawana.
A very special thanks to Robert, the dive center manager – we all enjoyed each evening we spent in the dive-center – it was such great fun…
The photos below are listed in the same chronology as seen during 12 days of diving. So, be patient – the amazing frogfish pics (including a Hairy Frogfish) come in the end…