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Pulau Menjangan or Deer Island is a 175-hectare sanctuary island, a part of West Bali National Park, off the northwest coast at the western entrance of Teluk Terima. It is received its name from the wild java deer that graze on its open savannahs. The Menjangan Island can be reached by boat from Labuhan Lalang port or from Terima Bay.

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Menjangan is one of Bali’s premier scuba diving and snorkeling locales, these reefs are frequented by species of fish of every size, shape and color. Menjangan Island boast of 110 species of reefs and 226 species of reef’s fish and other kind of fish. The scuba diving is excellent: superb unspoiled coral; caves; many tropical fishes, a spectacular drop-off and small shipwreck 600m out. Divers should aware of tiny stinging jellyfish but the painful welt of jellyfish sting will be gone within an hour.

In order to preserve the beauty of the reef there are some prohibition that have to be observed such as it is not allowed to fish in diving area, destructing or pilfering the reefs, feeding the fish or anchoring, etc. To ensure the observance of the prohibitions a traditional maritime security force (pecalang laut) patrols around the island.

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Spiritual tourism is another attraction of Menjangan Island. The island boasts of what is believed to be oldest temple in Bali, Gili Kencana Temple, which dates from the Majapahit period. There are other three temples in this island, Klenting Sari Temple, Segara Giri Temple and Gajah Mada temple. Hundreds of devotees visit these three temples especially in a holy day. They visit and pay homage to these temples since the deities of these temples are well known for their generosity especially for the couple who want to have a child.

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