Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chanteek Menjangan Island, Bali





Today, Kristin and I hired a driver, boatman, and an underwater guide to take us snorkeling at the Menjangan Island Reefs.  Menjangan Island is part of the protected area of West Bali National Park.  It is a very famous dive and snorkeling site in far West Bali, and many people place it on their shortlist for best in the world.  We can both see why.

 
Java mountains



On our way to Menjangan



Our little boat that we had all to ourselves



Some corals



Yellow fish that would not let me get close enough



The drop off to the ocean below



Lots of life down here



Clown



My nemo shot



Dinner time, hard to tell in this pic, but this was a big fella



So much to see, obviously, this place blew our minds


A big clam



Pretty black, white, and pink fish



They looked like they were on their way somewhere important



Such beautiful colors



I think these are some kind of batfish



Thanks for the pic, Geda



It goes down really deep



Scorpion fish - very poisonous



Can you see him?



I saw this freak on my way up, he let me in close



Geda (our guide) and me taking a break from the chanteek (beautiful)



Bali



A bat cave, click through for all its batty glory



The temple on Menjangan Island



On our way to site number 2



The bigger red guy would climb right into your hands


A Moorish Idol


Some of the coral is so intricate you have to stop
and admire it



I took about 300 pictures underwater, most look like this



An exotic lobster



A weird large fish



Geda cradling a sea cucumber, man those things are weird
 
A fish cruising by



Medusa looking



This fish came to check us out, very friendly.



A Blue clam



Some crazy



This fish had the prettiest markings



Chasing the fish off



Another sea cucumber



Another cool fish escaping my lens



Other-worldly


The deep beyond



We surface to this, wow



Docked


Our pool



Young Balinese girls practicing dance



Tomorrow, we have to get up real early to dive Secret bay, which is in between Java and Bali.  We will hopefully see some serious Strange there.

12 comments:

  1. Absolute breath taking underwater pics. Your poses are awesome as well. And to think God created all this beauty. Thanks for sharing such beauty. Love Gram

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  2. Wow! Those pics rock! My favorite is the one of the two of you underwater. That needs to be your Facebook profile pic for sure! Don't go near that deep part! Love you both... Lisa

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  3. What a sea of beauty and color!!!! U two add to it as well! Hurry up and come home I can't stand looking at all the fun u all are having(lol). Love the sea cucumber unusual...

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  4. The underwater adventure is awesome!! I agree that the pic of the two of you underwater is great!! How exciting to be Justin and Kristin these days! Love you. Grandma O

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  5. Very enjoyable shots - truly awe inspiring. You are very lucky to have been able to experience this.

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  6. Hello there.

    I was browsing the internet and came across your great underwater photo's a menjangan dive. I have a facebook page where i promote my villa in Pemuteran and inform guests of what there is to do around Pemuteran. Would it be ok if i used some of your underwater pictures for a story i am planning about menjangan, some above water as well! They are great!

    You can reply at villasemadhi@gmail.com
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    Thanks for replying, best regards, Jane

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