Bali is undoubtedly amongst the most popular dive destination in the world. Being a part of the world’s coral triangle make this island blessed with rich biodiversity; and a sanctuary for rare and endangered animals. Many dive sites in Bali offers sustainable adventure where divers could have the exposure to rare animals while at same time get educated about them. And one of the best thing is that, diving in Bali is not limited to the professionals only. Even amateurs and beginners who just get their license can dive in Bali. That means you don’t have to wait for several more years to get into a professional divers to be able to see the rare as well as near-endangered marine animals in Bali.
Thankfully, most marine species in Bali are not threatened to extinctions. Some of them are naturally rare and some others are facing the dangers of poaching. Lucky, many conservation efforts has been made both from government, NGO, and joint activism. Many marine animals has taken the benefit and enjoying a better life as a result.
Here are two Bali dive sites with biggest conservational efforts to protect the rare and near-endangered marine species.
Menjangan, West Bali National Park Dive Sites
The national park was established to protect not only marine animals, but also birds and other land-based animals. The West Bali National Park comprises of mangrove forests, savannah, sea grass vegetation, coastal forest, monsoon forest, and lowland forest. This include Menjangan Island, the world renowned diving destination and among the best of Bali dive sites. Describing the Menjangan as a underwater wonderland doesn’t even do it justice. The dive site is home for million schools of reef fishes, parrot fishes, jacks, sharks, rays, eels, and many other marine animals. Its reef and seabeds is thriving with sponges, corals, and sea fans, with nudibranchs and all sorts of clams living in between. In the Menjangan, you could meet some Manta Rays (although not so many), whales, and whale sharks.
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Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area
Divers might know the Nusa Penida as main destination to see large colonies of Manta Rays. However, little did people know that this island was declared as Marine Protected Area (MPA), authorised by the government. This include the ocean waters around the set of three islands; the Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Divers would not only enjoy unpolluted, pristine, and protected underwater, but also helps funding the zone patrols from your diving contribution. Nusa Penida is one of Bali dive sites that offers sanctuary of the phenomenal Manta Rays and Mola Mola sunfish. Both fishes are not easily seen outside Bali. It’s also home for White tip and Grey tip sharks, and a safe zone for turtles to breed without fear of poaching!