Early morning depature direct from Pemuteran Bay to Menjangan Island, with nothing but calm seas, blue skies between us and there. This is part of what makes holidays special.
Sunday at West Bali National Park a team of 60 divers (Sea Rovers included) assembled to collect the plastic waste that had got stuck on the reefs around Menjangan island.
Apparently a whopping 128 kilograms of plastic waste was removed from around Menjangan Island in West Bali National Park over this weekend.
The divers came from West Bali National Park, East Java’s Alas Purwo National Park, the Perancak Marine Observation and Research Agency, plus divecentres around the Northwest Bali area, particularly Pemuteran bay.
Most the waste was food and drink plastic packaging. The rubbish was collected and transported off Menjangan Island by boat at the end of the day.
“Within an average week, the total amount of garbage transported out of Menjangan reaches approximately 300 kilograms which doesn’t even include the trash removed from the reef,” Tribun Bali.
“The total garbage collected from February to May 2017 reached three tons for Menjangan Island. The entire West Bali National Park area reached five tons,” West Bali National Park Manager Wiryawan told Tribun on Sunday.
Sad that much of the rubbish that tourist complain about also comes from the tourists doing the complaining. Sometimes directly and more often indirectly. Dispose of your waste wisely and use companies that do the same.
Here at Sea Rovers all our plastic bottles are collected for recycling, our lunchboxes are Tupperware style reusable and softdrinks come in glass bottles, which we own and just buy the refills for. A common practice here in Indonesia. As Pirates we wipe the with our t-shirts and drink from the bottles. No plastic straws for us!
So next time you’re at Menjangan Island and you see trash, do your bit. Pick it up and bring it back for proper disposal. Be part of the solution instead of mourning about it online.
One of the lesser know facts about Menjangan Island is that it is also Deer Island. And though we don’t always see them the deer swim from the mainland to graze on Menjangan Island.
So there you have it. Bambi is quiet a swimmer.
At the back of Menjangan Island is Pos 3 a popular spot for snorkeling and the nearest access point to the main Temple at Menjangan Island. Next to the jetty at Pos 3 heading to the West is the Coral Gardens. Shallow water, beautiful corals, loads of fish. What more do you need.
A couple of new Brethren of the North Bali Coast took out our little Sony and GoPro camera for some snorkeling fun at Menjangan Island. You can see that they had some fun out there. Lots of thumbs up for the camera and reefs.
Menjangan Island continues to be one of the most popular destinations for snorkeling and diving. But don’t forget the Pemuteran Reefs and the award winning Biorock project are all within easy reach from Pemuteran.