The 4-star Naya Gawana Resort & Spa is located in the remote West Bali National Park, a monsoon forest preserve and wildlife sanctuary which includes Menjangan Island.
Designed to reflect the local landscape, the resort has been built using indigenous materials, the private lumbung suites are set in lush tropical gardens and feature an air conditioned bedroom on the top floor with a bathroom, living room and spacious sun deck on the ground floor. These charming and comfortable suites are uniquely appointed and all feature natural hot spring water in the bathroom. Family and bay view suites are also available.
Facilities include a restaurant and bar overlooking the bay, swimming pool, hot spring plunge pool, spa, games room (with satellite TV) and on on-site dive centre. Other activities that can be arranged locally include kayaking in the mangroves, bird watching and jungle trekking; the national park is home to over 160 species including birds, deer and turtles.
Naya Gawana is suited for those looking to unwind and relax in peaceful surroundings away from the rest of the world – a perfect getaway!
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The on-site SSI affiliated dive centre offers daily boat diving to Menjangan Island and trips to Secret Bay, a macro heaven. Diving here is suited to beginner and intermediate levels and offers spectacular marine life and topography for photographers. There is a small house reef to explore and is a great spot at dusk, when the mandarin fish appear.
Menjangan Island is famous for its spectacular walls, colourful corals and calm, clear waters. The scenery is spectacular; observe huge fans and sponges with plenty of marine life including frog fish, rare crabs and grouper hiding in crevasses. In addition, there’s a wreck to explore, a sandy patch of garden eels and shoals of larger fish cruising in the blue.
Secret Bay lies just outside the mouth of a larger bay, where the waters sweep in and out with the tides, creating a haven for healthy, colourful juvenile fish and invertebrates. The seabed consists of fine volcanic sand and the site is very shallow. It’s best to visit on the incoming or high tide. Here you’ll get plenty of bottom time and the chance to shoot some fantastic images of gobies, dragonets, seahorse, hairy frog fish, mimic octopus, ghost pipefish and plenty more. Water temperature is around 22C here.
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Dive boat: Speedboat
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Often overlooked as a dive destination, Bali offers exceptional diving, from superb macro life to exciting drift dives and encounters with mantas. The wreck of the USS Liberty at Tulamben is the island’s signature dive, while the elusive mola mola are seen seasonally.
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Family diving, Group diving, Muck diving, Shore diving, Underwater photography
Menjangan Island and Pemuteran are located on Bali’s northwest coast, and feature some of the island’s most recognised and favourite dive sites. Diving is available year round, with Menjangan renowned for its wall diving and Pemuteran for its rich coral slopes.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pygmy seahorse, common cuttlefish, black-tip reef shark, hairy frogfish