North-west Bali is known for its natural beauty and its world-class diving, and the two are combined at the area's new glamping resort.
Learn to scuba dive or just relax away from the hustle and bustle at north-west Bali's new Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Camp and Dive Centre.
The resort, which opened late last year, takes its name from nearby Menjangan Island, which is known as Deer Island for its population of deer.
The waters around the island offer world-class diving, with visibility reaching up to 30m. Its coral reefs are home to the likes of pygmy seahorses, clown and angel fish, turtles, reef sharks, parrot and lion fish, schooling jack fish and even whale sharks.
The resort offers excursions for both snorkellers and certified divers, as well as a range of PADI courses. Its dive centre is run by Australian-owned Bali Hai Diving Adventures, which has been operating in Bali for more than 20 years.
Bali Hai also runs diving courses at its Hai Tide Beach Resort on Nusa Lembongan, off Bali's south-east coast (and is, incidentally, where I learnt to dive last year).
Laying claim to being Bali's only glamping and dive resort, Menjangan Dynasty Resort is set on 16ha on a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water and close to West Bali National Park. About four hour's drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, it's far removed from south-eastern Bali's busy tourist precinct.
Accommodation is in 24 Beach Camp Tents with an open-air deck with a daybed and loungers plus an air-conditioned sleeping area with a queen-sized bed and a bathroom. There are also one and two-bedroom Cliff Villa Tents with private infinity pools.
Other facilities include a cliff-edge infinity pool, which also serves as the dive training pool, along with the Pasir Putih Beach Club, which incorporates a restaurant and bar along with a beachside swimming pool with bamboo cabanas and beanbags.
There's also a cliff-top spa tent with private waterfront "spa pods", and activities including kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, horse riding, a winery tour, visits to a pearl farm, jungle trekking, bird watching and more.
- A Glamp and Dive package at Menjangan Dynasty Resort including two nights in a Beach Camp Tent, daily breakfast, two dives (for certified divers) with equipment and guide, a massage, afternoon tea and more costs about $740 for two people. balihaidiving.com.
- Other options at the resort include a Beach Camp Tent with Half-Board Package, which costs about $485 and includes two nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, a spa sampler and a bottle of wine. mdr.pphotels.com.
- For more on Menjangan Dynasty Resort, see mdr.pphotels.com. For Bali Hai Diving Adventures, go to balihaidiving.com.