Tours and Sightseeing

Pony Riding

For the kids and lighter adults there are beach pony rides in the cooler times of the morning and afternoons. Well-trained ponies are available at Reef Seen, you can even go for a swim in the sea with them. Ask your villa manager or resort for details.


Menjangan Island

Just off the northwest coast of Bali lies the tiny island Pulau Menjangan (Deer Island), an uninhabited island 8 km wide, surrounded by hectares of excellent coral reef. The island is situated in the protected marine reserve of the Bali Barat National Park and has a very diverse eco biology. Most visitors rate this as the best snorkeling spot in Bali, and divers place it high on their list too. 

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Many snorkelers head to Labuan Lalang, the access port for Menjangan, and club together with other tourists to hire a boat. As the island comes under the jurisdiction of the national park, hiring a guide is essential, but both the guide and boat transport can be arranged at the jetty in Labuan Lalang without first checking in at the Cekik headquarters.

To reach Menjangan island it takes 30-40 min by boat.

Permits and Guides

Permits and obligatory guides are available at the PHPA office in Labuhan Lalang.

The Marine reserve includes the cape shores and several sanctuary islands, a haunt for seabirds, on the island of Menjangan and the excellent coral reefs surrounding it. The good drop-offs on Menjangan's south side are only surpassed by the particularly superb reefs on its northern shores. There are no dangerous currents to contend with in this area.

The sea biota inhabiting the waters around Menjangan Island and Tanjung Gelap comprise some 45 species of coral including Halimeda macroloba, Chromis spp., Balistes spp., Zebrasoma spp., and Ypsiscarus ovifrons; 32 species of fish including pinnate batfish (Platax pinnatus), rabbitfish (Siganus sp.), and barracuda (Sphyraena sp.); and nine species of sea mollusc such as the southern giant clam (Tridacna derasa), trumpet triton (Charonia tritonis), and large claw mussel (Tridacna gigas).


Barat National Park

A guided trek through the national park is a special back-to-nature adventure. Experienced national park guides will take you on an easy journey through the areas where the local flora and fauna can be seen in their natural habitat.

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The park today encompasses 10% of Bali's total land area. If managed wisely, the tourism potential of its adjacent marine reserve is almost unlimited. The 76,312-hectare (777-square-km) Taman Nasional Bali Barat, is the wild side of Bali. Since Bali is such a densely populated, intensively cultivated island, very little of Bali's forests are left. The Bali Barat Park is mountainous and consists of primary monsoon forest, mangrove forest, lowland rain forest, savanna, sea grass vegetation types, coral reefs, sandy beaches and both shallow and deep sea waters .

Flora and Fauna

Some 160 species can be found inside the park. The Park has 175 species of plants, 14 of which are endangered species like Bayur, Ketangi, Burahol Cendana (or sandalwood) and Sonokeling.


Hikes

At the top of the Beratan Mountain it is wonderful to see the sunset or moonrise After a 60-minute walk, you can reach the peak of this small mountain. Here you will find a small meditation centre with traditional rest area. From this point you can see a most magnificent view of the ocean and mountain forest as well as a splendid sunset over the volcanoes of East Java. During the full moon period (2 days before and after full moon), it is possible to see the sun setting and full moon rising at the same time.

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Guided trekking in Bali Barat National Park

A guided trek through the national park is a special back-to-nature adventure. Experienced national park guides will take you on an easy journey through the areas where the local flora and fauna can be seen in their natural habitat.

Early morning walk

Watch the sunrise from the hill above the Pulaki Temple you have an amazing view of Pemuteran Bay.

Go for a walk in the bay 

You can come across a traditional fishing village where you can find a small gallery where they sell jewelery. Visit the Biorock Centre and Turtle Hatchery.


Pearl Farm

Near the fishing village of Pemuteran is the Atlas pearl farm. Visitors can do a tour and learn about the oyster-breeding program, the cultivation cycle and see a demonstration of pearl seeding and harvesting. Along the Northern shores of Bali, the natural environment has all the properties necessary for the culture of some of the best quality south sea pearls in the world.

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Visiting the pearl farm gives the unique opportunity to see and understand the whole process from the human intervention on the oyster, to the birth of the pearl and all various stages until it is finally extracted from the shell and made into a fine piece of jewellery. Upstairs, the showroom displays some of the most stunning pearls cultured in Bali’s waters. South sea pearls from Indonesia have acquired a sound reputation and they are valued and exported everywhere in the world.

The staff on the pearl farm is always ready to teach interested visitors. In Indonesia, pearls come in three different shades: golden, silver or white and Atlas is renowned for its silver pearls with hints of blue and a lustrous finish of finest quality.

Atlas Pearl Farm Jalan Nelayan, Penyabangan Village

North Bali Tel:+62 81 238 77012, +62 361 284455
www.atlassouthseapearl.com.au


Hotspring Air Panas

Not far from the Buddhist temple are the Banjar hot springs. It is set in a beautiful flowered garden in which these ancient looking hot springs are located. There are three baths where you can puddle in 38ºC sulphur water.

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The Banjar Hot Spring were made by the Japanese Colonists hundreds of years ago. They first built the baths with bathing in mind and also because the Brimstone that is inside the water was known to be beneficial for skin diseases. Now both tourists and locals use the baths to bath with the warm waterfalls and water features. The beautiful surrounding forest invites you to take a stroll.

There are eight carved stone dragons pouring water into the first pool (the hottest pool), five more for the second pool (cooler then the first pool) and one final 3 meter-high dragon serving the third pool. Traditional belief holds that this hot spring can cure illness, eliminate the feeling of stress and provide relaxation.

It can get crowded during Balinese Holidays.


Brahma Vihara-Arama

In the village of Banjar 40 km from Pemuteran you’ll find the Buddhist monastery Brahma Vihara Arama. The monastery provides you a breathtaking view in a serene and peaceful surrounding. It is the biggest Buddhist temple in Bali.

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You can also admire a temple inspired by the famous Borobudur. An excellent example of how two religions have intertwined here. The Buddhist abbot is happy to provide you with an explanation about the right turning Swastika.


Waterfalls Gitgit

This is the most famous waterfall in Bali.  The Gitgit Waterfall is on the edge of the Highway Denpasar - Bedugul - Singaraja .The Waterfall is 300 meters above sea level and often visited by tourists, it can get very busy.

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The Gitgit Waterfall is located in the village Gitgit, Sukasada District, Buleleng regency. Waterfall Gitgit is located between villages and clove plantations. All 3 series of cascades are on the same watershed. They have separate parking spots, all close together.

To be able to see the Waterfall Gitgit up close, you have to pay the entrance fee of Rupiah 3000 per person. Roads and stairs are well maintained, making it easier to visit.

On the side of the road that passes the waterfall, there are several souvenir shops. Along the way you also see many small children who try to sell beads. You will also find a lot of guides trying to show you the way!

The Gitgit waterfall consists of several waterfalls with different shapes and heights. Halfway along the way the scene changes and on both sides you can see coffee and clove trees. It is a refreshing experience to walk in this quiet area where the birds take turns to sing. The air is cool and gradually gets colder when you approach the waterfall. A short distance from the waterfall, the fine water spray will cool your body. Sometimes the atmosphere will become misty.

The first waterfall is Twin Falls. You have to go down a path and stairs to get there.Twin Falls as the name suggests, consists of two adjoining waterfalls. Both waterfalls are not very high but the current is quite swift. Below the waterfall there is a small pond with very clear and cold water. This waterfall is sheltered in a narrow cliff so it is a bit dark. Green trees that surround the waterfall make the atmosphere cool and beautiful.

The second waterfall is a continuation of the Twin Falls. The source water comes from Twin Falls watershed. The second waterfall is a bit higher than Twin Falls, it is sixty metres high and as the water falls, it looks like white clouds falling down the mountain one after another. The falling water almost completely covers the rock face of the fall.

The third waterfall in Gitgit is called Waterfall Story. You can only see this waterfall from the bridge it is not so high but quite beautiful. The water is very clean and clear. This Waterfall is located under the bridge and covered by trees. You cannot see this waterfall from the front.


Waterfalls Munduk

Waterfall Munduk is located in the Munduk Village, Banjar District, Buleleng regency. Munduk Village is situated at an altitude between 800-900 m above sea level so the air is very cool and very suitable for farming, especially coffee and clove.

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There are two waterfalls in Munduk. The first waterfall is located about 1 km from Restaurant Ngiring Ngawedang. It is a 15-meter high waterfall located close to the coffee plantation. From the parking lot, you have to walk 250 meters to reach this waterfall and there is a small entrance fee of Rupiah 5000. It is a beautiful path you walk down between a coffee plantation to arrive in front of the waterfall.

In addition to this waterfall, there is a simple restaurant when you are thirsty or hungry. Splashing water and chirping birds are numerous and create an atmosphere of calm and peace.

The second waterfall is named Toss Waterfall and is higher than the Munduk Waterfall. From the Munduk Waterfall you drive about 1 km to the north (Seririt) until you arrive at a corner with a direction sign to the waterfall.


Sing-sing (daybreak) Waterfall

Sing-Sing is a great waterfall to visit. A streamside path leads the way to the falls themselves. There are 2 waterfalls here, the first 200 meters along the path. The waterfall might look small, but it is a beautiful sight. The water tumbles down into a small pool that flows pass the rocks into a small river covered by green vegetation.

You can swim in the lower pool, and the upper pool, called Sing-Sing Dua which has a deep swimming area, perfect for a cooling freshwater dip.


Munduk

The North Bali sightseeing route takes you into the mountains surrounded by the three lakes Buyan, Tamblingan and Bratan. Make sure you bring warm clothing because once you reach the misty mountains it can get pretty chilly.

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Some ideas for a trip, if you take longer hikes around the lakes you can choose part of this tour:

  • Visit the Munduk Waterfall
  • In Munduk Village relax with the view of the twin lakes Buyan and Tamblingan
  • Hindu temple Ulun Danu in the beautiful lake Bratan
  • Depending on your energy and time visit the Eka Karya Bali Botanical garden

Munduk Waterfall

The Munduk Waterfall is located in Munduk village. From the parking lot, you have to walk 250 meters to reach this waterfall. There is an entrance fee of Rp5,000. You walk down a beautiful path densely planted with coffee and clove, as well as avocado, taro, banana and some durian trees to arrive in front of the waterfall.

At an altitude of about 1000 m above sea level the air is very cool and suitable for farming. Splashing water and chirping birds are numerous and create an atmosphere of calm and peace. There is a simple restaurant, if you are thirsty or hungry.


Lake Buyan and Tamblingan

Along the road at Munduk Village both lakes can be seen in full view. Cars can reach the edge of the lake, surrounded by beautiful forest.

Facilities are available for car parking by the lake, boat rentals for fishing or just recreation. Not surprisingly this area attracts many travellers who love to do hikes through the beautiful mountains.

Depending on your interest and time you can either just enjoy the view, take pictures or go for a hike.


Temple Ulun Danu at Lake Bratan

It is a beautiful sight when you see the misty tops of the volcano Gunung Catur towering over the lake. Even though you can't enter the temple, the complex is really worth the visit. The temples located in the water are particularly nice to see. It has been photographed many times as you can find them in every Bali travel book or on post cards.


Eka Karya Bali Botanical Garden

Bali Botanic Garden is a unique place for botanical research, conservation, education and recreation. You can relax in a beautiful and peaceful surrounding while learning about the use of plants in the daily lives of Balinese people as well see many interesting flowers, tropical rainforest plants and birdlife.

The Garden is open from 08.00 AM - 06.00 PM, however some glasshouses with orchids, cactus and begonia may be closed earlier at 04.00 PM.


Golf

The Bali Handara Kosaido Country club must be one of the most astonishing golf courses around on Bali and it's located in the breath-taking mountains of Bedugul.

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This Bali golf course is located on an altitude of 1.142 m above sea level and with its fresh air creates a perfect place for a round of golf. Temperatures here are moderate between 14 and 20 degrees Celsius.

The 18-holes championship golf course is designed in the 1974 by Peter Thompson, Michael Wolferidge & Associates. There's an abundance of tall trees and indigenous flowers and the grass at the greens is creeping bent grass while the fairway is mixed with Kakuyu grass and local grass.

Par is 72 with 36 out and 36 in, the driving range has a maximum distance of 300 meters and there are 3 putting greens with bunkers.


Dolphin Watching

Every morning at sunrise dozens of dolphins gather around for breakfast just offshore of Lovina beach. At 6 o'clock in the morning you can take a local boat to see the dolphins. Or book a "swim with the dolphins" session in a special salt water pool.

Many villa managers and resorts can arrange a trip for you.


Ijen Crater

The most amazing Indonesian volcano is Ijen Crater or Kawah Ijen (2,600m or 8,660ft tall), the "Green Crater" from Eastern Java, has a one-kilometer-wide turquoise-colored acid crater lake and an active sulphur mine. Due to its easy accessibility tourists regularly visit the crater.

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The Trek to the crater is about 3 kms of which only about 1.5 km is a bit of a steep climb. The hike is along a well-used path that is marked almost every few hundred meters. Past the halfway mark hikers have some excellent views of distant mountains & extinct volcanoes as well as a former volcanology viewing post which serves drinks. Hardworking sulphur miners displaying their great strength, balance & work ethic as they go about their business trying to earn their living. View at the top of the mountain is breathtaking. A comment from a visitor: “one of the most beautiful landscape ever seen!” you must arrive early in the morning, on the crater to see the sulphur lake.

Depart from Pemuteran at 4 am!

Villas, Resorts and agencies in Pemuteran can organize this trip.


Buffalo Races

 Mekepung is the name for these incredible buffalo races. They take place on Sunday mornings after the harvest season and are popular gatherings for the locals. Races start around 7 o’clock and continue until mid-day. It is crowded, noisy and everyone from the province of Jembrana gets totally absorbed by the races, often betting money.

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The race is run by two wheeled carts drawn by a pair of buffaloes, which are controlled by a jockey. His task is to keep his balance to urge the rather clumsy buffaloes to greater speed. They manage to achieve speeds of up to 50 km an hour over the 2.5 km course. Many teams of buffalos are lined up to race.

The good thing is that these races have not been turned into a tourist trap. It is still part of the local culture. The buffaloes are brightly decorated, the races are a mix of sport and circus, with pairs of riders and teams thrashing around an oval track, kicking up dust and sweat..

The real buffalo race event, usually is held after harvest time from June to November, two Sundays a month from 08:00 to 12:00. But it is possible to view the training session every Sunday with more than 30 buffalos.

A warning: Buffaloes can go off track and accidents happen to spectators who get too close to the action. Be aware too of the extreme heat, dehydration and sunstroke. Moving through the crowds on the rough ground is a challenge. Children or sensitive people might feel upset at the sight of the bleeding animals.

However, all taken into consideration, the mekepung races are one of the most authentic experiences of archetypal Balinese competition and entertainment.

You can make inquiries at your accommodation.


Medewi Surf

Surf option closest to Pemuteran you find at Medewi beach. Distance about 80 km, it will take you 1,5 hours to get there.

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Medewi is an enchanting spot in West Bali that catches some especially great waves but also has a laidback, rural vibe. There aren’t many places to stay, and most of the best ones are very low-key homestay spots that double as surf schools. It is very much a surfing hot spot, and most visitors who do stay here stay for that reason alone. For non-surfers, it does offer a glimpse of what so much of Bali was like before the growth of mass tourism in the 1970s, and is a great place to relax.

There are both good beginner and advanced breaks nearby, this is a good spot for all sorts of wave riders. The sand is jet black and as the tide recedes, you can duck between the roving cows (yes cows) and observe the ripples and silver dollars that punctuate the surface. Bring reef boots - the rocks are sharp here and the entrance to the break is hairy. Lots of sea urchins in the shallows.

The Medewi surf wave is a long left hander breaking over river stones, deposited over many wet seasons, as the river opens to the sea. The wave is a soft breaking wave in contrast to many of Bali’s other waves that break over coral. Medewi attracts beginners and older surfers looking for an easier wave with a friendly vibe in the water. Depending on the movement of sand Medewi also has a fun right hander and a number of beach breaks.


Bunut Bolong Tree

Bunut Bolong is a sacred and unique tree that is located in Manggissari, Pekutatan , in the Medewi area. The sacred tree is situated on the ridge of a hill, on one side you find a clove plantation and on the other side a gorge with excellent lush green tropical forest.

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The name Bunut Bolong is given due to the unique characteristic of this tree. “Bunut” is Balinese for a species of fig family which has similar characteristic with the holy Banyan tree. “Bolong” means “hole”, so the word “Bunut Bolong” means a tree which has a hole in it. This sacred tree has a road going through , two cars can easily go side by side.


The Turtle Hatchery

On the beach you will find the Turtle Hatchery at Reef Seen. The purpose of this project is to protect the living sea turtles to increase the chances for turtle hatchlings to reach maturity. They buy newly laid eggs from locals who find a nest. By doing so they encourage villagers not to kill or capture mature turtles, who are likely to return and lay more eggs.

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The hatchlings are protected and kept at Reef Seen in a holding tank where they are fed and cared for until they are bigger and have a greater chance of survival in the open sea. Depending on the season they have eggs from three different species of sea turtles, Green turtle, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill.

Reef Seen also makes the villagers aware of the need for conservation. Local fishermen increasingly recognize the problem of exploiting natural resources.For a small donation you can hear the story of the project and visit the centre. You can sponsor and release a juvenile turtle (numbers permitting). For this or any other form of assistance to the project you will receive a certificate of recognition.


Temple Pura Rambut Siwi

This under-visited temple is  between Negara and Medewi Beach.  The  Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali.

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When the sixteenth-century Hindu priest Nirartha sailed across from Java, he paused at this spot and claimed it as holy.  On leaving, he donated a lock of his hair to the villagers, who erected a temple and named it Pura Rambut Siwi, "the temple for worshipping the hair".  The gift is kept in a sandlewood box inside the central 3-tiered meru.

Perched among frangipani on a promontory overlooking the sea, Pura Rambut Siwi occupies a truly beautiful site, set in the cliff bank with wide Indian Ocean just in front. Inside are shrines to Dewi Saraswati, the Goddes of learning and Dewi Sri, the rice Goddes.


Purancak Temple

8 kilometers west of the temple Rambut Siwi you find this  magnificent temple of white rock overlooking the river Perancak The coastal village of Perancak is named for this ancient temple, where the hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha first set foot on Bali in 1546.

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Nirartha was responsible for facilitating and refashioning Balinese Hinduism. He was an important promoter of the idea of moksha in Indonesia. He founded the Shaivite priesthood that is now ubiquitous in Bali, and is now regarded as the ancestor of all Shaivite pandits.


Sawa Sumberkima

Pemuteran has no rice farming, but in Sumberkima you can find some sawahs.


Banjuwedang

Banjuwedang is the point of departure to go to Menjangan Island and has very scenic points


Sumberkima Peninsula

Sumberkima has a tiny fishing village on a peninsula with great views to all sides. You can see all the reefs in the Bay of Sumberkima.

 


Sendang Bay

On the west side of Pemuteran you will find a secluded bay with a small community of fishermen.


Pulaki Hill

The hill above the Pulaki temple offers a great hike with a beautiful 360 view. Well recommended to watch sunrise and sunset.