Pemuteran and surrounding
LET’S ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP TO PEMUTERAN Pemuteran is located in the North West coast of Bali, approximately 45 minutes drive from Lovina or 3 hours drive from the International Airport Ngurah Rai – Denpasar and about 15 minutes to Bali Barat National Park and Menjangan island diving site. The village has two backgrounds which is the wonderful sea with black sandy beaches and the beautiful of mountain scenery along North West coast of Bali with the energy of Balinese concept “Nyegara Gunung” (The energy of connection between mountain and sea).
Pemuteran is a perfect place for relaxing out from the daily of busy activities and the area is free from the aggressive saler which you will fine in another tourist object in Bali.
This peaceful place is ideal for natural excursion activities such as trekking at the National Park, Swimming, Snorkeling, Diving or explore the sacred of the big Temples surrounding the area such as Melanting, Kerta Kawat, Pulaki, Pabean and Pemuteran Temple.
Pemuteran is also home to the largest artificial Biorock reef project in the world. Pemuteran community declared that the reefs are protected no-fishing zones, for eco-tourism use only. Local fishermen banned bomb and cyanide reef fishing in Pemuteran Bay to preserve the beauty of the reefs, there is a real spirit of marine conservation effort in this area.
More then fifty-six Biorock coral nursery structures have been installed since June 2000 in Pemuteran Village. With a total length of 300 metres situated in an area of 2 hectares, this is the largest Biorock coral reef nursery and restoration project worldwide.
These structures are located in an area parallel to the shore, about 50-100 metres from the coastline, in waters ranging from about 3 to 7 metres deep. They are roughly lined up, forming a natural snorkelling and diving trail. The Biorock Centre is in charge of maintaining the structures, he is the guardian of the reef, go by and have a talk with him. He will inform you on the status of different projects. For more information please have a look at the Biorock tab.
Bali Barat National Park
The West Bali National Park, established in 1941, covers 77,000 hectares of wooded slopes, savannah, rainforest, monsoon forest, mangrove swamp and coastal flats, and is the only remaining natural habitat of the endangered jalak putih, the Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi). It is also home to 200 species of plant, rusa deer, kancil, barking deer, long-tailed macaques, civets, monkeys, wild boars, and the last of the island’s wild banteng from which the deer-like Balinese cattle are descended. It was here that the last known Bali tiger shot and killed in 1937.
Within the boundaries of the reserve are 7,000 hectares of coral reefs and coastal waters, mainly around Cape Prapat Agung between Teluk Terima and Gilimanuk, together with several sanctuary islands for sea birds in the bay near Gilimanuk. Probably best known and most visited are the excellent coral reefs surrounding Pulau Menjangan, this area teems with a spectacular marine life including brightly coloured parrot fish, yellow back fusiliers, powder-blue surgeon fish, damsel fish, puffer fish, unicorn fish, barracuda and silvery jacks. Extensive reefs also surround the mainland, and both sea and shore birds are abundant, the most conspicuous being brown boobies and lesser frigate birds. Two species of tern nest in large numbers on the sandbanks at the entrance of Teluk Lumpur (Mud Bay) while the boobies and frigates roost on Pulau Burung further to the east. Hawksbill turtles and 10-meter-long toothless whale sharks have also been sighted along the reserve’s north coast, and whales and dolphins migrate via Selat Bali between Java and Bali.
The Park’s profuse and beautiful bird life boasts over 250 different species and is the only place where the Bali Starling (also known as Rothschild’s Mynah) can be found in the wild. Extremely rare, this is the only surviving bird endemic to Bali, and is one of the world’s most endangered species. It is a striking snow-white in colour and averages 23 centimetres in length, featuring black wingtips and tail, silky feathers, and brilliant blue rings around its eyes; not to be confused with the black-winged starling which has black wings and tail. If all was well, it would be living in groups of two or three in the acacia scrub and dry monsoon forests on the north coast of Cape Prapat Agung; however, few visitors to Bali will ever see this beautiful bird in its natural environment. The starling breeds readily in captivity, and is greatly valued as a caged bird, with an estimated 3000 in zoos and private collections overseas, but in Bali it is bordering on extinction with less than a dozen remaining in the wild.
The internationally supported Bali Starling Project is attempting to rebuild the population by re-introducing captive birds to the wild. At the Bali Starling Pre-Release Centre, formerly caged birds are acquainted with the food sources of the natural environment and encouraged to nest in native trees before being released around the National Park. But sadly this is proving difficult and many attempts have been unsuccessful. The starlings are constantly disadvantaged by a reduced habitat caused by development and are often killed by predatory falcons; although the main problem is that poachers are re-capturing them as fast as they can be released and selling them for profit. This is an economic issue and, with precious few resources, the government has not been able to enforce the laws to protect the bird. The park is also faced with other difficulties; much of the vegetation has been cut and some of the coral reef has also been destroyed.
Despite the problems, however, the reserve is still a wonderful place to visit and offers exceptional walking and magnificent panoramas. The region is watered by clear streams and traversed by trails, it is more like a forest than a jungle, and a typical walk takes about five hours. The routes are often steep but relatively easy, although some areas are cross-country with no footpaths and, at times, it is necessary to crawl through undergrowth and use paths frequented by wild ox and deer. The birdlife is spectacular and the sound of their song is magical. The best time to see the wildlife is early or late in the day. Because this area is protected, no tree-felling, firewood collecting, fishing, or coral collecting is allowed. Whilst it is possible to visit the Bali Starling Pre-Release Centre for much of the year, the areas of the park where the birds are most likely to be seen are not open to the public.
Visitors to the West Bali National Park must have a permit, and must be accompanied by a guide. Arrangements for one-day permits and guides can be made at the park headquarters in Cekik and the ranger station at Labuhan Lalang, as well as the Department of Forestry (PHPA) office in Denpasar.
Pulau Menjangan or Deer Island is a 175-hectare sanctuary island, a part of West Bali National Park, off the northwest coast at the western entrance of Teluk Terima. It is received its name from the wild java deer that graze on its open savannahs. The Menjangan Island can be reached by boat from Labuhan Lalang port or from Terima Bay.
Menjangan is one of Bali’s premier scuba diving and snorkeling locales, these reefs are frequented by species of fish of every size, shape and color. Menjangan Island boasts of 110 species of reefs and 226 species of reef’s fish and other kind of fish. The scuba diving is excellent: superb unspoiled coral; caves; many tropical fishes, a spectacular drop-off and small shipwreck 600m out. Divers should aware of tiny stinging jellyfish but the painful welt of jellyfish sting will be gone within an hour.
In order to preserve the beauty of the reef there are some prohibition that have to be observed such as it is not allowed to fish in diving area, destructing or pilfering the reefs, feeding the fish or anchoring, etc. To ensure the observance of the prohibitions a traditional maritime security force (pecalang laut) patrols around the island.
Spiritual tourism is another attraction of Menjangan Island. The island boasts of what is believed to be oldest temple in Bali, Gili Kencana Temple, which dates from the Majapahit period. There are other three temples in this island, Klenting Sari Temple, Segara Giri Temple and Gajah Mada temple. Hundreds of devotees visit these three temples especially in a holy day. They visit and pay homage to these temples since the deities of these temples are well known for their generosity especially for the couple who want to have a child.
Temple and Ceremonies
Principle of Hindu belief is that the universe is structured – things do not happen randomly and it is essential that a balance must be maintained between order and disorder. Spirits are everywhere and ultimately control nature and as such these spirits must be worshipped regularly in order to maintain the balance. Rituals and festivals are the way the Balinese maintain this order. These festivals have great meaning and are the part of the essence of Balinese culture.
Hindus in Bali apply strict rules regarding temples and ceremonies. These rules mainly concern dress requirements and conditions such as menstruation or open wounds, bringing food into the temple, being physically or mentally ill. Being in a state of mourning (for the Balinese this lasts 42 days), and having given birth within the past 42 days. Other rules need to be observed or asked for, especially during festivals.
Simple guidance when attending a Temple ceremony.
Always wear a sarong or sash, Do not walk in front of people when they are praying, Do not flash or point your camera at the priest’s face, Never sit higher than the priest or the offerings, During cremation ceremonies do not get in the way of attendees, however great that photo might be, Women are not allowed to enter temples during their menstruation.
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