Temples & waterfalls

Temples

There are plenty Balinese temples, big and small, in and around Pemuteran area. While they may not be the most beautiful temples you ever see in Bali, some temples in Pemuteran area, like Pura Agung Pulaki and Pura Pabean have a unique character of Balinese Hindu style with Chinese influences.
Visit Pura Agung Pulaki, Pura Pabean, Pura Melanting and Pura Pemuteran, all in the neighbourhood of Pemuteran. Or venture further to Bedugul to visit one of the most famous temples in Bali, the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a water temple at the shores of Lake Bratan in Bali.

Waterfalls

The Gitgit Waterfall (Air Terjun Gitgit), about an hour drive from Pemuteran, is a stunning cascading waterfall, in several stages and in different heights and shapes. It is one of the most famous waterfalls in Bali. The Aling-Aling Waterfall (Air Terjun Aling-Aling), not far from the Gitgit Waterfall, is 35m high and has 4m deep basin at the bottom. The nearby but less known Sekumpul Waterfalls (Air Terjun Sekumpul) are even more spectacular, but needs some trekking into the “wilderness”.

The mountainous and fertile Bali there are plenty of waterfalls to visit. Next to Gitgit, there is a small waterfall near Pemuteran/Sumberkima, the Sing-sing Waterfall, perfect for a half-day trip from the villas. Other interesting objects to visit are the Munduk Waterfall and the hotspring at the Buddhist temple near Banjar.

Pemuteran Bay

Please refer to the Pemuteran Bay website for more information about waterfalls and other things to visit in and around Pemuteran/Sumberkima.

Ijen Crater

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Ijen Crater

Ijen Volcano Crater in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java, Indonesia, is one of the most attractive and dangerous places in the world. Mount Ijen is an active volcano, constantly spewing sulphur smoke clouds and incredibly fascinating blue fire. The crater contains a kilometer-wide turquoise-colored lake filled with highly acidic water; the world’s largest acid lake Kawah Ijen.

The lake is the site of a labour-intensive and extremely dangerous sulphur mining operation, in which sulphur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor by the many times unprotected miners.

How to get there

It’s not difficult to go to Ijen volcano from Villa Arun Bali. Please inform Sumberkima Hill Retreat for an arrangement to visit the site.

Should you go by yourself, then take the ferry to Java Island from Gilimanuk. It’s better to start climbing at night, so plan to spend a night nearby the volcano. Prepare about 2 hours drive to the foot of the volcano due to the road condition.

You will find beautiful mountain peaks of volcanic complex, fog and clouds shrouding slopes, scorched trees and dense vegetation of forests and fields on the way back to car/hotel.

What you need

  • Protective (breathing) mask. Acrid sulphur gas (sulphur dioxide) is very dangerous to health.
  • Hiking shoes
  • Torch/flash light
  • Water

West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park (Taman National Bali Barat) is a nature conservation park at the most north-westerly point of Bali. Just off Gilimanuk port (ferry connection to Java Island), the park includes the whole of the Prapat Agung Peninsula, and large swathes of land around the towns of Gilimanuk, Cekik and Banyuwedang.The park is 190 square kilometres big, with a further 580 square kilometres of protected reserve in the highlands to the east; accounting in total for some ten percent of Bali’s total land area.

There are several long extinct volcanoes in the protected reserve area to the east, with Mount Patas (1,412 metres) and Mount Merbuk (1,388 metres) being the highest points.

The habitat is very varied with dry savanna, acacia, montane and rainforests in the higher centre, and pockets of dense mangrove forest. Around the Prapat Agung Peninsula there are long stretches of protected beach, offshore coral reef as well as a small offshore island called Menjangan, a popular diving site.

Flora and Fauna

The park is home for as much as 160 species of bird, including the near extinct, Bali’s only endemic vertebrate species, Bali Starling /Myna (Jalak Bali), also some protected floras like Sawo Kecik (Manilkara Kauki), Sono Keling (Dalbergia Latifolia), together with a variety of mammals like monkeys, muntjac deer (also knows as barking deer) etc.

Visiting the park

Only a small percentage of the total area of the park is open to visitors, and this rule must be respected. Permits and obligatory guides are available at the park headquarters at Cekik and the office at Labuhan Lalang.

How to get there

The park is very close to the Villa Arun Bali, which is in fact located at the perimeter of the park. Please consult Sumberkima Hill Retreat for further information.

West Bali National Park Map

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island

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Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island, also known as Pulau Menjangan, is a small island (1.5 km by 500m) located on the Northwestern side of Bali. It is part of the West Bali Barat National Park. If you are an underwater enthusiast, Menjangan Island is a must. It is considered one of the best diving site in the world.

The Menjangan diving site is Bali’s first internationally-recognised dive location. The diving location is easily accessible by boat, only 20-30 minutes from Pemuteran bay. With great visibility, the diving site is suitable for all seasons.

Here you can see and experience a great variety of marine life, hard and soft corals, fishes, sponges and sea plant, also great for underwater photography. Clear water and mostly light current is perfect for beginners. More experienced divers have the possibility to dive deep along the walls and a great wooden wreck.

bookmark-blackDon’t forget to visit Biorock Project, the largest and most successful coral reef restoration project in the world.

Please inform Sumberkima Hill Resort for an arrangement to visit the diving site.

  • Dive type: wall dive
  • Access: 20 – 30 minutes by boat
  • Visibility: 15 – 25 meters
  • Depth: 8 – 45+ meters
  • Current: dependant on tides, normally slight
  • Divers level: all levels
  • Temperature: 26 – 28 Celsius