Exploring West of Bali – Part 1

We take you to Jembrana on the West Bali, one of the 9 regencies in Bali. The word Jembrana derived from the words; Jimbar Wana (lush jungle). Jembrana was well known as harbor city, which connecting Bali to the island of Java via Gilimanuk ferry harbor. This area remains infrequently visited compares to glitzy Southern part of Bali. It’s easy to find serenity amid its natural beauty and here’s some of our Go-To list to explore in Jembrana West Bali:

1. Exploring Secret Bay Gilimanuk

Gilimanuk, also known as Secret Bay is perfect for you if you are the kind of diver who loves to slowly scan the bottom looking for unusual creatures. Macro photographers will definitely enjoy Secret Bay.

Being such a sheltered location the main variable regarding when to dive Secret Bay is the state of the tide and a rising tide obviously provides the best visibility.

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/Qotan722UbJ2

2. The Sacred Bunut Bolong

Bunut Bolong is a sacred and unique tree that is located in Manggisari village 11 km to the north from the main Denpasar – Gilimanuk road, 86 km from Denpasar. The sacred tree is situated on the ridge of a hill flanked on east sides by clove plantation and on the west side gorge with excellent lush green tropical forest.

The name Bunut Bolong is given due to the unique characteristic of this tree. the word “bunut” is Balinese name for a species of fig family which has a similar characteristic with banyan tree, and the word “bolong” means “hole”, so the word “Bunut Bolong” means a bunut tree which has a hole in it. As a matter fact, this sacred tree has a big hole in the bottom of it, so big that a road can through it and the diameter of the hole can accommodate two cars side by side.

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3. Take your best selfie at Jembrana Green Cliff

Jembrana is gifted with such a great scenery, take your best selfie with amazing green hill background. From the altitude, we can enjoy beautiful forest and the sea panorama. Jembrana Green Cliff is located just 25 km eastern part of Negara city.

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4. Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk
Taste the true Balinese cuisine, Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk! It’s a steamed chicken in the rich Betutu spice mix. The spices here are ferocious, caution advised when eating, especially if you are not used to eating very hot food, but it is worth the experience that you cannot find anywhere else in Indonesia.

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5. Unique Blimbing Sari Village

Although Bali is famous for its authentic Hindu philosophies, Blimbingsari Village is one of the few Bali villages whose majority of the residents is Christian. Despite this matter, the character of Bali does not deteriorate in this village; even the village’s churches are adorned with Balinese Hindu style carvings. This unique assimilation continues to draw visitors from all around the world that are considerably curious about the village’s culture.

Today, the Blimbingsari community stands stronger than ever, with significant signs of progress in several categories, including sanitation, security, economy, and population growth – it even won the national Community-Based Tourism Award for the best community-based tourism village in 2017. The village welcomes anybody with open arms and is already quite popular among local and foreign tourists, and anybody who’s been there will tell you the same thing; you haven’t been to Bali if you haven’t been to Blimbingsari.

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6. Rambut Siwi Temple

Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali located in Negara regency, west part of Bali. It is a beautiful Hindu shrine set in the cliff bank with the wide Indian Ocean just in front of the temple. This temple has been renovated and moved to the top of the hill for better location of worshiping to the god.

Rambut Siwi Temple or local people also call Pura Rambut Siwi is supported by the local resident including the maintenance, ceremony and other activities. It is blessed by a breathtaking view of Indian Ocean and spectacular sunset. Meanwhile, the sea breeze flows the fresh atmosphere with serenity ambiance that makes it as an ideal place for meditation.

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/XrLmFuvfVcM2

7. Yeh Leh Beach

You probably wouldn’t have heard of Yeh Leh Beach. Located in Jembrana, just off the Denpasar-Gilimanuk highway, Yeh Leh is not decorated with soft white sand.
Instead, thousands of boulders litter the shore, either covered in algae or washed clean by the waves. These mysterious rocks have been smoothed over for hundreds of years, leaving few clues about their origin.

The beach is actually easily accessible, and you can visit at low tide to see Yeh Leh in all its glory, with the boulders unearthed and many interesting marine animals caught in the rock pools. And if you can, don’t miss its stunning sunset, which lights up every shining rock on the shore.

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