Pemuteran Beach - Peaceful Retreat
Pemuteran Beach area in northwest Bali, offering a quiet and peaceful retreat from the crowds. This is a great place to dive, snorkel or visit the West Bali National Park. Pemuteran is about 4 hours drive from South Bali and is usually only visited by people who will live in this area.
It’s not hard to find, but the journey is long, usually over steep mountain roads, so you’ll need a reliable driver. The secluded beaches here are mostly lined with mid-range hotels, which are located far from the coast.
The most interesting part of the underwater beauty of Pemuteran Beach Bali is the existence of a charming underwater temple that combines natural beauty with stunning works of art.
The site caught global attention in 2010, when photos of divers entering the gates of an underwater temple taken by British Underwater Photographer Paul M Turley spread on Twitter and the internet with the alleged discovery of ancient temple ruins on the bottom of the Pemuteran sea.
In fact, this site was deliberately built in 2005 as part of a community project “Reef Gardener” which is also part of The Pemuteran Karang Lestari Coral Conservation project.
This extraordinary building consists of ten or more large stone statues placed on a stone pedestal and a 4-meter-high Balinese temple gate. This place is covered by gorgonian fans and must be seen alone to be believed.
There are several activities that you can do at Pemuteran Beach, the first of which is snorkeling. While snorkeling here you will find table corals, lionfish, and lobsters.
Your eyes will be spoiled by the many colorful coral reefs, until no one ever thought that the underwater coast of Pemuteran was ever destroyed by a fish bomb, because everything has returned to normal and is even more beautiful.
The next thing, of course, is diving. To dive deeper and explore the underwater of Pemuteran Beach, diving is a suitable activity. You will find 80% of coral species in the world only in Pemuteran waters. The clear water makes it easier for you to explore and enjoy the richness of the underwater world of Pemuteran.
For those of you who are looking for tranquility and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Pemuteran Beach is the right place. Lots of foreign tourists who come all the way to meditate while enjoying the calm, blue sea, and green hills, plus at dusk you can enjoy the beautiful sunset on Pemuteran Beach.
Then you can also visit the Turtle Hatchlings in Pemuteran Village. This turtle breeding in Pemuteran is operated by dive operators who have collaborated with the surrounding community. You can see how the hatchlings are released in the high seas when they are old enough, you can also take pictures with them and even touch them directly, but you still have to be careful.
Tips for coming to Pemuteran Beach are to try to come during April-September when the weather is good and suitable for water activities. Don’t forget to bring the necessary equipment, such as sunscreen, personal medicine, snorkeling and diving equipment if you have one.
Regarding food and drinks, take it easy on this beach, there are many bars and cafes that you can visit, for example, such as Warung Ganesh, Joe’s bar, Frangipani Bar & Restaurant, Tirta Sari Restaurant, La Casa Kita, and many more.
RELAX BY THE SEA & ENJOY BEAUTIFUL CORAL REEFS
The sea is calm and free of strong currents and waves, which affect most other parts of the island. The bay has the largest area of shallow coral reefs in Bali. Pemuteran community declared that the reefs are protected no-fishing zones, for eco-tourism use only. The Biorock project is the largest reef restoration in the world and won a special United Nations Award in 2012.
THINGS TO DO IN PEMUTERAN
METAMORFOSA’S TURTLE HATCHERY IN SUMBERKIMA BAY
NGO Metamorfosa has initiated a turtle hatchery as part of the project. Their mission is to protect the sea turtles from predators in order to increase the chances for turtle hatchlings to reach maturit in the open sea. For a small donation you can hear their story and release a juvenile turtle from our white sand island!
TRADITIONAL BALINESE DANCING IN PEMUTERAN
Dancing is an important part of Balinese culture. At Reef Seen, they help the children of Pemuteran carry on this beautiful tradition. Young girls and boys gather here twice a week to train with the older, more experienced dancers. Guests are welcome to join the dancers and step into traditional Bali.
On Saturday evenings at 7 pm you can watch the dance group perform at Reef Seen or at one of the hotels in the area. You can also watch the practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm.
A TEMPLE TOUR IN PEMUTERAN
There are some very interesting temples in the area. Some temples are close to each other and easy to combine, like the Belatung, Kerta Kawat and Melanting temple. These temples are nestled in a beautiful green oasis. The temple tour offers a nice walk in the area where you can watch the cultivation process and harvest grapes in the vineyards, if in season.
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