ACTIVITIES & RELAXATION

There are many activities available to you in and around Pemuteran !
North West Bali is a region full of interest for its preservation of fauna and flora and abundant marine life
You can choose to go hiking , visit the largest Bali National Park ( Taman Nasional Bali Barat ) , snorkel or dive in magnificent coral or just laze by our beautiful pool in our tropical garden.
You can also enjoy the beach which is just 300 meters from our hotel and take a tour around the sipirtual Hindu temples, located on top of the surrounding hills to enjoy the panoramic view of the bay at sunset

There is snorkel hire availiable from the hotel
Our professional masseuse will help you discover the traditional Balinese massage and if you want to do yoga, Lara, our teacher offers customized courses for beginners and advanced students

Taman Nasional Bali Barat
Covering almost the entire north west of Bali Taman National park consists of 19,000 acres of pristine forest and mangrove, Bali Barat National Park is ideal for hiking and to discover the variety of wildlife and rich flora . It is also in this exceptional nature that the last population of starlings Rothschild , one of the world’s rarest birds, exists today . Although the primary function of the park is the research and protection of nature, some hiking trails are open to visitors. A popular hike is The Tegalbunder track that takes you through the rainforest for 2 hours during which you can observe a variety of birds such as yellow bulbul slot , owl, black oriole, drongo etc…

 

Diving and snorkelling
At Pemuteran , all activities revolve around the protection of the coral reef . Since the 1990s , several environmental initiatives have been launched successfully to educate villagers and tourists to the fragility of the marine ecosystem.
As in many other places, the coral here suffered from warmer water caused by El Niño, a particularly violent tropical storm, as well as practices (which are now illegal) of cyanide and dynamite fishing.
Under the water there is also a temple … ! An amazing site with statues of turtles and Buddhas of Khmer style. This is a popular dive spot and many say its unique because the atmosphere of the deserted temple is an unusal occurance.
The worlds first Biorock project began in Pemuteran. The method is simple: coral branches , which are broken or detached from the natural reef on a metal substrate are immersed in the ocean and an electric current is attached . This results in a phenomenon of electrolysis , allowing the limestone coral to grow at a faster pace.
There are forty electronic arches in Biorock Pemuteran each arranged between 3 and 7 meters deep , 300 meters long. The oldest dating from 2000. They were built with the villagers awareness of the protection of the underwater environment . The initiative was funded by the diving centers and local hoteliers.
Today, thanks to the Biorock project and other environmental initiatives , Pemuteran has become an ecotourism model within Indonesia and across the world.

Designed in the early 1970s by the German Wolf Hilbertz and developed by Thomas Goreau Jamaican in the late 1980s, the Biorock process reproduces the natural calcification present in all oceans. But 3-5 times faster! Coral stimulated by electricity grows at full speed. It would also be more resistant to environmental stresses such as bad weather and inevitable tropical storms.
Launched in 1988 , the Biorock projects have since spread through all the seas of the globe, in over twenty countries : Jamaica, Gulf of Mexico, Seychelles , Maldives, Panama etc… The Indonesian facility in Pemuteran , Bali, is still the largest world.
This amazing coral reef is accessible to all and well worth snorkelling whilst you’re here in Pemuteran.

The turtle farm
The association, Reef Seen, has created a turtle farm , nuturing baby turtles from birth, which are then reintroduced into the sea. Helping to increase the population of turtles in Indoneisa and surrounding seas. It is possible to watch turtles, if your lucky, whilst snorkelling and diving around the Majangan Island and National park.

 

CEREMONIES
As for the name of Bali , scientists have discovered manuscripts dating from the fourteenth century in which appears the name of this island. This is not Bali, but Banten . An example and explanation of the manuscript explains the origin of the name of the island:
King Sri Astasura ratna bumi Banten.

Both names , Banten and Bali, have the same meaning « offering.» The Balinese ceremonies and rites are numerous. It begins at birth … Then when children reach three months, the people make him touch the ground for the first time with his feet. At puberty , the filing of teeth, then marriage. And finally , cremation … Besides rites for the gods , demons , all these ceremonies require making multiple and varied offerings. There also has offerings that are is renewed every day all over bali.
Funerals, cremations , weddings, and temples dedicated to deities , full moon ceremonies … In Bali , it is not a day goes by without a ceremony. Villages and their inhabitants then put on their most beautiful attire to show their devotion to the gods. We present here the main religious festivals and events that punctuate the life of the Balinese .

The odalan
Every 210 days ( one year according to the calendar Pawukon ) , the whole village gathers to commemorate the founding of the temple ( the odalan ) . There is then the opportunity to pay tribute to the gods with offerings and prayers. With over 20,000 temples in Bali , opportunities to attend a ceremony are numerous !

Galungan and Kuningan
Every 210 days , Galungan celebrates the creation of the universe . The Balinese believe that the gods and souls of the ancestors come down to the temples. Bali comes alive to give rise to countless ceremonies and festivities culminate ten days later to Kuningan .
In 2014 , the festival of Galungan takes place May 21 and 17 December and Kuningan May 31 and December 27.

Saraswati
Dedicated to the goddess of knowledge. Balinese make tributes to books by sprinkling holy water over the literature.
In 2014 , the festival of Saraswati took place on 8 March and 4 October.

Pagerwesi
This day is dedicated to the spiritual building , called « Iron Gate « , prayers and offerings are directed to save humanity .
In 2014, the feast of Pagerwesi held on March 12 and October 8 .

Tumpek
Every 35 days , the Balinese make offerings to valuable goods such as iron objects ( Tumpek Landep ) , animals ( Tumpek Kandang ) , grayling ( Tupek Wayang ) , trees ( Tumpek Uduh ) , musical instruments, masks and other objects used in ceremonies ( Tumpek Krulut ) .
In 2014, Tumpek Landep is celebrated on March 22 and October 18 , Tumpek Kandang January 11 and August 9, Tumpek Wayang September 13 , Tumpek Uduh April 26 and November 22 , Tumpek Krulut July 5 .

Nyepi
A few days before Nyepi , Melasti is celebrated throughout the island. This is the great purification. Balinese people converge towards the sea to purify . The day before Nyepi (New Year Saka calendar ), all major intersections receive large offerings supposed to exorcise evil spirits . In the evening , large processions through the streets showing off the ogoh – ogog . Nyepi is a day of silence, nobody has the right to go out in the street or turn lights on or play music this occasion is very special as the whole island shuts down for one day and night.
In 2014, Nyepi held on March 31 and will celebrate the year 1936 Saka calendar .
(click here to access our report on Nyepi )

Balinese calendars
The Balinese use two traditional calendars . The main rule is Pewukon that a large part of Balinese life . It superimposes various cycles over a period of 210 days . Saka calendar, meanwhile, is inherited from the Indian system . Each month begins after the new moon , which gives rise to large ceremonies.

Balinese rituals transition
From birth through to death , many ceremonies mark the life of the Balineese people Human existence is a succession of lives and deaths . The newborn ( reincarnation of an ancestor ) must not touch the unclean ground before day 42 . On his first birthday ( oton – 210 days) , a ceremony marks its entry into the community. Teeth grinding then marks the entrance into adulthood. This ritual is usually performed at puberty, when they file the front teeth to counteract the «animal» side in humans.
Marriage is a sacrifice to the inferior spirits to purify the sexual act. Cremation, in turn, allows the soul to reincarnate . These liberate the soul by destroying the physical body that imprisons it. This is the most important ceremony in the life cycle that leads to big celebrations and often funerals lasting up to 4 days…

Calendar of main religious festivals and holidays in Bali Indonesia in 2014

January 1 Holiday
January 11 Tumpek Kandang
January 14th Birthday of Prophet Muhammad – holiday
January 15 Full Moon
January 31 Chinese New Year ( Imlek ) , 2565 – holiday
February 14 Full Moon
March 8 Saraswati
March 12 Pagerwesi
March 15 Full Moon
March 22 Tumpek Landep
March 31 Balinese New Year – Nyepi , 1936 – holiday
April 14 Full Moon
April 18 Easter – holiday
April 26 Tumpek Uduh
May 1 Labor Day – holiday
May 13 Full Moon
May 15 Anniversary of Buddha ( Waisak ) – holiday
May 21 Galungan
May 27 Ascension of Prophet Muhammad ( Isra Mi’raj ) – holiday
May 29 Ascension – holiday
May 31 Kuningan
June 12 Full Moon
July 5 Tumpek Krulut
July 12 Full Moon
July 28-29 of fasting ( Idul Fitri ) – Holidays
August 9 Tumpek Kandang
10 August Full Moon
August 17th National Independence Day of Indonesia – holiday
9 September Full Moon
September 13 Tumpek Wayang
October 4 Saraswati
October 5 Sacrifice ( Idul Adah ) Day – holiday
October 8 Pagerwesi – Full Moon
October 18 Tumpek Landep
October 25 Muslim New Year , 1436 – holiday
November 7 Full Moon
November 22 Tumpek Uduh
December 6 Full Moon
December 17 Galungan
December 25 Christmas – holiday
December 27 Kuningan

On the road , you can always meet all kinds of ceremonies , processions , parties anniversaries temples , weddings, cremations . It’s simple , Bali , it does not stop !