Surrounding

Village of Pejarakan

menjangan-penjarakan-150x150The village of Pejarakan where the resort is administratively located boasts a mixed settlement of Balinese Hindu and Islamic Madurese community. The two main crops people grow here are corn during the wet season, November to May, and grape during the dry season, June to October. As a coastal village, fishing is an important source of livelihood at certain seasons. The village’s traditional market is the busiest in the morning, from between 05:00am to about 09:00am.

Traditional Salt-Panning

menjangan-salt-making-150x150Just 5 minutes from the resort, a small Madurese community has practiced traditional salt making for generations. Seawater is pumped into hectares of blocked lands, heated under the sun for 10 days then dried to produce pure traditional Balinese sea salt. Production season is during the dry season, June to October, when the sun’s heat is reliably strong every day.

Pearl-Farming

menjangan-pearl-farming-150x138Large-scale pearl farming has long been practiced in many coastal areas of North Bali, including several villages near the resort. Pearls of high quality are intensively farmed to supply market demand from Japan, Europe and America. Several of these farms organize site-tours for visitors interested in learning more about pearl cultivation. The tour covers all stages of farming from hatchery to harvesting. It also offers an opportunity to purchase pearls on-site, thus giving the best value for quality.

Grape Cultivation

menjangan-grape-150x150Grape cultivation is largely practiced in vineyards near the resort. Black grapes are grown and sold to major cities in Bali and Java, including a few major Balinese wineries. The best season for growing and harvesting grape is during the dry season, from June to September.

Turtle Project

menjangan-penyu-150x150A volunteer project to save the green sea turtles is ongoing in the village of Pemuteran, an approximately 10 minutes drive from the resort. It started in 1994 with a mission to educate locals on protecting the turtles. Turtle eggs are bought from the locals then breed in hatcheries. For a small donation of Rp. 50,000 visitors can release baby turtles between 3 to 6 months old into the ocean. The proceeds from the donations are used to keep the project alive.

Nearby Temples

menjangan-nearby-temples-150x150A few important temples in Bali are located just a few minutes drive from the resort. These temples include Pura Pulaki, Pura Melanting and Pura Pabean on the mainland, as well as Pura Kelenting Sari at the hilltop of Menjangan Island. These temples were built in the 16th century as part of the holy trip of the great Hindu missionary, Danghyang Nirartha, who came from the great kingdom of Majapahit in Java. His mission was to bring Hinduism to the people of Bali.

Gilimanuk Harbor

menjangan-entrance-gilimanuk-150x150This small harbor town serves mainly as a transit point for people, cargo and cars shuttling between the islands of Bali and Java. The community retains a multi-cultural mix of Balinese, Javanese, Bugis and Madurese communities. It boasts its own traditional market, several restaurants and accommodations.