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Pemuteran

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Pemuteran is a small fishing village on the northern coast of West Bali.

Understand

This is a small laid-back village which has become increasingly popular with visitors in recent years. There are a number of waterfront resorts and its proximity to Lovina and West Bali National Park together with the extreme natural beauty of the area, has fuelled quite rapid growth in tourism infrastructure in the area.

Pemuteran is home to the largest artificial Biorock reef project in the world[1] and there is a real spirit of marine conservation effort in this area.

Get in

Visitors usually arrive in Pemuteran on the north coast road from Lovina or Singaraja or from the west at Gilimanuk.

Regular bemos ply the north coast road but they are very slow and get extremely crowded.

You will have no problem renting a car with driver to take you from Lovina to Pemuteran - fix the price in advance and make sure petrol is included.

A direct ride to Pemuteran from tourist centres in the south will take about four hours depending on traffic on the coast roads.

Get around

This is a great place to walk or get around by bicycle.

Your hotel will be able to help if you decide you need to rent a motorbike.

See

Early morning dolphin watching boat trips can be arranged through any hotel. By no means guaranteed, but you have a decent chance of finding a pod here.

The beaches are especially nice in this area and consist of a particularly fine grained black sand.

Menjangan Island and West Bali National Park are easily reached from here. The Menjangan Island boats depart from Labuhan Lalang which is a 15 minute ride west from Pemuteran. Obligatory permits can be purchased from the national park office at the back of the Labuhan Lalang car park and you can also arrange a guide here. It is quite common for groups of visitors to congregate in this car park and join together to charter a boat. Most local hotels will make any arrangements you need for activities related to the national park.

Proyek Penyu [2] (turtle project) is a turtle breeding and release program run by one of the dive operators in co-operation with local villagers. Very much worth a visit and certainly worth your support.

The area around Pulaki village just east of Pemuteran is full of vineyards and is the centre of the grape growing industry in Bali.

Do

Diving and snorkelling is excellent both here and at nearby Menjangan Island inside the West Bali National Park. Visibility is excellent and there is a profusion of reef fishes, turtles, and hard and soft corals.

  • Easy Divers (contact@easy-divers.eu), Pemuteran, 0362 94736, [3]. A PADI dive resort with more than 10 years history in Pemuteran.
  • Reef Seen Aquatics, Pemuteran village, +62 (0)8123 894051 (), [4]. First established dive operator in Pemuteran, offering guided dives and PADI courses from absolute beginner upwards. Very active in marine conservation who run their own turtle breeding and release programme for example. Attractive beach-side divers' accommodation.
  • Sea Rovers, (at Hotel Adi Assri, Pemuteran), +62 812 3859167 (), [5]. Offer a full range of fun dives and courses. PADI accredited. All dive prices in Euros.
  • Yos Marine Adventures, Pemuteran village, +62 813 3877 9941, [6]. Long established and reputable PADI accredited dive operator with a branch on Pemuteran beach.

Fishing is good in calm waters and you can charter a boat easily from the beach.

The hills and mountains that form the southern backdrop to Pemuteran offer many opportunities for interesting hiking. Ask at your hotel for directions and/or a guide.

Buy

Eat

There are several simple roadside warungs serving typical Balinese food. All of the hotels in the area have restaurants open to the general public. As might be imagined in a traditional fishing village, the seafood options are highly recommended.

Sleep

Pemuteran is quite expensive by Balinese standards. There are more budget options opening and it is possible to stay cheaply with local people in their houses if you ask around once you arrive.

Budget

  • Jubawa Homestay, +62 362 94745, [7]. Excellent budget option in Pemuteran with bungalows from US$15 with wifi. Good wholesome Balinese food served here.
  • Taruna Homestay, +62081338536318 or +62085237117763 (). Nice garden. No wifi. From $20.

Mid Range

  • Kubuku Bed & Breakfast, +62 362 7005225, [8]. Four clean, quiet, and air-conditioned rooms (more are under construction) away from the main road. Free internet and wifi available, they can also arrange snorkeling trips, dolphin sighting or transport. From 330 000 Rp.
  • Rare Angon, +62 362 94747. Budget air-conditioned bungalows with nice outdoor bathrooms. About Rp 350,000.

Splurge

  • Matahari Beach Resort & Spa (info@matahari-beach-resort.com), Jalan Raya Seririt Gilimanuk, +62 362 92312, [9]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. A beachfront resort with restaurant and in-house spa. Has 32 rooms in a traditional Balinese style. from US$280.
  • Hotel Adi Assri, Pemuteran, +62 362 94838 (), [10]. Individual bungalows on the beachfront. Offers lots of national park based activities and has a dive centre attached to the hotel. In house spa and restaurant and a good sized swimming pool. From US$37.
  • Puri Ganesha (diana@puriganesha.com), +6236294766, [11]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. A laid-back luxury resort comprising four large beachfront villas each with private pools for 2-6 guests on 300 m of peaceful beach in Pemuteran. The food is all organic. from US$ 550.
  • Taman Sari Bali Cottages, Pemuteran village, +62 362 93264 (), [12]. Charming traditional Balinese style beachfront complex with accommodation ranging from double rooms at US$42 to two bedroom suites at US$175.
  • Villa Semadhi, Pemuteran, +6281338747283, [13]. Beachfront villa for two to ten people. Lovely swimming pool and jacuzzi. The villa stands in a large 3000 m2 garden. € 100-320, depending on how much of the villa you use, and the time of year.

Get out

You can easily continue your journey around Bali eastwards to Lovina or westwards to Gilimanuk.

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