Villa Ratih, Pemuteran, Bali - Information

 
TIME in BALI

From the time that you arrive in Bali you will discover that this is a very special island. When you visit the area of Pemuteran you will find a paradise...

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You will find the area of Pemuteran in the North West coast of Bali, approximately 3.5 hours drive from the Ngurah-Rai Airport. This route is one of the most interesting and scenic tours in Bali.

The map highlights the eight regencies of Bali and the most popular tourist destinations.
Bali island lies 3.2 km east of Java Indonesia and approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. East to west, the island is approximately 153 km wide and 112 km north to south (95 by 69 miles, respectively), with a surface area of 5,563 km². The highest point of Bali island is Mount Agung at 3,142 m (10,308 feet) high. Mountains cover centre to the eastern side, with Mount Agung the eastern most peak. Mount Batur which you will pass along the way is 1,717 m high.

Singaraja is the closest main town to Pemuteran and the regency seat of Buleleng. The name is Indonesian for "Lion King". It is on the north coast just east of Lovina. Singaraja was the Dutch colonial administrative center for Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands until 1953, and the port of arrival for most visitors until development of the Bukit Peninsula area in the south. Singaraja was also an administrative center for the Japanese during their rule.

Gedong Kirtya, just south of the town centre, is the only library of lontar manuscripts (ancient and sacred texts on leaves of the rontal palm) in the world.

Lovina Beach is a 12 km stretch of coast to the North West of Singaraja in North Bali. It is several resorts rather than one. It is comprised of several narrow stretches of black volcanic sand. Lovina, like most of Bali, fills up with tourists from all over the world in August and Australians at Christmass. Lovina is a nice break from the bustle of the South. These days the mix of tourists is mainly families and couples rather than the backpackers of yesteryear. The original Lovina is 45 minutes away (from Pemuteran) and it is about 15 minutes drive to Bali Barat National Park and Menjangan island diving site. The ferry to Java at Gilimanuk is a 30 minutes drive. 

Seririt (town) is a small town and capital of Seririt District  in the regency of Buleleng in northern Bali and is the nearest town to Pemuteran.

Driving from Seririt to Pemuteran you will notices vineyards set to "pergola" style with tall tiered wooden stakes. Bali only cultivated one type of grape, the black grape called Alphonse Lavalee from Singaraja, which is a table grape usually sold in the market and used for offerings. From this grape, the Balinese family owned Hatten Wines first produced the Hatten Rose wine. Since the first production in 1994 Hatten Wines have developed into a formative organization producing a range of red and white wines made from grapes grown in this area.

Pemuteran is a peaceful place and just perfect for nature excursions, activities such as trekking at the Bali Barat National Park. Founded in the year 1941, it was originally an initiative by the Dutch with the purpose to protect the endangered Bali Starling bird and the last remaining wild banteng, a native animal from which most of the Balinese cattle descend. With about 160 different species Bali Barat National Park is a paradise for bird-watchers.

Other activities include Swimming, Snorkeling, Diving or exploring the sacred Temples surrounding the area such as Melanting, Kerta Kawat, Pulaki, Pabean and Pemuteran Temple.

Its people traditionally live from the sea. This bay has the largest area of shallow coral reefs in Bali that are easily accessible, The sea is calm and free of strong currents and waves which affect most other parts of the island. Pemuteran community declared that the reefs are protected no-fishing zones, for eco-tourism use only. The community also safeguards a hassle free environment as hawkers are not allowed. Pemuteran offers uncompromising beautiful views. In two hours, you can climb to the top of the mountains to the west from where you can view either the sunrise or sunset.

 At your front door.  The coral reef outside Bali Taman Sari Resort in Pemuteran Bali  is home to the  award winning Karang Lestari coral reef restoration project which uses Bio-rock®, a method that uses a gentle electrical charge to enhance  coral growth and survival rates. Only ten years ago this coral reef was almost completely decimated  and the success of this reef project  now draws eco tourists from all over the world. This is a "must see" if you cannot snorkle then take the glass bottom boat.

Reef Goddess Villa Ratih

 It is now possible to visit the goddess, you can snorkel from the bio-rock center  see her from bio rock center’s glass bottomed boat, do a shallow try dive with Bali Dive Academy  or support the project through the sponsor a coral program and have your name forever underwater.

for more information regarding the  Bio-rock centre, managing the Karang Lastari  NGO and SPONSOR A BABY CORAL program visit the website/ www.biorockbali.webs.com

This area is rich in history and culture with many Hindu Temples to visit.  

Temple in Pemuteran

VillaRatih

Why name the villa Ratih? Statue of the goddess Ratih (Left)  for more information go to the Goddess Ratih page on this site.

Statue Villa Ratih

 The Story

The Garuda Bird—flies up & gets the elixir of immortality.The demon plans to steal it, but tells the moon goddess, Ratih, & then Ratih tells Vishnu... buy the book, see the movie... for more information go to the Goddess Ratih page on this site.

Setailed Bali Map
Bali Map to Pemuteran
Villa Ratih Bali

 Geography
Area : 5,563 sq km
Capital : Denpasar
Borders : Java Sea on the north, Indian Ocean on the south, Bali Strait on the west and Lombok Strait on the east
Rivers : Ayung, Unda, Telaga Waja,Sungsang, Balian, Yeh Sumi, Petanu, and Saban
Mountains : Agung, Batukaru, Batur, and Merebuk
Lakes : Batur, Buyan, Bratan, and Tamblingan
Climate Humidity : 80%. Rainfall : 893.44-2,702.6 mm per year
Population : 3,172,000 (2001). Density : 550 persons per sq km (2001). Average Growth : 1.18% (1980-1990)                        Religion Hindus (93.18%)
Others: Moslems, Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists, Konghucu.

Birds at Bali Barat National Park

Bali Barat National Park The list of birds seen at the park are White-breasted Woodswallow, Glossy Swiftlet, Common Tern, Bridled Tern, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Olive-backed Sunbird, Bali Starling, Lesser Coucal, Bar-winged Prinia, Small Minivet, White-shouldered Triller, Great Tit, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Java Sparrow, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Pied Fantail, Zebra Dove, Island Collared Dove, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Green Junglefowl, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Coppersmith Barbet, Small Blue Kingfisher, & Pink-necked Green Pigeon.

 The Bali Barat National Park shows a high bio diversity in a relatively small area. At the end of the last century, 110 species of coral belonging to 18 families were recorded, of which 22 species were of the mushroom coral family (there are just 29 species of mushroom coral recorded worldwide!), and there were at least 27 species of Acropora coral found in an area as big as only 2 ha.

Coral

Other animals to see are Javan Deer, Grey Monkey, Black Monkey, Wild Boar, Water Monitor, Barking Deer.