Pemuteran

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

Understand

This fishing village 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 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 can easly grad one of them almost everywhere on the road.

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.The ride from Amed takes between 3-3.5 hours depending on the traffic and will set you back between Rp 500,000-600,000 depending on your bargaining skills (2013).

Get around

The traffic on the main road easily competes with the one in Ubud. There are no sidewalks and motorbikes sometimes drive on the opposite side of the road as well.

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 (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.

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.

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. Staying near the main road guarantees a never-ending stream of motorbike engine noise (especially as Balinese youth find it amusing to remove their exhaust mufflers).

Mid Range

Splurge

Go next

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

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