Although the West Bali part is not as popular as the other part, west part of Bali can offer many interesting places and attraction. If you plan to stay a little bit longer in Bali, this West Side area can be a new place for you to try to explore, where you can find many activities, beautiful landscapes, to historical destinations. Here are some of our recommendations for your next visit to West Bali:
1. Menjangan Island
Menjangan Island is a heaven for divers and snorkelers because of its beautiful underwater marine life, well preserved coral reef gardens, tropical fish and white sand. It is an uninhabited island that is situated in the protected marine reserve which makes it a part of West Bali National Park. Menjangan is Indonesian word for deer. The name Menjangan was given by the locals that observe wild deer herds swimming to the island, and if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon the deer when you are there. To reach Menjangan, it will take around 3 hours trip from Kuta or Denpasar to Labuan Lalang, Singaraja then ride a boat for around 30 minutes to reach the island. If you want stay over, you can try to stay at The Menjangan Resort which offers an array of adventurous activities.
2. Sanctuary of Jaya Prana and Layonsari
Europe is not the only place with tragically romantic love story like Romeo and Juliet, in Bali there’s a love story of Jaya Prana and Layon Sari. Local legend said that Jaya Prana, a servant and foster son of Kalianget Kingdom’s King, that fell in love with Layon Sari. Once he saw Layon Sari’s beauty, the King fell in love and wanted to have Layon Sari for himself, so he ordered Patih Saunggaling to kill Jaya Prana. When Layon Sari heard that Jaya Prana died and she was demanded to marry the king,she decided to kill herself rather than marrying the guy who killed her husband. This story is very famous in Bali and there’s the sanctuary of Jaya Prana and Layon Sari or temple that is also famous as historical destination. Located in a forest area of Teluk Terima, Sumber Klampok village, Gerokgak, Singaraja.
3. Karang Sewu
Located at western tip of Bali, Karang Sewu is a beach and bay with beautiful scenery, ocean blue, mangrove and grassy land. There are so many Bidara trees with branches that bent out and makes it look similar to an umbrella where you can have picnic or just relax under the tree. Located around 1 km from the main gate of Gilimanuk harbor, Karang Sewu is a popular destination in Jembrana, West Bali. Furthermore, you can also take mangrove forest tour with traditional boat.
4. Surfing Medewi Beach
Medewi beach is a paradise for surfer in Bali. Medewi is known as surfing hot spot in West Bali because of its largest waves, usually on July and August, which makes it appointed as one of the best surf spots in Bali. For non-surfers, Medewi is located in a very quiet coastal village that makes it a great place to relax, while the beach is very rocky with pebbles and black sand. Located at Medewi Village, Jembrana.
5. Perancak Beach
Perancak beach is the favorite tourist destination in Jembrana, West Bali. This beach is famous for its colorful boats in the shoreline that belong to the villagers that work as fishermen. You can also experience baby sea turtles release to the shoreline because Perancak also has a turtle breeding preservation. Furthermore, there is also a circuit arena for motor cross and road race for you who want to test your adrenaline. This place also often used for national scale motor cross and road race. The best place to come to Perancak beach will be in July because you can see their famous Traditional Boat Race.