Melaya Village and Surrounding
Melaya Villas is in the most west part of Jembrana, it is just ten-minute drive to Gilimanuk – the Bali port town. As Melaya is part of Jembrana long coastline regency, it makes them to be one of fish producing village in Bali. Set in a hectare peaceful and quiet surrounding, the beach-front villas are only a few steps away from the swimmable volcanic black sand Klatakan Beach. Directly to the right of the villa starts a small coral reef, so you can start snorkelling directly from the villa. The beach is overlooking Banyuwangi the eastern part of East Java with its famous Mount Ijen – setting the beach with a magical Bali sunset.
We are approximately four-hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport in a, thirty minute drive from Pemuteran area, ten-minute drive from the West Bali National Park and ten-minute drive from Labuan Lalang which is the crossing point to Menjangan Island. The location provides Melaya Villas with options of adventurous Bali land and underwater paradise.
Melaya Villas is a perfect retreat to enjoy a true relaxing uninterrupted hideaway.
Activities and Places in the Area
Around the Villa
Our villas are located in Klatakan Beach, the ocean in front of the villas is considerably quiet and in general there is no strong current. However, every month in the period of full moon, the wave can be stronger. We have our own snorkelling gears that you can rent for a very reasonable price, about 300 meters from the villa is a nice reef and fishes to explore..
You might have seen the first offering when you stepped down in Bali: at the airport. Offerings play important role. You will find it in almost every Balinese house, in the store, in the market or in the restaurant and of course also in our villas. They are colourful and beautiful, the form and the materials can vary based on their functions but they usually consist of flower arrangements, leaves and fruits, all with symbolic values. Philosophically speaking, the making and giving of banten is a selfless act; a kind of self-sacrifice. It is part-meditation, part-escape from the humdrum buzz of everyday life; it’s a gift of gratitude to the Maker, and a supplication to the lower spirits that they do not disturb the living. The smoke of the incense carries the sari – the essence of an offering – to heaven.
Rindik is twelve-keyed xylophones tuned to a fairly even-tempered scale. The delicate humming sound produced by these instruments conjures up images of breezy rice fields and sunny days; considering that both the instruments and musical repertoire were the creation of early 20th century rice farmers. Like most other Balinese gamelan instruments, rindik are tuned in pairs, one being tuned slightly higher than the other. This is what produces the characteristic humming sound. A rindik is played with either two or three beaters, one held in the left hand and one or two in the right. Normally, the left hand carries the melody and the right plays a pattern that creates interlocking configuration between the two right-hand parts. Although it may look effortless, playing rindik is a masterful skill that takes many years to learn. Hundreds of compositions have been composed for rindik, and each region—even each village—in Bali reveals different styles and repertoire. Most of the compositions were inspired by nature and have been named after flowers and animals.
Balinese dances is a very ancient dance tradition that is part of the religious and artistic expression among the Balinese people of Bali island. Balinese dance is dynamic, angular and intensely expressive. Balinese dancers express the stories of dance-drama through the bodily gestures including gestures of fingers, hands, head and eyes.
Jembrana is the highest fish producing regency in Bali with its 604 km2 sea region, therefore most of the villagers are fishermen. They produce 56.947 ton marine fisheries resource per year. The resources are mostly sardinella lemuru, mackerel tuna, lobster, squid, grouper, etc. The fishermen usually use modern motor boat, motorized jukung, or traditional non-motorized jukung. A jukung or canoe also known as cadik is a small wooden Indonesian outrigger canoe. It is a traditional fishing boat essentially of Balinese origin. The double outrigger jukung is but one of many types of Pacific/Asian outrigger canoes that use the crab claw sail traditional throughout Polynesia. Whilst this sail presents some difficulties in tacking into the wind, actually requiring to jibe around, a jukung is superb in its reaching ability and jibe-safe running. They are usually highly decorated and bear a marlin-like prow. You will see some local fisherman boats. The starting point is right on the beach in front of the garden. You can ask our staff to borrow or join the local boat, you will need to pay a little amount for fisherman then you will be sailing along with native fisherman and traditional boat, get an amazing experience as a local fisherman.
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through the rural village of Melaya, rice paddies in the neighboring villages or picturesque beach view during your biking. This fascinating rural area set among the brilliant green landscape of interior of Bali, is best explored on bikes, allowing you to absorb the region’s laid-back rhythms and diffusion of Balinese and Javanese culture up close.
At the moment we have two bicycles in the villa. You are able to rent it for your own bike tour. However, reservation in advance might be needed when we have full house.
International TV channels including films are available in the villa. An array of DVD films for family are also in the villa for the guest entertainment. The staff will be happy assist you getting the DVDs.
Jump on the bike with our staff and explore the variety of Indonesian grocery in the traditional wet market. Our home cook is not a professional chef, but she is excellent in cooking, especially Indonesian foods. She will be happy to show you how to cook. You are more than welcome to join her: cut some vegetables, mix some of 2,3,4, 5 or even 6 different type of spices and be amazed what you have done. It’s delicious!
Activities and Places in the Area
Activities Around 15 Minutes Away
The Melaya Villas are only a few minute walk to Bali West National Park. The park is an unspoilt beauty lies at the west end of the fabled island of Bali: lush green forests, picturesque mountain range, crystal clear blue water, and vast stretches of pristine beaches, those are what await at the West Bali National Park. Home to over a hundred species of wildlife, the national park is best known as the sanctuary of the exotic white Bali Starling, an endemic iconic bird of the island of the gods. Only a small percentage of the total area of the park is open to visitors, and this rule must be respected. There are two key ways to explore the park: either hiking the trails or concentrating on marine aspects.
Horse riding is a very exciting adventure to explore the pure nature in the countryside in Bali and across the beautiful beach. This adventure is very impressive with tame horse while enjoying the tropical atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings.
The activities of this safari is one of the easiest way to see wildlife up close in Bali Barat because it uses cars, visitors could see up close to deer, barking deer, wild boar, macaques, langurs, the Javan grey partridge and many kinds of birds. This activity is best done during the dry season and is held in the morning or afternoon with a mileage of about 4 hours.
The tour can take up to 2 hours. Bali Barat National Park is a great location to visit because of the Bali Barat National Park Bali endemic birds and has all at once become the mascot of Bali: Bali Starling birds, there are two locations that can be visited to see the Bali Starling birds in captivity Bali Starling at Tegal Bunder Resort and Training Centre and the release of Bali Starling at Resort Brumbun Bay.
This shortest trekking activity lasts about 2 hours, the mileage of around 5 km with the location of trekking through the woods of mangrove and evergreen monsoon forest, river forest, during the journey visitors will see various types of forest ecosystems and his trademark, if lucky visitors will also be able to see a variety of interesting fauna such as Tiger langur, Javan Muntjac, wild boar and deer, monitor lizards.
The 2 to 3-hour mangrove tour in a motorised-jukung will bring you passing mangroves forest with four different mangrove species. The tour will not only enrich you with knowledge about the mangroves but also the whole organisms involved in the ecosystem. If you are lucky you will get the chance to see various kind of birds, starfishes, sea urchins, crabs. Some monkeys and storks will probably be around in a certain time and place of the day.
Menjangan Island is one of the best diving site in Indonesia and has a great visibility under the water. The closest crossing point to Menjangan is Labuan Lalang, which is only 10 minutes from the villa. The package from the tour operator will include the boat, entrée ticket and equipment for snorkelling or diving. Most of the time, departure at around 08.00am and back to the crossing point at 14.00. You will have lunch on the boat, with the great view of corals and crystal clear water in front of Menjangan Island.
This dive site is located in front of the docking area of Gilimanuk Harbor, it’s only 7,5 km from the villa. Be prepared – you are diving on fine black and gray volcanic sand and rubble and not on a coral reef! This place is a great place for the rare and unusual. With depths ranging from 3 to 8 meters, you find frogfish, special nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, the rare picturesque dragonet and gobies, several species of sand eels, stonefish and devilfish, mimic octopus and even the Ambon scorpionfish crabs and shrimps and many other critters that like to live on sand. Actually a new species was introduced somewhere between 2005 and 2006, the endemic beautiful fish Banggai cardinal fishes. You can also charter a small boat and visit one of the dive sites further inside the bay. Ask the boat driver to show you the place for the rare picturesque Mandarin fishes. The night dives are really good too. The dives are very shallow (no more than about 9m) and visibility is not always that good (5 to15 m). The best time to dive is around high tide or on the incoming tide when visibility can sometimes be up to 20m. The water is always very cold (about 23 to 25°C) so use a 5mm wetsuit, hood and gloves. This dive site is similar to special dive in Sulawesi (Indonesia) and the Philippines.
You can easily find Balinese wearing traditional clothes everywhere in Bali. Yes! they are about doing the ceremony. Ceremony as well as offering are a part of their life: baby ceremonies, puberty rites, weddings, cremations, temple festivals, full moon, Silent day, etc. Every ceremony is unique and can be different from one to each, therefore it is always interested to see how they held the ceremony.
If you are lucky, you can attend the ceremony during your stay in the villa. Balinese are always welcome to the new people; they would be happy to see you on their ceremony. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff, they will provide you the Balinese clothes. It would be a memorable holiday you can tell your family and friends when you get back to your country.
Banyuwedang hots pring is about 10 minutes from the villa. This in the middle of mangrove hot spring contain sulphur, the average temperature is around 40 C. This hots spring believed able to cure a lot of disease. At Mimpi Resort, they have a hot spring there and the water quality is checked every day. You can go there and pay for day use including locker, bathroom, and changing rooms.
Once a month, mostly in the full moon period the sea turtles swim to the beach, finding the best place for its eggs and lay them. Often, the eggs that laid by the mother of the sea turtle are eaten by the birds, dogs or by the locals itself. Together with Darling, a local community small group in the village that concern about the environmental issue, we support the endangered turtle sea to protect its eggs in a most natural way as much as possible and release them once they are ready to swim back to the ocean. We always well inform in advance so the guest can participate in releasing the baby turtle.
Activities and Places in the Area
Activities More Than 15 Minutes Away
Perancak Temple set around 1546 is the icon of the village that makes you easy to find it. If you love photography, you have an opportunity to capture a beautiful moment at sunset. Each year, Perancak holds traditional rowing boat race to celebrate the anniversary Negara and every year in August, a motocross race is held.
The Buffalo races is held every October and November in Baluk Rening, within 30 minutes from the villa. You have to go early in the morning around 6.30 as the buffalo race will be ended around 10.00am.
Sangkaragung Village is about 20 minutes from the villa where you will find a typical of Jembrana bamboo gamelan orchestra “Jegog”. In Japan, they perform at least 3 times per year. Should you wish to watch it, the performance in the village is every Thursday and Sunday in their studio Sanggar Jegog Suar Agung. You will be able to play with them as well.
Pulaki temple is one of important religious temple which has a great view of the sea. Located on the stone cliff at Banyupoh, Gerokgak on east of Pemuteran, within 30 minutes from the villa.
The temple is extremely guarded to keep the purity of this holly temple, there are places that should not be entered even by the priest. That place is the main shrine called “Utamaning Mandala”. In order to maintain its sanctity, this place should be free from any claws or footsteps. Only on special events or ceremonies-for example “ngeteg linggih” ceremony then it is allowed to enter the main shrine: lead by the priest. This temple is also believed to be the legacy of prehistory seen from the layout and structure of the temple which is identical to the shape of the building means the worship of prehistoric people. This suspicion is strengthened by the discovery of some of the tools and utensils made of stone: shaped pulp stones, axes and others in 1987.
Rambut Siwi temple is about 25 km to the east side from the villa, one of the biggest Hindu temple in Bali located in Negara Regency. It is a beautiful Hindu shrine set in the cliff bank with wide Indian Ocean just in front of the temple. The local believe that every temple in Bali has its own story of holy, including Rambut Siwi Temple. The story began when Ida Maharsi Markhandia doing meditation at Raung mountain in Java. He saw a holy light from a far distance, which is now called BALI. He then started his journey to find where the light came from.He entered Bali through a beach which is now called “Rambut Siwi” temple. He took a rest for days then did meditation to find a way where he had to go next. He loved to sit down on the cliff towards the ocean. He received guidance and message from the holy spirit God about Bali, mentioned that Bali is a holy place of Gods and therefore it was not easy to enter by human.
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. Sculpted into fantastic shapes and figures have been placed in the bay and the order ones are now covered in beautiful hard coral. Diver can watch the staff of Karang Lestari at work, maintaining the structures and even make donation and have their name made out of wire and added to a structure along with a baby coral colony.
Bunut is located in Manggisari village, Pekutatan (about 50 km from the villa). Bunut is a name of a huge/giant tree and bolong means hole. Bunut bolong has a big hole in the middle of its roots on the street, where a car can pass under that tree. In the area there is “Bujangga Sakti” temple and a waterfall.
The dam served as flood control, irrigation, fishing and recreation. Surrounded by the protected forest which has beautiful view and a cool climate. Canoe recreation is possible to rent directly on the site. The dam is about 15 minutes from the villa by bike or car.
An adventure to see the most exotic side of Bali, explore the beautiful countryside of Bali using 4WD vehicle which are designed with openable roof, so then it is easier for you to stand up and take pictures along the tours. Most of the tours combined with jungle trekking, terraced rice fields trekking, volcano climbing, country side cycling tour, ATV or Quad bike ride and fun off road.
Mount Bromo is one of the iconic mountain in Indonesia, 2329 m high. This
breath-taking and ethereal landscape have been swooned by many travellers alike. Myth has it that Mount Bromo is significant to the Tengger people who believe that the site is where their brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. To appease the Gods, the people will offer food and money by throwing it into the crater of the volcano once a year during annual Kasada (or Kasodo) festival. The best time to go is in June, July and August where is less rain but more tourists. August is the month for the Kesada (Kesodo festival) for the Tengger people if you are interested. Try to avoid weekends if you do not want the crowd.
Ijen crater, the magnificent colourful sulphur lake is located in the Banyuwangi Regency and is 55 kilometer from the villa. The ground is very fertile and a group of big plantations such as cacao, teakwood, rubber and both Arabica and Robusta coffee are covering more than 50% of the area of Banyuwangi. The amazing view of Ijen Crater in the early morning is perfect when the sun is rising. Yet the night trip is since 2010 popular which is so called “Blue Fire”, the only one place in the world. Tour operator will advise to go after middle of the night so then you can see both: the blue fire and the sunrise. The view of sulphur miners who climb and go down to the crater is also amazing. A man puts about 10 kg of yellowish stone in to his basket, before he descends the mountain slope to sell his load, carrying the same basket, going in the same direction, digging the same mineral. It is the natural picture that can be seen every day. The weather in the night is pretty chill, we advise you to bring jacket/sweater and of course proper shoes. You will need to climb about 3km.