The east side of the island is renowned for its rugged beauty and beautiful sunrises overlooking big oceans. Sparsely populated it is yours to enjoy for a moment in time.
Our package includes:
Hotel or harbour pick up and drop off; tour by car or scooter; experienced, knowledgeable guide; bottled water.
PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI (PRINCESS CAVE TEMPLE)
Climb the stairs, pause on the way to enjoy the magnificent vistas over the bay before you arrive at the Hindu shrine (pelinggih) of Hyang Purusha and Hyang Gana Pati at the entrance to the cave.
Then it's time to hire a sarong and climb through the deceptively small entrance which leads into an enormous cave that can accommodate about 5,000 people, the cave is about 300 metres in length and runs the entire width of the hill. There are four hindu shrines in the cave: Hyang Sapta Patala; Dewi Gangga; Dewi Uma and Giri Putri. Near the exit is an altar dedicated to the Buddhist goddess Dewi Kwan Im, the goddess of mercy and compassion who relieves suffering.
SEAWEED FARMING AT KARANG SARI
Seaweed farming is a relatively new addition to the island of Nusa Penida having started around 1984. Much of the northern coastal waters of the island have been cleared to make way for seaweed farms. Two types of seaweed are farmed, one takes 15 days until harvest, the other 30 days. Farmers are at the mercy of the tides as they can only farm at low tide.
Recent years have seen a decline in quantity, one reason is due to drier conditions which do not favour growth. However this type of aquaculture is still a very important income provider to locals. The seaweed is dried and sent overseas to be used as an ingredient in cosmetics, the other type is used as an additive in food (agar).
A ride along the north coastline takes you to the islands easterly limestone cliffs. Set high above sea level the cliffs look out to what seems like the edge of the world. This is a favourite spot for photographers who like to catch the sunrise.
Set far below is the white sands of Atuh beach. To get there you will need to climb down a set of steps, be warned there are a lot of them, feel free to stop along the way and take in the beautiful vistas.
Atuh beach is set in a crescent bay flanked by hills either side. Swimming is possible but watch out for the rocky sea floor. Enjoy a refreshing drink on the beach while you relax and take in the natural beauty.
In the south east corner of the island lies the village of Wates. To get here we take a ride through rolling green hills and alongside farms which derive their income from peanut farming in the wet season. At the end of the road we take a walk down to Suwehan beach. The natural vegetation is lush green rainforest, the path can be steep at times and a certain level of confidence is required to negotiate the climb down. The reward at the end is well worth it. A stunning beach with white, powder sand awaits. The aqua blue sea cradles the limestone cliffs surrounding it. This beach is often deserted which is a real bonus.
Spend a few hours here, be sure to bring a drink and don't forget your camera as the vistas are stunning. This is nature at its best.
Traditional weaving at Tanglad village Part of the rich culture and tradition of the island can be seen in the cloth weaving. Traditionally, locals used to spin their own thread from locally grown cotton, however the harsh, dry climate did not suit cotton growing. This almost lead to the demise of weaving as locals moved to the coastal towns to engage in other types of work. Luckily it has recently been revived thus ensuring these age old skills can be passed on to new generations.
Every detail of the cloth produced has to be exact from pattern right down to the colour. The sacred fabric is called “kain cepuk” and is used in trance rituals and dance performances. The weaving process is a laborious one, some cloths can take 6 - 12 months to complete and are used in traditional ceremonies. Watching the weavers at work will give you a new appreciation for the effort that goes into making these cloths. Cloth can be purchased directly from local weavers.
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