Pemuteran Bay Festival is an annual celebration held by the local community. Lies in the northwest part of Bali, Pemuteran is a village with tremendous tourism potential. The coastal village is an example of a well-managed ecotourism community.
In the past, Pemuteran Bay won the United Nation’s Equator prize. Particularly for their effort in coral rehabilitation and sustainable biodiversity. The bay is famous too for its snorkeling and diving spot. As it’s home to rich marine biodiversity.
But more than that, one should not leave Bali’s traditions and the cultural aspect. Through the event, the organizer introduces everything else about Pemuteran apart from the underwater. There are numerous events visitors can discover at the festival. First, the stage performances and cultural exhibitions.
Second, yoga classes by the beach and beach cleanup are on the list. Of course, the diving festival is still the highlight. And last, workshops and exhibitions on marine tourism are among the main events.
Biorock Reef Conservation
The award-winning conservation method practiced by the village is called Biorock. The first step of the method is planting Baby corals on an iron structure. Then, the metal is electrified with a weak current of around 3.8 to 12 volts. The result of electrical utility will enhance minerals that are useful for forming corals gradually.
The interesting part is the iron-made skeleton for the corals. They are sculptured into various Bali mythical figures. And each year at Pemuteran Bay Festival, the foundation will sink a new iron structure.
Visitors are more than welcome to participate. Both in the release ceremony or the baby coral planting. Yes, there will be a religious ritual before the event.
Pemuteran Bay Festival Underwater Photo Contest
Combine both diving skills and photography in this underwater photo contest. Just exploring around is one thing. But while also capturing the marine beauty, which clearly requires extra effort.
Don’t worry though, aside from the thrill, the prize for the winners is also worth it. Even if participants don’t win the title. Everyone is still guaranteed to have these two things: experience and memory.
Diving & Tourism Expo
Pemuteran Bay Festival expo offers a variety of experiences. First, stroll around the food booth to taste the cuisine. Second, handicrafts shopping, or seeing the diving booth.
For culinary, try the local specialty Betutu duck. A whole duck roasted with the best Indonesian spices. There’s nothing more mouthwatering to eat especially after a diving session.
Sample other Balinese delights such as pork meatballs, suckling pigs, and various seafood dishes. Take a look at handicrafts booths. Especially those displaying underwater-themed handicrafts, proudly made by local artists.
Bring home one or two as a memento. The next stop is the diving operator company. Need a trusted and reliable partner for the next underwater adventure? This is an opportunity to find one.
Performances at Pemuteran Bay Festival
Throughout the days this event was being held. Enjoy non-stop entertainment coming from the main stage of the festival. The main stage is situated right at the center of the expo. So visitors can enjoy both events at once.
Watch as local bands perform exotic, unique, fresh-for-the-ears music. Although they may not sound familiar at first. But as always like everything else about Bali, it is still exciting.
Fishing hobbyists should not miss the Pemuteran Bay festival’s fishing competition. Pride is at stake, whoever catches the biggest, he’s the strongest. A battle requiring hours under the scorching sun. Do not be too carried away with the heat, though. While waiting for the fish to catch the bait, enjoy each minute gazing over the view of Pemuteran Bay.
Yoga On The Bay
The exercise for mind and body cannot have a better classroom than Pemuteran beach. With its calm current and refreshing breeze. Pretty sure it’s easier to hold longer while doing that difficult headstand pose. Nature is simply being encouraging.
After the class session is over, join the beach cleanup session. Because that’s one of the ways to give back to nature. Besides, less rubbish equals happier yogis.
Pemuteran Bay Festival Venue & Schedule 2023
Pemuteran Bay festival this year will be held on 11-13 November. The festival will take place at Tanjung Budaya cultural center. Near the village’s temple Pura Dalem. Most attractions at the event are free. However, workshops and competitions require participants to register beforehand.
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Accommodations at Pemuteran Bay are available throughout the village. Be prepared to pay high season rates during the event, though. ATMs and restaurants are easy to find around the premises. Due to the close proximity to Singaraja – Gilimanuk main road. Services such as transport rentals and diving operators are mainly located near Pemuteran beach.
How To Get To Pemuteran Bay Festival Venue
From Denpasar, head north by Denpasar- Singaraja road. Passengers will be seeing scenic landscapes such as twin lake and Gitgit waterfall. The journey from south Bali will take 4 hours. Travelers will arrive at Singaraja first.
Then take a left turn to Singaraja-Gilimanuk road heading to Lovina. Continue through Banjar (famous for its hot spring) and Seririt village before arriving at Pemuteran.
Private cars with driver service cost around Rp600.000 from Kuta and Seminyak. While public buses cost Rp40.000 to Rp60.000 and are available at Mengwi terminal. However, the last destination is Singaraja.
And in order to get to the Pemuteran area, passengers need to transfer. From Singaraja, the center of north Bali, go with a minivan that heads to Pemuteran. And the journey will take another 1,5 hours to Pemuteran.