Places of Interest – Jembrana
Jembrana is where the Bali begins for those who come to Bali from Java by using ferry or inland way. Bali and Java mere 4kms in distance or about threty minutes by using ferry. Within Negara as its capital, Jembrana is Bali’s westernmost district and where some of Bali’s oldest remains of prehistoric humans have been found.
Jembrana also happens to be Bali’s most sparsely populated district. A ruling family related to the Gelgel house was established here in the mid 1400s, but a dispute among its two founders led to civil war and a destruction of the court. For a while the area was considered to be a marginal part of the Badung kingdom, but when a prince from Sulawesi set himself up as ruler of Jembrana in the seventeenth century, he did so with little difficulty. Karangasem nearly took Jembrana in the late 1800s, but was pipped at the post by the Dutch, to whom Jembrana surrendered peacefully even before any of the other kingdoms were subdued.
If the traditional art forms of Jembrana are known for anything, it is their size. Bigger is better, it seems, in Jembrana, which boasts the huge bamboo xylophones of the gamelan jegog, the kendang mebarung competitions of large oversized rums.
The makepung bull races festival is a traditional game to celebrate harvest day. It consists of a race between two carts pulled by buffaloes which is decorated very attractive and they run for 2 km long a line which take place in the villages of Banyubiru and Dlod Brawah in the dry season
- Bunut Bolong
Located 9 km northeast the main road in Jembrana or can also be reached from Pupuan by following the sign og ‘ Bunut Bolong” to southwest. When you see a giant three standing above the road than that is Bunut Bolong, a Bunut three that has a big hole in the bottom to let the traffict passing through
- Delodbrawah Beach
is a beautiful beach with its magic black sandy beach and one of holiday place for local people.
This ferry port at Bali’s westernmost tip-88 km from Singaraja and 134 km from Denpasar-links Bali with East Java across a narrow strait, Strait Bali. Except as an around-the-clock ferry terminus, Gilimanuk has little to offer tourists. But with its basic no-frills services and amenities, Gilimanuk is a friendly little town for stopovers, for resting up. The strait itself less than three km wide with 60 meters in depth and takes only 30 minutes to cross.
- Medewi Beach
Medewi beach is known for its wave, one of good places in Bali for surfing.
- Malaya Village
is inhabitant by Balinese Christians. This village is also the entrance to the West Bali National Park where you can find wild Bali’s Starling bird (Leucopsar Rotschildi).
- Menjangan Island
is also a part of the National Park, and is renowned as harbouring the best reefs in all of Bali for snorkling and diving. Boats leave regularly to Menjangan from the port adjacent to the island in the park, and diving trips to here can be arranged from Lovina and other major tourist centres. As for surfing, go no further than Medewi beach, on the southern coastal road leading from Kuta to Tabanan and through to Negara.
- Rambut Siwi, Temple
Located on the north coast road that links Singaraja with Gilimanuk, is without doubt the most renowned temple complex in Jembrana.
- The West Bali National Park
as a counterpoint to the cultural wealth of southern Bali, Jembrana’s main point of interest is its West Bali National Park and reserve, which encompasses the forests, mountains, and coasts of much of the district. To enter the Park, visitors must obtain a permit at Cekik, A good road provides a pretty, scenic drive from the Gilimanuk end of the park, in the west, almost all the way to Lovina in Buleleng. It is in the forest that hems this road that the long-extinct Balinese tiger once roamed, and here also the rare white Balinese starling may be sighted.
Some villages are ethnically mixed, Loloan village is populated by Bugis descent with Islam as the main religion.