- Candi Dasa
- Bugbug and Gumang Hill
Located 4 kilometers northeast of Candidasa, Bugbug is a sizeable rice growing and fishing village, an administrative center for the sub-district. Along the way, the road climbs unexpectedly steep Gumang Hill. There is beautiful panorama from the top of the sea, river, rice field and Bugbug with the mountains of Lempuyang and Seraya in the distance. When the sky is clear, people can see Mt. Rinjani of Lombok from here. The village of Bugbug is quite old fashioned. There are many interesting rituals that you can see here. One of them is the “war of the gods” that held every two years on the full moon of the fourth month. During this ceremony, four villages (Bugbug, Jasi, Bebandem and Ngis) will participate in a “war” that based on a legend about how god of Bugbug tried to resolve the problem with the god of Ngis after his daughter (who married to god of Ngis) eloped with the god of Jasi. The ritual battle takes place near the temple on top of Gumang Hill. Consult your guide for the ceremony and ritual schedule.
If you come to this area during full moon, make sure you go to the village of Perasi. This village still operates with old-fashion system in which they have a council of elders that responsible for all religious affairs. Its member enters the council based on seniority. This council is also responsible important rituals in the area. One of the rituals is held around the full moon of the first Balinese month. This ritual worship of the village gods is carried out in the central temple (pura desa) and lasts for several days. Most spectacular are the dances by unmarried boys (abuang teruna) clad in costumes of white and gold-threaded cloth, with headdresses and traditional weapon called keris. After the dance follows the so called daratan, in which the older men in trance carrying keris approach the main shrine of the temple, to the accompaniment of special music.
- Manggis and Putung
Several km to the east from the main road, you will arrive to the village of Manggis. It's a quiet village yet a popular honeymoon getaways destination. From this village, there is a lovely path that leading up to Putung village in the hills overlooking the coast. The path runs through woods and garden and reaches Putung after about 5 km, where you can see a splendid view across the sea to the nearby islands.
- Pura Silayukti
It was told that the Buddhist sage, Mpu Kuturan- have lived there in the 11th century. Located in the village of Candidasa, this temple anniversary falls on Wednesday-Kliwon on week Pahang. Consult a Balinese calendar or reliable guide to make sure you come on the right days of the festivities.
The village of Tenganan Pegringsingan still practiced the ancient rules of Bali Aga (original Balinese). Thus it has different rituals than other Balinese in general, such as swinging ritual, and perang pandan that cannot be found in other area. This village is also known as the place for making double ikat cloth called geringsing. This cloth regards as sacred and is using as the sign of purity and the ability of perform rituals – qualities that these clothes protect from harmful outside influences. Tenganan is a closed and exclusive village, where only Tengananese can stay and spend the night. If you visit this village, you must leave the area towards the evening.
2. JIMBARAN, TUBAN
- Kedonganan Fish Market
During the fishing season there is lots of interesting activity just after sunrise, well worth waking up early for. To get to the hub of the activity, follow the unpaved road that leads to the beach from Jimbaran main crossroads, past Pura Ulun Siwi. The Kedonganan Fish Market is located on the northeast corner of the main crossroads in the village, just across the street from Pura Ulun Siwi. It is the principal trading center for most of the Bukit, as well as the villages that lie to the nortm between Jimbaran and Kuta. There is no special market day. It opens for business at 4 am and as any housewife will confirm, the market sells the highest quality and freshest seafood in all of South Bali, and at a very good price.
- Pura Ulun Siwi
This temple must be special because it faces east, rather than south. During the prayers, the worshipper face west, rather than to the north, to Gunung Agung, as is the usual practice. This is due to the fact that the temple, once a primitive shrine, became a Hindu-Balinese temple fairly early, in the 11th century. At this time, the holy man Mpu Kuturan still followed the custom of his native Java in orienting his temple toward holy Mount Semeru, in East Java. The principal gate (kori agung) of this temple is built with wings, something that very similar in construction to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu on the Bukit, except that it is made of brick instead of coral stone. There is a close connection between these two temples, and it is said that one should pray at Pura Ulun Siwi before proceeding to Pura Uluwatu.
- Surfing at Bukit Area
In the south of Jimbaran, the road climbs steeply up several switchbacks onto Bukit Badung plateau, offering dramatic panoramas back up the beach to the rice lands and the volcanoes on a clear day. All around the southern and western edges of the plateau, limestone cliffs tower above a pounding surf 70 meters below. This is where Bali’s best surfing is found- particularly famous are the waves at Suluban, Labuhan Sait and Bingin.
- Pura Luhur Uluwatu
- Sand floor Dining at Jimbaran Beach
Coming alive after sunset, the smoky palm-thatched open-air establishment that stretching all along Jimbaran Beach is an ever burgeoning and very affordable selection of sand floor beach restaurants. These places grill the choicest prawns, squid, snapper, and lobster over coconut husk fires. The setting is unbeatable. The lights of fishing platforms twinkling in the horizon, the setting sun, the candlelit tables overlooking the beach, the barbecue racks billowing smoke, all make for and enchanting atmosphere. Whenever you come, you just choose your fish from big iceboxes, pick a table and enjoy. This is definitely a must –do while in Bali.