Yes: Yani will take you wherever you may want to go. Alternately he can organise Wawan who will also take you anywhere you may want to go. Keep in mind that Yani and Wawan have lived here their entire life and know the nine regencies of Bali and its network of roads intimately.
Medewi Manor promotes a community driven ethic that provides employment opportunities to selected locals in our thriving community. Below you will find a few maps of the Jembrana Regency and beyond allowing you to familiarise yourself with the area. That said please don’t set off exploring the sightseeing options yourself, as the roads can be increasingly demanding of your attention and it is easy to get lost.
Ideally it is a much safer and enjoyable option to simply allow Yani or Wawan – with your input – to plan and execute a great outing for the day. The overall costs involved in taking these tours are extremely reasonable. The cost varies depending on the tour you undertake. All of the tours below are guided tours that Yani has undertaken with many guests from Medewi Manor and range in price from Rp 300,000 ($30 AUD) through to Rp 900,000 ($90 AUD). For an average cost of $50 AUD you will experience a comprehensive tour of the region and be left with insights into the historical and contemporary North Western Balinese culture and lifestyle.
Always keep in mind that we are here to provide you with whatever tour you may wish to undertake. Yani and Wawan are extremely safe drivers who understand and speak English proficiently so don’t hesitate to ask detailed questions relating to a destination, the North Western Balinese culture and or the history of the Jembrana Regency. Also don’t hesitate to ask them to pull into a local warong – small shop – for food and or drinks at anytime.
The topography of Bali is formed by a mountain chain that stretches from West to East splitting the island into two parts. Some of the volcanic peaks are active, including Mount Agung – the tallest point above sea level at 3,142m – and mount Batur which lays 1,717m above sea level. Whilst Yani and Wawan are more than prepared to guide you throughout any region of Bali at an agreed price, the following maps are representative of the North Western through to the North, North Eastern regions only.
The map above is a favorite circuit for many travellers who frequent Bali. Starting at Medewi Manor you’ll pass through Bunut Bolong, a sacred Hindu tree believed to be inhabited by the spirit of two tigers. Continuing on to Lovina Beach for an early morning boat trip encountering pods of local dophins.
The Lovina Beach Dolphin Watching is an experience of a lifetime. Departing early from Medewi Manor you arrive at Lovina in time for sunrise. Yani or Wawan will drop you off at a pre-arranged boat that you hire. He will make – with your input – all necessary arrangements. Simply sit back and enjoy the serenity of the many dolphins that inhabit this region of the Indian ocean. It is a spectacular experience.
On the return from Lovina Beach you can stop for some lunch before the drive to Air Panas Banjar. Air Panas Banjar is a network of ancient volcanic hot springs believed by the Balinese to hold healing properties, in particular for disease relating to rheumatoid arthritis. With the water having a temperature of 37 degrees Celcius you can luxuriate amongst the sculpted stone surrounds of the springs. Whilst the area directly surrounding Air Panas Banjar is a traditionally landscaped tropical garden, the network of springs themselves are encircled by a heavily forested jungle.
Juwuk Manis is situated near Manggissari Village and is a great place to cool off and relax amongst the forested surrounds. Be aware that there are approximately 1,000 steps down and of course back up from the waterfall. This beautifully refreshing waterfall is a must see if you’re visiting Jembrana.
Brahma Vihara Arama: As with all Balinese temples you will need to dress appropriately to enter. However if you do not have long pants and or a sarong, or for women, a shawl to cover the shoulders, these items of clothing can be hired for a small fee. That said, Brahma Vihara Arama is the only Buddhist temple situated in Bali and boasts some exquisite stone carvings in traditional Balinese design. The commanding views back down toward the Eastern coastline as well as inland toward the West make this temple one to visit.
The Ubud monkey forest is situated in Padang Tegal village and has become a Hindu area of conservation. The map below shows sites of interest throughout this popular day trip circuit. The forest itself spans 27 acres and celebrates a diversity of tree species of which there are more than one hundred. There are also several Hindu Temples in the area with the most famous being Pura Dalem Agung. The area includes many facilities that all visitors are welcome to use.
The Taman Ayun Temple complex consists of four different courtyards with spectacular gardens and lotus ponds lending a clear coherence to the overall design of the temple complex. Built in 1634 and restored in 1937, the towering tiers that comprise Taman Ayun, although influenced by Chinese design, of course hold a distinct Balinese design aesthetic. Serving as a unifying symbol among the Mengwi royalty and the Balinese people, Taman Ayun Temple is a must see if you decide to take the Ubud day trip circuit.
Tanah Lot Temple is an icon amongst Balinese Hindu shrines to visit. Established from 1489 by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a high priest from the Majapahit Kingdom in East Java, Tanah Lot is situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Indian ocean and was established to honour the sea god, Baruna. The temple is accessible only at low tide.
Taman Kupu-Kupu Bali or Bali Butterfly Park is a high conservation area preserving species of butterfly’s found throughout the more than 13,000 islands of the Indonesian archipelago. Preserving several endangered species in its collection. The park also serves as a research center attracting many International entomologists.
Warong Babi Guling Yastika is one of the most talked about local Warongs in Bali. This is a great local restaurant to stop at on the way home to Medewi Manor. Specialising in suckling pork, all of the meals served at Babi Guling are touched by their culinary expertise. If you enjoy spicy side dishes be sure to try their Sumbal.
The West Bali National Park or Taman Nasional Bali Barat is located on the North Western tip of Bali with directions located within the map below. Taman is an ecological conservation area covering three percent of the islands landmass and is home to over 160 different species including many birds, the Javan Lutung monkey, leopard cat and deer, to name a few. The park covers several differing habitats unfolding from the center which is dominated by the remnants of four inactive volcanic mountains, the highest of which is 1,412 meters. Taman is a true wonderland of Balinese flora and fauna.
Taman Nasional Bali Barat was recognised as an area of importance in 1917 when it was designated as a nature park. It was as early as 1941 that the Indonesian Government established Taman as a National Park. Once you arrive at the park you will need to engage a guide. The park staff are welcoming, helpful and will arrange guided tours that suit what it is you desire to experience. Yani and or Wawan will pre-arrange this aspect of the tour for you.
Menjangan island is a part of the West Bali National Park and spans approximately 4,000 Hectares. You can view the map to Menjangan below. There are several spots that have been allocated on the island for snorkling. From about 1988 Menjangan Island became Bali’s first internationally recognised dive location, famous for its wall-diving with great visibility.
We still recommend the tour to Menjangan irregardless of the amount of fan coral and other varieties of coral loosing its colour as there is still an abundance of tropical fish inhabiting the waters and nooks and crannies of the dive walls surrounding Menjangan. The island offers warm waters with stunning visibility that can reach up to 50 meters.
Besides the pristine nature of both the Menjangan waters the island’s collection of shrines, including Segara Giri Dharma Kencana Temple with its towering seaward-facing Ganesh statue on its hilly north-eastern shore, make Menjangan island a fullfilling place to visit.
On the way back from Menjangan island you have the option of stopping at the Negara markets and or the Pura Rambut Siwi Temple. Pura Rambut Siwi is one of the most beautiful Hindu temple complex’s in the Jembrana Regency, covering 1 hectare. The views from the front of this temple are stunning, providing a panorama that spans from the Indian ocean toward the numerous rice paddies and back toward the Jembrana hinterland. Again you’ll require the appropriate dress to enter the temple complex. All sarongs and or scarfs are available for a moderate fee at the front gate.
The Makepung Buffalo Races take place at a number of circuits throughout the Jembrana regency and attract a large crowd. The map below shows you the closest race to Medewi Manor. Yani and or Wawan are available to take you to any race on the circuit. Sunday’s are race days with the schedule for the 2018 Makepung buffalo races posted below the map.
Yani or Wawan can take you to any race and on the way back drop in to visit places of your choice. Talk with Yani about your options. The dates below are apt to change however you can contact the Jembrana government tourism office to check or simply ask Yani. In 1984 the Makepung tradition of Jembrana inspired the creation of a Balinese dance of the same name. Performed by seven to nine male and female participants, and depicting riders and buffaloes, it has become a unique dance that is accompanied by a Jegog bamboo orchestra.
July 15: Delodberawah Village Circuit.
July 29: Sanghyang Cerik, Tuwed Village Circuit.
August 12: Mertasari Loloan Timur Circuit.
August 26: Awen, Lelateng Circuit.
September 9: Delodberawah Village Circuit.
September 23: Kaliakah Village Circuit.
October 7: Mertasari Loloan Timur Circuit.
October 21: Pangkung Dalem, Kaliakah Village Circuit.
November 4: Delodberawah Village Circuit.
November 18: Sanghyang Cerik, Tuwed Village Circuit.
There are many more day trips available from Medewi Manor. This page is representative of the more popular sites that travellers to the Jembrana regency frequent. If you would like to organise something that isn’t listed on this page, simply ask Yani and together you can plan an outing to anywhere on the island.
The Bali Arts Festival traditionally starts on the second Saturday of June and runs through the month of July. It is the perfect moment to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts together with various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia.
The Handara Golf Resort is world class. It is a challenging golf course set in the cooler mountainous regions of Bali near Bedugal. Surrounded by rain forested terrain Handara have professional staff and informative caddy’s with course tips that will improve your score.
Is a scared Hindu tree believed to be inhabited by the spirit of two tigers.
A Hindu area of conservation, it is situated in Padang Tegal village.
A place to cool off and relax amongst the densely forested surrounds.
This gem of Bali offers an abundance of tropical fish and turquoise clear water.
These races have become a huge event throughout the Jembrana Regency.
As soon as the sun begins to rise you will see these majestic creatures appear.
Is a challenging course for enthusiasts, surrounded by tropical gardens.
The arts festival is a cultural treat for lucky visitors who are in Bali until mid July.
Is a Hindu temple complex developed over years, worshiping the god of agriculture.
The hot springs at Air Panas Banjar are a spectacular site set amongst landscaped gardens.
Indonesia is a wonderland of forested waterfalls. Refresh at Munduk behind Lovina Beach.
Set in the hills behind Lovina, Brama Vihara Arama is a buddhist meditation center.
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