A special célébration time began already in Bali, culminating with Galungan Day, this Wednesday, December 17th.
Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring cérémonies according to the ’210 day Balinese Pawukon Calendar’. The festival symbolizes the victory of good (Dharma)over evil (Adharma) and encourages the Balinese to show their gratitude to the Creator.
The spirits of deceased relatives who have been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsability to be hospitable through prayers and offerings.
6 days before is the day to purify, 3 and 2 days before are dedicated to méditation, then the day before people erect the ‘penjor’ in front of each house.
Offerings and praying are made to God and holy ancestral spirits who come down to earth. The Balinese usually return to their family hometowns and villages to reunite with their families and elders.
Here on the picture the colorful holy decoration used for the celebration of Galungan: they are made of palm tree leaves and orn the streets in the villages as well as the houses.
Over 400 trail bikers from Bali, Java and Sumatra gave themselves appointment in Pekutatan this week to share their passion on the trails of West Bali. The route chosen by the organizers was particularly ambitious: Starting point on the Pekutatan beach and finish the evening in Bedugul near the famous temple of Ulu Danu. And return the next day to Pekutatan by different paths. A unique opportunity for them to discover the natural treasures of West Bali. Many bikers have chosen Dajuma as a resting place, creating some animation in the hotel with parking invaded by the latest models of trail bikes.
The beach of Dajuma is the place of a continuous show: families practicing their ancestral “mandi mandi”, a sea bath in the natural volcano holes, proud fishermen leaving every afternoon for their night fishing campaign, and a lot of birds; seagulls, magnificent blue kingfishers and more rarely some grey herons. This is what happened yesterday with these 3 majestuous birds, the largest ones in the region going from Sumatra to Bali, in search of some fish on the cape where Dajuma was built. The « Great-billed Heron » likes mangrove, beaches and costal reef of the small islands : a resident throughout the Greater Sundas.
Argos is a name well-known from the public because of these famous aeronautical beacons which ensure the safety of all flights around the world. Probably you already heard about it.
As an eco-resort, Dajuma is proud to welcome Florent and Pascal who are working for PT CLS Argos Indonesia, a subsidiary of the french companies CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) and Ifremer. They visit us every month for a few days, their role consisting in supervising an important project in Perancak.
CLS Argos company is specialised in the observation of our planet from space and has revolutionised understanding and protection of our environment. At the core of this system: Argos beacons, altimeters for ocean observation, space radars which monitor maritime regions. The CNES subsidiary operates and processes data from more than 80 instruments on board of nearly 40 satellites.
As such, CLS is a major contributor to global efforts in the field of environmental monitoring, sustainable management of marine resources and maritime safety.
You will be always most welcome at Dajuma!
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There is a kind of fascination to observe the patient work of skilled villagers working on traditional weawing looms in Negara, not far from Dajuma.
The bobbin is loaded with a wire already tinted by segments, according to the pattern chosen by the artist. Operated by the weaver, the bobbin, by a continuous coming and going, will feed the frame. Ultimately, the so called “ikat” fabric slowly born with blur of the best effect, which is related to the vagueness of the craft machine.
A very interesting curiosity, part of our tour “Discover West Bali”!
On the picture, the ikat under weaving featuring the famous buffalo races (Mekepung) typical from West Bali.
The answer is YES! More and more guests are eager to learn about the secrets of Balinese massages. Tini, who is heading our Spa and Wellness Center, decided to create a special initiation program for them. It consists in a 2 hour session with a first part dedicated to the a presentation of the body anatomy, energy flows and points, immediately followed by a massage on a model under the supervision of our specialists. A wonderful experience which allows you to start practicing Balinese massages when you are back home…
Sea turtle conservation is a real concern for a long time insofar as their reproduction process is difficult and subject to various threats : when the turtle comes out from the sea to spawn on the beach, the fragile eggs even buried in the sand are often eaten by errant dogs, cats, birds and sometimes people. Same scenario when the egg comes to maturation : the baby turtle has to join the sea and only 1 out of 1000 will really survive.
On Dajuma beach, nearby our hotel, we are used to have sea turtles spawning every year. Our staff has trained the villagers to bring the eggs to the Turtle Conservation Program, located a few kilometers from Dajuma. This program initiated by the WWF fifteen years ago is today sponsored by private firms including Dajuma.
It is headed by I Komang Gunawan (firstname.lastname@example.org) whose family with successively his grand father and his father has been involved for 3 generations with turtles. Initially turtles’ hunters until 1997, they decided to switch to their conservation with the WWF technical and financial support which ended in 2002.
Today Komang is proud of his contribution to the survival of threatened species such as turtles and on our side we are happy to bring our support to him.
We regularly invite our guests to visit his facilities, and contribute to the development of his center by sponsoring a “turtles nest” which generally counts several tens of eggs. This is what happened a few days ago with a French family who sponsored 60 eggs which should hatch in a few weeks. Needless to say that the emotion was great when Alexander was able to take in his hands these so fragile animals ! Well done guys !
Thanks to a close cooperation with Greenpearls (http://www.greenpearls.com/) and after a stringent evaluation performed by TÜV Nord and the WWF, our hotel has been selected among the top 10 in the category Travel of the prestigious Green Tec Award 2015.
Next step will consist in collecting as many votes as possible from our guests and partners to have a chance to get the final award. Whatever the result, we are already very proud to have been selected. It crowns 12 years of commitment of our staff in favor of our exceptional natural and social environment. Congratulations guys !
Located 114 km from Dajuma, the Ijen volcano complex is a group of stratovolcanoes in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java, Indonesia.
The journey starts from Dajuma very early in the morning and after touring up the traditional West Coast of Bali we reach the most western tip of the island where we board the ferry to Java. After a one hour drive passing through coffee & rubber plantations in a 4WD car, we reach the starting point for the ascent of Mt Kawah Ijen. After a revigorating 1h30 trek, we reach the summit of one of the wonders of Indonesia, Mt Kawah Ijen (2368 m) with its truly amazing sulphur crater, inside a larger caldera which is about 20 kilometers wide and surrounded by an esmerald green lake.
The lake is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets weighing 70 kg in average. They are carried by hand from the crater floor as shown on the picture.
A trip to do absolutely !