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 !
The Rambut Siwi Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali, located a few kilometers from Dajuma.
When the sixteenth-century Hindu priest Nirartha sailed across from Java, he paused at this spot and claimed it as holy. On leaving, he donated a lock of his hair to the villagers, who erected a temple and named it Pura Rambut Siwi, “the temple for worshipping the hair”. The gift is kept in a sandlewood box inside the central 3-tiered meru.
Perched among frangipani on a promontory overlooking the sea, Pura Rambut Siwi occupies a truly beautiful site, set in the cliff bank with wide Indian Ocean just in front. Inside are shrines to Dewi Saraswati, the Goddes of learning and Dewi Sri, the rice Goddes.
A beautiful and authentic place to discover, especially at sunset!
Dajuma is located nearby the village of Pekutatan, at the edge of West Bali National Park. The whole area counts something like 15’000 inhabitants, in a harmonious mix of farmers and fishermen as well as Hindu and Islam religions. A lot of authentic wonders to discover for our guests, by foot, bicycle or motorbike, from the virgin sandy seashore where colorful prahos are operated by athletic fishermen to the rice paddies carefully cultivated by skilled and sympathetic farmers. To facilitate the discovery of the surroundings of Dajuma, we decided to create a detailed map where the roads and paths are clearly indicated as well as the the main points of interest.
You can download it here. Hope you will like it!
Close to the Rama restaurant, in the middle of the lawn, your eye may be attracted by a small traditional statue : a women carrying a flat basket on her head.
Her location is now a holy place because the Hindu people from Puri Dajuma are used to put flowers as offerings to the Gods in the basket every day.
For this beautiful and élégant little girl, the statue looks like a good friend with whom one like to share some frangipani flowers.
Indeed a graceful picture!
There is a landmark on the beach in front of Dajuma which is a boat with 3 soldiers on the deck among which the famous Colonel Ngurah Raï, hero of the Indonesian independence. Despite a strong structure made from the concrete, the waves regularly damage this beautiful commemorative monument. Until this year it was impossible for Dajuma to renovate it because it is the property of the Indonesian army. After some months of negotiation, we finally obtained the authorization to refurbish it what is done at the moment. Here on the picture, our team of workers under the guidance of I Putu Edit Andi Pratama, a renowned artist in the region, specialised in the construction of statues all around the Regency.
Their work is so perfect that it is almost impossible to distinguish between real humans and statues. Try to count how many real humans we have on the picture!
Clove and Cacao’s harvests have been particularly good this year in Pekutatan. Together with rice, vegetable, coffee and fruit, the clove and cacao plantations are well developped in this part of the island. The farmers proceed with the harvest of the clove once a year and twice for the cacao. They extract the clove and the cacao beans and make them drying in the sun before sending them to Java where the cacao beans are roasted and exported.
On the picture some clove and cacao beans drying in Pekutatan village, nearby Dajuma. The farmer also collects waste from the village for recycling.