Since its inception in 2000, the environment has been a central topic in Dajuma’s operations. Not only any aspect of its hospitality activities has been carefully reviewed to tune the lowest possible environmental impact (selection of organic food from regional suppliers, eco lab products for the cleaning, no chemicals for the garden, …), our team also acts proactively once every 3 weeks by collecting any rubbish left behind by the tide or the rain on the beach, along the road or in the rain forest. Though the area is rural with an initial low environmental concern, Dajuma bit by bit got the support from both the head of the village and that of the regional governor to get the villagers sensitive to the protection of their environment. While a few years ago it took us 3h to get around the whole circuit, we can now close the loop in less than 1 hour. This shows that everybody now pays more attention to the protection of their environment. Our guests also join and take part happily in this responsible action every 3rd saturday or sunday of the month. Our former director I Gede Indra Yasa was a key initiator of this action and though he passed away already one month ago, we strongly feel how important this action is to not only remember him but also put in practice his life guiding principle, the so-called Tri Hita Karana within which the connection between human beings and nature (“pelemahan”) is one of its 3 key building blocks.
Dajuma’s unique location is the starting point of many exhilarating half-day trips to unsuspected locations. One of them, deeply rooted in everybody’s dreams, is Perancak’s Dolphin tour where you can admire wild dolphin families playing in the straight of Bali a few kilometers off shore Dajuma. Surprising isn’t it? But don’t take us wrong: this is not an attraction, this is a gift of God. If you are a serious wild life protector, you will accept a wake up call at 4h30 to be on the sea at sun rise, taken there by a praho (local boat) from Perancak harbour. At 6h30 you will start to scrutinize the ocean. Suddenly the magic will happen. Dolphin’s ballet, all around you. Our praho will gently follow them. But remember: those dolphins are wild and follow banks of small fish that serve them as breakfast. Again as a serious wild life protector, you will have to accept to see no dolphins at all. At least you will have shared a day of the fishermen’s everyday life in the outstanding setting of an ocean sunrise bound by Bali’s and Java’s chain of volcanos. A good moment of friendship and exclusive focus on the marine natural surroundings of Bali. How often can you expect this in our actual world? Come and join us!
30 km from Dajuma, the peaceful village of Loloan harbors an amazing history. It was settled by natives from Sulawesi, Kalimantan and Malaysia. They landed on Bali West coast on board of their unique Bugis to escape from the Dutch oppression. Those refugees soon became an important community of fishermen. The traditional jukung and sampan have been sailing off shore Negara, Rambut Siwi , Medewi and Pekutatan for the last 350 years. Their fishing technique requires two Bugis (boats). One of them is equipped with a captain chair raised 10 meters above sea level to locate the fishes. A net attached between the two boats catches them. These colorful Bugis became one of West Bali unique treasures.
It is an important landmark in memory of a national hero Lt Col Ngurah Rai who was born on 30 January 1917 in the village of Carangsari. After the Indonesian Declaration of Independence he established the People’s Security Army which opposes the 2,000 Dutch troops who had landed on 2 and 3 March 1946 in Tabanan. He Arrived on Pekutatan shores by boat and walked to Tabanan to attack the Dutch forces headquarters. On 20 November 1946, the Dutch launched a large scale attack on Marga supported by aircraft. Lt. Col Ngurah Rai ordered a Puputan, (fight to the death). He died with 95 others during the Indonesian Revolution. The battle is now known as the Battle of Margarana. Ngurah Rai was buried in Marga. On 9 August 1975, he was made a national hero via Presidential Decision Ngurah Rai International Airport, in Bali is named for him and he appears also on the IDR50,000 note. Each year the government come to repair and repaint the monument before August 17, which is ROI Independance day. Dajuma is proud to share a part of indonesian history.
“I can’t believe it…” that’s what everyone feels about Indra’s passing away: he was only 38 old. So many friends around the world sent touching messages, far beyond simple condolences. Several of them who celebrated Puri Dajuma 10th anniversary came back from Europe, while those who could not were praying at the same time in France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Singapore, Beijing, Netherlands, Holland, USA, Mexico… Hundreds of people were with him last Sunday during the main ceremony in Pekutatan. Beyond any religion everyone can believe that Indra’s spirit will remain with us. Om shanti shanti shanti.