Introducing our new electric scooters at Dajuma – the perfect way for our guests to explore the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding nature and villages. These eco-friendly scooters not only reduce our carbon footprint but also offer a thrilling and silent ride through lush landscapes. Experience the joy of discovering hidden gems and cultural richness as you effortlessly glide through the enchanting West Bali region. Uniting adventure and sustainability, these scooters are sure to delight and elevate your stay with us. Please come, let’s embark on a memorable journey together like Henrik and Ole on the picture!
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During the high season, Dajuma is offering every week to its guests a special entertainment on stage. They discover on this occasion the enchanting beauty of Balinese traditional dances, where they are graciously invited to dance upon the stage. Amidst the mesmerizing jegog music typical from West Bali, the dancers’ graceful movements tell ancient stories that transcend time. The vibrant costumes and intricate gestures reflect the rich cultural heritage of Bali, captivating hearts from all walks of life. Engaging in this immersive spectacle, guests become part of a timeless tradition that celebrates the harmony between art and life. Puri Dajuma’s dance performances offer a profound and unforgettable cultural exchange for all who partake. Please come and enjoy it!
On the eastern side of Dajuma is a beach where sea turtles are used to laying their eggs overnight. For 22 years, we have been used to shelter them from predators by bringing them to the Kurma Asih Turtle conservatory in Perancak, where our friend Komang knows how to take care of them until their hatching. This is what happened last week with an important hatching that made the joy of our Australian customers Deb and her husband Phil as well as little Célestin, very impressed to hold a baby turtle in his hand. They were very lucky to be able to attend the egg hatch and to accompany these small beings so fragile to the sea to start their life trip.
Clove harvesting at Pancak Tirtha in Jembrana, Bali, with Dajuma guests is a unique and memorable experience that combines the beauty of nature, local farming practices and cultural immersion. Located in the scenic area of Jembrana, Pancak Tirtha is not only a popular lunch spot but also a place where guests can witness and participate in the traditional clove harvesting process.
When guests arrive at Pancak Tirtha, they are greeted by the owner, Pak Ming, known for his expertise in growing cloves. With his warm smile and genuine hospitality, Pak Ming welcomes Dajuma guests, sharing his knowledge and passion for growing cloves.
The lush greenery surrounding Pancak Tirtha creates a breathtaking backdrop as Pak Ming leads guests to the clove plantation. The air is filled with the invigorating aroma of cloves, setting the stage for an immersive experience in the heart of Jembrana’s agricultural landscape.
Amid vibrant clove trees, Pak Ming explains the importance of harvesting cloves in Jembrana and the meticulous care needed to ensure a successful yield. He shares information about the life cycle of clove trees, their unique characteristics, and ideal growing conditions.
As guests explore the plantation, they have the opportunity to observe the clove trees in different stages of development. Some trees are adorned with beautiful white and pink flowers, while others are abundant with ripe cloves ready to harvest.
With the gentle guidance of Pak Ming, Dajuma guests are invited to partake in the centuries-old tradition of “Ngepik Cengkeh”, which involves separating cloves from the stems. Armed with nimble fingers, guests carefully pick the cloves, experiencing firsthand the delicate nature of the harvesting process.
Pak Ming shares stories of the challenges and joys of growing cloves in Jembrana. He explains that the current season might not be as abundant as expected due to certain factors, such as weather conditions or natural variations in tree productivity. Nonetheless, he stresses the importance of appreciating small harvests and the resilience of local farmers.
As guests actively engage in clove harvesting, their connection to the land and the local community deepens. They gain a new appreciation for the hard work and dedication it takes to bring this aromatic spice from farm to table.
After the successful harvest, Pak Ming brings the guests together for a moment of reflection and gratitude. He expresses his gratitude for their participation and offers them a thoughtful gift: a selection of freshly harvested cloves as a souvenir. This gesture serves as a reminder of the shared experience and bonds formed through this immersive journey into Jembrana’s clove culture.
The day ends with a delicious lunch at Pancak Tirtha, where guests savor the flavors of local cuisine infused with the aromatic essence of cloves. The meal becomes a celebration of the harvest, a feast of community and connection, where stories and laughter are shared.
Harvesting cloves at Pancak Tirtha in Jembrana, Bali with Dajuma guests is not just an agricultural activity, but a gateway to cultural exploration and appreciation. It promotes a deeper understanding of local traditions, the beauty of nature and the interconnectedness between communities and their environment. It’s an experience that leaves a lasting impression, weaving together the scents, flavors and memories of Jembrana’s clove harvest into the fabric of each guest’s journey.
Dajuma had the pleasure of hosting the Australian International School Bali Camp from June 26th to 28th. A merry band of 36 3rd and 4th year students supervised by 6 teachers took part in the camp, which aims to train students in independence through all kinds of activities, such as painting, quiz nights, beach cleaning and many more organized by the teachers. The hotel has also been put to use by organizing other activities such as rice cultivation with visits to local schools, introduction to Balinese floral decorations and traditional dances. Everyone really enjoyed the camp and we had great feedback from the teachers who said it was the best camp they had ever had.
Last week, the family of Punya, our neighbour and member of our security team, was honored with 2 particularly important ceremonies, touching their 2 sons Calvin and Mang Ari. For both of them, the famous Mepandes ceremony was organized first. It consists in ensuring the filing of the canines, a highly symbolic gesture since it marks the passage to adulthood and authorizes marriage. As soon as this was done, Calvin immediately proceeded to marry the beautiful Eva. The day before the ceremony, they invited all friends and neighbours to share a moment with the family. As one of the staff of Puri Dajuma, Punia also invited all members of Dajuma staff to come to their house. Congratulations to the parents and the happy couple!
Traditional weaving in West Bali, close to Dajuma, is another asset of this preserved part of the island. Skilled artisans in this region use traditional looms and techniques to create beautiful textiles, showcasing intricate patterns and vibrant colors. Recently open in Negara is the Sentra Tenun Jembrana, an initiative of the local regency aimed at supporting the local weawers by showcasing their handmade textiles which not only helps sustain their livelihoods but also promotes the preservation of this traditional art form. This is what our guests Ida and Corrina, shown on the picture, discovered last week. They were particularly impressed by the weaving process which involves meticulous attention to detail, with each thread being carefully woven by hand to produce beautiful fabrics.
These textiles play a significant role in Balinese ceremonies and rituals, as well as being used for everyday clothing and home decor.
The art of traditional weaving is not only a means of creating functional items but also a form of artistic expression, reflecting the cultural identity and heritage of the Balinese people.
Next time you decide to visit us, we will be more than happy to take you to this new weawing center where you will witness the weaving process firsthand, and see weawers at work as many workshops and studios offer demonstrations and workshops for those interested in learning more.
Among all activities offered by Dajuma (https://www.dajuma.com/e-library/#activities–tours), there is one which is particularly appreciated by our guests: the ecotourism tour. It is a unique ecotourism experience that showcases the breathtaking natural beauty of the island. An amazing trip in our 4WD Jeep around Pulukan Ecotourism State Plantation of Pekutatan village (1181 ha) where you will discover rubber trees, coconut and banana plantations, clove and vanilla trees. The process to make palm sugar is shown and explained to you. Cherry on the cake, as shown on the picture, the tour ends in paradise with a lunch taken at 300 m elevation with a panoramic view on the jungle and the ocean.
Buffalo races, locally called Makepung in West Bali are a thrilling spectacle that captivates both locals and tourists alike. These races showcase the unique cultural heritage of the region and the special bond between the farmers and their buffaloes. The thunderous sound of hooves pounding the ground and the adrenaline-filled atmosphere make for an unforgettable experience. Witnessing these majestic creatures galloping with grace and power is a testament to the rich traditions of Bali. Not to be missed next time you visit us. They are at only 30 mn drive from Dajuma.
This beginning of the year was like no other for the Balinese, as they celebrated their biggest Hindu festival (Galungan & Kuningan) almost at the same time as the new year. Last Friday they also celebrated Siwa by going to the village temple (Dalem) in the evening to pray and often spend the whole night in meditation. It is also known as a night of introspection which is celebrated once a year. Pictured is the Siwa Statue at Gilimanuk Bay-West Bali National Park.