BALI - KLUNGKUNG PRACTICALITIES
INCLUDES THE NUSA ISLANDS
Bali - Semarapura
This is the smallest Regency, lying east of Gianyar. It covers only 121 square kilometers, including three island : Nusa Penida , Lembongan and Ceningan. Depsite its size , its influence on Balinese culture has been powerful. It was here, at the shadow of the holy Volcano Agung , that the princes and priests of Majapahit gathered in 1343 to continue the kingdom by setting up " Kraton " in Samprangan, but within a couple of generations , they moved to Gelgel and then to Klungkung , in 1710. In the 16th century , the Gods smiled on Gelgel, when Dalem Baturenggong reached an impressive political and cultural achievement to earn His "golden age ".
for many years, the name of this city was changed in the early '90s to
Semarapura, the original and more regal name. This former royal capital
is one of the busiest towns in eastern Bali and the main transit point
for bemos and minibuses en route to Pura Besakih and points east-Padangbai,
Candidasa and Amlapura. Bemos cost around Rp.500 from Klungkung to any
of these places.
The Tourist Information Office on JI. Diponegoro, Phone 21448, is open 7am-1.45 pm, Mon Thurs, until 10 am on Fri and until noon on Sat.
Loji Ramayana Palace Hotel J I. Diponegoro. 9 rooms. The new rooms are clean with private showers and sit-down toilets; the ones in the back are simple with shared showers and squat toilets. The restaurant serves Chinese food. $9.50-$16. Across the street and 20 m west is Cahaya Pusaka, JI. Diponegoro 135. Rooms facing the garden are nicer. $7-$8.
Bali Indah and Sumber Rasa right next to it on JI. Nakula are the only proper restaurants in town. Good Chinese food.
The post office is at JI. Surapati, Phone 21010. There is a wartel on JI. Diponegoro, Phone 21500.
Buy essentials at the Tragia supermarket, JI. Batukaru, The only place for souvenirs is Kamasan village, south of Klungkung. Painters still produce traditional works in the so-called wayang style here. Ask for Nyoman Mandra, or any of his pupils.
Modern painter I Nyoman Gunarsa has opened a museum with his own collection of traditional Balinese painting, sculptures and antiques: Museum Seni Klasilk Gunarsa, Beng, Takmung, Klungkung, Also on display are his own energetic works, usually with dance themes. Look for the huge building with the billboard on the top on the north side of the road. Open 9 am-4 pm, daily except Mon.
There's an astonishing view just north of Klungkung (actually in the Karangasem regency) at Bukit Jambul. There are two Bukit Jambul Garden Restaurants at the best spots, across the road from each other. $10 for lunch. Another great setting at the Puri Boga Restaurant just above these two.
The Nusa Islands Bali
Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. These three unspoiled islands are southeast of Bali. Boats ply the routes to the islands from Sanur and Benoa (south Bali), Padangbai and Kusamba (east Bali). Most leave by 9-10 am. When travelling from Padangbai, it is advisable to overnight in Candidasa or Padangbai.
are different take-off points depending on your destination. If you are
heading to Jungut Batu on Nusa Lembongan, where most of the losmen are,
then leave from Sanur, Benoa or Kusamba. If you are going to Toya Pakeh
on Nusa Penida, leave from Kusamba or Padangbai.
At certain times of the year the sea can be treacherous, full of strong currents and even whirlpools. Ask locally. During these periods, the voyage is not advisable in a small jukung and it's safer to take one of the large excursion boats leaving Benoa. Another problem is pricing: the fare is low for locals, but for tourists it's $7.
How to get to Klungkung
From Padangbai. Be there early and register on the beachfront east of the main pier. Boats leave from 7 am-2 pm.
From Kusamba. Take small jukung on the beach, 100 m from the market. When local traders book all the boats it's difficult to sail from here.
From Sanur. Boats seating 50 leave from the beach at the end of JI. Raya Sanur, next to The Grand Bali Beach Hotel and take you to Jungut Batu on Nusa Lembongan in an hour. Departure: 7-8 am. Boat with two 80 HP engines, life jackets and radio communication is operated by Yayasan Pembangunan Desa Sanur Kaja.
From Benoa. Join a day-trip tour on a yacht. Contact Bali Camar, the Bali International Yacht Club, Bali Adventure Club, Banina Watersport or any of the companies mentioned in Sanur practicalities. $70-$90 include diving and depend on the condition of the vessel and facilities.
Bali Hai Cruises has daily cruises to Nusa Lembongan. The Beach Club Cruise (9 am-4.30 pm) features swimming and a barbecue lunch at a private club. ($75). On the Reef Cruise (9.30 am-4 pm) the boat ties up to a pontoon in the bay so passengers can play all day. ($90).
WakaLouka yacht sails to Lembongan daily from Benoa at 9 am, returning at 6 pm. $88, includes buffet lunch and use of WakaNusa Resort facilities. Diving available at $45 per dive.
Nusa Penida. In Toya Pakeh, take a bemo to Sampalan terminal (Rp2,000) where you can charter another bemo for an island tour ($20 unless you are very good at bargaining). To go to Jungut Batu on Nusa Lembongan either charter a jukung($10) or take a public jukung (Rp5,000).
Nusa Lembongan. Hire a trail bike from Jungut Batu for a tour of the island for $7.50/day. The price is high because there are no bemos. Cross the new bridge to get to Nusa Ceningan. Bird-watchers should check out the cliffs there.
Accommodations and Eating Out
On Nusa Penida there are several beachfront losmen with restaurants. There's nothing at all on Nusa Ceningan. Most of the budget accommodation on Nusa Lembongan is on the northern beach area near Jungut Batu. Times are changing for this once sleepy island. As it continues to be promoted as Bali's weekend getaway, Nusa Lembongan has become an aquatic playground, attracting day-trippers with its stunning coral reefs, its sandy beaches and lively surf breaks. Consequently, more up market hotels and resorts are being developed.
Budget Under US$ 25
Luxury Hotel and Accommodation
Water sports and Various Activities
visit these islands to surf, scuba dive or snorkel. The snorkeling here
is some of the best on Bali. There are three main surf spots all just
offshore from Jungut Batu: the playground, the abrasion and the shipwreck,
which has the best breaks. Equipment can be rented from residents: snorkeling
$15, scuba diving $50. Charter a jukung to Lembongan, Lombok and Sumbawa.
Island Express Surf Tours on Nusa Lembongan provides snorkeling and
fishing equipment, surfing, and meals. $380/person/week.
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