We spent just over two weeks in Bali and split our time between Seminyak, Ubud and Pemuteran.
Pemuteran grew on us during the 4 nights we spent at Taruna Homestay and by the end of our stay we didn’t want to leave.
We arrived in Pemuteran after a 3.5 hour taxi ride from Seminyak and headed straight for the beach. Pemuteran beach is very pretty and still feels rustic and non commercialised. You can stroll along the beach past chickens, local fisherman tending to their boats and nets, and children playing.
There is not a single Bintag t-shirt shop in sight which you will be glad of if you have come from the South of Bali.
We ate at 3 restaurants during our stay, The Hungry Army, Tirta Sari, and at our hotel – Taruna. The food we ate in Pemuteran was so tasty with spice and flavour in each dish, it was a genuine reflection of Balinese food and a delight after the lacklustre offerings in Kuta / Seminyak.
We reaped the benefits of staying in a fishing village and enjoyed the fresh seafood during our stay, we both love Kalimari so we gorged on this during our stay.
As well as the fresh seafood, I also recommend that you try the Nasi Campur – it is a combination dish of rice, meat or fish and vegetables/salad. Every Nasi Campur is different, but you can almost guarantee that it will be tasty.
As you will see from my vlog of our visit (embedded at the bottom of this post), we spent the majority of our time eating and lounging by the pool – this is what Pemuteran is made for, total relation and indulgence.
If you can peel yourself away from the delicious restaurants and your lush hotel pool, head to the beach and look for the Bio Rock Project sign. Steel structures have been installed on the ocean floor and small electrical currents are pumped around the structures in order to encourage reef growth (6cm versus 1cm growth a year).
We were a bit skeptical at first and thought ‘how good can this be?’, however it is the best snorkelling I have ever done. The corals are so bright and there are tons of fish swimming around, plus it is so easy to access, just swim off the beach.
I’ve heard the diving in Pemuteran is also excellent, however we decided we would just stick to snorkelling on this visit.
If you want to walk off all that food you have devoured, then head up to the small temple at Batu Kursi. It is a steep walk up hundreds of steps to the top of the hill overlooking the bay, and better reserved for early morning or evening to avoid the heat. It is a delightful walk past local village farms and houses initially, then you will reach the main large temple at the bottom and see the signs pointing to the steps up the hill. The view at the top is more than worth the climb – you can see right across to Java.
I filmed a vlog whilst I was in Permuteran which is linked below. You can subscribe to my channel to be notified when I upload new videos.