Molenteng Hill, ‘Raja Ampat’ of Nusa Penida

Molenteng Hill, ‘Raja Ampat’ of Nusa Penida

Molenteng Hill or often dubbed as the One Thousand Island of Nusa Penida, precisely located at Pelilitan hamlet, Pejukutan, increasingly attracts more travelers. A beautiful sea view and a tree house on the cliff top give satisfaction to lovers of natural beauty. “Molenteng Hill is also often dubbed as the Raja Ampat of Bali by

Molenteng Hill or often dubbed as the One Thousand Island of Nusa Penida, precisely located at Pelilitan hamlet, Pejukutan, increasingly attracts more travelers. A beautiful sea view and a tree house on the cliff top give satisfaction to lovers of natural beauty.

“Molenteng Hill is also often dubbed as the Raja Ampat of Bali by visitors. Probably it happens because the attraction is similar to the Raja Ampat tourist attraction in Papua,” said the operator and owner of the Bukit Molenteng tourist attraction, I Wayan Natih, recently.

Natih said the land area used as the tourist attraction is heritage from his ancestors that is then managed by building several facilities such as a tree house, food stall and convenient gazebo to unwind.

Furthermore, he explained that it was originally not an object designated by the government of Klungkung as tourist attraction. However, in harmony with the increasing number of tourist visits to the location, Natih was inspired to make the land area into a tourist object managed in better way.

“We would like to welcome the arrival of guests to this location in a better way along with good facilities. With various considerations, we decided to make some buildings with supporting facilities for the beauty of this natural grace,” he said.

With a couple of facilities established, since June 2016 this location has been opened into a tourist attraction. After that, he claimed that approximately 150 visitors come every day consisting of local, domestic to foreign travelers.

To support the sustainability of the tourist attraction, Natih charges admission ticket to visitors differently, where local visitor is charged at IDR 5,000 per person and IDR10,000 for foreign visitor. In addition, visitor is also charged a parking levy of IDR 5,000 per vehicle. And for those wishing to enjoy the natural beauty of tree house must pay IDR 300,000 per night.

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He admitted there are some investors often asking him to make cooperation but so far he tends to manage alone the tourist attraction in order that someday it can be passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Currently, he has employed 14 people to help manage the attraction. “We pay their salary from the revenue of admission ticket and it is also used to equip the facilities such as the provision of water and electricity,” he added.

“For sustainability of this attraction, the government has taken a role by helping develop this tourist attraction, especially in the matter of promotion. However, we still find some obstacles today such as the difficult access to get water, electricity and the road still gets less support from the government,” said Natih. (BTN/014)



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