For those who like to travel to tourism villages, try stopping at the Wanagiri tourism village, Sukasada, Buleleng. This village is very beautiful, and has various types of alluring tourist attractions. Once visited, you can enjoy a variety of fun attractions. The Wanagiri tourism village is managed by local customary village through its Tourism
Awareness Group (Pokdarwis) and the Village-Owned Enterprise (BUMDes). “During this pandemic, we are opening by implementing a health protocol so that visitors feel comfortable,” said the Head of BUMDes of Wanagiri Village, I Made Darsana, not long ago.
Wanagiri tourism village offers various tourist attractions, such as five waterfalls, namely Banyumalla Waterfall, Banyu Wana Amerta Waterfall, and Pucak Manik Waterfall. This village has also been equipped with a home stay, camping ground, Wanagiri coffee and selfie spots. However, of all these attractions, the most attractive is the selfie spot and waterfalls in a very natural forest area. “Tourists often use the natural object to take selfie,” said Darsana.
Wanagiri Tourism Village sits in a very strategic location, so it is easy to reach from anywhere. From Singaraja City, it is about 30 kilometers, and Denpasar City is about 60 kilometers. Even though Wanagiri tourism village is an open-air tourist spot, visitors must pay attention to some requirements, namely that visitors are in good health and always fulfill health procedures. “The health conditions is important, especially during this pandemic. We continuously apply the health protocol according to the rules imposed by the government. Besides, we always urge visitors to comply with the health protocols in order to break the chain of the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
After the pandemic, Wanagiri tourism village participates in the new era of life by preparing health care facilities, such as providing a thermometer to measure temperature, a station for washing hands, installing 3M application warnings (wearing masks, washing hands and keeping a distance) as well as providing PeduliLindungi applications.
“After the Covid-19 outbreak in Indonesia and Bali, Wanagiri tourism village mainly the four selfie spots and our waterfalls were closed from March 2020. Then, we reopened for waterfall visit on October 4, 2021. Meanwhile, the selfie spots are still not open because waiting for a recommendation from the Natural Resources and Conservation Agency (BKSDA),” he said.
Wanagiri tourism village started getting a Pokdarwis decree in 2016 and was immediately declared a tourism village by the Buleleng Tourism Office. Wanagiri tourism village started from the tourism potential in the forest area of Wanagiri Village. They are several waterfalls coming with unique and very good attractiveness, the Wanagiri village community formed Pokdarwis to manage the existing potential. “The operator of Wanagiri tourism village is under the auspices of the Village-Owned Enterprise (BUMDes) as a village economic institution that oversees the management of potential as a formal legal entity,” explained Darsana.
It is meant to improve the community’s economy and village locally-generated revenue along with the development of the tourism potential of the Wanagiri Village and start to form several groups for managing selfie spots in the area of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in collaboration with customary villages to synchronize the managed potential. In the customary village and the administrative village, it was formed the Wanagiri tourism village so that it could become a big umbrella solution in managing village potential.
Prior to the pandemic, the Wanagiri tourism village was visited by tourists from various countries, such as China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Japan, Europe, America, Australia, and several other countries including local and domestic tourists. However, after the pandemic the visitors were quiet, foreign tourist visit was rare, but there were still only local tourists visiting. “Local people who visit are no more than 15 to 20 percent of the number of visitors before the pandemic,” he admitted. (BTN/015)