Have you ever traveled to Gilimanuk Bay? The tourist area located in the westernmost region of Bali Island offers wonderful tourist attractions. Gilimanuk Bay comes with an exotic view because it is directly facing Java Island. Likewise, this area has a beautiful sea and even as a ferry port which is the gateway to Bali from the Island of Java. The fascinating attractions that Gilimanuk Bay have are riding traditional boat and underwater tours that can be enjoyed through snorkeling and diving activities.
Gilimanuk belongs to Melaya subdistrict, Jembrana, Bali. The facilities to this area are very good, so that it is always smooth when traveling there. Traveling from Denpasar to Gilimanuk by land with a distance of about 130 kilometers will take you about three hours’ drive. On the way, you will not feel bored because if you feel bored you can stop and rest at several tourist destinations passed through. Along the way, there are interesting stopover point equipped with places to eat and drink.
In Gilimanuk Bay, tourists can explore the sea by using a traditional boat (jukung) transportation. Tourists can go around the bay to watch beautiful mangrove plants, Kalong Island, Bird Island, Prapat Agung Temple, and White Sand Island. With the boat tourists can also visit religious tourism, namely the Segara Rupek Temple. “The boat or jukung rental service is provided by fishermen. The rate of boat rental is not too expensive. It is enough to pay around IDR 120,000-IDR150,000 for 8 passengers,” said Head of the Jembrana Tourism and Culture Office, Kadek Mirah Ananta Sukma Dewi, on Thursday (Feb. 11).
The most exotic tourist attractions in Gilimanuk Bay are snorkeling and diving. With the beach and sea whose cleanliness is well maintained, tourists can also enjoy the natural beauty of the alluring underwater charms. Tourists are also given the opportunity to choose to have snorkeling activities or simply swim by the bay. For those who like diving and underwater photography, it can also be done on this beach. “Here is a prime spot for underwater photographers to see the fascinating diversity of underwater animals, especially the colorful mollusks (sea slugs),” said Mirah.
However, if visitors want to relax, they can also enjoy the beautiful scenery. In Gilimanuk Bay, tourist can just enjoy the serenity and the beauty of the scenery as well. Local atmosphere gives a sense of comfort to tourists. They will not only find views of the blue sea with calm waves, but also the views of mountains in the distance. (BTN/015)