Menjangan Island in the West Bali National Park area is the northernmost point of the western part of Bali Island and it is known as a special interest of diving destination. Here divers can enjoy the beauty of wall-diving. They can walk along the expanse of underwater cliffs in calm waters with various coral reef formations at a depth of 10 to 60 meters. Underwater coral reef formations form caves of various sizes which are habitats for large groupers, moray eels as well as small snapper and batfish.
The Banyumandi Joint Business Group (KUB) is a local Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) organization established by Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa whose members are Banyuwedang fishermen at Pejarakan Village. The job is to catch, process and sell fish in a predetermined area. “Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy supports and expands the capacity of the Banyumandi Marine Ecotourism Joint Business Group in collaboration with Plataran Menjangan, West Bali National Park, and the Buleleng Tourism Office,” said the Cluster Marketing Communication Executive (East) – Hotels, Resorts, and Cruises, Wiwin Septriani, on Wednesday (Nov 30).
This government assistance activity is bottom-up and based on the proposer’s needs, after which the proposal is reviewed and assisted by a technical team and a team of experts based on the topic of special interest tourism in marine ecotourism. This proposal was realized in the form of facilitation of diving and snorkeling equipment as well as a labor-intensive program in the form of special interest tourism seminars on sustainable diving-snorkeling, and guidance on the safety of tourist boats in the Menjangan area in West Bali.
This activity is also a follow-up to the corridor program “Towards Climate Positive Tourism through Decarbonization and Ecotourism” launched at The Octagon Ocean Club on July 6-7, 2022. The development of ecotourism in Indonesia is integrated with the carbon offset program which is one of Indonesia’s efforts to contribute in balancing carbon emissions resulting from tourism activities. “Apart from that, this is also part of the Indonesian Government’s implementation of the 5 pillars of The Tourism Working Group (TWG), namely: Climate Action, Biodiversity Conservation, and Circular Economy,” she said.
Situated in a 382 hectare of forest which is home to 175 species of flora and 167 species of fauna, Plataran Menjangan is an icon and pioneer of ecotourism that provides upscale resort facilities and luxurious experiences. The resort features 19 villas, a sea club, spa center, exclusive restaurants and a fleet of three private phinisi sailing boats and yachts that explore the exotic surroundings of Menjangan Island, surrounded by four mountains. The Plataran Menjangan master plan was designed by Hitesh Mehta of HM Design, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities, practitioners and researchers on sustainable tourism or ecotourism physical planning and architectural aspects of landscape ecolodges.
In 2006, National Geographic named Hitesh Mehta one of the Five Pioneers of Sustainable Tourism in the world. Plataran Menjangan is CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability) certified from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. This means that tourists who make a visit should not have to worry about cleanliness, health, safety and environmental sustainability during their stay. “An exotic retreat with elegant architecture awaits you at Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa, where you are sure to have an unparalleled experience,” concluded Wiwin Septriani. (BTN/015)1 comment