TULAMBEN: FOR THE NON-DIVERS AND ADVENTURERS. (BLOG)
We’ve all read up on the amazing diving surrounding Tulamben, that’s why you’re going right? So what can you do on your non-diving days/ what is there for non-divers? Here are our top suggestions for activities on the top-side of Tulamben;
- Trek to Les Waterfall and a nearby hotspring
Grab a guide (not necessary but worth it) and make the trek to Les Waterfall (also known as Yeh Mempeh). The guide will point out some of the local fruits and plants as you pass by plantations of papaya, banana, cloves, cocoa, jackfruit and coffee. The walk is effortless and there are a few small warungs along the trail selling coffee, coconuts and Bintang (the essentials).
- Admire the hard work of King Anak Agung at the Tirtagangga Water Gardens
Designed and constructed in 1948 by Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem (1887 – 1966), who was the last Raja (King) of Karangasem. He was an extraordinary man as, not only was he the architect of the water gardens but al because he helped with every little bit on the construction. The local Balinese people would stand astonished to find the Raja amidst labourers, working knee deep in the mud digging out the pools and ponds.
- Enjoy a meal at Seara Tegah
If it’s locally caught, barbequed fish with fantastic views you’re after, this is the spot for you. The view of the sunset behind the volcano is worth up trek up the hill alone, the amazing food is just a bonus!
- Explore the gardens of Kerta Gosa
Officially known as Taman Gili Kerta Gosa, this building was the former Royal Courts of Justice in Klungkung, in the heart of Klunkgung regency. It features two main structures offering unique and traditional Balinese architecture; a grand hall with ceilings filled with Kamasan or Wayang-style paintings, and the Bale Kambang ‘floating hall’.
- Watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Agung
The most profound time to stand on top of the mountain is when the sun is rising. From the peak, you can see as far as Lombok, making it well worth the overnight hike. The locals believe that Mount Agung is the source of Bali’s divine spirituality and pure energy.
- Book yourself in for a massage at Siddhartha Spa
Located just out of Tulamben in Kubu, choose anything from a facial to a relaxing 5 day retreat that involves aromatherapy, massage, scrubs, masks, floral baths and more at Siddhartha. Afterwards, enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset from the resorts pool-bar before heading home.
- Meditate at Goa Lawah Bat Cave
This is one of Bali’s most historical temples. It was established in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, one of early priests who laid the foundations of Hinduism on the island. Once a place for deep meditation for priests, you will notice that this seems almost impossible amidst the loud screeching being amplified by the hollow cave, yet it is believed that the constant natural high pitches actually aided in focusing their thoughts.
- Learn about Balinese tradition and culture in Tenganan Village
One of several ancient villages in Bali, Tenganan still holds the traditions and rules of ancient Bali. The houses are designed the time-honoured way and the village people, known as ‘Bali Aga’, still hold the traditional religious rituals and ceremonies, and live the ancient Balinese lifestyle. There are around 400 Bali Aga still living in this small village. Tenganese people who move out or marry outside of the village are not welcomed back.
- Go fishing in a traditional outrigger boat
Does the idea of eating what you catch interest you? Barracuda, Mahi-Mahi and mackerel are teeming throughout the waters surrounding Tulamben and you can catch it with your own two hands! It is a small price to pay (around IDR 150,000) for a two to three hour fishing trip on a traditional outrigger boat.
- Experience the incredible Taman Ujung Water Palace
Built in 1919, the Taman Ujung Water palace was created as a place to welcome important guests and Kings from neighbouring countries. The complex consists of various large pools and historic structures set against a backdrop of Mount Agung and the eastern shoreline.