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As the north coast road heads west from Lovina, in an isolated corner of far northwestern Bali, the weather-beaten hills of West Bali National Park loom dramatically over Pemuteran Bay. Here the friendly community and a fast-growing collection of relaxing hotels and resorts have earned this charming little fishing village a reputation of being a peaceful getaway from, well, everywhere else in Bali. Few points on Bali are as remote as Pemuteran.

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Although rapidly expanding, Pemuteran’s development has been mindful of some of the negative effects of rampant tourism in other parts of Bali. The community here wants to retain its peaceful village atmosphere, and Pemuteran has no hawkers or stores selling tourist tat and just about zero nightlife. However, they do face challenges, particularly with pollution and erosion, yet are making several positive steps to resolve these. It’s a model others could follow.

One of these Pemuteran deckchairs might have your name on it. Photo taken in or around Pemuteran, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

One of these Pemuteran deckchairs might have your name on it. Photo: Sally Arnold

Most people come to Pemuteran for the diving and snorkelling. Beach snorkelling and shore dives can be done straight from the black sands of the bay, which is slowly recovering from years of damage from dynamite fishing. The excellent marine regeneration projects involving the local community are another model Pemuteran can be proud of. It still has a way to go before it comes close to the majestic gardens at nearby Menjangan Island. The real reason most people stay in Pemuteran is its proximity to the world class diving and snorkelling at that dry, scrubby island surrounded by the best coral reef in Bali, boasting massive drop-offs, cliffs, caves and a spectacular ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,000 words.)

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