Slow-paced beach with snorkelling
Published/Last edited or updated: 15th September, 2016
Most people come to Pemuteran for diving or snorkelling, which is lucky, as underwater is better than above. A narrow band of fine black volcanic sand sweeps around the shallow reef-filled bay for about two kilometres, however, and it's appealing enough for swimming or idling about.
What’s refreshing is the noticeable lack of touts and sellers on this hassle-free beach. Resorts have monopolised the seafront locations and offer a selection of beach-facing restaurants, ideal for a long lunch or romantic dinner to a soundtrack of gently lapping waves. One blight though, both here and at nearby Menjangan Island, is the rubbish. When the currents and wind run a certain way, the plastic refuse is a major issue. Collect a few handfuls if this is the case while you’re there: You might encourage other people to do so as well and make a bit of a difference.
Pemuteran is known for an unusual "biorock" reef restoration project, which pumps low amounts of electricity current into artificial reef frameworks set on the sandy base of the bay. The results, in a fairly short period of time, are impressive. While it doesn’t go close to rivalling the scenery at Menjangan Island, there are still bucketloads of fish. The project is freely accessible, and an easy snorkel from the beach in front of Taman Sari Hotel. It’s also possible to do a shore dive here; the maximum depth is about ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)
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