Serangan Island 2015.03.09

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Sometimes the beaches of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak can just seem too busy. If you're looking for a quiet stretch of beach with only a couple of simple warungs and a good surf break, then head to Serangan Island.

Although administratively part of the city of Denpasar, Serangan Island is on the way to Sanur, on the east coast of the island. Before a road bridge was built, the island was only accessible from Bali by boat however now there's no problem driving across from the mainland.

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The island is home to Serangan Village, Serangan Beach and lots and lots of sweet-looking cows grazing peacefully next to the street. Don't ask us why, but there are loads of them. We've even seen a cow walking amongst the wash lines of some houses in the nearby village (see below image to spot the trespasser in action).

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Serangan is also the location of an important Hindu temple, Pura Sakenan. Built in the 10th century, the temple is divided into two areas - Sakenan Temple in the east and Dalem Sakenan Temple in the west.

An important ceremony is held every six months (210 days) based on the Balinese calendar, when hundreds of worshipers from the various village temples in southern Denpasar visit Pura Sakenan for its piodalan temple anniversary celebrations.

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The 3-day ceremony coincides with the holy day of Kuningan, 10 days after the Galungan celebrations, and its an excellent opportunity to see Balinese culture at it's best.

Several traditional dances are also performed during the height of the celebrations, usually over the Kuningan weekend. These range from Barong dances to various Tari Topeng or mask dances.

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Another reason tourists visit Serangan Island is to surf, especially during the wet season. In fact, this is the only time of the year when Serangan pulls a bit of a crowd (mostly visiting Japanese and Russian surfers).

A few basic warungs offer snacks, drinks and massages, and you can also hire sun loungers and rent boards. For up to date Serangan surf reports, click here.

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You may hear Serangan referred to as Turtle Island and fittingly, this is home to the Turtle Conservation and Education Center.

The center helps protect turtles by hosting injured animals and buying eggs from locals to prevent them from being eaten. They also collect turtle nests from busy tourist beaches and bring them back to the center to put in the purpose-built hatchery.

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Out of the seven types of sea turtles, three species are kept and raised at the center. It's also possible to adopt a turtle for Rp. 100,000. In return you will receive a certificate from the Turtle Conservation and Education Center and will be able to help in the release of your chosen turtle, if you're still in Bali at the time.

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Getting to Serangan

● From Kuta, take the By Pass road to Sanur
● Roughly halfway to Sanur, you will see the large LOTTE Mart supermarket on the left
● Just before LOTTE Mart, on the opposite side of the road, is a newish limestone road
● Turn in here and follow the road all the way down to the beach.



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