From Pekutatan to Randu Agung / Ketapang (East Java)
Continue the winding road to the most northwestern point of Bali. The rolling hills proof you are passing through Bali's rice growing area. At particular temples, bus and truck drivers take a short break to get a priest's blessing before leaving Bali. Soon you'll reach Bali Barat National Park, a nature reserve with an abundance of almost extinct birds. At one particular village at the fringes of this reserve, Christians and Hindu's live together in a peaceful village. There is even a Catholic cathedral, with typical Balinese architectural elements ! Continue your trip. Rice fields roll down from mountain top to the sea. Finally, you'll reach the Gilimanuk. A continuous stream of ferries connect this bustling port with Ketapang on the other side of a mile wide strait. From Banyuwangi, you'll drive uphill to Rande Agung, a location with a true Shangrila-like environment, hidden deep in the East Java country side. Surrounded by valleys, rolling rice fields and misty mountain peaks, the Ijen Resort occupies one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Or stay in Ketapang, not far away from Banyuwangi, a charming, provincial capital.