Adventure to Lembongan Island (part 1)

Hello all of my beloved da Trooper Bali friends… How are you…?
I trust all of you enjoy the holiday and the long week end in this July.

I love to share with you my holiday to adventure to Lembongan Island last week on 17 to 18 July 2015. Just two days and one night. It’s only a short holidays journey. But I enjoy and happy with this adventure. This is the first adventure, without my black da trooper.

Please enjoy the story….


Last week on 17 – 18 July 2015 I spent my holiday in Lembongan Island a small island in the south east of Bali Island which is about 30 minutes destination by speed boat.
I have planned my holiday to this island about a week before, so I have googling the island itself to know what about and how we can reach the island and of course with the cheaper cost and a maximum satisfaction.
I went with my beloved wife, my daughter Dewinta , my younger sister and her family, so we are a small group of 7 people. And after some research and approaching some travel agent, finally I book two rooms thru and choice the Daydream Bungalow at Tear’s Devil Street, located closed to the Dream Beach, Lembongan Island. I choice this bungalow after surfing and have a look many property in the internet and seem this bungalow much comfort for both of us with 7 pax with a reasonable price.

As per scheduled, on 17 July 2015 early in the morning at 7.30 Bali time we came to Sanur to buy a ticket speed boat to transfer us to the Lembongan Island.


We arrived in Sanur by 8.15, and in a hurry find the ticket box, but unfortunately most of the ticket is sold out which is according to the guy there, have sold early in the morning as the passenger came to the ticket box since very early at 5.30. Yes of course, this a long week end and furthermore, this is Lebaran holiday after a Hindu holly days of Galungan. I forget about that, but to be honest, I am not realized that now a days Lembongan Island become a popular and famous destination for short holiday.

I just realized that there were so many people love to spend their holiday in Lembongan those small island. I have been there about a few years a go, and on that time there is not so many people came to the island and as well not so many of the bungalows or the accommodation are available. Simply to say, there is very limited rooms available and limited activity for the tourist, except for the water sport like cannoing, Snorkeling, Sea walker, Bottom glasses, banana boat and other water sport activity.


But now, as we can heard and see from the internet, there are a lot of rooms available, with various price according to the facility and the location. Beside, there are also a lot of the guest houses and the private room that rents for the visitors with limited budget are available.
One of the guy in that ticket box telling me to come to another ticket box next door, located about not so far from the first ticket box. And in a hurry I go to the another ticket box by walk and about 400 meters and from about 200 meter of my vision, I saw that there are so many people queing to buy ticket.
I join with them and waiting the turn to serve, but the ticket on the second trip of 8.30 has sold out and have to wait for the next trip, but the ticket box staff still not allow me to buy the ticket for the next trip and will serve after the second trip boat start the trip.

Lucky me, I met one of my friends who is the retire policeman help me to approach the ticket box staff and allow me to have the ticket for us. The ticket staff offer me to buy a return ticket and I agree. There is a high season surcharge for this high season. The regular price is IDR. 140.000,- return, and additional surcharge is IDR.35.000,-
I pay the ticket for 7 pax and waiting for the next rip scheduled by 9.30 Bali time. We are awaiting for the trip and seat in the nearest beach. The boat will departure by 9.30 and will take about 30 minutes to arrive in the Mushroom beach.


Lucky us, the boat start earlier and by 8.45 Bali time, the announcer inform us to boarding as the boat ready. We get in to the boat in wet as we must down to the sea water to reach the boat. I get the front row seat, just closed to the front window, so I can see the water in front of the boat.

After all of the passenger seat down on their seats which are 40 seat, the boat start move forward to the deep sea by the boat’s staff and after the boat in position, the engine turn on and trip began. The tide not so high and the sky was clear in blue sky, the wind also very soft. It must be a nice trip in the sea. We pray to the lord to guide us and keep us in good journey sailing to the sea to Lembongan Island.
In the middle of the sea, the boat start to jump and suddenly down and jump again make all of the passenger quiet worry and some of them start to shout and some of them are enjoy with those and laughing loudly while their hands grab the shoulder of the seat.

I try to take a picture in the quack and got some good picture. While in front the captain is busy with the steering wheel to control the direction of the boat. I see the speedometer and realized that the boat go quiet fast almost use all of the engine power. The speed about 9 to 10 knots per hour. Very fast…!
In the middle of the Strait of Bali just see the sea water and sometime seagull in the front of the boat and fly above. It could be searching the fish to eat.
My wife and my daughter and almost all of the passenger are shouting loudly every time the boat jump and down to the surface of the sea with the “bretak krekk” and “gedubrak rrrtek” sound continuously. The sound came from the beat between the deck of the boat and the water when it jump and down.

After about 30 minutes sailing, the speed reduced and sailing slowly closed to he island. I stand up from the seat and see to the front and saw the island now closer and closer. There are many boat and small “jukung” or kayak and also canoe are stand by and tied and trunked on the beach.


The sand are white but not so wide like in Kuta or Nusa Dua or Sanur beach. Of course isn’t, the Island only a small island. Behind the sand there is a rock with stepping stair to the pathway. We are arrive in the Mushroom beach, Lembongan Island by 10.05 Bali time. The whether are warm and the wind also nice, the sky are very bright. The water very clear as wew can see the coral and the small small fish in the based of the sea with white sand. It is the best time to sight seeing around the island.
The staff of the boat throwing the anchor to hold the boat not to tow by the tide. The boat now turn to redirect the back of the boat to the sand beach. The captain down to the sandy beach and the staff helping the passenger to get down to the island.

As I and my family seat down in the front row, then have the last chance to get down to the island. I collect my luggage, only one back pack and one travel bag bringing a pieces of cloth of my wife, while my daughter bring her belonging only one back pack and of course her gadget.
We climbing to the step stairway to the island. And one of the local people offer me to rent a motorbike. He inform me about our accommodation which not so far from the beach. It is about 3 kilometers, but he advises to riding a motor bike so we can explore the land faster and more enjoyable.
So we decide to rent three scooter motorbikes, one for me and my wife, one for my daughter and one for my sister and her husband. We pay IDR. 150.000,- per motorbike for two days included gasoline. And we start the journey. First, we will find the accommodation to check in and store our luggage, after lunch, we will explore the land and in our plan will visit the mangrove forest in Jungut Batu village, after that we will go to Ceningan Island to see the Blue Lagoon Jump Clift Ocean. My daughter told me that Blue Lagoon Jump Clift is the famous destination in the island. I just heard it from my daughter. Hah hah hah…


Only 5 minutes, we found our accommodation during in the island. It is DayDream Bungalow, in the Tear’s Devil Street, located closed to the Dream Beach in the west side of the island.
We checked in and get a glass of welcome drink to waive our thirsty after the sailing the Strait of Bali. We wait for the room to be vacant and ready. While awaiting the room ready, I sightseeing to the around of the bungalow.
The bungalow only has 5 bungalows, built from the coconut trees wood and finished with teak oil in natural color. They built like a hanging wood houses, with the space between the land and the floor of the bungalow about 70 centimeters spaces, with 5 step stair up. The land area only about 1,000 square meters, not that wide. It has a small garden with some of bougenvile and Balinese frangipani for the highest trees and some various of landscape grass and other plant to cover the land. The palm trees planted in certain point which just growth. Seem this bungalow still new or not more than 2 years built. There is also a splash pool which we can use to swim or just to cooling our body after exploring this exotic small island. There also 6 sunbathing long chairs with umbrella.
The have no lobby for check in, but they have a help desk and 3 table with 4 seats for each table to had a food or just for breakfast. They have a limited food variety in this bungalow, they have only Fried rice or nasi goreng, pancake and a sandwhich, but there is a near great restaurant in the Sandy Bay Beach only 5 minutes by walk.


After waiting for about 40 minutes, the rooms is ready and the staff host us to the room. The room quiet wide and furnish properly with a king sized bed with a comfort sheet, soft nice pillow and blanked. No television, no minibar. The fix table a joined with the wall and made from the coconut wood. The ceiling covered by knitted bamboo and finishing by varnish which make the room a natural touch.


The shower room design in open air, with hanging shower rain, dressing table with mirror and washbasin, while toilet bowl is set up in the behind of the dressing desk.
We put our belonging and prepare to sightseeing and exploring the island.

To be continued


Dewa Made Dwipayana
DK 999 YQ


Adventure to heart of Pengotan Village, Bangli regency (part 4) End

Hi my beloved friends…  Hope everythings are OK with you and your family as I am.

I am back again to you to continue the story of our journey to Pengotan village, Bangli. Please enjoy the story…..!

Last synopsys :

We enjoy a steam corn and a coffee for refreshment. Thanks for the coffee break Pak Ketut. We enjoy it very much your courtesy and the sweet corn. It is really really amazing day we have.

Inclining trek

After coffee break in the field of sweet corn, we continue the journey to adventure which is according to Pak Ketut will take another 1 hour before we have a break for lunch.

Now the road getting hard and seem most of them are inclining. According to Pak Ketut we will stop over in Munggu Temple where we can watch the scene great beautiful panorama of Batur Lake and the Mount Batur as a back ground.

Still medium high plantation surrounding and some time we facing the tangerine field. Tangerine from Kintamani famous called as “Jeruk Kintamani” and it was traded since long time ago. In the season the price very cheaper and the quality of the fruit also quiet good although some time also in quiet sour, but most of them are sweet nice taste and fresh.

But unfortunately, during our trip is not in the season, so could not taste the Jeruk Kintamani as most of the field just replanting due to it must to regenerate the trees. According to Pak Ketut the land is belong to the village and the farmer only rent from the village with such cheaper price of rental.

D-Tracker as a pathfinders

Back to our journey, we are the 10 vehicle still follows the path ways around the village and now we see the corn filed which is some of them are now in season to take. Some people seen on work to take the corn and prepare to sell to other place.

We are now entering the asphalt small road which is seem will be direct to the main road to Penelokan Kintamani the most famous tourist destination in the world.

Andhika still driving my Hi Roof Black Trooper and he said Mr. Black is quiet Ok,  according to him the only spelling of the steering wheel quiet wide, and I agree with his opinion. According to my trust mechanic who handling the maintenance of my black trooper, the steering wheel normally within 1 degree or less, but my black trooper seem a little bit over, so it make the steering control quiet not so accurate. And seem must changes the part of the connection of the steering coulomb to make it precision in controlling. It will be the next project.

Steering while

We still rolling and the digital clock on the console box shown at 13.17 Bali time and it is the lunch time. I guess we will have a late lunch time as we start to journey quite late from the schedule.

It seem the road will end in the couple meters as it seem there is a temple entrance in front and the Taft of Pak Ketut staff now slowly and park with the direction to the sun light from the west.

We follows parking around the yard in front of the Munggu Temple. And jump out of the trooper. I realized that we are in the top of the hill.

Great panorama in Pengotan village

“Wow what a beautiful view” . I said.

We stand in saw the Mount Batur in front of us with the lake Batur. And the eucalyptus  trees surrounding. The sound of eucalyptus trees sounding like a nature music echoed in the wind mile. It is make us felling relax and peace.

We are take a rest and watching what is the God created for us with amazing. The whether seem pretty  good nice and cold make us felling comfort and really happy All of the friends also very happy with the journey. We take some picture to record and memorize the moment before we leave this great place.

Beautiful panorama

After enjoying the moment and take some picture, we prepare to leave and move to Baliwoso camping site to have a lunch. Do not know what a surprise we will awaiting in there.

We back trek to the asphalt path ways and only a few minutes later, we entering the hot mix road which felt so familiar with. And upon watching around I realized that the road is the way to Penelokan Kintamani. This is the route of the tourist to visit Kintamani or Toyabungkah.

Pose in Baliwoso with wife

Upon driving about 25 minutes,  we turn and entering the pathways with gravel and by slowly we are entering the Baliwoso camping site. We entering the green green yard surrounding with the coconut trees and some traditional building with bamboo partition and alang alang roof in right side and in the left side seem there is some high tent also raise.

We are arrive in Baliwoso camping site..!!!

We park the vehicle in line formation and jump out of the vehicle. The ladies went to the rest room in a hurry since they keep the feeling to visit since the temple. Heh heh heh…

Some of the staff of Baliwoso welcoming us with courtesy and host us to the left side or the east of the pathways. There is a big tent with the dining desk with some food.

I believe most of the friends are hungry as the lunch time been past almost two hours. It’s already been 2.17 hours now.

Pak Ketut has prepare the great menus for us, which is of Fish ”Mujair Soup from Lake Batur, Chicken Curry from the Baliwoso farm, green bean sautéing with “spacy sambal”  and s shrimps cracker.

Hmmm seem so apettite.

We start to take the white warm rice with the plate made of the stick of the coconut leaf which call “ingka” in Balinese. Using “ingka” as a plate of rice make efficient as will made our lunch really unique not a s a regular plate we use in the city which is made of ceramic or plate.

I am checking and seem all of the participants has take their lunch and start to enjoy their lunch enthusiasm as they are really hungry after the journey.

I my self, take a rice and the mujair fish and a peace of prawn crackers  and start o had my lunch completely. My wife also had their lunch so quick as they want to have look and sightseeing the places and took some picture to memorized.

While upon finish my lunch, just sit on the bale bale and open a chit chat with Pak Ketut Suarno asking about the Baliwoso activities, how to book and what is the prices if we need to have an outbound in there.

The dessert are green banana and again the fries banana and sweet potatoes with the Pengotee as a hot drink. Pengotee has an unique taste which you will note found it in other places. The taste like a milk shake with tea,but also taste like mixed with coffee and make our body warm because it is an herbal spicy ingredient.


I take a cup of Pengotee and taste it before start to drink it fully. Yes when the hot liquid runs to my throat I feel my body warm and feel like there is a new energy run thru all of my blood  and feeling better in the cold whether like in Pengotan village.

Suddenly, Pak Rumpika our friends come close to me and said that he must go as must visit his parent in law in Sulahan, about a few far from Pengotan.

After say hello and thanks to Pak Ketut Suarno, he left the Baliwoso.  The time run so fast. As it is already 16.37 o’clock Bali time and we must back home soon to prepare our next activity for tomorrow.

Just a few minute after Pak Rumpika left, we then say good bye to Pak Ketut Suarno and his team with a nice memory of Baliwoso.

We left Baliwoso at 16.51 Bali time.

It is an amazing holiday we have and of course a pretty good nice memorable moment in there.

That’s all of the story for now and hope I can write again for the next journey.

Special thanks to Pak Ketut Suarno of Baliwoso and the team who has host us to the mini touring.

Thank you Pak Ketut, hope we can meet again in the next short time.

Dewa Dwipayana

Adventure to the heart of Pengotan village, Bangli regency (part 3)

Hi my beloved friends…  How are you today..?

Hope I finds you well.  I am back again to continue the story of our last adventure to Pengotan, Bangli regency. Please enjoy….!

Last synopsys :

We start from the meeting point at 8.45 WITA by normal cruise following Jl. Cok Agung Trisna, Jalan Puputan, Jalan Hang Tuah, and entering Jalan By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai Padang Galak, U turn to Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra, Ketewel and will use the regular route to the east side of Gianyar City thru Tulikup village.

I am pretty happy to realized that so far the trip are in order as like what we plan.

Now about the route.

This is the first touring of KTI Bali after a few months. I personally very happy that this journey can be a real one as I am not pretty sure that this plan can be real due to most of the members are busy with their own activities or with their family. I really really happy with this journey.

Driving on the way...







We are still in Jalan By Pass Tohpati – Nusa Dua, when my mobile rang. It was from Pak Ketut Suarno of Baliwoso. He asking do we have move on to Pengotan?

“Selamat pagi Pak Dewa. Where is the position of the convoy this time…?” He asks me.

“Selamat pagi Pak Ketut. Thank you for your phone call. We are on the way and still in Jalan By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai and will turn to Jl. Ida Bagus Mantra, Ketewel.” I said over the phone.

“Ach OK. Just follow the main road and find direction to Tulikup village after the cross road of Pantai Saba.” He said again.

“Please come to my home first. We stop over in my home and had a coffee break before continue the journey”. He mentions.

“Ok. Pak Ketut. It could be will reach your home in an hour”. I said while I still controlling the steering wheel to fix in the right trek forward.

We driving with normal cruise to avoid any accident as the road quiet crowded.

We are now entering Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra which is the ending of the Denpasar city against Gianyar regency. Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra is built to make a short cut to Gianyar, Klungkung and Karangasem regency. Thru this way we may each Klungkung or Semarapura and the last east of Bali Island regency Karangasem faster. Almost 2 hours faster than if we must go thru the regular main road. Before this road built, we must go thru Gianyar city which is a smaller wide road than this road. The name of Professor Ida Bagus Mantra taken from the name of the second Governor of Bali.

Host by Pak Ketut Suarno aka nang Gatot

Along of this road, now a days is become a center of the stone carved and  furniture antique and some other goods for the Balinese art. Even now also there is plenty of the traditional “warong “ which serve the fish grilled and “fish satay” called “sate languan” with serve in hot spicy taste. We can try it later on just to experience. Hah hah.

Back to the journey, we are now entering the road to the Tulikup village, which is the short cut to Bangli regency. The digital clock in the console box displayed 9.15 Bali time, while take to another half an hour to reach Pengotan village. We will stop to Pak Ketut Suarno home as he invite just now.

Coffee break with pure black balinese coffee and fries sweet potato


We continue driving passing the Tulikup village and entering the Taman Bangli in the normal cruise about 60 kilometers per hour in speed. And in a few minutes we entering the capitol of Bangli regency, and start to slowly because of the activities of the people. We just passing the hospital and continuing the driving out of the city and start entering the Kubu village. We expecting will reach Pengotan village in the next 25 minutes.

To avoid miss direction, I call Pak Ketut Suarno and explaining that we just passing Kubu village and ask his opinion.

“ Pak Ketut we are now in Kubu village. Please advise me how long will reach your home and what is the signage of your home.” I asked hm.

“Well Pak Dewa. Just follow the main road. It is closed now. It is only about 10 kilometers a head. You will find the gasoline station in your left side. That is the Pengotan village”. He said again.

“Just continue a head. I will ask my staff to waiting in front of my home area. There is a Daihatsu Taft park in front of my home and one of my staff waiting for your there.” He said again.

“Ah, OK Pak Ketut. It is great…” I replied.

I then inform to all the members thru the radio communication about the clue and to have a look in front on the left side.

The adventure start from here....

In about 10 minuet, finally we found the gasoline in our left side and we then slowly driving and yes about 2 kilometers after the Gasoline Station we then see the Taft Jeep parking in the left side of the main road, and one guy raise his hand from the jeep and give us a sign to turn and entering the yard of the house. Finally we reach Pak Ketut home at 9.37 Bali time.

Start in1000 meters above the sea level and increasing...

After parking our vehicle we then jump out of the car and Pak Ketut Suarno welcoming us and we shaking hands and entering the home. The home is in a natural as like most people village has, with a wide yard some building. There is a kitchen building in the south side, the main building  of the beds room in the east side and in the north is a building call “bale daje” mostly use to host the guests. There also a antique building with in our forefather use to safe the paddy called “jineng “ or “klumpu” or “lumbung” in bahasa.

Pak Ketut and his staff and relative escort us to “bale daje”. And in few minutes we have been preparing a hot original Balinese coffee and two plate of Balinese French fries” Hah hah hah, It is the fries sweet potato taken from Pak Ketut Suarno field. It was planted in organic. There is none chemical used for every plantation in Pengotan.

Host by Pak Ketut Suarno aka nang Gatot

We enjoy the sweet potato as taste so sweet nice. Companying with hot Balinese black coffee is delicious and make us more fresh with spirit., while we discuss and talking about our trip from Denpasar to Pengotan.

We quickly had the coffee and the fries sweet potato as we must a hurry the adventure tour as we plan to have a lunch in Baliwoso camping site at 13.00 Bali time.

We take some picture in here and prepare to the journey. I suggest a ladies and the children to the rest room to avoid stop in the forest to find the rest room.

Before start, I ask Andhika to take my seat to drive my Black Trooper as I need his opinion about the engine, the suspension and the torsion in order to make a list of what must improve later on.

By 9.53 Bali time we start move from Pak Ketut Suarno to the trek and realized we must back trek to the Gasoline Station and start the journey from the pathways nearby. Apparently, the pathways seem declining and surrounding by the cabbage and the tangerine field. We driving slowly to keep it on the trek as well to maintain the distance among the vehicle.

Entering the forest


Pak Ketut Suarno staff lead in front of us riding Kawasaki D-Tracker as a pathfinder and a companying by one guy as a photographer and cameraman to filming the journey.

So far so good and every things are run smoothly as like what we plan earlier. We keep rolling and communicate each other on the 2 meter band radio communication.

The surround seem very interesting fresh and greeny as the green green grass and green trees everywhere. We keep rolling while I take a picture by my mobile and SLR to memorize the journey.

In front of me is Pak Rumpika with his Grey Trooper powered by C223 standard. He bring all of his family, wife, and 2 children and 1 infant. Back from this journey he will continue to visit his family in other village of Bangli regency in Sulahan, about a few kilometers from Pengotan. He very enthusiast join to this trip.  

The trek

While, following in my back, is Putu Andy with his Series Long Land Rover green army with the original engine. I am quiet wondering when in the main road, his Landy run so fast and seem so powerful and I just thought that it have been swap the engine by 4JB1T or others.

Deep inside of the forest

While on the last is Pak Agung with his FJ40 Red Maroon. Not worries with FJ40 a legendary Land Cruiser. He drives pretty cool and climbs the trek easily. He he he…

We have been drive for about half an hour in the trek. So far the trek is a dust and a bit wet, then with a coral mixed the sand and in other part only the wet grass with the dew on it.

Suddenly, Pak Ketut stop his Silver Hi Roof Trooper which is make all of us stop and watch what is going on. I jump out of the Trooper and walk to reach him, but he only need to check whether all the members are safe.  He he he..

The grass..

After almost 1 and half an hour, we out from the forest and entering the asphalt with surrounding by the corn field and see Pak Ketut stop his Hi Roof Silver Trooper and following by Yande with his Hi Roof  Black Trooper. While 3 Taft of Pak Ketut staff seem already been parking there.

Stop over in the corn field for coffee break







We stop the car and jump out and come to Pak Ketut. He smile and approaching me and said :

“Lets take a rest and coffee break in this cottage.” He said.

“This is my brother field.” “We take a coffee break and a steam sweet corn prepared by my brother.” He said. 

We stop and take a coffee and steam corn to refresh.

Coffee break with steam corn in the field

We enjoy a steam corn and a coffee for refresehment. Thanks for the coffee break Pak Ketut. We enjoy it very much yuor courtessy and the sweet corn. It is really really amazing day we have.

Every body are happy enjoying the coffee break








(to be continued)



Dewa Dipayana


Adventure to the heart of Pengotan village, Bangli regency (part 2)

Hi all of my beloved da Trooper Indonesia friends. How are you today…? Hope every things are well with you.

I am back again to continue the story of the adventure to the heart of Pengotan village in Bangli regency.

Last synopsis  :

But, the day after, some friends call me and propose to delay the journey until the next week or on 20 May 2012 as he and family really want to join, but have some works that cannot wait to do this week.  I than once again invite them and make sure if they really wants to join and asked to list how many person will join as Pak Ketut wants to know how many person will join in order to enable prepare a meals for coffee break and the lunch, to avoid the problem of the meals less or too much.

Once again then I call Pak Ketut and explain the situation and ask his approval to reschedule the tour and luckily he approved with pleasant. And now the time to prepare our vehicle and ourselves too.

I personally almost un patient to go to Pengotan as it was my pleasure to do the adventure with my Black Trooper after long time not do so.

About Pengotan village.

Pengotan village is one of the ancient old original Balinese village call “Bali Aga”. The village placed very closed with Kintamani and still in the same area with popular active volcanic mountain in Bali, Mount Batur. The situation is about 900 to 1100 meters above the sea level, hence make the weather pretty cold nice which is about 23 to 26 degrees in the day time and will significantly drop till 16 to 19 degrees at the night and will make a wet of the grass and the trees trunk when the morning has broken.

It is not difficult to find the village, it’s only driving for about 1 to 2 hours to reaches. There is two route we can choice. The first route is the regular route thru the east side of Gianyar City. While the other route is thru the famous art village thru Ubud where we stop over to buy some things of the handycraft.

Pengotan village population with about 700 people with most of them are a farmer. They planting cabbage, tangerine, carrot, sweet potatos, green bean and some of other plantation.

Pengotan village pretty good to visit especially for the people who love to learn the traditional original Balinese culture. Pengotan people are originate Balinese. Meaning, they are not came from Java during the Majapahit Royal Kingdom. They are pure Balinese. Pengotan village a holy priest leader who assign  because she or he has a special power and knowledge about the supra natural where the people belief their leader will help to communicate with their gods and goddess in order to keep them secure and give them all the things needed in their life. Their leader is really a special wise person and has a good talent to get in touch with the god and goddess who can arrange the structure of principle of life for the people of Pengotan village to keep their village safely.

In the structure of the principle of life of Pengotan people, there is a unique tradition and culture which could not be found in other places or village. There is the Mass Wedding Ceremony which could be join about 40 to 70 wedding couple blessing during the wedding ceremony. There is also the “mass cremation for the people of Pengotan. The ceremony will held twice a year according to the Balinese calendar. According to Pak Ketut Suarno or famous called as Nang Gatot who also one of the village organizer, the Mass Wedding ceremony ritual will held within March to April every year, while the Mass Cremation will held within February every year in accordance with the Balinese calendar. But the exact date are not mandatory. That’s way not all of the visitor has a chance to watch the ceremony, but nevertheless the Pengotan still interesting to visit. He he he…

Okay, that is the story of the Pengotan village. Now back to our journey.

After fixing the plan and arrange all the things, I send short message to all friends who wants to join and ask their commitment not to cancel or inform me in advance if there is any changes of the members.

And yes on 11 May 2012 I records that there is 6 Trooper, 1 Chevy Luv 4 X 4 and 2 land Rover Series long on the list, with about 23 pax including 17 adults and 6 children. Me with my Black Trooper DK 999 YQ powered by 4ZD1 standard, still wearing old tire R15/7.5″ Rim with  Achilles Desert Hawk in 60% condition occupying by my self as a navigator, Andhika as pilot, my wife Ditta in the center raw seat.  An then Pak Komang Artayasa with his Blue LWB Trooper 3 doors powered by 4JB1T powerful engine acompanying by his brother and his 2 children, Yande Suartika with his Hi Roof Black Trooper with license DK 777 CL powered by 4ZD1 standard using 15R with 30” tire BS/MT in good condition above then 80% condition, Gusti Made Rumpika with his Grey LWB 5 doors powered by C223 standard wearing R15 BS A/T new tire let say still 95% because change a few before bring all of his family, wife and 3 children, Putu Andy with his Landy long with gasoline engine standard bring his family, wife and 3 children also 1 adult of his relative and Pak Agung a friend of Putu Andy with hard Top 79 with engine swap to diesel from Toyota Dyna accompanying by his relative. While 3 members, Bli Gde Roda, Pak Murya and Pak Ketut Uban could not join because they have work which could not wait to do. So there will be 6 vehicle going to join adventure to Pengotan village Bangli regency this morning.

As discuss earlier, the meeting point is in gasoline station in Jl. Cok Agung Tresna, nearby the TVRI Bali station and we prepare to be there by 7.30 WITA.

While I and my wife stay in my “kampong village” since last night has get up by 5.30 am WITA as we must do an offering to our family temple in our forefather house before leaving to Denpasar.

I get up early in the morning and get a shower after my wife finish and get ready at 6.00 WITA. I have prepare my Black Trooper since yesterday noon and checked  the engine bay to make sure everythings are alright. Check the water coolant, the deep stick engine oil, liquid of the battery and seem every things are OK. I start the engine and let it warming up in it’s garage while I preparing the logistic to carry on for the trip.

By 6.05 WITA we leave my home village and moving to our forefather house nearby to praying as today is the holly day for Hindu. Just take about 20 minutes, we than move on to Denpasar. From my kampong in Sam Sam village in Tabanan regency take time about 45 minutes if no traffic jam. My kampong placed in main road of Denpasar – Gilimanuk which is the only road to and from Denpasar to Java. I quiet afraid that the road will crowded and traffic jam by the trucks full loaded which usually will cause move very slow and makes the traffic jam on this road. It is often happen especially a long on the road nearby my village.

By 6.30 WITA. I ‘ve been in Jalan By Pass Kediri – Pesiapan and facing a traffic jam because of there is a big truck loaded a heavy items move very slowly and causing the other vehicle must quieting on it’s back including me. I try to passing but, from the opposite there is big bus also want to passing the other vehicle and make me must get back and quieting again. It’s really really stagg finally as the trucks in front of me seem facing a problem with the loaded as it seem it is over loaded and it move become more slowly now because of the inclining road.

Suddenly my mobile rang, but for short message sign. I pick up the hand set and watching the display and  it was from Andhika, stating that he is on the way to Renon.

I still driving in a normal cruise when the mobile ringing again. I pick up the hand set and it was from Pak Komang Arthayasa asking where is the meeting point, as there is no body in Gasoline Station that we mention earlier. I just inform that it could be most of the friends still on the way and suggest to waiting for a while, and inform that I am also on the way and take about another 10 minutes to arrive there.

I flash look at the digital clock in console box which is already been shown 7.45 WITA while we still in Tabanan regency and need another 18 kilometers to ward to reach Jalan Cok Agung Tresna in Renon, Denpasar. Just after facing the traffic light in Kediri to Tanah Lot, I can passing the truck and could push the pedal more fast.

Luckily in Kapal village and in Beringkit traditional market the road not really crowded as usual, so I can driving more faster to catch the time to be arrive in Renon in time.

Suddenly my mobile ringing gain and it was from Yande Suartika asking where is the meeting point exactly as he felt he was late. On that time I already been in Jalan Cok Agung Tresna about a few seconds from the meeting points.

Pak Putu Andy also call me informing that he start slowly ahead as need to buy some foods for the children in the near mart in front.He joining by Pak Agung with his Red Maroon FJ 40.

By 8.27 WITA I arrive at the meeting point and drop to the gasoline station to fill the fuel tank fully. And Yande follow me to fill the fuel tank. Upon fully the fuel tank, I ask my wife to line up with the friends who already waiting while I need to visit a rest room.It seem there is Pak Komang Artayasa Trooper, Pak Rumpika already been park there.

We start from the meeting point at 8.45 WITA by normal cruise following Jl. Cok Agung Trisna, Jalan Puputan, Jalan Hang Tuah, and entering Jalan By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai Padang Galak, U turn to Jalan Ida Bagus Mantra, Ketewel and will use the regular route to the east side of Gianyar City thru Tulikup village.

I am pretty happy to realized that so far the trip are in order as like what we plan.

(to be continue)

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Dewa Dwipayana


Adventure to the heart of Pengotan village, Bangli regency (part 1)

Dear all of Trooper Indonesia Bali readers, how are you…? Are you OK…? Great…!  I am happy to back again with you after a few time not writing.

I am happy back again to share my experience in adventure tour recently after vacuum for a few months due to there is some problem happens with me and my family and lately my Black Trooper. Probably some of you still remember my last journey with My Black Trooper is to Dieng highland joining the IX Trooper Indonesia Gathering in December 2010.

It’s doesn’t matter as long as all of you are well and happy with your family.  Now, I will share my last journey and adventure to Pengotan village in Bangli residence about sixty (60) kilo meters in the north east from city of Denpasar which can reach within 1 till 2 hour driving the vehicle. Pengotan village as well neighbor of popular tourist destination like Kintamani, Penelokan, Toyabungkah the vulcaninc Mounth Batur as well the Trunyan ancient heritage village with their Baliage tradition where the people not buried or cremate the bodies.

My journey adventure to Pengotan village have been on my agenda for just refresh my family, especially for my beloved daughter who are now still in high school first grade. I want her to learn and study about the classic ancient life of people in order wishing her to be more open mind to see how the life to be, and how we must treat the people who not lucky live in the city as like in the deep inside of isolation places.

Anyway, before sharing the journey experience, firstly I would like to telling you how is the plan to adventure to Pengotan Village come up. Here is the story.

Actually although I am original Balinese, I haven’t knew exactly where is the Pengotan village, even long time a go, I ‘ve been stay for certain days in Tembuku, Susut village in Bangli resident, where is also nearby from Pengotan village, but never heard about this village. Perhaps because of my interest not so hard effort to know. Hah hah…..

I just heard Pengotan village from the originate people who call me over the phone some day. He just asking one question. Which quite made me wondering. It was 7 February 2011 daytime. My mobile ringing with song from UB40 Chery Chery babe. hah hah.

I pick up the phone and listening the voices over there as follows :

“Are you Mr. Dewa the former owner of the Hi Roof Silver Trooper with license no. DK 869 YO?” Asked a male voice on the phone.

With surprising me, I said;  “ Yes it was my Trooper formerly. What’s wrong..? “  I replied.

With glad voices he then introduce himself.

“My name is Ketut Suarno. My nick name is Nang Gatot “ He continued with laughing.

“Your Silver Trooper now belong to mine”. “ I bought it a few months ago.” she said with glad voices.

“How do you know my number…?” I asked him in wondering.

 “Well, Pak Dewa, I am a field manager in Baliwoso outbound and camping ground places in Pengotan village, Bangli.” He then explain himself completely.

“I got your number from one of our visitor, named Pak Gamal, who stay with us a few month ago and informing me that you are the contact person of the Trooper Community in Bali. Aren’t you..? He asked me again.

“Ah yes Pak Ketut. Bang Gamal is one of my friend. He is more than friend for me.“ I explain him in detail.

 He then laughing. And continued that he have been advise over the phone by Bang Gamal to call me and introduce himself and suggest to join with the Trooper community. And after a few phone conversation, many time Pak Ketut invite me and family to sightseeing to Baliwoso just for refreshing or rendevou. But since I am quiet busy and still has own home project in home village and must in charge every week to check the development, the invitation could not be adhered although I wants it to be there for refreshing.

Day by day, week by week and month pasting so fast, and I still does not have a good time to do my journey to Baliwoso, until beginning of April 2012, my daughter screaming to me and asking when will we do a journey to Baliwoso and I just said end of April to stop her screaming. But unfortunately, my wife has so many activities to do and she could not escape from it. And again I must re scheduling the plan and become more far from the reality. Oh God. It is so difficult to refresh, I say to my self.

Until 8 May 2012, I said to my daughter and my wife that we will go sightseeing to Baliwoso for refreshing on the next Sunday of 13 May 2012. Just ourselves. My wife and my daughter Dewinta.

Four days before the journey, simply I share my plan to some friends of KTI Bali or Bali Trooper Community and invite them to join if they wants. And surprising me that some friends then respond and enthusiast to join. There is 3 friends and family with 3 vehicle going to join on that time. It could be a great fun with some friends, I think.

And I then call Pak Ketut Suarno to inform my plan and ask him if he able to host us to visit Bali Woso on that time. He said OK. And going to host us and arrange the trek of adventure tour to enjo. He confirm that the schedule is on 13 May 2012. And we then prepare for the journey.

But, the day after, some friends call me and propose to delay the journey until the next week or on 20 May 2012 as they and family really want to join, but have some works that cannot wait to do this week.  I than once again invite them and make sure if they really wants to join and asked to list how many person will join as Pak Ketut wants to know how many person will join in order to enable prepare a meals for coffee break and the lunch, to avoid the problem of the meals less or too much.

Once again then I call Pak Ketut and explain the situation and ask his approval to reschedule the tour and luckily he approved with pleasant. And now the time to prepare our vehicle and ourselves too. I always remind all of the friends who definite to joint tomake sure whethe they still insist to go or not. Just to make sue how many vehicle will go on.

I personally almost un patient to go to Pengotan as it was my pleasure to do the adventure with my Black Trooper after long time not do so.

( to be continued )

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Dewa Dwipayana


DK 999 YQ

(Reposted) KopDar KTI Jawa Timur – Bali. bag. 5 selesai.


Ringkasan cerita yang lalu :

Tiba-tiba ponsel saya bergetar. Rupanya dari Bli Boncel yang menanyakan posisi saya. Saya sampaikan bahwa saya ada di warung makan diseberang dan saya tanyakan apakah Bli Boncel mau pesan juga, mengingat stok ikan hanya ada beberapa ekor lagi.

Akhirnya Bli Boncel juga minta dipesankan satu ekor yang sedang besarnya. Saya segera menambah pesanan satu ekor ikan yang sedang besarnya untuk Bli Boncel dan keluarga.

Cukup lama juga pesanan kami selesai.

Setelah menunggu hampir satu jam, pesanan kami pun datang juga.  Ikan bakar itu ditemani dengan sambal terasi, kacang panjang dan kecipir yang direbus. Tidak ada mentimun, kubis dan juga kemanggi yang biasanya menjadi lalapan ikan bakar seperti yang biasa kami temui di Bali jika makan ikan bakar diwarung tenda. 

Jangan dibandingkan dengan ikan bakar di kafe Jimbaran yang dibumbui dengan bumbu lengkap, plecing kangkung dengan 6 jenis sambal.

Disini ikan bakar cuma dibumbui dengan bumbu ringan, sehingga bagi saya malah lebih nikmat, karena rasa ikan aslinya terasa benar. He he he he…  

Setelah ikan bakar dan kawan-kawannya terhidang, saya coba mencicipi ikan bakarnya dengan mencuilnya sedikit tanpa sambal terasi. Daging ikan snaper ini begitu tebal dan gurih.  Yuummm yummm yummm… nikmat sekali. Ikan yang benar-benar segar. Tidak salah saya memilih tadi. he he he he…..

Dan ternyata ikan ini sebenarnya terlalu banyak bagi kami yang cuma bertiga. 

“Wah ini ikannya jadi besar sekali, lebih besar dari waktu mentahnya.” kata istri saya sambil mengambil ikan dari piring oval dan memindahkannya  ke piring nasinya.

Dengan ujung telunjuk saya mencicipi sambal terasinya. Entah karena perut yang memang sudah lapar atau memang adonan sambalnya yang memang pas, semua yang saya cicipi terasa enak di lidah.

Jadi ingat pepatah lama dari orang bijak yang bunyinya “Makanlah disaat perutmu lapar dan tidurlah disaat matamumemang mengantuk, maka semua makanan akan terasa nikmat dan tidur jadi nyenyak”.

Mungkin pepatah itu ada benarnya juga. Terbukti seperti yang saya alami saat ini semua yang saya makan terasa nikmat, ya mungkin karena memang lagi lapar.

Saat kami makan, Bli Boncel menelpon lagi menanyakan pesanannya. 

Setelah saya tanyakan ke Ibu pemilik warung, bahwa pesanannya sudah  siap saya beri tahu Bli Boncel bahwa pesanannya sudah siap.

“Aduh sudah kekenyangan neh.” Kata Dewinta anak perempuan saya. 

“Ngga habis jik.” Katanya lagi. 

“Iya sudah. Makan ikannya saja.” Kata saya lagi. 

“Sudah ngga muat lagi.” Jawabnya.

“Iya sudah.” Minum saja.

“Nanti biar ajik yang makan ikannya.’”Kata saya lagi.  

Ajik adalah panggilan untuk ayah, bagi orang menak di Bali.

Begitulah, akhirnya saya jadi penampungan makanan yang tidak habis dimakan oleh anak dan istri. He he he he… 

Dua ekor snapper seberat 1 kilogram ini memang agak kebanyakan bagi kami bertiga. Belum lagi nasi putihnya yang porsinya cukup besar juga.

Saya menghabiskan ikan terakhir sebelum menutup dengan minum teh panas manis.

Uggghhh. Terasa sulit bernafas karena kekenyangan. Tapi makan malam ini benar-benar puas, setelah beberapa kali makan dalam setiap perjalanan kami biasanya makan nasi soto ayam atau nasi rawon. He he he he… Bosan juga. Terutama istri saya, katanya terasa blenek kalau touring makan nasi soto atau nasi rawon terus. 

Sebelum saya bangkit untuk meninggalkan warung, Bli Boncel dan teamnya datang dan langsung makan karena sudah dihidangkan oleh ibu pemilik warung.

Begitu menghadapi hidangan di meja, istri Bli Boncel langsung nyeletuk.

“Waduh kok pesanannya sebanyak ini sih Pa..?” “Mana habis aku segini banyaknya.” Keluhnya. 

“Udah makan aja dulu, nanti kalau ngga abis aku yang abisin.” Timpal Bli Boncel sambil menarik tempat duduk agak mendekat ke meja.

Maklum Bli Boncel sekeluarga termasuk orang yang irit. He he he he he.. Maksudnya berbadan imut dan mungil. Begitupun istrinya. Jadi seekor ikan bakar yang sedang besarnya itu jadi terasa kebanyakan untuk mereka berempat dengan anak-anaknya. 

Kami meninggalkan warung makan mendahului teman-teman yang lain, karena hendak mandi dan berbersih bersih diri sebelum mengikuti acara berikutnya, yaitu ramah tamah dan diskusi setelah makan malam nanti.

Istri dan anak saya sudah mendahului ke kamar mandi yang kebetulan telah kosong.  Sementara menunggu mereka mandi, saya berjalan-jalan ke pinggir pantai untuk melihat-lihat pantai yang mulai gelap. Nun di tengah laut terlihat titik lampu neon yang berjalan yang rupanya adalah lampu perahu nelayan yang melaut.

Memandang langit di pantai seperti ini rasanya semua beban hidup terlepas dari pundak dan yang ada hanya perasaan damai dan tenang. Leganya rasa hati ini…

Setelah istri dan anak saya usai mandi, saya bergegas masuk kekamar mandi dan mengguyur badan sepuasnya. Segar rasanya setelah sehari penuh berada di kendaraan.

Acara selanjutnya adalah ramah tamah di bangsal. Pukul 19.47 WITA sebagian besar telah berkumpul dan ada yang buka lapak pernak pernik Trooper dan 4 X 4.  Bli Boncel juga membuka lapak T-Shirt Trooper. Laris manis dangannya.

Demikian cerita perjalanan kami dari Bali ke pantai Tanjung Papuma dalam acaa Kopi Darat Komunias Trooper Indonesia Jawa Timur – Bali. Semoga dapat memberi pengalaman bagi teman-teman dan pengunjung website ini.

Semoga dapat menambah wawasan dan pengetahuan kita semua.

Panorama Tanjung Papuma di sore hari

salam dari Bali




(Reposted) KopDar KTI Jawa Timur – Bali. bag. 4

Ringkasan cerita yang lalu :

“Roger. Di copy”. terdengar sahutan di radio.

Kendaraan didepan tampak mengurangi kecepatan dan kembali berjalan normal dengan kecepatan 30 sampai 40 km perjam. 

Jalanan mulai mendaki. Rupanya kami telah menapak ke perbukitan yang kami lihat dari jauh tadi. Di sisi jalan setapak perbukitan ini rupanya di manfaatkan oleh penduduk setempat untuk menanam jagung, cabai besar dan tanaman palawija lainnya. Saat kami melintas  di tanjakan tertinggi bukit itu Pak Widodo berhenti diikuti oleh teman-temanyang alin termasuk saya. 

“Ini dataran jalan tertinggi dari bukit ini mas. Dari sini kita bisa melihat indahnya pantai Papuma. Itu disebelah kanan kita.” Katanya sambil menunjuk ke sisi kanan jalan. 

Saya menoleh kearah yang ditunjuk dan memang terlihat laut dikejauhan dan ada batu karang ditengah laut dengan perahu yang cukup besar terlihat dibibir pantai. Sementara di ufuk barat, terlihat matahari bersinar lemah dengan bias jingga kemerahan menambah eksotiknya pemandangan. 

“Wow pemandangannya luar biasa mas Wid.” kata seorang peserta yang ikut turun dari Troopernya. 

Istri dan anak saya Dewinta serentak berseru mengekspresikan kekagumannya pada karya Tuhan yang luar biasa ini.

Setelah cukup melihat pemandangan pantai Tanjung Papuma dari atas bukit, kami bergerak  lagi untuk menuruni bukit menuju pantai yang kelihatannya tidak terlalu jauh lagi dari atas bukit ini.

Kami masih menyusuri jalan setapak di atas bukit, namun kini jalanan mulai menurun tajam dengan kelokan patah ditambah rumput tebal yang setinggi lutut orang dewasa, dengan semak-semak pohon krasi yang rimbun dengan ujung dahan yang tajam. Rupanya pohon krasi ini sempat dirabas oleh teman-teman panitia di Jatim saat survey jalur beberapa minggu sebelumnya.

Saya agak merinding ketika terdengar suara kreeettttt…kriiiiittt….. disisi mobil karena ujung dahan krasi yang tajam itu mulai menggores cat kinclong si Hitam. Tapi apa mau dikata semak belukar ini mesti dirambah untuk bisa mencapai pantai.

Jalanan terus menurun dengan belokan dan rumput tebal. Kadang ada bekas alur air yang cukup dalam di jalan setapak yang kami lintasi itu, sehingga berkali-kali kami terguncang saat mobil dalam posisi miring yang agak ekstrim sehingga barang-barang bawaan kami yang tidak terikat bergeser kesana kemari.

Jalan yang sempit ditambah semak belukar yang lebat dan rumput yang tinggi dengan  bekas alur air yang dalam dijalan, benar-benar membuat kami mesti berhati-hati melewatinya. Karena jika stag, winching point yang memadai juga sukar didapat karena tidak ada pohon keras yang kami lihat disekitarnya. Hanya semak belukar krasi dan tumbuhan perdu lainnya.

Jalanan semakin menurun dan suara ombak di laut mulai kami dengar, pertanda pantai sudah didepan mata. Namun kami masih berjuang untuk melewati jalan setapak yang rasanya menyiksa kaki-kaki si Hitam dan teman-temannya.

Beberapa saat sebelum ditikungan pada turunan terakhir kami berhenti. Rupanya kami mesti turun bergiliran disini, mengingat turunan terjal dan ternyata ada bekas alur air yang dalam menganga ditengah jalan.

Pak Widodo sudah turun tangan jadi marshal untuk mengarahkan para driver melintasi jalan dengan lubang menganga ditengahnya itu.

Satu persatu kami turun atas bantuan dan arahan dari Pak Widodo. Hari mulai menjelang magrib sehingga kami mulai mesti bergegas untuk segera keluar dari tengah semak belukar ini. Ahirnya sekitar pukul 17.15 WITA kami keluar dari semak belukar itu.

Begitu melewati turunan tajam berliku itu, kami memasuki kawasan pantai Tanjung Papuma yang terlihat masih ramai mesti hari sudah menjelang magrib.

Kami memarkir kendaraan di depan bangsal di areal Taman Wisata Pantai Tanjung Papuma itu. Sebagian ada yang memarkir kendaraannya di dekat bungalow yang bisa disewa untuk bermalam jika kita malas mendirikan tenda.

Saya melihat-lhat sekeliling areal komplek Taman Wisata itu untuk mencari tempat MCK yang berada dibeberapa titik. Ada 4 kamar madi dan WC disebelah kiri dan ada 4 lagi disebelah kanan dekat pintu masuk kompleks. 

Sementara beberapa warung meja ada didekat bibir pantai yang menjual nasi soto serta beberapa penganan kecil lainnya. Tampak beberapa pengunjung sedang duduk dikursi kayu seadanya dan beberpa ada juga yang duduk lesehan diatas pasir yang beralaskan tikar pandan.

Diseberang sana agak jauh dari kompleks, ada beberapa  warung makan yang menyediakan ikan bakar segar dengan lalapan.

Wah nanti setelah mandi dan berbersih saya ingin makan ikan bakar segar. Yummy yummm yummm…..

Setelah semua peserta berkumpul,  Pak Iwan Jember ditemani Pak Yoyok memberi sambutan selamat datang dan menjelaskan sekitar kompleks kepada peserta dan mempersilahkan untuk mendirikan tenda atau mencari bungalow bagi yang tidak mau buka tenda.

Begitulah, kami semua mulai menyiapkan diri untuk membuka tenda. Saya memilih membuka tenda didekat bangsal bersebelahan dengan Bli Boncel yang sudah mengeluarkan tendanya dari FJ Canvas Ungunya.

Dibantu oleh istrinya Bli Boncel dengan sigap mendirikan tenda. Tidak lebih dari 15 menit tendanya sudah berdiri.

Sementara saya baru memulai untuk membuka tenda dome yang saya bawa. Setelah menggelar alas karet, saya membuka tenda diatasnya. Kemudian mengeluarkan kasur lipat dan perlengkapan lainnya.

Teman-teman yang lain tampak sudah selesai juga mendirikan tendanya dan ada yang sudah mulai siap-siap untuk memasak hidangan makan malamnya.

Deburan ombak di pantai dan semilir angin laut benar-benar membuat kami betah, dan ingin rasanya berlama-lama di sini. Pasir yang putih dengan pemandangan teluk di kejauhan dan tonggak karang di tengah laut menjadi daya tarik pantai Tanjung Papuma ini. Begitu juga bungalow-bungalownya. Menutut beberapa teman-teman yang terlanjur memesannya mengatakan, sebagian besar bungalownya kurang layak untuk dihuni. Kalau saja belum terlanjur memesan, ingin rasanya buka tenda saja katanya. Wah saya beruntung juga tidak memesan bungalow, karena memang niat sedari Bali akan memasang tenda saja.

Pemandangan yang elok dengan pasir putih harusnya cukup bagus untuk menarik pengunjung ke pantai ini, hanya saja sayang taman wisata ini sepertinya kurang mendapat  perhatian yang cukup memadai dari pemerintah daerah. Masih banyak potensi untuk dikembangkan menjadi daerah tujuan wisata yang bisa jadi akan menjadi primadona di Jember nantinya.

Menikmati ikan bakar segar di warung makan.

Sambil menunggu kamar mandi yang terus antri, saya mengajak istri dan Dewinta anak perempuan saya untuk makan ikan bakar di warung makan yang letaknya agak jauh diseberang lokasi kamping kami. Berjalan kaki sekitar 5 menit kami tiba di warung makan yang berjajar dilokasi itu. Ada 4 warung makan dan 3 toko yang tengah tutup karena sudah magrib.

Ibu pemilik warung meyambut kami dengan ramah dan menanyakan apa yang ingin kami pesan.

“Ada ikan segar bu…?” tanya saya.

“Ada dik. Mau ikan apa..? Ada Snapper merah, Snapper putih dan ada juga belanak.” Katanya lagi.

“Snapper saja bu. Berapa per ekor bu..? tanya saya lagi.

“Oh jualnya per kilo dik.”  “Sekilonya empat puluh ribu, sudah dengan lalapan dan nasi putih jawab ibu itu.

“Iya bu. Kami mau sekilo ya. Tapi kalau bisa jadi dua ekor.” kata saya lagi.

“Oh begitu.” “Silahkan dipilih saja dik, nanti Ibu timbang.” katanya lagi.

Saya dan istri mengikuti ibu itu ke belakang warung dan memilih dua ekor snaper yang sedang besarnya.

Saya mengingat pesan teman yang pemilik kafe ikan bakar di Jimbaran Bali, katanya untuk memilih ikan segar dapat kita lihat dari insangnya. Kalau insang ikan berwarna merah cerah dan tidak kusam ikan itu masih segar, kemudian lihat juga matanya. Mata ikan haruslah kelihatan cerah dan bersih.

Saatnya mempraktekkan teori itu. he he he he…

Ada 9 ekor ikan segar di box sterofoam yang diisi dengan es batu untuk menjaga kesegaran. Setelah memilih dua ekor ikan yang terlihat segar, kami kembali kedepan untuk menunggu ikan dibersihkan sebelum dimasak.

“Sambalnya jangan terlalu pedas ya bu.” “Yang sedang saja ya.” Kata istri saya sebelum beranjak ke ruang makan didepan.

“Oh iya dik.” Jawab ibu itu.

“Minumnya apa .” tanya ibu itu setelah kami duduk didepan meja.

“Teh panas manis saja tiga bu.” Jawab istri saya.

Sambil menunggu pesanan kami, saya melihat jauh ke pinggir pantai yang sudah mulai gelap, meski sinar lembayung di ufuk barat masih terlihat merona di horizon langit barat.  Para pengunjung masih terlihat asyik bermain-main di pasir pantai.

Dibelakang warung tampak asap mulai menggepul tebal dari tempat pemanggangan ikan di warung itu. Rupanya asap yang mengepul itu mengundang para pengunjung untuk datang dan ikut memesan ikan bakar. Tampak Pak James Ridwan dari KTI Surabaya, Andhika dan David dari KTI Solo, Alfis KTI Blitar dan beberapa teman yang saya tidak hafal namanya.

Mereka duduk lesehan di tempat duduk besar seluas tempat tidur sambil mendiskusikan perjalanan yang kami lalui dari pagi tadi. Sambil minum kelapa muda obrolan mereka terdengar ramai diselingi tawa gembira. 

Tiba-tiba ponsel saya bergetar. Rupanya dari Bli Boncel yang menanyakan posisi saya. Saya sampaiakanbahwa saya ada di warung makan diseberang dan saya tanyakan apakah Bli Boncel mau pesan juga, mengingat stok ikan hanya ada beberapa ekor lagi.

Akhirnya Bli Boncel juga minta dipesankan satu ekor yang sedang besarnya. Saya segera memenambah pesanan satu ekor ikan yang sedang besarnya untuk Bli Boncel.

Cukup lama juga pesanan kami selesai.

Setelah menunggu hampir satu jam, pesanan kami pun datang juga.  Ikan bakar itu ditemani dengan sambal terasi, kacang panjang dan kecipir yang direbus. Tidak ada mentimun, kubis dan juga kemanggi yang biasanya menjadi lalapan ikan bakar seperti yang biasa kami temui di Bali jika makan ikan bakar diwarung tenda. 


My daughter Dewinta and my wife posing in Watu Ulo beach