In between nowhere and the sea
- Urban legends
- Hindu ceremonies
- Black sand
The northern village of Munti Gunung is in one of the least developed regions in Bali. The chances of running into another tourist are just about as big as seeing someone wear a helmet while driving a motorbike.
Munti Gunung is used to be known as the origin of beggars of the streets of Denpasar and other urban areas. An old legend says the place has been cursed with poverty, which has cast a negative shadow over the lives and self-confidence of villagers. Many families still rely on family members working in other parts of the island. Others produce handicrafts or grow cashew nuts.
The village is a hike or motorbike ride away from the local beach. Like nearly all beaches on the island, the volcanic sand here is black. Going up and down the hill to the village and back you see a scenic view of nearby volcanoes.
Like most of Bali, Munti Gunung is a Hindu village, with the temple and its ceremonies forming an important part of the village lifestyle.
If you want to feel truly disconnected from the Western world and be sure your stay significantly helps the village you stay in, Munti should be your choice!
DUARA CONTACT: SURY
PRICE of the stay IN MUNTI GUNUNG:
22 EUR / person / day
22 EUR if you stay for 7+ days
24 EUR if you stay for 4–6 days
28 EUR if you stay 2–3 days
- homestay accommodation in a private room with a lock
- shared toilet and washing room
- electricity, fan, bedsheets and towels
- breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- possibility to join daily activities in the community
Things to do IN MUNTI GUNUNG:
- Visit the local market and get lost in its narrow corridors.
- Take a motorbike downhill to the beach and take a swim with locals.
- Feed the domestic animals: pigs, chicken and cows are common here.
- Play badminton or card games with the villagers.
- Take a day trip to nearby mountains for a hike.
- Go fishing with locals on lake Batur.
ISABEL & DANIEL
"After some nice, but really crowded and touristic first days in Bali, my travelmate and I were looking for something different. Something like the real Bali, real balinesian people and their real culture.
With Duara and the opportunity to not just visit, but live in a really local mountain village, we found exactly, what we've been looking for.
Duara's local contact person helped during the first two days, so that getting to know each other and everything else worked out quite easy – even with a huge language barriere. It was impressive to see, how the host family gave us the warmest welcome and was happy to show us their daily life, even if this is limited compared to "our standart".
I can take a lot away from this and I'm thankful for the experience. If you're looking for the true side of a country but just haven't got enough time for a whole voluntary program, Duara is just right for you."
"The best thing with the visit was that our family got to learn English. Google Translate helped us. The travellers were able to join our daily activities and the ceremony. They taught our son how to skateboard."
comment from the host family (translated)
HOW TO GET THERE
Public transport in Bali is rather non-existent, so the best way to get to Munti Gunung is by private car. Ask your Duara Contact for help in organizing a driver! The ride from Denpasar takes about 3,5 hours and costs 25-35€. Note that not all drivers might be familiar with the way to Munti, as it is definitely off the beaten track. You can ask Sury to explain the way to your driver.
Congratulations! You are one step closer to Munti Gunung.
Book your stay by filling in this form and we will get back to you in 48 hours. Notice that things in these villages do not always work as fast as you might be used to. The Duara Contact will need some time to organise things. We hope to receive your booking at least seven (7) days before the beginning of your stay.
Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions. Just send an email to email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!