|Bali Village Ecotourism Network : Dukuh Sibetan Village Overnight Trips ( minimum 02 person )
Close to the foot of the majestic and still active Mt Agung, Dukuh Sibetan villagers are only too aware of their precarious existence. When the volcano erupted in 1963, sand and rocks blanketed the village farmlands, making a return to normal agriculture impossible. One of the few crops that were able to survive in these new conditions, however, was salak- the snake fruit, already present in the area for hundreds of years.
Thus, the farmers of Dukuh Sibetan became ‘seed-savers’ and have worked to make their diversity of salak species their specialty. There are now 14 varieties of this strange fruit grown by the Dukuh Sibetan people, ten regarded as rare. The locals have developed a cottage industry making Bali’s only salak wine, sweet and surprisingly tasty!
Learning about the cultivation of salak and the making of salak wine. Follow a farmer into their garden, ducking under the salak trees but stay close – the trees are a bit scary looking! Pick a few salak to try and let yourself be immersed in the stories of the life of a salak farmer. The livelihood of the whole village depends on this one fruit, with its brown scaly skin and sweet white flesh.
Forest-garden trekking. Delve into the trees, and let your guide tell you about the variety of plants you see on the way- some of which are medicinal, some ceremonial, and some which have special cultural beliefs attached to them. You’ll stop at the idyllic pond, and you can picnic here if you like, and hear the local stories about the place. Photography is permitted, and this is also an ideal spot for meditation or painting. Be aware that the paths are rough and sometimes steep and slippery.
Learn some local performance arts! You can join with the other 15 members of the village genjek (singing) group in their regular practice, and listen to a few Balinese songs. Or you can join with the local angklung (a gamelan instrument) group and try playing, or even learn some traditional dancing.
Special invitation for women travelers only: learn about the lives of women in the village. The activities of the women in Dukuh Sibetan are closely tied to their natural environment. You are invited to spend the day with one of the village ‘Ibu’ (women), and help her with her daily routine such as cooking, preparing offerings for ceremonies, taking care of the salak garden and children and collecting water. By the end of the day you might understand what the women mean when they say that they work willingly and selflessly in homage to their gods and to nature. Although, they say, help from the men is always welcome!
Grandmother of Salak fruit
Salak Ki Dukuh (snakeskin fruit)
Punglor native bird
Pemuteran south coast view
Dukuh Sibetan village temple
Price includes ( valid till 31 March 2012 ):
Pick-up from hotel if required, transport to and from the village, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack in the village, 2 guides (staff and local guide), contribution to nature conservation, accommodation in the village.