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Jerman Beach

Jerman Beach


German contractors lived on this beach in Tuban while constructing the airport in the 1970s, thus the name Jerman meaning German in Indonesian. This white sand beach south of Kuta, in the vicinity of the Ngurah Rai Airport, is also popularly known as Pasih Perahu Beach.

Considerably quieter and more relaxing than its neighbor to the northwest, Jerman is protected by a reef, thus the waters are safer for families. Umbrellas are for rent and tukang pijat (masseuses) and clothes and souvenir sellers sit under the shady trees waiting for customers.

Long ago this strip of coast used to be a trading port and a dozen traditional jukung still line the beach. The boats rarely put out nowadays due to the unpredictable weather that forces them to go further and further from shore. Now the fishermen rent their boats to tourists for rides to the surf.

Nearby Celuk Waru Temple, built in the shape of a boat, encloses a fresh water spring and a statue of Baruna, the HIndu God of the Sea. Only Bali Hindus are allowed inside the temple, but visitors can view the interior from the outside. A well-maintained footpath along the beach is used by walkers, joggers and cyclists.

A budget to stay is Trisna Garden House,
Jl. Karang Tenget 11, tel. 0361 742-2221, mobile 081-999-570-571, charging for single or double only Rp200,000 for a room or Rp260,000 for a bungalow with a/c, private baths, hot water, fridge, TV parking. Excellent value for the money.

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