Our base in Sidemen village, East Bali, is far removed from the tourist epicenter in the deep south. In fact Sidemen is about as traditional Hindu Bali life as you can get with a strong spiritual aura. The Sidemen Valley has many Hindu Bali temples, the main religion of Balinese people, located in the village. The stunning valley is 500m above sea level, on the shoulders of the mighty 3031 metre Mt. Agung. The valley floor and sides are occupied by paddy rice fields irrigated by the ‘Subak’, the remarkable and UNESCO recognized Balinese traditional water system for rice fields. Famous for stunning scenery, and a simple, traditional way of life, Sidemen village has produced masters of Balinese literature and Hindu theology, as well as generations of skillful weavers and with adventure and cultural activities on its doorstep it’s no wonder this traditional village is our base.
Nusa Penida is an island belonging to the small Sunda Islands and located equidistant between Bali and Lombok in the Badung Straight. Covering 202 square kilometres and 15km in length Nusa Penida retains a simple way of Hindu life similar to Bali 30 years ago whilst being much drier. The 45.786 inhabitants depend on fisheries, seaweed farming, and marine tourism as their main sources of income.
With stunning coral and marine life and traditional farming it is difficult to understand why Nusa Penida remains as far away from the tourist success of its neighbors, something that we embrace as a huge positive! Our projects here are conservation and education based, staying near to the village of Ped whilst exploring the whole island.