West as Bali gets

Go west! That’s the likely reason you’re in Gilimanuk -- you’re heading to Java (or arriving in Bali), as Gilimanuk is built around the main ferry terminal, which operates 24 hours a day to assist in transporting just about everything (except rabid dogs) back and forth across the Bali Strait.

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Gilimanuk is the most western town in Bali, sitting at the beak of the chicken-shaped island a mere four kilometres from East Java. (Gili means a small island, and manuk is chicken, in both Javanese and Balinese, so there must be something in that.) Given that it’s located halfway between Pemuteranand Negara, there’s really no reason to to use Gilimanuk as a base for exploring, so it’s best to move through here as quickly as possible. However if you do find yourself stuck waiting for a ferry, there are places to stay, plenty of food options and even a museum to visit.

Moody Gilimanuk with Java just visible in the distance. : Sally Arnold.
Moody Gilimanuk with Java just visible in the distance. Photo: Sally Arnold

Looking west to Java, the jaw-dropping peaks of Gunung Raung and Gunung Ijen dominate the skyline. A stroll along the beach watching the ferries wait their turn to dock, gazing across at the impressive vista is not a bad way to kill half an hour. When we asked locals about the Gilimanuk tourist attractions, several pointed us towards the large Shiva statue near the port. He’s impressive, and makes for a good selfie, so there’s five minutes of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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