Journey for a powerful impact on people, culture & the environment
Welcome to JED Bali’s only ecotourism network
Jaringan Ekowisata Desa – or ‘Village Ecotourism Network’– was grown from seeds planted by hands from four villages scattered across Bali. JED is an invitation to the world to meet Bali as the Balinese know and love it.
Take a break from the tourist routines, expand your travel horizons and give something back to Bali. From the lush, earthy aromas of the forest to the rush of garlic and chili in the kitchen… from floating silently above a seaweed farm to stepping through the gates of an ancient fortress… come and see what happens when tourism really is ‘by and for’ the people
JED was launched in 2002 in response to the problematic mass tourism trends in Bali. It was designed and is owned by the communities of four Balinese villages. They are: Kiadan Pelaga, Dukuh Sibetan, Tenganan Pegeringsingan and Ceningan Island – with the administrative help of the Wisnu Foundation, one of Bali’s oldest environmental NGOs.
Principles of JED
• JED is planned and managed by the community in each village. • Local of each village are employed for all guiding, cooking and accommodation provision in the villages. • The funds generated through JED tourism activities support community development and environmental conservation activities. • JED trips are designed to have minimal impact on the local environment. • JED aims to strengthen transparent and democratic decision-making and cooperation in and between the villages. • JED aims to foster cross-cultural understanding through facilitating discussions between Balinese locals and visitors.
The four villages are:
- Dukuh Sibetan village, Karangasem The great grandmother of the snakeskin fruit
Tucked away high in the mountains, peace settle on visitors to Dukuh Sibetan like a fog. A stone’s throw from the majestic volcano Mt Agung, snakeskin fruit is one of the few crops to have survived the 1963 eruption. Over years of meticulous seed-saving, the villagers are now snakeskin fruit specialists, and now make this odd little fruit into Bali’s only snakeskin fruit wine.
The village proffers beautiful vistas over thick forest, villages and ocean, making it a trekking and photography paradise. But stay close to your guide – the snakeskin fruit trees might bite and the forest is full of stories… Family homestay available.
- Tenganan Pegeringsingan village, Karangasem A cultural microcosmos
Wander around the streets of this ancient fortress village with a local guide and learn how this place came to be so different from the rest of Bali – a difference strikingly evident the moment you step through the southern gate. The stone wall around the village cradles unique customs, philosophies and craft, including the prized ‘geringsing’ weaving. You’ll quickly learn how strongly the theory of interconnected-ness rules here, from environmental management to gender relations, the layout and architecture of the village and the patterns in the geringsing…
- Kiadan Pelaga village, Badung Coffee in the clouds
Venture into mixed-crop coffee gardens with local farmers and watch the organic coffee making process unfold. Coffee almost runs in the veins of the people here and you’ll gain in-depth insight into the work involved in filling your coffee cup and the behind the scenes issues of staying afloat in the coffee business.
Stay the village overnight if you like and steal out into the morning fog to look for native birds with local explore ricefields, bamboo thickets, native forest and jungle-like gardens. Find out which plants are used for what, and community strategies for conserving their local resources.
- Nusa Ceningan, island village, Klungkung The octopus’ garden
Hot and still, Ceningan Island is governed by sun and sea. Almost everyone farms seaweed, in patchwork plantations in the shallow waters. Follow a farmer out to their crop in a canoe and learn how its done, and if you’re adventurous, have a go at making some seaweed candies or cakes with one of the local women.
Swim, snorkel the gorgeous local reef, surf or just explore the island with your local guide and learn about local environmental issues. You’ll need to stay overnight with a friendly local family due to the ferry times.