Bali’s Seranagan Island is a super cute travel destination nestled between Sanur and Nusa Dua. The gorgeous island village is in the running to be named the best tourism village in Indonesia in 2023.
In light of growing interest from travelers, one tourist restaurant is offering guests a truly unique dining experience that is not to be missed.
Warung Pondok Bawang is a locally owned restaurant in the heart of Seranagan Island. Serving up traditional Balinese and Indonesian dishes and specializing in seafood, the restaurant is already a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike.
The restaurant’s owner, Made Sukarya, has created a super cute dining experience for tourists that allows them to taste the wonders of Indonesia and see a little-visited side of the island of Bali.
During the pandemic, having had to close his original restaurant, Sukarya decided to invest in a small boat that he has transformed into a river dining boat.
The boat was being sold off by a tour operator who had previously been running diving and snorkeling trips to tourists before the lockdown.
Sukarya grew up on Serangan Island and had an intimate knowledge of the surrounding mangrove ecosystem and rugged shoreline. A keen fisherman himself, Sukarya is bringing together his decades of knowledge and passion to create a tourism experience like no other in Bali.
Diners on the Warung Pondok Bawang Boat are in for a real treat. The boat restaurant can seat up to one hundred people.
Generally, the boat is set up to seat eighty diners, with forty on the bottom deck and forty more on the top deck.
Guests board the boat via a custom-made bamboo bridge and are gifted with breathtaking views of the mangrove forest in every direction.
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The menu is rich and varied, featuring freshly caught seafood from around Serangan Island, Benoa Bay, and Sanur. Set menus and al-a-carte-style dining are on offer.
With dishes ranging from IDR 50,000 to IDR 100,000 and set menu packages starting at IDR 125,000 up to IDR 250,000, it’s too good to miss.
It is an incredibly reasonably priced menu for a culinary experience that not only showcases the finest of Balinese culinary culture but also supports local small businesses.
Sukarya notes that the dining experience aboard the Warung Pondok Bawang Boat is notably cheaper than some of the beachside seafood restaurants in Jimbaran Bay, an area famous for its seafood specialties. He told reporters that everything is made to order, as fresh as can be.
The menu also features plenty of vegetable dishes, with all ingredients sourced directly from small local producers and farmers.
Sukarya is proud that there is high demand for the dining experience offered on board the Warung Pondok Bawang Boat. He revealed that the boat is never empty of guests.
He is keen to play his part in preserving the mangrove forest of Serangan Island and supporting the conservation efforts of turtles in the area.
Serangan Island is set to become one of Bali’s leading tourism destinations in the coming years. The island village, which sits just north of Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa, is receiving increasing interest from both local and international tourists. It is easy to see why.
Laid back, oozing cultural charm, and breathtaking natural landscapes, the calm and quiet of Serangan Island provides tourists with a relaxing retreat from the resorts of Sanur and Nusa Dua which can get pretty busy in the high season.
The island, which is connected to mainland Bali by a small bridge, was visited last week by Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies. Minister Uno sang his praises for the tourism opportunities on offer in the area.
He told reporters, “Serangan Tourism Village and generally tourist villages in Bali Province, the management is very advanced and very empowering for the community with a full approach, and they only need to facilitate.”
Minister Uno added, “What is very, very memorable and Instagramable as well as being fantastic is the procession of releasing the [turtle] hatchlings. And this is a symbol of sustainable development.”
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