Serangan is a small island located 500 m south of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. The island has a length of 2.9 km and a width of 1 km. Serangan is administratively part of the city of Denpasar, Bali. This island is known principally for its turtles and one of Bali ‘s six most sacred temples Pura Sakenan.
It is connected with Bali by a road bridge.
Sometimes the beaches of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak can just seem too busy. If you’re looking for a quiet stretch of beach with only a couple of simple warungs and a good surf break, then head to Serangan Island.
Although administratively part of the city of Denpasar, Serangan Island is on the way to Sanur, on the east coast of the island. Before a road bridge was built, the island was only accessible from Bali by boat however now there’s no problem driving across from the mainland.
The island is home to Serangan Village, Serangan Beach and lots and lots of sweet-looking cows grazing peacefully next to the street. Don’t ask us why, but there are loads of them. We’ve even seen a cow walking amongst the wash lines of some houses in the nearby village (see below image to spot the trespasser in action).
Serangan is also the location of an important Hindu temple, Pura Sakenan. Built in the 10th century, the temple is divided into two areas – Sakenan Temple in the east and Dalem Sakenan Temple in the west.
An important ceremony is held every six months (210 days) based on the Balinese calendar, when hundreds of worshipers from the various village temples in southern Denpasar visit Pura Sakenan for its piodalan temple anniversary celebrations.
The 3-day ceremony coincides with the holy day of Kuningan, 10 days after the Galungan celebrations, and its an excellent opportunity to see Balinese culture at it’s best.
Several traditional dances are also performed during the height of the celebrations, usually over the Kuningan weekend. These range from Barong dances to various Tari Topeng or mask dances.
Another reason tourists visit Serangan Island is to surf, especially during the wet season. In fact, this is the only time of the year when Serangan pulls a bit of a crowd (mostly visiting Japanese and Russian surfers).
A few basic warungs offer snacks, drinks and massages, and you can also hire sun loungers and rent boards
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