Bunut Bolong sacred tree
• Bunut Bolong is a 25-minute drive from Medewi.
• This tree is now an "official tourist attraction" and so you'll need to write your name in a guest book and pay a donation. The tree "guide" will show you where to do this.
• The temperature is always cooler than on the coast, so midday is a good time to visit if you want to escape the heat.
• Continue along this road and you'll reach the road that will take you to Juwuk Manis waterfall (the exact location of the waterfall is shown on this page.
Bunut Bolong is a sacred tree that's on the beautiful, winding road that leads from the police station at Pekutatan over steep, jungled hills to Singaraja. What's unusual is that over time (a long time!) a tunnel has formed in what appears to be the trunk of the tree, but is actually a gathering of the giant fig's aerial roots. The tree is spectacular and hosts its own ecosystem that supports orchids, bromeliads and ferns.
It'll take you about 25 minutes to drive up here from Medewi. You'll be driving right past a police station so if you go by scooter, wear a helmet. If you go up by car, wind the windows down as cloves and cacao pods are often drying next to the road, and perfume the air. The drive up here is beautiful and at certain points you'll get spectacular views along the coastline.
There are two small warungs (simple eateries) on either side of the road and both offer patrons lovely views. The food is basic (mie goreng, gado-gado, bakso) and very cheap.
– For more on Bunut Bolong, please see our book, Secret Bali –