Perancak -- Nirartha arrived here in 1546 where a limestone temple, Pura Gede Perancak, was built in commemoration. Bull races take place at Taman Wisata Perancak park (tel. 0365/42173) with occasional runs for prearranged tour groups.

In Perancak village, you can visit the community-run turtle conservation program, Kurma Asih or Turtle Lovers Group (Rp25,000). They aim to save the overhunted turtles. Join the effort and "adopt a nest." See if you can set a baby turtle free and share the joy as he takes his first stroke in the water. Nearby are beautiful Madurese-style fishing boats in Perancak Bay.

Loloan Timur -- Small traditional jukung and sampans sail quietly up the river towards this unique Bali village south of Negara, home to a Muslim Bugis community that preserves 300-year-old traditions. Most are descendants of sailors from Sulawesi who used to be pirates and settled here at the end of the 17th century. A large mosque is in the center and Bugis-style stilt houses are in the area.


Belimbingsari & Palasari -- Christians were exiled to the far west by the Dutch in 1939 after attempting to convert the local Hindus and causing religious unrest in east Bali. Visit the Catholic (in Belimbingsari) and Protestant churches (in Palasari) that are monuments to Balinese, Hindu, and European design and ornamentation. The local pastors will happily show you the churches and various building projects in progress. Their Christian practice has distinct Balinese Hindu influence.

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