The name of Serangan Island is identified with turtle endangered species that has now been well preserved. The island located in South Denpasar is a strategic area that is being developed Denpasar Municipality into a special tourist area.
In addition to geographically adjacent to some other destinations, such as Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua and Sanur, it is very near to the heart of Bali Province which can be reached only within 15 minutes.
The Head of Denpasar Environment Agency, AA Bagus Sudarsana, said that Serangan Island spreading across 523 hectares had significant customary village tourism activity that was important to be empowered. There were several business units managed under the management of the customary village-owned enterprises, such as transportation, conservation of turtles, coral reef conservation and water sports program planning.
In addition, there was also a family attraction in the form of dolphin floating cage managed by Dolphin Lodge Bali becoming another attraction for the area. “The floating dolphin cage becomes one of the charms offered by Serangan Island today. Travelers no longer have to look for dolphin attraction to distant places. It can become an attraction for family,” he said.
On that account, explained Sudarsana, to raise the village potential it should be held a variety of events, where one of which was the Serangan Island Charm Festival. “The event of Serangan Island Green Festival is about to map out the potential of Serangan Island as a support to the sustainable economy for the community of Serangan Island and positions the island as an ecological icon of Bali Island,” he said.
According to him, various environmental, social, cultural and tourism charms had become added values to tourism constellation along the area of Denpasar, Sanur, Benoa and Nusa Dua. Moreover, after experiencing a physical transformation with the addition of land area through reclamation, it was increasingly apparent.
Serangan Island remained to become a mentality icon filled with marine beauty and spiritual nobility. With the nickname as Golden Island due to comprising the overlay of golden yellow sand glare, it always rock visitors with the sense of love, harmony and memories. Etymologically, the name Serangan is considered to be derived from the phrase ‘sira angen’ representing the state of mind. According to local people the name refers to a condition where everyone will get tempted and captivated to see the beauty of the island.
The Serangan Island Charm Festival is indeed different from other festivals ever held by Denpasar Municipality. Representation of local people’s life is actually highlighted to become a unique tourist attraction. Besides, it also serves as preservation of local culture.
The event organized for three days (November 23-25) offered many interesting charms that could be seen. They were ranging from culinary specialties, release of turtle hatchlings, coral reef planting, mangrove exploration, waste depot, outrigger contest, Green Camp and Green Fun Bike.
The event was initiated by Denpasar Municipality in cooperation with the community of Serangan Island regularly held every year. (BTN/015)