In 1963 this picturesque village was covered in a layer of ash after nearby Gunung Agung, an active volcano, exploded, making it impossible to cultivate the land. Luckily, locals discovered the Salak-palm and it’s prized “snake fruit” could grow our of this destroyed land and it has since become a specialty in this tiny village known for its eco tourism, clean air and laid back vibe.
Travelers who make their way to Sibetan can explore stunning mountain views and wander the forested trails with the help of friendly locals who are eager to share their culture, customs and way of life with visitors, which means outsiders are welcome to bear witness to traditional ceremonies when they take place. Woman can cook and prepare meals with the local matrons, and anyone can learn to harvest the popular “snake fruit” in the vast open fields.
Be sure to try Sibetan’s prized beverage—salak wine—on a visit to the village. It’s the only place in Bali where this tempting spirit is made.