Traveling brings you the most interesting people into your life. One of them is Wayan. He is an extraordinary individual. He started to create the place for framers gatherings to learn from each other. It is also a place for meditation, yoga classes and more. We were welcomed to this newest project, where now is a reconstruction site with an idea to build a better future for Balinese people.
Malini Agro Park project seeks to start an ecotourism in Uluwatu. It is planned to be the place for farmers to share their knowledge. Also make workshops and find solutions for common problems. The owner and innovator of this project Wayan already has an organic Pak Choy (or Bok Choy which is the same) farm. He grows this special cabbages on the project and other farmland. You can try the taste of organic Pak Choy juices and assure yourseft with health benefits of it in Malini cafe. I’ll write about this later on more.
We found this place accidentally after wandering further from the Uluwatu temple. There is a small road that leads you to the edge of the cliff and a wall. Which marks the end of the temple territory. We were lead by curiosity and climbed the wall (it wasn’t hight and had a wooden block put next to it) then reached an incredibly beautiful place! One local guy gave us a big smile and cheered us to come in. We explored the area and amazing view from the cliff to the Indian ocean. And found out about the project more when we met Wayan (you can meet him most of the time at the reconstruction site).
The Malini Agro Park is open to visitors, althought it is not fully finished yet. You can come here after a tour in Uluwatu temple to watch the sunset and enjoy a fresh coconut water!
Remember the juice I have mentioned before? You can find 4 different types of freshly squeezed juices from Pack Choy at Malini restaurant. Which is located at the nearest village at the Ashana hotel property. You can easily find it on any map. This cozy hotel is perfect for travellers who want to explore the surroundings of the area a bit longer.
Personally we can recommend this place as we stayed there for a week. The staff is super friendly, it has an excellent accommodation and it’s just 5 minutes drive from the beach!!
As the owner Wayang has many plans for this place he tends to create the place not only for farmers. Visitors could enjoy yoga retreats at the edge of the cliff. You can also come for regular yoga classes, special workshops in a Balinese swimming pool (which is very different form simple pool) and after that refresh yourself with by the side planted Pak Choy juices. All of it will be established in one place at the Malini Agro Park in the end of May.
There is also a special ‘via ferrata’ route to climb down to the beach which is unreachable otherwise. What is more, it is going to be the place where sustainability and ecology play the main role. And after all, tourists could join a new movement and be the part of a sustainable traveling wave.
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.