Munduk Moding Plantation Resort and the local environment & Culture
Munduk Moding Plantation is situated in a part of the island that is largely untouched by international tourism. This greatly adds to the charm of visiting the area and at Munduk Moding Plantation we are strongly committed to help avoiding the excesses of mass tourism that have occurred elsewhere on the island. Our sustainable development plan sets out how we intend to achieve this – you can consult it here. Munduk Moding Plantation has joined the Green Globe community – the world's premier certification programme for sustainable tourism - and we are very proud to have been certified in September 2014.
Given that international tourism is new in this region, Munduk Moding Plantation aims at demonstrating to the local population that sustainable tourism is in their interest, respects the local culture and helps promote a better environment. We pursue this aim in different ways : the majority of our staff comes from the area and the construction work was largely undertaken by local teams, supervised by our internationally experienced Munduk Moding Plantation crew. We provide local traditional dancing courses for the girls from the primary school situated not far from our gates – which you can observe if you so wish (please enquire at the reception). We similarly provide English lessons to locals and information sessions about protecting the environment ( with an emphasis on sustainable farming ).
Part of our revenues are donated to the Munduk Foundation which supports our local community through a variety of projects, including our fellowship programme for talented but poor students.
Munduk Moding Plantation works with local coffee farmers to pool resources, upgrade the quality through organic farming and sell to wholesalers directly. We hope that this will lead to better revenues for local farmers and will protect the soil and water-tables in the area : organic coffee plantations use much less water than growing oranges and cash flowers while it requires shadow trees which, in turn, attracts a large variety of birds and stimulates the growth of many indigenous plants and flowers.
At Munduk Moding Plantation we have noticed a remarkable increase in the variety of bird life since we switched to this type of farming. Birds that we regularly observe include: swallows, singing bush larks, kingfisher, red jungle fowl, pink necked pigeons, plaintive cuckoos and spider hunters.
As part of our approach to sustainable tourism we give “right of way” to locals on the Eastern side of the plantation (near the staff quarters) where there are century old paths leading down to the valley. This does not concern the area near our villas, but when you set about exploring Munduk Moding Plantation you might bump into the odd local who will invariably be friendly and supportive of our endeavour.
We have also maintained access for locals to a traditional water source and its shrine situated on the plantation so that they can continue to fetch water here and bath. We would ask our guests to respect their privacy. There is a lotus pond situated near the jungle area on the plantation which locals do not use and where a simple bench has been placed for our guests.