Trekking in West Bali National Park

For fans of nature

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What we say: 4 stars

A highlight of West Bali is trekking through West Bali National Park which is home to deer, wild pigs, black and macaque monkeys and a wide range of birdlife including the elusive Bali starling.

A trek through the forest will almost always see the visitor spotting the local macaque monkey population, but those luckier will see the very timid large black monkeys, wild pigs or even deer. The canopy is fairly thick and sunscreen is not absolutely necessary, but mosquito spray is recommended. The forest is hot and humid and at times physically demanding so take plenty of water. Long pants and long sleeve shirt are not necessary, sturdy shoes are and a moderate level of fitness is advised.

Trekking can be arranged through any of the hotels in town or at one of the local shops advertising tourist services. The usual system is that the hotel or shop will provide an all-in-one service which includes transport to and from Labuhan Lalang, lunch, park entry fees and a guide and therefore has a marked up price.

Those with their own transport or using public transport and food can head straight to the park office in Labuhan Lalang and negotiate with the person manning the office. A price list is presented stating a range of trekking options and prices. A three-hour guided trek to see some of the wildlife in the forest should be negotiated to around 400,000 rupiah for 3 people.

The head guide is extremely helpful and is responsible for assigning work to his staff. He can be contacted at to gather more information or to arrange trekking/snorkelling.

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