Photo: Forest as far as the eye can see.

Trekking in West Bali National Park

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West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) is one of the last truly wild destinations in Bail. This swathe of protected forest and sea covers an official 19,003 hectares of mangroves, savannah, rainforest, monsoon forest and the coral reefs ringing Menjangan Island. Although it hardly rivals the jungles of Sumatra or Borneo, it’s still worth exploring.

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The park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna: 176 species of plants including rare orchids, 17 species of mammals, 160 bird species, including the notably rare and endangered Bali starling (leucopsar rothschildi), and numerous reptiles and fish. A trek through the park and you will most likely encounter the ubiquitous (and sometimes boisterous and menacing) local macaque monkeys and prehistoric-looking giant water monitors (varanus salvator).

Low-tech, old-school trekking. Photo taken in or around Trekking in West Bali National Park, Pemuteran, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Low-tech, old-school trekking. Photo: Sally Arnold

Those luckier may see some of the protected species including the timid ebony langur (trachypithecus auratus), the Javan rusa or Sunda sambar deer (rusa timorensis), banteng (bos javanicus) -- wild cattle from which Balinese domestic cattle are descended -- or the scaly Sunda pangolin (manis javanica).

Consider yourself exceptionally lucky if you catch a glimpse of the park mascot, the endemic Bali starling (you’re more likely to spot one on Nusa Penida) or a leopard cat (felis bengalensis). Unfortunately you won’t be seeing the now extinct Bali tiger (panthera tigris balica). The last one was spotted in the park on 27 September 1937, and shot.

Pack a machete. Photo taken in or around Trekking in West Bali National Park, Pemuteran, Indonesia by Adam Poskitt.

Pack a machete. Photo: Adam Poskitt

While most of the park is reserved for conservation and research, you can trek official park trails which must be explored with a national park guide and prices are at a set rate. The forest is hot, humid and often drier than you may expect. At times it can be physically demanding so take plenty of water and a hat. Sturdy shoes and mosquito spray are recommended, 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. They will provide an all-in-one service which includes transport, lunch, park entry fees and a guide and therefore has a ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Trekking in West Bali National Park
17 km west of Pemuteran

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