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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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