Trekking in Bali: West Bali National Park

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West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) is a conservation area, a forested region which makes up most of central-western Bali, covering over 19,000Ha. Taman Nasional Bali Barat features unique ecosystems which are also the original habitat of the rare Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi).

West Bali National Park’s boundary includes open savannahs, dense rainforests, mangrove swamps, and coral reefs, and includes a small island reserve off the north coast of Bali, Pulau Menjangan, which is also referred to as ‘Deer Island’. The park is home to over 300 different species of animals and birds, most particularly the endangered starling.

Deer island
Deer island

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Additionally, Pulau Menjangan, home to the rare Javan rusa or menjangan (Cervus timorensis), attracts visitors the world over due to its excellent diving and snorkelling. You must be accompanied by an official guide and in possession of a park permit, to enter the park’s areas.

West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park

Over 15,000Ha of West Bali National Park area is overland terrain, while another 3,000Ha are marine areas that are administratively part of the Jembrana and Buleleng regencies. Taman Nasional Bali Barat is managed in a zoning system, consisting of the Main, Jungle, Marine Protected, Utility, Cultural, Religious and Historical, Special and Traditional Zones.

Taman Nasional Bali Barat is a frequent site for scientific research and conservation as well as tourism and recreational features that all coexist in one region. Most of its topography consists of slopes with the highest elevation being that of Mount Sangiang’s summit.