West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park is natural Bali at its very best. The lush rainforest and rolling savannah are alive with rare birdsong, a colourful coral reef thrives offshore, and the wild beaches are beautifully abandoned. In many ways, it’s the polar opposite of Bali’s sophisticated Southern Peninsula. There are no sushi restaurants or sophisticated cocktail bars here - just peace, superb panoramic scenery, and plenty of adventure. If you’re looking for a detox from modern-day living (with the option for incredible diving and snorkelling), look no further.
What to expect in West Bali National Park...
During this experience, you’ll spend a few days exploring the wide open spaces and hidden pockets of West Bali National Park. North-west Bali is a haven for wildlife, both above and below the waves, and the National Park is an enchanting natural landscape, usually passed over by tourists eager to hit the beaches of the Southern Coast. These holidaymakers are really missing out - occupying nearly 5% of Bali’s total land mass, the Park is a quiet, vast and completely captivating place.
You can hike through shady forest trails on the lookout for the near-extinct Bali starling, snorkel over technicolour coral gardens, and dive through sea caves full of darting tropical fish. Between these wildlife adventures, stretch out on the soft sands of remote coves, drenched in warm sunshine.
As a place of outstanding natural beauty, the Park will instantly win you over, although it’s particularly popular with birders, and for good reason; it’s a haven for endangered and exotic birds, including the Red-Rumped Swallow, the Black Racket-tailed Treepie and the Crested Serpent Eagle.
The park is packed with other wildlife, too, from hawksbill turtles in the sea, to wild boar and Menjangan wild deer onshore. Offshore, you’ll find Menjangan Island, an idyll uninhabited but for one rather special dive resort, and encircled by a pristine coral reef. This is a wonderland for diving enthusiasts, with deep drop-offs and mind-boggling marine diversity. The snorkelling is brilliant, too, with clear waters and sheltered tropical bays.
We recommend spending between two to five days exploring West Bali National Park, staying in a range of local accommodation that is unpretentious, comfortable and characterful.
Location: North-west Bali
Duration: as long as you like
Accommodation: your choice of north-west Bali accommodation
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'This stunning corner of Bali is often missed by holidaymakers, leaving you with empty beaches and plenty of wildlife...'