May 5, 2012

The Best Snorkeling, Diving & Hiking At West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park, or Taman Nasional Bali Barat, is a massive 190-square-kilometer park located in northwest Bali. Bali’s only national park accounts for about 10% of the island’s total land area. The park was established in 1941, and has been a boon for tourism in Bali ever since. With the island’s best snorkeling and diving spots, as well as an amazing array of scenery and wildlife, West Bali National Park is can’t-miss attraction on Bali.

The Best Snorkeling & Diving In Bali

West Bali National Park

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Bali’s calmest and clearest waters surround the northwestern tip of the Island. Charter a boat early in the morning from Labuna Lalang to Menjangan Island to find the best snorkeling spots in Bali. Menjangan Island is completely uninhabited, and it takes about 30 minutes to reach by boat.

West Bali National Park Photo

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Dives range from 20 to 30 metres in depth, and the calm waters of Menjangan make it a great spot for beginning divers. Divers explore “Eel Garden,” “Anchor wreck,” and underwater caves.

Snorkelers can spend hours inspecting untouched coral walls and seeking out the many sea turtles and exotic fish in the area.

Dozens of Great Hikes For Wildlife Lovers

West Bali National Park Image

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With over 160 species of animals and some amazing trails, West Bali National Park is a wonderful opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts to explore on foot. Wild boars, deer, black and macacque monkeys are a few of the many animals you’ll see in the park.

Bird In West Bali National Park

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Birdwatchers will be challenged to spot the over 100 species of rare birds, including the Bali Starling (Jalak Bali). Tegal Blunder Trail is most popular bird watching trail in Bali, and the hike is an easy two hours. The Gunung Klatakan Trail is a more difficult five-hour hike that includes some amazing rainforest flora and fauna.

West Bali National Park Images

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The park requires that you use a guide to hike the trails, and some of the park’s trails are physically demanding. Climate in the park varies from rainforest to savanna, to lowland forests to montane forests. It’s usually a little hotter and drier in West Bali National Park than in southern Bali.

How Do I Get There?

Sunset at West Bali National Park

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West Bali National Park is virtually free of most tourism commerce, restaurants and accommodation, but there are several easy ways to access the park. Get to the park from Gilimanuk road or Singaraja road. Ferries from Ketapang are also available.

Keep in mind that food and water will be nearly impossible to get once you’re in the park. A handful of hotels and resorts cater to tourists, but hikers and adventurers will want to bring plenty of food and water, and be prepared for the heat!

Map of West Bali National ParkHotels Near West Bali National Park

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