West Bali National Park

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West Bali National Park

Jl. Raya Cekik Gilimanuk-Jembrana - Bali 82253, Jembrana 82253, Bali, Indonesia


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West Bali National Park is located approximately two kilometres from Gilimanuk seaport and a three-hour drive from Denpasar. Other attractions such as temples and historical sites can be found near the port, such as the Archaeological Museum or Museum Purbakala.

The history of West Bali National Park dates back to when German naturalist and ornithologist (formerly of the bird department of the Berlin Zoological Museum), Erwin Stresemann, was forced to dock at Singaraja on March 24, 1911, so that his second Maluku (Moluccas) expedition ship could undergo a three-month overhaul. He discovered the Bali Starlings on one of his researches carried out in the village of Bubunan, around 50km from Singaraja. German ornithologist, Viktor von Plessen, then further conducted intensive research in 1925 based on Stresemann’s notes, and it was concluded that the Bali Starling’s habitat covered an expanse from Bubunan to Gilimanuk and it was later discovered that the species was endemic to the region only.

To protect the rare species as well as other animals including the now extinct Bali tiger (Panthera tigris balica), or harimau Bali in Indonesian, a regulation was set in 1947 by declaring the 19,365Ha of forest lands around Banyuwedang a nature park. And according to the Nature Protection Ordinance of 1941 its status paralleled a nature reserve. Then in 1970 its management was handed over to the government of Indonesia through its forestry department and was given its current designation,

Taman Nasional Bali Barat, or the West Bali National Park. As it is a protected region, each visitor requires a permit to enter the national park. The main zones are restricted access areas meant only for scientific research. The jungle zone supports the main zone, where only limited ecotourism is permitted.

The Intensive Utility zone is where ecotourism infrastructures and other facilities are allowed especially those that support conservation. The last zone, the cultural utility zone, allows for cultural and religious activities to be carried out accordingly. These zones include Menjangan Island, Terima Bay, Prapat Agung, Bakungan, and Klatakan. Tourism activities here include snorkelling, sightseeing on outriggers, diving, trekking, bird watching, and many other options.


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