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Bali Barat National Park
Located in Jembrana Regency, the western mountains provide the last major wildlife sanctuary. Cultivation is here limited to coastal areas that are very dry in the north, but more prosperous and fertile in the south. Coconut groves, cattle pastures and rainfed fields line the foothills while rice- fields are found along the coast. Unique canals vanish into foothill tunnels excavated as protection from landslides. In the extreme southwest, the new Palasari Dam forms the island’s only manmade lake. On Bali’s western tip, the coral reefs and clear waters around Menjangan Island provide fantastic scuba diving.
Almost the whole of the western tip of Bali (covering 750 sq. km), has been deemed a conservation area. Included within the park’s boundaries are open savannahs, rainforests, mangrove swamps, coral reefs and Pulau Menjangan (Deer lsland).The park is a haven for a wide range of animals and birds, especially the endangered Bali Starling.There are a number of trails open to visitors.
Menjangan island, home to the rare Java Deer, also has great diving and snorkelling.To enter the park, you must be accompanied by an official guide and you must possess a park permit, obtainable at the National Park Headquarters in Cekik, 3km south of Gilimanuk. There are two resorts near Menjangan, the Mimpi Resort & Waka Shorea.
In 1959, a large expanse of tropical rainforest in the foothills of Bukit Tapak Bedugul in Tabanan Regency was set aside by the government as the Kebun Raya Eka Karya Bali ”” a botanical garden covering an area of 129.2 hectares. This extensive park is a popular place for weekenders. but during the week it is a haven of peace and solitude.
More than 650 tree species have been recorded in the park, and there are 459 different wild and propagated orchids, including some rare ones collected from the nearby forest.Visitors interested to learn more are welcome to call in at the Information Center, allthough it pays to take a guide, as the staff do not speak fluent English.
The temperate climate, abundant rainfall and rich volcanic soils make the crater ideal for market gardening. In the early 1970s most farmers cut out their coffee gardens and started growing vegetables. Now the Bedugul garden supply the huge Denpasar markets and hotel resorts with fresh cabbages, carrots, onions, strawberries, passion fruit and other fresh fruits and vegetables.
Flower growing has also proved profitable, and bemo-loads of freshly cut roses, lilies, gardenias and gladioli are sent southwards at dawn. Nursery gardens and orchid shelters have sprung up all over the valley.
Sangeh & Ubud Monkey Forests
Near the villages of Sangeh and Ubud, South West Bali. The main attractions are the hordes of Balinese monkeys that inhabit the trees and the temples. Visitors should be aware that these monkeys are attracted to shiny objects, so cameras and jewellery should be left behind, well hidden, or stored in a bag, before setting off to explore.
Near Pupuan,West Bali. Dropping over 100 metres, this waterfall is spectacular, especially during the rainy season (November - March). Be prepared for a tough trek up a steep and at times rough, track to get there.
10km south of Singaraja, North Bali. Not far from the main road.Gitgit is an impressive 4o metres high. A swim here can be very refreshing, although local legend believes that couples bathing here, together, will eventually separate.