West Bali Travel Guide
Highlights: * Beaches * Wildlife * West Bali National Park * Bali Butterfly Park
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To the west of Denpasar and the Kuta/Seminyak areas is mainly a sprawl of rural villages though there are some really nice temples and beaches that are worth a visit and away from all the crowds.
Pura Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is one of the most famous temples in Bali and is believed to date back to the 16th Century.
Yeh Gangga Beach, just further west from Tanah Lot is a quiet beach surrounded by villages and rice fields. At Yeh Gangga Beach you'll find Bali Island Horse stables where you can go horse riding on either the beach or through the villages and rice fields.
Located 35kms west of Denpasar and 7kms north of Tabanan is the Taman Kupu Kupu Bali Butterfly Park. Open everyday from 8am to 5pm they have on display butterflies from all over Bali including the giant Birdwing Butterfly. They have a conservation breeding program and butterflies are released every morning.
Bali Barat National Park
West Bali National Park is located in the northwest corner of Bali. Established in 1941 the park covers an area of over 70,000 hectares, made up of arid forest and mangrove swamps. Within the National park are several mountains - Gunung Merebuk (1394m) Gunung Mese (1210m) and Gunung Bajra (1077m). The park contains a variety of animals including barking deer, anteaters and giant squirrel. The rarest of the animals is the endangered white Bali starling. There is now a breeding centre in the park actively trying to increase the population of the birds.
Trekking is possible in the West Bali National Park. You first require a park permit which you can get from a PHPA office either in head office in Cekik, or in either the Labuhan Lalang PHPA office and Denpasar office. Price for the park permit is 2500Rp per person. Treking guides will cost around 150,000Rp for a 2 hour trek or up to 400,000Rp for a 7 hour trek.
Puri Rambut Siwi
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Getting there and away
Last updated 25th July 2009
Located at Tabanan, located 30km west of Denpasar, are the Yeh Panas Hot Springs. A hotel has been built up around the hot springs offering therapeutic bathing in the volcanic sulfurous waters. Around this area are some beautiful terraced rice fields.
Following is a list of hotels all over the western part of Bali including current 2009 prices and contact details:
Legong Keraton Beach Hotel located on Berawa Beach between Kuta and Tanah Lot. Room rates from US$80 low season and US$90 high season plus taxes, including American breakfast.
Sanda Hotel is located in the foothills of Gunung Batukaru surrounded by green rice fields. Room rates start from US$99 per night including breakfast. www.sandavillas.com
Waka Gangga Hotel offer 10 bungalows surrounded by rice fields. Close to Yeh Gangga beach and the horse stables for hiring horses for riding. Room rates from US$230 per night not including breakfast. http://wakagangga.com
Le Meridien Nirwana Golf and Spa Resort close to the Tanah Lot temple with an 18 hole golf course and rooms with ocean views. Room prices from US$98 per night with golf included. www.starwoodhotels.com
For accommodation close to the West Bali National Park see our Menjangan page.
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