WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) – A fascinating nature and rare endemic species

WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK

– All Details to Know About West Bali National Park –

west bali national park board

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK?

NATIONAL PARK
It’s the only one National Park in Bali.
Fascinating forest offering different nuance.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visiting exotic place with nice atmosphere, variety smells and color.
Various vegetation such as rain forests, dry savannas, lowland forests and mangrove forest.

VARIOUS FLORA & FAUNA
Fascinating various flora & fauna in Bali.
Some of the species are rare and endemic.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If you like outdoor exercise, you might love this place.
You can doing jungle trekking, bird watching, mangrove tour and snorkeling.

CLOSE TO OTHER TOURISM SITE
This place are close to beautiful island, Menjangan island.
So, You can combine to visit these place.

BALI NATIONAL PARK INFORMATION BOARD

taman nasional bali barat west bali national park information board

WHAT IS WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK?

DESCRIPTION:

West Bali National Park or local people known as ‘Taman Nasional Bali Barat’ is a national conservation that covering 19,000 hectares area. It was initiative by the Dutch in 1941 in order to protect the endangered species, Bali Starling bird (Jalak Bali) and the last remaining Wild Bull (Banteng). West Bali National Park play the role maintain the existence and survival of native  flora and fauna. This Bali National Park has two main ecosystem, land and sea ecosystem. Land ecosystem consist of mangrove forest, savanna and monsoon forest. Sea ecosystem consist of sandy coast, seagrass vegetation, coral reef, shallow water sea and deep water sea. These ecosystem is home for many kind species of flora and fauna. 

SECURITY POST & TICKET WINDOW

taman nasional bali barat west bali national park security post ticket window

*) In March 7th, 2018 West Bali National Park got award as “Best Top 100 Destination” from  Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB) Berlin, Germany.

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

  • OPENING HOURS:
    7.00 AM – 5.00 PM.

*) Better visit in the morning or mid day. If you visit in the afternoon, it’s going dark soon.

  • UPDATED OPENING HOURS ON NEW NORMAL PERIOD:
    8.00 AM – 3.00 PM.

*) Since New Normal period, the opening hours has change.

  • WEEKDAY:
    Monday – Friday.

*) Visit on weekdays or not Indonesian holiday is good to avoid crowdedness.

  • DRY SEASON:
    April – October.

*) Visit on the dry season is good choice to avoid raining that might ruining your visits.

  • PEAK OF DRY SEASON:
    July – September.

*) Visit on the peak of dry season is the best choice since it has a little raining possibility.

ANNOUNCEMENT

taman nasional bali barat west bali national park announcementtaman nasional bali barat west bali national park announcement

*) Better you read this announcement first.

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT VISIT WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK?

WORST TIME TO VISIT:

  • INDONESIAN HOLIDAY:
    Sunday & Indonesian holiday.

*) Usually on Sunday & Indonesian holiday more crowded than other day.

  • KUNINGAN DAY:
    • 5 January 2019
    • 3 August 2019
    • 29 February 2020
    • 26 September 2020
    • 24 April 2021

*) In this special day normally Hindus pilgrims visit some temples that located in the West Bali National park. It will be super crowded and it’s hard to see wild animal in this day.

  • TEMPLE CEREMONY DAYS (Purnama Sasih Jiestha Buda Kliwon Pahang Pujawali):
    • 16-22 May 2021
    • 12-18 December 2021

*) In these special days normally Hindus pilgrims visit Pura Segara Rupek temple that located in the West Bali National park.

PURA SEGARA RUPEK TEMPLE

pura segara rupek temple

HOW MUCH IS THE NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE?

  • ENTRANCE FEE FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITOR:
    Weekend (Sunday or Indonesian holiday): IDR 300K.
    Weekday (Monday-Saturday): IDR 200K.
  • ENTRANCE FEE FOR LOCAL VISITOR:
    Weekend (Sunday or Indonesian holiday): IDR 15K.
    Weekday (Monday-Saturday): IDR 10K.

WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE

International:Entrance Fee
Weekend & holidayIDR 300K
WeekdayIDR 200K
Domestic (Local):
Weekend & holidayIDR 15K
WeekdayIDR 10K

WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK ENTRY TICKET

taman nasional bali barat west bali national park entrance fee entry ticket

*) I have no idea why it’s so expensive for international tourist.

WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK ENTRY TICKET FOR LOCAL

tiket masuk taman nasional bali barat

OTHER FEE:

ENTRANCE FEE FOR VEHICLE:
Car: IDR 10K
Bus: IDR 50K

Bicycle: IDR 2K
Scooter: IDR 5K

Boat (40-100 HP): IDR 100K
Boat (100-500 HP): IDR 150K

ACTIVITIES FEE:
Jungle trekking: IDR 5K
Wildlife observation: IDR 10K

Snorkeling: IDR 15K
Diving: IDR 25K

Camping: IDR 5K

*) You need a special permits and some good reasons if you want to camping here. Usually people who doing research and observation that can get their permit. You can request a permit to their office in Gilimanuk.

WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK CAR ENTRY TICKET

west bali national park car entry ticket

WHERE IS WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa):
Sub-district (Kecamatan):
Regency (Kabupaten): Jembrana & Buleleng
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 72 km west of Lovina beach or 1 hour and 40 minutes.
About 129 km northwest of Denpasar or 3 hour and 15 minutes.
About 133 km northwest of Ubud or 3 hours and 30 minutes.
About 138 km northwest of Kuta beach or 3 hours and 45 minutes.
About 142 km northwest of Ngurah Rai airport or 3 hour and 50 minutes.

MAP OF WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK:

taman nasional bali barat west bali national park map

*) If you drive a scooter you can just click the map above. It’s your driving guideline.

**) When you arrive West Bali National Park, don’t surprised if the road so rocky and broken. Actually it’s really comfort if you drive a car than a scooter.

THE MONKEYS AT WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK

taman nasional bali barat west bali national park monkey

*) Don’t feed the animals because it makes them not wild anymore, they will loose their instinct to find a food in the jungle. They will depend on you.

**) It’s amazing when some Gibbons past away. They stand walking across the road, they move looks so funny. Totally different than Monkey. Unfortunately i didn’t catch the moments since they pass so fast.

HOW TO GET TO WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there. You have to take multiple public transport to reach this place.

From UBUD :
Please take Mini/Micro Bus (Bemo) at Ubud – Then, stop at Batubulan Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Bemo/Angkot at Batubulan – Stop at Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus at Ubung – Then, stop at Gilimanuk.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus to Singaraja via Pemuteran at Gilimanuk – Then, stop at West Bali National Park.

  • Fee: IDR 20K + IDR 15K + IDR 30K + IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

From KUTA :
Please to reach Kuta Central Parking first – Then, find Mini/Micro Bus.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus at Kuta Central Parking – Stop at Tegal Sari Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Bemo/Angkot at Tegal Sari – Stop at Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus at Ubung – Then, stop at Gilimanuk.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus to Singaraja via Pemuteran at Gilimanuk – Then, stop at West Bali National Park.

  • Fee: IDR 15K + IDR 15K + IDR 30K + IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

From Ngurah Rai Airport :
Please to reach Ngurah Rai International Gate first – Then, find Trans SARBAGITA Bus Shelter/Halte.
Then take a Trans  SARBAGITA Bus Corridor 2 – Stop at  Kuta Central Parking.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus at Kuta Central Parking – Stop at Tegal Sari Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Bemo/Angkot at Tegal Sari – Stop at Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus at Ubung – Then, stop at Gilimanuk.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus to Singaraja via Pemuteran at Gilimanuk – Then, stop at West Bali National Park.

  • Fee: IDR 3,500 +  IDR 15K + IDR 15K + IDR 30K + IDR 20K.
  • Trans Sarbagita Timetable: 10.45 AM, 12.45 PM, 2.45 PM, 4.45 PM, 6.45 PM and 8.45 PM.

From North DENPASAR:
Please to reach Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station first – Then, find Mini/Micro Bus.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus at Ubung – Then, stop at Gilimanuk.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus to Singaraja via Pemuteran at Gilimanuk – Then, stop at West Bali National Park.

  • Fee: IDR 30K + IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

From South DENPASAR:
Please to reach Kuta Central Parking first – Then, find Mini/Micro Bus.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus at Kuta Central Parking – Stop at Tegal Sari Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take a Bemo/Angkot at Tegal Sari – Stop at Ubung Mini/Micro Bus Station.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus at Ubung – Then, stop at Gilimanuk.
Then take Mini/Micro Bus to Singaraja via Pemuteran at Gilimanuk – Then, stop at West Bali National Park.

  • Fee: IDR 15K + IDR 15K + IDR 30K + IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

From GILIMANUK:
Please take Mini/Micro Bus to Singaraja via Pemuteran at Gilimanuk – Then, stop at West Bali National Park.

  • Fee: IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

From LOVINA:
Please take Mini/Micro Bus to Gilimanuk via Pemuteran at Lovina – Then, stop at West Bali National Park.

  • Fee: IDR 20K.
  • Timetable: No.

More information about Bali public transportation system:

– Trans Sarbagita Bus Stop/Shelter/Halte.
– Batubulan Micro/Mini Bus Station.
– Ubung Micro/Mini Bus Station.
Tegal Sari Micro/Mini Bus Station.

*) It’s really not efficient trip using public transport in Bali. Waste your time, energy and money. There is no fixed price in Bali transportation system (except Trans Sarbagita & Trans Metro Dewata). If the passenger full loaded you will get the price above, but if quiet (little) passenger you will pay more expensive. Seems they applied operational cost basis since the public transport not so popular today (quiet).

**) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this place and use google map as your navigator.

***) You can not use Go-jek or Grab transport because the distance so far and it’s hard for them to find other passenger on the way back.

BALI STARLING BIRD CONSERVATION

bali starling bird conservation

*) Bali starling bird (Curik Bali) is an endangered species. This place has a bird conservation.

BALI STARLING BIRD/BALI MYNA/JALAK BALI/CURIK BALI

bali starling bird

bali starling bird

bali starling bird

*) Bali starling bird also known as Bali Myna. Local people called it as Curik Bali or Jalak Bali. 

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Weak signal for your smartphone.

*) Use Telkomsel SIM card for relative better service compare to other telecom operator.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet available on ticketing office only.

*) Better bring your own pocket tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
No shop, cafe and restaurant on the area.

*) A simple shop or Warung near the Hindus temple.

WILD BOAR

wild boar

*) I saw some wild boar looking the food on the trashes near the temple. Seems they are not worry to visitor. Human existence & influence in West Bali National Park change animal habits. It’s not supposed to happen.

HOW TO CONTACT BALI NATIONAL PARK?

PHONE/CALL:
+6236561060

WHATSAPP:
+6282247475988.

EMAIL:
[email protected]

THE DEERS

deers

deer

PROS AND CONS:

PROS:

  1. Popular National Park in Bali.
  2. Awesome rain forest view.
  3. Free wild animals, not in a cage.
  4. Conservation for endangered species.
  5. Good local guide.

CONS:

  1. Some visitors said it’s overrated entrance fee for foreigner.
  2. Big difference for weekday and weekend entrance fee.
  3. No public transport to here.
  4. Rocky road.
  5. Dirty beach in Monsoon (west wind) season.

WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK DIRTY BEACH

dirty beach

rubbish on the beach

rubbish on the beach

*) Actually the rubbish not only on the beach, but along the way and near the Hindus temple.

**) Indonesia people (rakyat) already put the trust to National Park Board (Balai Taman Nasional) to manage this place. Even they accepted salary each month. But, i don’t see they manage it very well. The trashes in every where.

***) Bali National Park Board need a supervision coordination with a local Hindus priest & Hindus temple stakeholders (Pemangku/Pengempon) to educate visitor, pilgrims & seller about waste management. Otherwise, it will be a dying National park.

UPDATE STATUS OF WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK:

OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST

*) Since March 19th, 2020 West Bali National Park has been closed according to Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry instruction to avoid Corona spreads.

**) Since July 29th, 2020 West Bali National Park has been open for visitor. There is a limitation of number of visitor (335 people per day). Also it will apply a new normal protocol.

west bali national park new normal terms

SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK:

You can combine to visit these places when you visit West Bali National Park:

  1. Menjangan island + Snorkeling/diving (you need take a boat).
  2. Banyu wedang hot spring.
  3. White sandy beach.
  4. Men Tempeh Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk restaurant (Bali Super spicy chicken restaurant)
  5. Gilimanuk prehistoric museum.
  6. Gili Putih.
  7. Pemuteran diving/snorkeling spot.

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4 thoughts on “WEST BALI NATIONAL PARK (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) – A fascinating nature and rare endemic species

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Hi Anne,

      I don’t think the entry ticket valid for more than one day.
      It seems all the attractions managed by Indonesia forestry board valid for one visit only.
      Such as Bromo Semeru National park, Merapi Merbabu National park, etc.

  1. Wanderlust Eva

    My visit to West Bali National Park (WBNP) was unfortunately below my expectation. I was even wondering what qualified it for the “Best top 100 destinations” from ITB Berlin but from its current state, it simply does not make sense anymore.

    A couple of redflags: the roads through the jungle are such in bad condition. Not sure whether they were intentionally kept “as natural” just like that or just a poor maintenance but unless you drive a 4WD off-roaders vehicle, your journey wil not comfortable. So, if the national park targetting to attract (paid) visitors, they should think about providing access and eco-friendly ways for the visitors to enjoy the place. One example: when visitors enter the park, their car will be connected to the park radio station with a gps that will track the car and guide the visitors through the jungle as well as a communication tool between the visitors and park station if anything might happen. From that radio, we will hear something like, for example, “Hello dear visitors, in 100 meter from your spot, on your left side, you will see a giant X tree, the oldest of its kind in the world and only found in Bali island… then around 50 meter from it, on your right, you will see a rare species of amazonian killer bushes bla..bla..bla…, so with that kind of information along your journey inside the national park, it will keep the visitors interested, very educative, and if necessary, the visitors can make stops to take photos of rare and protected assets of the national park and not just left the visitors roaming the jungle on their own.

    Other and most notable devastating views were the beaches along the way INSIDE the national park were unbelievably DIRTY and full of (plastic) trash just about everywhere as far as eye can see. It’s absolutely unacceptable for a national park standard! The ITB Berlin should consider revoke its award given to WBNP in 2018 for this trash issue, otherwise it’s so misleading. A non-sense excuse to say no tourists due to covid left the park in complete mess and neglected! It’s a national asset, and the respective ministry must deem responsible to look after it and the national park administrators should have proper trainings how to sustainably maintain the park and making profit without sacrificing the living beings there. The authority should conduct thorough onsite assessment and to do regular beaches monitor before far too late, as well as educate visitors to do things responsibly and make sure the beaches and surrounding environments are always kept clean! This is a strong message! that is because we love West Bali National Park and have expected to see it in its best preservation efforts.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      I agree with you, Eva.
      It’s a nice idea.

      My last visits in the same time of Kuningan Day.
      Many Hindus pilgrims came to temple located inside of National Park.
      I saw many trashes near the temple and along the way.
      Even some wild boar looking food on the trash heap near the temple.
      Some monkeys bite food container made from plastic and styrofoam.
      Irresponsible human act change animal wildlife habits.
      It’s really bad images of West Bali National Park.
      Even Baluran National Park in Situbondo, East Java better than this.
      More clean, good asphalt road and many kind of animals available to be seen.
      Also animal wildlife habits not change.

      Of course we love West Bali National Park.
      But, not in the such poor condition.

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