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GETTING AROUND

Transportation

  • Hire car
    You can find a car rental agency in all the major tourist areas. Most of the cars for rent are in decent shape, you should check thoroughly before signing any forms.
  • Motorbike Rental
    As with hire cars, you can find bikes for rent almost anywhere. Like renting a car, you should always check the bike before parting with your cash. In Indonesia you have to wear a helmet by law.
  • Bicycle / Mountain Bike
    Cycling can be a cheap and enjoyable way to get around, although you do have to be quite fit to ride around the central, hilly regions. You can find bike rental in all the main tourist spots.
  • Bemo
    Public transport minivans. By far the cheapest way to travel, although not the most comfortable.
  • Tours
    A very relaxing way to see the sights, organized tours relieve you of the hassle of trying to navigate your way around. On the down side, however, you do have to follow itineraries, so spur of the moment sight-seeing is not an option. Tours can be booked at any of the travel offices scattered around the island.

MAP


Bali is situated approximately on latitude 8 degrees South and longitude 115 degrees East, and together with the nearby island of Lombok, are the most westerly of the Little Sunda Islands. They are part of the nearly 13,700 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago.


Balinese Ecotourism & Ecology

  • BALI BARAT NATIONAL PARK
    Almost the whole of the western tip of Bali, covering an area of over 750 square km, has been set aside as a conservation area. Included within the park's boundaries are open savannahs, rainforests, mangrove swamps, coral reefs and Pulau Menjangan (Deer Island), a small island off the north coast. The park is a haven for a wide range of animals and birds, especially the endangered Bali Starling. Although most of the park is out of bounds to the public, there are a number of trails still open to visitors.
    Pulau Menjangan, home to the rare Java Deer, can also visited and has very good diving and snorkeling. To enter the park you must be accompanied by an official guide and in possession of a park permit. Both can be obtained at the National Park Headquarters in Cekik, about 3 km south of Gilimanuk.
  • BALI BIRD PARK
    Or Taman Burung located at Singapadu near Batubulan. Taman Burung houses over 1000 birds, including varieties from all over Indonesia. One of the aims of the park is to try and breed endangered species in captivity, including the indigenous Bali Mynah. Those of you who are not necessarily interested in ornithology will be impressed by the two hectares of tropical gardens.
  • BALI BUTTERFLY PARK
    Or Taman Kupu-kupu located at Jl. Batukaru Sandan Wanasari, Tabanan Regency. Recently opened, Indonesia's only butterfly park is helping to study, breed and preserve many kinds of butterflies from all over Indonesia.
  • BALI ZOO PARK
    The Bali Zoo Park is the perfect wildlife conservatory for 350 animals of tropical birds, mammals, reptiles. Set in 3.5 hectare of naturalistic landscape, the park is spaciously built in 30.000 m2 with tall trees, long grasses and thick vegetation, re-creating a natural habitat for the animal. The zoo promotes an effective learning about wildlife conservation especially for the children, it also act as facilitation to reintroduce the endangered animals.
    The exhibits of mammals ranging from primates, deer's, camel, kangaroos and Sumatran Tiger. The popular tropical birds such as Cassowary, peacocks, cockatoos, Bali Starling and Asian bred bird types. Other exhibits include reptiles, among them the Komodo dragon the largest living lizard only found in Indonesia, Iguanas, Green Snack and Python.
  • BOTANICAL GARDENS
    Kebun Raya Eka Karya is located at Bedugul. Established in 1959 these gardens cover over 120 hectares on the slopes of Gunung Pohon (Tree Mountain). The gardens contain a huge collection of trees, nearly 500 varieties of orchid and are rich in bird life. As a centre for the study of local plants, the gardens also boast a herbarium and library.
  • BLAHMANTUNG WATERFALL
    Near Pupuan, West Bali. Dropping over 100 m, this waterfall is spectacular especially during the rainy season. Be prepared for a bit of a trek up a steep, and at times rough, track to get there.
  • GITGIT WATERFALL
    10 km south of Singaraja. Not far from the main road, Gitgit is an impressive 40 m waterfall that gushes into a deep pool. A swim here can be very refreshing, although local legend has it that couples bathing here together will eventually separate.
  • SANGEH MONKEY FOREST
    Near the village of Sangeh is about 20 km north of Denpasar. This forest, of approximately 6 hectares, is filled with giant nutmeg trees that can grow up to 40 m high. The main attractions here are the hordes of Balinese monkeys that inhabit both the trees and the temple, Pura Bukit Sari, located in the heart of the forest. Visitors should be aware that these monkeys are attracted to shiny objects, so cameras and jewellery should be left behind or well hidden under clothes or in a bag before setting off to explore.
  • THE INDONESIA JAYA REPTILE and CROCODILE PARK
    Or Taman Buaya dan Reptil Indonesia, offers a rare opportunity to come within touching distance (whilst still feeling completely safe!) of the first vertebrates completely adapted for life on land : lizards, snakes and the world's oldest and most sinister of tropical beasts, the crocodile. The park is set in beautiful surroundings in the historic and once-powerful Hindu Bali kingdom of Mengwi.
    Under conditions strictly controlled by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna), visitors can closely observe 500 crocodiles of 4 species, 15 different snakes, 8 species of lizard and 4 of Indonesia's rare Komodo dragon, (one way to see Indonesia's autocnous monitor lizard if you don't have the time to cruise to their original habitat of Komodo or Rinca in Nusa Tenggara). The 'dragon' is one of the largest monitor lizards inhabiting the planet reaching up to 3 m in length and weighing up to 150 kg. Programmers for breeding and hatching are an important part of the park's agenda. The management have undergone intensive training in Australia's Northern Territory on all aspects of management and sustainable use, reproduction, nesting, incubation, husbandry, handling and farming of crocodilians and offer in depth information as you are guided around the grounds.
  • UBUD MONKEY FOREST
    This forest is smaller than the one at Sangeh but the monkeys are just as wild. As above try not to wear shiny jewellery and don't leave any bags lying unattended as they will very likely be whisked away by our furry cousins.

Caves
  • Goa Gajah
    Or Elephant Cave near Teges, Gianyar Regency. Dating from the eleventh century there are conflicting opinions about whether this cave was originally a Buddhist or Hindu hermitage. Although not very large, it boasts some interesting carvings.
  • Goa Lawah
    Or Bat Cave in Klungkung Regency. Famous for the thousands of fruit bats that live here, this can be an interesting, if pungent, experience.
  • Goa Karang Sari
    On Nusa Penida Island. South-East of Bali. This cave extends over 200 m into the hillside and during the Galungan festival hosts a torchlight procession and various ceremonies.


Lakes
  • Lake Batur
    Mount Batur, Bangli Regency. The largest lake in Bali and home to the goddess Danu, this lake lies within the crater of Mount Batur.
  • Lake Bratan
    On the slopes of Mount Catur near Bedugul. Location of the superb Pura Ulun Danu, this lake offers both superb scenery and water sports for the more adventurous.
  • Lakes Buyan and Tamblingan
    On the slopes of Mt. Lesong in Buleleng province. Less visited, these lakes offer great walks and the chance of a little solitude for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle.


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