The Government of Indonesia
has declared 24 marine protected areas throughout
the country. There are plans to expand this
to 85 reserves covering 30 million hectares
by the end of this century.
Recent initiatives include plans
for the management of important marine habitants
such as coral reefs and mangroves for sustainable
use and conservation. Marine animals are also
benefiting from marine conservation efforts.
Recent laws have banned the hunting of most
turtles throughout the country.
REEF WATCH PROGRAM
only will you enjoy your day trip to Lembongan
Island with Bali Hai Cruises, but you also have
the opportunity to become involved in our reef
watch program at the Reef Appreciation Area.
Bali Hai Cruises has recognised the importance
and uniqueness of the Lembongan Island Reef
and are supporting the Indonesian Government
in protecting and managing the reef. To firm
our commitment to conservation, Bali Hai Cruises
employs a marine biologist to monitor the reef,
suggest new ways it can be managed and develop
ways that you can learn more about the marine
life and fish. The cruises and activities at
the Island are designed to create as little
disturbance as possible to marine life. Bali
Hai Cruises is a member of and supports the
Marine Education Society of Australia.
ELEPHANT SAFARI PARK
Don't leave Bali without visiting
these truly unique and spectacular Indonesian
Elephants. Located in the cool jungle forest
of Desa Taro, (20 mins north of Ubud Bali),
the Elephant Safari Park offers you the chance
to feed and interact with these wonderful creatures
in a natural setting. A 30 minute Elephant Safari
ride is available to those who wish to do more
than just look. Then watch the Elephants as
they take a bath, immersing themselves in the
cool waters of the lake. Bali Elephant Safaris
are suitable for all ages.
Taman Burung Bali Bird Park, Singapadu, near
Batubulan. Taman Burung houses over 1000 birds,
including varieties from all over Indonesia.
One of the aims of the park is to breed endangered
species in captivity, including the indigenous
Bali Mynah. Those of you who are not necesarily
interested in ornithology will be impressed
by the two hectares of Bali tropical gardens.
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 coservation area. Included within
the park's boundaries are open savanahs, rainforests,
mangrove swamps, coral reefs and Pulau Menjangan (Deer
Island), a small island off the north coast of Bali.
The park is a haven for a wide range of animals and
birds, especially the endangered Bali Starling. Pulau
Menjangan, home to the rare Java Deer, can also be
visited and has very good diving and snorkelling.
To enter the park you must be accompanied by an official
guide and in possession of a park permit.
Taman Kupu Kupu, 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 Bali and all over Indonesia.
Kebun Raya Eka Karya, Bedugul Bali. Established
in 1959 these gardens cover over 120 hectares on the
sllopes of Gunung Pohon (Tree Mountain). The gardens
contain a huge collection of trees, nearly 500 varieties
of orchid and are rich in birdlife. As a centre for
the study of local plants, the gardens also boast
a herbarium and library.
SANGEH MONKEY FOREST
Near the village of Sangeh Bali. This forest,
of approximately 6 hectares, is filled with giant
nutmeg trees that can grow up to 40m 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 Sangeh Bali.
TAMAN BUAYA & REPTILE
Bali Reptile & Crocodile Park, located in
Werdhi Bhuana, near Mengwi; this park houses not only
four of the famous Komodo Dragons but also a large
collection of crocodiles, lizards and snakes within
large tropical gardens. "Feeding Time",
a snake and magic show and even crocodile wrestling
go to make this an unforgettable experience in Bali.
MONKEY FOREST BALI
Ubud Bali. This forest is smaller than the one
at Sangeh but the monkeys are just as wild.
Near Pupuan, west Bali. Dropping over 100m, 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.
10km south of Singaraja Bali. Not far from the
main road, Gitgit is an impressive 40m 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.