Bali Barat National Park, Birding

Bali Barat National Park, Birding

Birding To Bali And Surrounding (7 Days / 6 Nights)

Day 1
On your arrival day in Bali, you’ll meet by Our Guide then Check-in at the Hotel in Bali, near the the airport on BaliBali-starling

Day 2
Full day Birding in Bali Nusa Dua Pound recycling water and Tanjung Benoa harbor during low tide for numerous water birds such as Grey Heron, Javan Pond-heron, Night Heron, Blue Heron, Egreat, sunda Tail, small blue king fisher, rofous wood packer, Curlew, Whimbrel, plover, sandpiper and wandering Whistling-duck.
(Night at Hotel in Bali)

Day 3
Travel to Bali Barat national park / west bali, as well as travel we will birding along the way, stoping at hindu temple for break. white-browed Crake may be seen amongst the paddies, while the Javan Kingfisher siting on the over head wire, after we arrive at gillimanuk check in at accommodation of national park Bali barat, here also we can do birding around the national park area.
(Night at National park accommodation)

Day 4

Bali Barat National Park Introduction

Bali Barat National Park

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Bali Barat National Park comprises mangrove forest, coastal forest, monsoon forest, lowland rain forest, savanna and seagrass vegetation types, coral reefs, sandy beaches, and both shallow and deep sea waters.

This Park has 175 species of plant, 14 of which are endangered species like bayur (Pterospermum javanicum), ketangi (Lagerstroemia speciosa), burahol (Stelechocarpus burahol), cendana, or sandalwood (Santalum album), and sonokeling (Dalbergia latifolia).

As well as the Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), an endangered and endemic species, the Park also has other birds such as the black-winged starling (Sturnus melanopterus), yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier), and black-headed ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus).

Among the animals to be found here are banteng (Bos javanicus javanicus), barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak nainggolani), marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata), pangolin (Manis javanica), southeast Asian porcupine (Hystrix brachyura brachyura), and lesser Malay mouse deer (Tragulus javanicus javanicus).

The sea biota inhabiting the waters around Menjangan Island and Tanjung Gelap comprise some 45 species of coral including Halimeda macroloba, Chromis spp.,Balistes spp., Zebrasoma spp., and Ypsiscarus ovifrons; 32 species of fish including pinnate batfish (Platax pinnatus), rabbitfish (Siganus sp.), and barracuda (Sphyraena sp.); and nine species of sea mollusc such as the southern giant clam (Tridacna derasa), trumpet triton (Charonia tritonis), and large claw mussel (Tridacna gigas).

The Bali starling, the mascot of the Park, loves a clean habitat and has a short flying range. Being easy to catch, this species needs special care and protection to safeguard its decreasing population.

Interesting locations/attractions:

Kapal: diving and snorkelling. A shipwreck forms a haven for several coral species, one of which is Acrophora sp. which has a diameter of 75 cm.
Menjangan Island, Pos Satu, Pos Dua and Tanjung Gelap: diving and snorkelling.
Krepyak and Sumberrejo: animal observation.
Lintas Laut Monument and Makam Jayaprana: sites of cultural interest.

Cultural attractions outside the Park include Mekepung, Kendang Mebarung and Jegog which are held in Negara during September and October.

Best time of year to visit: August to December.

How to reach the Park: from Denpasar, or from Gilimanuk: Gilimanuk-Negara-Cekik by car (43.3 km); or Singaraja-Sirinit-Cekik by car (85 km).


Designated : Minister of Forestry, SK.No.493/Kpts-II/95, 
a total area of 19,002.89 hectares
Location : Regencies ; Buleleng, Jembrana (Province of Bali)

Temperature 33° C (on average)
Rainfall 972 – 1,550 mm/year
Altitude 0 – 1,414 m asl.
Geographical location 114°25′ – 114°34′ E; 8°05′ – 8°15′ S

– Bali Barat National Park map

Bali Barat National Park map

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Bali Barat National Park is easy accessible from Gilimanuk,
the ferry port where ferries to and from Java come and go.
Gilimanuk is reached by ferry from Java or by bus from Denpasar or Singaraja.
From Gilimanuk take a minibus or ojek to Cekik for the last three kilometer.
Here you will find the PHPA headquarters.
An other entry point is Labuhan Lalang, accessible by minibus from Gilimanuk.
Labuhan Lalang lies at the main road to Singaraja, which cuts through the park.
To reach Pulau Manjangan you can hire a motorboat from Labuhan Lalang (30-40 min).
Gilimanuk Asih Cottage Homestay Nusantara II, from Pak Made, a former PHPA chief. Homestay Kartika Chandra Homestay Gili Sari Cekik Camping area, no food Some simple rooms and bungalows, no food
Along the coast of Prapat Agung, 25 km Sumber Klampok – Tegal Bunder
One of the most spectacular national parks to visit in the Archipelago is the Bali Barat National Park located on the western most tip of the island.

The original Bali Barat Reserve covering some 70,000 hectares in land area, was created in 1941 and its main aim was to protect the Bali Starling and the last of the wild banteng, from which most of the Balinese cattle descend.

Bali is a well-populated island, intensively cultivated and without much natural forest left. Such forests are to found along the watershed at the western end of the island on the slopes of Gunung Sangiang, Gunung Merbuk, Gunung Musi and Gunung Patas, all areas watered by clear streams and traversed by footpaths, often steep but relatively easy walking.

The last of the Starlings live in small groups of two or three in the Acacia shrubs on the north coast of Prapat Agung cape, Bali’s most north-western promontory. The cape is cut off from the rest of the reserve by the main Singaraja-Gilamanuk road as well as by the forestry plantations inland of Teluk Terima.

The Marine reserve includes the cape shores and several sanctuary islands, a haunt for seabirds, in the bay near Gilamanuk but centres mainly on Pulau Menjangan and the excellent coral reefs surrounding it. The good drop-offs on Menjangan’s south side are only surpassed by the particularly superb reefs on its northern shores. The island is a popular spot for locals and tourists wishing to dive for a variety of fish and coral reef exploration. Interestingly, there are no dangerous currents to contend with.

The wildlife consist mostly of sea and shore birds, the most conspicuous being the Brown Boobies and Lesser Frigate birds. There are two colonies of Terns that nest on a sandy cay at the entrance to Teluk Lumpur (also known as Mud Bay) whilst the Frigates and Boobies roost on Pulau Burung. The number of White Starlings left in the wild is unknown and, Hawkesbill Turtles are sighted frequently along the reserve’s north coast.

Despite the starling’s rarity, the Bali Barat is rich in over 160 other species. Yellow-vented Bulbul’s are everywhere as well as White-bellied Swiftlets, Sacred and Javan Kingfishers, and Drongos. On the north coast is a colony of Silvered Leaf Monkeys, Dolphin watching is also a highlight of Bali as large, playful schools thrive off the north coast.

There are a number of good guided treks through Bali Barat’s jungles, though because of the starling’s fragile existence no trekking is permitted on the Prapat peninsula and Menjangan island.

Permits are needed to enter the park and are obtained from the National Park Headquarters located at Cecik. The fee is Rp2,500, but you must be accompanied by a guide and here is where the cost comes in. Some guides can charge as much as Rp250,000 for a two day hike.

Bali Barat National Park Seldom Seen Birds A-B,

Seldom Seen Birds
Abroscopus-schisticeps, Black-faced Warbler Acridotheres-grandis,
White-vented Myna
Aethopyga-ignicauda , Fire-tailed Sunbird Anas-gibberifrons,
Sunda Teal, 
Itik Benjut
Anthreptes-simplex Anthus-rufulus
Anas-querquedula , Garganey, 
Itik Jurai
Anthreptes-simplex ,
Plain Sunbird,
Burung madu Polos
Anthus-rufulus, Paddyfield  Pipit Aplonis-minor,
Short-tailed Starling,  Perling Kecil
Aplonis-mysolensis, Moluccan Starling, 
Perling Maluku
Little Swift
Arachnothera-clarae, Ardea-cinerea,
 Grey Heron, 
Cangak Abu
Great-billed Heron,  Cangak Laut
Ruddy Turnstone, 
Trinil Pembalik-batu
Ashy Woodswallow
Batrachostomus-auritus, Large Frogmouth,  Paruhkodok Besar
Brachypteryx-leucophrys, Lesser Shortwing,  Cingcoang Coklat Brachypteryx-major, White-bellied Shortwing Bulweria-bulwerii, Bulwer’s Petrel, 
Petrel Bulwer
Beach Stone-curlew
Grey-faced Buzzard, 
Elang Kelabu