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MENJANGAN

MENJANGAN

Between Gilimanuk and Pemuteran, the reality is, however, that it could be drawn between Medewi and Seririt, encompassing almost all the west (and 10 per cent of Bali). The reason it’s not is that only the most north-westerly fringe is open to visitors. And that’s because this is what an actually ‘pristine’ Bali looks like. Once home to the Balinese tiger (sadly the last was shot in 1937) it’s now mostly remarkable for the birds. It’s very much a case of going hard or home when it comes to the trails offered, get a permit and guide (paid per hour) at the Park’s HQ, two miles south of Gilimanuk, then select one of the long routes – they’re far better than the shorter options.
Jembrana

Jembrana

Home of superstar dancer Mario (immortalised by Miguel Covarrubias), there’s little else to attract even the most optimistic tourist. The coast north of Soka is different however, like another Bali. That’s because the whole place is wilder. Sure there’s still some paddies, but it’s mostly big rivers streaming down from Batukaru, fine black sand beaches, untamed jungle, drier landscapes, and a much rougher Indian ocean. Highlights include Balian beach with its homely little complex of villas and eateries, Medewi beach, and Negara, inhabited by Bugis (Muslim pirates from Sulawesi) – it’s also one of the few locations on the island to host the traditional buffalo races (mekepung).
Bali Barat National Park

Bali Barat National Park

Between Gilimanuk and Pemuteran, the reality is, however, that it could be drawn between Medewi and Seririt, encompassing almost all the west (and 10 per cent of Bali). The reason it’s not is that only the most north-westerly fringe is open to visitors. And that’s because this is what an actually ‘pristine’ Bali looks like. Once home to the Balinese tiger (sadly the last was shot in 1937) it’s now mostly remarkable for the birds. It’s very much a case of going hard or home when it comes to the trails offered, get a permit and guide (paid per hour) at the Park’s HQ, two miles south of Gilimanuk, then select one of the long routes – they’re far better than the shorter options.
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