West Bali National Park covers approximately ten percent of the landmass of the island. It encompasses different habitats ranging from rainforest to dry savanna to acacia scrub to lowland forest, some montane forests in hilly areas and bits of dense mangrove forests at sea level. The Prapat Agung peninsula to its north has stretches of protected beaches and coral reefs and Menjangan a small offshore island that is a popular diving destination. The silhouettes of four extinct volcanoes dominate the landscape of the park as they are the highest points.
160 species of avifauna have been recorded in the park included the severely endangered Bali starling. Mammals that roam the park include Banteng a species of wild cattle, Java Rusa and Indian Muntjac deer, wild boar, black macaques and leopard cats. Among the 175 species of plants 14 are rare and therefore endangered. Only a small area of the park is open to visitors at any time. One of the best ways to enjoy the park is to hire a guide and go along the hiking trails or to go diving and snorkeling. The Tegal Blunder rail is popular with bird watchers. The Gunung Klatakan trail though somewhat strenuous takes hikers through the rainforest area. Among the other trails is one that enables exploring the Prapat Agung peninsula. Exploring Gilimanu Bay on the peninsula in a traditional outrigger canoe is worth considering as it will provide an opportunity not only to enjoy the quiet bay but its diverse coastal eco system as well. The mangrove forests here are known to be a natural fish breeding site. Snorkelling and diving from uninhabited Manjangan Island is highly recommended on account of the pristine coral reef home to 110 species of coral including 22 species of mushroom coral. Among the popular dives site around the island is eel garden named after a large colony of garden eels, anchor wreck the site of the wreck of a small wooden ship attributed to the 19th century, underwater caves with many convolutions and the drop off which is a dive wall alive with batfish, scorpion fish, dwarf hawk fish and angelfish. Mantas and sharks are also known to frequent the site. Other islands around the park worth exploring are Gadung, Bird and Bat Islands, full of the animal species they have been named after.
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