The Indonesian islands offer the nature lover, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watcher ample opportunities to absorb the splendours of the natural kingdom. For an ideal balance of nature and culture, invest in an eclectic boutique hotel Bali for an unforgettable stay in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical locales. A highlight in the unique Seminyak district is the L Hotel Seminyak, an elegant Bali luxury hotel that is sure to provide an excellent home away from home as you explore the island’s many wonders. For a day out in nature, head over to Bali West National Park, located on the north-westerly end of the island and is Bali’s only national park. An exotic array of wildlife grace the verdant expanses of this unique nature reserve, such as the near extinct Bali Starling, whose numbers are being bolstered with a dedicated breeding programme based within the park. Mammals include the Banteng species of wild cattle, the Java Rusa and the Indian Muntjac Deer, both of which are quite profusely spread over the landscape. You’ll find Wild Boar and Leopard Cats as well, but only if you’re really lucky, as they can be quite shy. The now-extinct Bali Tiger was last spotted in the park as well, in 1937. The park authorities are happy to organise guided hiking tours for you to immerse yourself in the park’s panoramic settings. Bird lovers will enjoy trekking the Tegal Blunder Trail, an easy two-hour walk. For those seeking something more challenging, the Gunung Klatakan Trail offers a hearty 5-hour trek through some memorable rainforest patches, so remember to bring plenty of water either way, as there are no shops onsite and you will dehydrate quickly. Menjangan Island offers the ideal opportunity for some snorkelling and diving, and an intriguing temple named Puri Gili Kencana merits a visit. The island is home to some stunning coastal beauty, and the entire stretch of it can be walked in a little more than an hour, although you’ll want to take your time to savour the experience.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.