The West coast of Bali includes the areas of Balian and Medewi and the regencies of Tabanan and Jembrana. This coast is renown for its spectacular surf breaks and peaceful beaches. The journey from Kuta to Negara will take about 4 hours, but this depends on the amount of traffic along the Tabanan road.
Negara is the main town in west Bali, and Negara is located within the district of Jembrana. The overall geography of West Bali is dominated by the tapering range of hills extending west from Gunung Batukaru (2276m), the second highest peak in Bali. The area around Gunung Batukaru is known as the last true section of jungle located in Bali. The southern slopes of the range receive massive amounts of rainfall and are extremely fertile. As a result, wet rice cultivation produces some of finest rice fields in Bali. The northern slopes are drier and low vegetation is common throughout the Bali Barat National Park. For people used to the hectic pace of the Kuta area, the unspoilt nature of west Bali will be a pleasant change.
Accommodation & Real estate
The best quality accommodation in West Bali is in the Pemuteran area. Many budget travellers opt to stay in Home Stay accommodation whilst travelling in west Bali and this is a good way to really get to know the way of life of the people who live there. There are plenty of moderate to luxury holiday villas offered all around the west coast of Bali and plenty have five star hotel style services. In Lalang Linggah and Balian there are many choices of accommodation because of the regularity of surfers who come here for the opportunity to try their luck on the breaks in the area.
This area is worth consideration if you are looking for beachfront or jungle property. The purchase prices are still quite reasonable in comparison to the south of Bali.
Essentials & Amenities
This area does not yet have luxury items readily available. Traditional markets and local convenience stores stock most necessities along with groceries, household items. For hardware items and speciality products you are best to look for local shops rather than try to find a supermarket as there is there is only one big supermarket in the whole Negara area.
There are some local general hospitals and medical practitioners located throughout the Negara area. As with other areas around Bali, you will also be able to purchase general medical supplies at a chemist, which will likely be labelled as an ‘Apotik’. There are no International schools situated on the west coast Bali, the closest to this area are located in either Canggu or Denpasar and there are people that reside in these areas who choose these schools for their children.
Traffic & Transport
The road that leads west toward Balian, Medewi, Negara and Gilimanuk is one of the busiest in Bali because it is the main access route to Java. You will need to be equally careful of trucks, cars and motorbikes as each of them drive dangerously along this road. If you are riding a motorbike and worried about pollution, you should cover your face with a mask because many of the big busses and trucks that frequent this road have a bad habit of spluttering large clouds of black smoke at unsuspecting tourists.
There is plenty of public transport operating out of this area, although you will need to familiarise yourself with basic Indonesian language skills to take advantage of the Bemo services. The entire southwest coast is served by Bemos from Denpasar’s Ubung Bemo Terminal, whilst the northwest coast is serviced by Bemos from Singaraja; both services end at Gilimanuk.
This is the least populated and least visited region of Bali. It is dominated by the West Bali National Park and a huge area of protected reserve, much of which is completely uninhabited. Both the north and south coasts of this region offer quiet beaches but of a very different nature. Those in the north fringe calm seas which are excellent for diving and snorkelling. The southern beaches are wilder and include a number of renowned surfing spots. The town of Gilimanuk on the very westernmost tip of Bali is the departure point for ferries to Java. - wikitravel
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