The West coast of Bali begins at Tanah Lot and extends all the way up to Gilimanuk. The areas of Balian and Medewi and the regencies of Tabanan and Jembrana are part of this region. This coast is very famous with its 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.
Restaurants & Nightlife
There isn’t much of a choice when it comes to restaurants here. There are a small number of restaurants offering a combination of Asian and European fare. You are best to check out some of the high quality hotels and resorts located in the area as they often offer a high standard of food. Otherwise, check out the local warung or small local restaurants where you will be able to experience local food with an extremely cheap price tag.
There are no serious nightlife opportunities located within this area.
Cultural, Tourist Attractions & Activities
Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most important sea temples in Bali. It is a lovely place to walk during the afternoon, sit in one of the café’s located near the temple and watch the sunset. Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire and happens to be located in Mengwi Village. With a beautiful landscaped garden in front to welcome visitors who come to visit, this temple it is a truly lovely cultural activity to try on your way up or down the coast. Rambut Siwi Temple is located on the south coast between Negara and Medewi, it has an interesting story and a visit will be perfect for family photo opportunities. Agung Pulaki Temple on the north coast, just east of Pemuteran, is another important temple that you might like to have a look at.
Sangeh Monkey Forest, a 14-hectare nutmeg forest inhabited by hundreds of tame monkeys. Surfing opportunities are to be found in Lalang Linggah, Balian and Medewi.
The Reptile and Crocodile Park is located in Mengwi and has a collection of over 500 crocodiles alongside a decent amount of lizards and snakes. The lush two-hectare park also offers visitors a variety of unusual sideshows. The Butterfly Park is located approximately 7 km from Tabanan on the way to Panebel. In this park you will be able to see the famous Bird Wing Butterflies alongside various kinds of endemic species from all over Indonesia. The Negara Buffalo Races are a spectacular entertainment option if you happen to be in the Negara area around the time these races are on.
Trekking to the Christian villages of Blimbingsari and Palasari are an interesting and somewhat popular choice of activity whilst exploring the area. On a clear day, the view from these villages is spectacular. Bali Barat National Park, is a complex habitat that attracts hikers, bird watchers and nature lovers alike. Menjangan Island is an environmental spectacular filled with opportunities for those who love diving and snorkelling.
Bargain shopping opportunities exist if you are looking to purchase locally produced items such as handicrafts, sarongs and other similar items. To find these items you will need to look in small roadside shops.
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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