The wild forests of Bali stretch on the northern western part of the island. The Bali Barat National Park is established to preserve the forests and their wildlife. Here you will find tall tropical trees reaching for the sky, nursing a variety of wild orchids growing on their branches. Pine trees carpet the mountains. Ever protective, waringin trees faithfully stand at the center of every village. Flowers beautifully punctuate little gardens in every house, and most importantly, spread their sweet fragrance into the midnight air to complete the offerings to the gods and goddesses.
Balinese flora include majestic, holy Banyan trees, swaying palms, the versatile bamboo, acacia trees and flowers, flowers, flowers! Flowers can be seen everywhere; Balinese love beauty and their gardens, roads and temple grounds are delightfully adorned with all kinds of blooms imaginable. Hibiscus, bougainvillea, poinsettia, oleander, jasmine, water lily, roses, begonias, magnolias, orchids and hydrangeas can be found and enjoyed throughout Bali. Ubiquitous frangipani flowers with their exotic perfume blend well into the picturesque scenery.
Wildlife flourish in Bali. Inquisitive monkeys with outstretched hands forever beseeching a treat, lizards living harmoniously with humans and it is purported to be a fortuitous omen if one hears the lizard call seven times. The elusive Balinese tigers still roam the remote northwest part of the island but a sighting is indeed rare. Bats, squirrels, iguanas, civets, barking deer, mouse deer and more than 300 species of birds share Bali’s lush greenery. You will also see schools of dolphins near Lovina, Candidasa and Padangbai, and there are colorful coral and small reef fish, moray eels, crustaceans, sponges and plankton-eating whale sharks along the east coast of Menjangan island, near Gilimanuk. Of course, we must not ignore our domestic friends, who wake us up in the morn or bark at night. Roosters, chickens, ducks, pigs, buffaloes and cows form the complete picture of a Balinese farm life.