God's Secret Courtyard
God's Secret Courtyard
Discover a world of incredible natural wonders at Plataran L’Harmonie – West Bali National Park, spread across 382 hectares in the Buleleng Regency at the northwest tip of Bali.
The west bali national park was established in 1941 to protect the area’s rich flora and fauna, most notably the endangered Bali Starling bird and the last remaining wild banteng. Its dense biodiversity encompasses many distinct ecosystems – from primary monsoon, mangrove and lowland rain forests, to savanna and seagrass landscapes, as well as shallow and deep-sea waters with sandy beaches and coral reefs.
Plataran L’Harmonie works with the local community to drive community development: the three layer system programme supports local farmers by introducing a sustainable and productive agricultural system and promotion a long-lasting partnership; the Bokashi Fertilizer Production programme produces an organic fertilizer from horse manure and provides it freely to local farmers; and the Love Nature Education Programme provides environment education in seven elementary schools around the west bali national park.
Visitors are welcome to learn about and participate in Plataran L’Harmonie’s conservation efforts: the Scientific Education and Research Centre (SERC), a unique learning environment to share knowledge about the preservation of biodiversity, community development sustainability, and cultural diversity Plataran Bali Starling Sanctuary, a conservation facility for the critically endangered Bali Starling; and an Endemic Tree Planting Programme that nurtures the native ecosystem that is fast disappearing in other parts of the island.
The majority of the national park consists of monsoon forest filled with dense evergreen diadem and wild grasses. Moreover, the west bali national park has over 175 species of flora, of which 14 varieties are endangered.
With its unique topography, of the park is home to a diverse array of fauna. There are over 167 species of birds, including the endangered Bali Starling. Other protected fauna in the area include: the scaly anteater or Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica), the black giant squirrel (Ratufa bicolour), the Malayan Porcupine (Hystrix brachyura), the marbled cat (Felis marmorata), the Javan rusa or ‘menjangan’ (Cervus timorensis), the banteng or wild cattle (Bos javanicus), the mouse deer or kancil (Trangulus javanicus), the water monitor (Varanus salvator), and the Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivaceae)
Marine Protected Area
The marine area is a place of high bio diversity with over 110 species of coral belonging to 18 families, including 22 species of the mushroom coral family, and 27 species of Acropora coral.