West Bali National Park is becoming a new world destination (New World Wonder Destination), being the primary habitat of the Bali Starling bird or Jalak Bali (Leucopsar Rothschildi). Bali Starling is an exotic, rare, endangered and protected bird, of which their population is estimated to only be a few in the world, hence they are considered as a World Heritage. Bali Starling only lives and is only found in the forest at the West Bali National Park. These birds are the only Bali endemic species and in 1991 was named the faunal emblem of Bali Province. The existence of this endemic bird is protected by law.
Apart from being a habitat of the Bali Starling, the West Bali National Park is also home to a variety of flora such as mangrove forests, as well as a variety of fauna such as deer, monkeys, and pheasants. The forests in the West Bali National Park is an especially unique forest, as it changes colors during the dry and rainy seasons. The West Bali National Park is located directly opposite the Menjangan Island; a popular world destination for divers, due to its dropfoffs, cliffs, and coral reefs as well as bio marine life. Menjangan Island is also still inhabited by deers and is home to one of the seven most sacred and charming Hindu temples in Bali.
Yozua Makes, the CEO of Plataran Indonesia, is very proud that Plataran Indonesia, together with PT. Trimbawan Swastama Sejati (TSS), is trusted to manage the West Bali National Park as “a new world wonder” and as a world‐class eco‐tourism destination (sustainability development). With a tagline of “Plataran L’Harmonie ‐ The Getaway Planet, Nature Unleashed”, Plataran manages the West Bali National Park area, covering an area of 382 hectares with a beachline of 10 km, making it a truly exotic destination.
Plataran Indonesia, through its business unit Plataran Menjangan and together with PT. TSS as its affiliated company, has developed some new investments in the West Bali National Park, including building high‐end luxury villas, Octagon Beachclub with an oceanfront infinity swimming pool of nearly 50 meters in length and world class restaurant facilities, water‐world, wedding chapel, a running track for jungle run and phinisi and yacht operation owned by Plataran for diving activities and sunset cruise dinner. Some of the new eco‐tourism facilities mentioned above complement the existing facilities in Plataran L’Harmonie at the West Bali National Park such as horseback riding, biking, bird watching, diving, dining and The Menjangan Resort.
David Makes as the director of PT. TSS explained that Plataran L’Harmonie is promoting the West Bali National Park as a unique world class nature tourism as well as “The New Wonder of Bali”, as the resort is located amidst the exotic forest where the visitors get to enjoy the best sunrise and sunset scenes in West Bali. Plataran also performs various “Plataran Saves the Planet” activities, such as tree planting and conservation of marine and terrestrial activities.
In support of creating a sustainability development program, other than providing a world‐class ecotourism facilities, Plataran L’Harmonie also hosts a summer school program that has been sought after by teenagers from different parts of the world (including the US) and organized by the Scientific Education Research Center (SERC), in collaboration with the College of Charleston since 3 years ago.
The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Ir. Arief Yahya M.Sc strongly supports Plataran’s nature‐tourism activities in the West Bali National Park and have inaugurated the facilities of Plataran L’Harmonie on May 16, 2016. The Minister also inaugurated the groundbreaking ceremony last year.
On the same occasion, the Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ir. Tachrir Fathoni, M. Sc, representing the Minister of Environment and Forestry, also expressed support for the activities of Plataran and PT. TSS, in efforts to conserve the forests while simultaneously conducting a world‐class eco‐tourism as a form of responsibility as Business Permit of Utilization of Nature Based Tourism (IUPSWA) holder, especially acknowledging the fact that they were awarded “Best National Park Operator” by Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
The Buleleng Regent, Putu Agus, ST. through his Vice Regent, Dr. I Nyoman Sutjidra, Sp. OG
representing the people of West Bali is also highly supportive of Plataran’s operation in West Bali National Park, especially in terms of the effects on the people of West Bali – particularly through new job openings, trainings, tourism and children education, while also introducing West Bali National Park as a new world wonder destination.
Jl. Brawijaya Raya No. 4, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12160
Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa
West Bali National Park, Jl. Raya Seririt – Gilimanuk, Gerokgak, Singaraja, Bali 81155, Indonesia