In west Bali, the Bali Butterfly Park (Taman Kupu-Kupu Bali) showcases Indonesia’s wealth of the tropical species. In addition to living and preserved butterfly specimens, there are creatures such as stick insects and scorpions, and kid-friendly displays on butterfly life cycles.
There is a charge to enter the Bali Butterfly Park. Walk through exhibits with signage in English as well as Indonesian, and interact with the fluttering tropical butterflies. As Bali Butterfly Park is difficult to reach by public transport, many travelers opt to visit as part of a tour headed to other attractions near Tabanan, such as Pura Luhur Batukaru, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Mount Batukaru, and Tanah Lot Temple, or as a stop en route from Tabanan to Bedugul.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A trip to Bali Butterfly Park is perfect for families with kids, and a great way to break the journey to north, central, and northwest Bali.
- The Bali Butterfly Park is near Tabanan. Don’t confuse it with the Kemenuh Butterfly Park, near Ubud.
- Established by scientists in 1993, the Bali Butterfly Park is a research and conservation facility as well as a tourist attraction.
How to Get There
The Bali Butterfly Park sits about five miles (eight kilometers) north of Tabanan, west Bali, on a road leading to the Jatiluwih rice terraces. To avoid driving through Bali's crazy traffic, private transportation is recommended, either by hiring a private driver or joining an organized tour.
When to Get There
The Bali Butterfly Park is open from morning until late afternoon seven days a week. The best time to visit is before 10am, when the butterflies that flit around the encaged flower gardens are at their liveliest and sipping nectar from flowers. With the exception of Indonesian public holidays, the park is rarely busy.
Insects of Indonesia
Indonesia spans about 18,000 islands and more than 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) from end to end, and has a diverse insect population to show for it. Stick insects in the archipelago can grow to as long as 8 inches (20 centimeters), while the islands are home to many stunning birdwing and swallowtail butterflies.