I’d argue that the Bali Bird Park – half-way between the capital, Denpasar, and Ubud – is well worth the trip if you’re with kids, but even if you’re not.
The bird park’s largest concentration is on the birds of Bali, but there are also impressive sections on the birds of other Indonesian islands.
Even though I’m generally not bothered by bats, these dog-sized bats with their enormous wing span sent shivers down my spine. I’d hate to run into these creatures alone in the woods at night.
My kids were super excited to see the Komodo dragon they have at the bird park – indigenous to Indonesia’s Komodo Island.
The Komodo dragon is the biggest lizard alive, and you certainly don’t want to cross him. If you want to see how he can attack and eat a water buffalo, take a look at this nature YouTube video here.
My sons are begging me to go to Komodo Island next time to see these lovely creatures in their natural element. Honestly? Seeing one at The Bird Park was enough for me. But there are plenty of non-Komodo-dragon-infested Indonesian islands I’d love to explore…
It wasn’t all terrifying, man-eating creatures, however. The Bali Bird Park is filled with colorful birds, some in cages, some flying free. There are films and feedings and educational talks. My children loved visiting the hatchery, where the woman working there explained how the birds hatch, how they keep them warm, how they feed chicks, and when they grow their feathers and learn to fly.
The Bali Bird Park is an easy trip from Ubud or the southern coastal region. It makes an enjoyable day trip, for kids and kids-at-heart alike.