Bali Safari and Marine Park – Plan the perfect 1 day trip

Most people who come to Bali, generally skip the Bali Safari and Marine Park, either due to the cost or maybe they don’t have a lot of expectations from a zoo. I had only heard good reviews about the Bali Safari and Marine Park and as a result when the trip was planned a day was blocked for a visit to the zoo.

After yesterday’s trip of Barong Kintamani Tour, which was more geared towards local culture and belief, we wanted to explore the nature and wildlife today.

Bali Safari and Marine Park – Where to book?

While the obvious answer is to book the tickets from the Zoo website or from the ticket counter, I wouldn’t recommend either of them.

I would recommend booking the tickets on Klook for 2 reasons:

  1. Cheaper rate as compared to official ticket website. Cheaper by almost ₹500/ticket.
  2. Free shuttle pickup and drop from Kuta/Legian to the Bali Safari and Marine Park. The zoo is a good 31 kms away from Kuta. So if you arrange this transport on your own, expect to pay anything from ₹2000-4000 for the return journey.

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Bali Safari and Marine Park – Sol House Legian (Our Pickup Point)

You can book your tickets here – Bali Safari & Marine Park Tickets. We booked the Jungle hopper package.

Bali Safari and Marine Park – Jungle Hopper

The Jungle hopper package includes

  • Safari Journey (1x)
  • Fresh Water Aquarium
  • Animal Presentation
  • Harimau Show
  • Elephant Show
  • Bali Agung Show (Silver Seat)
  • Waterpark
  • Afternoon Tea at Uma Restaurant
  • Tax included

Except the water park, we covered almost all the activities. We were picked up at 8:30 AM from Sol House Bali, Legian.

TIP – Make sure you note down the timings of all shows. Most of these shows are held 2-3 times in the day, so plan your visit accordingly.

Bali Safari and Marine Park – Best itinerary to cover everything

If you want to ensure that you get to enjoy all the activities you can follow this order (Please tweak the order in case the show timings were changed since we visited)

  1. Fresh Water Aquarium
  2. Animal Presentation
  3. Safari Journey
  4. Harimau Show
  5. Elephant Show
  6. Lunch at Uma Restaurant
  7. Post lunch head to the Bali Agung Show.
  8. Afternoon tea at Uma Restaurant.
  9. Water Park

Bali Safari and Marine Park – Animal Presentation

Cutest act of the day. It’s like a parade where all the animals and birds come one by one. Most of them provide social and environmental messages like the Chimpanzee throwing all his banana skins into the dustbins.

We also got ourselves clicked with this smart chimp as a photo souvenir for the trip.

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Bali Safari and Marine Park – Smartest Chimp I ever met
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Bali Safari and Marine Park – Birds from the show
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Bali Safari and Marine Park – The star of the show
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Bali Safari and Marine Park – Scary Birds?

The play with birds was pretty amazing too. They even ask for audience volunteers for some of their demonstrations. Overall loved every bit of this show. This show is scheduled twice a day, once in the morning and again later in the afternoon.

Bali Safari and Marine Park – Safari Journey

This is the most time consuming activity on the park as there is always a line. So you need to plan this one carefully, luckily as soon as the animal show ended we headed straight for the safari and as a result it wasn’t as crowded as it normally is.

We still had to wait for around 15 mins, before we were put into a covered van that took us on a safari around the park. The safari roughly last 15-20 mins.

Bali Safari and Marine Park - Safari
Bali Safari and Marine Park – Driver at your service
Bali Safari and Marine Park - Safari
Bali Safari and Marine Park – Lion king
Bali Safari and Marine Park - Safari
Bali Safari and Marine Park – Zebra crossing

Bali Safari and Marine Park – Harimau Show (Tiger Show)

An excellent show with a combination of Humans and tigers. The show beautifully portrays the message of the need for cohabitation of Animals and tigers and how both have lived harmoniously over the years. It also had some touch of mythological element, which I can’t really recollect now.

Bali Safari and Marine Park - Harimau Show
Bali Safari and Marine Park – Tiger on the prowl
Bali Safari and Marine Park - Harimau Show
Bali Safari and Marine Park – One hell of a climber

Bali Safari and Marine Park – Elephant Show

Another beautifully compiled show, which sheds light on the rampant afforestation and its devastating affect on the lives on these Elephant herds. It also highlights why we are increasingly facing elephant invasions into our villages due to the increasing urbanisation.

The elephants were incredibly well trained and we even went and clicked some photos with them after the show, wife was a little reluctant though as you will see in the photos.

Bali Safari and Marine Park - Elephant Show
Bali Safari and Marine Park – With Della & a scared wife
Bali Safari and Marine Park - Elephant Show
Bali Safari and Marine Park – Incredibly well trained

Lunch & Bali Agung Show

We had lunch at the Uma Restaurant and there are plenty of options available to choose from. The food is also reasonably prized and not super expensive. After stuffing ourself on some chicken and sea food fried rice, we headed to Bali Agung Show.

The show is a full-blown spectacle of 100’s of animals, artists and incredible sound and light alerts. It takes place in a proper theatre and since we entered early we got great seats. Another point to note is that, you need to keep your phones & cameras in the locker at the entrance. Any kind of photography is strictly prohibited. So no photos from the show.

Bali Safari and Marine Park - Bali Agung Show
Bali Safari and Marine Park – Heading to the show
Bali Safari and Marine Park - Bali Agung Show
Bali Safari and Marine Park – Ganesha statue at the theatre entrance

Afternoon tea at Uma Restaurant & drive back

The package included complimentary tea/coffee at Uma Restaurant along with some cookies I think. After some snacks, we again did a round of the park trying to see any exhibits that we may have missed since the morning.

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Bali Safari and Marine Park – With the Cockatoos
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Bali Safari and Marine Park – Uma restaurant

We explored the park for another couple of hours and then headed back to the reception, where a van for the return journey was booked for us. We had been lucky both in the morning and even on the return journey as we were the only ones in the car. The driver was kind enough to drop us at the hotel rather than the drop off point at Sol House Bali Legian.

One of the most satisfying things about the visit today was that almost all the animals are incredibly well kept and looked after. I was happy that the ticket money I had paid was actually put to good use for upkeep of the animals.

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