Taman Kupu-Kupu Bali or Bali Butterfly Park is a conservation park for butterflies and insects which exhibits a wide range of specimens through its park grounds of about 3,000 square meters. The park is situated in Wanasari village which is 6.5 kilo meters north of the capital town of Tabanan regency. It is around 30 kilo meters northwest of Denpasar city. The park claims to be the largest butterfly park in Asia.
Bali Butterfly Park is a suitable stopover on excursions to the northern region of Bali island via Tabanan. In this park you will experience an educational and inspiring tour to see hundreds of butterflies from the 15 known species that live in Indonesia and various other insects in extensive and informative displays.
Besides many specimens that are bred at the park, there are also collections of dried butterflies and insect specimens which can also be souvenirs for tourists. These dried butterflies and insects are set in glass frames. Generally, butterflies have naturally short life spans.
Visitors to this park will have the chance to see up close the butterfly and insect collections of the park. They are colourful and protected specimens, such as the common birdwing (Troides helena) and the Bali peacock (Papilio peranthus) and the majestic paradise birdwing (Ornithoptera paradisea). Unique and odd-looking stick insects, leaf insects, scorpions, large hairy spiders and various beetles are also displayed in glass cases.
It can be said that various species from throughout Indonesian archipelago are collected in one convenient park. An exciting and very educational part of the tour is the chance to see closely many stages of the metamorphoses of different species, from egg, larvae and pupae, to cocoon and large life-size butterflies.
Bali Butterfly Park functions as an ex-situ conservation site and preserves several endangered species in its collection. It also functions as a research centre for national and international researchers and academics.
Taman Kupu Kupu Bali was opened in 1993 which follows the International Butterfly Conference that was held that year in Makassar, South Sulawesi. The idea of the conference is that rich insect world of Indonesia should be promoted for the Indonesian peoples’ awareness of their environments.
The park is among the recommended stopovers for international visitors who go on a tour through the northern regions of Bali island via Tabanan. It is conveniently situated at an altitude suitable for the insects to breed and grow. Administratively, it is located in the sub village of Sandan Lebah, Wanasari village, Tabanan regency, the same route as the natural highlights of the Jatiluwih rice terraces, Air Panas hot springs and Mount Batukaru.
In order that you can witness and enjoy the scene of many fluttering live specimens within the enclosed flower garden compounds, visitors should come in time, preferably before 10 a.m when the species are at their most active, sucking up off fresh moisture and nectar. The park opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.