Transition your body from beach-lazy mode to an adventurous mindset and hike Mount Batur. Most excursions from Bali to Mount Batur will include a hotel pickup at 1 or 2 in the morning! It may seem like an ungodly hour, but once intrepid-minded trekkers reach the summit of the active volcano, while the sun lights the sky with cotton candy hues, all woes about waking up early will fade.
The rocky terrain paired with a steep incline may challenge some hikers, but the golden light sprinkling over the faint-dark sky will undoubtedly empower climbers to reach the top before the sun emerges.
However, there’s more to the volcano and the surrounding region than a stunning sunrise view atop a summit.
From mesmerizing sunrise views to comforting hot springs to a sparkling lakeside nestled between lofty tree-covered hills, Mount Batur is on the best day trips in Bali, and makes for the perfect escapade for lovers of nature and admirers of the uncanny beauty spanning Bali’s backyard.
What can you see in Mount Batur? Let’s take a look:
Four villages surround the caldera—the bowl-like top of the volcano—Kedisan, Trunyan, Songan and Toya Bungkah. However, numerous other villages span across the area. Both tourism and agriculture help the surrounding villages make a living!
Some tourists may opt to visit Kintamani, a large village nearby, which offers remarkable views of Mount Batur. What can you see you in Kintamani and the areas surrounding the village?
Tourists visiting Mount Batur more often than not go to the active volcano for an early-morning trek. However, not only will the sunrise views help to eliminate all sense of exhaustion after a steep hike, but the other views and activities will also instill a calm state of mind.
Some day excursions include a visit to a secret waterfall on your way down from the summit. Listen to the whispers of nature while you take a refreshing dip in Kanto waterfall! While some jaunts to Mount Batur may take you to natural hot springs, where you can also swim and bask in the peace that often accompanies nature.
Some travelers may opt for a scenic but less-active tour and travel to and around the village, Kintamani. These tours involve a pleasant mixture of relaxed walks amidst local villages, rice fields, monkeys, and coffee plantations! Open your eyes to the authentic cultures coloring local villages on a day excursion to central Bali.
It depends on which tour you decide to take! Most jaunts to the summit of Mount Batur cost between USD 50 (EUR 45) to USD 70 (EUR 63). While excursions from Bali to Kintamani (and surrounding attractions) can cost anywhere between USD 60 (EUR 54) and USD 90 (EUR 81).
Most jaunts—to either destination—include hotel pick-up and drop-off, insurance, entrance fees, a private guide, and breakfast! While some tours also include bottled water and tea or coffee. Some tours don’t cover entrance fees. For example, if your tour takes you to a temple or the monkey forest, you may have to pay to enter.
Luckily, most tours include picking you up from these areas in Bali: Seminyak, Kuta, Legian, Jimbaran, Sanur, Kerobokan, Uluwatu, Ubud, and Nusa Dua. If you aren’t within these areas, your driver will likely drop you off at a designated drop-off zone.
Almost all excursions to the active volcano will take you to and from your destination via a private, air-conditioned vehicle.
It depends on your hotel location! The drive from Ubud may take around 1.5 hours, while it may take 2 hours to travel from Canggu and Seminyak to Mount Batur. The drive back may take longer than the early-morning ride due to increased traffic.
You can enjoy the splendid views blanketing Mount Batur at any time of the year; the sun always lights the sky between 6 to 6:30 every morning, whether you visit in July or December. However, most travelers enjoy visiting the area between May and July. Try to make sure that you climb the volcano when it’s not raining—a downpour will mask the sunrise. It’s most likely to rain between December and March!