Climbing Mount Batur for a spectacular sunrise or relaxing in a cottage at Lake Batur are not for the average Bali tourists who thronged the streets of Kuta or Tanah Lot viewing platform.
Lake Batur is the widest lake in Bali and lies between two active volcanos, Mount Batur and Mount Agung. Due to its higher altitude, the temperature around the lake is cooler than Kuta and Ubud. The journey from Bali international airport to Lake Batur is about 70km or 1.5 hours by car.
Mount Batur Trekking
Mount Batur is an active volcano at 1,717m. An average hiker will take about 1.5 – 2 hours to get to the top. The hike is not difficult except for the waking up at 4.30am in pitch darkness and walking on some paths with uneven lava rocks.
Things to bring along will be hiking shoes, wind-breaker, torch light, water and light snack. Walking sticks and gloves are provided by the guide.
At the top of Mount Batur, you get to see the excellent view of the Mount Agung (3,142m) which is the highest mountain in Bali. On a good day, you may even see the majestic Mount Rinjani on the neighbouring Lombok Island.
The fee for Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking is around USD40-50 per person. The package includes pick-up from hotel, accompanied by experienced trekking guide, packed breakfast and return to hotel. Do hassle for a discount if you book the trekking package from the hotel you stay.
Lake Batur Accommodation
Accommodation near Lake Batur, Bali are easily available and cater to travelers with different budget range.
For budget travelers, Surya Hotel is a popular choice. At USD25, you can get a decent room for two persons and a continental breakfast. Surya Hotel is only 5-min walk distance to the famous natural hot spring pool.
For mid-range travelers, Baruna Cottages is a good choice. It is located right next to lake where the view is spectacular.
With a panaromic view of Lake Batur, Mount Batur and Mount Agung as backdrop, you get to enjoy the peace and moment of bliss at this cottage. The room rate is about USD47 with breakfast.
As not many eateries can be found around Lake Batur, it is advisable to have dinner at Baruna Cottages. It offers fresh fishes caught from the river. You may even tag along the boat man to the fish farm to catch your “dinner”.
For luxury travelers who prefer privacy and quietness, check in to The Ayu, Kintamani. This newly opened luxury 5-star villa does not accommodate children below 12. The room rate for a one-bedded deluxe suite starts from USD235 and two-bedded Royal suite costs USD335. The rates include breakfast for two persons and complimentary mineral water. This balinese private villa is conveniently located just next to the natural hot spring pool.
Hot Spring Volcano Pool
Hot spring volcano pool is a highlight you won’t want to miss. Located in Toya Bungkah, the pool is built with natural lava rock and water and is widely believed to have therapeutic effect. The entrance fee to swim in the hot spring pool of Toya Devasya Spa & Resort is 150,000 rupiah per person, which includes a welcome drink, towel and changing room facility.