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Lake Batur (Danau Batur)
Lake Batur (Danau Batur)

Lake Batur (Danau Batur)

Bali, Indonesia

The Basics

Set in the heart of the Kintamani farming highlands, Lake Batur can be appreciated on a range of levels. One popular option is a buffet lunch at the strip of restaurants set high above the lake. However, a sunrise climb of Mount Batur is probably the favorite stand-alone tour. A visit to the lake as part of a tour is also sometimes combined with excursions to rice terraces and the island's art villages.

Volcanic hot springs feed a series of pools around the lake, which also offer services from Balinese massage to restaurants. Boat trips on the lake typically run to Trunyan village, where villagers practice a type of sky burial unique in Bali. Canoes are also available for rent.

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Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
$45.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing hike with our guis Tindih!!!
This was by far a HUGE highlight of our trip. Tindih was our tour guide and he was amazing. he english was great and he was able to go with the flow with us as well. We decided to do the harder and shorter route. It was tough but was awesome. Tindih made our day amazing. He was so so wonderful with us and helpful. He would even take some pictures if we liked and had fun with it! Such an amazing memory!
Tori, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Bali

star-5
Great tour and guide!
paul q, Nov 2019
Batur Volcano Sunrise Trekking with Breakfast, Transfer, Coffee and Temple Tour
We thought the tour was brilliant - our guide, Raka, was so friendly and brought us around for the tour. The car facilities were great, and he was so informative at the coffee tasting and tour (which we enjoyed even more than expected) and the temple, which was so interesting. We had a 2nd guide who brought us up Mount Batur - again so helpful, discussing the history of the volcanoes and Bali, and helping on the climb and descent. All round a brilliant tour and would highly recommend.
star-5
Definitely Recommend
SH1104, Oct 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
I have done this tour twice! Last year and this year.. and I would definitely do it again! Highly recommend !
star-4
Very good
Michelle_M, Oct 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
Excursion was as expected but my friend needed to take a bike up & it was very expensive. There was a language barrier, his English wasn’t great and my Indonesian is nil.
star-5
Amazing
biancawaldie, Sep 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking with Natural Hot Spring
This tour was amazing. The volcano hike was great and the view was beautiful. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Hike/rafting excursion 11/10
Dakota_M, May 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking with Natural Hot Spring
Our guide for the hike itself was amazing, our driver Asta was even better. The rafting itself was a beautiful view but could probably have done without after hiking so early in the morning.. overall amazing experience. Thanks!
star-5
great experience!
Shanta D, Jul 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
this was a very smooth and wonderful experience! Our driver eta picked us up on time from our hotel, drove us to and from the volcano with no problems :) Our tour guide was also extremely lovely and helpful during the trek up. Please note that you should probably have moderate level of fitness to do the trek! All up, my friend and I really enjoyed the tour
star-5
Mt Batur
Jennifer P, Sep 2018
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
Great experience. Bring a coat. This is no easy hike for most as some may claim. It is cooooold at the top, the food may not be your cup of tea, so bring a snack. Absolutely gorgeous view, worth the hike!!!! They also have the option to take a scooter/ dirt bike most of the way up.
star-5
Amazing experience
Dana_F, Aug 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking with Natural Hot Spring
Loved this excursion. Beautiful views and the rafting was SUPER fun. Things to note: Wear layers on the hike. It starts off and ends up cold and you are very warm while hiking. Layers are key. We are a family of 6 in excellent shape including two current collegiate athletes, and we were sore the next day. The hike is uneven, takes between 1 1/2 and 2 hours each way and you climb some serious elevation. The rafting also involves 400-500 steps down and back up. Your legs will feel it but it is all definitely worth it. The breakfast is extremely modest so don't expect too much. We had our driver take us to food in between activities. Enjoy!
star-5
Sunrise with Tindy - must do
Jeanchristophe_D, Dec 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
The hike was awesome!! The driver came on time (1:30am) at our hotel and we arrived 2h later at the meet-up point where Tindy (our guide) was waiting for us. Tindy is very nice and was kind with my mother who needed to take some breaks during the hike. We could talk with Tindy during the haine about Balinese vs French culture, it was very interesting. We arrived just on time for the sunrise and ate a breakfast made by Tindy at the top. On our way back, Tindy took some pictures of us, he was pleased to show us some artistic picture! We definitely recommend this hike with Tindy as guide.
star-5
WOW - Tough but rewarding
Wanderer53868664183, Nov 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
This was just an experience that I will not forget for a long time. An early start is the only way to do this experience and it was tough getting up the mountain as it is very much straight up and you do need to be prepared for this. You walk in total blackness with a touch to see the path. Once you are at the top, it is absolute magic with a feeling of over-worldliness, just spectacular. The beauty of seeing the sunrise was just picture perfect in the cool mountain air with steam coming off the Volcano, and there was just enough to warm you up. The local guides were just marvellous and helped me up the mountain which was just brilliant as I may have given up - it was tough going. Thanks so much to our two beautiful boys (one our guide who was just brilliant) who assisted, they pretty much pulled me up and kept me going. This was fantastic and should be a must.
star-5
Amazing bucket list experience
Anita H, Oct 2019
Mount Batur Volcano - Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
Our group of 4 had an awesome time doing this trek. Eka, our driver, was punctual and great. Rama, our trekking guide, was wonderful as well. He was very knowledgeable and patient, giving us the option to take breaks at our own pace if needed. We hiked up before the sunrise and had spare time to enjoy the calmness before taking in the gorgeous sunrise with our breakfast of banana sandwiches and egg cooked by volcanic steam. He taught us many things about the local history and culture as well. Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • While the waters of Lake Batur are cold, the hot springs are toasty warm: Bring swimwear.

  • Guides are required for the sunrise climb of Mount Batur.

  • Please dress respectfully, if visiting the dead at Trunyan village.

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How to Get There

Set in the highlands of east-central Bali, Lake Batur’s main attractions are spread out along the shore. As such, having your own transport—whether a private driver, self-driving, or an organized Bali day tour—is essential. The easiest place to base yourself for Batur day trips is Ubud, around an hour’s drive from the lake.

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When to Get There

Lake Batur can get choppy in the afternoon and evening, so if you’re planning water-based activities, it’s best to visit in the morning. As with most touristic restaurants in Indonesia, the lakeview restaurants are typically full of large groups at lunch time: If this is a priority for you, consider visiting a little earlier or later in the day.

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Exploring Kintamani

While Mount Batur, an active volcano, is Kintamani’s star attraction, the area around the lake has plenty of charm. Kintamani is a farming country, known for its orchards and coffee plantations. Many Lake Batur tours include stops at one of the plantations that produces Bali’s famous Kintamani coffee, as well as cacao and spices.

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