The paradise call of Bali beckons people from across the globe every year to experience the lush landscape and beautiful culture of this magical island. Popular for all kinds of pursuits from yoga to canyoning, suiting backpackers to luxury seekers, Bali is full of opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a chance to marvel and nature or are looking for some cost-effective experiences, heading out for a hike in Bali’s stunning countryside won’t disappoint.
Going prepared for your hike is essential. You don’t need a load of fancy gear, but it’s always a good idea to remember a few key things.
Experiencing the sunrise from one of Bali’s towering peaks should be top on your list. The highest point on the island, Mount Agung, is a sacred active volcano and rises to 3031m above sea level. Starting your trek in the small hours from the holy Pura Besakih temple you rise up through the starry skies to hit the summit at dawn, greeted by breathtaking views out over the island. The slightly easier ascent of Mount Batur (1717m) is a great option for those looking for a slightly less strenuous climb but with equally stunning views - and the chance to explore the volcanic caldera lakes, and soak in hot springs afterwards.
If you’re looking for something a little closer to the ground for another day, have a look at treks leading to some of Bali’s beautiful waterfalls. Sekumpul Waterfall is widely acknowledged as the most beautiful in Bali, and is reached by a trek through classic Bali scenery of rice fields, small villages, temples, and native trees. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool at the foot of the waterfalls and get up close for a taste of the power of nature.
A little more off the beaten track is the Tukad Cepung Waterfall, located 30 kilometres north-west of Ubud. Hidden secluded in the cliffs down a few hundred stairs, it’s worth the effort once you arrive - take time to marvel up through the rocks at this beautiful waterfall under the open sky.
Taking time to enjoy the simple beauty of Bali’s natural landscape is an essential part of any trip to the island. Just make sure you’re comfortable following the path or a map, or consider joining a guided trip to avoid any unplanned detours.