While Bali, Indonesia spoils visitors with an amusing history and culture represented in the many shrines and religious sites, the isle also features spectacular natural landscapes: terraced rice fields, soaring volcanoes, and coasts perfect for sightseeing. And thanks to Bali’s tropical climate, nature is easily accessible no matter what time of year you visit. For fearless travelers, explore the best of the Land of the Gods with your own two feet on one of the islands best hikes.
Tips: Bring lots of water, sunscreen, a hat, and an additional layer of clothing. Most trekking should be done early in the morning to beat the heat and to appreciate the finest views. Be respectful of local communities and refrain from trekking during sacred ceremonies. Consider bringing Indonesian Rupiah for any purchases you’d like to make along the way.
Watching Lake Batur, Mount Batur (or Gunung Batur) is the next highest point in Bail. It’s the island’s most famous hike, but you should still recruit the help of a reliable guide and check the safety warnings before you head out—it is an active volcano, after all. This climb will take you between two to three hours, varying on your fitness level. Begin your journey while it’s still dark to catch a truly awe-inspiring sunrise at the summit. After a blood-pumping morning hike on Mount Batur, you can take up legs in a neighboring hot spring.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
For an experience unlike any other, head to Tegalalang Rice Terrace just north of Ubud. This destination isn’t just famous for its gorgeous scenery; as you trek around the terraced fields, you’ll get a chance to meet the regional farmers while they work and learn about irrigation, growing rice, and harvesting.
For a comparatively easy nature hike in a hilly area, think Candidasa. Leave from Tenganan village and take the path through neighboring Macang and Ngis. You’ll walk past many rice fields, with views of high mountains and palm trees. Like most hikes in Bali, leave early to beat the heat and appropriately enjoy the area.
Tirtagangga is a remarkable hike that will take you through paddy fields, past coconut trees, and around tiny villages. For the finest views overlooking the eastern Bali coast, visit in the early morning just as light breaks. The photography breaks here are on point. Tirtagangga is best known for its historic water palace, Tirta Gangga. Termed after the Ganges River, this is a sacred site for the Hindu Balinese.
Munduk has a little bit of everything: waterfalls, river gorges, paddy fields, coffee plantations, small temples, large swaths of green spaces, and Bali’s first-born living Banyan tree. Discover the area’s well-loved landscape by trekking any one of its 12 different trails. They vary in length and difficulty, from easy to challenging.
Twin Lakes Jungle
Head Start in the town of Munduk and trek through a tropical rainforest to get a breath-taking view of the twin lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan. For a forest experience like no other, hop on a Pedau (a traditional dugout canoe) and walk around Tamblingan Lake.
Sambangan, or Secret Garden, is as beautiful as it sounds. Tucked away in the Sambangan jungle on the northern end of the island, this trek will take you between three to four hours to reach Pucuk, Korya, and Kembar waterfalls. Take your while, however—you’ll pass crop plantations along the way and may want to discover. Don’t overlook to toss a swimsuit in your rucksack so you can take a dip in the water and cool off.
Begin from the forest at Lake Tamblingan and walk to Mount Lesung, which is portion of the Bedugul volcanic area. After a five to six-hour hike, you’ll arrive at the top, where you’ll have amazing views of Munduk village and Lake Tamblingan. Like most other treks in Bali, you’ll need to book a tour or hire a guide.
See the greatest waterfall in all of Bali on this hike. Also known as Bali Waterfalls, Sekumpul Waterfall is easy at the beginning—towards the end, though, the terrain can be very slippery, wet, and rough. This is one hike that you can do yourself, as the path is well denoted and visited by tourists.
West Bali National Park
On the northwest end of the island lies West Bali National Park. A nature and wildlife mecca, there are 160 different species of birds here, comprising of endangered Bali Starling. The park presents a mix of terrains: rainforest, dry savannah, mangrove forests, acacia scrub, and a beach.
Tegal Bunder Trail is a two-hour easy trail ideal for birdwatchers, while Teluk Brumbun emphasizes the savannah landscapes and is good for wildlife viewing. Gunung Klatakan Trail is for those who want a longer and more difficult trail, which will take upwards of eight hours. You’ll need to use a National Park office-recommended guide to trek inside the park as many of the areas are safeguarded and inaccessible.