New Bali Signature Experience: Batur Caldera Exploration
With the famous Mount Batur Sunrise climb becoming more and more crowded, we’re always looking for thrilling alternative activities in the beautiful Batur area. You may already know Muntigunung on the eastern slopes of Mt. Batur, but for those seeking a little more adventure we have come up with a combination of activities in the area that will leave you breathless:
THE BATUR CALDERA TRILOGY EXPLORATION:
Batur Sunrise Stroll, Pedal and Paddle
In the cool early morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel to drive up through the lingering mists of Kintamani to the rim of the ancient Batur caldera. Stretch your legs and enjoy the spectacular vistas that emerge as the clouds part in the morning light to reveal Mount Rinjani in Lombok and the trinity of volcanoes, revered locally as the primordial gods that begat the first seven Balinese tribes. You’ll sip coffee and enjoy local snacks for breakfast as the sun rises to reveal Mount Batur, Mount Abang and Mount Agung, with Lake Batur gleaming in between.
You will then descend into the caldera where you mount your bike for a 9-km ride on a sealed road among the undulating plains of historic lava flows, making several stops along the way. Visit waterfalls, springs, caverns, lava formations and ash cones while your guide explains how the various eruptions have formed the present landscape. Where the sealed road ends, you will continue on foot to enter a sea of hardened lava from the more recent eruptions between 1963 and 1999. Some of this area is currently being reforested with eucalyptus trees. The peaceful 3.5-km walk takes you over the location of the original village of Batur, buried under the lava flows since 1928, bringing you to the lake’s shore.
Visit some local temples and learn of their past and present significance, before crossing the lake by kayak. You will paddle from the pagoda of Pura Patirtan, meaning ‘holy water temple’ – part of the Pura Jati complex at the ancient site of Batur village – across to Dalem Pingit pagoda on the shore in Kedisan village.
A floating restaurant is your final oasis. Here, time stands still while you are treated to tea and local delicacies. Before you know it, your adventure has ended and it’s time to return to your accommodation.
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