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Kintamani | Bali, Indonesia
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Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Republic of Indonesia
  • Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
About these ratings

Those who want to break up their beach time with some healthy exercise will want to venture to Kintamani. Located about 31 miles from the town of Denpasar near the island's northeastern coast, Kintamani is a gorgeous region that boasts a towering (active!) volcano and a large lake. Both landscape features are named "Batur," and their pairing makes for dramatic scenery. The two also offer an array of adventures for intrepid travelers. You can hike up Mount Batur for a bird's eye view or take a boat out on the water. Many travelers recommend hiring a local guide once you reach one of the six small lakeside towns or arranging a daytrip through your hotel in advance. You should also not miss Pura Ulun Danau Batur, one of Bali's most important temples, which is located on the lake's northwest shore.

You can reach the Kintamani area via bus from the Batubulan terminal in Denpasar for around 25,000 IDR (about $2.75 USD), but this is a notoriously slow option. It's best to book a direct shuttle or daylong tour from a major tourist center on Bali. Due to the elevation, the weather here can be noticeably cooler than at the beaches, so pack layers. Kintamani has several villages that can provide affordable accommodations and dining options, should you wish to stick around for lunch or stay overnight. For more information, consult the Indonesian tourism board's website

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