The Best Place To Watch The Sunrise In Bali

July 17, 2017 38 Comments

Picture this: You’re trekking for two hours in the dead of night up an active volcano, slipping on volcanic ash and pushing yourself up steep cliffs with only a head lamp guiding your steps.Β Slowly the sun starts to rise as you do. You begin to realize how high up you are, overlooking the jaw-dropping views above the clouds of Indonesia. Finally, when your legs are aching and you’re completely out of breath, you make it to the top of this massive volcano while the sun starts to rise up and the entire sky turns into beautiful shades of pink, orange, and yellow.

Welcome to Mt. Batur.

Mt. Batur from a distance.

When I first arrived in Indonesia I was completely in awe of the gorgeous sunrises every night. When I was presented with the opportunity to do a night trek up Mt. Batur to watch the sunrise I did not hesitate to exclaim “Um, yes please!”. We chose to do our tour with Diamond Tours & Travel and I couldn’t be more pleased with the experience.

WAKE UP CALL

After a long day of exploring the girls and I went to bed early and set our alarms for 12:30am. We were picked up from our villa and were driven two hours from Canggu into the depths of Bali. Luckily the seats in the van were comfortable, reclining, and came with our own pillows. This made the early wake up a little more bearable. Once we arrived to the base of Mt. Batur it was around 2:30am. We were then provided with our head lamps, trekking poles and some yummy food and water to help us prepare for what was ahead.

THE HIKE

With a black sky full of stars above us, we started our roughly two and a half hour hike up Mt. Batur. With only our head lamps and guide’s voice to lead us we began to walk. Even in the dark we could see the fields of crops, outlines of the houses in the village and animals snoozing as we walked towards the beginning of our uphill journey. The hike starts off simple enough: just listening to the animals surrounding you and walking on a slight incline with a tiny light to guide our way. Slowly the ground begins to turn into volcanic ash and the incline becomes steeper and steeper. Before I knew it my trekking pole had become my best friend and safety net and I was praying to the universe that I didn’t slip all the way back down. Once I reached this stage it was approximately another forty-five minutes of an uphill battle. If you find yourself on this hike, which you should once in your life, take a second to pause and look behind you. Once we were near the top of the volcano the sky started to lighten up and I began to catch a glimpse of the most incredible skyline view of Bali waking up. It was one of those views you can’t believe you’re seeing right in front of your eyes. We finally reached the top and had about thirty minutes to catch our breath find a spot to watch the magical Bali sunrise.

AT THE TOP

Whew, we made it! We stood at the peak of Mt. Batur and watched the sun climb slowly over the mountains in the distance. At first we were submerged in a deep fog and I was terrified we wouldn’t be able to see the sun. Luckily, the sky cleared up just in time and before us a beautiful orange, yellow and pink sunrise was unfolding. Our guide went to the tents set up on the top and brought us back coffee to enjoy while we watched in awe. Talk about a perfect morning. Once the sunrise began to fade our guide took us over to a spot where steam was pouring out of the sides of the volcano. They had dug out small oven-like caves into the sides and inside was, believe it or not, our breakfast being cooked. It was incredible seeing the pure magic and capabilities of this volcano. Once breakfast was “cooked” we headed over to the tent to eat our banana and egg sandwiches along side the cutest Balinese pups. After breakfast we explored the top of Mt. Batur, pups and all, and tried to take in all of the breathtaking views now that we could see what we had just hiked up.

THE LONG ROAD DOWN

After spending about two hours at the top of Mt. Batur we started our journey down the mountain. I’m convinced the trekking poles were more vital for the downward hike than up. Now that we could see clearly, the hike down was so much more fun and a complete ab workout from trying to keep our balance, falling down and laughing from all of the above. It is very tempting to want to run down, which we did a lot, and luckily our guides were protective and always had our backs in those near death slips. Not only did I get one of the best work outs of my life, but being able to accomplish this much before 8AM made me feel on top of the world.

WANT TO HIKE MT. BATUR?

I could not recommend Diamond Tours & Travel enough. They provided us not only with the gear we needed to safely complete our hike, but made sure we had a once in a lifetime experience. If you are visiting Bali, make sure you do this hike.

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Hanna Jobes

38 Comments

  1. Reply

    Katie Leary

    July 17, 2017

    I am visiting Bali in November with some friends and this sounds amazing! I am adding it to our to do list!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 17, 2017

      Such a perfect time to visit Bali and beat the crowds. You will LOVE Mt. Batur πŸ™‚ Email me if you need any other suggestions! Hope you have a wonderful time.

      hanna.jobes@yahoo.com

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    Raymond Carroll

    July 18, 2017

    Love your intro (although I enjoyed the whole post). Your night hike up Mt. Batur reminded me of hiking at night/early morning up and over in the Thorong La Pass in Nepal. Your volcano-cooked breakfast is a novel idea. Great post – thanks for sharing!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 18, 2017

      I have to say it was probably the coolest breakfast I’ve ever had! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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    Mariella

    July 18, 2017

    What an amazing experience! I haven’t been to Bali (yet) but I am dying to go. Watching the sunrise is such a breathtaking thing that its worth waking up early every day just to presence this majestic view. Nothing quite like feeling one with nature. Safe travels! – Mariella

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 19, 2017

      You should absolutely make your way to Bali soon! It’s such a magical island. You would love this experience if you love being in nature πŸ™‚

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    Jasmin

    July 18, 2017

    This hike sounds absolutely amazing! I’ve done a similar sort of hike in Central America but of course it had to be extremely cloudy the day I went up the mountain and I could not see a thing from the top. It was super frustrating as I’ve spent like 7 hours going up the mountain! I love the pictures, it looks so beautiful in there. This will definitely go on my bucket list πŸ™‚

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 19, 2017

      Oh that’s fantastic! Where in Central America? That’s always such a bummer when it doesn’t turn out how you expect, but I hope the trek up was a good experience πŸ™‚ Hope you get to try Batur soon!

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    Diamond Tours & Travel

    July 19, 2017

    What a great article! Congrats.

    Thanks for your trust.

    Hope to see soon πŸ˜‰

    Regards from Bali

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 19, 2017

      Love hiking with you!

      Regards from the States

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    Joanna

    July 19, 2017

    I would love to do this hike! I have only climbed an active volcano once in my life and that was an amazing experience! The views from up there are definitely worth the waking up at midnight and hike for 2 hours in the dark. The breakfast cooked on the volcano sounds like an amazing experience, something that happens to you probably only once in your lifetime! Amazing!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 20, 2017

      It was the most unique breakfast I’ve ever had to say the least πŸ˜‰ You should absolutely do this hike!

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    Claire Summers

    July 19, 2017

    I am such a sucker for an early morning sunrise hike! This looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It’s going to be top of my list for hiking when I visit Bali next year.

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 20, 2017

      I had never done one but it will not be my last! If you love early hikes this would be perfect for you!

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    Diana

    July 19, 2017

    I can’t believe you had to leave at 2am and hike up a mountain! Looks like it was worth it though – your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Maybe I’ll try it one day πŸ™‚

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 20, 2017

      Whew, it was quite a challenge but completely worth it! πŸ™‚

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    Kim

    July 19, 2017

    Beautiful intro! This hike sounds like an amazing experience. I’ve never done a night/sunset hike but hope to one day, and it would be a dream come true to do it in Bali! Seems like you had a great guide leading you up and down the mountain.

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 20, 2017

      It was a first for me too. It’s definitely an experience you should have at least once! Hope you get to soon!

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    Indrani

    July 19, 2017

    Whoa! Indeed a gorgeous spot for sunrise photography. All that hike in the unearthly hours was worth it. The light so well captured.
    I will check out this Diamond tours and travels if I am there.

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 20, 2017

      It was the PERFECT lighting πŸ˜‰ I hope you hike with them in the future!

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    Rachelle

    July 20, 2017

    I love waking up for sunrises! Admittedly, waking up early for a sunrise is SO much harder than staying up late enough for a sunset. I’m not much of a hiker and prefer to be driven to the top of a mountain, but hey! This hike seems like it would be worth it, especially since the company you went with provided all of the necessities!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 20, 2017

      Isn’t it the hardest thing in the world?! But it really does feel good to accomplish so much in the early morning! You would love this hike.

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    Parnashree Devi

    July 21, 2017

    I haven’t trekked at night till now. But it sounds quite exciting though. It’s worth the trek when you see the gorgeous sunrise at Mt. Batur. I would love to do that whenever I visit Indonesia.

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 23, 2017

      It is completely worth the early wake up! I couldn’t recommend doing this more. You’ll be able to see and experience such a different side of Indonesia!

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    Ashley Smith

    July 21, 2017

    This sounds awesome! I love seeing the sunrises in obscure locations like this and even better is the sky full of stars beforehand. I bet it was absolutely gorgeous in person!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 23, 2017

      It was amazing seeing it why a sky full of stars, then sunrise, then during the day. It was the most beautiful hike I have ever accomplished by far!

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    jitaditya

    July 21, 2017

    wonderful hike! It surely is a great place for sunrise, and for photography in general. I always thought Bali is all about beaches. Good to see these hikes too.

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 23, 2017

      Worth the extra camera pounds πŸ˜‰

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    Cliodhna Ryan

    July 21, 2017

    I would love to do that home. I’ll admit I rarely see the sunrise (not a morning person lol) but when I see a good one it takes my breath away. Your photos did just that!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 21, 2017

      I am more of a sunset girl myself but it was nice to get up early for this view. Thank you so much!!

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    David Meldrum

    July 21, 2017

    Wow. It must of felt amazing climbing up an active volcano!? Also must have felt even better when you got to the top! Your photos are amazing!!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 21, 2017

      It felt AMAZING and a little empowering haha. Thank you so much!

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    Cat

    July 22, 2017

    Sunrise at Mt. Batur is so beautiful! We didn’t get to visit last time but have seen so many gorgeous pictures of it. Glad you managed to get to the top and see this stunning view!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 23, 2017

      Hopefully you’ll get to visit soon! πŸ™‚

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    My Travelogue by Bhushavali

    July 24, 2017

    I’m yet to explore the far east! Bali is very much in my wishlist and I love to trek and your list is one awesome combo of the 2! Midnight trek with just the headlamp and reaching the summit at early morning for sunrise??? This is just too perfect!

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 25, 2017

      Yes, it’s such a perfect way to explore Bali if you don’t mind getting sweaty πŸ˜‰ It was such an amazing experience I’ll remember the rest of my life!

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    Seven Continents Sasha

    July 24, 2017

    I think I saw this Volcano once but didn’t climb it. Next time I would love to, it looks like a beautiful hike and a fantastic experience.

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      Hanna Jobes

      July 25, 2017

      It was worth climbing for sure! Hopefully you’ll find your way back πŸ™‚

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