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Best Hiking Areas in Bali

 

Visits to Bali are not just about the beach. For outdoor lovers, it’s possible to visit the ‘Island of Gods’ and concentrate your time entirely on its lush, paradisical interior – a stunning landscape of dramatic waterfalls, bubbling volcanos, rainforest, and emerald rice terraces.

The island is a walker’s dream. Hiking trails lace all over the island, with something to suit all tastes: from gentle but rewarding strolls around major tourist centers such as Ubud or Munduk, or challenging expeditions to the summits of the islands two major peaks Mount Agung and Mount Batur. 

We’ve picked out our favorite hikes in Bali below – all of which could be easily added to your fully tailored itinerary. Speak to our experts for more inspiration!

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud 1

Ubud

All visitors to Bali will (or definitely should) spend a few days in Ubud, the island’s spiritual and cultural capital. 

In addition to fantastic hotels, Bali’s best shopping and dining, and an array of alluring cultural sites, Ubud is a natural paradise. Set off from the town in any direction and you’ll quickly find yourself hiking through the most magnificent tropical scenery.  

Immediately outside of town, the Campuhan Ridge walk is a gently undulating hike that tracks along the western edge of Ubud. Around 10 minutes drive north are the UNESCO-protected terraced rice fields of Tegalalang, from where you can hike through dramatic scenery to the atmospheric Pura Gunung Kawi temple or water palace of Tirta Empul.

Deer and monkey in West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park

If you’re considering a wider tour of Bali – not only focusing on Ubud and the south coast beaches – we strongly encourage heading out west to Pemuteran – your base from the magical offshore island Menjangan, and the enticing West Bali National Park.

The park combines several natural environments in one – dense jungle, steamy mangroves, colorful coral, and arid savannah. Numerous walking trails crisscross the park, and are a mix of established plank walks and – for the more adventurous – semi-wild jungle trails. 

As you walk keep an eye out for a variety of fascinating tropical wildlife, including wild bulls, deer, jungle cat, eagles, and the critically endangered Bali Starling.

Villager walking through fields Sidemen

Sidemen

Just a few short years ago Sidemen was a sleepy and very local village, set amongst gorgeous terraced rice paddies. In recent years its tourist scene has grown steadily, with increasing numbers drawn here for some of the best interior scenery in Bali, and with – outstanding hikes. 

We like to include a couple of nights in Sidemen for anyone interested in seeing outdoor Bali. Hire a guide and head off into the fields and hills for hikes which can span anything from a gentle 2-3 hours to a full day hill climb. 

Accommodation has improved dramatically of late, with several attractive boutique options available, and the recent addition of luxury pool villa complex Wapa di Ume. 

Waterfall Munduk

Munduk

Around 2 hours drive north of Ubud you’ll find the steep valleys of Munduk and Gobleg districts. The village of Munduk has a laidback budget travel scene, with visitors drawn to the area for its dense jungles and cascading waterfalls.

Popular hikes here take you around majestic twin lakes Lake Tamblingan and Lake Buyan, or through tropical forests to the three stunning falls – Melanting, Terjun Munduk, and Golden Falls. 

Munduk can also be used as a base from which to take on hikes to the Sambangan ‘secret garden’, and the magnificent Arjuna Gorges hike, taking you through a series of soaring river gorges to the dramatic, hidden, Arjuna falls.

Hiking to Mount Batur Bali

Mount Batur

At a soaring 1,700m tall, Mount Batur is the second highest peak in Bali and offers one of its most memorable hikes. 

Located in the Kintamani Highlands in the east of the island, the route takes through majestic lakeside scenery and up a gently ascending track to the summit. It’s around 3-5 hours in total, so suitable for anyone with moderate or better fitness. 

It’s a very early morning start to make the best of it: set off around 2am, reaching the trailhead for 3.30am, ensuring you reach the summit for a majestic sunrise. On the way back down stop in Lake Batur’s natural hot springs for a refreshing and well-deserved dip!

View over Mount Agung hiking

Mount Agung

Mount Agung dominates the Bali skyline from any point over on the eastern side of the island. It’s the highest point on Bali, and remains very much an active volcano, with a minor eruption as recently as 2019. 

Taking on Mount Agung is strictly for advanced trekkers. Setting off from temple Pura Besakih it’s approximately a 5-7 hour hike to the summit, covering around 9 miles each way, so as much as 10 hours there and back. 

All told it’s a 24-hour endeavor, as you’ll be setting off just before midnight to ensure you arrive at the summit in time of the most magical, memorable of sunrises. You’ll be back in your hotel in Sidemen, Ubud, Amed, or Candi Dasa by lunchtime – for lots of well-deserved r&r!

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