Top 5 Hiking trails in Bali!
Bali is known for its endless beaches, breath-taking rice fields and spiritual or wellness retreats. Did you know that Bali also has some great hiking trails?
Some trails do you require a guide but there are a few that you can do on your own. They also range in difficulty levels, so there is something for everyone. Keep on reading to find out our top 5.
1. Mount Batur
Balinese Hindus consider Mount Batur volcano to be sacred. It is located 1717m above sea level. You should begin the climb to the top in the very early hours of the morning to experience the spectacular sunrises (our driver can collect you from Villa Tau or Villa Sagitta at 01:30am). The hike is about 7km and should take about 4 hours. Wear some comfy shoes and take a warm layer just for the beginning of the hike.
2. Mount Agung
About an hours driver from Villa Cocoa Maya lies the volcano, Mount Agung, Bali's highest and holiest mountain (3031m above sea level). Depending on which route you choose it takes about 3-7 hours to ascend, the entire hike is around 14km and takes about 10 hours in total. It’s not for the faint hearted, you need to be physically fit preferably with hiking experience. A guide is compulsory.
3. Sekumpal Waterfall
Probably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. Sekumpal is a quick and easy 1 hour trek. There are a few steps and a bit of a river crossing to get to the falls but once you are there you can take a dip in the cool water. Sekumpal is 6 or 7 waterfalls that all come together in one place. Definitely a picture worthy spot!
Water of the Ganges - a beautiful water palace which belongs to the royal family of Karangasem. It is an easy 30 minute drive from Villa Cocoa Maya through breath-taking rice paddies and excellent views of Mount Agung. Tirtagangga is a lovely maze of pools and fountains surrounded by lush gardens, stone carvings, and statues. You can even have a swim in some of the pools (at a small fee of course). You can decide to take a leisurely stroll through the water palace or you can hire a guide who will take you along some challenging routes around the area.
5. Sambangan Secret Gardens
Tucked away in the Sambangan jungle, the trail starts at the Sambangan Secret Gardens Waterfall parking lot and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the waterfalls. There are 3 waterfalls that you will come across during the hike, so be sure to bring your costume so you can cool off.
Bali is truly an island of wonder and amazement. There are so many things to do while visiting the island – check out our blog post on the top 12 things to do in Bali