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The 15 Best Hikes and Walks in Bali to be in contact with Nature

The 15 Best Hikes and Walks in Bali to be in contact with Nature

Bali is a beautiful island with lovely beaches and many attractions. But there are many other things to do in Bali than going to the beaches.

For one thing, we have many hiking spots that will be a fantastic experience for you. The best part about it is enjoying contact with nature even if it’s not warm outside.

Hiking will help to maintain your physical condition, and spending time in touch with nature can improve your mental health.

I prepared 15 spots that are ideal for mountain lovers or if you just want to keep fit during your holidays in Bali.

1. Sekumpul Waterfalls

Sekumpul Waterfall

The Sekumpul trail is an ideal hike because it takes you through not just one but also seven breathtaking falls within a tiny area.

Although you’re advised to employ an expert guide for most Bali treks, this is one very well-marked and secure trail, which means you can walk by yourself.

The first descent through the stone steps may be tricky. However, once you’ve reached the bottom, you can take a route that leads to four waterfalls.

Or, you can follow the thrills and track the other path, leading you to the famously stunning Sekumpul Falls for which the trail is named.

It’s a trendy location for bathing, and the whole area can be pretty busy during the high season. Therefore, make sure to arrive early in the morning to enjoy it to yourself, without the crowd.

Also, be aware that you’re likely to get immersed in water during this stroll, so make sure you have suitable footwear before you go.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Handara Golf & Resort Bali
  • Giriwood Hotel & Villa
  • Ciliks Beach Garden

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Sekumpul Restaurant & Spices [Eastern, European]
  • Dukuh Fried Chicken [Asian, Indonesian]
  • Pangkung Resto & Bar [Asian, Indonesian]

2. Mount Batur

Mount Batur

Mount Batur is one of the top treks in Bali. The second-highest peak on the island is stunning, even from the distance of Kintamani.

It’s among the volcanoes that make up the mountain, situated north of Ubud. Most tour operators who offer guidance for the trek begin the trek from Ubud.

The volcano’s caldera is another Unesco World Heritage site on the island and is among the most sought-after spots for sunrise viewing.

The top of Mount Batur is an incredible 1,717 meters high above sea level and is the site of some truly stunning panoramas of Caldera Lake and Mount Rinjani.

For the ultimate experience, ensure you reserve an excursion with a guide for $80 that involves two hours of climbing to the top with stunning colours.

The sudden change from day to night will ensure you’ll be thankful for having your camera on the hike.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Ampik Batur
  • Tira Vilagna Suites & Spa
  • Volcano Terrace Bali

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Resto Apung [Seafood, Asian, Indonesian]
  • Kintamani Coffee [Cafe]
  • Montana Del Cafe [International, Cafe]

3. Mount Lesung

Mount Lesung

This moderately-paced hike is among the most famous rainforest day hikes that you can find in the world. It’s one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Bali!

Your journey starts at the western end of Tamblingan Lake, where you begin your gradual yet minimally inclined climb towards the mountain’s top and are in the midst of the stunning lush forest.

If you make it to the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking look at the crater of the volcano and its Munduk Valley below.

I recommend you take a hike that lasts for an entire night, so you’ll be able to view many of the most amazing starry night skies before drifting off to the music from the forest.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Tanah Merah Art Resort
  • UbudOne Villas
  • Paon Desa Ubud Hotel

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Warung Tepi Sari [European, Indonesian]
  • Tanah Merah Sky Bar & Sky Warung [International, Barbecue, Asian, Grill, Indonesian]
  • Aperitif Restaurant & Bar [Bar, International, European, Wine Bar, Indonesian]

4. The Old Nature Cave Trek

Old Nature Cave Trek

If you’re looking for an adventure that’s as beautiful as it’s exciting, the Old Nature Cave Trek is the hike for you.

This strenuous trek starts in the famous Sangeh Monkey Forest and takes you through the forest and a mountain range before reaching your destination: a cave.

Once you’ve arrived, take some time to relax in the cave and dip your feet into its calm waters. Then, when you’re ready, continue to complete your journey with a walk through the Penet River Valley.

This hike will allow you to observe wildlife, including monkeys, and enjoy stunning landscapes. You’ll get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures as they swing from tree to tree!

It’s one of Bali’s most beautiful hiking trails, so if it sounds like something that might interest you, get out there and enjoy it.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Nara Ubud Cottage
  • Pande Permai Bungalows
  • Champlung Sari Hotel

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Wild Air Restaurant [Asian, Indonesian, Pizza, Fast Food, Healthy]
  • De’Warung [Asian, Indonesian]
  • Bali Bohemia [Bar, Cafe, Indonesian, International, Middle Eastern]

5. The Red Coral Waterfall Trek

Red Coral Waterfalls

Have you heard of the Red Coral Waterfalls in Munduk?

It’s a 10-minute walk from the parking lot to this gorgeous natural wonder, which offers a stunning backdrop for taking photos and is accessible for all ages.

This waterfall is one of my favourites in Bali because it offers a gorgeous view of the lush greenery surrounding it and a single stream, but it’s also easy enough to walk to that you can bring your kids along with you!

The waterfall is relatively shallow, making it not ideal for swimming. But don’t worry. Plenty of other waterfalls in Bali will compensate for this one’s lack of swimming potential.

The hike isn’t too strenuous, but it does require some walking over muddy terrain, so make sure your shoes are comfortable.

This is also an excellent opportunity to explore local crops like vanilla, avocados, and coffee fields before arriving at your destination.

If you haven’t been to the Red Coral Waterfalls yet, I highly recommend making plans to go soon.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Munduk Moding Plantation
  • Munduk Cabins
  • Aryautama Garden Villas

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Enjoy Cafe 1 [Cafe]
  • Golden Valley Breeze [Balinese]
  • Warung Kadirasa [Balinese]

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6. Sambangan Waterfalls

Sambangan Waterfall

Sambangan is a secret garden in Northern Bali. The place where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy nature.

It’s not even on the major tourist routes, but it’s definitely worth finding.

The trail starts with an incredible waterfall called Sambangan Secret Garden Waterfall. Then you’ll see rice fields, coffee plantations, and all kinds of Balinese beauty nature has to offer.

You’ll also walk across at least 4 stunning waterfalls and an incredible blue lagoon in this area.

There are plenty of chances to get away from the heat by soaking in one or more of the numerous pools.

In some areas, natural slides allow you to glide into the refreshing, calm waters below.

It’s not only one of the top hiking trails in Bali but also one of the most well-balanced hiking trails I’ve ever seen!

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Puri Mangga Sea View Resort & Spa
  • Bali Taman Beach Resort & Spa
  • Puri Saron Hotel Baruna Beach Cottages

Nearby Restaurants:

Alam Sambangan [Bar, Asian, Indonesian]

Warung Baylys [International, Asian, Indonesian]

Warung Makan Aaling – aling Bambu [Diner]

7. The Twin Lake Hike

Twin Lake Hike

The Twin Lakes Viewpoint is located in Munduk, more specifically in the Buleleng Regency, the northern part of Bali.

It’s made up of the Buyan and Tamblingan lakes, hence the typical nickname of twins.

Be sure to bring some warm clothes because you will need to climb and up there is quite cold.

To enjoy this trek, it’s logical to get a reputable guide before embarking on one of the most memorable treks you’ll ever have on the island.

You will have views from two of Bali’s picturesque lakes, including Tamblingan Lake and Buyan Lake.

Both are well-known for their stunning beauty and the possibility of walking through a natural forest with nature’s lushness and abundance of wildlife one might think to see here.

The most unforgettable experience of this hike is the cleanly preserved temple that lies deep in the forest, which is a reminder of the spiritual energy that the area is believed to contain.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • La Montana
  • Munduk Heaven
  • Nadira Bali Villa

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Warung Makan Nerike [Indonesian, Asian]
  • Authentic ECO CAFe 2 [Asian, Indonesian, Cafe, International]
  • Warung Made’s Munduk [Asian, Indonesian]

8. West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park

If you’re looking for an adventure that will take your breath away and make you feel like you’re walking through Jurassic Park, look no further than the West Bali National Park.

This park covers 10% of the surface of Bali, so it’s a pretty big deal. And it’s not just home to some fantastic hiking trails. It also has a ton of plants and animals that are unique to Bali.

You’ll get the opportunity to stroll beneath vibrant green canopies and through the ancient mangrove forest, taking some time on the beach.

You can see the critically threatened Bali Starling here, the barking monkeys, and many other species in their natural habitat.

If you’re interested in taking a hike through this beautiful landscape, reserve your spot with a guide for $14 because solo trekking is not permitted in this area.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa
  • The Menjangan
  • Plataran Ecolodge

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Pantai Restaurant [International, Seafood],
  • The Octagon Ocean Club [Seafood, Indonesian],
  • Bali Tower Bistro [European, Asian]

9. Mount Agung

Mount Agung

Mount Agung is the most sacred mountain in Bali.

It’s believed to be the copy of Mount Meru, the centre of the universe.

But even if you don’t believe in all that, there’s no denying that it’s a breathtakingly beautiful hike that is well worth undertaking.

It’s a well-known but extremely challenging trek and is frequently viewed because of the sunrise.

The climb takes approximately 12 hours, but you can make it shorter by starting directly from Besakih Temple or taking a different route from Pura Pasar Agung.

You’ll need an orientation guide for both options.

Once you’ve completed the somewhat treacherous trek to the top, sit down and unwind while taking in some of the most stunning displays of colour you’ll experience throughout the island.

It’s recommended to reserve your guide through the concierge service at your hotel or any other reliable organization.

Travelling in the company of someone familiar with the terrain is essential.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Hide Tumbuk Bamboo by Atharva Bali
  • Dhangin Taman
  • Palmterrace

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Asri Dining by Samanvaya [International, Thai, Healthy, Wine Bar]
  • Warung Maha Neka {Barbecue, Asian, Healthy, Indonesian]
  • Warung Osin [Asian, Indonesian]

10. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

These terraces are considered one of Bali’s most beautiful sights. They can be seen from far away and are often featured on postcards and travel guides.

The journey takes about 30 minutes from Ubud to reach the rice terraces, but it’s well worth the trip!

The rice terraces are located near Ubud, so it’s easy to access them by motorcycle or car. You can also take a taxi if you don’t want to drive.

There are multiple entrances into the rice fields from cafes where you can have a meal or drink while enjoying the view of the rice fields below.

The view from up top is breathtaking and makes for great photos! However, some entries are accessible without having to purchase anything at all.

I suggest walking through the pathways down into the field so you can get up close and personal with what makes this place unique.

Be aware that this could take between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to explore the entire area. It’s also essential to carry sunscreen because there are times when the sun is intense on the terraces.

Along the main road, in addition to cafes and restaurants, there are numerous clothes and souvenir shops at reasonable prices.

There are also famous swings to capture photos with fields of rice in the background. It’s worth noting that the price on the swings is typically around $6 and includes the rental of a maxi dress to create a professional appearance for Instagram.

If you’d like to take in the terraces of Tegallalang without being overcrowded, I suggest visiting them in the early morning.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • K Club Ubud
  • Padi Bali Ubud Eco Retreat
  • Pawana Villas

Nearby Restaurants:

  • The Kawi Resto [International, Asian, Indonesian, Bar, Pub]
  • Teras Padi Cafe [Cafe, Asian, Indonesian],
  • Surya Terrace [Cafe, Fast Food, European, Healthy, Asian]

11. The Tirta Gangga Rice Paddies

Tirta Gangga Rice Paddies

Tirta Gangga rice fields are close to the water palace in the Karangasem Regency in East Bali.

I suggest taking a car from Ubud since there are around 60 kilometres to go. If you take a motorbike, it can take about 2 hours.

It’s worth noting that the Tirta the Gangga Rice Fields aren’t very well-known, and you’ll rarely see tourists since they all go to the water palace and then race on to the next stop.

You can find an ideal spot to view the rice fields of the Tirta Gangga region at Bukit Cinta. You can enjoy stunning panoramas of the rice fields, with the Agung volcano in the background.

The Tirta Gangga rice terraces are definitely among the most stunning despite their relative lack of popularity compared with Tegallalang.

The trek through these terraces is simple and generally flat, with stunning views of nearby mountains and incredible streams.

When you’ve completed your hike, go to The Water Palace. The Water Palace is a collection of pools fed by springs filled with Koi fish, beautiful fountains, and sculptures.

Nearby Hotels:

  • Puri Tulamben Dive Resort & Spa
  • Oka7 Bungalow
  • Alam Mimpi Resort Penuktukan

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Isen Cafe [Cafe]
  • Warung Devassa [Asian, Indonesian]
  • Puri Sawah Restaurant [European, Asian, British]

12. Campuhan Ridge Walk

Solo Holiday in Bali for Singles

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is the best way to experience Bali’s nature without going through the hassle of travelling all over the island.

This easy hike takes you through a beautiful forest, one of the best things to do in Ubud.

You can start walking at dawn and be back by lunchtime, so it’s perfect for those who want an easy morning activity before they head off on their next adventure.

The trail begins near Ibah Hotel. Keep an eye out for signs of “going to the hill” and “this way trekking Campuhan Ridge”.

Serious hikers will grumble, but people who walk for pleasure will be thrilled with this trail.  It’s surrounded by lush greenery that’s the same as Ubudian nature.

You should go hiking before dawn before tourists take to the streets. It’s a 2 km trek towards Karsa Kafe, where you can stop for a tasty breakfast before returning to where you began.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa
  • Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa
  • Mahadana

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Murni’s Warung [Asian, Indonesian, International, Healthy]
  • Refresh Ubud [International, Bar]
  • Zest Ubud Restaurant [Healthy, Fusion]

13. Lake Tamblingan Trek

Lake Tamblingan Trek

If you’re looking for the perfect way to escape the heat, look no further than Danau Tamblingan.

Located in North-Central Bali, this gorgeous lake is 1 of 3 volcano lakes on an elevated plateau and is a 1.5-hour drive from Ubud.

If you’re going on a 2-day trip, it’s perfect for getting away from the heat and having some time to unwind in nature.

The best part? You can get up close and personal with exotic birds and gigantic ficus trees. Plus, there’s plenty of water to explore by canoe, so don’t forget your swimming gear.

You can find this little slice of heaven at the Bali Jungle Trekking information booth along the road that overlooks the lake.

It’s approximately 200m after some local restaurants and observation points.

There aren’t many visitors here, which means you can enjoy all the natural beauty without anyone else ruining it.

Nearby Hotels:

  • Villa Sande
  • Sanak Retreat Bali
  • Dedanau Hotel

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Warung Makan Nerike [Indonesian, Asian]
  • Terrasse du Lac Tamblingan Sari [European, Asian, Indonesian, International]
  • Warung Made’s Munduk [Asian, Indonesian]

14. Mount Catur

Mount Catur

If you’re looking for an adventure that will leave you breathless and your heart pounding, look no further than Mount Catur.

This trekking destination offers an incredible experience that will take you on an adventure like no other.

Located in the Bedugul region near Plaga village, this mountain is one of the most sought-after trekking destinations in the area.

Getting to the summit requires about 2 hours of climbing through a shady, lush tropical rainforest.

The view from the top is incredible as you can see Lake Beratan, Lake Buyan, and Lake Tamblingan.

The forest is inaccessible to people for long periods and full of fauna and flora, a perfect place for a picnic lunch with your guide.

The route takes approximately 7 hours to complete, but it’s worth every step. Beautiful giant trees and lush forests surround it, too. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported into another world.

And if all that wasn’t enough, at the end of your journey up, there’s a beautiful view from Mount Catur. You can see a temple within the forest at its summit, quite worthy after all the effort.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Bali Eco Village
  • Buda’s Homestay Lemukih
  • Dkubusalangki Villa

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Good Karma Warung [Indonesian]
  • ALAM Warung by NUSA Kitchen [Brunch]
  • Warung Banyuwangi Bu Joko [Javanese]

15. Candidasa

Candidasa

This small town is located on the eastern shore of Bali, and it’s home to “virgin” beaches, camping places on cliffs, and hilly regions offering a wide range of hiking trails and walks.

The trek towards Lempuyang Temple is one of the hikes that will take you through forests and rice fields until you reach Tenganan Village. It’s an ancient village located in the Regency of Karangasem.

The course goes on towards the villages around Macang and Ngis, traversing through forests and rice fields on the way before returning to Tenganan.

This isn’t a long hike and should only take about 2 hours, but it’s ideal to be done with a guide.

It’s possible to complete it independently if you’re highly enthusiastic and possess a strong awareness of the direction.

Like many Bali treks, you should leave at a reasonable time in the early morning to avoid the scorching heat.

It’s not an easy hike, but it’s a fantastic experience. While walking along the route, people make large-scale offerings to the temple to worship.

Nearby Accommodations:

  • Ramayana Candidasa
  • Sagara Candidasa
  • Candi Beach Resort & Spa

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Ganesh Lodge [European, Asian]
  • LOAF Candidasa [Coffee & Tea, Cafe]
  • Warung Bintang [Seafood, Asian]

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