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Top 6 Hikes in Bali

From hidden routes up the popular Mount Batur, to hiking with centuries' old forests in Munduk, there's an epic hike for everyone in Bali

Last updated: 29 Mar 2024 - 4 min read
Top 6 Hikes in Bali

You’ve heard of Mt Batur as THE sunrise hike to go on in Bali, but did you know that there are many other hikes in Bali with views as gorgeous (if not more!) that you could try?

Hidden amidst Bali's lush landscapes lie undiscovered waterfalls, revered volcanic summits, mystical rice paddies, and towering ancient trees. This paradise on Earth beckons avid hikers and trekkers alike. Here are our favourite hikes in Bali — from gentle treks to steep climbs that will bring you to your knees!


Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

This UNESCO heritage site is a must-visit destination for every traveler and photographer!

The Jatiluwih rice terraces, situated in northern Bali, display an unmatched and vibrant shade of green, earning the affectionate nickname of 'Jatiluwih green land.'

Our top choices for trekking through rice fields in Bali, these terraces are easily accessible for a day trip from virtually any location on the island.

Remarkably, this remains one of the few places in Bali where there are fewer tourists than locals.

The rice terraces offer magnificent views of Bali's distant volcanoes, while the expansive fields seem to extend endlessly into the horizon. It's a sight that will leave you in awe.

Time required: 2 hours

Highlight: UNESCO rice terraces, less-touristy than those in Ubud


Munduk forest & waterfalls

This hike has easily become one of our absolute favourites in Bali. It's not just incredibly easy, but the scenery is absolutely stunning!

If your goal is to explore as many waterfalls as humanly possible on your trip, then you must include this trail in your holiday plans.

Munduk is renowned for being one of the top hiking areas in Bali, and this particular trail is among the most popular choices. As you trek, you'll encounter multiple waterfalls along the way, making it perfect for a refreshing dip to cool off if the weather gets too hot. So don't forget to pack your swimsuit!

Time required: 8 hours

Highlight: Hidden ancient jungles and spectacular waterfalls


Sekumpul Waterfall

It's no surprise that this is dubbed the BEST waterfall in Bali.

Sekumpul Waterfall, or locally known as Air Terjun Sekumpul, is undeniably one of Bali's most impressive waterfalls, featuring a breathtaking ensemble of seven tall, misty cascades gathered in a single area.

Situated in a peaceful valley and surrounded by lush greenery, you'll feel as if you're in a whole other world when you're here.

Time required: 2 hours

Highlight: No longer a secret, but it's the most beautiful and our fave waterfall in Bali.


Mt Batur

The most well-known hike in Bali and for good reason -- it's not just one of the best hikes on the island, but seriously, one of the coolest things you can do in Bali overall.

Trekkers usually start in the dark to get to the top by sunrise. Losing a bit of sleep for this is 100% worth it! Make sure you’ve got warm clothes though, since it’s usually VERY cold at the top. Nothing like Bali’s normal sweltering heat!

Once you're on the trail, it's a real adventure. You'll climb up to the caldera rim, and then follow this amazing path along the ridge, where you'll be treated to awesome views of black lava fields and those steaming volcanic vents.

P.S.: Don't forget to bring some warm clothes up there because it can get really chilly!

Time required: 2 hours to summit

Highlight: The most popular hike in Bali!


Mt Batukaru

The landscape of Mount Batukaru, being an inactive volcano, provides the most distinctive and unparalleled rainforest mountain trek experience in Bali. Nestled away from the popular areas, the rainforest surrounding Mount Batukaru serves as an ideal refuge for those seeking respite from the bustling tourist spots.

As a relatively undiscovered gem, this mountainous terrain offers visitors a harmonious blend of nature, culture, and awe-inspiring panoramas.

Time required: 4 hours to summit, 2 days for the full overnight camping experience

Highlight: Bali's 2nd highest peak and most undiscovered trek

Mt Batukaru

Mt Agung

This is the ULTIMATE volcano hike on the whole island. Fair warning, it's no walk in the park; this hike will seriously put your mettle to the test.

But the payoff is totally worth it - you'll get a jaw-dropping sunrise view from the summit of Bali.

If you're seriously considering this daring escapade, you absolutely need a guide with a seismometer. Safety's priority! That guide's gonna make sure you follow all the rules and have a blast on this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Time required: 7-8 hours to summit

Highlight: a REAL challenge.

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