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Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring

1. Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring

Hike up the stunning Mount Batur on an early sunrise trek to its summit. Follow your guide up the mountain, enjoying a well-earned breakfast at the top while you watch the brilliant colors of the sunrise. Top off your active morning with a soak in a natural hot spring and an invigorating coffee plantation visit. Get an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Bali in time to watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Batur. Depart between 1:30 AM and 2:30 AM (depending on the location of your hotel), and then journey towards the active volcano near the village of Kintamani. Upon arrival at Mount Batur, get a short introduction and safety briefing from your private guide. All the guides are locals with experience of climbing Mount Batur since they were children. Benefit from their extensive knowledge and passion for the region before you embark on your 1.5-hour trek to the highest volcanic crater in Bali in time to watch the sunrise. Upon arrival at the top, enjoy breakfast and take in the amazing views of the surrounding area at the break of day. After sunrise, enjoy some time to walk around the crater of the volcano before crossing a hill of lava and black sand. Trek back down the mountain, and then soothe away your aches and pains at a natural hot spring at 9 AM. Visit a coffee plantation on the way back to your accommodation, and get dropped off by approximately 1 PM at the end of an amazing morning.

Bali: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater's Blue Fire 3-Day Tour

2. Bali: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater's Blue Fire 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Bali–Ferry to Ketapang–Ijen Volcano You'll start your three-day adventure in the evening with pickup from your hotel. Then you'll head to Gilimanuk Port to take a ferry to Ketapang. From there, drive to the starting point of Ijen Volcano. Day 2: Ijen Volcano–Crater–Bromo Village Day two begins with a brief safety session before starting the roughly 2-hour trek to the crater. Once at the crater, you’ll be able to see the remarkable blue flames that can reach up to 16 feet tall. After exploring the area, refuel with a delicious breakfast and start the long drive to Bromo Village. Stop for rest and lunch along the way. Day 3: Bromo Village–Bromo Volcano Sunrise–Bali Day three will start with another early wake-up call and a drive to the Penanjakan Sunrise Point. You'll trek up another active volcano, Mount Bromo, before stopping to watch the majestic sunrise and take in panoramic views from the top of the volcano. Before it gets too hot, you’ll head back for breakfast before heading back to Bali.

Mount Batur: Private Sunrise Jeep Tour & Natural Hot Spring

3. Mount Batur: Private Sunrise Jeep Tour & Natural Hot Spring

Meet your own private tour guide, a trained 4WD specialist, and climb aboard a custom-built, four-wheel drive vehicle. Your private guide is also a certified member of the Mount Batur Guide Association, so expect great stories about the history of the region, interesting information about the features of the landscape, all with a great sense of humor. You are in safe hands on this off-road adventure. You will first visit Perapen Temple located south of Mount Batur then continue to explore Lava Ball Point. Hop out of the vehicle and feel the incredible Kintamani landscape surround you. You will find a large cave formed from a lava flow and you will wonder if you are on a different planet. Ask your guide why it is called a holy cave? The second stop is the volcanic lava flow of 1964. How did it happen? Your tour guide has the answer. As the guide navigates the four-wheel drive vehicle through the lava fields to get there, you will witness the local farmers working in their small fields and vegetable gardens. Be surrounded by world famous black Lava formations and witness the extraordinary view of an active volcano in the distance. Incredible photo opportunities await. To complete your day, enjoy a long soak in the healing waters of Batur Natural Hot Spring. Enjoy the photographic panorama of beautiful Lake Batur from a completely different angle.

From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

4. From Yogyakarta: Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater 3-Day Tour

Day 1 Start your adventure with pickup from your accommodation in Yogyakarta in the morning and travel to Mount Bromo. Enjoy beautiful landscapes along the way while your friendly driver negotiates the notorious Indonesian traffic. Upon arriving at Mount Bromo, be sure to visit Madakaripura Waterfall to marvel at this spectacular show of nature. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there, enjoy some free time to explore the area and prepare for the sunrise tomorrow. Day 2 Rise early to get ready for a truly unforgettable experience as you witness the magical sunrise views of Mount Bromo, the most popular volcano in Indonesia. After exploring Mount Bromo, head back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious breakfast before traveling to Banyuwangi City, where your accommodation for the Ijen Crater tour is located. Day 3 Today, your tour starts in the middle of the night as you head to the Ijen Crater. Hike up to the top of the Ijen Crater on a 90 to 120-minute hike, where you can witness the fascinating blue flames rise up from inside the crater. After exploring the crater, get dropped off back at the hotel or at Ketapang Harbor if you are continuing on to Bali.

Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Trek With Guide and Breakfast

5. Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Trek With Guide and Breakfast

Following the area pick-up time from your hotel, head to the Kintamani region to hike your way up Mount Batur. This iconic, extremely-active volcano draws many visitors from around the world with its beauty and promise of adventure. From the top, you will experience a scenic sunrise view and the green caldera around the volcano. Witness a thick blanket of darkness be replaced by glistening orange and gold rays, bursting from the silhouette of Mount Agung with the glassy untouched sheen of Lake Batur. As your descent begins, you will explore three younger craters while taking in the amazing volcanic landscape. You have an option to visit a coffee plantation site to enjoy a delicious cup of local Luwak coffee before heading back to your hotel.

Bali: Sunrise Mount Batur Hike with Breakfast

6. Bali: Sunrise Mount Batur Hike with Breakfast

Scale one of Bali’s natural wonders with a private, early-morning hike up Mount Batur, including breakfast and a trip to a coffee plantation afterwards.  With all entry tickets, accommodation transfers, and an expert local guide also included, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is enjoying the panoramic views.  Begin your ascent at the base of Mount Batur after an early pickup from your accommodation. You’ll even start your jungle trek on an exclusive path with fewer trekkers around. Savor the pristine night sky away from the city lights as you hike. After a 2-hour trek, you’ll then be rewarded at the top with sunrise views over the natural landscape and ocean horizon. And even better, you get to enjoy breakfast at the volcano’s summit.  On the way down you’ll enjoy more vistas, such as Lake Batur, an enormous volcanic crater lake.  You’ll also have the opportunity to stop off for a cup of local Luwak coffee at a coffee plantation before being dropped off back at your accommodation.

Fast Boat Transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan

7. Fast Boat Transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan

Benefit from a swift connection from Bali to Gili Trawangan, or vice versa, and travel between the islands on board a fast boat with generous luggage allowance. Spend less time traveling and more time on the beach! For journeys from Bali to Gili Trawangan, the boat departs daily from Serangan Harbor, just 30 minutes from Kuta. Get a complimentary pick-up at your hotel or villa by air-conditioned vehicle, available from Kerobokan, Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Tuban, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Sanur, the airport and parts of Canggu (as far as Canggu Club). Pick-up from other locations is provided for an additional fee. Alternatively, you can make your way to the harbor for check-in 30 minutes before the scheduled departure. Depart in the morning to enjoy Gili Trawangan to its fullest. Boats back to Bali are at around 14:30 and hotel drop off is provided on arrival. Relax on board the 2.5-hour journey each way, and take in the stunning views.

Northern Bali Highlights With Private Tour

8. Northern Bali Highlights With Private Tour

Make your Instagram followers envious as you explore Northern Bali on a guided day tour to its most recognizable hotspots. Following a pickup from your accommodation, journey north with a local guide, who will share gems about Balinese history and culture. Travel to the iconic Lake Beratan where you'll see the majestic temple sitting on a small island on the lake, dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of the lake. Then, visit the iconic Handara Gate, well known as the pathway to serenity. Take a wonderful picture in front of Handara Gate with the breathtaking view of green scenery and the gigantic-exotic traditional Balinese gate as your backdrop. Take a quick stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included), before preparing your flip-flops at the majestic Banyumala Twin Waterfall. Swim in tranquility, listen to the thunderous roar of cascading waters, and take in the sights of the vibrant greenery. Afterward, head to a coffee plantation to learn about coffee processing with a tasting. Complete your journey with a visit to the iconic Wanagiri Hidden Hills Photos Spot. Admire hill views and lakes on the bridge overlooking the lake before returning to your hotel.

From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

9. From Bali or Banyuwangi: Ijen Crater Sunrise Hike

Be collected at your accommodation in Bali or Banyuwangi. The hike to the Ijen Crater viewpoint takes 90-120 minutes from the foot of the path, which leads you to the top. On a clear day, you can see the magical blue fire, which is a truly unique experience. After witnessing the stunning blue flames from the viewpoint, continue to catch the beautiful sunrise over the largest acid lake on Java Island, called Ijen's Crater. On the way back to the parking lot, appreciate the local miners carrying sulfur rock as part of their daily tough life to continue fulfilling their family bread and butter.  After 1-hour trek down, you will reach the parking lot around 7:00 AM. Do not miss the experience to stop at the coffee and cloves plantation on the way back to your accommodation in Banyuwangi or Bali.

From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

10. From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

Explore Nusa Penida, a charming island nestled in the waters between Bali and Lombok, on a full-day guided tour. Admire the island's beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, and relaxed way of life, and discover why Nusa Penida has become a firm traveler favorite. Head out from the Sanur Ferry Terminal toward Nusa Penida. Sit back and relax, and spend your day hopping around 4 picturesque beaches and some of the most special spots on the island. Stop first at the top of Kelingking Beach and admire the wonderful view of the white sandy beach. Take a close look at the curving coastline, which many visitors compare to the shape of a T-Rex. Then, move on to Angel's Billabong. Take a dip in a natural infinity pool created by a small gap in the cliff face, without the 5-star price tag. Next, marvel at Broken Beach's natural pools and cliff arches before making your way to Crystal Bay. Enjoy time to swim and snorkel in waters as clear as their namesake.

The lush tropical island of Java in Indonesia is a place that should be on your bucket list. Ancient temples, tea and cocoa plantations, and volcanoes are all part of the adventure in Indonesia. Visit the artisans of Indonesia; silversmiths, batik makers, and painters. Enjoy sunrise breakfasts, village visits, and splendid landscape views of this intriguing country.

For overall look at Indonesia take "The Magnificent Java Bali Overland Tour" from Jakarta. This affordable journey begins in a lush Botanical Garden with its lotus ponds, towering palms and orchid houses. Visit local villages to experience the music from bamboo instruments. Pass through plantations to visit thousand-year-old temples and a colonial town. Visit the famed island of Bali to see why so many are swayed by its charms.

Enjoy a few days on the "Fascinating Bromo" tour where you ride a horse to the foot and Mt. Bromo and ascend the steps to see the smoking crater of the Bromo Caldera volcano. The adventure keeps going overland in a 4WD jeep to the rim of the volcano of Mt. Ijen and continues with a crossing by ferry to Bali.

The largest archipelago in the world with its 17,504 tropical islands straddles the equator and boasts rainforests, savannah grasslands, snow-capped mountains, and white sandy beaches. Adventurers will create lifelong memories in Indonesia.

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