Kintamani Volcano

Kintamani volcano is a popular tourist attraction in the central highlands of Bali. Located in Banli, Kintamani Volcano is the island’s only district that doesn’t have a shoreline. Surrounded by the captivating Batur range, the volcano and range are known collectively as Mount Batur. An active volcano, Kintamani’s main attraction (aside from the volcano itself) is its magnificent views of the 13m² caldera lake. A visit to Kintamani Volcano is a rare opportunity to experience one of Bali’s last remaining active volcanos up close.

Although there are plenty of reasons to linger at the crater, there are also a number of other sights to see. If you’re up for a bit of adventure, you can take the winding road down to the lake shore, hot springs and Ulun Danu Batur temple. There are also a number of villages in the Kintamani area including old Balinese Aga villages situated around Batur Lake. Lake Batur provides the majority of Bali’s irrigation water and is also a local breeding ground for freshwater fish.

Penelokan is one of the main villages and offers one of the best vantage points at the southernmost rim of the crater, boasting sweeping views over Kintamani Volcano. At 1,500m above sea level, the combination of black molten rock and dark lava slopes contrasted against the blue lake and lush green vegetation make it the best place to enjoy these stunning panoramas.

Mount Batur is comprised of three volcanic cones and watching the sunrise here, trekking and hiking are all popular activities. Located on the northwest, Batur caldera is both large and beautiful while Caldera II measures an impressive 7km in diameter. On the southeast side of Kintamani Volcano, Lake Batur is 16km wide and is a popular fishing spot. The nearby lakeside hot springs of Toyobungkah can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius and are known for their mineral waters said to have curative powers.

Kintamani Volcano is best visited on a guided tour which often includes a variety of stops at other nearby attractions including Elephant Caves Temple and Ubud Monkey Forest.