Lake Batur Overview

Another precious attraction in Kintamani which is a must visit for you during your trip to the enchanting destination of Bali, is the famous Lake Batur(Danau Batur). Take in the crisp mountain air and majestic scenes of Lake Batur (Danau Batur) a crescent shape waterway in the shadow of an active volcano. Mount Batur sits at the focal point of a huge caldera- - a pit like bowl shaped by volcanic action - of which the lake fills the southeastern side. Take a boat on the lake, trek to the highest point of the well of lava for shocking perspectives, and afterward go for a dunk in the hot springs ignoring the water.

Located on the south eastern side of the active volcano Mount Batur, Lake Batur is a stunning volcanic crater considered holy by the Balinese people, thereby considered to be a major attraction to cover with our Bali travel packages. The crescent shaped volcanic lake is the widest lake in Bali, and its serene blue waters are surrounded by the towering blue figures of the Batur and Abang ranges. Known by the locals as Danau Batur, Lake Batur lies in the caldera of the active Batur Volcano.

The lake was created by an eruption in the year 1971, which claimed several lives and properties. The eruption destroyed the Pura Ulun Danu Batur temple, Bali’s biggest temple, which then nestled near the lake area. The temple was then reconstructed again at some distance, away from Mount Batur’s Ring of Fire.

The lake lies at an elevation of over 1,000 kilometers above sea level, directly on top of the volcano’s collapsed topside. Due to its elevated height, the temperature of the lake water as well as that of the surrounding villages always remain fairly cool. The unique, picturesque Lake Batur attracts visitors from across the world with the promise of an unprecedented experience.

The Lake offers multiple sport opportunities, such as boating, canoeing, swimming and offers a perfect setting for having picnics. The lake also has a natural hot spring of its own, where visitors can enjoy a hot bath at all times of the day. With its multiple sport opportunities, mesmerizing landscape and scenic backdrop, Lake Batur offers a perfect sojourn for travelers, away from the bustle of the busy city life.

Highlights: While you are here get a taste of the culture here as you explore the local village and then the museum and learn about the historical backdrop of the volcano. Also visit Pura Ulun Danu Batur- - considered the second most famous temple in Bali. The temple sits on the edge of the caldera, having been destroyed by the lava when it was initially situated within the basin.

Location: Lake Batur is located at south east side of Mount Batur.

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How To Reach

From Ngurah Rai International Airport: The Ngurah Rai International Airport is located nearly 80 kilometers away from Lake Batur. There is no public transport connecting the two places. The only way to reach the lake from the Airport is to take a cab or drive till here. One might drive till the Lake via the Jalan Raya Payangan Road or the Jalan By Pass Ngurah Road. The drive will take a little more than two hours, depending on traffic. 

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Lake Batur is during the early summer, in the months between May and July. During this time, the weather remains warm and pleasant, allowing visitors to take proper advantage of the hot spring bath and other water sport opportunities. The monsoon winds do not set in before August, making the weather calm and devoid of any serious showers that may hamper one’s experience here. 

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Other Essential Information

- Location: South East Side of Mount Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia.

- Timings: There is no specific timings to visit Lake Batur.

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Travel Tips for visiting Lake Batur

1. Do not miss out on the sunrise trek of Mount Batur.

2. While boating on the lake, make sure you put on the safety equipment properly and follow the instructions of the guide.

3. Make sure to rent a cycle or bike at the first opportunity, for bike rentals are extremely popular and may run out of stock.

4. To best enjoy all the tourist attractions near and around the Lake, it is best to avail one of the packaged tours of Kintamani.

5. Do not miss out on the opportunity of enjoying the Hot Spring and Lake Batur, which is said to have therapeutic and detoxifying qualities.

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Lake Batur FAQs

Is boating allowed in Lake Batur?

Yes, boating is one of the most popular activities enjoyed by tourists at Lake Batur. There is no need to book tickets in advance as there are plenty of lakeside offering boats for hire. The boats are generally equipped with safety equipment, such as life jackets and lifesavers. Boating in the serene like is the best way to enjoy the picturesque landscape around Lake Batur.

What is unique about Lake Batur?

Lake Batur is known for its unique crescent shaped structure, and its stunning story of inception. The lake was created when Mount Batur, the active volcano adjacent to the lake, erupted in 1917. The lake is actually a crater created by a volcanic eruption, and lies at an elevation of over 1,000 kilometers above sea level.

Tell me something about Mount Batur Volcanic Eruptions?

Mount Batur, also known as the Gunung Batur by locals, is an active volcano whose caldera houses the Lake Batur. Mount Batur was known to have first erupted in the year 1804, and it has frequently erupted since then.

The most powerful eruption occurred in 1917, which brought the volcano to be visible above the ocean’s surface. This eruption also led to the formation of the crater which then came to be known as Lake Batur. Since 1917, the volcano has erupted three times, each time creating new craters which then came to be known as Batur 1, 2 and 3.

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Lake Batur Reviews

Nawal Iyer
Reviewed: 21 Oct 2019
As part of our honeymoon, we purchased a package to Bali from Thrillophilia. It was a nice and hassle-free trip with the finest of management conceivable. It is a gorgeous area, with fascinating mountains and tempting beaches. I'd like to travel with the team once again.
Shruti Agarwal
Reviewed: 19 Feb 2019
Me and my partner will surely book this package again. Thrillophilia outdid itself by including so many things in this package. We enjoyed the water sports, our hotels, visiting the temples and other places during our honeymoon.

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