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The best way to discover Bali’s rich natural beauty is to take a hike. Hikes through the seaside villages and temples of the island’s southern coast provide uninterrupted views of the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, and the rice terraces of the interior provide a glimpse into the daily life of a Balinese farmer.

The diversity of hiking spots in Bali is one of its greatest draws, as you can expect a different experience every time you go. Here are some of the most popular, as well as some lesser-known, hiking trails that you should definitely explore at least once during your stay:

1. Go for a Sunrise Trek at Mount Batur

A climb to Mount Batu’s expansive crater at sunrise is a must-do activity for all visitors to Bali, as the panoramic views of the mountains and valleys below are simply breathtaking.

The best time to climb Mount Batur is between 5:00 and 6:00 in the morning, when you get the best chance of catching the sunrise. The trek up Mount Batur is about two hours, and the fact that the volcano is 1,717 meters above sea level means that it’s certainly not a hike for the faint of heart. However, thrill-seekers will definitely find this a gem.

2. Take it Easy at Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk is a popular, and more relaxing, walk-in Ubud that is accessible to visitors of all fitness levels. The trail is about 1.5 km and takes about an hour to complete. The trail goes around the famous Campuhan ridge, which is one of the most beautiful parts of Ubud. What makes this trail special is that along the way, you get a sneak peek into the daily life of a Balinese villager.

3. Explore a Colorful View of Flora and Fauna in the West Bali National Park

Bali’s wild side opens up on a hike through the West Bali National Park, where most of the trails are accessible for hikers of all levels. Here, you will begin to understand how much Bali has to offer nature lovers, but keep in mind that independent trekking is not allowed, so it’s only available if you have a guide and a permit.

The West Bali National Park is one of the largest protected areas in Bali and is home to a diverse array of birds, animals, and plants. However, the best time to visit the park is first thing in the morning, when the mist has yet to dissipate.

With the rising sun, you’ll be greeted with an array of brightly colored parakeets, leaf monkeys, and other wildlife, making this walk not only a chance to discover new species, but also a feast for the eyes.

The Bottom Line: Exploring the Best Hiking Spots in Bali For Your Next Adventure

Whether you are an avid hiker or a first-time backpacker, Bali is a great place to get out and explore. With a little planning, you can go hiking in Bali at any time of the year, so pack your bags and head for the hills!

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