Batur Lake District is located in beautiful Bangli, home to one of the largest “calderas” in the world. A caldera is similar to a crater and is created by the collapse of a volcano. This region is about 1,050 meters above sea level and offers cooler temperatures and frequent clouds.
The caldera has become Lake Batur, the second largest lake in Indonesia behind Lake Toba in North Sumatra. It’s 10x13km large and was created over 20,000 years ago. The lake is encased by towering mountains showing just how much material was ejected during its formation.
There are a couple ways to explore Lake Batur. One is charter service, which is common and fairly affordable. If you want something different, we can join a fishing boat instead!
Near the lake, you’ll see Mount Batur, an active volcano standing 1,700 meters high. 26 eruptions were recorded between 1804-2005. The most devastating was 2 August 1926 to 21 September 1926. This resulted in the displacement of Batur village, which was rebuilt along one of the calderas. It also forced Ulun Danu Temple, honoring water goddess “Dewi Danu”, to be moved to higher ground.
Aside from the lake, mountain, and calderas, there are other cultural attractions to enjoy in the area. One of the most popular is Trunyan Village where open graves rest under the Trunyan Tree. The surrounding area of Kintamani is also enjoyable for beautiful sunrises and village exploring.