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Mount Batur
Bali's most popular volcano destination

Mount Batur

Mount Batur is another active stratovolcano in Bali, Indonesia. Twenty-four thousand years ago, the volcano collapsed and created the two concentric calderas and formed a massive depression that is now known as Lake Batur. The 15km elongated Lake Batur sits 1,031m above sea level and has an impressive deepest point of 88m.

Towns and villages dot the volcanic landscape around the calderas and lake that have become increasingly busy with people exploring the breathtaking scenery on this island paradise.

The summit of Batur rises 700m above the Lake Batur and has been relatively calm; the last major event was in 1968, which covered a significant portion of the southern side of the upper caldera with ash and lava, stopping just short of population centers. The history of this volcano typically produces moderate explosive eruptions every few years that are sometimes accompanied by basaltic lava flows; the last eruption was in 1999-2000.

If you’re up for exploring Batur and the surrounding area, it’s a solid 2-hour drive from Denpasar deep into the northern mountains. Batur is known for their sunrise trekking, hiking the lava fields and amazing local Indonesian culture.

I’m not a fan of waking up early while on vacation, so sunrise trekking didn’t happen this trip.

The farming villages in the caldera aren’t generally tourist destinations; however, many people were exploring during a random weekday. Local villagers were peddling their wares and selling anything and everything they could to the hundreds of visitors.

As I’ve written about in other posts about Indonesia, the locals are the nicest, welcoming people who live a modest life full of culture that you should explore.

Interested in visiting Mount Batur? Travel Blogger and author of DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN Sean Brown has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help make your trip a breeze.

What is the closest airport to Mount Batur?

Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) is the main airport for the Denpasar/Bali area and is the second busiest airport in Indonesia.

What is the local currency at Mount Batur?

Local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Activities are individual priced, however visiting the area a free.

What is the eruption history of Mount Batur?

The first recorded eruption was in 1804, and it has also erupted in 1821, 1847, 1849, 1854, 1888, 1897, 1904, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1963-64, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1994, 1998, 1999-2000

Mount Batur

Latitude: -8.239343

Longitude: 115.378018


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