This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kintamani.
Kintamani is an area located to the northeast of Bali, which encompasses several villages and natural sights. The whole area is spread out around Mount Batur, an active volcano, and Lake Batur, a beautiful long lake with turquoise water. A Kintamani hostel is a great option to base yourself and avail yourself of everything to see and do here.
Most people arrive here for two reasons. Number one is to admire the breathtaking scenery, do some hiking, or climb Mount Batur. The climb to the top of the volcano is doable even by people who have very little experience hiking. Most companies organise sunrise tours which means starting the hike at around two or three in the morning, hiking in the dark and watching the sunrise from the top. If the weather permits, this can be the experience of a lifetime and in this case, you are better off sleeping in one of the small villages around to avoid having to take a ride in the middle of the night from Ubud, which is the nearest town. However, when arranging your own transportation, be aware that tourists are required to pay a road toll which is quite expensive just to be able to use the path that passes near the viewpoints, a road which is impossible to avoid.
The second reason why people come here is that one of Bali's nine main temples is located here. Its name is Pura Ulun Danu Batur and it is a massive complex of smaller and bigger temples, with some having a remarkably beautiful view of the volcano and lake in the background. Moreover, this can be a good base for reaching the Mother Temple called Basakih, which is not only the biggest temple of Bali, but also one of the most impressive. In this region of Bali, people tend to be really respectful of their traditions and will require you to wear a sarong and a decent top that covers your shoulders to be able to enter their temples. If you don't have your own sarong, you can normally rent them near the temples.
Written by local enthusiast for Kintamani hostelsJudyM