Mount Agung: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mount Agung: Private Sunrise Hike with Summit Breakfast

1. Mount Agung: Private Sunrise Hike with Summit Breakfast

Indulge your spirit of adventure on an early morning hike to Bali's highest point, and ascend Mount Agung to watch the sunrise from the top. Experience the most challenging, yet most beautiful trek on the island. Start the night before with a hotel pick-up between 23:00 and 00:00 (depending on the location of your accommodation). Then, journey to Pasar Agung Temple near Selat to start your hike at 01:45. Located in the Karangasem Regency, Mount Agung is Bali's highest and holiest mountain. Be guided through the jungle of the sacred site by an English-speaking local guide. Believed by the locals to be the home of the gods, Mount Agung reaches an altitude of over 3,000 meters at its highest point. It can be a challenge for some people to climb, but the rewards for the brave - and reasonably fit - are stunning views and a sunrise like none you've ever seen before! Once at the top, enjoy breakfast and take in the breathtaking views. Cast your eyes over the lush landscape of east Bali as far as the eye can see. Then, climb back down the mountain to return to your starting point.

Bali: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour

2. Bali: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour

Join a guided day trip to the eastern part of Bali to visit the mother temple of Bali, Pura Besakih, along with Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple and its iconic Gate of Heaven. Enjoy convenient hotel transfers and a lunch stop overlooking Mount Agung. Following a pickup from your hotel, head to the majestic Lempuyang Temple in the eastern part of Bali. Along the way, pass long stretches of beautiful and pristine rice paddies, travel along winding roads, and marvel at breathtaking mountains. Be awed by the magical views of Mount Agung behind the temple. Your own private guide will not only snap cool shots for you but will also explain the history of the ancient temple as well as the Balinese people and their culture. Next, visit Tirta Gangga, known as the most beautiful former royal water palace in Eastern Bali. Explore the water palace's tiered fountains, gardens, and stone sculptures of mythical creatures spouting water into pools.  Outside the palace, soak up views of the lush rice paddies of northeastern Bali. After visiting the water palace, savor a scrumptious buffet lunch (with optional add-on) overlooking Mount Agung, Telaga Waja river, and the rice fields. When you are finished, make your way to the biggest temple in Bali, Pura Besakih.  Join this tour of Pura Besakih with your guide and learn why it is the most important, the largest, and the holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali, and one of a series of Balinese temples. The temple miraculously survived the catastrophic volcanic eruption of 1963. Leverage and customize your experience with add-ons from professional, coffee tasting to traditional massage. (some add-ons are only available for private tours). Select the private tour options to enjoy the highest degree of flexibility, intimacy and customized experiences, or join the small group tour to enjoy the tour in an affordable way.

Bali: Mount Agung Sunrise Trekking Experience

3. Bali: Mount Agung Sunrise Trekking Experience

There are two common hiking routes up the mountain, which you will need to choose between.  Mount Agung Hike via Besakih Temple (from the West) The most challenging yet rewarding route for hiking up Mount Agung. The hike starts near the Besakih Temple, also called the Mother Temple of Bali. You'll be hiking through the dense jungle of Besakih. The ascent will take approximatively 6 to 7 hours, and ends at the very highest point of the mountain. The final hour or so is exceptionally demanding, often requiring climbing up the mountain on all fours. The hike starts at about 11.00 PM, so that you arrive at the top before dawn. From here, you are able to witness the stunning sunrise overlooking Mount Rinjani in Lombok. You will also have a masjestic view of the giant crater of Caldera Batur, and Lake Batur. Mount Agung Hike via Pasar Agung Temple (from the South) This is an easier, 3-4 hour hike in which you will ascend about 2,000 meters. It's not as challenging as the Besakih Temple route. The hike ends about 100 meters below the actual summit, but the views are still excellent in all directions, as well as down into the crater. The starting time will be about 2:00 AM, with the aim of reaching the peak just before dawn.

Bali: Besakih Mother Temple Guided Tour with Ticket

4. Bali: Besakih Mother Temple Guided Tour with Ticket

Immerse yourself in a journey that showcases the religious significance, architectural splendor, and deep spiritual beliefs of the Balinese people. Prepare to be awe-struck as you witness the history and grandeur that these temples have to offer. Choose from meeting the guide at the main entrance or with transfers from Sidemen in an air-conditioned car Your adventure begins at Pura Penataran Agung, the central temple of this magnificent complex. Marvel at its seven levels, symbolizing the connection between heaven and earth. As you ascend the giant stairway, intricately carved with tales from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, let the beauty of the craftsmanship leave you spellbound. But it doesn't stop there. Pura Besakih embraces the essence of Hinduism by paying homage to various gods. Discover Pura Batu Madeg, devoted to Vishnu, and Pura Kiduling Kreteg, dedicated to Brahma. This display of diversity represents the spirit of religious harmony that runs deep in Balinese culture. Prepare to witness devotion at its finest as you observe Balinese individuals bringing offerings to the gods and collecting holy water. The sincerity of their actions reflects the profound role these temples play in their daily lives, reinforcing their unwavering faith and reverence. As you explore this sacred complex, be greeted by an array of vibrant, multicolored banners dedicated to Lord Shiva, a testament to the strong influence of Hinduism in Bali. Allow yourself to be immersed in the colors, sounds, and ambiance, experiencing a true spiritual awakening. Pura Besakih is not just a tourist destination; it is a place where souls connect with the divine, where spirituality is embraced and celebrated. It offers an opportunity for visitors and locals alike to feel the pulse of Balinese culture, experience its profound spirituality, and appreciate its rich religious heritage. Prepare to embark on a sacred and culturally enriching journey as you explore the Pura Besakih temples. Step into a realm where history, devotion, and grandeur intertwine to create an experience that is both humbling and awe-inspiring.

Bali: Tulamben Bay and the USAT Liberty Wreck Dive

5. Bali: Tulamben Bay and the USAT Liberty Wreck Dive

Following pick-up from your hotel, journey to the village of Tulamben on the north-east coast of Bali, best known for its black beach covered with smooth, fist-size rocks. Upon arrival, head to Tulamben Bay to take part in a wreck dive and get close to the World War II cargo ship, the USAT Liberty. Located just 30 meters from the beach, the wreck measures an impressive 120 meters on a steeply sloping sandy bottom, with its top just 3 meters below the water surface. Sunk by torpedoes on January 11, 1942, the USAT Liberty was carrying rubber and railroad parts for war service across the Lombok Strait. The damage was critical, but 2 destroyers hitched her up and tried to tow her to the port at Singaraja. She was taking too much water, so the crew decided to run her up on the beach at Tulamben. The volcanic explosion of Gunung Agung in 1963 rolled her off the beach to the present location, breaking her in pieces along the way. Now completely covered with corals and home to hundreds of species of fish, the wreck is submerged to a maximum depth of 29 meters. Considered one of the best beach entry dive sites in Bali, the wreck of the USAT Liberty is just for starters! A 15-minute journey further east takes you to the Alamanda Reef and Batu Kelebit Reef. Travel by car 10 minutes west from Tulamben and you reach the village of Kubu, where access to the pristine Kubu Reef is easy. Night diving is especially popular, with an average visibility of 15 to 20 meters and water temperatures around 28 to 29 degrees Celsius. Join this diving adventure for a fantastic day in a unique area and get up close to the magnificent marine life along the way! Please note, this tour is only available to certified divers. 

Bali: Penglipuran Village, Temples and More Full Day Tour

6. Bali: Penglipuran Village, Temples and More Full Day Tour

Not keen on the swarming crowds at Bali's main temples? Visit temples that are just as beautiful off the beaten track, meaning fewer tourists, more charm, and the tranquility you seek on this magical island.  Begin at the Kerta Gosa Pavilion in Klung Kung. The intact justice court building formerly used by the high king of Bali will give you some idea of the power and grandeur of the Balinese monarchs before the Dutch arrived. Goa Lawah Temple is up next. Also known as Bat Cave, its complex is built over a hilly outcrop home to thousands of bats and a giant snake king per local legend. Make a stop at Bukit Jambul, known for its panoramic views of the rice terraces. As you must be peckish by now, your guide will slow the pace down for a lunch overlooking Mt. Agung.  Continue your tour to Besakih Temple, Bali's thousand-year-old Mother Temple, perched 1,000 meters high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. It is meant to be the island's largest holy site divided into three main complexes, each dedicated to the Hindu trinity. The last of the temples, Kehen Temple, is a multi-level temple on a hill home to a great Banyan Tree. An untouched gem, it requires a bit of a hike to get to the well-preserved natural sanctuary. Finally, the trip ends with a visit to Penglipuran Traditional Village, a traditional countryside community in the highlands.

From Bali: 3-Day Gili Islands Tour with Private Snorkeling

7. From Bali: 3-Day Gili Islands Tour with Private Snorkeling

In between Bali and Lombok, 3 idyllic islands can be found: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. These little coral islands have a real laid-back tropical island feel and make perfectly placed hideouts from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. With no traffic and nothing but fresh ocean breeze, this 3-day 2-night tour takes you to see two of these islands for an excursion full of relaxation, and special moments to remember for a lifetime. Your first day starts with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Bali, which will take you to the harbor to a speedboat that will arrive at Gili Trawangan in just a few hours’ time. On the way, catch breathtaking views of Mount Agung and the deep blue sea. Once on the island, spend the day relaxing at a beautiful tropical island resort – lounge by the pool, dive in the sea or hop on a bicycle to explore the coastline. Don’t miss the sunset at one of the beach clubs – it’s a true spectacle of nature you don’t want to miss out on! Your second day features a private snorkeling tour on Gili Trawangan’s quieter but equally beautiful sister island, Gili Air. The 3-hour snorkeling tour takes you to see several amazing spots, beautiful coral reefs and colorful marine life. You’ll also get to swim with giant sea turtles, a magical experience! Spend the rest of the day as you like at another tropical resort – sipping cocktails, swimming, sunbathing – before another magnificent island sunset kicks in. If you’re an early bird, start day 3 early to catch the awe-inspiring sunrise of Gili Air. Otherwise, snoozing in bed to the sound of the sea is a lovely way to spend the first hours of your last morning on the Gili Islands. Enjoy one more swim in the turquoise sea, sit down for breakfast and say goodbye to these gorgeous islands. The speedboat will bring you back to the mainland of Bali where you will be transported to your hotel by shuttle bus.

North Lombok: Sendang Gile Waterfall & Senaru Village Tour

8. North Lombok: Sendang Gile Waterfall & Senaru Village Tour

Spend a day exploring Lombok's northern part, visiting pristine natural landscapes and learning about the history and culture of the local. In the morning, first make your way out to Malimbu, a lookout point. From here you can see the nearby Gili Islands and Bali's Mount Agung. Continue to Sendang Gile Waterfall, on the foot and slope of Mount Rinjani. The cool, fresh air and calm hill will provide a comfortable resting point, and you may choose to "freeze" yourself in the inviting cold falling water. Then visit Senaru, a traditional village where mountain tribal life and the civilization of past centuries still exist. Finally, visit Bayan Old Mosque, one of the inestimable historical Islamic heritage sites in Lombok which is believed to have been built upon the Islamic people's arrival in the 16th century.

From Bali: Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan Island Tour

9. From Bali: Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan Island Tour

Discover the beautiful islands in the east of Bali which are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Departure to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur (Bali) with a fast boat for the 45-minute journey, arrive on the island and head to Panorama Point overlooking Jungutbatu Village, and enjoy the view of Mount Agung. Travel across the Yellow Bridge, which offers the only access to Nusa Ceningan from the island. Explore the hidden gems of Nusa Ceningan’s stunning Blue Lagoon before heading back to Nusa Lembongan. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dine on a delicious lunch of Indonesian food with a sea view at Sanghyang Bay Restaurant. Visit Devil’s Tear at high tide and marvel at this impressive natural landscape then head to Dream Beach, which boasts a sprawling white sandy shoreline. Finish your trip with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool at Dream Beach Hut with minimum own spending on beverages, then sit back and relax on the return to your Bali hotel.

From Bali: Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan Island Tour

10. From Bali: Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan Island Tour

Discover the beauty of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida on this boat tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Bali. Experience hotspots like Dream, Kelingking, and Broken Beach. Savor a delicious lunch of flavorful Indonesian dishes.  Begin with pickup from your accommodation. Relax on the the transfer to the boat in a climate-controlled van. Board the comfortable boat for the 45-minutes journey to Nusa Penida. Arrive at the island and visit Panorama Point which overlooks the village of Jungutbatu and offers incredible views of Mount Agung.  Visit Devil’s Tear at high tide and enjoy this impressive natural landscape, before heading towards Dream Beach which boasts a sprawling white sandy shoreline. Island hop to Nusa Lembongan and travel across the Yellow Bridge.  Journey to the famous Kelingking Beach to take photos of the most beautiful spot on the island and marvel at the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Continue to Pasih Uug (Broken Beach) and admire the natural pool of Angel's Billabong.  Head back to Bali from Nusa Penida with boat transfer and be dropped off at your hotel.

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4.9 / 5

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Very nice experience, challenging walk but so so worth it. Great communication with our driver and our guide. Would def do it again, 10/10

It was absolutely magical. Jungles, lotus flowers, temples and the Gates of Heaven. Can’t recommend it highly enough

Great trip with very good leader Agung. Time went fast, worth the visit. Also good lunch

Awesome experience seeing the temples around Bali. Giri is an A+ driver and guide.

It has been very nice and the guide very friendly and professional.