We were in Bali during the December Christmas holiday. Although we were looking forward to go on the Mount Batur trekking trip, we did not book in advance because we hoped that we could find a cheaper option during our stay in Bali. However, after we went around in Bali we came to a realization that Bali Jungle Trekking was offering one of the best rates in Bali. We thought that we would try one of the offers of Bali Jungle Trekking so that we reached out to Bali Jungle Trek through their booking page and got a response within minutes. We had to leave at 1.45 a.m. in the morning from our hotel to be able to reach Mount Batur in order to experience the sunrise from the summit of the active volcano.
Our driver for the day was Suta and he was at the hotel to pick us up at exactly 1.45 a.m. He was a great guy and very informative as well as helpful. Throughout our 2 hour car trip to the foothills of Mount Batur and back he told us a lot about the culture of Bali, attractions, holidays, beliefs, lifestyle, and festivals in Bali.
On the way back he even offered us to stop by to enjoy attractions or take pictures. At the foot hills of Mount Batur, our trekking guide had been waiting for us. He was a local person from the so-called “Kintamani” village. I must say that he was a great guide. The trekking itself was not that easy as we had to navigate through a rocky trail in the darkness under the star lights. However, it could be done by anyone who is favorably fit. The two hours of hard work was worth the effort when we arrived at the summit of the mountain.
Incredibly, it was heaven with a magnificent sunrise and a clean breeze. Then, we enjoyed a tasty breakfast with boiled eggs, and banana sandwiches while enjoying the tranquility of the wonderful surroundings. During the hiking trip down we took a different route down. Suta had been waiting for us at the foothills and ready to take us back to the hotel. On our way back to the hotel, he stopped at several places where we could get a splendid view of Kintamani village with Mount Batur as the backdrop. He even took us to pass through Tegalalang rice terrace.
Overall, the whole experience we had undergone was simply awesome.
The guide provided for the Mount Batur trekking trip was very considerate and helpful. Above all, our trip was a very pleasant experience.
It was the first night when we arrived in Lovina, North Bali. Then, we went for dinner at a local eating stall called “warung” along the main road.
The next morning we made a trip to a village called “sekumpul” where magnificent waterfalls are located. Our guide was very helpful. He always showed us the way where too many un-mapped roads to choose from a long the way. We did have a great trip through the villages on our way to Sekumpul waterfalls.
When we first enter the area there are an information booth and a sign saying that we should get a guide because there are river crossings. The path to the waterfall is not always easy to follow. There is one small river crossing immediately before the waterfall. Maybe here are some choices of which way to go along the way but as long as you always follow the main path you will be alright. Also, just ask the local people or your guide if you really get stuck.
The walking experience in Sekumpul is really pleasant. The area was not crowded and very tropically green. There were also some people who sell fruist, drinks, food, etc. along the way. What is more is that there are some spectacular views along the way.
When we finally came to a three junctions in the road, we went up the hill to our left. Here is also the spot of the ticket booth to the waterfalls. When we got to the bridge, we crossed it and turned left.
To get closer to the waterfall, at the end of the path it is surely that we needed to get our feet wet.
Besides showing us the way, our guide also gave us historical information about Sekumpul village with its magnificent waterfalls.
Swimming in the pond of the waterfall seemed to be quite dangerous for us. The water seemed to be quite powerful, and besides, we got wet enough just by standing near the waterfall. Also, please be careful to get closer. The rocks were very slippery around the waterfall.
Above all, Sekumpul Waterfall is a very spectacular natural splendor. We took a lot of pictures and videos of Sekumpul waterfall and its surroundings up close sometimes with the mist on my camera.
We hid my shoes and t-shirt under a rock so that they wouldn’t get wet by the spray of the waterfall while we explored around.
Tulamben is a small fishing village which is located on the north-eastern coast of Bali island. It is one of the most popular dive sites in Bali since the wreck of the Liberty, a US Army Transport ship which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942 lies just off shore from the village. During high-season, there are up to 100 divers who dive to the ship wreck every single day.
The history of Tulamben can be traced through its name. The name derives from the word “batulambih”, which roughly means “many stones”. This name has something to do with the destructive eruptions by Mount Agung that have surged this part of Bali from time to time. The beach in Tulamben is not made of sand, but entirely covered with fairly large, smooth stones. The contemporary name has bloomed over time, from “Batulamben” and finally settled on the contraction name of “Tulamben” (“batu” means “stone” in Indonesian and Balinese language).
The wreck also significantly adds the attractions for Tulamben as a site for diving along. The wreck itself lies in shallow water and is considered appropriate for divers of all certification levels. The ship rests in 30 metres of water which is roughly 25 metres from the shore. Thus, it can be reached with a short swim from the beach. The highest point of the wreck tops is out about 5 metres from the water surface. The ship was torpedoed by the Japanese off the nearby Island of Lombok and the ship was dragged to the beach in Tulamben for rescue operations. The eruption of Mount Agung in 1963 that destroyed much of the eastern part of Bali, drove the ship into the water just off shore, where it became encrusted with coral and a home to other sea life.
The best conditions for diving here are during the months of October and November when the weather is usually calm and during the start of southeast monsoon, which typically extends from May to July. In addition to a wide variety of corals and invertebrates on the wreck itself, large fishes frequently stay in the wreck in some seasons, most famous are Mola mola, whale sharks and Black-tip reef sharks. Professional divers have praised local residents for minimizing local fishing activities.
Administratively, Tulamben is located in Karangasem regency which in the north eastern coast of Bali island. It takes around two and a half hours to get there from Denpasar city, the capital city of Bali province.