There are many different ways to explore Bali. The Island of the Gods catered to every travel style and every travel budget.
Tourists are always on the lookout for the next new and exciting way to explore the island, and in the highlands of Kintamani, things are getting interesting.
For most tourists, Kintamani is a destination visited briefly, a quick pass through on the way to enjoy the sunrise at Mount Batur and then again on the way back for a quick cup of coffee before heading back to Ubud.
Yet, Kintamani is a destination in its own right; there is so much to explore, and tourists have so much freedom and space to roam wild.
The rolling roads of Kintamani offer spectacular panoramic views of not only Mount Batur but Lake Babur, Trunyan Hill, and Mount Abang, too. On a clear day, it is also possible to spot sacred Mount Agung in the distance.
One company is changing the way in which tourists interact with the landscape in a really cool way.
Kaldera Skuter, based in Kintamani, offers tourists the chance to hire electric scooters to explore the wonders of the highlands. We’re not talking moped scooters, but scooters like the cool kids use!
Hiring an electric scooter is all kinds of fun. It enables the tourists to wander and whizz at a pace that suits them, uninhibited by a guide who is watching the clock.
As is the case with so many travel trends in Bali, Kalerda Skuter is something of a secret and is currently most popular with young domestic tourists who decide on what’s hot and what’s not, even before the travel influencers.
The electric scooter experience is fantastic value for money. Scooters are rented out by the hour and cost just IDR 60,000 per person per hour – that’s USD 3.80!
Tourists are given safety helmets and a briefing about how to use the scooters properly and then sent out to explore.
The scooters can tackle the bumpy and sometimes pot-holey roads of the villages around Kintamani and some of the off-path village alleyways, too.
Tourists are treated to the most incredible views of Lake Batur and can scoot all the way down to the lakeside.
Many of the most picturesque spots can be found in Kedisan Village. Tourists can join the guided scooter ride along the Kedisan Route.
The tour leaves the Kalerda Skuter Office in Toya Bungkah at 7 am, 9 am, 10 am, 2 pm, 3.30 pm, and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
For tourists wanting a little more of an easy ride (the scooters aren’t that challenging!), there are also mini-electric bikes available.
These are rented out at IDR 75,000 an hour and are another great way to explore the Kintamani area.
Kintamani is also an underrated destination for a retreat in nature. Of course, the go-to nature reset in Bali is Ubud, with Munduk coming in a close second place.
Yet Kintamani offers the full spectrum of accommodation from budget happy camping to 5-start luxury.
Tourists who stay a little longer can make the most of natural hot springs and rest those aching bones.
The perfect treat to recover from a sunrise hike to the summit of Mount Batur. This is another experience not to be missed while on vacation in Bali.
A top tip for tourists who want to see the sunrise over Mount Batur but don’t fancy the hike: head out super early to Tejataki Hill in Pinggan Village or the Pinggan Village Sunrise Spot.
Both these locations offer stunning sunrise views and panoramic vistas of Bali’s most famous and sacred peaks.
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