Camping may not be for everyone, but it’s a great way to escape the crowd and experience a slower, more stripped down way of living, even if for just a day! Imagine watching the starry skies and trading stories over the campfire with the fam!
Camping is even more fun if you take the whole family along for the adventure. Good thing there are many amazing camping sites in Bali.
1. Mt. Rinjani
Ok, not technically in Bali but just a short flight away! Mt. Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is located on the island of Lombok, to the east of Bali. Gunung Rinjani is one of the 120 most active volcanoes in the world and is the second highest with the summit at 3726 meters. If you love trekking then the trip towards the campsite requires covering a lot of ground. But don’t worry, you will come across stunning views of the volcano and the lake throughout the hike.
The campsite is located on the summit of the mountain and it features an unparalleled view of the beautiful natural landscapes below. You can either set up camp on the mountain or near the lake. Because the trail is several kilometers long, we recommend signing up for a guided trek instead of going solo
2. Camp Sing Sing
If you love getting close to nature then we recommend signing up at Camp Sing Sing for a different kind of getaway. The campsite is surrounded by thick foliage with stunning panoramic views, the landscape exemplifies the natural beauty of Indonesia.
Apart from the serene landscapes, Camp Sing Sing features a wide range of activities that will appeal to anyone who loves exploring the great outdoors! Visitors can choose between diving and snorkeling, trekking to nearby hot springs or go dolphin watching. Tents may be rented at the camp, but they also have villas and bungalows for those who prefer indoor accommodations.
3. Ubud Camp
Located within the Bongkasa Village, the group Ubud Camp offers its guests with a unique outdoor experience with a traditional Balinese village environment. The locals in the area are farmers who tend to green rice paddies and fields of vegetation as a means of living. The campsite is easily accessible by bike if you’re in the Ubud, Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak area.
Guests can spend the night in tents that come complete with sleeping bags and ground covers. A campfire may be prepared by request so you can have a full camping experience complete with s’mores making and trading scary stories over a bonfire. Shower and sanitary supplies are also provided for guests. The camp offers a variety of activities including cycling or hiking along the rice fields. Finally, there are clean restrooms provided for guests.
4. Baliwoso Ecotourism Camp
Located within the Bangli Regency, the Baliwoso Ecotourism Camp sits at about 1,000 meters above sea level. This adventure camp was developed to promote the local culture and showcases the natural beauty of the Pengotan Village.
If you love learning about local culture then you will love camping at Baliwoso Ecotourism Camp! The camp aides are more than happy to teach campers about the local culture and introducing exotic dishes prepared by the Pengotans themselves. Guests can enjoy various activities in the camp during the day and then sleep at night in their ethnic Serengeti Tents.
A majority of Pengotans live by raising cattle and poultry. They also grow various crops including coffee, purple yams, and chilies. Most of the locals are Hindu, which means practice colorful rituals and ceremonial events. If you’re lucky enough, you might get to see these amazing events.
5. Toya Bungkah
Toya Bungkah is an idyllic village located at the foot of Mt. Batur in Pakraman Batur, Kintamani, Bali Province. It’s a beloved camping site by locals and trekkers alike for its beautiful landscapes and natural hot springs.
In the local dialect, Toya Bungkah literally means rock and water. The village got its name for its beautiful spring water that flows from the rocky regions of the mountain. According to locals, a dip in the hot spring will cure a wide range of skin diseases.
Toya Bungkah became a popular camping site because the region serves as a stopover of mountain climbers who are hiking up Mt. Batur. Thanks to the mesmerizing beauty of Toya Bungkah, it became one of the most popular camping sites in the island!
6. Pucak Mangu Temple
This ancient temple is located near the Gunung Batur region. There are several nature trails that will lead up to the temple and the ones you choose will depend on how fit you are! Some of the trails are around six kilometers long! You’ll trek along well-marked trails in the heart of the jungle, surrounded by chirping birds and gray monkeys.
The effort is well worth it once you set up camp at the temple’s many bale. You’ll be treated to a sweeping view of the Gunung Batur and Gunung Abang to the east and the mountain range in the west! And wait until nighttime falls and the skies slowly transitions from blue to starry!
This article was originally published by Bali Kids Guide, a total guide for Bali with kids, holiday tips, reviews, currency & visa info, and more.
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