Hiking the East Batur Caldera - the Best Sunrise Spot in Bali

Hands down the best sunrise we saw in Bali was from the East Batur Caldera in the north part of the island. The hike up Mt. Batur itself is advertised everywhere and you’ll find it on most “Best of Bali” lists online, but is infamously crowded and is often completely surrounded by clouds. The owner of our homestay recommended instead that we do the caldera trek instead, which is not as high but is usually entirely empty and has clear views. We’re so happy we took his advice because the hike was a truly unforgettable experience!

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Our Top 5 Travel Fails from 5 Months in Bali

In 5 months of traveling around Bali we've had some of the best experiences in our lives, but we've also had dozens of mistakes, injuries, and blunders. Getting Bali Belly, Dengue fever, bee stings and a traffic ticket. Running out of gas and burning our legs on the exhaust of our scooter. Waking up at 4 AM and still missing sunrise by 5 minutes. No matter how much you prepare and how careful you are, you can never be fully prepared for the challenges that traveling may throw at you.

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7 Things to do in East Bali

The region of East Bali has some of the most beautiful sights in the Island of the Gods. Towering over the region is Mount Agung, Bali's largest active volcano. Throughout East Bali you will find stunning volcano views, black sand beaches and traces of Mount Agung's destructive past. You will also discover hidden waterfalls, sacred temples and fascinating marine wildlife. Here are our favorite things to do in this lesser-visited region of Bali.

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The Best Bali Waterfalls + Three to Skip

Bali has an endless number of waterfalls to explore, to the point where it can be somewhat overwhelming to pick which ones to visit. We've tried to see as many as possible in our time here and we compiled a list of our favorites so far along with three that we wouldn't visit again. If you need help planning a waterfall tour of Bali, read on!

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The Ultimate Guide to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is Bali's wild, more adventurous cousin. It has some of the most beautifully unique landscapes in the world but also treacherous roads and hundreds of stairs to get to them. Every single day here left us breathless (both literally and figuratively) and has remained our number one favorite place to visit in our 6 months in Bali.

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Devil's Tears in Nusa Lembongan

A wave crashes into the cove, we wait in anticipation, a few moments later the rocks spew out an explosion of mist. This is what gives Devil's Tears its name. We could sit there for hours, watching wave by wave come in, waiting for the next big one to create a satisfying burst. Devil’s Tears is also one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Nusa Lembongan.

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Nusa Penida Treehouse & Thousand Island Viewpoint

The famous Nusa Penida treehouse (also known as Rumah Pohon) and neighboring Thousand Island Viewpoint are two of Nusa Penida's most beautiful viewpoints. The treehouse is perched high in a tree at the edge of a cliff overlooking Nusa Penida's gorgeous blue waters and epic rock formations. Each of these viewpoints give you slightly different views of the same incredible coastline.

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