Posted by: Michelle | April 12, 2010

Beyond the Beaches in Bali

I recently started reading a travel blog called Nomadic Matt. He just wrote a post about Bali, and how he was surprised that so many people visited only the beach and nothing else. I have to admit that if I were going to Bali, my first instinct would be to go straight to the beaches. Nomadic Matt highlights the rice terraces as the must-see alternative to the alluring turquoise ocean, and they do look incredible in his photos, but I decided to do a little research and find a different hidden gem on this Indonesian island. My selection: an active volcano.

Rice terraces are surely more safe than an active volcano, like Mount Batur (top picture), but they are both beautiful, and Mount Batur is more exciting! It has erupted more than 20 times since 1800, and the most recent major eruptions were in 1964, 1974 and 1994. Since it seems to be overdue for another one, I might wait a couple years before making this journey. The breathtaking scenery seems worth the wait, though, especially to see a sunrise over the mountain (bottom picture).

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