Bukit Cinta Bali is a secret Mount Agung sunrise viewpoint that is perfect for those that want to experience an unforgettable sunrise. Mount Agung is still active and is also the highest point in Bali, being 3000m above sea level. If you’re up for an early adventure, the views from Bukit Cinta are certainly worth it.
How to get to Bukit Cinta Bali
Bukit Cinta is located on the east side of Bali. It’ll take you around 2 hours to drive from the main tourist areas of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu. The cheapest option to get there would be to hire a moped and drive yourself. You can rent a moped for around 50K IDR ($5 AUD) per day. The drive out east can feel quite long, so if you’re after a more comfortable option, you can hire a driver for the day. Prices usually start from around 500K IDR ($50 AUD) per day and you can have them take you to as many stops as you like. We would also recommend checking out Pura Lempuyang and Taman Ujung Water Palace while you’re out east.
Getting to Bukit Cinta is fairly straightforward and you shouldn’t have any issues if you decide to drive yourself. We left Canggu at 4am and headed out east to make it just in time for sunrise. Follow your GPS towards Bukit Cinta and just before you reach the pin you’ll come across some banana tree’s off the side of the road. Park your bike anywhere beside the road and make your way through the banana trees. You’ll quickly be able to see the endless rice fields with Mount Agung in the distance.
What to expect
Bukit Cinta is the best Mount Agung sunrise viewpoint in our opinion. A bonus is that not many other people know about it or are not willing to take on the long journey. This means you’ll most likely have the whole place to yourself like we did. Additionally, if you can manage the early wake up, we definitely recommend seeing this viewpoint at sunrise as it is certainly a spectacular sight.
Tip: The mornings can get quite cold, so when driving yourself be sure to put on some warm layers. You definitely don’t want to leave at 4AM in shorts and be freezing the whole way. Additionally, the earlier you arrive at Bukit Cinta, the more likely that Mount Agung will be covered in morning clouds. Don’t be discouraged as the fog usually passes as the sun starts to rise. If you wait it out you’re sure to have a perfect clear view of the volcano.
Once you’ve made it to the viewpoint, park your bike by the side of the road near the banana trees and walk down towards the tall grass. When you arrive at the viewpoint, you’ll see a distant stretch of rice fields and the incredible Mount Agung towering over the horizon. This viewpoint is perfect to get a photo of a typical Balinese landscape with Mount Agung as the backdrop.
The surrounding landscape is quite scenic and it is an enjoyable ride in the mornings. There are definitely other viewpoints around as we came across a few different opportunities to stop by the side of the road to take photos. We headed back on the main road for about 5-10 minutes towards Pura Lempuyang and saw another possible viewpoint.
We’ve just recently been back to Bukit Cinta and its been about a year since we last visited Bali back in April 2018. The spot is still fairly quiet but we definitely did notice more people around. Although it wasn’t many, maybe around 2 or 3 couples. This Mount Agung sunrise viewpoint has gained a bit more attention. Be sure to check it out soon before it becomes too well-known like most places in Bali.
To make it easier for us the second time around, we decided to stay somewhere a little closer to avoid the long drive. We made the trip out from Hideout Bali which only took us 35 minutes by scooter. Hideout is a very popular spot and availability is limited so we’ve listed some additional options on where you can stay in east Bali below.
Where to stay in east Bali
Since Bukit Cinta is on the far east side of Bali, your best option would be to stay at Amed Beach unless you’re fine to drive the 2 hours from Kuta or Seminyak. Amed Beach is only 35 minutes away from Bukit Cinta and it’s also a stunning part of Bali. Most people visit for the beautiful diving sites in the area. It’s also a popular spot to catch the ferries heading over to the Gili Islands. Amed has a variety of accommodation options available to suit all types of travellers.
The Griya Villas and Spa – Luxury: This 5 star resort is in short walking distance of the beaches. It’s set amongst the lush tropical gardens and has a beautiful view overlooking the ocean. With breakfast included as well as stylish modern rooms, this resort is the ultimate place to relax and unwind.
Villa Sky Dancer – Midrange: Villa Sky Dancer is great value for money being situated right on the beach and each room having its own balcony. The property also has a swimming pool, awesome breakfast, large garden and a bar. It’s the perfect spot to get away from the busy city centre and have a relaxing getaway.
D’uma Amed Homestay – Budget: D’uma Amed Homestay has incredible views of the surrounding rice fields and Mount Agung from your own balcony. They also provide daily breakfast, air conditioning as well as mineral water. For the affordable price, you can’t beat the picture perfect views.
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