Gunung Batur Volcano
The still-active Gunung Batur volcano is known as Bali's second holiest mountain and symbolises the female element of the island, while the male element is symbolized in Gunung Agung, a neighbouring smaller volcano. A great place for hikers to stretch their legs, the walk up Mount Batur is not easy, but the views are spectacular and if you're lucky you might even spot a few monkeys along the way. Ganung Batur rises from a volcanic crater which also contains a lake and the view of this otherworldly landscape from the crater rim is spectacular - look out for the black lava flows on the western side of the mountain from this vantage. There is a great lookout point for those who'd rather hire a car and drive to the old crater rim overlooking Lake Batur. The sunrise walks are recommended; sunrise is a magical time on the mount and a special opportunity for photographers. The best time to hike up is before dawn, at about 5.30am, because by 7am it is already getting very hot. Unfortunately, those visiting during the rainy season may be unlucky with the views as visibility is often poor. There is a guide hut at the bottom of the path and when you pass they usually insist on your taking a guide for safety. If you want a guide then this arrangement is convenient but the hut can be avoided by taking alternative paths and it is safe to ascend on your own.