Wake up early—or stay up extra late—before heading out on this adventurer's trek to capture sunrise views from Bali's active volcano, Mount Batur. Follow an experienced guide on starlit trails, watch the island flood with the first golden rays of sun, and then rest your legs at a nearby hot spring.
Get picked up by your guide when some revelers are just going to bed, and head to a trailhead near the Hulundanu Batur Temple, just steps from the moonlit waters of Lake Batur. Flick on a flashlight, lace up your hiking boots, and enjoy the quick trek up to Bubung Gede, where you can settle in for a light breakfast while you watch the horizon begin to lighten.
Spend a few hours at this lofty vantage point, capturing photos of a sky-saturating Indonesian sunrise as it sweeps over the island's thick carpet of forests, dotted with gem-like lakes that reflect each golden ray. Head back down when your memory card is full, and catch a boat ride across the calm waters of Lake Batur to reach natural hot springs warmed by the geothermal vents of Mount Batur's lava-lined core.
Soak in these steamy pools while you watch fishermen cast their lines into Lake Batur, and then hop out to start your return journey to your hotel. On the way back, swing by a local coffee plantation for extravagant sips of one of the world's priciest coffees. Made from beans digested by wild Asian palm civets, coffee luwak is sure to pique your curiosity and your caffeine levels.