Are there volcanoes in Bali

Bali`s volcanoes at a glance

Indonesia is characterized by numerous beautiful volcanoes that determine the entire landscape. Some of them were created millions of years ago and are still active today. These volcanic landscapes in Bali are particularly popular with mountaineers and adventure fans. With our expeditions you can experience many an adventure, because we enable you to make spectacular ascents and descents.

The Gunung Agung

The largest volcano in Bali is Gunung Agung, which rises 3142m. Agung means "big mountain" in Balinese. The Balinese worship him and see the mountain itself as sacred. Apart from the spiritual side, the sight is also very spectacular from a purely optical point of view. Its shape is very unique and it is not for nothing that it attracts numerous tourists. The holy mountain is also a destination for hikes for some holidaymakers and is also often climbed at sunrise. Because especially at sunrise there is a breathtaking view of the entire area and of the Pura Besakih. Of course, the ascent is an essential part of many of our expeditions.

Mount Batur

Mount Batur is now much smaller, because it lost around a third of its cone in a previous eruption. It is still one of the active volcanoes today. With a height of 1.71m it is not the highest mountain, but the ascent is still an exciting affair. In the crater is the sacred Danau-Batur Lake, which is believed to be the home of Ida Batara Dewi Ulun Danu - a goddess. Of course, the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, which is often visited afterwards, should be emphasized.

Historically, the Batur erupted for the last time in 1964. You can also get an up-to-date insight at the Smithsonian Institution.

Previous volcanic eruptions in Bali:

There have been several devastating volcanic eruptions in Balinese history because three volcanoes are still active. The Gunung Seraya is in the east, is around 1175 meters high and is already inactive. The largest and last volcanic eruption was in 1963, when the mighty Gunung Agung came to life and caused a catastrophe. The volcanic eruption claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people and numerous villages in the area were devastated. Fortunately, people who were inside the temple complex at that time were spared. In the already very spiritual land, this was seen as a sign of the gods and has been treated as a miracle to this day. The Gunung Batur is still alive today and has erupted several times over the past centuries. The last eruption took place in 1926. Not only did it result in unbelievably dire devastation, the eruption completely buried the village of Batur under lava. Between 1999 and 2000, there were repeated smaller explosions and eruptions, which, however, had no further consequences. In the vicinity of the Gunung Batur there is also the Gunung Penulisan, which measures 1745 meters in altitude. Not to be forgotten is the Raung in the east of the Indonesian island of Java which has been spitting lava and ash since the end of June 2015.

Influence on tourism and culture
The great stone mountains actually have a significant impact on life in Bali, not least because they attract many tourists. The Batur and Gunung Agung in particular are real magnets for active fans and athletes, the ascent is often promoted as a highlight. But you don't even need special mountaineering knowledge, because both volcanoes can be climbed relatively easily. There are expeditions lasting several hours and a wide variety of routes. Most expeditions start at night so that you can be on the summit in time for sunrise and marvel at the island from an indescribable side. As romantic as this sight is for tourists, the life of the Balinese with the volcanoes is just as difficult. They had to learn to live with the dangers early on. That had an impact on the development. On the other hand, the locals have also recognized the advantages, because the volcanic ash makes the soil particularly fertile, which in turn benefits the farmers. The high-yield agriculture benefits the rice terraces and with three rice harvests per year, the rice farmers are well positioned above average - in comparison with other regions.

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