Mount Batur, Bali

Jessica Peterson

When words cannot describe over-the-top natural beauty, I’m grateful to have photographs like these. I have the tendency to wax hyperbolic about the things I love (my man, music, travel), and this time I’m not going to censor myself.

Bali really blew my mind, in part due to this majestic volcano, Mount Batur, the second largest on the sub-tropical island. It’s a relatively active volcano with a lava field punctuated by porous black boulders to prove it. A caldera lake that reminds me of Italy’s Lake Como beckons southeast of the mountain. Danau Batur was begging to be seen up close, so we convinced our driver to skip the next temple on the agenda and take us to lakeside hot springs (see forthcoming post).

Just being near the mountain was invigorating for me. Without going all Crouching Tiger, I truly felt a sort of energy from it, and at the same time, a peaceful tranquility. We couldn’t have had a better view, a refreshing breeze wafting through open-air balcony of Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant where we lunched. This is a good time to tell you just how fresh, spicy, and flavorful Indonesian food is. For someone who subsists on veggies, tofu, and seafood, I was in heaven.

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Shirt: Macy’s.  Sunglasses: Harajuku Street, Tokyo (similar).  Pants: LOFT (similar).  Earrings: Forever 21 (I like these too).

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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12 Comments

  1. Jean Bean
    Jean BeanReply
    March 13, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Mount Batur looks amazing! I love seeing your photos from your adventures. The tofu and veges look delicious. I’d never considered Bali to be much of a foodie haven.

  2. MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld
    March 13, 2017 at 8:40 am

    What incredible views! And that restaurant certainly is a great spot for a bite to eat. I could spend hours there grazing just gazing at Mount Batur!

  3. Fairytale Studios
    Fairytale StudiosReply
    March 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Woah!! A live volcano! I loved the way you describe the mountains and the scenery. Your photographs are just incredibly great. Can’t wait to visit Bali and experience the thrill to be near volcano.

  4. Cat Lin
    Cat LinReply
    March 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    What a gorgeous view! Last time when we were in Bali, we didn’t make it to Mt. Batur – now I greatly regretted it. It is definitely a must see! And the restaurant is a delightful place to view it!

  5. The Travel Ninjas
    March 13, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    We’ve been to the same restaurant! You’re so right about the how gorgeous the view is and how it deserves exaggerated descriptions. Mt Batur is an amazing sight.

  6. Janine Good
    Janine GoodReply
    March 13, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I so want to get to Bali someday. Everytime I see posts like this I go into wanderlust overload to head there. The mountains, food, snorkeling, culture, it all just is so inviting. I too would love a vegetarian meal here. The meals you were served here look delish.

  7. Debra Schroeder
    Debra SchroederReply
    March 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Your photos are simply gorgeous. It’s so surprising how an active volcano can be so green and lush. I always picture them to look like the ones on the Big Island – brown, dry, and brittle. Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant looks like the perfect spot.

    • Global Girl Travels
      March 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      The volcanic ash makes the soil so fertile that when it rains, everything gets bright green. Pretty cool. Thanks for reading, Debra!

  8. Isabel
    March 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I’m heading to Bali in April and I know I have to do the morning hike at Mt Batur even more now!

  9. SydneyFashionHunter
    March 18, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I literally just got off the plane from Bali this morning but I will be back in August. I have looked at getting to Mt Batur a few times but never quite made it. Next time for sure!

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