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BUKIT CINTA BALI – The incredible Mount Agung sunrise viewpoint in Bali!
Bukit Cinta is located in the East of Bali and is (one of…) our favorite sunriseviewpoints in Bali. On a clear morning, you will have an incredible view of Mount Agung, the active volcano of Bali. Mount Agung is the highest and holiest peak of the island that stands at 3,031 meters above sea level. The first rays of light shining on the top of the volcano are magical. So if you’re up for an early adventure, you have to go to this spot! In this blog post you will find all the information you need to know about Bukit Cinta Bali combined with our tips to make your visit to Bukit Cinta easy and well prepared.
15 seconds video of Bukit Cinta Bali
Watch this short 15 seconds video of Bukit Cinta Bali to get in impression of the beautiful surroundings. For more Bali aerial videos, check out our Bali by Drone video.
How to get to Bukit Cinta Bali
Bukit Cinta is located in the East of Bali nearby Amed and is easy to reach and find. You don’t have to hike to get to the viewpoint as it is located right next to a local road. If you come from the Canggu – Denpasar region, take into account that you have to drive for about 2 hours before you reach the viewpoint. We highly recommended you to go to Bukit Cinta with sunrise. This part of the day has the highest chance of having a clear sight on the Mount Agung.
Even better is to stay in Amed for a few days. From this little town, known for great diving, it is only a 30 minute drive to Bukit Cinta. While from the South-West of Bali it takes you 2 hours. Not everyone likes to drive for so long in the dark. And Amed, or East Bali in general, is also a very nice area in Bali to explore for a few days. If you download Google Maps offline, it will take you to the right spot. Have a look here to see where the exact viewpoint is located so you’re not driving to the wrong one. Once you arrive at the viewpoint, park your bike by the side of the road and walk towards the tall grass. There is a path in the grass so it’s easy to enter the field. It can be that the grass it cut by a local farmer which will give a different view than the pictures you see in our blog post.
What to expect at Bukit Cinta
Just to clarify the title a bit more; you won’t see the sun at this viewpoint literally rising. Bukit Cinta is best visited with sunrise because then you’ll have the biggest chance of seeing the Mount Agung volcano in clear sight. Later in the morning and during the day, the Mount Agung volcano is most of the time covered in clouds. We’ve been to Bukit Cinta a few times during our 9 months living in Bali. With sunrise, during midday and with sunset, but we can conclude that sunrise is without a doubt the best time to visit Bukit Cinta Bali!
Once you arrive at the viewpoint, you will see a vast stretch of rice fields and the impressive Mount Agung on the horizon. This is the perfect viewpoint to get an impressive photo of a typical Balinese landscape with Mount Agung in the backdrop.
See below an example of a picture we took when we visited Bukit Cinta during midday. Where is Mount Agung? Covered in clouds…
What to prepare for Bukit Cinta
When you make the drive up to Bukit Cinta with a motorbike, be prepared that it can get (very!) cold in the early morning. Wear long pants and put on a warm jacket, you will thank us later. The climate can change a lot in the east of Bali in the mountains. Also make sure you have enough gas in your scooter, there is no big gas station open in the early morning. Bring enough water and some snacks, or go for lunch to one of the restaurants in Amed.
Entrance fee for Bukit Cinta?
There is no entrance fee for Bukit Cinta (yay!) and if you are lucky you will have the spot all for yourself. Of course bring your photo camera and drone, if you have one.
If you read this blog post because you want to go to this amazing Bali viewpoint, you certainly want a good photo of it! Here some photography tips for you so you’re well prepared to take your best shots at Bukit Cinta Bali. If you want to catch the first light, make sure you arrive around 15 – 30 minutes before sunrise so you will have enough time to set up your gear and find the best spot to shoot. It would be a shame if you drive all the way up to this viewpoint and the best light is already gone!
Don’t forget your tripod if you take pictures together with your travel buddy
Use a high aperture if you want to have the volcano completely in focus. The lower the aperture, the more the volcano will the out of focus
Frame your photo behind the grass (if it’s high enough), or a banana leaf to create more depth in the picture
Use ND filters or a polariser when the morning light gets too bright
Take your pictures a bit underexposed. The light changes quickly in the morning, and you don’t want to overexpose the sky as you might lose the beautiful colors. In post-production you can adjust the shadows to get the colors back
About the Mount Agung volcano Bali
The Mount Agung volcano is the highest and holiest peak of Bali standing at 3031 meters above sea level. The stratovolcano is still active and has a rich history revolving around Balinese myths and legends. It ia part of the Balinese religion and culture, making it the islands most sacred mountain.
After being asleep for more than 100 years, the Mount Agung Volcano came back to life on February 18th in 1963 and had one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century. This natural disaster had heartbreaking consequences with the many villages that were destroyed and more than 1000 people that lost their lives.
The last eruption of Mount Agung was in 2017 and 2018 when large ash clouds rose to elevations of about 4000 meters! Fears of hot lava blocks, pumice, ash and volcanic gas flows made the Indonesian government decide to evacuate about 100,000 people living within a 10 kilometer radius of the volcano.
Luckily the Mount Agung is mostly quiet ever since, but its activity is closely monitored to protect the people that live nearby.
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We hope you enjoyed this blog about Bukit Cinta Bali! It is absolutely one of the spots we highly recommend you to go for sunrise!
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