Pine forested retreats, breath-taking scenic views of the three lakes nestled in a large caldera, the abrupt beeping your alarm clock. No wait, hold on. This is actually reality. Leave Munduk, a small mountain village, and drive the scenic lake route along the Danau Volcanic Crater rim to Gobleg Hill. Steal glimpses of the smooth, jelly-like surface of the lake, the blanketing fog waffling through the hills, and the lives of the locals. In 2012, UNESCO awarded this location as World Heritage “Cultural Landscape of Bali Province”.
What You Will Do
• Explore the forested area around Tamblingan Lake on foot for about an hour. Take a peek at the Sacred Lake Temple called Pura Ulun Danu and meet the guardian black tiger!
• Take a ride on the traditional canoe of a local resident to cross the lake. Behold the Pura Dalem Tamblingan, the “Temple of the Dead” and explore the remains of the Stone Age temple. Understand the development of Balinese culture through these historical temples.
• Meander across the Tamblingan Lake spotting the wild birds flying over hidden temples in the forest. Observe the local Balinese making their pilgrimage trail and offerings to the Lake Goddess here.
• Feast your eyes on the ancient settlement on the southern side of the lake called Gubug, meaning “place of fisherman’s community”. Return to Munduk via car.
Why We Do This
I’m the sixth generation of the original people of Munduk. My grandfather used to tell me stories of the Dutch colonial times when I was little. I enjoyed learning about the old times, and now, am happy to teach you how the Dutch have brought unique architecture and agriculture to this region of Bali.
When I was young, my father became sick and my mother had to support the whole family. I needed to help my family and began working in the tourism industry. I was lucky to have met Ady then. He taught me a lot and today I help him with his dream, to bring education to the children of the poor families in Northern Bali. Ady is currently the Volunteer Balinese Manager of Rainbow Bend and I am one of his assistants.
- Transportation to and from Tamblingan Lake to your guesthouse in Munduk
- Canoe rental which helps support Gubug village
- Small donation to the Forest Preservation Society to help maintain cleanliness and parks land upkeep
Moderate: walk, paddling (optional)
- Meet at your guesthouse in the morning at the scheduled time. Please be ready in the front reception area.
- Bring a light rain jacket for sudden tropical rainfalls, and sunscreen for when it clears. Wear walking shoes and carry plenty of drinking water.
- Please book 7 days or more in advance especially in peak tourist months from July-September.
- Make sure you wear good walking shoes as the trail can be a little slippery in the rainy season.
Maximum guest on our Tamblingan Lake Trek and Canoe trip is 12. If you want to have a private tour, please ask to reserve the booking (minimum pricing of 4 people is charged). Tours are available all year even in the rainy season! This is when the fog is at its best for photographs.