Camping in Kintamani is becoming quite popular. The Kintamani area is well known for it’s magnificent sunrises and some people go so far as to hike to the summit of Mount Batur just to get the best view. Luckily, for those who don’t feel like hiking, there is another Kintamani camping option.
All along the West ridge of the Batur caldera are camping places that have a full view of the caldera, Batur peak, and the amazing sunrise. Our favorite of these sites is Mahen Sunrise Camp. I like Mahen because the parking area for the van is perfect for the sunrise. You just back up to the concrete platform and you are ready for the morning sunrise. I also like that the bathrooms are clean and functional and the family that runs it is very friendly.
It’s a great place to have a fire at night and the owners will sell you good firewood and even help you to start the fire. This makes for a wonderful night of starry skies and a clear view of Mount Batur. I’m not a huge fan of the place in the day as it is hot and dry and there’s not a ton to do. I often suggest that guests end their trips here. Just show up in the late afternoon, set up, get a fire going in the evening and enjoy. Wake up to the sunrise then drive to one of the trendy cafes on the southern ridge and have breakfast with a view before returning the campervan to our office.