Bukit Cinta in Bali is an epic Mount Agung viewpoint and sunrise spot set in the eastern part of the island. In this guide, I share everything you need to know before visiting.
If you don’t mind an early start, a road trip to Bukit Cinta makes for the perfect morning adventure.
Here you will find an unrivalled view of Bali’s tallest volcano, alongside sweeping rice fields and lush Balinese nature.
Despite boasting what’s probably the best viewpoint of Mount Agung on the island, Bukit Cinta remains somewhat of a hidden gem in Bali.
So if you want to grab yourself a photo at this Bali Instagram hotspot, keep reading for everything you need to know.
Things to Know Before Visiting Bukit Cinta in Bali
Where is Bukit Cinta
Bukit Cinta is located in Eastern Bali. It’s around a 2 hours drive from Ubud and 2.5 hours from Canggu.
In fact, the closest tourist hub to Bukit Cinta is Amed. Amed isn’t as popular as the likes of Canggu and Ubud; however, it happens to be one of our favourite spots on the island.
Boasting some of the best diving in Bali, stunning views of Mount Agung and an infectious laidback vibe, we suggest staying in Amed for a few days and planning a sunrise mission to Bukit Cinta.
If you stay in Amed, you only need to travel 20km to reach Bukit Cinta. So it’s not too much of an early start if you are hoping to catch the sunrise.
How to get to Bukit Cinta in Bali
Bukit Cinta is one of our favourite things to do in East Bali; however, it’s a little off the beaten track and tricky to get to.
With this in mind, it pays to be able to ride a scooter as this will be the cheapest and easiest way of getting there. Renting a scooter in Bali is around 60,000 IDR per day.
You don’t usually need to show your license when renting a scooter; however, it’s recommended to have your international license handy should you ever be pulled over by the police.
If you aren’t confident on a scooter you can use a local driver. The most cost-effective way of doing this is to hire a driver for the entire day and see other local sights at the same time.
We used google maps to help us locate this Mount Agung viewpoint for sunrise. We followed the directions to Bukit Cinta and it led us straight to it.
When you arrive at the pinned location of Bukit Cinta there is a verge at the side of the road where it is possible to park your scooter.
Then just look for an opening into the field and wander around until you find the perfect spot.
You’ll be pleased to know that there is no entrance fee for Bukit Cinta.
Best Time to Visit
While you will find a stunning view at any time of day, we highly recommend visiting Bukit Cinta for sunrise.
It’s always a bit of a gamble whether or not the clouds will hinder the view. But if you’re lucky, it will be a sunrise you’ll never forget.
With perfect conditions, morning mist cloaks the ricefields while pink hues in the sky cast a magical glow on Agung.
We were unlucky on our first trip to Bukit Cinta; however, struck the Jackpot on our second attempt.
I can honestly say it was one of the most spectacular views we’ve ever encountered, so if you’re wondering if it’s worth the hype, it is!
Bukit Cinta is easily one of the best viewpoints of Mount Agung in Bali, so naturally, it is a photography hotspot.
Here are some photography tips that will ensure you get the very best shots at this Instagram hotspot.
- Explore the numerous viewpoints and take shots at various angles.
- Be wary of private property and ask for permission if necessary.
- Get creative! Use the grass and plants to frame your shots and add depth.
- Do not overexpose your shots so to pick up the beautiful hues in the sky.
- Take a drone if you have one to capture some awesome aerial views.
Our Experience at Bukit Cinta, Bali
Tired, cold, and overzealous, we set off on our second sunrise mission to Bukit Cinta Mount Agung Viewpoint.
The previous morning had not been a success, with the view of Mount Agung obstructed by a cloak of clouds. So after extending our stay in Amed to give it another attempt, we were praying.
As we followed the road out of Amed, the sky was clear. It was a promising start and made us feel slightly better about our second 5 am start in 2-days.
Once you’ve left the small town of Amed, this area of Bali isn’t very developed. The road winds through a lush jungle area where the morning mist creates an eerie scene.
As we weaved through the crisp, dank air, we were grateful for having wrapped up in warm clothes.
It’s a bizarre experience driving in Bali at this time of the morning. During the day, cars and bikes flood the roads, drowning out all serenity with constant horn honking.
In the early hours, however, the island is calm and still. It’s when you can appreciate the tranquillity that Bali is ultimately all about.
The morning greeted its first trace of light as we pulled up at the mount Agung Viewpoint.
With a cloak of clouds dominating the view, it seemed that we were to experience a repeat of our previous morning.
Before long, however, the sun began to rise from behind us, and the clouds parted ways.
The sky transformed into a heavenly combination of pink and orange hues, and we were met with one of the best views of our lives.
If you are to experience only one sunrise during your time in Bali, let it be this one.
Enjoy this Mount Agung Viewpoint!
So there we have it, everything you need to know about visiting Bukit Cinta in Bali. I hope you have an incredible time!
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Stay adventurous and Happy travels.
Charlotte & Natalie x
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