Bukit Cinta in Bali is an epic Agung viewpoint and sunrise spot set in the eastern part of the island. Here you can find an unrivalled view of the prodigious Mount Agung, alongside sweeping rice fields and lush Bali nature. If you don’t mind the early start, a road trip to Bukit Cinta makes for the perfect morning adventure.
Despite boasting what’s probably the best view of Mount Agung on the entire island, Bukit Cinta remains somewhat of a hidden gem in Bali. We’ve visited on two separate occasions, and both times there was barely another soul there. All things considered, Bukit Cinta is one of the best places to visit in Bali, as advised on our 10-day Bali Itinerary.
In this guide, we advise everything you need to know ahead of visiting Bukit Cinta in Bali. Including photography tips, how to get there, what to expect & more.
A Guide to Bukit Cinta Bali & Mount Agung Viewpoint
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How to get to Bukit Cinta in Bali
Bukit Cinta may be one of our favourite sunrise spots in Bali; however, it’s a little bit 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.
To rent a scooter in Bali is around 60,000 IDR per day. The roads in Bali are, for the most part, in good condition. And if you are confident on a bike, this is the most convenient way to get around. It’s recommended to have your international license handy should you be pulled over by local police; however, this is a rare occurrence.
Alternatively, you can use a local driver or Grab Taxi. The latter tends to be the cheaper option if you plan on going from A to B. However, if you want a driver for the entire day, you can arrange with a local transport company. As a guideline, the average rate of hiring a driver is 50 us$ per day.
Located in the Karangasem region, east of Bali, the closest tourist hub to Bukit Cinta is Amed. Amed isn’t as popular as the likes of Canggu and Ubud; however, it’s actually 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 here for a few days and planning in a sunrise mission to Bukit Cinta.
If you take our advice and stay in Amed, you only need to travel 20km to reach Bukit Cinta. The journey overall will take you no more than 30-minutes, so it’s not too much of an early start if you are hoping to catch the sunrise.
Check out our guide: 14 Adventurous Things to do in Amed & East Bali
The distance from Canggu is around 75km, and the journey time 2 hours. If you are heading to Bukit Cinta for sunrise, you will want to head off around 4 am.
The distance from Ubud is around 60km, and the journey time 1.5 hours. With this in mind, if you are hoping to catch the sunrise, you will want to head off around 4.30 am.
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. To reach the upper viewpoint of Mount Agung, locate the gap in the bush that opens up into the long grass field. There are narrow walkways that you can follow to find your spot, but you’ll probably still find yourself wading through the grass.
The second viewpoint of Mount Agung is located a little bit further down the road. You can exit the field at the same point you came in, follow the road to where it curves and locate the walkway that leads you down through more grass fields. From here, there is plenty of open space to explore and find the perfect spot for photos.
Things to Know Before Visiting Bukit Cinta
Here is all the key information you’ll need ahead of visiting Bukit Cinta Mount Agung Viewpoint:
You’ll be pleased to know that there is no entrance fee for Bukit Cinta. This is pretty rare for Bali, and I’m surprised nobody from the local village has cashed in on it yet.
The viewpoint is open to visitors 24-hrs a day; however, we recommend visiting at sunrise for the best view of Mount Agung.
Best Time to Visit
While you will find a stunning view at any time during a clear day, we highly recommend checking out Bukit Cinta for sunrise. It’s always a bit of a gamble whether or not Agung will reveal itself behind the clouds, but if you’re lucky, it will be a morning to remember.
On a perfect morning, 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 risk, it is!
We recommend allowing around 2 hours at Bukit Cinta, as there are are several viewpoints of Mount Agung providing various photo opportunities.
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 one of the most instagrammable spots in Bali. (Are you following us on Instagram? Follow us here!)
- 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.
What to Wear
These items should help make your visit to Bukit Cinta Mount Agung View Point more comfortable.
- Warm clothes for the drive. The mornings can be surprisingly cold, even in the depths of Summer.
- Water shoes. It can be wet walking through the fields around Bukit Cinta, so you don’t want to ruin your good shoes! – We Recommend: Aleader 2 in 1 Hiking Shoes. Use code OURTASTEFORLIFE15 for 15% off your order
- Waterproof Bag to protect valuables. The grass is often as tall as you, and it gets incredibly damp in the mornings! – We Recommend: Waterproof Dry Bag-10L/20L/30L
Our Experience at Bukit Cinta – Mount Agung Viewpoint
Tired, cold, and overzealous, we set off on our second sunrise mission to Bukit Cinta. The previous morning had been a bit of a disaster, with the mighty Mount Agung refusing to reveal itself from behind a cloak of clouds. After extending our stay in Amed to give it another attempt, it’s safe to say that inside, we were praying.
As we followed the road out of Amed, the great shadow of Agung loomed over us. It was dark, but the fact we could make out the symmetrical outline meant that for now, there were no clouds. 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 behind, this area of Bali isn’t very developed. The road winds through a lush jungle area and a morning mist hangs in the air, creating quite the eerie scene. As we weaved through the crisp and dank air, we were grateful for having wrapped up in warm clothes. Any feelings of sleepiness swiftly drifted away.
It’s a bizarre experience driving in Bali at this time of the morning. During the day the roads are flooded with cars and bikes, any serenity drowned out by incessant horn honking. In the mornings, the island is calm and still. It’s a time where you can appreciate the tranquillity that ultimately, Bali is all about.
The morning was greeting its first trace of light as we pulled up at Bukit Cinta Viewpoint. To our disappointment, we could see nothing of Mount Agung. With a cloak of clouds dominating the view, it seemed that we were to experience a repeat of our previous morning. But refusing to give up hope, we eagerly waited it out.
A Magical Morning in Bali
Before long, the sun began to rise from behind us. The sky transformed into a heavenly combination of pink and orange hues, yet the clouds continued to cling to the summit of Agung. We are firm believers in the power of a positive mind, so we continued to will away the clouds in our minds. At the same time, we admired the lush Balinese nature and watched as the first farmers started work on the rice fields.
This alone was a magical way to start the day, but naturally, we still anticipated the view of Agung. By this point, we’d made our way to the upper viewpoint, planned the shots we wanted and set our camera gear up. If Agung was going to make an appearance, we wanted to be prepared.
What felt like a lifetime, but was probably only 20 or so minutes had passed before things started looking up. The cloud parted ways revealing the enchanting view of Agung. A pink glow illuminated the mountain while the parted clouds created a dramatic effect in the sky. The conditions provided incredible shooting conditions, and we shot some of our favourite pictures of all our time in Bali.
The weather showed no sign of deteriorating, so we made our way down to the second Mount Agung viewpoint. From this point, you can really capture the sweeping ricefields, and there are two stand-alone palm trees which only enhance the sensational view. Nevertheless, it’s quite steep and slippery at this point so you’ll want to tread carefully and wear sensible shoes.
In conclusion, our sunrise mission to Bukit Cinta – Mount Agung Viewpoint was one of the most memorable mornings we’ve had during our travels. And if you are to experience only one sunrise during your time in Bali, let it be this one.
The Volatile History of Mount Agung
Mount Agung is a stratovolcano with a long and volatile history. Standing proudly at the height of 3031 metres, the mountain is the highest point in Bali, while heavily influencing the island’s climate and rainfall. Akin to other volcanos in Bali, it is considered a sacred place among the Balinese culture.
In 1963, after lying dormant for almost 120 years, Mount Agung endured one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century. The natural disaster had catastrophic consequences, killing over 1500 people and leaving the surrounding area in devastation.
Most recently, 2017 saw large ash clouds rise from Agung to an elevation of 4000 meters. As a result, the government evacuated over 100,000 people while flights in and out of Bali were cancelled, raining havoc on millions of tourists travel plans.
Despite Agung’s unstable nature, it is often summited by fit and brave hikers. As of 2019, the hike is not considered entirely safe, and so we suggest trying the Mount Batur trek instead.
Check out our full blog post – Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking
Where to Stay in Amed
Hostel – Black Sand Hostel – Boasting epic views of Mount Agung, Black Sand Hostel is the best pick of a small bunch in Amed. The dorms are simple but comfortable and you get a free breakfast included with your stay.
Budget – Ocean Resort Amed – A stunning beachfront property in the heart of Amed, Ocean Resort is incredible value for money. Boasting an outdoor swimming pool and ocean views, what more could you ask for on a budget.
Mid-Range – Oasis – For a touch of luxury in Amed, Oasis is great value for money. The property itself is beautiful, boasting a garden, outdoor pool, and restaurant. Furthermore, you’re not far from Ameds top attraction.
For more places to stay in Amed, you can check the latest prices here.
More on East Bali
Planning a tour around the Eastern part of Bali? Read our other blog posts to help plan your trip.
Well, that concludes our 2020 Guide to Bukit Cinta Bali. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here!
Stay adventurous and Happy travels.
Charlotte & Natalie x
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