If you want to get away from the gridlock of scooters and rowdy tourists that make up the awesome melting pot that is Bali, step out of your comfort zone, get into the mountains … and stay the night. Approximately 40 kilometers (an hour drive by car) from the city of Denpasar, you’ll find Baturiti Village in Tabanan where you can experience nature in Bali.
I stayed at Baturiti Outbound and Farmstay, located on 10 hectares of land, in the Bukit Melingkuh area. Baturiti is a vegetable producing region and most of the Baturiti population is engaged in agriculture, especially growing vegetables.
The tent was already set up for me on arrival, with a pillow and sleeping bag. You can book a 3-man tent for under $30 USD. The ablutions are very basic, but there is hot water and a flushing loo. I took a small gas barbeque along, but you can arrange for wood and a grill. The camp manager will arrange wood for you if you want to make a fire, which will cost you approximately $10 USD for enough wood to last 2 hours. There is a local market nearby that sells fruit and veg. The nearest shops are about 15 minutes away, so you’re not entirely stranded if you forgot to pack something in.
Immerse yourself in nature
The trip was the opportunity to immerse myself in nature. I saw the largest bamboo cane in my life, in terms of height and width. A side note: Did you know that bamboo has a higher specific compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete, and a specific tensile strength that rivals steel!! Thank you, Wikipedia.
I picked (and ate) mulberries, saw cacao pods, guavas, bananas, monkey tail plants, vines and plants that I wouldn’t even pretend to be familiar with, a veritable feast for the eyes. The camp manager will arrange to take you on a guided hike if you wish, which costs approximately $2 USD per person. The hiking routes vary in length from 15 minutes to 4 hours, and take you through wild vegetation in the forest as well as local farmers’ gardens around Bukit Melingkuh.
The weather was wonderful!
It was warm on arriving at 2pm, but it rapidly got much cooler and foggier. A welcome break from the heat of the ‘city’. While not entirely the average “Go Wild” Bali experience, it was still a wonderful opportunity to get away from town, and experience nature on the Island of the Gods.
Trip taken October, 2019.