Golf -- The Bali Handara Kosaido (tel. 0362/22646;; in-house guest US$70, walk-in guest US$130, golf cart US$25; AE, DC, MC, V) is possibly Bali's best-known golf course, and, built in 1974, certainly its oldest. At 1,128m (3,700 ft.) above sea level, it is also possibly the only golf course in the world built in a volcano crater. It is about a 2-hour scenic drive from the Seminyak/Sanur area. Bali Handara has magnificent mountain scenery with beautiful gardens, surrounded by lush rainforest, and views over the surrounding lake. It is fair to say that both the course and the attached accommodation could do with some revitalization. However, the course remains challenging and the cooler air alone is a worthy attraction. There is a pro shop and optional golf carts.

Trekking -- You can either take an official tour with a trekking agency from the south, find a local guide through your villa or hotel, or simply take a wander yourself. Plenty of trails offer walks through jungle terrain, up a mountain, or through woodland to the lakes.

You can easily find your own way along the shores of Danau Buyan. Take the turn by the police station in Pancasari and follow it along to the end and you will come across the start of the trail that wanders along the shores. You'll pass various spots to have a lakeside picnic. Bali Sobek (tel. 0361/768050; offers a trek through mountain rainforest near Lake Tamblingan. Once you have crossed the lake in old-fashioned dugout canoes, the trek takes you through breathtaking tropical virgin jungle terrain.


For nature lovers, one of the best trekking routes is the challenging 7-hour trek from Lake Tamblingan to Jatiliwuh. The trek takes you through dense forests, to the caldera Lubang Nagaloka ("Dragon Hideout"), along an ancient trade path used by traders for centuries, all the way to the southern slopes of Mt. Batukaru, and finally ending at Jatiliwuh, where you can enjoy the undulating paddy field views.

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