Accommodation

Cheapest is Segara Bungalows near the ferry terminal and close to the road, next to the bar/restaurant and shops. Turn right after descending from Penelokan and reaching the road along the lakeshore. Five basic rooms with mandi cost Rp200,000 single, Rp150,000 double. The restaurant offers the standard menu, though it would be nice if someone taught them the basics of cooking; it’s a shame a chicken has to die to be covered in such a vile sauce. North along the western side of the lake toward Seked village is Segara Homestay, separated from the lake by peanut and cabbage fields. The 33 rooms start at Rp300,000 s for bargain rooms with mandi and go up to Rp650,000 for larger rooms. Clean with big comfortable beds, fans, bathtubs, shower, hot water. In some rooms the hotel water exudes fumes-dangerous. Have the roomboy try it out first. The staff is helpful and friendly-the hotel has good vibes. A buffet is offered each night in a nice dining area; people from most of the surrounding hotels come here to eat. The restaurant also serves Indonesian and Balinese food, as well as margaritas and other mixed drinks. Another appreciated feature is the big, secure parking lot. Segara can also provide experienced guides for climbing Gunung Batur.

A few meters farther on you’ll find Surya Homestay and Restaurant offering 22 rooms with private baths, showers, and good views of the lake. Rooms cost Rp200,000-250,000 s or d with cold water; Rp400,000 with hot water. Laundry service. Tariff includes breakfast of pancake, toast, egg, and choice of coffee or tea. The restaurant serves very good food, a mixed menu of Indonesian and Western dishes (fried noodles Rp50,000, to cream of asparagus soup Rp10,000. Particularly good is the fresh lake fish (ikan kapur). The lake is only a two-minute walk.