Besides having many temples, rice terraces and famous beaches around the island there are also beautiful waterfalls to found throughout Bali. You will be in awe of the beauty all these waterfalls offer. There are many to choose from in the list below all of which are unique and special.
Searching out Bali's waterfalls is one of the great ways of knowing the island better and experiencing Balinese life through nature.
For those seeking thrilling adventures such as hikers and those who are up for cliff-jumping and diving, Bali's waterfalls serve as great spots for these activities. Below are the top ten waterfalls to visit as well as helpful tips that will make your trip more convenient.
Most visitors consider Aling-Aling Waterfalls the best place for cliff jumping. This tourist destination promises that every visitor gets to experience thrilling adventures. In Bali, yes, there are various waterfalls, but Aling-Aling Waterfalls stand out because of its natural slides and spots for cliff-jumping. The deep waters are also very refreshing; it invites you to just take a plunge and enjoy the wonders of nature. The path down to the waterfalls cuts through lovely rice terraces and you get to descend through the valley edges.
As one of the falls in the North Bali region nearest to the capital of Singaraja, Aling-Aling waterfall is an easy stopover. The cool and forested Aling-Aling waterfalls are reachable down rice field paths where you'll come across a collection of smaller weirs. Then after a hundred steps down, your prize view awaits as the 35m tall beauty greets you with a cool mist and rushing sound. From a rocky peak, the water slightly splits into two streams and into a pool where you can jump in. Take extra caution of slippery and jagged rocks at the base.
Aling-Aling Waterfall, a sacred waterfall, appeals immensely to nature lovers, adventurers and hikers. Most visitors are those who enjoy the great outdoors and would not mind the slippery trails towards Aling-Aling and the several smaller waterfalls: Pucuk, Kembar, Cemara, Canging, Dedari, and Kroya falls. There is also an "amphitheatre" with lush green walls surrounding the waterfall. It's a 35-meter high waterfall that is a must-visit; it is amazing to hear thundering sounds like the water hammers down below. These sounds also echo throughout the valley. There are concrete steps (stairs) towards the falls — made to allow visitors to get closer to one of nature's best waterfalls.
After seeing Aling-Aling, there are also other waterfalls to check out. Kroya Waterfall - the first one - is a slide-down spot for the adventurous. One can slide down the falls, most likely with the help of a local guide and with life jackets and head padding. Just like in most dive spots, you can see a concrete platform here. The next waterfall is called Twin Falls. A rock cliff separates the waterfall into two, and this is another famous cliff-jump spot in the area. Kembar and Pucuk Waterfalls are other must-see spots here.
The Gitgit is located only a few kilometers if driven south of North Bali. It also happens to be in the main town of Singaraja so it is easily accessible from the main road connecting Bedugul. The Gitgit is included as a beautiful natural landmark and popular stopover on tour itineraries to the Lovina Beach and the island's northern regions. If you desire a casual easy trek then Gitgit's wooden boardwalk will provide just that.
One thing that you will notice is that you will instantly feel joy in the spectacle of the cascade just a short walk down the waterfall's lush ravine. The rocky pool is a great photo location, with multiple small shrines that stand tall at the site. The pool nearby is also a great place to enjoy a cool plunge. The falls are also referred to by the locals as the ‘twin falls' or Air Terjun Kembar Gitgit, due to its flow that is often split into two equal streams.
There are toilets and changing facilities at the base of the waterfall. You can find a seating area to place your bags here also. You should know, however, that there are no lockers in the area, so be sure to take care of your belongings. If you want to swim, you can swim to your preferred intensity of the falls. Perhaps you are looking for a more serene location to sit back and relax, you can turn back for a while from the falls to relax in the pools at the bottom of the rocks.
Gitgit waterfall is northern Bali's Most popular. Tourists and the locals have ranked the Gitgit as one of the best. The waterfall is found in a beautiful jungle paradise. The perfect place to relax.
Sekumpul Waterfall is a cluster of seven narrow cascades. These cascades flow through the iconic centre of this beautiful vivid greed bamboo forest valley. These waterfalls were the namesake of the village of Sekumpul and are one of the best nature treks in the area. You may access the falls by riding to the upland region of the Buleleng regency. If you are nearby Lovina Beach, you will be glad to know that the village is just an hour's drive away.
One of the most accessible parts of the collections in the falls are the two upland streams that feed the area. There is, however, requires great effort to get to. One might be challenged by the dirt track paths the many steps and crossings over multiple streams. Once the deed has been done you will be greeted by beautiful gazebos. This time, you can finally catch your breath as you enjoy in the presence of the majestic waterfall from a distance.
To see Sekumpul Waterfall close, it takes a bit of effort and struggle. Another forest and village trail leads you down to the rock pool base of the falls, which includes traversing down more steps, with a combination of rice paddies, durian, rambutan and coffee plantations accompanying your journey.
Strictly for nature lovers, landscape photography enthusiasts and those with a knack for adventure, the magnificent scenery certainly justifies the approximate three-hour trek. Omunity Bali is a great jungle retreat in the nearby village of Sudaji, which includes this waterfall as a highlight among its nature activities.
Munduk and Melanting Waterfalls
Munduk and Melanting Waterfalls is among the most scenic locations in the area. The highlight feature of these falls can be accessed by taking a journey of over 300 meters by foot from the main road. It is not a boring one as you may think since trekkers enjoy the sounds and soothing experience of the surrounding natural sights. You will also be glad to know that it is only a short trek north from Melantang waterfall, which also has similar natural beauty.
Cool mists and the rushing sound of water greet you upon reaching the Munduk waterfall. Here you can wade into the rocky pool for a cold dip. A further (often slightly muddy) trek towards the Melanting waterfall leads you through a lush forest with rivers and nature calls before a bridge that actually traverses over the fall's peak. Definitely, for nature lovers, it's all about venturing into Bali's ‘wild side' and these two fall serving as your prize.
The attraction and the uniqueness of Melanting waterfall are from the location. Its location is in the midst of clove and coffee plantations. In addition, when you are going to the location by foot, you will hear the roar of the fall of water and the sound of birds chirping. The height of Melanting waterfall is about 20 meters. It is not as high as the Gitgit waterfall which has a height of about 48 meters. Here is the right place to bathe and soak.
At an altitude of approximately 850m above sea level, the Munduk and Melanting waterfalls neighbouring local clove and coffee plantations are also a sightseeing feature of this region.
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
Banyumala, which is also referred to by locals as Air Terjun Tirta Kuning or "Yellow Water Falls," requires quite a trek in the green valleys of the village of Wanagiri. Over the years, paths down to the falls have been built to ease visitors, with steps carved out of the hard ground and in some areas along the route with bamboo railings and ladders. Banyumala is a gentle waterfall with steady streams down its rock face and two smaller streams down its side. There is a very clear and shallow pool at its base, which is good for a soak, but not for swimming.
It is located in the northern part of Bali, in the Buleleng Regency. This regency is an area that can be said to be a waterfall paradise. Here, nearly 90% of tourist destinations are waterfalls. Most of Bali's waterfalls are in the regency of Buleleng. Finding the regency is quite easy. All you have to do is go around Bedugul.
Banyumala Waterfall is one of Bali's least known waterfalls. This is a completely natural trail which is rarely walked, unlike many others. Just past the waterfall is a water curtain over a wall of lush rocks with various trickles of water. It's not easy to find this waterfall. There is a faded sign leading from Lake Buyan down a small rural road.
One of the things to consider is that between December and February Bali sees an increase in rainfall. This means the road down to the waterfall will be harder to drive on and the path to the waterfall will be more slippery. Although you can imagine that the waterfall is more impressive due to higher amounts of water during these months, it is also worth considering either parking at the top of the road and walking down or visiting at another time.
Nungnung Waterfall is considered one of the best waterfalls in Bali and definitely lives up to its name. It is high in the Bali mountains, making the air cooler and the drive more beautiful through the palm tree roads. The waterfalls are located in the mountainous area of Bali, thirty-five kilometres from Denpasar. The air is cool due to its height above sea level, making it a great place for a trek.
To get to Nungnung Waterfall, you have to go down 500 steps to the bottom of a gorge which can be challenging. But it's worth the walk, as when you get to the falls, you'll see a huge fall with water plunging 165 feet down to the pool. The descent takes about 10 minutes and the ascent takes about 20 minutes.
You can swim at Nungnung Waterfall, although the water is very powerful and there are no locals watching out for the safety of visitors. Be careful if you climb the slippery rocks or head up close to the intense waterfall. Also, just note that there are no changing rooms, lockers or toilet facilities at the waterfall. So be sure to keep your belongings dry and safe and be wearing your swimsuits already.
When you're back at the top, there's a parking space where you can pick up food and drinks. Nungnung Waterfall is definitely one of the most powerful and beautiful waterfalls in Bali.
Tibumana waterfall is a beautiful hidden paradise up the river from Reng Reng's much more touristy falls. This waterfall is usually quiet, visited mainly by locals, as it is a 5-minute drive away from the main road and then a 5-10 minute walk to the falls. Tibumana Waterfall is one of the more secret spots. With an easy walk down and a beautiful swimming spot and it is a must-do for families.
Set in what felt like a beautiful cove, surrounded by flowers and jungle, Tibumana Waterfall is not going to disappoint. It's also a great place to swim, the water is deep enough and the pool is large enough to swim properly. It also has cool water, perfect for those humid Bali days. A number of tourists flock to Tibumana, but it seems to be more of a local favourite. These two waterfalls near Ubud, together with Tukad Cepung Waterfall, are well worth a visit on a sunny day.
The walk from the parking lot to Tibumana Waterfall takes about 10 minutes and goes through a beautiful stretch of lush jungle, full of butterflies. Tibumana's first sight is quite special with two separate drops and the perfect swimming hole. The road to Tibumana is spectacular and one of Bali's best palm-covered roads.
The waterfall is quite powerful due to the height of the drop. A lifeguard patrolled our visit, waiting to blow a whistle and wave a flag to tell you to move aside if you were too close to the drops. Tibumana Waterfall is definitely one of the most secret Bali waterfalls.
Tegenungan waterfall is a famous place to visit in Bali, but it is still quite hidden from the hustle and bustle because it is located 10 kilometres outside Ubud, near the village of Tegenungan. Tegenungan Waterfall is one for nature lovers who stay in Ubud or have Sukawati in their tour routes. The falls are conveniently located halfway between Ubud and Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali, and are considered to be the closest natural attraction of its kind, which can be reached within a half-hour drive southeast of Ubud. The falls are a pleasant drive down paved village roads lined with green rice fields on both sides.
You will see signs with a photo and text saying "Tegenungan waterfall" pointing an arrow in the right direction when you get closer. If you're uncertain, follow these, but Google Maps will work just as well. This area is also lined with art and souvenir shops and small local 'warung' stalls selling cold drinks and snacks.
The falls are just a few minutes walk down the trail beyond the shops, where you can enjoy the impressively green valley panorama with water at the centre. The dense leaf frames the falls, and the volume of water is impressive almost at any time of the year, but usually during the wet season (October to April) at its strongest. You can go down to the vast rocky base and enjoy a dip in the plunge pool, but due to the risk of flash floods, this is not recommended after heavy downpours.
If you are a good swimmer, you are fine here. However, do expect that the waterfall has a strong water current. Signs and red buoys are found here, so do not worry. You can still walk into the water, just a short distance away from the deep part for taking photos — this is a doable and safe way to capture a moment in front of the Tegenungan Waterfall.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall
This small but scenic waterfall in the village of Beng, in the regency of Gianyar features multi-tiered cascades that flow down a series of stepping rocks. The waterfall is seasonal and is best visited during the rainy season when the volume of water is high and the base of the water is shallow. An information office is available on site where you can get local tips on the best photo angles. One of the great things about the falls of Kanto Lampo is its accessibility - it's just 100 meters from the entrance to the road.
Found in Gianyar province, the waterfall of Kanto Lampo is a half-hour drive from Ubud, a short distance from the waterfall of Tibumana. An Ubud taxi should cost about 200,000 IDR return or 500,000 IDRs for a day trip to other places of interest in the area. Alternatively, you can rent and drive a scooter/bike for approximately 60,000 IDR.
The waterfall of Kanto Lampo may not be one of Bali's most famous waterfalls, but it's still a perfect stop for a day trip from Ubud. This beautiful waterfall, hidden in the jungle of Bali, is a peaceful escape. An ideal day trip from Ubud would combine a visit to Kanto Lampo with the famous rice terraces of Tegalalang and the waterfall of the cave Tukad Sepang.
The best time to visit the waterfall of Kanto Lampo is between April and September during the dry season. During the monsoon season, water levels in the river may be higher and the waterfall may not be as accessible, which is why we recommend a dry season visit. Although Kanto Lampo is not as well known as waterfalls in Tegenungan, it is still best to arrive early in the day to avoid other tourists. If you can't get there early, it's still a beautiful place to visit and it's unlikely that there will be too many other tourists.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is one of Bali's most unique places. With the sun rays in the falls. With not many people knowing about this place, you don't have to pay anything yet to enter. The area is well maintained by local villagers so giving a tip would be a nice gesture.
The circular cliffs give you the feeling that you are in a cave, while the open sky gives you the most enchanting view from where the waterfall emerges. The sunlight falls on the glistening waterfall creating a rainbow that feels like it's projected up to you. If you've never seen water flowing from the sky, here's your chance.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall, unlike any other waterfalls in Bali, does not flow into a river, stream or jungle, but it flows gently down a cliff. The river can be seen from above, while you can only see the waterfall when you walk down the stairs into the cliff.
Since the water accumulates in the cliffs, during the rainy season it gets really deep. But in other seasons, you can stand and watch the water flow nicely in the cliff and make a narrow stream. This place is relatively cool and offers an immense sense of tranquillity and peace.
If you want to take some local souvenirs away, the roads around Kintamani provide you with a good shopping experience and eating spots. You can not only enjoy the waterfalls but also stop and fish for eels and other small fish on the forest trail. You can also visit a cave that is usually used by local people for meditation.
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