The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Bali - Exploring The Wild Side Of The Island
One of the highlights of our 2 months in Bali, was all the amazing opportunities we had to go out in the jungle and experience the most wonderful and magical places our eyes have ever seen. The island is well known by its numerous waterfalls, that are located almost everywhere, from north till south and it is almost impossible to see them all!
The best way to explore the island is by motorbike, so we made a list of the places we wanted to visit , hoped on our 2-wheeler Scoopy - you can rent any motorbike monthly by a fair amount of 30$ (28€), but make sure you bargain - and roamed around the island, chasing every bit of wild landscape we could find.
As Bali has so many beautiful waterfalls to experience, we put up a guide to the 5 most beautiful one’s you can see, so you can enjoy the true beauty of raw nature. Are you ready to go wild?
Considered one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls on the island, Tibumana will show you all its glory and flow from the very first moment you lay eye on it. Completely embed in a wild nature landscape, this is our favorite escape within the island. You can simply sit down on a rock and admire all its beauty, or you may chose to swim in its cold waters and contemplate it from a closer perspective. No matter what you chose, we guarantee you that you will not want to leave that soon.
We chose the misty morning light to explore this slice of paradise, took some time to relax and meditate, while listening to the energetic flow of its course.
Location: bangun lemah kawan, Apuan, Susut, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80661, Indonesia
Entrance fee: 10,000 IDR ( 1$/0.80€ )
Best time to visit: We advise you to go early in the morning, around 7-8 am, to avoid the crowds. However, to get the best light and sun flares breaking through the waterfall, go between 10-11 am.
This waterfall is the ultimate destination to bring up your photography game and you won’t miss it for anything! You can find this gem just by an hour drive from Ubud and make sure you arrive there when the sun is in its best position. Why? Well, right after your 10 min trek to this wonderful place, you will find a rock shaped formation, that is now stage for one of the best shots you can get in Bali. You climb up a little ladder, wait for the sun to break through the rocks and you will feel in heaven. The best time may deffer from the season you chose to visit, but aim for the harsh sunlight between 11 am and 12 pm, but be aware that this might also be the busiest hours. After this experience, walk a little further and you will face Tukad Cepung, hiding all its wonders inside a small cave. Bring your swimwear and get ready to go underneath and freshen up your body, mind and soul.
Location: Jl. Tembuku, Dusun Penida Kelod, Tembuku, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80671, Indonesia
Entrance fee: 15,000 IDR ( 1.10$/0.85€)
Best time to visit: To get the best lightening conditions, go between 10 am and 12 pm
This is one of the wildest waterfalls in Bali, as you literally have to go inside the water and make yourself to the other side of it, to be able to contemplate all its majesty. Kanto lampo is located a short ride from Ubud, in Gianyar area and it will amaze you by its size and shape, where you can see the water running through many rocks, and end up at the river.
We forgot the proper camera gear, so we couldn’t go on the water and take our camera with us to record this masterpiece, so make sure you bring appropriate waterproof gear and water shoes.
Location: Beng, Gianyar Sub-District, Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia
Entrance fee: 10,000 IDR ( 1$/0.80€ )
Best time to visit: During the morning. If you decide to go right after sunrise you might be able to escape the entrance fee.
This one is for the adventurous souls out there. Can you imagine yourself water sliding through a waterfall? And after that go for a big jump into its clear waters? This waterfall offers many type of adventurous activities, but for us it was its beauty and grandiosity that got our hearts. So to be clear, the first waterfall you see after you go on the path to Aling-Aling, it’s not the exact waterfall you are looking for. The famous first waterfall is known by Kroya Waterfall and it’s the one where you can slide and jump, but you have to pay at the entrance counter for this, as they will assign you a guide and you are only allowed to swim if you pay (a fine might be applied if you’re caught swimming with no guide). If you wish to skip these, go during the early hours in the morning and head straight to the path that leads you to Aling-Aling waterfall, located 50 meters on the right, after you see the entrance counter for the waterfall. So as soon as you are finished with Kroya, continue the path and you will be blown away by how big Aling-Aling is: hands down the most majestic waterfall in Bali. Take time to absorb all its energy and if you decide to go down, be careful and do not go into the water, as locals say it’s sacred.
Location: Jalan Raya Desa Sambangan, Sambangan, Sukasada, Sambangan, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161, Indonesia
Entrance fee: 20,000 IDR ( 1.40$/1.20€ ) to only watch the waterfall - 125,000 IDR ( 8.58$/7.58€ ) to trek and swim.
A parking fee of 2,000 IDR might be applied if you drive and park on site.
Best time to visit: Early in the morning to avoid crowds and might skip the entrance fee.
If you happen to go north and visit Munduk - one of the most beautiful areas in Bali, where nature is untouched - Banyumala Twin waterfall is one of the highlights there. You can probably guess why they have this name by now, you get not one but 2 beautiful waterfalls in one. If you love raw and untouched beauty, this waterfall is the one that hits the top of the list , regarding its surrounding nature beauty.
Location: Wanagiri, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81161, Indonesia
Entrance fee: 20,000 IDR ( 1.50$/1.20€ ) - parking fee of 2,000 IDR might be applied.
Best time to visit: During the morning, between 7 am and 10 am, as in Munduk area tends to rain during the afternoon in rainy season specially.