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Best Waterfalls in Bali (16 not to miss)

If you’re a nature lover with an adventurous spirit then discovering the best waterfalls in Bali should definitely be on your to-do list! The island is home to some of the worlds most beautiful waterfalls, and exploring them is one of our favourite things to do when we are in Bali.

Where are the best waterfalls in Bali?

We’ve searched high and low to find the very best waterfalls in Bali. With so many beautiful falls to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.

To help you plan your Bali waterfall tour, here’s a complete guide to all our favourites (in order of preference):

#16 Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan waterfall in Bali

Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the few waterfalls located in Bali’s lowlands. It is family friendly and easy to reach from Ubud, Gianyar and the south. We decided to check it out since it’s one to feature heavily on most Bali waterfall tour packages.

Tegenungan Waterfall is wide, and plunges impressively over a rocky cliff face. Unlike most waterfalls in Bali which are hidden in the jungle, this one sits in a huge open canyon that is easily accessible, making it a very popular tourist attraction.

The waterfall features various levels, ridges and viewpoints. From a distance, this looked really awesome and we were excited to climb up to admire the fall from above. However, after heading up the first set of steps, we were told to pay an extra fee. It is worth noting that if you want to access the falls upper levels, this is not included in the price of your entrance ticket.

How to get to Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall is just 30 minutes south of Ubud, located off of Jl. Raya Blangsinga, and is really easy to find. There are also lots of other attractions close by such as Sukawati Art Market and the Beji Guwang Hidden Canyon which we highly recommend.

Tegenungan Waterfall Facts

Height: 82 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 15,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#15 Sekumpul Waterfall

bali sekumpul waterfall

Sekumpul Waterfall is said to be the most beautiful waterfall in Bali and is always one featured on organised Bali waterfall tours, so while we were staying nearby in Lovina we decided to go and see it for ourselves!

Many websites tell you that if you arrive at Sekumpul by bike, it is possible to drive directly down to the fall without paying for parking, and avoiding a 30 minute walk. We did try our luck, but got ushered into the main car park as soon as we arrived. We didn’t really mind though, as it’s only a couple of extra rupiah, plus getting to the waterfall is all part of the experience.

Before descending to the fall, there is an awesome view showing off the true scale of Sekumpul, which is the tallest waterfall in Bali, as it submerges into the jungle.

Despite its undeniable beauty, it is clear that this waterfall has been overly advertised, and it was crawling with tourists during our visit. Every vista was engaged in an Instagram photo shoot, which reminded us of what we dislike about Bali. Despite trying to find a quiet spot to admire this great fall, overall it wasn’t really our cup of tea.

How to get to Sekumpul Waterfall

From Lovina and Singaraja, Sekumpul Waterfall is an easy-going 30 minute drive up through northern farmland and quaint Balinese villages.

From the south it takes 2-3 hours to reach, but if you would like to see a few falls such as Nungnung or Banyumala Twin Waterfall, you could add Sekumpul Waterfall to your itinerary.

Sekumpul Waterfall Facts

Height: 328 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 20,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#14 GitGit Waterfall

gitgit waterfall

GitGit Waterfall is a firm fixture on any Bali waterfall tour, which is probably why it is not one of our favourite waterfalls in Bali. Despite being situated in the isolated northern region of Singaraja, it is well facilitated for visitors making it one of Bali’s most popular waterfalls.

As soon as we arrived we were approached by several local guides hoping for our business. This is quite often the case at Bali’s waterfalls, but in our experience guides are not necessary.

A pretty amble through the countryside will take you strategically past warungs, souvenir shops and some rather pushy salespeople.

The waterfall and its surroundings are lush and exotic. GitGit is a powerful fall that gushes into a fast river running through the valley.

Although beautiful, we felt the setting was a little bit spoilt by the way this natural attraction has been heavily geared towards tourism.

How to get to GitGit Waterfall

GitGit Waterfall is located just off of Jl. Raya Bedugul – a road of epic proportions, with hairpin turns and spectacular views!

If you are based in northern Bali, GitGit is approximately a 40 minute drive from the coast. If you come from central or south of the island the journey could take up to 3 hours. Neighbouring falls include Sekumpul Waterfall and Banyumala, so if you are travelling up north for a day trip it is worth visiting these too.

GitGit Waterfall Facts

Height: 115 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 20,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#13 Tibumana Waterfall

bali tibumana waterfall

Tibumana is found in the quiet Bangli countryside, surrounded by local farmland and panoramic rice field views. Despite its size, Tibumana is one of the best waterfalls in Bali in our opinion.

By following a pretty pathway along surbak streams, a set of stairs lead down to an awesome jungle trail complete with bamboo bridges and river crossings. Make sure you have a camera handy, as the hike to Tibumana is very photogenic!

The waterfall tips delicately over the side of a deep grey limestone ravine covered in dewy moss. There is a shallow basin for dipping and plenty of rock pools to explore. If you go early like we did, you may be lucky to have this lush hideout all to yourselves.

How to get to Tibumana Waterfall

The regency of Bangli is home to some of Bali’s best waterfalls. You will find Tibumana in the small farming village of Apuan, along the scenic road of Jl. Setra Agung, which is approximately 45 minutes from Ubud by motorbike.

Tibumana Waterfall Facts

Height: 82 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 15,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#12 Manuaba Waterfall

Manuaba Waterfall in Bali

Manuaba Waterfall definitely ticks our boxes in terms of being well and truly off the beaten track! So much so, that we actually think this waterfall was abandoned some time ago.

We discovered Manuaba while living in Sebatu, close to Tegalallang. Exploring the surrounding countryside was one of our favourite past times, and we stumbled on Manuaba by accident during a rice field stroll one afternoon.

After spotting an old sign pointing towards ‘Air Terjun Manuaba’ we couldn’t resist the urge to check it out. The pathway was completely overgrown and we probably should have turned back as it was a bit hairy in places, especially crossing a very precarious-looking bamboo bridge. But curiosity got the better of us an eventually we found Manuaba Waterfall.

Although relatively small in size, it is an attractive waterfall enveloped in the Balinese jungle. There is a small temple which leads us to believe the water there is holy. If you’re feeling adventurous, Manuaba is a fun waterfall to explore. Safe to say, of course we were the only ones there!

How to get to Manuaba Waterfall

We discovered Manuaba Waterfall in the rice fields off of Jl. Raya Desa Kenderan, which runs adjacent to Tegalallang near Ubud.

Manuaba Waterfall Facts

Height: 80 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: N/A
Location: Google Maps

#11 Yellow Waterfall

Women next to Yellow Waterfall in Bali

Yellow Waterfall, or Air Terjun Kuning is conveniently located in Bangli, the east central region of Bali.

A steep decline of concrete steps lead you to the first level of this fall. At the end of the staircase there is a natural viewing platform, the perfect place to stop and admire the length and breadth of Yellow Waterfalls impressive drop.

To reach the pool of water collecting at its base, you’ll need to flex your rock climbing skills over some big boulders. Once you reach the bottom, there is an intimate spot with pools to bathe in and quiet areas to relax, making Yellow Waterfall one of the best waterfalls in Bali for some privacy and seclusion.

How to get to Yellow Waterfall

A beautiful ride through the rice fields of Bangli will bring you to Yellow Waterfall, which is well signposted along the way. If you’re staying in Ubud, Sideman or Amed then this is a great waterfall to visit.

When you arrive you might think you’ve ended up in someone’s backyard. That’s because you basically have! The waterfall is privately owned, therefore tickets are donation only.

Yellow Waterfall Facts

Height: 82 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: Donation only
Location: Google Maps

#10 Dedari Waterfall

women on bridge with Dedari Waterfall in background

If you’re heading to Yellow Waterfall in Bali, then you should definitely pair it with a trip to Dedari, which is situated in the same valley. This secret glen is off the radar for most tourists, but is a well known spot for the locals.

The waterfall itself is perhaps a little underwhelming, but what it lacks in force and height, Dedari more than makes up for in charm!

This cosy spot is a great place for the whole family. There are small seating areas surrounded by vegetation, and water spurting from every angle, spilling into a jungle gorge. A precarious bamboo bridge connects either side of the ravine. By crossing, it is possible to reach a Balinese temple featuring a series of holy springs.

Look out for signs over the fountains with the word ‘Melukat’ – these springs are used for purification and self-cleansing only.

We recommend trying out the makeshift toilet facilities, probably one of the most hilarious bathroom situations we’ve come across in Indonesia!

How to get to Dedari Waterfall

Dedari Waterfall is situated in the tiny village of Tamanbali in the region of Bangli. Once you reach the village, there are clear signs to Dedari. After walking through a tropical garden (and a fair few flights of steps) you will reach this magical fall.

Dedari Waterfall Facts

Height: 65 ft
Swimming Allowed: No
Entrance Fee: 5,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#9 Munduk Waterfall

Munduk Waterfall and girl standing on rock

The area of Munduk and Gobleg in Bali’s northern highlands is known as the golden valley of waterfalls, and Munduk Waterfall is the starting point for a fantastic trekking route which takes you to a trio of falls in the valley.

Munduk would definitely be classed as one of the best waterfalls in Bali for everyone to enjoy. A gentle slope down makes it easily accessible, handy if you’re looking for a less strenuous waterfall to visit.

To beat the crowds, get there as early as possible. Despite it being quite busy during our visit (and having to queue to take a photo) we felt that Munduk was one of Bali’s most stunning falls, plunging from the sky at dizzying heights. There is a shallow pool, but it’s not really one for swimming.

How to get to Munduk Waterfall

The start of Munduk’s waterfall trek is situated on the outskirts of Munduk village, along the scenic winding road of Jl. Kayu Putih. There is a tiny car park on a very steep bend, which is easy to miss so make sure you drive slow on approach. It costs 2,000 IDR to park.

Munduk Waterfall Facts

Height: 50 ft (approx)
Swimming Allowed: No
Entrance Fee: 20,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#8 Melanting Waterfall

Melanting Waterfall

After visiting Munduk Waterfall, we followed the trekking route, which is truly a highlight of Goblegs golden valley, passing through local fruit plantations and traditional balinese warungs.

For some, perhaps Melanting wouldn’t be classed as one of the best waterfalls in Bali, however it is an intimate spot in an amazing tropical garden which we completely fell in love with.

This fall offers a lot of splashback, so be careful with your camera equipment. We found a boulder to perch on and enjoyed a refreshing cool-off before heading back to the hiking trail.

It is worth noting that you do have to pay an extra 10,000 IDR to enter Melanting. This waterfall is not included in the ticket price at the entrance of Munduk.

How to get to Melanting Waterfall

We recommend following the Munduk waterfall trail to reach Melanting. From Munduk Waterfall, it takes around 20-30 minutes on foot. It’s a leisurely stroll, so take it at your own pace.

Melanting Waterfall Facts

Height: 65 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 10,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#7 Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Best cave waterfall Tukad Cepung

If you’re staying near Ubud, Tukad Cepung Waterfall should not be missed! It’s known as one of Bali’s best waterfalls, making it one of the busiest, so try and arrive early. Somehow we managed to bag it all to ourselves, but this probably attributed to rainy season, and getting there before 8am.

Tukad Cepung has to be one of the most rewarding waterfalls to find. It’s an adventure to get to, and only really suitable for the able bodied.

Clambering through a canyon which undulates through the jungle, jumping boulders and wading through knee-high water, we eventually caught a glimpse of what has to be one of Bali’s most unique waterfalls. Tukad Cepung is contained in a cavern-like cave where sun rays peek through the canopy above, highlighting its vertical drop.

Waterproof everything is advised (dry bag, GoPro, reef shoes etc) especially if you visit during rainy season.

How to get to Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tukad Cepung Waterfall is located in the eastern central region of Bangli, and is easily accessible from Ubud within 30-40 minutes. The waterfall is off of Jl. Tembuku, in the tiny village of Dusun Penida Kelod.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall Facts

Height: 164 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 10,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#6 Aling Aling Waterfall

Best bali waterfalls Aling Aling

Aling Aling Waterfall is hidden in the depths of the Sambangan Secret Garden in Singaraja. What makes this area of outstanding natural beauty so special, is that it is actually home to a string of falls which are staggered over a deep jungle gorge.

Many locals will tell you that Aling Aling is one of the best waterfalls in Bali, since it is considered holy. Although you cannot swim here, there is a viewing deck to stop for a moment of appreciation, as Aling Aling thunders over the mountainside.

The next waterfall in the chain is Kroya, the best waterfall in Bali for cliff jumping. It’s not too major at only 5 metres, however guides necessary if you plan to jump. Kroya Waterfall is also a natural slide, so after you’ve a leapt, climb back up for fun times round two!

Venturing further into the ravine, crossing boulders and streams, you will eventually find Blue Lagoon which was the highlight of our trip to Sambangan. This natural swimming pool is an amazing place to cool off and enjoy the serenity the jungle.

The terrain can be quite slippery, so wear appropriate shoes. Luckily we backpack with scuba gear so used our dive booties which were ideal.

How to get to Aling Aling Waterfall

Aling Aling and the secret garden are just north of Singaraja, only 30 minutes from the coast of Lovina. If you are coming from south or central Bali, the route is a little long-winded but it can be done in a day if you set out early.

Once you’re parked up, there is a ticket booth where you can decide whether or not to take a guide (if you want to cliff jump). Trek by foot to the main entrance, through rice fields and farmland. We got a bit lost, but didn’t really mind since the area is so much fun to explore.

Aling Aling Waterfall Facts

Height: 115 ft
Swimming Allowed: Blue Lagoon and Kroya only
Entrance Fee: 10,000 IDR (no swimming) or 125,000 IDR for a private guide and slide/jump
Location: Google Maps

#5 Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

Best Twin Waterfalls Banyumala

Despite being close to GitGit Waterfall (one of Bali’s most famous falls) the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are still relatively under the radar.

Sitting high in the north near Buyan Lake, reaching Banyumala is quite an adventure, especially if you come by bike. The dirt road down is not for the faint hearted and after a couple of hundred metres we decided to walk, since the terrain was too dangerous on two wheels.

If you choose to go on foot, it’s a fairly long hike, but pleasant enough since the climate is cool due to a higher altitude. The pathway takes you past mystical fields of hydrangeas and eventually a slippery trek to the waterfall. It is a natural trail, so we recommend a good level of fitness and decent shoes for tackling Banyumala.

Although it is said that Sekumpul Waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall in Bali, we think Banyumala easily gives it a run for its money. Streams of water trickle and burst through a vast cliff face covered in tropical ferns. The twin falls plummet side by side into a large pool of water, perfect for dipping.

How to get to Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are located in the Buleleng Regency, north of Buyan Lake. Look out for a sign off the main road, Jl. Raya Wanagiri which will take you towards Banyumala.

If you come by bike, we recommend parking at the top of the road rather than navigating to the main entrance (you will also avoid the 3,000 IDR parking fee)

Banyumala Twin Waterfall Facts

Height: 132 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 15,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#4 Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall

Best waterfalls Banyu Wana Amertha

If you are hoping to find somewhere seriously secluded, Banyu Wana Amertha is by far one Bali’s least known waterfalls. This spot is really off the beaten track, nestled between the northern regions of Munduk and GitGit.

The hike to Banyu Wana Amertha is beautiful, and considering its concealed location, is well maintained by the locals. Follow a set of steps carved out of spongy soil through a forest filled with durian and jackfruit trees.

As the path starts to decline, the jungle opens up to a gully full of vines, banyan trees and fern covered walls trickling with streams running into a pool of emerald water. Hop through the glen bursting with tropical plants and rock pools, and you will find Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall cascading down a rocky cliff face. This fall creates an incredible spray mist, so be prepared to get wet!

Even though Banyu Wana Amertha is small compared to other waterfalls in Bali, it has to be one of the most magical places we’ve ever been to.

How to get to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall

Although your sat nav may say otherwise, the waterfall is just off of the rural road of Jl. Bhuana Sari. The nearest landmarks are either Singaraja or the Twin Lakes in Buleleng.

It’s around 30 minutes from the north coast, but this secluded spot could take up to 3 hours to reach if you come from the south.

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall Facts

Height: 130 ft (approx)
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 20,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#3 Yeh Mampeh Waterfall

Yeh Mampeh Waterfall in Bali

Nestled in the hillside of Les village on the secluded north east coast, you will find one of the very best waterfalls in Bali.

By following a river up through the jungle forest, trek past tiny local homes, cow sheds and papaya trees to Yeh Mampeh Waterfall.

We’ve visited this beauty during dry and wet season, and both times have left us impressed. A sheet of water slides dramatically over the jagged rock face, spreading its force. Stand underneath Yeh Mampeh for the most exhilarating massage of your life!

Yeh Mampeh is a lesser-known waterfall in Bali, rarely frequented by tourists, but a popular spot for locals. After your shower, take a moment of reflection to dry off in the sun while watching butterflies dance around the rock pools.

How to get to Yeh Mampeh Waterfall

Yeh Mampeh Waterfall can be found in the tiny village of Les along Bali’s main east coastal road, Jl. Tejakula. It is 1 hour from Amed, an hour from Lovina and 2 hours from Ubud. The route from Ubud will take you over the Kintamani mountaintops which makes an awesome road trip by bike!

When you reach Les, follow signs to the waterfall that lead you into a car park. We made the mistake of asking a local for directions and ended up off-roading through the jungle!

Yeh Mampeh Waterfall Facts

Height: 132 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 2,500 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#2 Nungnung Waterfall

Nungnung Waterfall in Bali

Clinging to the side of a ravine covered in exotic plant species are over 500 steep steps, leading down to Nungnung. Streams of water gush over the cliff face, creating a flow of mini waterfalls to admire en route.

Nungnung Waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful, and has to be one of Bali’s most scenic waterfalls, which is why we have given it the number two spot on our list.

The force of Nungnung is seriously powerful. It radiates an atmospheric mist, perfect for photos (not so good for camera equipment). There is a large pool of water to cool off in, but Nungnung is way too strong to stand underneath. The humid hike back up is not quite so gleeful, but there is a lady selling fresh coconuts at the top, the perfect end to visiting a waterfall in Bali!

Arriving early is recommended since this is a relatively popular spot, however we visited during rainy season and had it all to ourselves.

How to get to Nungnung Waterfall

Nungnung is nestled in the Badung regency, off of an unassuming road in the tiny Balinese village of Desa Plaga. The waterfall is relatively easy to find and the roads are in good order. It took us just over an hour to reach by bike from our home in Ubud.

Nungnung Waterfall Facts

Height: 164 ft
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: 10,000 IDR
Location: Google Maps

#1 Bhuana Sari Waterfall

Best Bali waterfall Bhuana Sari

In at number one, is one of our favourite hidden gems in Bali.

We had no idea that this secret hideout even existed, and could not believe our luck when we stumbled upon it. Bhuana Sari Waterfall is actually Banyu Wana Amertha’s big sister, and can be found just a little deeper into the forest.

Before reaching the fall, we knew we were in for a treat as the sound of water was all around – Bhuana Sari was literally booming through the jungle.

There is a natural staircase down which is a bit hectic, so watch your step, it’s very slippery. The waterfall is in a vast forest that is wild and overgrown. A series of chutes at varying heights thunder over the rock face and down into a picture perfect pool of water.

The only sign of human life is a slatted wooden bridge, which takes you across the river and to the opposite side. It felt a little wobbly, but from the far end it’s possible to climb down into the incredible natural swimming pool, which probably has the clearest water in all of Bali.

It gets quite deep in places, but the surge is not too strong, making it possible to access for a very refreshing shower. The waterfall is forceful (even during dry season) and the closer you get, the louder it is, so you might want to cover your ears.

This enchanted spot is well and truly off radar, and we’d be surprised if you’d find anyone else roaming around. We certainly didn’t!

As waterfalls go, Bhuana Sari ticks all of our boxes – impressive, secluded, swimmable and away from the main tourist trail. Thats why we’ve named it the very best waterfall in Bali.

How to get to Bhuana Sari Waterfall

This fall is not on google maps, but if head to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall and keep walking along the main pathway into the forest you will see signs towards Bhuana Sari. Follow the trail for 10 minutes or so, until you hear water.

Bhuana Sari Waterfall Facts

Height: 150 ft (approx)
Swimming Allowed: Yes
Entrance Fee: Free
Location: Google Maps

What to pack for visiting waterfalls in Bali

It can get very hot trekking through the jungle, so you’ll need refreshments and a good pair of shoes to help you find the best waterfalls in Bali! Here is our recommend packing list:

Drinking water
Reef shoes
Waterproof camera
Swimwear
Towel
Mosquito repellent

When is the best time to visit Bali’s waterfalls?

The Balinese will tell you that the best time to see Bali’s waterfalls is during the monsoon. We’ve experienced both dry and wet season, and agree that the falls are most impressive when there’s been a lot of rain.

However, wet weather can have an adverse effect on both your journey (especially if you ride a scooter) and the trekking conditions, making some waterfalls more challenging to reach and even inaccessible due to paths eroding and deeper waters to cross.

Bali’s waterfalls are still incredibly beautiful during the drier months, despite being a little less powerful. On the plus side, swimming opportunities are more appealing and the water is less muddy.

In our opinion, there is never really a bad season for chasing waterfalls in Bali.

When planning a visit to any of Bali’s waterfalls, we recommend arriving as early as possible, ideally between 8-9am if you want to beat the crowds. The temperature is also much cooler, plus the early morning light is great for photography.

Discovering the best waterfalls in Bali

Discovering Bali’s waterfalls has to be one of our absolute travel highlights, and we hope we’ve inspired you to follow in our footsteps. Where is your favourite waterfall in the world and why? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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