Waterfalls in Bali
Describing all the waterfalls in Bali is not easy. There are a lot of them, certainly more than forty, and they are located mainly in the center of the island and in its north. There are mountains and many fresh water springs in these areas.
If you come to Bali for adventure and adventure for you means descending and climbing through the jungle in search of lost gems of nature - go to the waterfalls.
Take these things with you when you go to see any of Bali’s waterfalls:
- Comfortable but tight fitting shoes. Sandals that sit firmly on your foot and do not slide and that are ok to get wet are perfect for trekking
- Bathing suit and towel (or sarong). In many waterfalls you can either bathe or splash and refresh yourself. If you freshen up in a waterfall, going back upstairs will be much easier and more enjoyable. Sarong is a bit more comfortable to take than a towel, because not all waterfalls have changing cabins. And a large 1x2 meter sarong will be easy to tie and change under it.
- Drinking water. The road to some waterfalls is long enough and you will need to hydrate. It is better to take drinking water in a bottle that you can fasten to your backpack, belt or bag. That way your hands will be free and you’ll be ready to take many photos.
- Repellents (there are a lot of mosquitoes in the jungle, especially during the rainy season). Sometimes you stop for half a minute in a shady place to take a photo and mosquitoes are already sitting on your feet.
- Raincoat (it can rain very often in the mountains, even if the sky is clear in the south).
- During the rainy season, be prepared for the fact that the water in a waterfall may be clay colored and not so clear.
- During the dry season, be aware that some waterfalls that are not very full may become quite weak.
- Wear elastic, comfortable and breathable clothes for climbing and descending. The path to some waterfalls requires effort. If you want to make a spectacular session at a waterfall, take a nice dress in your bag and change downstairs.
- If you are crossing a river or can’t see the bottom in the lagoon of the waterfall, it’s best not to walk barefoot, but leave trekking sandals on your feet. They will protect you from sharp rocks at the bottom.
The highest waterfall of the island is located in the jungle near Singaraja, near the village of the same name. It was opened to tourists not so long ago, in 2010. In fact, it is a whole complex of 7 waterfalls with good viewing platforms. The highest of them falls from a height of about 50 meters.
It takes about three hours to get around and enjoy the view of each of them.
All the waterfalls are at different distances from the viewpoint, which gives a special impression magnitude of the landscape. There are jungles, rice terraces and coconut palms all around. It’s better to get there by car: it is a long drive, the road is not the best, it’s easy to get lost, although there are signs on the roads. The waterfall is here.
Video from Sekumpul Falls in Bali:
The official entrance to Sekumpul Falls costs Rp. 20,000. But the locals have occupied all the entrances and approaches to it and are forcing tourists to take a guide to the falls for an extra fee. For 20,000 rupiah, you are only allowed to look at the falls from a distance from the upper observation deck.
Be vigilant, almost reaching Sekumpul Falls you may be awaited by locals with a “tempting offer” to walk to the waterfalls. For a short distance, 350,000 per person, for a long 500.
If you find yourself in any conflict situation in the area of Sekumpul Falls, document everything in detail - photos of people who illegally force you to take guides, photos of possible damage to your transport. Send them to the Buleleng Tourism Department (where Sekumpul is located) and Bali Tourism Department (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is a chance that if the number of complaints becomes significant, the authorities will take up and stop the lawlessness. Please write at least in English.
photo: Will Bendall
Bali’s nature is incredibly beautiful. There are amazing and fascinating places hidden here and there on the island. One of them, Nungnung Falls, is in Badung Regency in Plaga Village.8
This waterfall is becoming more and more popular among tourists. Although most of them are turned off by the long descent to the waterfall, and especially the return trip.
Not far from the falls is the Sangeh forest with hundreds of long-tailed Balinese monkeys. 20 kilometres north of the Sangeh you will find this waterfall. On the map, it is here.
Along the way you will see picturesque landscapes - rice paddies and terraces, fields of blooming marigolds that cover the slopes like a carpet.
The administration of Badung Regency began promoting the waterfall as one of the most promising tourist destinations relatively recently, in 1996. The road was improved, and the waterfall was built at the site of the Badung Falls.
photo: Jen Pham
The road down is made well enough. It has wide concrete steps and iron pipe railing. At the beginning of the trail at the top there is a small slope, but at the bottom there are sections of stairs that are quite steep. They are not dangerous, but if you have children with you, you will probably have to hold hands and help on the higher steps or take them in your arms.
At the bottom, just before Nungnung you will stop by another waterfall that is as high but not as full-flowing.
For Nungnung, you should come in good, clear, sunny weather. Otherwise, light will not penetrate into the gorge and the atmosphere will be a bit gloomy. Since the waterfall is quite high in the mountains, it is often cloudy. And then in terms of light level even at 3 pm it will be a bit dark as at sunset by the ocean at 6.30 pm.
Nungnung is one of the most powerful waterfalls on the island. It is about 25 meters high. When the water falls down, it creates clouds of water dust and a wind that shakes the leaves of the lianas in the gorge. The power is enchanting and you can admire the waterfall for hours.
At a distance from the waterfall there is comfortable space with stones, where you can sit as in a natural amphitheatre and admire the elements.
There are daredevils who climb almost to the very crash of the waterfall, but judging by their squeals, they are met with nature in force. But the lagoon of the waterfall is big enough and you don’t have to walk along the falls to enjoy swimming and beautiful pictures. The water in the lagoon and further on in the shallow mountain stream is clean and clear.
The cost of the ticket is 20.000 rupiah per person and an additional 2.000 rupiah for the bike parking. There are several benches with water, drinks, snacks and souvenirs in the parking lot.
There are no changing booths, so take a sarong for changing. There are only toilets at the top of the parking lot. There will be no toilets further down the road to the waterfall or near it.
photo: Ricardo Fernandez
photo: Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy
Not far from Ubud there is a waterfall popular among tourists. It is very convenient to visit: the parking is near the waterfall, and the descent down the steps is not long.
It takes 15 minutes to drive from Ubud. The road is beautiful and quiet.
The waterfall is small, but beautiful. The water is clean and the air is fresh - a great place for a small trip. During the rainy season the waterfall can be muddy because of the clay it carries.
The entrance ticket to the waterfall costs Rp. 20,000 per person. The parking lot of the bike is 5,000 rupiah.
Around 2014, Tegenungan became very popular with tourists living in Ubud or going to Ubud. Therefore, many sightseeing routes pass through it. At the waterfall, swings and scenery have been lined up for insta photographers. On the right cliff of the waterfall there is a river pool-club, where sometimes loud music plays. The waterfall can have many tourists during the daytime hours.
If you’re looking for some secret and quiet waterfall to merge with nature, Tegenungan isn’t for you.
photo: Guenter Stoeckle
This waterfall lurks among Tabanana coffee plantations. It’s quite secluded, so there aren’t many visitors.
The height of the waterfall is 50 meters. Incredibly picturesque, full of greenery, colorful splashes and humid fresh air in which you can smell the coffee notes.
Blahmantung is located in the village of Pujungan, in the Pupuan area, 75 km (2 hours) from Denpasar. There is a signposted path from the village to the waterfall, so it is easy to find it. There is also a parking lot nearby.
Locals consider this waterfall to be the best on the island. But it is not so popular among tourists, because it is located near Gitgit Falls. Everyone, for some reason, goes to Gitgit, but they don’t get to Jembong. But it may be for the best. The fewer tourists, the cleaner, the better the beauty of this place is preserved, and the more intimate and secluded it is.
photo: Budi Astawa
The waterfall’s not very high. The slope on which the water flows is quite gentle, which makes it suitable for swimming. Try relaxing at the base of the waterfall after the heat, and you will understand how good it is. Locals even believe that these water treatments have healing properties.