Best waterfalls in Bali
Ready to discover the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali? Let’s begin! My advise is not to miss the first three waterfalls on the list because, in my opinion, they’re the most stunning ones in Bali, Indonesia.
1. Leke Leke, one of the waterfalls in Bali you don’t want to miss
You may not have enough time to visit every waterfall on this list. If that is you case, you can’t remove from you itinerary is Leke Leke. This waterfall, located in the north of the island, is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali.
I was finally able to visit this waterfall on my third trip to Bali. Sometimes I like to leave pending sites in places that I know I will return to. It never ceases to amaze me! Of course, Leke Leke managed to do so! As soon as I saw the waterfall, I understood her well-deserved popularity.
Leke Leke is located in the north-central area of Bali, very close to the road that leads to Munduk. It’s about an hour drive from Canggu and about 45 minutes from Ubud. You can rent a motorcycle and go on your own or take a grab/gojek.
To get to the waterfall you have to hike for about 15 minutes. It is not a difficult hike. In fact, it is a walk that is quite enjoyable. There is a restaurant next to the entrance. Therefore, if you want to eat something before or after your visit, you can easily find a place to do so. Along the way there is also a coconut stand owned by a very nice man.
Once you get to the bottom, you will find a beautiful scenery. The waterfall measures around 15 meters and is surrounded by rock walls full of vegetation. It is a real beauty.
Entrance fee for Leke Leke: 50.000 IDR ($3.50)
2. Nungnung, one of the most stunning waterfalls in Bali
Another waterfall in Bali that is among my favorites is Nungnung waterfall. You cannot miss visiting this waterfall for anything in the world. It is one of the highest waterfalls on the island. The water falls with great force, which is quite impressive.
It is also located in the center-north of the island. It takes around one hour and 10 minutes from Canggu and one hour from Ubud to get there. There are no other interesting places to visit nearby but it is totally worth going there just to visit this waterfall. You can go by motorcycle or grab.
Once you park your scooter in the parking lot, you have to go down quite a few steps. Going down doesn’t take much work. The struggle begins when you start going back up! You will have to climb more than 500 steps… Hey, what better way to burn off all the calories from nasi goreng and mie goreng (local dishes) that you will eat during your trip?
Entrance fee for Nungnung: 15.000 IDR.
3. Sekumpul, the most popular waterfall in Bali
If I had to rank waterfalls in Bali, Sekumpul will be at the top of that list. It is located in the north of Bali and it’s the most famous waterfall on the island. When you visit it, you will understand why. Several water jet fall down the walls full of vegetation, creating one of the most beautiful picturesque places in Bali. It’s beautiful!
One thing I don’t like about Sekumpul Waterfall is that they have set up a scammy business around it… There are several stalls on the road to the waterfall where they stop you and force you to visit the waterfall with a guide. I’d be fine with it if it was done to support local tourism fairly. However, the prices ridiculous. In addition, I do not see the need to visit a waterfall with a guide, since there’s no information you need to know about a waterfall.
We had read about this, therefore we were prepared not to fall for the scam, for lack of better terms, and keep going until we got to the entrance, where we paid the real fee. Perhaps this is no longer the case and one no longer can visit the waterfall without paying and exorbitant amount, I am not sure.
Getting to Sekumpul is also not easy. Going to the base of the waterfall requires a short hike in which you will have to go uphill, down steps and even cross a river. Every effort is worth it. In addition, along the way you can stop at different viewpoints where it is possible to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Entrance fee for Sekumpul: 20.000 IDR (without a guide) / 125.000 IDR (with a guide).
4. Tibumana, great for bathing
If you think of a perfect waterfall, you may picture something similar to Tibumana. This waterfall, located just half an hour from Ubud, is one of the most beautiful on the island. Visiting it will not leave you speechless. From Canggu, it takes around one hour and 20 minute to get there.
Unlike other waterfalls I’ve mentioned so far, where the water isn’t deep enough to swim, bathing in Tibumana is possible. Therefore, if you want to discover one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali and you also want to cool off, this is the perfect place to do so.
The road to get to Tibumana Waterfall is very beautiful. Just before reaching the waterfall you will pass through a road surrounded by rice fields and palm trees. It is also a good place to take some photos. The waterfall is only ten minutes away from the parking lot.
Entrance fee to Tibumana: 15.000 IDR.
5. Tukad Cepung, a waterfall located in a cave
One of the most unique and different waterfalls in Bali is called Tukad Cepung. This is because the waterfall is located in a series of caves and canyons. If you arrive at the correct time, around 10 a.m, you will be able to find the waterfall illuminated by sun rays that enter through the branches and cavities. Of course, there may be quite a few people.
Tukad Cepung is located an hour and a half from Canggu and 50 minutes from Ubud. It is located in the Sideman area, one of the most beautiful regions in Bali as it is full of rice fields and views of Mount Agung. If you are going to visit Tibumana, you should also visit Tukad Cepung on the same day as it is not far away. You can kill two birds with one stone
Once you park your scooter in the parking lot or your driver leaves you at the entrance, you have to walk for about 15 minutes. Despite having to go down a few steps, much of the way is flat, therefore, it does not require much effort.
Entrance fee for Tukad Cepung: 15.000 IDR.
6. Tegenungan, one of the best waterfalls in Bali
This was the first waterfall I visited in Bali. Due to its proximity to Ubud and its own charm, Tegenungan has become one of the most popular waterfalls on the island. From Ubud, it only takes 25 minutes to get there. From Canggu, it takes almost an hour.
One of the reasons why this waterfall stands from the rest is because of the amount of water that falls. It is one of the waterfalls with the most water. In fact, if you visit during wet season and it has been raining, the current will be very strong. Be careful.
From the parking lot, head down a set of stairs for about 15 minutes. Then you walk along the river and cross a small bridge. If the current is not strong, it is a good place to take bathe. It is possible to climb the cliff at the other end to enjoy a different perspective.
Price Tegenungan Waterfall: 15.000 IDR.
7. Kanto Lampo, one of the most unique waterfalls in Bali
Kanto Lampo waterfall is one of the most unique and striking waterfalls in Bali. This is because it is not the standard waterfall with a single jet. In this case, the water falls through numerous jets, creating a very unique scenery.
Kanto Lampo is located a half an hour from Ubud and an hour and a twenty-five minutes from Canggu. I remind you that you can rent your own motorcycle, hire a private driver or use apps like Grab or Gojek (similar to Uber).
Once you arrive at the parking lot, you only have to walk around 5 minutes to get to the waterfall. If possible, I recommend going early in the morning to be able to enjoy this natural wonder with more peace of mind.
Price for Kanto Lampo: 15.000 IDR.
8. Suwat waterfall, get on the wooden platform
Suwat Waterfall has become very popular among tourists recently. In fact, I had never even heard of it until my most recent trip to Bali. It is 30 minutes from from Ubud and one hour and 20 minutes from Canggu.
It is not one of the most impressive waterfalls in Bali, but it is one of the best for bathing, since the water falls into a wide and deep natural pool. Also, another thing that draws people’s attention is the bamboo raft where you can go on a ride. The lagoon is fairly small as seen in the photo above.
To access the waterfall, once you leave your motorcycle in the parking lot, walk for 10 minutes. There are some steps along the way but it’s not a very hard walk.
Price for Suwat Waterfall: 15.000 IDR.
9. Aling Aling, if you are seeking adventure
The northern part of the island, especially the Munduk area, is full of amazing waterfalls. One of the most beautiful is Aling Aling. However, tourists come to this waterfall not only to enjoy its beauty but also to have fun. This is because the set of waterfalls has natural slides and several spots to jump from.
Before continuing, you should know that there are two types of tickets to visit this waterfall. One costs 20,000 IDR and only allows you to walk around the area and see the waterfalls. The other ticket, which costs 125,000 IDR, includes a guide, who will accompany you through the different canyons and cliff jumping spots. If you want to enjoy a more adventurous experience, you will have to do it this way.
Entrance fee: 20.000 IDR (without a guide) / 125.000 IDR (with a guide).
10. Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is one of the best waterfalls in Bali. It’s not as striking as Leke Leke or Nungning but it’s one of the most picturesque waterfalls in all of Bali. It’s also located in the north-central part of Bali.
The waterfall is located approximately an hour and a half from Ubud and Canggu. As you can see, it is a bit far compared to other waterfalls on the list. There are also many other waterfalls to visit in the area, therefore you can visit several places on the same day.
After parking your scooter or vehicle, walk for approximately 15 minutes. You will be greeted with beautiful water jets falling on a wall full of vegetation. On the base, you’ll be able to bathe in the natural pool. Specially during rainy season, the path down to the waterfall can be very slippery. Thus, I recommend wearing adequate footwear.
Being a very popular waterfall, I recommend going in the morning. This way you’ll be able to enjoy this incredible natural wonder with peace of mind.
Entrance fee: 30.000 IDR.
11. Gitgit Waterfall, located in the northern part of Bali
If you find yourself in the northern part of Bali, Gitgit waterfall is an amazing place worth visiting. Like Banyumala waterfall, Gitgit waterfall had two water jets. It is also a great waterfall to bathe in since the water in the pool is deep enough.
The waterfall is pretty easy to access. Once you’ve parked your vehicle, walk for approximately ten minutes on paved road and you’ll get there.
From places like Ubud and Canggu, it’ll take about 2 hours to get to Gitgit waterfall.
Entrance fee: 20.000 IDR.
12. Red Coral Waterfall / Munduk Waterfall
Munduk Waterfall, also known as Red Coral Waterfall, is located in the Munduk region, northern part of Bali. This part of the island is really worth visiting. It’s not very touristic like other parts of Bali, at least when I visited Munduk a few years ago, therefore you can enjoy beautiful places and avoid large crowds.
As you can see in the photo, the waterfall is fairly high. There is a small pool at the base where you can bathe. After you’ve parked your scooter or vehicle, walk for about 10 minutes to get to the waterfall.
From Ubud and Canggu, you’re looking at a 45 minute drive to get to Munduk Waterfall.
Entrance fee: 20.000 IDR.
13. Banyu Wana Amertha, one of the most unique waterfalls in Bali
We’ve come to the end of this compilation of the best waterfalls in Bali. Last but not least, Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall, also located in the Munduk area, is a unique waterfall worth visiting. As you may have already seen, the north of the island is home to the vast majority of waterfalls.
Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall is actually 4 waterfalls. The visit consists of a small hike which takes you to all these waterfalls. They are not the most stunning waterfalls in Bali; however, they are very beautiful and picturesque, and the scenery is wonderful.
It takes about an hour and 45 minutes to get there from Ubud or Canggu.
Entrance fee: 20.000 IDR.
Where to stay in to visit waterfalls in Bali
If visiting waterfalls is going to be one of your main objectives during your trip to Bali, there are two main places on the island where I recommend staying:
Staying in Ubud, in the heart of Bali
Ubud is one of the main tourist centers in Bali. Apart from being quite close to some of the main waterfalls in Bali (Tibumana, Kanto Lampo, Suwat, etc.), you will also be very close to many other places to visit in Bali, such as the Tegallalang rice fields, Monkey Forest, Goa Gajah Temple or Pura Tirta Empul.
BEST HOTELS IN UBUD
– Low Budget: Buda Cottage Ubud.
– Average Budget: Raditya Villa Ubud.
– High Budget: The Udaya Resort & Spa, Padma Resort Ubud.
Staying in Munduk, you’ll be very close to many beautiful waterfalls
Another great option to stay in Bali if you want to visit waterfalls is the Munduk area, in the north of the island. This region has endless waterfalls, not just the ones mentioned in this article. It also has other tourist attractions such as the Hidden Hills Wanagiri, the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple and Handara Gates.
Munduk is at a higher altitude therefore, the weather is somewhat different from other parts of Bali. You should know that it is usually quite cool in the mornings and at night, therefore, do not forget to take a raincoat, which will also come in handy when it rains.
BEST HOTELS IN MUNDUK
– Low budget: Umah De Madya & Rooftop De Madya.
– Average budget: Munduk Farm House.
– High budget: Munduk Moding Plantation, Munduk Cabins.
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I hope this article on the 13 best waterfalls in Bali has been very useful for you in planning your trip to this incredible island. If you have any questions, I encourage you to leave a comment down below email me. Until next time, travelers!