A guide to Tibumana Waterfall, Ubud, Bali
Set in the lush jungle, Tibumana Waterfall, Ubud, is an oasis of calm perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of Bali’s chaotic streets.
A mere ten-minute walk from the car park along concrete steps and dirt paths transports us into what seems like another world. The rush of water falling from on high reaches our ears long before we set eyes on the fall. We pass through a green gateway punctuated by bright yellow and red flowers and the scene opens up before us. The cascade falls almost perfectly straight into a pool of blue and turquoise water that stretches out to meet a small beach-like area.
Simultaneously one of Bali’s more popular waterfalls as well as one of its quietest, Tibumana Waterfall near Ubud really is quite beautiful. I was fortunate enough to visit during a break in the rainy season, so the water was an inviting shade of aqua perfect for both taking photos and swimming.
While Tibumana Waterfall is quite the picturesque scene, it should be mentioned that as with many places in Bali, there is a problem with pollution here. Both on the walk down, and at the falls themselves, trash and plastic litter the ground, tarnishing the otherwise beauty of the area. I recommend always carrying a spare canvas tote or plastic garbage bag and grabbing a few bits of trash on your way back from any area you visit on your adventures. It feels great to be doing your bit to help preserve the beauty of the planet and every little bit counts in the war on waste.
If you’re in Bali and want to see a peaceful jungle waterfall near Ubud, I definitely recommend visiting Tibumana Waterfalls.
everything you need to know before visiting Tibumana Waterfall in Ubud, Bali
How to get there
location | Jl. Desa Apuan, Apuan, Susut, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80661
scooter / car | From Ubud’s main strip it’s about a 40-minute drive along main roads before veering off onto some quieter streets through local Balinese villages.
We actually made the trek from Canggu to visit the falls, which took about an hour and a half along main highways and through sweltering heat, so be prepared for that if you chose this option!
tour | If you’d rather take the hassle out of organising a trip to Tibumana Waterfall yourself, you can join a tour that takes you to Tibumana Waterfall as well as a few other waterfalls around Ubud. There are a few options, so do your research and choose one that best fits your needs.
taxi | It’s also possible to book a taxi from Ubud to Tibumana Waterfall. You can arrange this through your accommodation or try to find one of the streets. It’ll cost you around 300 to 600 thousand IDR depending on the driver and whether you add other sites onto your trip. Honestly this option is quite expensive, and I personally would only recommend it as a last resort.
cost | The entry fee to Tibumana Waterfall is 15’000 IDR. As you drive in to the falls you’ll pass a ticket booth where you’ll be required to purchase your entry ticket. Be sure to keep this handy as there is a chance you’ll be checked.
facilities | There is a small open-air hut at the falls that taxi drivers and tour guides usually relax on as you enjoy all that Tibumana Waterfall has to offer. There is also a small bathroom block at the base of the falls, but don’t expect a golden throne.
When to Visit
time of year | Bali has two seasons, the wet and the dry. You can technically visit during both, but the chances of having that nice blue water during the wet season is diminished. The rains wash a collection of water, mud, and other goodies from upstream into the area, turning the water an unpleasant shade of brown. Toward the end of rainy season, around March/April, or during the dry season itself is your best bet.
time of day | While Tibumana Waterfall is usually pretty quiet, it’s still a popular spot, so if you want to be sure of having the place to yourself, the earlier the better. If you’re a photography buff looking for those sun rays as they light up the area, then around 9 – 10 am is best.
Where to stay close by
Having grown immensely in popularity over the years, Ubud has a plethora of places to stay for both the budget traveller and those who prefer a little luxury. Search for availability and prices here.
Alternatively, Airbnb offers awesome deals on homestay’s, which means you can stay in great accommodation while getting to know a bit about the local culture. Click here to use my Airbnb link and save yourself some cash on your next booking.
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