A complete guide to all the best waterfalls in Bali
Don’t listen to those catchy lyrics! You should definitely go chasing these waterfalls.
I’m sure I’ve said it dozens of times, but I’ll say it again. I absolutely love waterfalls. There is just something so jaw-droppingly epic about watching water cascade over the edge of a cliff or rockface to crash into the ground below.
Bali is a place renowned for its beauty and it owes no small part of that reputation to the stunningly gorgeous array of waterfalls that dot the Indonesian Island.
Regardless of your reasons for visiting Bali, make time to go check out one of the many waterfalls on offer.
Not sure which one you want to visit and want to make sure you see the best? Well dear reader, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a personally curated list of waterfalls that I explored, swum under, and frothed at all for the sake of bringing you the best information and photos I could.
Air Tajun Tegunungun is likely Bali’s most visited waterfall. Its proximity to Ubud makes it popular with tourists and locals alike, so expect to see crowds here all year round.
Easily accessible from the carpark via a series of stairs and dirt paths, the main cascade is an awesome sight to behold. During the dry season, most of pebble beach at the bottom of the falls is exposed, so you can get quite close and even swim at the base.
A relatively new development is the large restaurant that has been built at the top of the falls. This is a separate area with its own entrance fee, so if you want to check it out expect to pay another small fee.
Cost | The Tegenungan waterfall entrance fee is 20’000 IDR. This will get you into the Waterfall ONLY. Entrance to the restaurant/bar atop the falls is extra.
Check out my full guide to Tegunungan Waterfall here.
Air Tajun Tibumana is an oasis of calm in what can sometimes be a chaotic place.
A short and easy walk down from the carpark, you’ll pass a series of bridges and a smaller, still very pretty waterfall along the way.
The main waterfall is a beautiful oasis with a wide beach-like swimming area. Popular with tourists and locals alike, you could easily spend the day lounging in the shade here. If you want to avoid the crowds, get there early and soak up the serenity.
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.
Read my full guide to Tibumana Waterfall by clicking here.
Air tajun Sekumpul is Bali’s tallest waterfall, and yes, it’s as epic as it sounds.
Set deep in the bamboo jungle of the mountains to the north of the island, a region called Buleleng, Sekumpul waterfall is accessible via a 15-20 minute walk from the village of Sekumpul. Due to recent government regulations put in place to increase safety, the cluster of six to seven cascades must be visited with a tour guide, found at the waterfall carpark.
The walk down is steep, but you’re rewarded with plenty of places to stop and snap some photos of the falls in their full glory.
Depending on which trekking option you choose, you can see Sekumpul waterfall from afar or trek down into the jungle to see it, Hidden waterfall, and Fiji waterfall up close.
Fed by two upland rivers, the 80-metre-tall twin waterfall is a simply epic sight to behold. You can hear it well before you see it, a great thumping roar of water smacking the ground beneath. Even if you don’t swim at the fall, expect to get wet. Water spray carries all through the gully at the foot of the falls. If you do choose to swim, just be mindful that the falls are incredibly powerful, so be careful.
Cost | There are actually three different types of entrance fees to Sekumpul Waterfall – view only, medium trekking, and long trekking.
View Only - The ‘view only’ entrance fee is 20’000 IDR per person.
Medium Trekking - The ‘medium trekking’ option is 125’000 IDR per person and the option I personally recommend.
Long Trekking - The ‘long trekking’ option is 200’000 IDR per person.
A complete and comprehensive guide to Sekumpul Waterfall, right here.
Leke Leke Waterfall
My personal favourite of the waterfalls I visited in Bali, Air Tajun Leke Leke is situated in a secluded gully in central Bali. About a 15-20 minute walk from the carpark along mostly dirt tracks and across a bamboo bridge, Leke Leke is an absolute must visit for your trip to Bali.
Piercing the darkness of the jungle, Leke Leke waterfall looks like a thread of silken white. The large rock at the base of the fall creates a dam like structure, meaning you can swim under the refreshing cascade. This rock also creates some awesome photo opportunities.
Cost | The entry fee to Leke Leke Waterfall is 30’000 IDR per person.
For a more detailed guide to Leke Leke Waterfall, read this.
Another of Central Bali’s gorgeous waterfalls, Air Tajun Nungnung is a must see. The hike to and from is very steep and can be slippery, so some general fitness and caution is required, but the view of the falls is well worth it. Nungnung waterfall is super powerful, smacking the ground and constantly buffeting the area with spray. It’s a popular spot with tourists and locals alike, so to beat the crowds, be sure to get there early.
Cost | The entry fee to Nungnung Waterfall is 12’000 IDR per person
Read this for a more in depth look at Nungnung Waterfall.
Aling Aling Waterfall
If you’re after a bit more of an adventure with your waterfalls, then Aling Aling waterfall and the accompanying trek are the way to go.
Situated in the north of Bali, Aling Aling waterfall can be reached as part of several different trekking options. Aling Aling itself is the first stop on the journey, it falls at the start of the gully, filling the area with spray and the roar of its rush. If you time it perfectly like we did, you’ll get some awesome sun rays peeking through the jungle canopy, creating an absolutely magic scene.
The next stop on the Aling Aling waterfall trek. It’s not as spectacular as Aling Aling waterfall, this is where the adventure and adrenalin kicks in, in the form of a five-metre cliff jump and waterfall slide.
As always with cliff jumping, be aware of depth, and don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with. You have to wear life jackets and the guides take good care of you though, so don’t be too scared to leap off the platform.
The third stop on the Aling Aling Waterfall tour. Kembar Waterfall is a twin waterfall with its own jumping platform, this time at ten metres. The water below is blue and inviting, but shallower than the other cliff jumping spots, so be aware and listen to the guides, they know best.
The fourth and final stop on the Aling Aling Waterfall trek is the majestic Pucuck Waterfall. With a 15-metre cliff jump and a blue-water oasis at its base, it’s an epic way to end your tour. This jump requires a bit more effort than the others, but it’s well worth the few seconds of air time you get once you’ve made the lunge.
Cost | There are three types of trekking tours with which you can see Aling Aling, Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuck Waterfalls – Short trekking, medium trekking, and long trekking.
Short Trekking - This is the option we took and was more than enough. It cost 125’000 IDR per person.
Medium Trekking - This option costs 250’000 IDR per person and covers the four mentioned waterfalls plus the Blue Lagoon.
Long Trekking - This option costs 500’000 IDR per person and covers the four above waterfalls plus three others and the Blue Lagoon.
Read this post for a more detailed guide to the Aling Aling Waterfall trek.
Other important information
Trash and plastic pollution
Many of these waterfall hikes require a guide, with which comes the need to provide trekking options to visitors. Unfortunately, part of these options includes being given a plastic water bottle. Bali is drowning in plastic pollution, so I highly encourage you to REFUSE the plastic bottle and instead bring your own refillable water bottle. You’ll still be hydrated, and you’ll help prevent more plastic pollution entering the environment.
Even the locations that don’t require a guide still struggle with the rampant plastic pollution problem that plagues the island. It breaks my heart to see beautiful locations such as these polluted by rubbish and pollution. After you’ve finished admiring the majesty and beauty of the waterfalls mentioned in this post, do your bit for the environment by grabbing an Adventure Bag.
When to visit
Time of year | Bali’s seasons are split in two, the wet and the dry. During the wet season the falls are likely to be surging and powerful. During the dry season the waterfalls lose their intensity but are still an awesome sight to see. Your best bet is during the shoulder season, around February to April.
Time of day | As always with popular spots, get there as early as possible. The lighting for photos is better in the soft rays of the morning sun and you’re less likely to have to deal with crowds of other visitors.
Where to stay
Given the locations of these waterfalls are scattered over the island, where you stay largely depends on how much time you want to spend in a car or on a scooter. I stayed in Canggu and used that as a base to explore all of these waterfalls and never had an issue driving myself around the island.
I used Airbnb to book all of my accomodation in Bali and had a great experience every time. use this link to save yourself up to $55 on your booking.
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And there it is! The definitive guide to all the best waterfalls in Bali for those looking to escape the chaos of Bali’s main tourist areas.
Have you been to Bali and visited these or any other waterfalls? Let me know in the comments! I’ll be sure to visit any you suggest next time I’m there!
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