Canyoning Bali - A guide to Aling Aling waterfall, Bali
Looking for a waterfall trekking tour that gets the adrenaline pumping through the veins? Look no further than the stunning Aling Aling Waterfall trekking tour!
The Aling Aling Waterfall tour was easily a highlight of the time I spent hiking in Bali. I went with my friends Mark and Mim from The Common Wanderer as part of our exploration of North Bali.
With our trusty guides, Kadek and Kadek leading the way, we began the short trek from the parking lot toward today’s adventure location, Aling Aling Waterfall.
Down a few easy steps and into the jungle our guides led us, along a path that followed the river. We climb a small rise and come around a corner to reveal the first of what would be many spectacular waterfalls for the day. Aling Aling Waterfall sits in front of us, filling the area with its spray and the sound of rushing water. We’ve timed it perfectly, and a few sun rays peak through the jungle canopy, creating a scene with a special sense of magic.
As photographers, this is the dream, and we happily snap away for some time before remembering that we’ve got another three locations to see as part of our waterfall trekking tour.
Kroya Waterfall is next. It’s not as spectacular as Aling Aling, but still one of the best waterfalls in Bali on account of the five-metre cliff jump and waterfall slide. A backflip off the jumping platform and a few goes down the slide has us giggling and smiling like kids as we move on to the third waterfall for the day.
Kembar Waterfall is a twin waterfall with its own jumping platform, this time at ten metres. The water below is blue and inviting and I can’t resist the urge to jump – no backflip this time though.
The fourth and final waterfall for our trek is the majestic Pucuck Waterfall. With a 15-metre cliff jump and a blue-water oasis at its base, it’s a spectacular way to end our trek. I make the jump a few times as Mark captures me flying through the air, and all too quickly our time is up, and we have to head back.
If you’re looking to explore some waterfalls in the North of Bali, then the Aling Aling Waterfall trekking tour is definitely worth a go. With a number of options, there’s something for every type of waterfall chaser, from the adrenaline fuelled looking for a canyoning in Bali experience, to the simply look and admire type.
Everything you need to know before visiting Aling Aling Waterfall
How to get there
Location | Jl. Raya Desa Sambangan, Sambangan, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161, Indonesia
From the North (Singaraja/Lovina) | From Singaraja town centre simply drive south along Jl. Jelantik Gingsir and turn right at the Police Department onto Jl. Sangket-Sukasada. Follow this road and turn left onto Jl. I Gst. Ketut Jejer which you follow until you reach the clearly marked Aling Aling Waterfall carpark.
From the South (Canggu, Ubud, Kuta, Seminyak) | Make your way north along the main highway (Jl. Denpasar-Singaraja). Once you’re over the mountain, go down the other side and follow the road until you reach the Police Department where. You will turn left onto Jl. Sangket-Sukasada. Follow this road and turn left onto Jl. I Gst. Ketut Jejer which you follow until you reach the clearly marked Aling Aling Waterfall carpark.
Aling Aling Waterfall entrance fee
There are three types of trekking tours with which you can see Aling Aling Waterfall – Short trekking, medium trekking, and long trekking.
Short Trekking | This is the option we took and was more than enough. It costs 125’000 IDR per person and includes your entrance ticket, guide, and a donation to the local community for the ongoing maintenance of the area. Over two hours you’ll see four waterfalls – Aling Aling, Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuck with activities at each fall (except Aling Aling), including cliff jumping, swimming, and waterfall slide. The price also covers insurance, safety equipment, and a bottle of water. I highly encourage you to decline this last option and bring your own reusable bottle, there is enough of a plastic pollution problem in Bali as it is.
Medium Trekking | This option costs 250’000 IDR per person and covers your entrance ticket, guide, and a donation to the local community. Over three-four hours you’ll see the same waterfalls as the ‘short trekking’ option and do the same activities, plus a visit to the beautiful Blue Lagoon. The price also covers insurance, safety equipment, a fresh coconut and a bottle of water. As with the ‘short trekking’ option, I encourage you to reguse the bottle of water and instead bring your own reusable bottle, I also urge you to refuse a plastic straw with the coconut and instead bring your own metal straw or drink straight from the coconut!
Long Trekking | This option costs 500’000 IDR per person and covers your entrance ticket, a local guide, and a donation to the local community to help with the upkeep of the area. Over four-five hours, you’ll see seven waterfalls (the four included in the ‘short’ and ‘medium’ trekking options plus three others) and the Blue Lagoon. The cost also covers activities at the falls such as the cliff jumps, water slide, and swimming, along with insurance and safety equipment. As part of this package you will also receive a fresh coconut, lunch, and a bottle of water. Please refuse the bottle of water and instead bring your own reusable bottle. I also encourage you to say no to a plastic straw with the fresh coconut as there is enough of a plastic pollution problem in Bali as it is.
When to visit
Time of year | Bali doesn’t follow the traditional four-season calendar. Instead they have the wet season and the dry season. The best time to visit February to April, as the wet season is coming to an end, but the heat of the dry season hasn’t hit yet.
Time of day | With such an awesome location and fun activities comes crowds. To avoid contending with hordes of other visitors, aim to arrive as early as possible – this will also be the best time for photos as the jungle starts to come to life and the sun rays pierce the canopy.
Things to know before you visit
Safety standards don’t always pass muster here in Bali, however, after some government regulations were put in place in early 2019, there are a few things that the locals will insist on when you take part in the Aling Aling Waterfall tour.
First of all, a guide is mandatory. This trek is easily doable without one, as you simply follow the path, but our guides were fun and helped us film some of the cliff jumping so we really didn’t begrudge needing to have them accompany us.
Secondly, you now need to wear a life jacket when doing the cliff jumping and water slide activities. These are provided by the guides and included as part of your initial entrance fee.
Thirdly, if you’ve never cliff jumped before, don’t worry, the guides will talk you through proper technique and how to do it safely. If you don’t feel comfortable, there’s no pressure to jump, simply enjoy watching the beautiful falls and the other adrenaline junkies fling themselves into the water!
With the need for a guide 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.
Where to stay
There are plenty of options for where to stay in Bali. I visited Aling Aling Waterfall while I was staying in Singaraja and I recommend that you do the same. Our Airbnb happened to be on the same road as the carpark for the trek down to the falls which was super convenient! To check out what’s available on Airbnb click this link and potentially save yourself up to $55 when you book.
Alternatively, click here to see price and availability on other hotels in the area.
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