Waterfalls of Bali
When you think of Bali a lot of people think of white sandy beaches, rolling surf and watching the sunset by the ocean. If you look away from the coast and head inland you can find the other side. Beautiful waterfalls, hidden canyons and crystal clear swimming holes. The only prerequisite is being able to walk down stairs for about 10 minutes and then up again after. If you are the adventurous type then you will no doubt be fine but this is not for people of poor fitness. Bali has many waterfalls but some of them are so touristic that they aren’t worth your time. Below you can find a list of some of the best on the island.
This waterfall is probably one of the most touristic falls in Bali but if you choose your times right then you can have the place to yourself. Tourists and locals alike flock here around midday to have a swim during the heat of the day. However, if you arrive early, you can catch the sunrise over the palm trees and see the light radiate through the mist from the falls. You have to take quite a few stairs to the bottom but it’s nothing too strenuous to get back up to the top again. There is a path that leads to the top of the falls where you can find some villagers up here washing clothes and taking a bath. If the bottom section is bustling then just take the path to the top of the falls, no one goes here so you’ll have it all to yourself. Tengenungan Waterfall is located just 30 minutes from Ubud and around 30 minutes from Sanur and you can find the location here.
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Sekumpul Falls are one of the most beautiful falls in Bali. In fact, in this small valley there are 7 waterfalls and if you have the time you can explore the area and enjoy all 7 of the waterfalls. The main falls are around 15 minutes walk from the parking lot and you follow a man made water drain along until you come to some stairs. Follow the stairs down and you cross a bridge and take the path to the left. You follow the path along the river and to the right are the falls. Everything is covered in spray here but you can leave your things and go to the pool at the bottom and enjoy the beautiful fresh water. Sekumpul falls are around 2 hours from Denpasar along the main highway that goes through Bedugul. Directions to the falls can be found here.
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Tibamana waterfall is a beautiful hidden paradise and just up the river from the much more touristic falls of Reng Reng. Mainly visited by locals, this waterfall is generally quiet as it is a 5 minute drive off the main road and then a 5-10 minute walk to the falls themselves. Tibumana is located just a 30 minute drive from Ubud and highly recommended for those wanting to escape from the tourists and enjoy the peace and tranquility. It is one of the most peaceful and beautiful falls in all of Bali and a place to relax and enjoy the jungle atmosphere.
Nung Nung is one of the more popular waterfalls in the north of Bali and if you come after 10am then you will find it crowded. We highly recommend arriving earlier in the day or after 3pm as you’ll find it quieter and the sun shining nicely on the falls. The water here is quite cold and you must take a lot of stairs to the bottom to reach these falls. There is a path that shoots off just as you start to come down the stairs and heads across to the top of the falls but its much better to head down to the bottom and enjoy the refreshing water. There is also another small waterfall that you will see just after you cross the bridge and here you can stand under the water and have a natural shower. You can walk around the Nung Nung falls but the wind created by the falling water is very strong here and a pair of goggles is recommended as the spray is very strong and restricts your visibility.
Aling Aling is actually the name for a whole group of falls located in the north of Bali just 20 minutes drive from both Lovina and Git Git twin waterfall. The Aling Aling falls are the biggest but if you go upstream there are some gems to be found. There are some tour operators that offer canyoning from Git Git falls through the canyons all the way down the valley to close to Lovina. Just up from the main falls is a beautiful pool called Secret Garden that you can jump into from the rocks above or just relax in the natural pool there. During the dry season the water is crystal clear and a perfect time to visit. During the wet season, heavy flow from the river can flood the pool and make it dangerous for swimming due to the strong currents and high levels of water.
Kroya waterfall is one of the most the most beautiful places in the region. The falls aren’t big but if you go to the top you can slide down the rocks and into the pools at the bottom. The rock pool is amazing and a beautiful place to relax. Don’t forget to bring a blow up mattress and you can just lay and relax with the jungle all around. There is also some rock jumps you can do up to around 10m high and the water is plenty deep enough for a jump of this height.
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Due to a lot of bad feedback from Git Git falls we have decided to leave it off the list because you don’t need to be hassled when there are many other waterfalls with no one about to bother you trying to extort exorbitant sums of money from you.