Bali is a paradise for nature lovers, surf addicts, volcano hunters and for those who want to experience that unique Balinese culture. The island’s natural attractions are very popular among everyone. One of the best things is getting lost in the jungle on narrow roads, under palm trees and enjoy the smell of pure nature. No matter where you are riding your motorbike it is easy to run into a waterfall. There are several waterfalls (it is air terjun in Indonesian) in Bali so you’d better plan to spend 1-2 days within your vacation to explore them. Be prepared for getting wet and having great adventures at the same time.
Our favourite parts during all of those adventurous waterfall trips is always to walk (or climb) on a narrow pathway in the jungle, search the fall and that moment when it appears among huge palm trees and banana leaves.
Sekumpul and Fiji
Looking at the photos there is no need to explain that Sekumpul and Fiji waterfalls are our favourites. However it is a bit challenging to reach the area. It is located in a small valley up in the mountains which means 90% of cold rain on the way there. We love getting out from the clouds enjoying the warm light of the sun and arrive in the parking area. After 45 minutes walking in the rainforest among coffee plantations, durian and rambutan trees you reach the green valley. Watch out for the slippery steps and the huge durians above your head. You even have to cross a small river just before the 80 metres tall waterfall appears in front of you.
In the dry season it is also possible to have a bath in the pool. However getting totally wet here does not depend on the season. The steam coming from the fall is quite strong so you’d better prepare with swimsuits dry clothes and shoes. Raincoats and a waterproof camera are useful, too. Just a few hundred metres away there are the Fiji waterfalls which guarantee the same wet level if you approach them closely.
In case you want to support local businesses you can hire a guide at the parking area but it is possible to do the trek on your own.
Ever dreamt about getting wet in a waterfall? Kanto Lampo is the place where your wet dreams can come true. It is quite easy to approach it, there are just a few steps to take from the parking area. You can put your clothes on the rocks nearby and then “jump” into the stream which is about 1 metre deep. There are some nice local guys who can help with crawling up to the middle of the waterfall. Although the water-jet isn’t that strong and the rocks are not slippery at all, you’d better watch out your steps.
Going further in the flow direction you can find a much smaller secret waterfall. Unfortunately Kanto Lampo is a seasonal fall. We had luck seeing water there only for our 3. time visit. It was worth trying and trying again so we came back for a few additional times to have some fun.
Located in Buleleng regency close to the Twin lakes, Banyumala Twin waterfalls have one of the most picturesque views. You have to work hard in order to enjoy the wonderful result. Once you leave the main road, it becomes dirty and bumpy which causes a lot of headache if you come by motorbike. From the parking area a much more pleasant walk starts in the jungle. We did not even meet anybody on the path except some local ladies carrying rice and palm leaves. This is a perfect place to calm down and meet pure nature.
There are much to see in Buleleng regency including the gorgeous Munduk waterfall. Located around 850 metres form sea level means nice ricefields, traditional Balinese villages and pure mountain atmosphere on the way there. The waterfall is in a green jungle environment, among coffee plantations and palm trees. It is possible to take a bath in its clear pool if you bring changing clothes with you.
If you are wandering around Singaraja in North Bali and looking for some wet adventures, Aling Aling waterfall is the place to be. Trying its natural slide is a lot of fun for everyone. Jumping into the water from 10 and 15 metres could be a fantastic experience for the spirited ones. You just need to follow the instructions of the the local guides. Don’t worry, if you prefer watching only, you can also buy a ‘passive’ entrance fee and have a look at this beauty.
However we have visited Nungnung only once, it absolutely stole our heart. It is located in Badung regency, around 1 hour drive from Seminyak. You can approach it quite easily as there are built steps in the rainforest on the way down to the waterfall. Huge rocks and strong water-jet make the scene romantic and powerful at the same time. Climbing back those 1000 steps requires a general level of fitness but you can have a rest in the wooden gazebos near the path.
One of the most popular waterfalls in Singaraja, North Bali. This results a bit bigger crowd than other attractions nearby. The difficulty on the way there reveal itself via the local sellers who are asking you to buy something at every step you take. The waterfall itself is nice but nothing really special. If you are looking for something more quiet, there is another way to the top of the waterfall where nearly nobody is doing their treks. You will find a twin waterfall in a cave and you can also have a walk in the greenery to watch Gitgit from above at a bigger distance. The bad thing is that I do not remember how we ended up there as it was in our very first month in Bali.
Goa Rang Reng
It is a seasonal waterfall and similar to Kanto Lampo. The speciality about these falls is that they have a spectacle width without a determining height. One of the less-known places by tourists so there is a higher chance to meet local kids playing there after school time. There is a rope on the left side of the waterfall where you can climb up to the cave on the top. The water source there is believed as holy water and is used for purification rituals.
Yeh Ho waterfall
Jatiluwih is famous mainly for its scenic rice terraces. However there is a small treasure hiding close to the entrance gate. It is hard to spot the small sign of the Yeh Ho waterfall but it is worth visiting. After 10 minutes walk from the parking area it is easy to reach the spot. Good news that you will barely find other tourists there.
Seganing / Peguyangan
Do you still want to challenge your stamina and even your fear of heights? In this case Nusa Penida has two secret waterfalls to show you. They have a common feature: it is not the waterfall that makes the place special but the way down to reach it. As long as you can manage to find the right direction in the deserted jungle on those bumpy roads and you can start climbing to reach your desired destination. At Peguyangan there is also a small Balinese temple where local ceremonies take place. The difference between them is that there are also some built steps in the rocks on the way to Peguyangan. (Believe me, this also gives a test your fear of heights). Compared to this you can enjoy Seganing waterfall (which is a seasonal one) only after climbing the huge cliff there. Read here about our adventures at Seganing waterfall.
- Wet level sometimes depends on how close you go to the waterfall
- Entrance fees are quite low to all the waterfalls (between 5.000-30.000 IDR)
- Bring changing clothes with you
- Have a waterproof camera
- Bring some water as usually there are no shops around
- For seasonal ones check in advance if they have any water or not
- Training shoes are more comfortable and safe than flip-flops