Everyone has a bucket list, including me. And I seriously recommend putting this Aling-Aling Waterfall Tour on yours. Along with stops at Gitgit Waterfalls, Floating Temple and Tanah Lot, this is a fun-packed day tour that tick off four iconic Bali attractions in a day. You’re friends and family back home will gasp and applaud (but really they’re green with envy) and so will your Instagram followers.
Pickup starts at 7 AM from your villa or hotel. I advise having breakfast before you leave because it’s going to be a long day. You can change your itinerary on the day if you need to, but this is a solid itinerary that I’ve used myself many times before, and it gives you the opportunity to see several of the best attractions in Bali in a single day.
Secret Garden Village
There are different routes to Aling-Aling depending upon your pickup location, but your driver will stop somewhere for coffee. If you’re coming from Seminyak you’ll stop at Secret Garden Village for a coffee and toilet break. If from other parts of the island it may be at a convenience store or small cafe.
Secret Garden Village makes for an excellent stopover because their coffee is simply outstanding, they have a great cafe and the toilets are western standard.
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Aling-Aling Waterfall Adventure Tour
Adventure time! Your driver will help you pay the entrance fee and hire a guide at a cost of IDR125k, which is relatively expensive for Bali waterfalls, but is fair as it covers your guide who will take you down to the foot of the falls and through the canyoning and cliff-jumping spots. Plus you get a bottle of water.
The other advantage of hiring a local guide is he can take photos of you for some great action shots. It takes around 5-10 minutes to walk from the car park to the foot of the falls.
There is no swimming in the actual Aling-Aling Waterfall itself, as it’s a holy place for the local Balinese. However, the big attraction is the canyoning, waterslides and cliff jumping in several downstream falls – the Kembar, Kroya, and Pucuk waterfalls.
There are several jumps of 5m, 10m and 15m which are definitely worth it for the fit adventurer. It’s around a 15-20 minute walk back up to the car park.
Gitgit Twin Waterfalls
Only 30 minutes away from Aling-Aling is Gigit Twin Waterfalls, so it would be a shame to come all this way and not see these majestic falls as well. I also have a Gitgit Waterfall Tour if you want to do these attractions but without the cliff-diving adventure of Aling-Aling.
It’s around 35m high surrounded by lush jungle and home to a local troop of monkeys that you might see drinking downstream or in the trees around the falls.
There’s a decent-sized car park with public toilets available for a small fee and the walk down to the foot of the falls is around 500m. There are plenty of locals looking to be your guide, which cost IDR100k per person, but it’s not mandatory and I recommend you can walk this yourself.
Ulun Danu Beratan – The Floating Temple
The Floating Temple, Pura Ulan Danu Beratan in Balinese, is one of the iconic images of Bali. Located on the western shore of Lake Beratan in the mountains near Bedugul, its position in the lake can give the illusion of floating on the water.
This is where you can also grab a late lunch as there’s a cafe inside the temple complex. I also have another custom itinerary for a Danu Beratan Temple Tour that may suit you.
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is a must-visit for anyone holidaying in Bali. Tanah Lot, which means “Land in the Sea” in Balinese, is the most visited tourist attraction in Bali for a reason. It really is one of the most iconic images of Bali and makes for a spectacular day tour.
The surrounding car park, markets and parks make it quite a large area, with the main attraction being a path leading down to the rocks where you can walk out to the temple itself during low tide. When the tide is coming in the local guides sometimes have to convince swathes of tourists to get off the rocks, which can be covered by water quite quickly.
Along the way, there is a large market where some of the best souvenir shopping and deals can be had on the island. Surprisingly, perhaps because of the competition and the sheer number of tourists visiting, the prices can be much better than other markets in the tourist enclaves of Kuta, Seminyak and Nusa Dua, so I recommend doing some shopping on the way out if you have time.
7:00 am – Pick-up from Hotel or Villa
You can leave later, but it’s better to get an early start as Aling-Aling Waterfall is a long way away.
8:30 am – Secret Garden Village
40km from Seminyak to Secret Garden Village, around 1.5 hours.
09:30 – Aling-Aling Waterfall
42 km from Secret Garden Village, around 1.25 hours.
11:00 pm – Gitgit Waterfall
10 km from Aling-Aling, around 30 minutes.
1:00 pm – Danu Beratan
19 km from Gitgit Waterfall, around 40 minutes depending on traffic.
3:30 pm – Tanah Lot
50 km from Danu Beratan, around 1.75 hours.
5:00 pm – Drop-off at Hotel or Villa
18 km from Tanah Lot to Seminyak, around 1 hour. Total tour is 180 km round trip.
Aling-Aling Waterfall Tour Map
The route is dependent on your pickup location, but this shows the likely route from Seminyak. Your driver may vary the route to take advantage of his knowledge of local traffic conditions, and you can vary the itinerary at any time.
- Toyota Avanza/Xenia or similar 6-seater SUV w/ air-con.
- English Speaking Driver.
- Tax & Car Insurance.
- Change your itinerary whenever you like.
- 10 consecutive hours of driver service (additional hours at IDR100k).
- Entrance fees, food or beverages.
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