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Everyone has a bucket list, including me. And I seriously recommend putting this Aling-Aling Waterfall Tour on yours. Along with stops at Gitgit Twin Waterfalls, Danu Beratan (a.k.a. the Floating Temple) and Tanah Lot this day tour with a private car and driver will 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.
07:00 – Pick-up with Private Driver
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.
08:00 – Coffee stop
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.
09:30 – Aling-Aling Waterfall 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 carpark 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 carpark.
12:30 – Gitgit Twin Waterfalls
30 minutes away from Aling-Aling is Gigit Twin Waterfalls. 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 carpark 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.
14:00 – Ulun Danu Beretan – The Floating Temple
The Floating Temple, Pura Ulan Danu Beratan in Balinese, is one of the iconic images of Bali. Located o 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.
16:00 – 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 carparks, 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.
18:00 – Dropoff
Your driver will aim to have you dropped off back at your accommodation around 6 pm, but this is entirely dependent on how long you want to spend at each of the stops along the tour, and the traffic conditions around your dropoff location.
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.