The Ultimate Guide to the Best Waterfalls in Bali Discover the best waterfalls in Bali. Pro tips, location maps, entrance fees and opening hours.

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The waterfalls in Bali are seriously popular tourist attractions and while many are accessible, easily found with well-trodden pathways and steps, others take some planning and are more difficult to access through jungle walkways and descending slippery steps. This is the Ultimate Guide to the Best Bali Waterfalls, including location maps, entrance fees, safety tips, links to my recommended itineraries and advice for when to pay for local guides or travel independently. 

The first thing you need to know is the term Air Terjun, which means waterfall in Balinese, and is often used on signposts on the odd occasion they appear.

Some of the waterfalls are quite close to the tourist enclaves of Seminyak and Kuta, like Tegenungan. The more spectacular ones like Aling-Aling, Sekumpul and Gitgit are in Northern Bali close to Singaraja, and it’s quite a long journey if you’re starting your tour from Southern Bali.

The best advice I have is to hire a private car and driver for the day (or more) and plan your waterfall visits along with other attractions like temples and rice terraces for the ultimate day tour.

Don’t forget to read the safety tips at the bottom of the page. Good luck chasing waterfalls and have a great Bali holiday!

Guide Map to Bali Waterfalls.

Here’s the most comprehensive guide map to Bali Waterfalls you will ever need. You’re welcome 🙂


Organising Day Tours to Bali Waterfalls.

Getting to visit the waterfalls in Bali isn’t as easy as catching a taxi, as the distances are way too far to be even remotely economical. Some of the waterfalls on this list are difficult to find, even for me. Hiring a private driver for the day (or several days) is not only smart but cost-effective and you will have a vastly superior experience with a knowledgeable, English-speaking driver who knows the area and its attractions.

Getting there on a motorbike or scooter isn’t recommended for the faint of heart or anyone who isn’t a very experienced rider. I’ve ridden bikes in a lot of places, especially around Asia, and one thing I know for sure is that unless you know the local traffic conditions you’re dealing with increased risk when hopping on a motorbike in Bali.

By popular request, I have two specialised tour itineraries you can book through me:

Aling-Aling Waterfall

If you’re looking for adventure in Bali, you can’t do better than taking a day tour to the famous Aling-Aling Waterfall in Northern Bali.

Aling-Aling waterfall is unique because of the rocky outcropping splitting the flowing river into two separate waterfalls, each flowing at a different rate. 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.

Kroya Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets
Riding the slides down Kayon Falls is epic fun.

There are several jumps of 5m, 10m and 15m which are definitely worth it for the fit adventurer. It’s a truly awesome experience but you must hire one of the local guides from the carpark at the top of the entrance to guide you safely through the series of waterfalls, canyons and jumps.

While I rarely recommend hiring a local guide at waterfalls in Bali, I definitely recommend you get one for this adventure purely for safety reasons, let alone the difficulty in navigating this tricky area without local knowledge. The other advantage of hiring a local guide is he can take photos of you for some great action shots.

The IDR 20,000 fee to get in only covers access to Aling-Aling waterfall. To venture further on to the diving and jumping points and waterfall slide costs from IDR 125,000 per person with a local guide, which you can hire at the ticket office.

The totally Instagram-worthy waterfall slide looks daunting but it’s quite smooth and you are unlikely to injure yourself if you take care — but I cannot emphasise enough this is not for the faint-hearted or for anyone carrying an injury.

Aling-Aling Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets
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If you’re fit and adventurous and only visit one waterfall in Bali this is the one I recommend. It’s nothing short of epic!

Like all of Bali’s waterfalls, Aling-Aling is at its most photogenic during the wet season (October to April), when the water flow is at its peak. But the canyoning, waterslides and cliff-jumping are safer during the dry season, (May to September) when the water level is lower and the rapids are less intense.

To get to Aling-Aling Waterfall, drive to the village of Sambangan, where there are road signs leading to the carpark. The drive from Seminyak is 85km and will take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours depending on traffic. It’s 73km or 2-2.5 hours from Ubud.

I’ve taken friends and family to Aling-Aling several times and everyone has loved it. If you want to go, book one of my trusted, knowledgeable, English Speaking drivers for an amazing day tour. It’s cheaper than the big tour operators because I’m passing your booking directly to my drivers, and for groups of 2-6 people it’s incredibly good value.

Entrance Fee: Rp 20,000
Address: Jl Raya Desa Sambangan, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00-16:00

Gitgit Waterfall

Easily accessible by road, Gitgit Waterfall is one of the most popular in Bali. It’s around 35m high surrounded by lush jungle. Home to a local troop of monkeys, you might see some of them 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 generally cost around IDR100k per person and is useful if you might need some help, but it’s not mandatory and you can walk yourself.

Gitgit Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets
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The falls flow all year, but the best time is November to February when rainfall is highest. It’s 75km from Seminyak and the drive will take between 2-3 hours depending on traffic. Best bet is to get up early and leave around 6-7 am when the traffic is minimal and you miss the buses heading to Danu Beratan.

I highly recommend booking a day tour to Gitgit Waterfall with a private car and driver. I’ve optimised an itinerary based on taking my friends and family there many times, and includes a coffee and toilet stop at a cafe in the highlands on the way to Gigit Waterfall, with stops at Wanagiri Hidden Hills Swings for lunch, then Handara Gates followed by Danu Beretan (the Floating Temple) on the return journey.

Entrance Fee: IDR25,000
Address: Jalan Raya Bedugul – Singaraja, Gitgit, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00–17:00

Sekumpul Waterfall

One of the most inspiring natural wonders in Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall isn’t easy to get to, but it is definitely worth the trip.

Located 66 km north of Ubud and 76 km from Seminyak it will take the best part of a day to drive (or ride) out there and back. At the carpark, there are a number of local guides very keen for you to employ their services, and to be honest their help for this particular hike can be a big help as they do know a couple of hidden gems nearby. From the carpark to the falls is around a 45-minute hike, and due to its popularity, the track is quite well marked.

It’s busiest between midday and 2 pm, so if you’re making it a stop on a day tour I advise going straight there when the traffic is lightest and before the crowds arrive. The waterfall flows year-round although like with all the falls in Bali things get pretty intense during the wet months from December through the March.

Make sure you have decent walking shoes because the track is quite steep in places and the rocks can be very slippery. Take your time, you do not want to sprain an ankle this far away from medical services.

Sekumpuil Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets
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That being said, Sekumpul falls are without doubt one of my top 5 destinations in Bali. They are quite magical, and the hike through the jungle is an adventure in itself. If you want to visit other waterfalls in this region I also recommend Aling-Aling and Gitgit.

Sekumpul Waterfall makes a great destination for a day tour with a private car and driver.

I’ve designed a tour route that stops at Secret Gardens on the way to the falls for a short coffee and toilet break. It’s important to head straight for the falls as soon as possible to beat the crowds. Then after you’ve trekked down and back I recommend lunch at Wanagiri Hidden Hills and some photo time to feed the Instagram at the famous swings.

Then if you have time you can choose to stop at Danu Beretan, the famous floating temple and Bedugul Market before heading back home.

Entrance Fee: IDR15,000
Address: Sekumpul, Lemukih, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 06:00-18:00

Nungnung Waterfall

Nungnung Waterfall is located 900 meters above sea level in a small village in the middle of nowhere. There is a carpark where the entrance fee can be paid, before descending down 509 steps in order to get to the bottom. The views are breathtaking and well worth the effort to see the 50m falls plunging into the pool.

Nungnung Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets
The biggest waterfall in Bali by volume. Photo credit: @sami2.18

The carpark for Nungnung Waterfall is around 35kms from Ubud (around 90 mins in average traffic) and 47kms from Seminyak (around 2 hours in average traffic).

Entrance Fee: IDR 10,000
Address: Belok/Sidan, Petang, Kabupaten Badung
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00-16:00

You can book a day tour to Nungnung Waterfall in a private car and driver for 1-6 people directly through me with one of my trusted, knowledgable English-speaking drivers.

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan is the largest waterfall by volume and the closest to the tourist enclaves in the south of the island, including Seminyak, Legian, Kuta and Sanur.

To get to Tegenungan Waterfall, drive from Denpasar to the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar. The drive is just 16 kilometres, or about 30 minutes. But the falls remain quite isolated and you will need to descent hundreds of steps along the bank of the River Tukad Petanu to access it.

Tegenungan Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 15,000
Location: Jl Ir. Sutami, Kabupaten Gianyar
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 06:30-18:30

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tukad Cepung is quite unique among the waterfalls in Bali. It’s formed by water running down the cliffs, rather than flowing into rivers or streams. From the top the waterfall can’t be seen – you need to walk down the stairs and approach from the bottom to get the amazing view of looking up at the waterfall with the skyline in the background.

Tukad Cepung was relatively unknown for a long time, and as recently as 2016 didn’t have that many visitors. Even many local drivers didn’t know where it was. But with the rise of Instagram increasing numbers of tourists have been flocking to this stunning waterfall and the unique way the sunlight shines down through the cliff top onto the falling water.

This means that during that magical couple of hours the sunlight is on the waterfall a queue will likely form with people waiting for their turn to get that perfect Instagram shot.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 10,000
Location: Jl Tembuku, Dusun Penida Kelod, Kabupaten Bangli
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 06:00-17:00

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

While Banyumala Waterfalls are relatively remote in the north of Bali, it is one of the easiest to get to compared to the tough trek involved at Sekumpul or the slippery riverbed at Tukad Cempung.

It is located to the north of Lake Buyan on the crater rim road between Munduk and the main highway from Singaraja to Denpasar. This means you also pass right by the swings at Hidden Hills Wanagiri, so stop to visit these on your return from the falls.

It’s also not far from Golden Valley Waterfall as well if you feel like visiting more than one in the same area. It’s not easy to find, so be on the look-out for a faded sign directing you down a small village road that takes you 3km to the carpark. I advise not to take your scooter all the way to the end of the road leading to the track as it’s a bit rough. Park where the cars are and walk the last 10m.

Pro-tip: There is a small warung and some toilets with changing facilities next to the carpark. Get changed into your bathers, carry a towel and wear stout walking shoes while leaving everything else in your car or bike.

The trail leading to the falls from the carpark is all natural, as opposed to the concrete steps and pathways found at the more popular waterfalls. It will take about 20 minutes, but be careful as the natural steps can get very slippery if it has been raining, especially in the wet season between November and March.

The water is very clean, being fed from a natural spring further upstream and the swimming in the natural pool at the bottom is excellent.
If you get there between 7-10am it is very likely there will not be many, if any, people around.

It’s 66km from Seminyak, around 2.5 – 3 hours depending on traffic, and 57km, or around 2 hours from Ubud. Times are quicker if using a scooter of motorbike.

Banyumala Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 30,000
Location: Wanagiri, Sukasada, Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 07:00-18:00

Tibumana Waterfall

Tibumana has only recently become popular, with the locals from Apuan village in the Susut Bangli district improving conditions to attract more tourism dollars to the area.

The access road is reasonably well sign-posted and passes through some beautiful rice fields. There are car and motorbike parking, and the concrete stairs down into the gorge and along the river have been recently upgraded making it a relatively easy walk if you don’t mind stairs.
It’s around 20m in height and falls into a protected, shallow pool. After heavy rainfall, usually during the wet season, the falls split into two — and while this looks spectacular, only happens after protracted heavy rainfall. For the rest of the year, expect a single waterfall that flows over a small hand-built rocky watercourse that ensures an even water flow and very photogenic waterfall.

Don’t be disappointed if the water is a murky brown colour because most waterfalls on the south and east Bali are usually murky, especially during the onset of the wet season. The brilliant blue water you see on Instagram photos are likely altered with filters or photoshop.

Along with Tegenungan, Kanto Lampo and Tukad Cepung, Tibumana is one of the closest waterfalls to visit when coming from Ubud, Kuta, Legian or Seminyak. Tibumana is only 16kms from Ubud and 42kms from Seminyak. While much smaller than Tegenungan, it’s also much less crowded.

Because it’s so accessible I highly recommend a visit.

Tibumana Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 15,000
Location: Jl. Desa Apuan, Apuan, Susut, Kabupaten Bangli
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 06:00-18:00

Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Local legend has it that Kanto Lampo waterfall only started flowing since a prayer ceremony in 2015. It’s been a boon for the local village as it provides some income from tourism.

This small but scenic waterfall in the village of Beng in the Gianyar regency features multi-tiered cascades that flow down a series of stepping boulders.

Kanto Lampo, like all waterfalls in Bali is seasonal, which means access can be cut off if the volume of water in the gorge is too high during the wet season of immediately after heavy rainfall.

It’s only 100m from the roadside entrance, and the concrete stairs leading down into the gorge are easily accessible. However, once you get near the bottom, you have to navigate the last 20m down into the river over some very slippery rocks. There is a steel balustrade to help, but it isn’t recommended unless you are sure-footed and exceptionally careful.

To get a decent photo you have to get into the riverbed, which is shallow but very murky, and walk along 20m until you are directly below the waterfall. There are a small group of local guides willing to either assist you down or take your camera and get photos of the falls for you.

Expect to pay between IDR50-100k for the assistance, and if you are unsure of your footing but still want to try I recommend using a guide for help. It’s only a small fee and could help avoid a nasty fall on the slippery rocks.

Kanto Lampo Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 15,000
Location: Jl Gn. Batur, Beng, Kabupaten Gianyar
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00-18:00

Goa Rang Reng Waterfall

Located on Banjar Gitgit in Bakbakan Village, Goa Rang Reng is a flat, rocky waterfall with a nearby cave that is used by Balinese Hindus for a spiritual cleansing ritual. It’s around 300m walk from the nearby parking area.

It’s downstream from Tibumana and upstream from Kanto Lampo, both of which are close by.

Goa Rang Rend Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Free, but a guide recommended
Location: Bakbakan, Gianyar, Bali 80515
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours, but not recommended in the dark

Bhuana Sari Waterfall

Bhuana Sari is actually the second in a series of waterfalls beginning with Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall. While both a stunningly beautiful, the 20-minute trek is worth it to see Bhuana Sari.

Bhuana Sari Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 10,000
Location: Jalan Bhuana Sari, Desa Wanagiri, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00-18:00

Pengempu Waterfall

From Denpasar, head over to Sangeh, then turn left at the T-Junction and continue driving through the bridge. Then turn right to Cau Belayu and just follow the signs that leads to the Waterfall parking lot.

Pengempu Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Free
Location: Jl Seribupati, Kabupaten Tabanan
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 07:00-18:00

Pucak Manik Waterfall

Pucak Manik Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 15,000
Location: Wanagiri, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 07:00-17:00

Golden Valley Waterfall

Golden Valley Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Free
Location: Tutub, Munduk, Banjar, Bulelang
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00-17:00

Munduk Waterfall

Located on the same access road and close by to Golden Valley Waterfall, and only 10km from Banyumala Waterfall, Air Terjun Munduk is relatively accessible down a short trail around 50m from the carpark. It isn’t that strenuous and the trail is well maintained so it’s quite accessible for most people.

It’s a good height waterfall with a small pool at the bottom for swimming. It’s busiest in the afternoon, with very few tourists in the morning.

Munduk Waterfall, Singaraja - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 20,000
Location: Jl Raya No.Desa, Munduk, Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 06:00-18:00

Blemantung Waterfall

To visit Blemantung Waterfall, drive around 75 kilometres, or approximately 2 hours, from Denpasar to the Pujungan village in the district of Pupuan. From the village, the way to the waterfall is well signed, and the walk from the parking area is just 200 metres.

Blemantung Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Free
Location: Pujungan, Pupuan, Tabanan Regency
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours, but not recommended in the dark

Campuhan Waterfall

Campuhan Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Free
Location: Gitgit, Buleleng Regency
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00-18:00

Colek Pamor Waterfall

Colek Pamor Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Free
Location: Gitgit, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 08:00-18:00

Jembong Waterfall

Jembong is near Singaraja and is situated smack in between Aling-Aling, Gitgit, Colek Pamor and Banyumala waterfalls. It’s around 17km from GitiGit Waterfall, with the last 6 km after turning off the main GitGit road quite narrow, in parts becoming single lane so be careful driving or riding motorbikes out here.

Jembong Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 5,000
Location: Ambengan, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 06:00-17:00

Yeh Mampeh Waterfall

Located in the village of Les in the north-western side of Bali, it’s roughly half-way between Singaraja to the west and Amed to the east. If you are travelling between Singaraja and Amed then put this waterfall on your list.

It’s around 2 km from the turn-off on the main road to the parking lot at the end of the road. There you will be asked if you want to hire a guide, which isn’t necessary unless you’d like assistance.

Head straight from the parking lot, cross a small bridge and turn immediately right (there’s an arrow at the end of the bridge). It’s around a 25-minute walk along a cement pathway until you reach the falls. There’s no pool at the foot of the falls but it’s delightful standing underneath it. The water’s cool, which personally I love after the generally continual heat of Bali.

You’ll need shoes or sandals, as while the path is usually quite well maintained, it can get broken up after the frequent heavy rains experienced in this area.

It’s beautifully clean water and hardly any tourists. Both times I’ve been here there wasn’t anyone else around at all.

Yeh Mampeh Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Rp 20,000
Location: Tejakula, Kabupaten Buleleng
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 00:00-00:00

Desa Musi Waterfall

Musi is a small village on the far north-western side of Bali. It’s old school, so if you want an adventure with an authentic village experience then hunting for this hidden waterfall then this is for. Because it’s hidden I’m not going to post the exact coordinates — instead, treat this as your very own treasure hunt with the only clue being that you have to ask the locals and get them to take you!

Desa Musi Waterfall - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee: Depends on your negotiation skills
Location: Not telling. Ask the locals at Musi Village
Opening Hours: Whenever you can get the locals to take you, but not recommended after dark

Peguyangan Waterfall

Peguyangan Waterfall, on the island of Nusa Penida, can be quite tricky to find. Even many of the locals don’t know how to get there. Your best bet is to arrange a tour with a local tour operator on Nusa Penida, or hire a private car and driver for the day after testing whether he knows where it is himself!

Getting there involves descending 460 steps down a narrow staircase constructed against the side of the ravine. This is clearly not for the faint-hearted or those who don’t think they are fit enough to climb back up again.

The waterfall isn’t like the cascading rivers found in the jungles on Bali. Peguyangan is made up of a series of short, cascading spring fountains that make their way over several steep ravines before discharging into the ocean. But the effort is worth it to be able to bathe in the springs overlooking the ocean.

View from Pegayangan Springs - Bali Holiday Secrets

Entrance Fee:
Location: Nusa Penida, Batukandik, Kabupaten Klungkung
Opening Hours: Mo-Su 06:00-19:00

Safety tips for visiting Bali waterfalls.

  1. Don’t underestimate how slippery the pathways and rocks surrounding the waterfalls can be. The most common injuries are from people slipping on the rocks.
  2. Beware the level of water rising when it rains. Particularly in the wet season (December – March) heavy rainfalls can swell the rivers and make access to some waterfalls quite dangerous, especially those accessed through gorges.
  3. Travel light, but wear good walking shoes or sandals and take a change of clothes as getting a little wet from the spray is expected at some, and from wading through the riverbed at others.
  4. Some of the waterfalls you can access independently, usually by paying an entrance fee, and others are best accessed with the help of a local guide. In fact, some can only be found using a local guide!

Hire a private car and driver

If you want a stress-free way of visiting waterfalls in Bali, I highly recommend hiring a private car and driver. You can hire one from almost anywhere – your hotel or villa will certainly recommend one – but remember, you get what you pay for.

I am supporting an emerging group of local, independent English speaking drivers who make excellent tour guides for your Bali Holiday. If you would like to book a private car and driver to take you for a day tour to Bali’s best waterfalls – and some not so well known – you can book one here.

Seriously great waterfall guide!

My boyfriend and I have been ticking off as many waterfalls on your list as possible and absolutely having a ball in Bali!! Big thank you from Christina and Marcus!!

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