Discovering the Best Waterfalls in Bali
Bali is home to scores of waterfalls. Many of them are easily reachable through a hike or trudge through forests, along trails and among wildlife. Here we share just some of the best waterfalls in Bali, along with other jaw dropping sights on the island.
Located 30 kilometres north-west of Ubud, stands a waterfall that should not be missed. If you are coming from Denpasar, you can reach Dusun Penida Kelod in Bangli by car or motorbike in about two hours.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall has mesmerised everyone who have managed to find it. Well-guarded by the cliffs, this waterfall is difficult to locate for the first time visitor. The several hundred steps down the cliff is worth the effort once you arrive at the destination. The circular cliffs give you the feeling of being in a cave, while the open sky right from where the waterfall emerges, gives you the most enchanting view. The sunlight falls on the glistering waterfall creating a rainbow, which feels as though it is projected right up to you. If you have never seen water flowing from the sky, then this would be your chance. Unlike any other waterfall in Bali, Tukad Cepung does not flow directly into a river, stream or lake, but flows gently down the cliffs. The source can be seen from up above, but the waterfall can only be viewed once you walk down the stairs and into the cliffs.
Since the water gets accumulated within the cliffs, it gets really deep during the rainy seasons. For that reason, it is not recommended to visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall during the monsoon season. But during other seasons, you can stand and observe the water calmly flowing down and making a narrow stream inside the cliff. This place is comparatively cooler and offers an immense sense of peace and tranquillity.
Here you can take a shower under the waterfall, enjoy a picnic on top of the surrounding huge rocks, swing with the lianas hanging down through the jungle-like area or kick off a yoga session to feel the freedom!
This place is so photogenic that you might encounter “instagramers” taking shots from a million different angles and poses.
Discover Tukad Cepung Waterfall along with several other hidden jewels of Bali in a classic VW 181 with Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The trip starts from Penglipuran Village, a beautiful highland village in the regency of Bangli in East Bali, best known for its well-preserved culture and village layout. The trip continues to visit the most ancient temple in Bangli, Pura Kehen. It was built in the 11th century and is known as the miniature Besakih Temple, the island’s Mother Temple. Kehen means household or a fire place which symbolises Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to ancient Hindu philosophy. The last stop will explore the unspoiled natural beauty Tukad Cepung Waterfall.
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, architecture and culture of Bali. Through this half-day “Volkswagen Vintage Tour: Hidden Jewel” experience you will discover a dazzling array of offsite private activities that have been exclusively chosen for you.
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Address : Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud
Telephone : +62 361 4792 777
Website : www.mandapareserve.com
Located in the northern regions of Bali, Aling-Aling Waterfall is found in Sambangan Village, Buleleng Regency, 11 kilometres from the old northern capital of Singaraja. It is around 3 hours away from Denpasar. It is an oasis of unspoiled nature, one that will take your breath away – definitely one of the best waterfalls in Bali.
Adventure junkies will enjoy the opportunity to cliff jump into the plunge pools at Aling-Aling. From 5, 10 or 15 metres high, take a leap of faith to get the adrenalin going. Those who are afraid of heights can also opt to slide down a natural waterslide made from years of natural erosion of the cliff rocks. Paddles and swims in the waterfalls basin is possible for those just looking for a quick dip in the fresh mountain river waters.
When you arrive, you may be daunted by the path down to the waterfall as rewards usually come after hard work! A tiring walk down hundreds of stone steps, about 400 metres down, is what separates you and Aling Aling. While the descent down is tiring, like Tukap Cepung, the scene that awaits for you is worth the effort. You’ll be greeted with a magnificent view of the towering falls, 35 metres high falling from a steep cliff and surrounded by lush greenery as well as rice fields. The water that gushes from the falls are crystal clear, and the surrounding air is cool and refreshing as the mist sprays towards you.
If you look closely at Aling Aling Waterfall, one can see that the giant cascading feature is in fact one huge flow of water separated into two adjacent falls. The fall on the right hand side falls with formidable speed, volume and force, creating a thunderous crash as the water meets the plunge pool below. The rumble of the falling water adds life to the surrounding area so it is no wonder that Aling Aling is on the list of favourites amongst photographers and shutterbugs alike.
One of the most famous waterfalls in north Bali, Gitgit is located in the plateau area with the height of about 45 metres. It’s the first waterfall you’ll find upon entering the Gitgit Village in Buleleng regency.
Gitgit is surrounded by dense tropical trees with some plantations protecting the rain forest around it. The walk to this waterfall is a long downhill trek. From the parking area, take a 500 metre scenic walk, along the way you can find some of the island’s common plants, such as cacao, coffee, clove and nutmeg. With paddy fields on your left and a green canyon on your right your walk to the waterfall is invigorating. The sound of the waterfall can be heard from 200 metres away – mixing nicely with the chirping birds – and after a few more steps you can see the huge cascades of gushing water descending from 45metres and hitting the water and the big stones below.
Adrenaline seekers will love Gitgit especially if you visit with Adventure and Spirit who allow you to walk, climb, jump, and swim Gitgit in a safe way. You’ll be guided through the various ways one can traverse the various canyons that you’ll encounter. You’ll learn the basics of certain activities such as the technical skills required for a descent with an instructor, vertical descent and movements on a rope, independent rappel, jumps and waterslides, and swimming in calm river waters.
Adventure and Spirit
Address : Jalan Raya Mas, Ubud
Telephone : +62 853 3388 5598
Website : www.adventureandspirit.com
Meaning “a group of”, Sekumpul is actually a cluster of seven waterfalls. Located in the village of Sekumpul in an upland area of the Buleleng regency. The waterfall is within an hour’s drive southeast from Lovina Beach. The falls are fed by two mountain streams and the main one, the one referred to as the Sekumpul Waterfall, is the most accessible of the collection of falls in the area. When thinking of the best waterfalls in Bali, Sekumpul often comes to mind.m
Sekumpul is surrounded by a lush, green bamboo forest. Going down to the waterfall, you’ll go through dirt tracks, down hundreds of steps, and cross over shallow streams.
There are two available tracks for you to reach the waterfall. The first one is a trek that leads you to purpose-built gazebos, a stopping point for you to cool down and catch your breath while enjoying the view of the 80m-tall majestic fall from a distance. The other one is a forest and village trail that leads you down to the rock pool base of the falls, which includes traversing down more steps through a combination of rice paddies, durian, rambutan and coffee plantations. The breathtaking natural beauty here will seduce any nature lover, landscape photographer, and those with a knack for adventure.
NEWbali offers tours to discover Sekumpul and other areas around the island’s north, east, and west to give you the ‘real Bali’ experience. They take you to watch the sun rise over mountains and encourage you to immerse yourself in the verdant greens of Bali’s rice fields before plunging into the waterfall.
The tour begins at four in the morning – that’s when they pick you up at home/hotel – and head straight for the slopes of Kintamani for sunrise. After the sunrise, you’ll be driven through village roads from Kintamani to starting point of your trek to Sekumpul.
Someone from NEWbali and a local guide will lead the trek, which will come with insight on the local vegetation such as cacao, coffee trees, and different fruits along the way. And as the vegetation opens up, nature will reveal a whole vista of terraced rice paddies stretching down far below you. You’ll zig-zag your way down, balancing between the terraces, passing happy farmers ploughing with their cows. The trek continues down the valley, and into the thick jungle. You’ll then traverse through rivers, down steep steps and up muddy paths; the trek is by no means difficult but it really does plunge you headfirst into nature.
In the tranquil, greater area of Ubud, nestles the equally calming Tegenungan Waterfall. Tegenungan is considered the closest natural attraction of its kind that you can reach within only a 30-minute drive from downtown Ubud, making it the most frequented waterfall in Bali.
Reaching Tegenungan from Ubud or Denpasar is a pleasant drive through paved village roads lined with coconut trees and stretches of green rice paddies on both sides. Upon entering the waterfall area, you’ll find a parking lot and ticket booth; this area is also filled with art and souvenir shops as well as small stalls selling snacks and cold drinks. From here, it only takes several minutes to walk down to the waterfall.
As you walk down the trail and away from the shops, you’ll be greeted by million dollar views of the green surrounding, with the cascading water as the centrepiece. The waterfall is framed by dense foliage, and the volume of the water is splendid at almost any time of year, though normally at its strongest during the wet season.
You can go down to the pebbly base and enjoy a dip in the plunge pool, but this is not advised after heavy downpours, due to the risk of flash floods.