BEST WATERFALLS IN BALI
Those who have been following my instagram for a while know that I am a complete waterfall junkie!! Wherever I go, I make it a point to find all the best waterfalls in the area. I like to visit all of these waterfalls early in the morning before the crowd comes in because the feeling of being at the waterfalls with nobody else around is so exhilarating to me that it is worth the 5am wake up call.
I like to visit less-touristy and more hidden waterfalls because those are always the best ones! They are also harder to get to (hence why they are less touristy) which makes the reward at the end that much more worth it. Getting to more hidden waterfalls is more of an adventure and that’s what I’m into. So if the type of adventure that you see in my stories on instagram is what you want, then you are at the right place!!!
SO LET’S GET INTO IT…
1. Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul waterfall is known as the tallest waterfall in all of Bali! I also found it to be one of the coldest to swim in. It is located in the North of the island which is about a 2 hour drive from Ubud. I suggest spending the night before in the North (probably Lovina or Munduk area) so that you are near by and can sleep in the extra hour ;).
Now, here is the secret about Sekumpul… there are 2 entrances. Google maps will take you to the main entrance that everyone goes to (and so will the signs on the road). You pay an entrance fee (around 150,000IDR per person) and a guide will take you to the waterfall. I did not take this route. I decided to continue along the road until the very end (I knew there was more parking just by zooming into my Google maps). This led me to another entrance with another tour guide stand. The entrance fee is the same (regardless of the route you take, the entrance fee does not pay the guide… it is customary to tip your guide. We tipped our guide a total of 200,000IDR for the 2 of us because we took up over 5 hours of his time.)
This less known entrance is worth it!!!! This is definitely the scenic route. You will walk through rice terraces, visit 2 other less known waterfalls and also be surprised by the most magical lagoon!
Just a quick walk from the main waterfall are the Twin Falls (it’s called Twin Falls but depending on when you go, there will be 3 or 4 waterfalls in the same area!)
If you are considering going so early that the tour guide stand isn’t even open yet, it won’t work. We also tried that and there is a gate that is locked and only the tour guides have a key.
2. Tukad Cepung Waterfal
A friend I met on the trip took me here as a surprise. It was the most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall, especially because we went for sunrise!
So here's the deal, this waterfall is inside a cave, and when the sun rays shine down on it, it is so incredible. We tried to make it there for sunrise. So we woke up at 5AM and arrived at 7AM. Can you guess our first mistake? Like I said, the waterfall is inside a cave. That means in order for the sun rays to shine down on it, it needs to be way past "sunrise hour". Not sure why we didn't think of this earlier.
So we chilled in a dark cave for 2 hours. Granted, we also didn't have breakfast because for some reason when we were rushing in the morning, we were worried about missing the rays.
Ok so moral of the story, you don't need to arrive until around just before 9AM to see the rays shine down at an angle but around 11AM-12PM is when the rays come straight down. (These times I am giving are for the month of May... so do your calculations for the other months that you are going). Yes, other tourists will start showing up as well and you will have to be in a line up to take a photo.
We saw it shine down at an angle and then we left because I was starving and I was sure that I was probably going to faint if I didn't get food in my system ASAP.
Oh p.s.... we saw a snake in the water right after taking photos. Pretty sure it was poisonous. That's also a main reason why we ran out of there right away haha. :)
3. Goa Rang Reng Waterfall
This waterfall is more common for locals to visit. We visited twice and it was near empty both times! Although the waterfall itself was less spectacular than other spots in Bali, just the fact that it was only with locals and only a few tourists here and there, made it that much better. I don’t necessarily only go to waterfalls just for the photos and if you are anything like me, you will love it here. It is also near Ubud so you could go for a couple hours and be back for lunch or dinner.
There is an entrance fee of 25,000IDR per person but you do not need to take a guide.
4. Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling Aling waterfall is like a park for big kids like us! You arrive and there are different packages that you can buy from the tour guides (you must go with a tour guide… you are not allowed without one). We saw a family without a tour guide and they got in trouble by the locals. Depending on the package, this waterfall can get expensive but it is definitely worth it! We arrived late and they were going to close in a few hours so we did the shortest package (250,000 IDR per person). This included a trek through 4 waterfalls as well as canyoneering! The bigger packages include trekking to more waterfalls and they take longer as well.
Aling Aling is located about 2 hours North of Ubud as well like Sekumpul waterfall so we drove up to Aling Aling and then spent the night in Lovina and went to Sekumpul the next morning.
5. Kanto Lampo Waterfall
This waterfall is located pretty close to Ubud and it is very popular among tourists which is why I didn’t like it as much. We walked through the river a little bit to get away from the crowd and enjoy the nature. There is a small entrance fee at the top and you do not need a guide for it.
There is a conspiracy that this waterfall was man-made…
6. Secret ;)
This one has got to be my favorite waterfall… We trekked through a river to find this beauty.
Unfortunately I cannot reveal the name or location to respect the locals there. They prefer to keep this waterfall more secret so that it is more enjoyable for the tourists that do visit. We had a long talk about this with our guide and they do not care about the money. They would rather the tourists who do find this hidden gem enjoy it without a crowd and for that we appreciate them a lot! We tipped very well and so should you if you decide to visit.
I will give you a hint though… it is near Ubud!