Bali isn't only about beautiful beaches and sunset cocktails [though we LOVE those too]. This paradise island is also home to a handful of hidden natural treasures, including stunning waterfalls to add to your Bali bucket list. Here are 13 of the best to hunt down on your next adventure.
If walking through dense jungle, clambering over rocks and ducking under lush green canopies is your idea of fun, then hunting for Bali’s hidden waterfalls needs to be on your Bali bucket list. And luckily for us adventurous souls, Bali is home to more than 13 of these hidden treasures, many of which are off the beaten track and unbeknownst to the tourist crowds [picture-perfect Instagram shots here we come!]. So to help you on your next wet adventure, we’ve put together a list of the best waterfalls in Bali for you to discover. Go on, jump right in!
The Beginner: GitGit Waterfall, Singaraja
To whet your appetite and introduce you to the waterfall game, GitGit in Singaraja is one of the easiest to find and reach by road. Because of its accessibility, GitGit has become one of Bali’s most famous tourist attractions, with refreshment stops and even the chance for a spot of retail therapy in the art shop. The waterfall is about thirty-five metres high, surrounded by lush greenery, and if you are really lucky, you might even spot wild monkeys hanging out on the trees and drinking from the falls! Oh, and a bit of warning for those that believe in old wives tales – local legend has it that couples who bathe together under the waterfall will separate soon after their visit… you have been warned!
The Niagara Falls of Bali: Niagara Munduk, Buleleng
Nestled in the rainforest around Munduk Village in Buleleng, lies Niagara Munduk – the Niagara Falls of Bali. There are two falls here, with the most spectacular being Munduk Waterfall which some visitors compare to a film set! Not only is the fifteen metre high waterfall a jaw-dropping spectacle, but the area around it, with its two twin lakes, is also a stunner. With clove plantations, rice fields and the backdrop of Bali’s beautiful mountains all around, Munduk is a great place to find some inner peace. At Munduk Waterfall, there is a restaurant where you can enjoy some grub and a drink, before you journey one kilometer further to Melanting Waterfall, which is slightly taller than its sister Munduk and lets you splash around in the water for hours!
The Most Beautiful: Sekumpul Waterfall, Singaraja
Sekumpul Waterfall, located in the village of Sekumpul, is touted as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. To see it up close requires a little bit of effort, so this is one for the real adventurers out there! It will take a dirt road, lots of slippery steps, and the crossing of a river to get you nearby, but trust us, it’s worth the trek! You can ask locals to take you there in exchange for a bit of money, which will get you stunning views from above, but Sekumpul Waterfall is often best enjoyed from a distance. What makes this waterfall different to most others is that there are, in fact, seven! All reach different dizzying heights into the treetops, and each spill varying amounts of water. It is most definitely a sight you won’t forget in a hurry!
The One With The Highest Altitude: NungNung Waterfall, Petang
Nine hundred metres above sea level in a small village in the middle of nowhere, lies NungNung Waterfall. The journey there is quite lovely, with lush green rice paddies and plantations in every direction. The car park is easy enough to find, but once you get there prepare for the long descent ahead in order to find the waterfall. Before you see it, you will most definitely hear it, as the thunderous sound of thousands of litres of water crashing into a pool below is hard to ignore! Once you’ve reached the bottom of the five hundred and nine steps [think of the workout you’re getting!] your eyes will get their first glimpse of the stunning fifty metre high waterfall. Get your camera at the ready!
Mother Nature’s Gift: Banyumala Twin Waterfall, North Bali
Within the Sambangan area, this is not an easy waterfall to find so we suggest getting a local to guide you and show you around the area, because believe us when we say it is worth it! The waterfall is special in that there are two flows of water to be seen, hence the name ‘twin’. Water cascades down steep rocks with gorgeous greenery surrounding them. This is Mother Nature at her best! Here you can take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool at the bottom – dunk your head and listen to the sounds of the water crashing down! This is a twin beauty not to be missed!
The Slip & Slide: Aling-Aling Waterfall, Sambangan
For you adrenaline seekers out there, pay attention! How does sliding down a thirty five metre waterfall sound? Yep, there is a natural water slide at Aling-Aling Waterfall, located in Sambangan village. And with an inviting, crystal clear plunge pool which is great for swimming, and the shower-like spray beneath the falls, you’ll want to pack your bikini if you are in the mood to get wet! The waterfall falls from a steep cliff and is surrounded by high cliffs with green trees, so is just as beautiful if you simply want to admire from a distance. The journey to get there can be a little tiresome, with lots of walking across rice fields and up and down many steps [but who’s complaining when the end result is so awesome!]. There are actually seven waterfalls in the Sambangan area, so we suggest hiring a local to show you around!
The Village Falls: Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud
Tegenungan Waterfall is not situated in the mountains, which is quite rare for waterfalls in Bali, but actually in Ubud village. Like many others, it still boasts beautiful lush greenery all around [and the added bonus of a beautiful temple nearby], and the natural springs are perfect for bathing. The water flow is heavy, leaving it clean and fresh, so you’ll no doubt spot lots of locals flocking here each day to enjoy a swim or refreshing bath. And for any budding photographers out there, you’ll want to know that the best time to visit Tegenungan Waterfall is during the evening, since its west-facing location captures the beautiful afternoon light.
The Hidden Gem: Peguyangan Waterfall, Nusa Penida
Now this may not be a giant, water-crashing-down-for-miles kind of waterfall, but it is still fun to visit, especially if you fancy a free massage! Peguyangan Waterfall is a group of short fountains of water that fall over a steep ravine, eventually making their way into the sea surrounding the gorgeous island of Nusa Penida. Away from the ravine there are little pools of water which you can bath in and let the fast flowing water ripple and bubble near your skin [aka a natural massage!]. To get to these you will need to climb up [or down] a narrow flight of steps that hug the ravine, so be prepared for near five hundred steps! It is a bit of a hidden gem, so you might need a local who knows his way around to help you find it!
The Hidden Giant: Blahmantung Waterfall, Tabanan
Like the smell of coffee? Like bathing in fresh water? Then welcome to heaven, Blahmantung Waterfall. Nestled within the Tabanan region of Bali, which houses many coffee plantations, sits this gorgeous waterfall, surrounded by beautiful green rainforest. One of Bali’s hidden treasures, it will take a good eight hundred metre walk to get there and the trek is by no means easy [especially during the rainy season where you should be wary of slippery rocks]. But it is so worth it when you arrive. At fifty metres high, it is a giant! You can jump into the plunge pool below and enjoy one of Mother Earth’s most natural beauties, and the drive to the car park itself is almost as beautiful as the actual waterfall, with lush green rice paddies as far as the eye can see!
The Spiritual Spot: Jembong Waterfall, Sukasada
GitGit Waterfall is known to overshadow Jembong [as it is so near], but actually, this is no bad thing. Spiritual healings are known to take place here, so its stunning, unspoiled, natural surroundings are perfect for such magical experiences to occur. It is located in the Theobroma cacao area, so your walk to find it will be amongst cacao trees. The waterfall has a gentle slope and water flow, again making it an ideal setting for healings, and of course bathing. Locally, Jembong Waterfall is known as the best waterfall in Bali.
The Tallest One: Yeh Mampeh Waterfall, Singaraja
Located in a small village called Les, Yeh Mampeh Waterfall is one of Bali’s tallest waterfalls. Aptly named, because Yeh Mampeh means ‘flying water’ in Balinese, it is virtually untouched. Hike down the falls, explore the nearby caves, swim in the clean fresh water, or just soak up the splendid views of the green hills whilst enjoying the cool, unpolluted air! Escape the hustle and bustle, and relax in the most beautiful of natural surroundings.
The Haunted Ones: Carat Waterfalls, Singaraja
Carat Waterfalls [plural as there are actually two] are located close to the unspoiled village of Tamblang in the Singaraja regency. To get there, you have to be ready for a bit of a tricky trek as the approximately eight hundred metre long path includes a wobbly bamboo bridge and some steep cliffs to scale [probably best to leave the kids at home for this one]. Here, the two waterfalls await, a smaller and a larger one, plus a small pool at the bottom which is perfect for swimming. Legend says that Carat Waterfalls are haunted and that bad luck will be brought upon any visitor who says negative things about the falls, so… think only happy thoughts, Honeys!
The Most Romantic: SingSing Waterfalls, Lovina
If you are heading to the north of Bali, you’ll definitely want to make a pit-stop here. SingSing Waterfall is located in the Labuan Haji Temukus district, near Lovina. It has been touted as the most romantic waterfall in Bali, due to its calming and peaceful atmosphere. Sit among the natural surroundings with your lover, listen to the calm waters rippling down a cascade, or take a dip together in the fresh water, before heading to one of the yummy nearby restaurants for a bite to eat. This experience is nothing short of paradisal tranquility.
Happy Hunting, Honeys!
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