Lush forest, calming sounds of crashing water and birds chirping, this is the Bali I love to explore. One of my favourite things to do on my most recent trips to Bali has been to check out as many of the magnificent waterfalls as I can. And so far, this is what I’ve decided are Bali’s best waterfalls.
1. Nungnung Waterfall, Petang
Nestled in a small village in the middle of nowhere is my favourite waterfall ever, Nungnung Waterfall. I’m a massive fan of really big, powerful waterfalls and located 900m above sea level, and standing 50m high, this one sure packs a punch. There’s just something so revitalising about walking right under a waterfall like this and feeling the water pelting down on you. The second I visited this one I knew it was going straight to the top of my Bali’s best waterfalls list.
A little walk over a bridge and there’s rockpools you can swim in as well so if you’re not a fan of pounding water you could also chill out in the calmer parts.
It takes about an hour to get there from Ubud and the journey is quite picturesque. Passing through lots of rice fields and rainforests. Be prepared for a workout when you get there – you have to climb down about 500 steps, but it’s totally worth it.
2. Tibumana Waterfall, Bangli
If less touristy locations are what you like then this is the waterfall for you. It’s one of the lesser known ones and this is the one I visited most recently. There’s not as many stairs as Nungnung which is also a bonus. When you get to the bottom of the stairs you’ll see a small waterfall, don’t be disappointed, this isn’t the end. Keep walking over the bridge and a little further on and you’ll come to the real point of attraction.
The great thing about this waterfall is it’s a double waterfall and it’s also pretty powerful. And if you can manage to get behind the pounding water there’s a little cave you can explore as well. Once you’re done at the waterfall there’s another path you can take to some cascades and a holy water temple.
This waterfall isn’t far from Ubud and is actually right next to Kanto Lampo (my next recommendation) so you could do them both in the same day.
3. Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Gianyar
This waterfall is really cool as it’s cascading down a wall of rocks. If you’re game enough to climb the rocks you can get some great pictures posing right in the waterfall. Careful as the rocks are super slippery.
Like all the waterfalls you have to climb down some steep steps to get to the waterfall, but there’s not as many as some of the other locations.
4. Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud
This is probably the most well known waterfall so be prepared for lots of tourists. This is the same waterfall that is in my cover image for this article. It’s surrounded by lush forest and is very picturesque but if you’re looking for that perfect picture with no-one else in the background, then this is not the waterfall you’re going to get that at.
However it’s still a great place to visit and has lots to offer. Be prepared for lots of stairs as the walk to get down to the fall is quite far.
If you wanted to do a few waterfalls in a day I would save this one for last as you’ll probably want food after a day of exploring waterfalls and this is the best place to get that.
There’s definitely a lot more waterfalls to see in Bali and next time I plan to explore the more northern parts as I’ve heard about a lot of beautiful waterfalls out there as well. But so far these are my favourites and I hope you can enjoy them as much as I did.
I’ve found the easiest way to get to any waterfall is just to hire a driver. It’s easy to negotiate with them and they’ll generally take you to other places along the way as well. The other option if you’re confident is to take a scooter. Whatever you do, I’d avoid going through a tour company as going through a private driver is a lot cheaper and you get to plan your day exactly the way you want.
What to bring when you go?
Just like any day out, if you’re planning a trip to any of Bali’s best waterfalls make sure you go prepared.
- Most waterfalls have an entrance fee so be sure to have cash on you. The less known ones are usually 5000 IDR and the more well known ones like Tegenungan are a bit more at 10,000 IDR (still it’s only $1).
- Like most tourist hot spots the Balinese are well prepared for visitors with snack and drink stalls along the way. Even the lesser known waterfalls have some small stalls and when you go to Tegenungan there’s a full street of stalls and restaurants before you even see the waterfall.
- Bring your bathers. Even if it’s raining, there’s nothing more refreshing than jumping under a waterfall, especially after climbing loads of stairs to get to them.
- Bring a towel and change of clothes – it’s never nice driving around in wet clothes all day.
- Don’t forget your camera! Each of these waterfalls is stunning and you can get some very insta-worthy snaps.