The waterfalls in Bali are famous tourist attractions and while many are accessible, easily found with well-built pathways and steps.
While others might take some planning and are more difficult to access.
Some of the waterfalls are quite close to the tourist enclaves of Seminyak and Kuta, like Tegenungan.
The more spectacular ones like Aling-Aling 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.
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Some of the best waterfalls in Bali are quite close to the southern tourist destinations of Canggu, Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu.
Tegenungan is the largest waterfall by size and the closest to the tourist enclaves in the south of the island, including Seminyak, Legian, Kuta and Sanur.
To get to Tegenungan Waterfall, it is a drive from Denpasar to the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar.
The drive is just 16 km or about 30 minutes. You need to walk around 15 mins down a series of steps to get to the river and then walk along the river bank to the foot of the falls.
Tegenungan Waterfall – Best Waterfalls in Bali
Location: Jl Ir. Sutami, Kabupaten Gianyar
Tukad Cepung is quite unique among the waterfalls in Bali.
It’s made by water running down the cliffs, rather than flowing into rivers or streams.
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.
With the rise of Instagram growing numbers of tourists have been crowding to this beautiful waterfall and the way the sunlight beams down through the clifftop.
Tibumana has only recently become popular, with the locals from Apuan village in the Susut Bangli district improving conditions to attract more tourism.
The access road is reasonably well sign-posted and passes through some beautiful rice fields.
The waterfall is around 20m in height and falls into a protected, shallow pool.
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 dusky brown colour because most waterfalls on the south and east Bali are usually brown, especially during the onset of the wet season.
The brilliant blue water you see on Instagram is probably edited.
Local legend has it that Kanto Lampo waterfall only started flowing since a prayer ceremony in 2015.
It’s been a blessing for the local village as it provides some income from tourism.
This small but beautiful waterfall in the village of Beng in the Gianyar regency features multi-tiered cascades that flow down a series of stepping boulders.
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.
Location: Jl Gn. Batur, Beng, Kabupaten Gianyar
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.
Location: Bakbakan, Gianyar, Bali 80515
Suwat Waterfall is a relatively recently developed attraction, at least from a tourism viewpoint.
The local village of Suwat made a path to the waterfall and landscaped the top to make the falls look aesthetically pleasant in order to promote tourism to the area.
Suwat Waterfall is around a 5-minute walk from the roadside with a few stairs along the way.
The waterfalls of North Bali are taller and generally more magnificent than those in the south.
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.
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 falls – the Kembar, Kroya, and Pucuk waterfalls.
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.
The other advantage of hiring a local guide is they can take photos of you for some great action shots on Instagram!
Like all of Bali’s waterfalls, Aling-Aling is at its most photogenic during the wet season (December to March), when the water flow is at its peak.
To get to Aling-Aling Waterfall, drive to the village of Sambangan, where there are road signs leading to the carpark.
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.
It’s important to get there as early as possible because even though it is a long way, it’s becoming increasingly popular especially in the afternoons.
One of the most inspiring natural wonders in Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall isn’t easy to get to, but it is definitely worth the trip.
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.
Make sure you have proper 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.
Nungnung Waterfall is located 900 meters above sea level in a small village in the middle of nowhere.
The views are breathtaking and well worth the effort to see the 50m falls plunging into the pool.
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 once 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 will take 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.
ATAStip: There is a small warung and some toilets with changing facilities next to the carpark.
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 7-10 am it is very likely there will not be many, if any, people around.
Location: Wanagiri, Sukasada, Buleleng
Leke Leke Waterfall makes a great stop either to or from a tour to Danu Beretan and the other attractions in the Bedugul area.
Its a pleasant 15-minute walk through the jungle on well-maintained tracks and bamboo bridges crossing the river. It’s also quite close to Secret Garden Village.
The best time for photography is between 12-1 pm when the sun is the brightest.
Location: Antapan, Baturiti, Tabanan
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.
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 lead to the Waterfall parking lot.
Location: Jl Seribupati, Kabupaten Tabanan
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 difficult 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.
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.
Location: Pujungan, Pupuan, Tabanan Regency
Location: Gitgit, Buleleng Regency
Jembong is near Singaraja and is situated smack in between Aling-Aling, Gitgit, Colek Pamor, Banyumala waterfalls.
It’s around 17km from GitiGit Waterfall.
Location: Ambengan, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng
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.
There’s no pool at the foot of the falls but it’s refreshing standing underneath it.
The water’s cool, which would be great 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.
Location: Tejakula, Kabupaten Buleleng
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.
Getting there means descending 460 steps down a narrow staircase built against the side of the ravine.
This is clearly not for the faint-hearted.
The waterfall isn’t like the 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.
Location:Tejakula, Kabupaten Buleleng
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