There are quite a few things that Bali is well-known for. Beautiful rice terraces, thrilling surf conditions, world-class diving spots, the very “Instagrammable” swings, and, of course, breathtaking waterfalls. Bali is the perfect adventure travel destination. If you’re planning a trip here, the Bali waterfalls should be on your radar. So what is the best Ubud waterfall to visit?
Ubud, in North Bali, is often described as the heart of Bali. This is where you will find many of natures finest creations. Far away from the crowded beaches of South Bali, and surrounded by beautiful rice fields like Tegalalang, countless waterfalls, and great hiking trails, Ubud is a haven for nature lovers.
The best Bali waterfalls are hidden treasures that you will find in tropical rainforests and deep mountain valleys. Here is your complete guide to finding the best Ubud waterfall.
Finding The Best Ubud Waterfall
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find hidden waterfalls in Bali. Many of them have become extremely popular and get very crowded. The trick is to find the lesser-known but just as spectacular waterfalls.
Ubud is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Bali. But many of them do fall into the category of being popular and very busy. Our favourite waterfall in Ubud was one that is actually 45 minutes outside of the city – Tibumana waterfall. It’s lesser-known and therefore not so crowded. There are also a few others worth adding to your list.
Here are a few of the best waterfalls to visit from Ubud.
Ubud Waterfall: Tibumana
Tibumana waterfall is one of the most beautiful “secret waterfalls” near Ubud. Tourism is on the rise and it’s getting more and more difficult to find secluded places in Bali. But, hidden deep in the jungle, Tibumana waterfall is a true hidden gem.
More people are starting to hear about it, so unfortunately it’s only a matter of time before it becomes touristy. But for now, it’s still a very peaceful and tranquil spot.
We arrived here just before 9 AM and there were a few other people, but not too many. It definitely started to get a bit busier later on in the morning. If you want to have the waterfall all to yourself you will need to arrive a bit earlier. It’s also a great place to see an incredible Bali sunrise.
The best way to get here is on motorbike. There are beautiful rice fields and palm tree spots to stop at along the way. So if you have your own transport you can explore the beautiful surrounding areas at your own pace.
Once you reach the falls, there is a parking area for you to leave your bike. The walk to the waterfall is about 10 to 15 minutes and there are a few small stores selling refreshments along the way. The entrance fee is 15,000 IDR per person.
Ubud Waterfall: Kanto Lampo
Just a 15-minute drive from Tibumana, you will find Kanto Lampo waterfall. Also hidden away in the jungles, Kanto Lampo is a peaceful escape. It’s worth making a stop here on your visit to Tibumana waterfall.
Once you park here, it’s an easy walk down to the falls. You just need to follow a set of stairs down – which will take between 5 to 10 minutes. The entrance fee here is 10,000 IDR.
To get the best views of the waterfall, you will need to climb right into the water. Keep in mind that the rocks may be wet and slippery so you should be careful when climbing here.
SInce this is not one of the well-known waterfalls, it can be a bit tricky to find. On Google maps, it’s known as ‘Wisata Air Terjun Kanto Lampo.’
Ubud Waterfall: Tegenungan
Tegenungan waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls to visit in Ubud. It’s located in the South and is situated at the top of a valley. There are a series of concrete stairs leading down to the base of the falls.
The entrance fee here is 15,000 IDR. This is one of the largest and most impressive of the Bali waterfalls. If you’re looking to explore the best waterfalls in Ubud, then Tegenungan has to be on your list. This one is only a 20 minute drive from Ubud, and it’s one of the very touristy waterfalls for a reason.
On the plus-side of it being so popular, the pathway down to the falls is well maintained and very safe. Once passing through the entrance you will walk past a few market stores. Once you reach the “WELCOME TO TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL” sign – you are at the start of the short pathway leading down to the falls.
There’s a fabulous viewpoint on the way down. You might want to try snap a photo – if it’s not too crowded.
Other Bali Waterfalls To Visit
If you’ve got more time in Bali and plan on visiting other areas, here are some of the other waterfalls in Bali to check out.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
The Tukad Cepung waterfall is somewhat of a rising star among the Bali waterfalls. It’s located approximately 50 minutes from Ubud and is a relatively easy ride. Tukad Cepung is gaining a lot of popularity thanks to its unique aesthetics. The waterfall is set between rock formations. The entrance fee here is 10,000 IDR per person.
Goa Rang Reng Waterfall
Located in Gianyar, Goa Rang Reng is only about a 30 minute drive from Ubud. This one is only accessible by motorbike and is perfect for those looking for a bit of adventure.
There is one path leading down to the Rang Reng waterfall, but along the way down it splits in two. One path leads to a sacred cave and the other to the falls. You are only allowed to explore the cave if you are with a local guide.
Sekumpul waterfall can be found in the village of Sekumpul. It’s touted as being the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. It’s not easily accessible though and to see it up close requires quite a bit of effort. In fact, the new regulations require you to hire a guide. The entry fee here is 20,000 IDR.
You will need to ride down a dirt road, stumble down lots of slippery stairs, and cross over a river if you want to experience all it’s beauty. But it’s said to be absolutely worth. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to this one because it’s a bit far from Ubud and Canggu.
Located in a small village (pretty much in the middle of nowhere), you will find NungNung waterfall. Surrounded by lush green rice terraces and plantations, the scenery here is incredible. At nine hundred metres above sea level, NungNung is the waterfall with the highest altitude.
Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
The Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall is said to be one of Bali’s best kept secrets. Found in the North of Bali, far less tourists make their way up this side. One of the best things about this waterfall is that you get to visit three waterfalls at once. They are all found about 5 to 10 minutes apart from each other.
Dusun Kuning Waterfall
Also known as the Yellow waterfall, Dusun Kuning is said to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. Located in the east-central region of Bali close to Gianyar, it’s about a 45 minute drive from Ubud. The entrance fee is 20,000 IDR.
Tips For Visiting the Bali Waterfalls
Here are a few things to consider when exploring the Bali waterfalls
- Visit Early: Since many of them are very touristy, you’re going to want to visit them as early as possible. Sunrise is always a nice time to arrive.
- Swimming attire: You can swim had many of the waterfalls so make sure that you bring your swimming suits along with you.
- Comfortable shoes: You will have to walk down slippery, rocky, and dangerous paths to reach most of the waterfalls. Make sure to wear suitable shoes.
- Camera gear: Make sure your camera gear is weatherproof and waterproof. If not, then just make sure that you protect it as much as possible. For instance; take a small towel with to keep it covered.
- Bring water: You should expect to do a lot of walking, so keep hydrated. There are a few stalls at many of the Bali waterfalls, but they’re often overpriced. Bring your own water with if you don’t want to get ripped off.
How To Get Around To Visit the Bali Waterfalls
Although there’s so much to do in Bali, it’s a pretty small island and it’s relatively easy to get around. The most popular way to travel around Bali is by motorcycle or scooter. But there are also several other ways to get around.
Rent a scooter or bike
Renting a bike in Bali is super easy. Many accommodation places offer bikes to rent or they will be able to organize it for you. If not, you will be able to find at hotels or guesthouses nearby or directly from rental shops.
Bikes are the best ways to explore the Bali waterfalls, and all the attractions for that matter. It offers you the freedom to explore at your own pace and make unplanned stops along the way.
Bike rentals are typically about 50,000 IDR per day – depending on how well you negotiate. If you’re going to be renting it for an extended time, you may be able to negotiate better rates.
Uber is more cost-effective than taxis and a great way to get around Bali. If you’re not comfortable riding a bike, Uber is probably the next best option to get check out the Ubud waterfall spots.
Of course, the downside is that you will need to make sure that you have an internet connection to call Uber. You also aren’t able to make unprecedented stops. In most cases, you will need to know exactly where you’re going to be dropped off their. You will then need to call another one when you’re ready to leave.
The other thing to consider is that Uber may not always be available – especially in quieter areas. This means that while you will be able to get an uber from the centre of Ubud to your favourite Ubud waterfall, you may struggle to find one back. This is likely to be the case for many of the attractions that are a little far out.
You shouldn’t have a problem finding a taxi in most of Bali, but it will probably be considerably more expensive than Uber. However, if you’re in a rush or just want the convenience of getting to your destination with little hassle, a taxi is your best bet.
That said, you also probably won’t find taxis just hanging around quieter areas.This is why having your own transport is so much more convenient.
There is one last option. You could hire your own private driver. If you’re travelling in a group and want convenience, then a private driver is the way to go. It could also be quite cost-effective, depending on how many people you split the costs between.
There are many private drivers available all over Bali. Just ask a local and they will probably know someone. Or ask at your guesthouse – they can probably organize someone.
Where To Stay in Ubud
The accommodation options in Ubud are almost endless. From beautiful guesthouses, luxurious villas, affordable hotels, and cheap hostels, to jungle retreats, spa hotels, and stunning resorts, you are spoiled for choice.
We stayed in a cute little villa located very close to the heart of Ubud. We almost always use Airbnb, and have always had wonderful experiences. Our little guesthouse was very close to the Monkey Forest. In fact, since it’s located right near the centre, most of the Ubud accommodation will be in close distance to this attraction.
If you haven’t yet signed up on Airbnb you can follow my link here and get £33 off your first home booking. You will also get £12 to use towards an experience worth £40 or more.
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