Looking for the best waterfalls in Bali to cool off in the summer? You’re in luck. The Indonesian island paradise is dotted with majestic cascades nestled in lush greenery. It might take some hiking to get to some of these waterfalls but the effort is definitely worth it. They are, after all, one of the most alluring marvels of nature – amazing to look at, and even more wonderful to take a dip underneath!
Waterfalls that descend into a swimmable pool are the absolute best, wouldn’t you agree? So let’s take a look at the 19 best waterfalls in Bali – including both popular ones and unexplored treasures. But remember that many of them have a small entrance fee. Also, most of them are close to Ubud – so that’s where you want to be if you plan to visit a lot of waterfalls.
Best Waterfalls in Bali
Ubud and Around
No need to hike to reach Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud
Tegenungan Waterfall is just a 25 minute ride from Ubud, and one of the most frequented waterfalls in Bali as it is easy to reach. So be prepared for a lot of crowds! If you do want some alone time, go as early as possible. You can swim at the waterfall and also swing on one of the famous Bali swings! The 25 meter high waterfall culminates in a rather feisty pool – so make sure you swim only in the shallow spots. There’s also a bamboo nest and enormous heart at the site! Tegenungan Waterfall is open from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, and there’s a fee to enter as well as park a two-wheeler.
Gawk at the carvings at Sumampan Waterfall near Ubud
Ubud is synonymous with ancient history and culture. Yet, a waterfall might be the last place you’d expect to find Balinese relics! The non-touristy Sumampan Waterfall will surprise you with its stone carvings of local Hindu deities. It is thus a spiritual as well as a natural place of interest. Surrounded by dense foliage, the waterfall itself is really beautiful but not as crowded as some of the other waterfalls in Bali. It is open throughout the day, and is located around half an hour from Ubud. Here too, swimming is possible, and there’s a donation box for visitors.
Experience the brilliance of Kanto Lampo Waterfall near Tegenungan
Close to the popular Tegenungan Waterfall, the falls at Kanto Lampo are charming, as they do not descend in a single cascade but flow over a series of steps in the rocks. It is easy to get close to the waterfall and get a great picture of yourself! Though not as crowded as Tegenungan, Kanto Lampo is also pretty popular among tourists. At a height of 15 meters, this waterfall can thin down to a small trickle when it hasn’t rained for a while. So to make the most of your visit, go during the rainy months. Feel free to swim in the water. There is a fee to enter but none to park.
See a cascade in a cave at Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Bangli
Imagine witnessing a waterfall within a cave! Wouldn’t that be truly spectacular? Situated to the west of Ubud, Tukad Cepung is an easy stop on a waterfall tour of cascades in and around Ubud. Actual swimming may be difficult, but you can definitely wade around the pool at the bottom of the lofty falls. Expect the water to reach around your knees. And don’t forget to look up, because the sight of sun rays filtering in through the opening at the top is nothing short of magical! There is an entrance fee and the waterfall is open from 6 AM to 5 PM.
Swim to your heart’s content at Tibumana Waterfall, Bangli
Just 30 minutes away from Ubud, Tibumana Waterfall is surrounded by lush rice fields and palm groves. It is ideal for swimming as the waterfall descends into a still and secluded pool. For nature lovers, the calm surrounding the area is bound to be pleasing. If you visit during the rainy months, you might not see not one but two different cascades! Keep an eye for gorgeous butterflies and birds around the waterfall. There is an entrance fee, and an extra fee if you want to use the lockers. Tibumana Waterfall is open from 7 AM to 5 PM.
See twin marvels at Banyumala Twin Waterfall, North Bali
Spend quality time with your partner at SingSing Waterfalls, Lovina
Located close to the shore of North Bali, SingSing Waterfalls in Lovina are stunningly beautiful and incredibly romantic. So if you’re on a honeymoon, make sure you come here with your better half. Enveloped by dense greenery, the waterfall’s pool is ideal for swimming. And if you fancy some natural spa therapy, make your way to the lava stone pools close to the waterfalls. The water is thought to be rejuvenating and clarifying. The wet months from October to April are when the waterfalls are at their feisty best. They are always open and there’s a small entry fee.
Get classic shots at GitGit Waterfall, Singaraja
Like Tegenungan, GitGit Waterfall in Singaraja is a tourist magnet for its powerful cascade and easy accessibility. Lots of North Bali tours include GitGit Waterfall on their itineraries. The 35 meter high waterfall is set in the midst of verdant greenery, and it’s not uncommon to see monkeys sipping water from the falls! Due to the popularity of the falls, a lot of food and crafts stalls have set up shop in the area. A local myth says that couples who take a dip beneath the falls together might separate soon after! The falls are open from 7 AM to 5 PM and there’s a fee to enter.
Marvel at the beauty of Sekumpul Waterfall, Singaraja
As far as looks are concerned, Sekumpul is likely to stand out among all the waterfalls in Bali. Located in a village of the same name, it is not meant for the faint-hearted. Brace yourself for some rough terrain including slippery spots and a river in between. All in all, it would be fair to say that you need to trek for a while to get to the falls. But once you do reach it, you’ll be amazed at the views of seven cascades descending from the treetops! Remember to take photos of the falls during your trek as the distant views are most spectacular.
Crane your neck up to look at Yeh Mampeh Waterfall, Singaraja
Though there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on the exact height of Yeh Mampeh Waterfall, one thing’s for sure – it’s among the tallest of its kind in Bali. Located in Singaraja, the waterfall’s name translates to ‘flying water’ in the local tongue. The serene falls are surrounded by beautiful caves and hills. Apart from swimming, you can also explore the trails around the falls and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The waterfall doesn’t tend to be too crowded and the air is clean and pure.
An Eerie Aura Pervades Carat Waterfalls, Singaraja
The twin Carat Waterfalls are supposed to be haunted! So if you like flirting with the eerie, you know where to go. Situated near the storybook village called Tamblang, the falls can be found at the end of a longish path. Along the way, you’ll climb some rather sheer cliffs and cross a slightly unstable bamboo bridge – so make sure you’re in the mood for some adventure! There are two waterfalls to be explored – one of which is larger. Both descend into a little pool that’s great to swim in.
Experience the magic of the Niagara at Niagara Munduk, Buleleng
These falls in Munduk bear a marked resemblance to the famous Niagara Falls of the US and Canada! The main cascade falls from a height of 15 meters and there’s an additional one too. The pool they descend into is really magical, surrounded by thick forests and a film of mist due to the warm water. The second waterfall is located higher up, and offers fantastic views of the hillside. But the trek is not at all that easy and good hiking gear will definitely help. Niagara Munduk is open from 6 AM to 6 PM and there is a fee for entering as well as parking. The pool is definitely swimmable.
Beat the crowds at Cemara Waterfalls, Buleleng
Cemara Waterfalls consist of five cascades spread across a thick tropical forest. You have to compulsorily go there with a guide, which costs 250,000 IDR. Since not too many people decide to undertake the trip, the falls are rarely crowded. Also, the heights offer breath-taking forest views and a rare kind of serenity. The falls are a great spot for couples as legend goes that those who visit Cemara together will always be in love. The falls are somewhat similar to those at Aling Aling. They are open from 8 AM to 5 PM and you have to take a deep dive to plunge into the pool!
Take a dip at Aling Aling Waterfall, Sambangan
There are four different waterfalls at Aling Aling in Sambangan village, making it definitely worth a visit. It is not the most accessible waterfall, with trekkers having to navigate a slippery, uphill path. But it is worth making the effort to see the lovely cascades gushing down from the forest. If you go with a guide, you also have the option of paying extra to cliff jump or slide down the waterfalls! It is bound to be a thrilling experience but costs 150,000 IDR. The fee to simply visit the waterfalls is much more nominal. If not cliff jumping, you can simply take a dip in the pool.
Embrace the serenity at Jembong Waterfall, Sukasada
Close to GitGit Watefall, this one has a reputation for untouched nature and spirituality. Surrounded by dense, uninhabited forests, the waterfall is wrapped in an aura of calm and healing. You have to trek through cacao trees in the Theobroma area to get to Jembong Waterfall. The water is gentle, and ideal for immersing yourself. This one is truly a hidden gem that you shouldn’t miss.
Romance the heights at NungNung Waterfall, Petang
NungNung Waterfall in Petang is another hidden treasure that not everyone knows about. From Ubud, it’s around an hour’s ride. You have to be fit and healthy to visit this waterfall, as a descent of 500 steps down a valley is required to get there. Of course, the real challenge is while returning! At the bottom of the steps, you will encounter the waterfall falling from a height of 50 meters and descending into a rock-rimmed pond. There are lush forests all around the falls and an enjoyable swing in a nearby organic farm.
Trek through rice fields to reach Blahmantung Waterfall, Tabanan
If you fancy exploring coffee plantations and terraced rice fields during your visit to a Balinese waterfall, Blahmantung Waterfall in Tabanan will make your dream come true. Nestled among dense rainforests, reaching the waterfall does involve a bit of a hike. The water gushes from a height of 50 metres and the plunge pool at its foot is ideal for diving! Make sure to visit this waterfall while touring the treasures of Tabanan.
Have a lot of time? Look for Leke Leke Waterfall, Tabanan
Also in Tabanan, Leke Leke is a relatively non-touristy waterfall that is very pleasing to the eye. If coming from Ubud, be prepared for an hour-long ride that takes you through beautiful countryside. Nung Nung Waterfall is also nearby. There are actually two cascades at Leke Leke Waterfall, and you can even try a host of adventurous pursuits like tubing, cycling, and swinging. You’ll have to hike through a jungle, along with a bamboo bridge to get to the waterfall. The pool is also very scenic but rather small for swimming. The waterfall is open from 7 AM to 5 PM and there is a fee to enter.