The Best Waterfalls in Bali
Bali waterfalls come in a wonderful variety so you choose from easy nature treks to hidden cascades that are fit for adventurous travellers, hidden deep in the mountain forests of central Bali. Bali’s waterfalls reward you after your exciting journey through the island’s lesser explored regions, with immersive sights and sounds that promise a soothing experience.
Most of Bali waterfalls let you relax beside their natural rock pools fed by constant flows all year round, while others offer breath-taking scenery that nature lovers and landscape photography enthusiasts will find hard to miss. From the popular twin falls of Gitgit that is relatively easy to access from the roadside, to the remote but picturesque collection of Munduk and Melanting in central Bali, here are all your alternatives to Bali’s beaches!
All Waterfalls in Bali
As one of the falls in the North Bali region nearest to the capital of Singaraja, the Aling-Aling waterfalls is an easy stopover on tours here. The cool and forested Aling-Aling is reachable down rice field paths where you’ll come across a collection of smaller weirs. Then after a hundred steps down, your prize view awaits as the 35m tall beauty greets you with cool mist and rushing sounds. From a rocky peak, the water slightly splits into two streams and into a pool where you can jump in. Take extra caution of slippery and jagged rocks at the base.
- Location: Jalan Sambangan, Sukasada, Buleleng
Also referred to by locals as Air Terjun Tirta Kuning or ‘Yellow Water Falls’, Banyumala requires quite a trek to get to, located in the green valleys of the Wanagiri village in Buleleng, North Bali. Pathways down to the falls have been constructed over the years to ease visitors, with steps carved out of the hard soil and with bamboo railings and ladders in some areas along the route. Banyumala is a gentle waterfall with steady streams running down its rock face, and two other smaller ones trickling down to its side. At its base is a very clear and shallow pool, which is good for a soak, but not really for a swim.
- Location: Jalan Tirta Kuning, Wanagiri, Sukasada, Buleleng
With a spectacular drop over of 100m, this waterfall near the district of Pupuan in Bali’s Tabanan regency (approximately two hour’s drive northwest from Kuta) is simply amazing, particularly during the rainy season. Do be prepared for a bit of a trek up a steep track which can be rough at times. A side highlight on your way there is the region’s lush terraced rice fields, passing the village of Antosari. You can actually see three falls at Blahmantung. The first is 50m tall, located near a shrine. Some one hundred metres away and along a river is the second fall, at a slightly lower height. The third is a bit obscured, past a bridge and opposite an irrigational dam. The lush forested setting makes for a cool stopover on your tours through Bali’s western region.
- Location: Pujungan village, Pupuan, Tabanan
The Carat falls are located in the village of Tamblang, near the North Bali capital of Singaraja. The falls are accessible via a path around half a kilometre from the main Singaraja road, comprising rickety bamboo bridges over a small stream and dirt trails through local village coffee and clove plantations. The towering falls are sandwiched by rocky crags and are approximately hundred metres tall.
- Location: Jalan Raya Tamblang, Singaraja, Buleleng
An approximate 6km drive from the town of Bangli leads you to the village of Taman Bali, which is home to the Dusun Kuning waterfall. This 25m-high falls feeds the southward flowing Melangit River. The falls are reachable by a half-kilometre walk from the main village street. Upon reaching the falls, you are treated to cool and fresh air with a forested scenery that is home to a horde of timid grey long-tailed macaques.
- Location: Bangli
Perhaps the most popular falls on the island, Gitgit is only a 10km drive south of the Singaraja in North Bali and is easily accessible from the main Bedugul-Singaraja road. Upon reaching the base after a few minutes’ trek by foot, you can instantly enjoy the spectacular 40m tall spout constantly crashing into the rocky pool where visitors like to take the plunge. The falls are also known as the ‘twin falls’ or Air Terjun Kembar Gitgit, due to its split streams of equal size. Nearby there’s another separate fall named Mekalongan, which is a continuation of Gitgit. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Bedugul-Singaraja, Sukasada, Buleleng
The area immediately west of Lovina has a number of compelling attractions, one of which is the Daybreak Waterfall, or Air Terjun Sing Sing, 50km west of the middle of the Lovina beach strip. Although not huge, the waterfalls feature a pool underneath, which is great for swimming. During the wet season, the falls are spectacular, but may erratically be reduced to trickles in the dry season. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Air Terjun Sing-Sing, Cempaga village, Lovina
A lesser-known waterfall but one that is no less beautiful is Jembong, located in the village of Ambengan in the Sukasada district of Buleleng, North Bali. Jembong is easily reachable over a short distance through local cacao plantations, and along rocky trails and small streams. At its base is a clear freshwater pool where you can wade waist-high.
- Location: Sukasada, Buleleng
One of the few waterfalls in the West Bali region, Juwuk Manis is located within a neighbourhood of the same name in the regency of Jembrana. Getting down to the falls requires a good deal of effort, through curvy hillsides, steep forested cliffs and local coffee plantations. The infrequently trodden trails are also usually covered in overgrowth. However, the prize find is a quaint paradise with a small but soothing cascade and pool.
- Location: Pangyangan village, Jalan Raya Denpasar-Gilimanuk, Pekutatan, Negara
Bali’s central-northern highlands has no shortages of waterfalls and Munduk and Melanting are among the most popular mentions. This group of falls is located in the namesake village of Munduk in the Buleleng regency at approximately 850m above sea-level, which allows for the enjoyment of pure fresh mountain air and wonderful mountain vistas. The 15 metre-tall Munduk falls is reachable some 300m from the main road, where you can enjoy soothing nature sights sounds. Melanting has similar features, only a kilometre drive north from Munduk. Read More...
- Location: Gobleg village, Banyuatis, Buleleng
Nungnung is located in the village of the same name, closer to south Bali but at around 900m above sea-level, and only within 90-minute or a two-hour drive from Kuta. Getting to these falls is perhaps one of the most pleasant routes, with expanses of rice fields and lush plantations accompanying your ride. Reaching the falls requires a descent down hundreds of steep steps, with several wooden gazebos where you can stopover to catch your breath. After crossing a small bridge, the towering 50m tall falls greet you with rushing water against a dense green valley.
- Location: Plaga village, Petang, Badung
Sekumpul Waterfall is one of Bali’s most scenic natural attractions. The waterfall is actually a cluster of six to seven narrow cascades that form the centrepiece of a lush green bamboo forested valley. You can reach the falls on a nature trek through the namesake village of Sekumpul, which is located in upland region of the Buleleng regency in North Bali. The village is within an hour’s drive southeast from Lovina Beach.
The falls are fed by two upland streams, and is the most accessible of the collection of falls in the area. Even so, getting down here requires a good deal of effort, with paths comprising dirt tracks, a hundred or so steps and crossings over streams. There are two ways you can enjoy the falls. A trek leads you to purpose-built gazebos where you can cool down and catch your breath while enjoying the view of the 80m-tall majestic fall from a distance. Read More...
- Location: Jalan Raya Desa Sekumpul, Sawan, Lemukih, Buleleng
Closer to Ubud, Tegenungan waterfalls offers you a glimpse of natural beauty against a lush valley landscape. The 20m-tall falls are located in the village of Sukawati, and being at lower lands compared to Bali’s other highland waterfalls, can become treacherous with flash floods during the wet season. The locals also go against the idea of wading in the pools below. Nevertheless, it still is a magnificent sight to behold. Read More...
- Location: Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar
Yeh Mampeh or Les
One of Bali’s remotely located waterfalls is Yeh Mampeh, or otherwise known by the name of the village it is located, namely Les in Tejakula, North Bali. This only means that you are most likely able to enjoy the wonderful scenery and soothing atmosphere all for yourself when you get here. The 30m-tall falls pour down into a crystal clear pool, with adjacent rock faces growing with foliage and wild orchids. You can take a plunge or sit by the rocky poolside to take in the view.
- Location: Les village, Tejakula, Buleleng