North Bali is home to the most beautiful waterfalls of the island. But there is one secret waterfall spot that is barely known to many travelers. It is the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls, also known as Bhuana Sari Waterfall. It is one of the most untouched and underrated waterfalls in Bali. With looks straight out of a fairytale, this waterfall is absolutely worth a visit. And the best things is, there is not only one waterfall to discover here… Read this blog post about Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls and to find out all the information you need before visiting!
About Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
The Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall is a stunning waterfall and the best secret (and surprise!) lies in the fact that there is not only one waterfall to explore. This location is so unique because, in comparison to the other Bali waterfalls, there are multiple waterfalls to explore here. Each with their own beauty! In rainy season there are even up to four waterfalls to explore.
The walk down to the waterfalls is easy and doable for every age. The steps only slope down slightly and after 10 minutes you will find the first signs to the different waterfalls. From this crossing, you can follow two paths, each leading to two waterfalls.
For the way back to the parking area, there are even motorbikes available to bring you back up if you are out of energy.
Visiting the Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall can easily be combined with a visit to Bedugul or when you are on your way to Lovina. If you are into a day of exploring waterfalls in North Bali, you can combine this one with the nearby Banyumala Twin waterfalls.
Entrance fee Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
The entrance fee for the waterfall is 30.000 IDR per person and 2000 IDR for the motorbike.
Opening times Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
The official opening times are from 8AM to 6PM.
How to get to Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
The best option to get around in Bali is to rent a scooter. For around 50.000 – 100.000 IDR you can rent a scooter which will give you the freedom to explore wherever you want. The drive up to the north takes about 1.5 hours from the main tourist areas of Canggu, Seminyak and Kuta.
I would suggest to stay for a few days in North Bali and explore more of this beautiful area. There are so many waterfalls and lakes to explore, you can be busy for days!
Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall is an easy location to find with the use of Google Maps on your smartphone. Of course you can also go on a waterfall tour or hire a private driver who can drive you around to all your favorite spots in Bali.
The short hike to Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
The path down to the waterfalls is well maintained. To the first waterfall is about a 10 – 15 min beautiful hike down through lush plants. The other two waterfalls are 5 – 10 minutes away from the first spot, so it’s not a heavy hike to do. The way up back to the parking area will be steep though. So it’s a great morning work out and you might feel your calves the next day haha!
Best time to visit Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
If you want to be sure you can see all four falls, you need to go here after rainy season. That will be from February – April. But you have to be a bit lucky to see all four.
In terms of best time of the day to visit, you should consider to visit the (early) morning. Most people arrive around 10-11 AM at a spot, so if you arrive earlier you will have a big chance of enjoying the place all for yourself for some time.
In our case we arrived around 9 AM and could shoot and enjoy for about an hour before the first tourists arrived.
What to expect at Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
There are some things you need to know before visiting Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall. So here a short summary of what to expect at Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall.
- Bring or wear sandals or water shoes so you can easily walk through the water. There are many sharp rocks which can be slippery as well.
- It is not possible to swim but you will get wet, especially at the spray waterfall! So bring swim wear and a towel.
- Bring some snacks and water. There is one small vendor selling drinks and snacks, but it was not yet open when we got there so early.
- Don’t forget to visit the other waterfalls!
- If you are planning to take photos, don’t forget to take a lens cloth with you and a tripod to make a long exposure! Especially at the first waterfall I would suggest to make a long exposure because it makes the waterfall even more magical with the silk water flowing along the moss.
Photo tips for Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
All waterfalls here are super photogenic, but the first waterfall which wasn’t even the highest, had something really special. It was straight out of a fairytale with the water seeping along the moss. Especially when using a long exposure, you will create this fairy look with silk and smooth water. See the difference in using a short shutter speed and a long shutter speed in the photos below. The long exposure results in a way more magical photo than no long exposure!
Another important thing to be aware of is the sunlight. If you want to make your best photos you should arrive here around 9AM or earlier. This will give you the time to shoot with the soft morning light before the sun come peeking over the waterfall creating too harsh shadows.
Things to explore around Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls
After exploring the beautiful Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls you can chase some other impressive waterfalls in Bali. The close by Banyumala Twin waterfalls are also really worth a visit. And one waterfall you can’t miss when you’re in North Bali is Sekumpul waterfall.
If you’re done chasing waterfalls, you can also go the Ulun Danu Bratan temple. This is a beautiful temple floating in the lake, close to Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls.
The Wanagiri hidden hill is a beautiful viewpoint on the lakes, perfect for an Instagram shot with a swing and bamboo nest to take your pictures from.
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