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THE 7 BEST UBUD WATERFALLS – The Complete Guide
Ubud is one of the best places in Bali for waterfall chasing. The Ubud waterfalls are beautiful and absolutely worth a visit! During the 9 months that we’ve lived in Bali we’ve seen all the best waterfalls in Bali. The two areas where the most waterfalls in Bali can be found are in North Bali and in Ubud. Read this blogpost for all the best Bali waterfalls. But if you want to know specifically where the best Ubud waterfalls are, then continue reading this blogpost for the best 7 waterfalls in Ubud!
What is the best time to visit the Ubud waterfalls?
Overall the best time to visit the different Ubud waterfalls is in the (early) morning. However if you can’t make it that early, any time on the day is good. Just be prepared that there are more people at the places you visit which is an advantage when you explore early. Most of the tourists are still sleeping around 7AM – 8AM which gives photographers and peace seekers the possibility to make everything out of their visit.
In terms of the best season to visit the Ubud waterfalls you don’t have to worry too much. Because most of all the Bali waterfalls keep their stream and won’t dry up. But you can expect the waterfalls to be less powerful around September for example, because that’s the end of the dry season. In November, December it starts to rain more regularly so the waterfalls regain their water and power.
How to get to the Ubud waterfalls?
It is really easy to travel around Bali with a motorbike. For around 50,000 – 100,000 IDR you can rent a motorbike, depending on the model and CC that you like to have. All the Ubud waterfalls are easy to find on Google Maps and you can also easily combine a few of them in a day trip. If you like some variation in between exploring the waterfalls, you can also visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud.
If you like to have a private driver you can book one for a day, make sure to arrange the price up front. Or you can book a tour to see a few of the Ubud waterfalls in one day with a pre arranged tour.
Is it far hiking to the Ubud waterfalls?
No, most of the Ubud waterfalls are easy to get to with well maintained stairs and just a short walk. You can even do the (short) hikes to the Ubud waterfalls on flipflops, however shoes will give you more comfort and support.
Tibumana waterfall is a super photogenic waterfall and one of the best waterfalls in Ubud to visit. The short hike from the car park to Tibumana waterfall makes it an easy accessible spot for everyone. The beautiful lush green jungle surroundings combined with the curtain of water falling down in a straight stream makes Tibumana one of the most popular Ubud waterfalls.
Getting there: From Ubud centre it is just a 15 km drive east before you reach Tibumana. Use Google Maps offline if you don’t have data. From Canggu it is more-less an hour drive, but be prepared for the traffic along the way! The drive towards Tibumana waterfall is beautiful through the local villages and rice terraces. Especially when you enter the car park at the waterfall entrance you will pass a spectacular palm tree road! Take your time to stop there to make some pictures.
Entrance fee: 10.000 IDR per person and 5.000 IDR for a locker.
Best time to go for photos: Sunrise or at least early in the morning is the best timing to take the best photos. Morning light is always much better than in the middle of the day. The shadows on the water or direct sunlight on the waterfall will blow out the whites. And shadows on water always look a bit weird. Also if you want to have fewer people around, early in the morning is your only option to have the Tibumana waterfall for yourself.
Photo tip: There are some really nice angles to capture the waterfall. Low by the water, from the left corner or straight in front. At this waterfall you can perfectly practice your long exposure skills. See the different shutter speeds which we used by the Tibumana waterfall in this blog post.
Tukad Cepung waterfall
One of the beautiful Bali waterfalls near Ubud is Tucked Cepung waterfall. Secluded in a cave where the water pours straight down along rocks, the waterfall almost looks like a beautiful curtain of satin. When you’re going to Tukad Cepung waterfall on a sunny day in the morning, you’ll be in for a real treat. The magical light rays will show their beauty and create light beams you’ve never seen before. And if you turn your back to the waterfall you will see a few rocks piled up where the light rays shine perfectly on through the leaves above. This is your second photo spot of this location. Climb up the rocks with the mounted staircase and stand in the light for a really special shot!
Getting there: Google maps will easily bring you to the car park. There you can buy your entrance ticket and hike down for 10 minutes until you reach the cave. There you have to wade a little bit through water and climb over some rocks to finally see the waterfall.
Entrance fee: 15.000 IDR per person.
Best time to go for photos: The best chance of catching the light rays is in the morning. Depending on the season between 9AM and 11AM. This is also the busiest time of the day for the waterfall, so be prepared to queue to take your picture.
Photo tip: It will be dark in the cave, which might result in dark photos at first sight. Try to set your aperture as low as possible, F2.8 or lower. And if really necessary your ISO a little bit higher. But in this situation, you better can have too dark pictures which you can adjust in Lightroom, then too overexposed photos as you’ll never see the contrast of the light rays anymore.
Tegenungan waterfall is one of the most well known waterfalls in Ubud and therefore it can be crowded. It is worth it to spend some time at this beautiful waterfall, but if you don’t like crowds, you have to get here early. The pathway is well maintained and it’s just a short walk down the concrete steps until you reach the falls.
Two platforms connected by a bamboo bridge will give you the best view on Tegenungan Waterfall. For another 10.000 IDR you’ll get an amazing middle-level view. You then have to go one level higher to the top of Tegenungan to overlook the whole area so you’ll have a different perspective from the falls. Tegenungan waterfall is a great add to your ‘chasing waterfalls in Ubud’ day trip. For example, you can combine this waterfall together with a visit to Tibumana waterfall and Tukad Cepung waterfall, both waterfalls are near Ubud.
Getting there: Just a 30 min drive from Ubud will take you to Tegenungan waterfall. The best way to explore the island is by renting a scooter for 50.000 – 60.000 IDR a day.
Entrance fee: 15.000 IDR per person, parking your scooter is free and a car is 5.000 IDR. If you need a locker you can rent one at the falls for 10.000 IDR and toilets are available for 3.000 IDR.
Best time to go for photos: The (early) morning is the best time to go to Tegenungan waterfall for many reasons. First, it gets crowded during the late morning. Tegenungan is a very well-known spot, so if you want an empty area you must go early. Second, early in the morning you can take advantage of the magical morning light.
Photo tip: There are many spots to take your shots here. The viewpoint from above is beautiful, especially when there are no other people around. As mentioned before you can also go to the middle-level view and top-level view for another 10.000 IDR and take your pictures from there.
Kanto Lampo waterfall
Kanto Lampo waterfall is located near Ubud and could easily be combined with a visit to Tibumana waterfall as they are only 15 minutes apart from each other. The 15 meters high Kanto Lampo waterfall is a beautiful. But when you reach it, you will only see the waterfall from the side. So for the best view you need to get into the water. You can leave your belongings on the rocks beside the waterfall to keep them dry. The best season to visit Kanto Lampo waterfall is between April and December when its dry season. Water levels in the river may get higher during the rain season which makes it unsafe.
Getting there: Located in the province of Gianyar, Kanto Lampo waterfall is around a half hour drive from Ubud and and hour from the Kuta, Canggu, Seminyak area. It only takes 5 minutes from the car park to get down to the waterfall.
Entrance fee: 10.000 IDR per person.
Best time to go: Besides visiting Kanto Lampo waterfall in dry season, the best time of the day to get there is early morning if you want to avoid any other tourists. If you can’t arrive early, it’s still a lovely spot to visit but take into account that because of it’s easy access and short walk, there might be lots of tourists.
Photo tip: To capture this waterfall in all its glory you need a wide angle lens. It’s most spectacular if you use a long exposure with this waterfall because the water will then look like a curtain of silk dripping along the rocks. If you don’t feel safe using a normal camera here you can better take a GoPro with you and make some shots with that camera.
NungNung waterfall is an impressive waterfall near Ubud and the most powerful Bali waterfall. With a tremendous speed the water gushes down, resulting in a lot of spray. Be aware that you have to take 510 steps down until you reach the waterfall, and the same way back of course, which is a great workout. But it is so worth it to visit this beautiful and powerful waterfall! It’s one of these incredible waterfalls that you will always remember! Although this waterfall is a bit outside of Ubud, you should check it out!
Getting there: The waterfall is very easy to find with Google Maps. Once you have paid and parked your scooter or car, it is a long way down to this beautiful spot. 510 steps in total. Yes, that’s a hell of a climb on the way back, but trust me, it’s more than worth it!! Take some water with you to stay hydrated, and please don’t litter
Entrance fee: 10.000 IDR per person and 2.000 IDR for a motorbike.
Best time to go for photos: In the morning between 10 – 12 AM because you’ll get magical light rays from the side and there are fewer people around. During midday, the tourists are coming and the light is too harsh which will blow out the whites of the waterfall. You may fix this with an ND filter, but better is to get out there in the morning for a great morning hike. You also avoid the heat with exploring early!
Photo tip: If your camera is not splash proof, be aware that there will be spray from the waterfall. Especially when it’s a bit windy. So take a GoPro with you if you really want some pictures here. If you do have a splash-proof camera than don’t forget to take a lens cloth with you to dry your lens. Look at the picture below how our camera looked like after shooting at this waterfall! There are several angles to capture this beauty. From the left side is most convenient. But a shot from right in front is more challenging and creative, but you have to cross the stream to get to the other side.
Sumampan waterfall is probably the most unknown waterfall in Bali and therefore a real hidden gem. Near Ubud and the beautiful rice fields, this Bali waterfall is absolutely a beauty! Easy to find and a short hike down makes this the perfect hidden waterfall. With hanging vines and beautiful trees this waterfall gives a real jungle vibe.
Getting there: Sumampan waterfall is one of the best waterfalls near Ubud and is a perfect combination with a visit to Tegenungan waterfall. If you are confident enough to drive a motorbike yourself you will easily get to the parking area. From there you have to follow the path into a lush green jungle area, followed by 50 steep steps down to the falls.
Entrance fee: A donation is asked before you enter the waterfall, but there is nobody sitting at the entrance. So for ‘good karma’ you might want to leave around 10.000 IDR as entrance fee.
Best time to go: Luckily because Sumampan waterfall isn’t a hyped tourist attraction in Bali, you don’t have to worry about avoiding the crowds. The best time to visit most waterfalls in Bali is during the months of March-June, just after rainy season. As a result of the rain, most Bali waterfalls are powerful. While during dry season there is a possibility some waterfalls dried out or have less power.
Photo tip: Vary with a long exposure and a fast shutter speed and play with the surroundings like leaves or other objects you can use a foreground. If you have drone the perspective of this waterfall is also super nice!
Goa Rang Reng waterfall
Goa Rang Reng waterfall is located in Bakbakan Village in Gianyar and is still one of Bali hidden spots. As the name ‘Goa’ suggests, there is a cave and headwater which is used by Balinese Hindus as a place for their spiritual cleansing ritual. The Goa Rang Reng waterfall is only accessible via motorbike. The little pathway leading towards the waterfall splits in two. One direction heads towards the sacred cave and the other towards the waterfall. From the parking area, you only have to walk for around 300 meters to find the gently cascading waterfall. Unlike other Bali waterfalls that thunder down at 90 degrees, Goa Rang Reng flows down a gentle angle along the rocks. There is also a natural pool at the top where you can swim in. Goa Rang Reng is Gianyar’s newest tourist destination that you have to visit!
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