Ubud is one of the best places in Bali for waterfall chasing. The Ubud waterfalls are beautiful, offer much variety and are absolutely worth a visit! The two areas where the most waterfalls in Bali can be found are in North Bali and in Ubud. So if you want to know here to find more epic Bali waterfall, then read this blogpost for all the best Bali waterfalls. For the 10 best Ubud waterfalls, keep continue reading this complete guide as we not only share the well known Ubud waterfalls, but also some hidden gems!
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.
Read in our complete guide 10 tips to improve your waterfall photography
How to get to the Ubud waterfalls?
It is really easy to travel around Bali with a motorbike. Make sure to book your motorbike in advance so you’ll be sure of a good one which will be delivered to your accommodation. 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.
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.
General travel must haves for Bali
Before we dive into the best waterfalls in Ubud, let’s check a few things to make your travels in Bali easy and safe.
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10 BEST UBUD WATERFALLS
Taman Sari waterfall
Taman Sari waterfall & natural pool is a beautiful spot located close the road and very easy to access. It is just a few minutes walking from the parking area to get to the waterfall. Taman Sari has a big natural pool which is great for swimming. Because the pool is one level lower as the main waterfall, it is very safe for small kids, a perfect family waterfall. You can also climb to the upper level where the main waterfall is. There is also a small pool to relax in.
Getting there: From Ubud centre it is just a 15 km drive east to get to Taman Sari parking. The waterfall is closely located to other Ubud waterfalls such as Tibumana waterfall, Goa Rang Reng waterfall and Kanto Lampo waterfall. If you’re a day out waterfall chasing in Ubud, then you can perfectly combine these waterfalls on a day trip.
Entrance fee: 20.000 IDR per person.
Best time to go for photos: During the day it can get busy here because Taman Sari is a great spot for families. So if you want to have the place all for yourself it is best to come early in the morning. Also considering the light a cloudy day is best because harsh sunlight blows out the waterfall.
Photo tip: There are some really nice angles to capture this waterfall. We choose to capture the whole scene together with the pool to show it in this blog post. But you can also only focus on the waterfall itself. We think Taman Sari is a great waterfall for long exposure photography.
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!
A visit to Tukad Cepung waterfall can easily be combined in one day with a visit to Tibumana waterfall, Kanto Lampo waterfall and Tegenungan waterfall. Book the tour that combines these Ubud waterfalls here.
Read everything about Tukad Cepung waterfall in our complete guide
Getting there: Tibumana waterfall is easy to find with Google Maps. At the parking lot 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: 20.000 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.
Suwat waterfall is another beautiful Ubud waterfall and is still fairly unknown. It is situated in a small little canyon with a natural pool. There is even a bamboo raft which you can use to float on and take your epic instagrammable pictures! Suwat waterfall is about 15 meters high and flows all year round. But during the rainy season in Bali which is from October until April you can expect the water in the natural pool to be much higher and Suwat waterfall more powerful.
Read in our complete guide everything about Suwat waterfall.
Getting there: Suwat waterfall is located in the province of Gianyar, which is about 30 minutes driving from Ubud centre.
Entrance fee: 15.000 IDR per person.
Best time to go for photos: The (early) morning is the best time to go to Suwat waterfall to have the place all to yourself. Because it is located in a canyon with lots of foliage around, there isn’t much light coming in.
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: 20.000 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.
Taman Beji Griya waterfall
Taman Beji Griya waterfall is a very special and sacred Ubud waterfall. With stone carvings, a hidden cave and the option for traditional Balinese purification at the waterfall, this place is a true cultural experience. This is the reason why every visitor must wear a sarong which you can rent upon paying the entrance fee. Don’t expect to walk around here in swimwear because that is forbidden. You can view Taman Griya waterfall from the top and also from the small valley below. Take your time to explore the rest of the canyon where you will find another hidden cave.
Getting there: Taman Beji Griya waterfall is located in Sangeh village and is a 20 minute drive from Ubud centre. You can easily get there with Google Maps and once you’ve parked it is only a few minutes walking to the waterfall.
Entrance fee: 100.000 IDR per person including the rent for a sarong to only view the waterfall. If you want to do the purification it costs 150.000 for locals and 200.000 for foreigners.
Best time to go: We always advice to go the Ubud waterfalls as early as possible.
Photo tip: Because Taman Beji Griya waterfall is beautifully situated in a small canyon with mossy stone carvings, I would advice to use the depth of the canyon and include the stone carvings in your shot. With a long exposure you can smooth out the water creating a fairytale like scene.
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: Nungnung waterfall is very easy to find with Google Maps and is a 50 minute drive from Ubud centre. 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!!
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!
Best tours in Ubud
If you want to explore the best of Ubud including it’s amazing waterfalls, then it is highly recommended to book a tour. During most of these tours you will combine a few locations on one day so you can see the diversity that Bali has to offer. Because of Bali’s popularity it is highly recommended to book your tours in advance as it is likely that tours sell out. So don’t wait with booking until you get to Bali. Choose your favorite tours here and secure your booking! All of these tours include air conditioned transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and sometimes also lunch and the entrance fees. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
- Countryside cycling tour from Ubud
- Hot air balloon flight including floating breakfast in Ubud
- Kanto Lampo waterfall including Monkey forest Ubud, Tanah Lot and more. This 10-hour trip packs a lot in, from visiting the sacred Monkey Forest, temples, a waterfall, and the scenic sunset views of Tanah Lot Temple.
- Tirta Empel, Penglipuran village, Tibumana waterfall and Tegallalang rice terrace
- Couple Spa treatment with Sparkling Wine in Ubud
- One day wellness retreat with massage, yoga class and lunch in Ubud
- Ubud jungle Spa experience with forest swing
- Customized Bali tour. Create your own Bali itinerary and have your private driver for 10-11 hours. Enjoy unlimited mileage and go to all the best waterfalls of Bali you wish to visit.
- Ubud waterfalls tour. Visit some of the best waterfalls in and around Ubud including Tukad Cepung, Tegenungan and Tibumana waterfall.
- ATV Quad Bike & White Water Rafting tour in Ubud
- White Water Rafting and Jungle Buggies tour in Ubud
- Ubud rice terraces, temples and Kintamani volcano tour
- Mount Batur hike and white water rafting tour in Ubud
- Ubud and Canggu tour; visit Tegenungan waterfall, Tegallalang rice fields and watch sunset at Canggu beach
Best places to stay in Ubud
If you plan on staying in Ubud then there are plenty of jungle resorts and private villa’s to choose from. We have stayed at some amazing hotels, villa’s and resorts in Ubud, so hereby our recommendations.
Super Luxury hotels in Ubud
Located in the lush valley of Sayan with views on the Ayung river, Four Seasons Ubud offers her guests an extraordinary experience with top class service. The private villas with pool are very spacious, luxury and besides that the resort offers an outdoor pool, four dining options and a gym.
COMO Shambala is a true wellness sanctuary in the jungle of Ubud. The holistic, Asian-inspired body treatments which can include your stay at COMO Shambala are specifically designed to rejuvenate and restore the body. The private villa’s at COMO Shambala are incredibly big with each their own private pool and butler.
If you love being close to nature with all luxury comforts, then glamping at Capella Ubud is the experience for you. The tented accommodation with salt water pools amidst Ubud’s lush greenery is some of the most unique experiences in Ubud.
Mid Luxury hotels in Ubud
Kamandalu is designed to capture the essence of a real-life Balinese village. The authentic villa’s and style of the 5 star resort really gives you the feeling that you’re in Bali. There are many awesome experiences inside the resort to do. You can book the jungle swing, lunch on a boat and have a romantic jungle dinner.
Alila Ubud is a fantastic getaway for the whole family with an incredible infinity pool overlooking the lush valley. The hotel offers rooms and private villa’s, with and without pool. All rooms have views on the green surroundings. With a Spa, great restaurant and plenty of activities, you can enjoy your time at Alila Ubud all day long!
COMO Uma Ubud is a bit more affordable than COMO Shambala but still offers the hospitality and quality of the COMO brand. With beautiful villa’s with views on the jungle but still close to the centre in Ubud you can have best of both worlds at COMO Uma Ubud.
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