Bali is a combination of beaches, rice fields, amazing viewpoints, lush green mountains, volcanos and lots of beautiful waterfalls. But there are so many different waterfalls around the island that it’s hard to choose which ones are worth a visit. After spending a total of 6 months in Bali we have seen every Bali waterfall and created this ultimate Bali waterfalls guide for you! In this blog post you will find the best and most beautiful Bali waterfalls. We also give you practical tips about how to get there and photography tips to capture the waterfalls in Bali at its best!
Tukad Cepung waterfall to catch the magical light rays
Located nearby Ubud this waterfall can easily be combined with a visit to Tibumana waterfall, Kanto Lampo waterfall and Tegenungan waterfall. Tukad Cepung waterfall is secluded in a cave where the water pours straight down along rocks. It looks like a beautiful curtain of satin. When you’re going here on a sunny day 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. If you turn your back to the waterfall you will see a few rocks piled up where the light rays shine perfectly on. This is your second photo spot of this location! Climb up the rocks with the mounted staircase and stand in the light for a special shot! Read our complete guide to Tukad Cepung waterfall here.
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 through the cave roof is in the morning, depending on the season, between 9 and 11 am. 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.
NungNung waterfall for its intense power
This is the most powerful Bali waterfall. With a tremendous speed the water gushes down, resulting in a lot of spray. So impressive! Be aware that you have to take 510 steps 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! Read our complete guide to NungNung waterfall here.
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 will be fewer people around. During midday, all tourists are coming and the light is too harsh and will blow out the whites in 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 as temperatures of course rise during midday.
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.
Tibumana waterfall for an easy and quick waterfall visit
This super photogenic waterfall nearby Ubud is a must visit. The beautiful jungle surroundings combined with the curtain of water falling down in a straight stream makes Tibumana waterfall one of our most favorite waterfalls in Bali. It is very easy to get to Tibumana and it’s just a short hike from the car park to the waterfall. Read our complete guide about Tibumana waterfall here.
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 nature. 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.
Leke Leke waterfall for the secluded feeling in the jungle
This waterfall isn’t on every to do list in Bali yet. That was probably also the reason why there weren’t other people at the moment when we visited this hidden gem. Leke Leke is really worth a visit and you can combine it perfectly with other must-sees around the area like Jatiluweh rice fields and Nung Nung waterfall. The waterfall is hidden in a cave and the water flow almost looks like a satin curtain as it flowed down into the shallow rock pool below.
Getting there: This waterfall is easy to get to with your motorbike or car, and easy to find with Google maps. You can combine this waterfall with a visit to Jatiluweh rice fields for example! After you’ve paid the entrance, you have to hike 15 minutes down through the jungle. The path is well maintained and the hike alone is wonderful, let alone when you see the hidden waterfall!
Entrance fee: 30.000 IDR per person.
Best time to go for photos: We almost say this every time, but the best moment for shooting a waterfall is in the morning. Although, at Leke Leke you can also shoot around 12 and 1 pm because there is no direct light on the waterfall.
Photo tip: Frame your picture of this waterfall to take advantage of the many vegetation that grows around. There are a few places where you can set up your tripod or frame the picture in between some leaves. It always gives an extra dimension and depth to your picture!
Banyumala twin waterfall
Banyumala twin waterfall is one of the lesser known in north Bali, but so worth to visit and for sure one of the best waterfalls in Bali for photography! It has a perfect veil like twin curtains along the rocks and a natural plunge pool to take a dip in. There are several angles to make your best shots and relax after that, enjoying the silent nature surroundings. You can combine this waterfall with a visit to Sekumpul waterfall as it’s only 20 kilometers further.
Getting there: This waterfall is very easy to access and can be combined when you visit the Ulun Danu Bratan temple for example. Google maps will send you on an unpaved road down until you enter the parking lot where you can park your scooter or car and pay the entrance fee. After that, you have to hike down for another 10-15 minutes until you reach the waterfall.
Entrance fee: 20.000 IDR per person and 2.000 per motorbike.
Best time to go for photos: In the morning is the best time for this waterfall. Because in the midday and afternoon the sun will shine more directly on the water which makes the falls a bit blown out.
Photo tip: Be creative at this waterfall! Because there is so much space to walk around and take advantage of the surroundings for your framing. Try to frame in between leaves, flowers, do something creative with the bridge. Especially when you have a ‘model’ with you that can show the perspective of this waterfall, you have to let the person stand in different places and try different angles. Find out what works the best for you! 🙂
Sekumpul waterfall for the Jurrasic Park jungle vibes
Sekumpul waterfall will give you the feeling as if you’re in Jurassic Park. The height and speed at which the water gushes down is impressive. Located in North Bali this will be one of your highlights during your time on the island. For sure one of our favorite Bali waterfalls together with NungNung and Tibumana. The photos will speak for themselves. But there is one thing to keep in mind before you enter Sekumpul waterfall. Read on to find out what it is and read our complete Sekumpul waterfall guide for more in-depth information!
Getting there: There are two ways to get to this waterfall, from the car park of Sekumpul waterfall, which is the downstream part and the best place to access all 7 waterfalls in this area. You can also enter the falls from the other side at Lemukih village which is the upstream side.
Entrance fee: 20.000 IDR per person. But since February 2019 there is a fence when you enter the downstream part. Locals await you and charge you money as your guide, around 100.000 IDR. This is questionable because in this way they force you to pay. While before you only had to pay the 20K entrance ticket and could go by yourself. So use your bargaining skills and try to lower the costs as much as possible!
Best time to go for photos: The (early) morning is the best time to go to Sekumpul because of many reasons. First, the light. If you arrive here around 9 or 10 am the waterfall is still in the shade, therefore it won’t be blown out by the sun and you won’t be overheated while shooting. Second, fewer tourists what gives you more time and possibilities for different angles.
Photo tip: There is an awesome rock where your model can climb on to give perspective to the waterfall. But there are also many other angles to make your shot. For example where you can use leaves as a foreground to create extra depth in your shot.
Tegenungan waterfall for a family friendly visit
Tegenungan waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Bali and therefore it can be crowded. It is worth it to spend some time at this beautiful waterfall. 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. You can pay another 10. 000 IDR to get an amazing middle-level view and go one level higher to the top of Tegenungan to overlook the whole area and have a different perspective from the falls. You can easily combine Tegenungan waterfall during your ‘chasing waterfalls in Bali’ day trip. For example, you can combine this waterfall together with a visit to Tibumana waterfall and Tukad Cepung waterfall, both close located to Ubud. Read our complete guide to Tegenungan waterfall here.
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 toilet 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. Tegenungang 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.
We hope you enjoyed reading our blog post about the best and most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. If you have questions please let us know in the comments!
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