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 in Bali around the island that it’s hard to choose which ones are worth a visit. After spending a total of 9 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 waterfalls in Bali. We also give you practical tips about how to get to the waterfalls and photography tips to capture the waterfalls in Bali at its best!
Tukad Cepung waterfall with its 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 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 is a super photogenic waterfall nearby Ubud and 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
Leke Leke 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 waterfalls
Banyumala twin waterfall is one of the lesser known Bali waterfalls, but super worth to visit! It is 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. The Banyumala twin waterfall is located in the north and could easily be combined with a visit to Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall which is very close. There are several angles to make awesome photos at this waterfall. And after that you can relax, enjoy the silent nature surroundings and take a dip in the pool. You can also combine Banyumala 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! 🙂
Read everything about Banyumala Twin waterfalls in this complete blog post!
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 the waterfall 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 of the height of the waterfall. But there are also many other angles to make your shot. For example where you can use leaves as foreground to create extra depth in your shot. Or use your drone to create a completely different perspective of Sekumpul waterfall!
Tegenungan waterfall in Ubud
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. 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.
Aling Aling waterfall
Aling Aling waterfall is tucked away in the lush green jungle of north Bali and is a true adventure heaven. However, there are actually 4 different waterfalls in the area of Aling Aling. The names of the other waterfalls are Kroya, Kembar and Pucuk waterfall. The hike down to Aling Aling Waterfall is only 10 minutes along a well-maintained path with concrete steps. The path goes through beautiful rice terraces and about halfway down you will find an awesome viewpoint of Aling Aling Waterfall. If you choose for the Aling Aling Waterfall Tour you will have a fun day tour which involves some serious cliff jumping and natural slides. Definitely the most adventurous Bali waterfall, perfect for adrenaline junkies!
Getting there: Aling Aling waterfall is about a 2-hour drive from Canggu, Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta area. However there are multiple options to get to Aling Aling including an all inclusive tour that picks you up from your hotel and guides you to multiple waterfalls in one day.
Entrance fee: There are two Aling Aling entrance fee options which you can choose from. One is 125.000 IDR which is a guided tour down to the waterfalls including swimming and cliff jumping. The second option is only 10.000 IDR which allows entry to the waterfalls by yourself. But they say no swimming or cliff jumping is allowed without a guide for your own safety.
Best time to go: This depends on bit on what you’re looking for, because if you’re planning an adventurous day at Aling Aling, anytime is good to go here. You can cool off as much as you want! But if you want to enjoy the waterfalls for yourself and take nice pictures, the early morning is the best time to go to Aling Aling waterfall.
Photo tip: If you’re going to swim or cliff jumping at Aling Aling waterfall, take your Go Pro with you! But if you only go to watch the impressive waterfalls, make sure to capture the Aling Aling waterfall from the viewpoint which gives an impressive aerial perspective of this beauty!
Kanto Lampo waterfall
Kanto Lampo waterfalls is located nearby 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 beauty and it only takes 5 minutes from the car part to the down. When you reach the waterfall, you will only see it 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.
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.
Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall
Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall is quiet an unknown Bali waterfall in the North of the island. Also known as Bhuana Sari Waterfall, this spot is actually really close to Banyumala waterfall. However, lots of people prefer Banyumala over Banyu Amertha. But that is such a shame because with the entrance ticket to Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall, you can actually visit four waterfalls in this area, depending if there is enough water in the rain season to create the fourth one. We loved this waterfall adventure which involves some hiking to get to the waterfalls. The steps are well maintained and it feels as if you are walking through a beautiful garden. Banyu Wana Amertha is now one of our most favorite Bali waterfalls!
Getting there: From the Canggu, Kuta area it is a 1,5 hour drive. So if you want to explore this area of Bali, you might want to stay here for a few nights. There are enough guesthouses or beautiful nature resorts in the area around Angsri and Auman which is really close to the twin lakes and this waterfall.
Entrance fee: 30.000 IDR for all the waterfalls.
Best time to go: Because it’s not a super touristy waterfall you can go at any time of the day. But, because of the heat I still would advice to go early morning. To reach the waterfall you hike down along a path. But this means you have to hike your way up to get back to the car park. For the best light for photos it’d also best to get here before 10AM, because otherwise the sunlight might blow out the waterfalls a bit too much.
Photo tip: Use a tripod and take a long exposure at the Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall. The water drizzling down along the moss will create a magical curtain when you make a long exposure.
In the Munduk area are actually many waterfalls to explore. You can easily spend a complete day chasing waterfalls in Munduk as they are close to each other and it’s a fun hike. Munduk is located in North Bali at the left side of the lakes. The Munduk waterfall is also known as Red Coral and is beautiful because of it’s single stream fall which is flanked by gorgeous greenery. Operated by a couple of locals, Munduk waterfall is not super popular with tourists which means you’ll likely have the whole area to yourself. There is also a toilet and changing area near the entrance.
Getting there: The best way to get the most out of your time in Munduk is to stay there for one of two nights. On Google maps the parking area is clearly indicated so you win’t have a hard time to find the entrance.
Entrance fee: The parking fee is 2,000 IDR. A ticket for adults is 20,000 IDR and children costs 10,000 IDR.
Best time to go: If you want to spend a day exploring the Bali waterfalls in Munduk, it is advisable to start early. The Munduk waterfalls are not too busy, but because of the heat you might want to start early.
Photo tip: If the waterfall is very powerful I would suggest to use a high shutterspeed. Is there little water, then you can make the waterfall looking more soft and magical with a long exposure.
Sumampan waterfall is probably the most unknown waterfall in Bali. Vacationers don’t even pay attention to this hidden gem, but the expats who live for longer term in Bali find this waterfall more and more. Close to Ubud, this Bali waterfall is absolutely a beauty! Easy to find and a short hike down makes this the perfect 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 jungle area, followed by 50 or so 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 April-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!
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