Bali is famed the world over for its amazing natural landscape, and the same goes for the many amazing waterfalls that can be found around the island.
If you’re going to be spending some time in Ubud and you’re interested in taking some trips out to visit some waterfalls, then look no further. This list includes what we believe to be the 9 best waterfalls that you can find near Ubud, and they’re definitely not something you’ll want to miss.
If you’re extra keen on checking out some waterfalls, special guided tours are available that can take you to a number of them in the one trip. These tours offer a great way to take in many of these majestic natural wonders in a hassle-free experience, and there are many tours available for you to choose from.
But without further ado, the following are our top 9 waterfalls that you’ll be able to find near Ubud.
Kanto Lampo Falls
Starting off with one of the most popular, if not the most popular, Kanto Lampo Falls is one of the best waterfalls if you’re looking to go for a swim. The scenery at Kanto Lampo falls is stunning too, with the waterfall cascading down a 15-metre rock face.
When contrasted with a lot of the other waterfalls in Bali, Kanto Lampo somewhat stands out on its own, so this alone makes it well worth visiting. It can get incredibly busy though, so try and arrive early if you want to avoid the throngs of tourists.
Kanto Lampo is also a perfect spot for any families or beginners when it comes to hiking, as it only requires a 5-minute walk down a set of stairs.
Kanto Lampo’s entrance fee is Rp15,000 (85p), and you should be sure to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds. You’ll want to spend at least an hour or two taking everything in, and the opening hours are 6am to 6pm.
Tegenungan is one of the most accessible waterfalls on this list, being just a 30 minute drive from the centre of Ubud. This also means that it’s one of the most touristy waterfalls too, and you’ll find all manner of market stalls set up around Tegenungan’s entrance, which if we’re honest can be a little off-putting.
That isn’t to say that Tegenungan isn’t a stunning waterfall though, and it’s certainly worth taking the time to pay it a visit. It’s not the tallest waterfall around, at roughly the same 15 metres in height as Kanto Lampo, and you’ll want to be mindful that the water flow can sometimes be a little much. On days where the water is flowing a little too enthusiastically, you’ll likely find that it’ll have been closed off.
You won’t have to do much in the way of hiking to get to Tegenungan, so it’s perfect for families with any younger members. But again, due to the force of the water at times, it’s not always going to be the best option if you’re looking for a swim.
The entrance fee for Tegenungan is Rp15,000 (86p), and you’ll want to get there in the early morning. You’ll probably want to spend around an hour or two there, and the opening times are 6am to 6pm.
Nungnung Waterfall is one of Bali’s largest and most impressive waterfalls, and with it being found deep in the centre of Bali, heading out to find it makes for a fairly adventurous day trip. The hike there can be a fairly strenuous one to those who aren’t well-seasoned hikers, but once you complete the some 500-step journey you’ll know it was well worth it.
Once you reach Nungnung you’ll find plenty of great swimming, relaxing and amazing nature to take in, but perhaps the biggest draw of all is the sheer force of this waterfall. Nungnung is a beast, and at 60 feet tall, you can be sure this water’s coming down with some hefty force. If you do decide to go for a swim, be sure to keep safe and don’t get too close!
As an aside, you’ll want to be careful of any electronic items you have on you while visiting Nungnung. Since that water is crashing down so forcefully, you can be sure there’s some pretty significant splash back going down. You might want to consider taking a waterproof bag for your electronic items.
The cost to enter Nungnung Waterfall is Rp10,000 (56p). You’ll want to get there early in the morning, and should plan to spend around 2 to 3 hours at the waterfall. The opening hours are from 9am to 4pm.
Goa Rang Reng Waterfall
The locals around Goa Rang Reng have historically seen the waterfall here as a place to visit for some spiritual cleansing, and it’s no real surprise why. The whole area is nothing short of spectacular.
The waterfall itself consists of a great big bed of rocks, with the water perfectly cascading down them. Perhaps the real draw of Goa Rang Reng though is the sheer width of the waterfall, along with the stunning shrubbery surrounding it.
You’ll also find a cave nearby, although this isn’t just any cave. The locals regard this cave to be a holy place, so if you’re hoping to enter it then be sure to be dressed in something decent.
Furthermore, while you may not actually be able to go for a swim in the water here at Goa Rang Reng, you’ll find that it’s at least a great place to sit and relax and cool yourself down.
The entrance fee for Goa Rang Reng is Rp15,000 (85p). You’ll want to get there early to avoid the crowds, and you should plan to spend a good hour or two at the waterfall.
Leke Leke Waterfall
Of all of the waterfalls on this list, Leke Leke Falls might be the least visited, which is strange because it’s one of the most stunning. It’s also not too far from Nungnung falls, so it’s perfect for a two for one day out.
One of the most amazing aspects of Leke Leke is how it so perfectly nestles within a cove, creating a perfect shot for any budding photographers out there. Not only does the surrounding nature at Leke Leke give off a serene and peaceful feeling, but the waterfall itself does too, only amplifying the soothing and calming ambience you’ll be sure to fall in love with.
The hike to Leke Leke is also one of the easier waterfall treks out there, so you don’t have to worry if you have some younger members of the family with you. You won’t be able to swim here, but that won’t matter when you walk through the waterfall and find the most amazing little cave hidden away behind it.
On the whole, Leke Leke is a great spot to relax and take in the nature, especially since it seems relatively undiscovered by the tourists en masse.
Entering Leke Leke waterfall will cost you Rp30,000, around £1.70. Any time of the day will be a great time to visit, and you’ll want to plan to spend a good hour or two there. Opening hours are 7am to 5pm.
Bangkiang Djaran Waterfall
The Bangkiang Djaran waterfall is a little farther out than some others, but it’s definitely worth the trip. While the waterfall is fairly hidden away, it’s still nice and easy to get to it. Somehow though most tourists seem to overlook it.
The natural beauty you’ll discover at Bangkiang Djaran is truly spectacular, and while it’s far from the largest of Bali’s many waterfalls, that doesn’t mean that it’s without a character and charm all of its own.
If you do decide to take a trip out to Bangkiang Djaran, don’t stop at the waterfall. In fact, there’s plenty else to explore around the area, and if you continue on from the waterfall you’ll find a second one gracing the other side of the river, along with an amazing little temple that’s absolutely worth checking out.
Entrance to Bangkiang Djaran costs Rp5,000, roughly 28p, and since the waterfall isn’t so well known, you won’t have to worry about other tourists getting in the way. You could spend around an hour here, and opening hours at Bangkiang Djaran are 8am to 6pm.
Another one of Bali’s most hidden-away waterfalls is the Sumampan waterfall. Found south of the centre of Ubud in Sumampan Village, Sumampan is also on the way to Tegenungan, so it’s well worth combining the two into the same trip.
The hike to Sumampan waterfall could almost feel like you’re trekking through someone’s home, due to its location in the Sumampan Village. You’ll get a great view down the falls on the way down to them, and the cliff from where the water falls is home to some amazing rice fields, making for one incredible view.
The walk down to the bottom is a bit precarious, so it’s not recommended if you’ve any young children with you, or if everything’s a bit slippery after some rainfall for that matter; you won’t find much in the way of handrails to keep you safe. Once you get down there though, you’ll find some spectacular jungle scenery that really makes it stand out among the rest on this list.
There’s no entrance fee for the Sumampan waterfall, although donations are accepted. There’s no specific best time to visit either, and you can spend around an hour there. The opening times are 6am to 6pm.
In spite of being one of the lesser known waterfalls near Ubud, Tukad Cepung certainly does stand out as one of the most beautiful in all of Bali, and definitely not one to be missed.
Around 10am each day, you’ll find the sun’s rays shooting through the canyon, giving a look and feel that’s nothing short of breath taking. The whole scene at Tukad Cepung is truly magical, and this natural wonder each and every day has led to Tukad Cepung becoming known as one of the most Instagrammable spots Bali has to offer.
Reaching Tukad Cepung is fairly easy, and there’s a nice and simple jungle hike of around 100 stairs that descend into the canyon. Once you’re there, there’ll be some fun wading through water and some obstacles to climb around before you get to the waterfall, but nothing too tough.
Entering Tukad Cepung waterfall costs Rp15,000 (85p), and you’ll want to arrive before 10am to make sure you’re there to catch the sun rays. You’ll want to plan for an hour or two there, and the opening times are 6am to 5pm.
Around 30 minutes south of Tukad Cepung is Tibumana, perhaps the greatest of all the waterfalls near Ubud. You’ll find it easy to make your way there in a taxi or scooter from any of Bali’s main tourist hubs, and should take no longer than around 30 minutes to get there from Ubud’s centre.
Until recent years Tibumana was another relatively unknown waterfall to most people, but once the Instagram crowd started to catch on it inevitably quickly gained a name for itself.
Don’t let this popularity put you off though; the waterfall is nothing short of breathtaking. If you’d prefer to hike there rather than taking a taxi or a scooter, you won’t have any trouble with the 10-minute or so walk, suitable for those at any hiking level. In fact, the jungle trail itself is great for veterans and beginners alike, and perfect for any kids getting their first taste of hiking.
Tibumana is also a fantastic place to stop and take a swim to cool off. On a hot day after your hike, you’ll no doubt enjoy nothing more. In fact, you’ll even find some lifeguards on hand ready to make sure that anyone swimming in the pool can do so safely.
To enter Tibumana comes at a cost of Rp10,000, roughly 56p. The best time to visit is the early morning, and you’ll want to spend a good hour or two taking it all in. Opening times are 6am to 6pm.
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