3 BEST Waterfalls in Bali You Do Not Want to Miss!

3 BEST Waterfalls in Bali You Do Not Want to Miss!

If you haven’t been to Bali, you are definitely missing out. Known for some of the craziest parties, extravagant beachfront bars/clubs, and stunning beaches, Bali is one of the most popular Southeast Asia backpacking destinations.

But did you know outside of that, Bali has some of the most beautiful natural scenery? Bali is known for some of the most majestic waterfalls in the world. With over hundreds of waterfalls in Bali, how do you know which ones to choose?

Below we have chosen three best waterfalls that you do not want to miss when you are in Bali. So when you are done sipping that mojito in Seminyak or chugging that Bintang in Kuta, let’s chase some waterfalls.

How to Get to the Waterfalls in Bali?

Infracstructure in Bali is really lacking. There is absolutely no trains and the bus system only takes you to major towns. Even though apps like GoJek and Grab (equivalent of Uber) will take you around most of the popular cities in Bali, they will not take you to these waterfalls as they are quite isolated. And if they do, you will definitely not be able to get a Uber at the waterfalls to go back. This means that it is a little harder to reach them, but that also means they will be a lot less touristy.

Option 1: The most economical option and also the most adventurous is to rent a scooter. They go for about 60k IDR or 4-5 USD a day. No it is not true that if you can ride a bicycle then you can ride a scooter. Accidents happen quite often with foreigns on scooters. The good thing is, it is quite easy to learn how to. Unless you are confident and know how to ride a scooter, I would not recommend this option. If you do decide to pick this option, you can rent a motorbike in the less congested town of Ubud and ride from there. Ubud is the closest town to these waterfalls.  

Option 2 is to rent a car and a driver for a day. As crazy as that sounds, sometimes this is the best option if you are travelling with friends. You could rent a driver and a car for ~500k IDR or 35USD a day. The driver will then take you to all the places you want to see. It is the least riskiest and most comfortable option.

Option 3 is to go through a tour agency. You really have to be lucky with this one. Most of them don’t provide tours to the less-known waterfalls. Tours are usually only available to the more famous waterfalls such as Tegenungan waterfall and Gitgit waterfalls. But trust me, these ones are better. 

The 3 Best Waterfalls Near Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Location: Gianyar regency

Time for travel: Only ~30 minutes Ubud!!

Only 30 minutes from the touristy town of Ubud, it is very easy to pair this waterfall with other activities such as Tegalalang Rice Terrace or the Sacred monkey forest sanctuary in Ubud. Similar to most of the waterfalls in Bali, there is a hike down to the waterfall. This one is an easy 10-minute hike to the bottom but it does get a little harder towards the end. It is very quiet especially if you arrive in the morning. Chances are that you will have the entire waterfall to yourself.

Get underneath the waterfalls and feel the gush of clean refreshingly water rush over you. And then have a friend or a local take a photo for you at one of the most picturesque waterfall in the world.

Note: The rocks underneath the waterfalls are extremely slippery!! A lot of people have hurt themselves!! Be careful when you walk across them!!

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Location: Bangli regency

Time for travel: ~1 hour from Ubud

Located about an hour from Ubud, Tukad Cepung is a hidden waterfall in the forest. Mainly visited by the locals, this waterfall will have you dazzled. The hike is only about 15 minutes but it does include large steps with no guardrails. Elderly and children are not recommend to do this hike. However, when you reach the end of the steps, you will enter a cave-like system where the water could get up to thigh-high. So do expect to get wet but definitely bring footwear such as watershoes or socks to help you get to the end.

Once you enter the “cave” part, look up and see the water trickling down the walls, and admire the magical sun rays that managed to sneak into the small crevices of the cave. Slowly (and carefully) continue your journey till the end where you will be rewarded by the a truly breathtaking masterpiece of nature. The space in this “cave” is quite tight at certain places so it could be difficult to get that photo you wanted.

Nungnung Waterfall

Location: Badung Regency

Time for travel: ~75 minutes from Ubud

Located a little more than an hour from Ubud, Nungnung is one of the highest Bali waterfalls. Entailing a strenuous 500-step hike to the bottom of the waterfalls, you are rewarded with one of the most mythical waterfalls I have ever seen.

This place completely blew me away.

If there is one thing you must do in Bali, this is it.

When we were there, we saw approximately 10 people there within the span of 2 hours. That’s it. That is the definition of a hidden paradise. On the way down, you are blessed by a lush green scenery that will take your breath along with the steps.

Once you are at the bottom, the crashing of the water will mesmerize you. If you dare stand too close, you will be slowly overwhelmed by the wrath of the waterfall in the form of water mist. Within seconds, your clothing will be soaked (if not already from the hike), and your face will feel like it was in a rainstorm. Technically, you could swim in the waterfall but I highly advise against doing so. The currents are strong and there are lots of huge rocks. Just admire this natural beauty, take a few breathtaking pictures, and prepare yourself for the “fun” hike back up. This is something you do not want to miss in Bali.

I loved this so much I wrote a whole guide on Nungnung waterfall. Come check it out!

Looking for tours in Bali? Here’s our suggestions:

Where to Stay in Ubud

If you want the easiest access to the best waterfalls in Bali, you will have to stay in the city of Ubud. Here are our recommendations on where to stay in Ubud.

Low-Budget Accommodation

Kayuni Hostel – Clean rooms and comfortable mattresses. Dorms rooms also have curtains for privacy. Great location and amazing free breakfast are only some of the features they have! Find out the rest yourself 🙂

High-Budget Accommodation

Adiwana Resort Jembawan
 – Breathtaking views of the jungle from the pool. Facilities are everything you need and more. Staff is friendly and helpful. No wonder this is one of the highest-rated hotel in all of Ubud.

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Those are some of the best waterfalls you do not want to miss! Have you been to any of them? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Places You Must See in Nusa Penida and How to Get There!!!

3 Places You Must See in Nusa Penida and How to Get There!!!

You are in Bali and everywhere you go people are talking about an island called Nusa Penida. You are not sure if you should check it out given the tight schedule that you have and the plans you have made.

However, if you are adventurous and love beautiful beaches, cliffs, and scenery, you will be totally missing out if you did not go.

Bali is amazing itself, but Nusa Penida blew me away. Anyone visiting Bali should definitely include Nusa Penida on their Bali itinerary.

And if you go, there are 3 places you must see on Nusa Penida! We will even tell you how to get there. 

How to Get to Nusa Penida From Bali

So you decided to go, but how do you get to Nusa Penida from Bali? You will have to take a Grab or GoJet (Those are the Ubers of Bali, if you don’t already have those apps, download them!) to Sanur port.

The easiest way to get to Nusa Penida is to take a boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida. At Sanur port, you will hear people chanting Nusa Penida. Go up to them or they will come up to you and ask them how much is the price for a ticket to Nusa Penida.

The ticket should not cost more than 150k IDR. Some people will come up to you this is the official ticket booth, there is no such thing. They are all private companies.

If you want to save a few bucks, you could walk around bargain with the other companies. Keep in mind that there are a lot of different companies operating fast boats to Nusa Penida, use this to your advantage and try to get the best price possible!

The boat ride is bumpy and if you get motion sickness as I do, definitely take some medications beforehand.

For a complete guide on how to get to Nusa Penida from Bali, click here!

TIP: When you get on the boat to Nusa Penida, you will have to walk in the water and the water could go as high up as your crotch! Just plan beforehand so you don’t wet the things you don’t want to!!

How to Get Around on Nusa Penida

After arriving at Nusa Penida, you will be dropped off at Tojapakeh, the most developed part of the island.

There, you will be able to get a ride with the local to your accommodation, rent out scooters by the day (~60k IDR/day), or rent out a private car with a private driver! (~500k IDR/day, depending on how many people you have).

If you do decide to drive a scooter, keep in mind that some parts of the roads are nearly undrivable. Unpaved, uneven concrete, potholes everywhere, and on a steep incline or decline. But if you do want to do that (which I did, and only fell once in two days), make sure your scooter’s headlights work. Because if you decide to watch the sunset at any of the major attraction points, the road back will be pitch-black.

TIP: You will not receive service the majority of the time when you are deep in the island traveling to your destination. For safety, download offline maps on your phone with Google Maps or maps.me.

What To Do In Nusa Penida

1. Atuh Beach

Location: East part of the Island, somewhat remote.

Time for travel: ~ 1 hour 30 minutes from Toyapakeh on scooters

Located on the eastern part of the island, Atuh beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to. Incredible rock formation, huge cliffs, and turquoise water with sparkling white sand. What more can you ask for? This looks like a place straight out of a fairytale.

Due to its somewhat remote location, chances are, there will be a whole lot fewer crowds here and you can enjoy this natural wonder by yourself. Make sure you put on some sunscreen or you will be dead in an hour.

This place is easily paired with another cool destination (not top 3) nearby called Goa Giri Putri Temple!! It is a temple in a cave that is very unique on its own. Pair that with Atuh Beach and you have the perfect day trip. 

2. Kelingking Beach

Location: Southwestern part of the island.

Time for travel: ~ 1 hour from Toyapakeh on scooters

Number two on the list is Kelingking beach. I am sure many of you have seen a picture of this sometime in your life, probably on some sort of social media. If you have not, then what are you doing with your life?

This is the spot that Nusa Penida is known for and let me tell you. It did not disappoint. One year ago I saw this on Instagram and decided I must see this with my eyes.

You could follow the dirt path all the way down to the beach but the path is steep and sometimes muddy and slippery. It takes about two hours to go up and down but the beach below is worth it!

TIP: Since this is the most popular destination in all of Nusa Penida, I highly recommend coming here in the morning to avoid the crowd. The difference of having this place to yourself or with a bunch of tourists is like day and night! 

3. Pegunyaangan Waterfall

Location: Southern part of the island

Time for travel: ~ 1 hour 15 minutes from Toyapakeh on scooters

My favorite place on Nusa Penida has to be Peguyangan Waterfall. Unlike the name suggests, this is not a waterfall towering over hundreds of meters. This is actually quite the opposite.

But the charm to the Peguyangan Waterfall is the beautiful journey on the way down. And upon reaching the waterfall, you will see a small temple where the locals conduct religious ceremonies

The way to the bottom of the waterfall is about a 45-minute hike and it features some of the most amazing views I have ever seen in my life.  If you do successfully get down to the bottom of the waterfall, there is also a natural pool you can sit in and watch the enormous waves crash onto the rocks. 

It is definitely a place you must see in Nusa Penida!

You might even see locals filling up bottoms of water from the waterfall and carrying it back up to the top!

Looking for some tours in Nusa Penida? Here are our recommendations:

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida

For an in-depth guide on where to stay in Nusa Penida, please click here!

Low-Budget Recommendation – Nuansa Penida

Nuansa Penida is hands down the best hostel in Nusa Penida. Every room has air conditioning and a private bathroom. It also has a comfortable swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant, and a social atmosphere to meet other travelers.

Click here for more details!  

High-Budget Recommendation – Hotel Arsa Santhi Nusa Penida

Hotel Arsa Santhi Nusa Penida is a beautiful boutique in Nusa Penida. With a relaxing swimming pool and relaxing vibes, guests can have a good night’s rest after visiting the best attractions in Nusa Penida. The staff is also extremely helpful and friendly.

Click here for more details!

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Have you been to Nusa Penida? In your opinion, what are some places you must see in Nusa Penida? Let us know in the comments below!

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