Planning a visit to Tukad Cepung Waterfall? Wonderful!
As one of our personal favorite waterfalls in Bali, Tukad Cepung is everything we hoped for in Bali: lush, wild, and enchanting.
In our Tukad Cepung Waterfall guide, we will share our discovery and teach you how to plan your perfect visit to this mighty waterfall!
Read on to find out why you should visit Tukad Cepng Waterfall, how to get there, entrance fees, things to bring with you, and the best time to visit Tukad Cepung!
Why Visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is one of the most “Instagram-worthy” and beautiful waterfalls in Bali. Its most attractive feature is the heavenly sun rays that seep into the canyon, creating an unworldly environment. The combination of the beautiful cave-like formation, sun rays, and a nice waterfall create the perfect photo opportunity.
Besides being a wonderful photo spot in Bali, Tukad Cepung allows visitors to explore some of the famed lushness of Bali. How often do you get to go on an adventure through a canyon, wade through rivers and arrive at a waterfall?
Exploring Tukad Cepung is the adventure you have been dreaming of in Bali!
How to Get to The Tukad Cepung Waterfall?
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is located in Bangli Regency, about 45 minutes by car from the touristy city of Ubud. Though it is possible to visit Tukad Cepung from any of the popular places to stay in Bali such as Canggu or Seminyak, it will add a considerable amount of travel time.
Basing yourself in Ubud is highly recommended for a trip to Tukad Cepung Waterfall.
There are 3 ways on how to get to Tukad Cepung Waterfall:
1. Renting A Motorbike
Renting a motorbike is one of the most economical options when visiting Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Costing about 50k IDR (~3.5 USD) per day, it is perfect for anyone traveling Bali on a budget. Travelers will find an abundance of motorbike rental shops in Ubud, and if not, you can always ask your accommodation.
If you are staying in a nice private pool villa in Ubud, you might even have a complimentary motorbike for use!
However, foreigners getting hurt on motorbikes are incredibly common in Bali. Don’t rent a motorbike unless you are confident in driving one!
2. Hiring A Driver For A Day or Half-Day
If you prefer extra comfort and money isn’t an issue, then consider hiring a driver for a day. Surprisingly, this option is not too expensive, especially if you are traveling with friends or can find others to share the transport with.
Allot an extra 15-30 minutes if you are considering hiring a driver. Because of the traffic in Ubud, there are often delays, especially if you are not on a scooter!
Many tour agencies throughout Ubud will offer driver-hiring services. Your accommodation will also likely offer this type of service, albeit at an extra cost.
That is why we recommend you to book a private driver online in advance!
You might be tempted to just get a Grab (Uber for Bali), but DO NOT do it. Grab is common and available in big cities like Ubud, but you won’t find a Grab to come back! You will risk being stranded at Tukad Cepung!
(We might or might not be speaking from our personal experience.)
If you hire your own private driver, you can even use it to plan your personal Bali itinerary and visit additional places in the area such as Nungnung Waterfall, Tegalalang Rice Terrace, and more!
3. Taking a Tukad Cepung Waterfall Tour
A Tukad Cepung Waterfall tour is one of our least favorite options to visit this beautiful waterfall in Bali.
Why? Because tours to Tukad Cepung are really limited because it is such a hidden gem in Bali. If you do find one, it usually includes other attractions in Bali that we have no interest in. It also doesn’t give you the flexibility to visit when you want, and it surely doesn’t visit it when the waterfall is at its utmost beauty.
However, the Tukad Cepung tours are quite affordable and save you the hassle of booking everything!
Tukad Cepung Waterfall Entrance Fee
Visiting Tukad Cepung is very cheap. The Tukad Cepung Waterfall entrance fee is 15k IDR (~1 USD). Parking is free for everyone. We have heard people getting scammed at the parking lot and having to pay for parking.
Getting Up and Down Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Once you have purchased your ticket for Tukad Cepung at the ticketing booth, the fun officially begins! The waterfall is located at the bottom of the canyon, and there are over 200 steps to arrive at the bottom.
It is important that you go slowly and carefully during this part because the steps are usually wet (because you are close to a waterfall). If you are an elder or have mobility issues, just take it slow. The trip is worth it.
Once you have arrived at the bottom of the narrow gorge, it will feel like you have entered a cave system. The light rays seep through the numerous small openings and create surreal visuals, especially if you are visiting in the mornings.
As you navigate through the canyon, you will pass through rivers that will get up to your knees. It is essential that you bring some water shoes with you, as the sharp pebbles hidden under the water can hurt. Be prepared to get wet!
After reaching a wide-open area with an abundance of light, you will finally arrive at the Tukad Cepung Waterfall.
As a stand-alone waterfall, Tukad Cepung would not be considered jaw-dropping. However, with the canyon framing its curves and the light rays seeping in, it is like a page out of a fairytale.
You can swim in the Tukad Cepung Waterfall but it isn’t particularly deep, making it difficult to get a proper swim. Tukad Cepung is more of a place for a gorgeous Instagram photo than a waterfall for swimming!
Things to Bring With You to Tukad Cepung
1. Water & Snacks
The hike up and down to the Tukad Cepung Waterfall will drain your energy and dehydrate you, especially in the Balinese heat. We recommend bringing some snacks and at least 1 liter of water alone for the waterfall.
Don’t worry if you forget to bring water or snacks. There is a small restaurant at Tukad Cepung Waterfall where you can replenish yourself!
2. Water Shoes
Water shoes are considered a must for a trip to Tukad Cepung. Because you will be walking in knee-high water, you won’t want to ruin your regular trainers or sneakers. Without any type of shoes, the sharp pebbles beneath the water might injure you. Bring some water shoes to protect your feet!
3. Dry Bag
Dry Bag is something you might want to consider bringing to Tukad Cepung, especially if you have things that cannot get wet. As you approach the waterfall, it will get misty and getting wet is unavoidable. With a dry bag, you can keep your clothes, photography gears, and other essentials dry!
Best Time to Visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall
The most unique feature of the Tukad Cepung Waterfall is undoubtedly the leaking light rays that enter the cave-like system. To optimize the number of light rays entering the cave, you want to visit at a time when the sun hit it at an angle.
That is why we recommended you to avoid visiting Tukad Cepung Waterfall at midday, as you will see fewer sun rays and more tourists.
Consequently, the best time to visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall is in the morning from 8:30 AM to 11 PM. This way you can beat the crowd and see the glorious sun rays flooding the cave-like system.
Once 11 AM hits, the Tukad Cepung tours will start arriving.
Arriving in the late afternoon is a decent alternative if you cannot visit in the morning. You won’t see nearly as many sun rays but the crowd won’t be as bad as midday!
However, keep in mind that the Tukad Cepung Waterfall opening hours are from 7 AM to 6 PM.
We highly recommended you to visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall in the morning, even if it means sacrificing some sleep!
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This concludes our guide to Tukad Cepung Waterfall in Bali! Why are you waiting for? Pack your boots, book your flights, and go chase that waterfall!
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