Bali, Indonesia is one of the most powerful and full of energy places in the world. It’s not only because of the fact that this island of the Gods is in the middle of Indian Ocean and they’re 2 active volcanos in the middle of it, but also because of the numerous stunningly beautiful waterfalls that are hidden in the deepest parts of the Balinese jungle.
The island owns so many waterfalls that we’re probably not able to see all of them, but we were lucky enough to see few of them for the short amount of time we had. So we spent 2 days in total to explore 4 of the waterfalls and here’s how we did it.
Traveling the non-touristic way
I’ve talked about this before, that me and my love are not that typical travel couple. We love to explore the places we go on our own. We don’t do trips, we don’t talk to travel agencies, we just do our own research in internet and then with the help of Google Maps and our passionate hearts we just go with the flow and see evrything we haven’t even imagined to see in such an authentic way. We just dive deep into the local culture and try to act like locals, to experience the place we are like them. So you may be wondering how is that possible? Well, everything is possible, at least if you’re passionate enought and love adventures. So let me tell you how we saw the best waterfalls in Bali just in 1 full day from Canggu, and then continued the adventure from Ubud, but it took us only few hours, not a full second day, so in total almost 2 days.
Watch our adventure with Chasing Waterfalls in the North of Bali for 1 day
Chasing Waterfalls in the North of Bali
We were in Canggu, so woke up at 3 am to go chasing waterfalls in the North of Bali. We jumped on our scooter and went for the longest ride we ever did by our own till then, but it was so exciting! Thank God we also had raincoats, because when we entered the joungle it started to rain and as it was around 5 am it was quite cold, especially on the motorbike. We stoped to have a cup of coffee on our way in one of the coffees where you will go to taste Luwak coffee especially if it’s your first time in Bali. After that we continued to our adventure. We watched one of the best sunrises ever in the mountains of Bali on our way to the first stop which was Sekumpul Waterfalls. You can reach the falls on a nature trek through the namesake village of Sekumpul, which is located in upland region of the Buleleng regency in North Bali.
After around 2 and a half hours ride + around 30-60 minutes coffee and rest time we arrived. The hike down time to Sekumpul Waterfalls was around 1 hour, but it’s quite slippery so you need to watch out and have proper shoes. I was with flip flops and did it well, but it was going to be better if I was with trekking shoes or at least my Nike trainees.
Those waterfalls are probably the hardest falls in Bali to get to. They’re not entirely unknown, but are a little dislocated which keeps the crowds away.
The waterfall is actually a cluster of six to seven narrow cascades that form the centrepiece of a lush green bamboo forested valley. We spend more than 4-5 hours there trekking and enjoying and was able to see only 4 or 5. But they were all so incredibly beautiful and magical! I felt the healing energy of Mother Nature while I was staying right under the falling water and felt it washing all my bad energy away. I really left my heart there! If I could only go there to stay and just watch the falls and clear my mind every day my life would be a fairytale!
We should have been left around 12 pm noon. We stoped for a quick coffee and meal at one place close to the entrance, we changed our clothes and then hopped back onto our motorbike to continu to our next stop which was Banyumala Twin Waterfall.
Banyumala Twin Waterfall
It was about 1 – 2 hours drive to the Banyumala Twin Waterfall. It is on the crater rim road between Munduk and the main highway from Singaraja to Denpasar. This is not an easy waterfall to find. There is a faded sign leading down a small rural road away from Lake Buyan. But if you’re a good scooter rider you can go with your scooter and you will save more than an hour of walking.
They’re also other waterfalls and a lot to do around Munduk, but unfortunately we had to go back before too late in Canggu as we had to ride 2-3 hours back through the joungle till we get back in our hotel so we decided to find Banyumala as I saw few photos of it in internet before and I thought it was going to worth it. And so it was!
Banyumala Waterfall is one of the lesser known waterfalls in Bali. It is located north of Lake Buyan in northcentral Bali. Unlike many trails this is a completely natural trail and rarely hiked trail. After you stop with the scooter on the parking, the hike down to the waterfall takes about 20 minutes but is doable. Just past the waterfall is a water curtain of various trickles of water down a wall of lush rocks.On the foot of the waterfall you can take a little swim to cool down and enjoy its beauty. We enjoyde that waterfall so much, it was really incredible! Would love to come back!
After visiting Banyumala Waterfall we were totally exhausted already, it was around 3 pm, we were starving! That’s why we stopped for a quick Balinese traditional snack on the road close to the Twin Lakes and bought some baby banas to fuel our bodies. Then we hopped on our scoother and around 6 pm we arrived back in Canggu in our hotel. You can guess that we had a dinned and fall asleep around 9 pm as we were so exhausted but so happy after all that beauty we saw! It was one of our most existing days in Bali ever! We’ll never forget it! Even now after few months since we were there when I close my eyes I can still feel the energy of those places!
Tibumana Waterfall from Ubud
While we were in Ubud we saw 2 more waterfalls in one day and they were both very beautiful too! The first one was Tibumana Waterfall which is around 30-40 minutes ride with the scooter from Ubud. Again, we didn’t go there with a trip or guide, we just used our Google Maps on our mobiles and it was very easy to find. If we had a problem with finding the right way there were always many kind local people that was there to help us if we ever got lost and stoped to ask.
Tibumana Waterfall is one of Bali’s best kept secrets. With an easy walk down and a beautiful swimming spot at the bottom, Tibumana Waterfall Bali is one of the quieter and very beautiful waterfalls to relax and enjoy some down time. From the car park it’s just an easy 10 minute walk down to the falls itself. So overall, definitely one of the easiest Bali waterfalls to get to.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall – close to Ubud
After that we headed to the last waterfall in our must visit list while in Ubud. It’s called Kanto Lampo Waterfall and it was about 15 minute ride from Tibumana Waterfall.
The waterfall Kanto Lampo is a beautiful big wall of water which is popular to climb up. Locals from Ubud like to hang around at the weekend. That’s why it’s better to visit during the week days. In front of the waterfall is a small pool area. You can jump in the water, enjoy a relaxing swim and shower. It is a simple 3-minute walk down from the parking. That waterfall was really stunning!
So that was pretty everything from our Chasing Waterfalls in Bali 2 days experience. It was one of the most magical experiences ever and we definitely recommend seeing as much Bali Waterfalls as possible. It was really unforgettable and we’re ready to come back for more!
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