Ubud has a waterfall to suit every traveler

Take a look at Ubud’s most beautiful waterfalls. Source: Holly Patrick.

THE rhythmic thunder of a waterfall could hypnotize even the unruliest of jungle wanderers.

Waterfalls can be terrifying if you think about the force of the water hitting the plunge pool below as it gushes out from the jungle above. But more than anything, they are exhibits of enchanting natural beauty, ready to be enjoyed by thrillseekers.

The adventure attached to waterfalls begins in finding them because they’re often hidden deep in the jungle.  The trek to the waterfall makes finding it all the more glorious, especially when the waterfalls are as beautiful as the ones found in Ubud, Bali and its surrounding areas.

Bali isn’t just a surfer’s paradise as it offers an array of water activities, including the cascading waterfalls deep in the jungle. Some can be easily accessed via steps that weave around temples, while others involve a guided hike upstream to hidden coves.

Ubud’s waterfalls certainly won’t disappoint the adventurous traveler and they’ll be sure to add a certain enchantment to your Instagram feed.

So, if the thought of an adventure walking beneath tree canopies gets you excited, tie up your hiking boots and discover where to find them below.

Tegenungan Waterfall

Whether you’re staying in Ubud or heading there on a day trip, Tenenungan Waterfall in the forests of Ubud is a must-see.

It’s one of the more popular ones in the area meaning it’s never short of visitors, but there’s plenty of space for everyone to take pictures, swim in the plunge pool, and even grab a bite to eat at the numerous cafes next to the waterfall and the road leading to it.

Source: Holly Patrick.

  • Admission: IDR15,000 (US$1).
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 06:30-18:00.
  • Address: Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581.

Air Terjun Tibumana

A short 20-minute drive north of Bali will bring you to Air Terjun Tibumana. The drive weaves through rice terraces and cute roadside coffee shops before arriving at the top of the waterfall where you can purchase drinks and snacks.

The paved steps take you past a Hindu temple to a picture-perfect wooden bridge between the walls of the gorge. From here you’ll be able to hear the powerful waterfall, so let the sound guide you to it.

When the plunge pool is deep enough, it provides the perfect swimming spot and because its one of the lesser known waterfalls in the area, it also means you can take unobstructed pictures.

Do be careful not to swim close to the waterfall though and don’t enter the cave behind it, no matter how tempted you are.

Source: Holly Patrick.

  • Admission: IDR15,000 (US$1).
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 06:00-18:00.
  • Address: Jalan Desa Apuan, Apuan, Susut, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80661.

Goa Rang Reng Waterfall

Goa Rang Reng Waterfall is locally known as the “hot tub” because the rock formation beneath the flowing water allows visitors to sit in the crevasses as the water rushes around them, resembling a bubbling hot tub.

The waterfall is surrounded by lush forest with thick tree canopies acting as shade from above.

The rocks are covered in algae which makes them menacingly slippery. However, if you’re daring enough to venture to the top, begin your ascent sat down and slide up backwards.

Alternatively, use the rope at the side to steady yourself as you walk up and explore the jungle at the top.

Goa Rang Reng waterfall is still relatively unknown compared to Tegenungan Waterfall and never gets crowded. If you go early enough in the morning, you’ll likely have the entire waterfall to yourself for a few hours.

Source: Holly Patrick.

  • Admission: IDR15,000 (US$1).
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 07:00-18:00.
  • Address: Bakbakan, Gianyar Sub-District, Gianyar, Bali 80515.

Hidden Canyon Babakam

Getting to Hidden Canyon Babakam means succumbing to an epic adventure. You’ll need the help of a guide to get you there as it’s only accessible via a trek upstream.

The trek only takes around 15 minutes and the guide will show you the easiest route to avoid the river’s biggest rocks.

Once you reach the canyon, you’ll need to dump your stuff on the banks of the river and follow the gushing sound of the multiple waterfalls inside.

Source: Holly Patrick.

The sunlight beams through the cracks at the top and lights up the canyon in the warmest glow, providing the perfect lighting for pictures, which your guide will be happy to take for you.

A quick swim around the corner and you’ll see Hidden Canyon Babakam is the gift that keeps on giving with another two sparkling waterfalls and a swing chair for added fun.

Hidden Canyon Babakam is close to Goa Rang Reng Waterfall so why not explore the canyon first, work up a sweat and then head to the “hot tub” to relax?

Source: Holly Patrick.

  • Admission: IDR150,000 (US$10, guide included).
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 07:00-18:00.
  • Address: Bakbakan, Gianyar Sub-District, Gianyar, Bali 80661.