A trip to Bali isn’t complete without visiting at least one of the island’s iconic waterfalls.

The towering streams of water lure tourists and locals down grand hikes where you are greeted with majestic, unbelievable views.

Dotted across the island, you don’t necessarily need to trek through deep jungles to find one of the magical sights. There are a few spots that are easily accessible for those who aren’t capable of adventuring down steep steps.

Whether you are looking for an easy day trip or want to really explore far and wide to find hidden gems, the waterfalls in Bali never fail to impress.

Here is my list of the best waterfalls in Bali worth a visit.

I am going to start off with the top 5 waterfalls in Bali –

Tegenungan Waterfall – Easy Access Waterfall

Less than a 30 minute drive from the heart of Ubud, Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the most easily accessible waterfalls in Bali. Just over 100 steps down to the rocky water surroundings – this is a lot less than some of the waterfalls to come! – you can enjoy the beautiful tropical views and take it easy on the descent. Alternatively, there is a scenic viewpoint at the top of the steps with a stunning view of the waterfall.

The easy access makes Tegenungan Waterfall one of the most popular visited waterfalls, meaning there could be the occasional queue to get a front-on picture. However this shouldn’t discourage you, it is still a tropical haven worth visiting.

You can swim in the freshwater pool below the fall, even getting right in underneath the flow immersing in the experience. On-site lifeguards will ensure you and your loved ones are safe throughout. Encompassed by towering jungles and impressive rocky cliffs, Tegenungan Waterfall is the perfect waterfall for a family visit.

Getting to Tegenungan Waterfall: thanks to its central location, Tegenungan Waterfall is widely known by many tour drivers. Whether you have your own personal favourite driver or will arrange through your accommodation, everyone will know the best route to the waterfall.

Things to do at Tegenungan Waterfall: After a dip in the freshwater and filling your phone with pictures, there is a quaint cafe at the top of the hill with views out over the jungles and the waterfall. Stop by for a coffee or cold drink before heading out on the rest of your day’s tour.

Sekumpul Waterfall – Off the Beaten Track

Although a well-known waterfall in Bali, Sekumpul is not a thriving tourist hub due to its far-off location. In the winding hills and jungles of the North of Bali, trying to get to the waterfall is an adventure in itself.

I personally recommend hiring a driver as driving a motorbike could be quite tiring around the twists and hilly terrain. But, for the keen adventurer and confident motorbike driver, it’ll be a fun part of your excursion.

You will need to tackle hundreds of slippery uneven steps before reaching the thick jungle floor. Be sure to wear tough shoes and get ready for a workout – it isn’t a complicated trek but definitely intense. After passing the ticket point, the descent begins.. Whether you opt for one of the waterfall’s expert guides or bring your own, it is recommended to have someone lead the way.

When the stairs stop, you will be climbing over rocks and splashing through muddy pools until you finally reach the bottom of the waterfall. A sight you will never forget.

Falling from around 100m high, Sekumpul Waterfall is a powerful waterfall surrounded by luscious dense jungles as if out of a deserted island movie. Crashing into a pool of fresh water, you can dip your toes and paddle around the pool, but swimming under the fall is near impossible due to its heavy flow.

Take advantage of the incredible photo opportunity and relax before you start your ascent back up the steps.

Getting to Sekumpul Waterfall: Over a 2 hour drive from Canggu, it is widely recommended to hire a professional tour guide and driver for your trip to Sekumpul Waterfall. Google Maps may offer tracks that are muddy and unreliable – from personal experience – pre-prepare and get some local advice before heading out on your own!

Things to do at Sekumpul Waterfall: Close by to the carpark is a small cafe where you can sit on the rooftop and enjoy a local meal with stunning luscious mountain green views. The cafe has a shower and bathroom where you can clean up after a sweaty hike up the hillside.

GitGit Waterfall – Great Waterfall for Families

When you talk about waterfalls in Bali with the locals, it is likely GitGit Waterfall will be mentioned. It is the most popular and well-known waterfall thanks to its easy access and stunning surroundings.

Located just 20 minutes from Singaraja, the hike down to the waterfall is properly paved and a comfortable walk ideal for families with young children and elderly companions. Everyone should get to enjoy the beauty of this incredible natural sight! The street leading to the waterfall has a few markets where you can purchase some local wares, or perhaps a towel if you forgot yours back at the villa.

Through the jungle surroundings, the 35m waterfall emerges from above the trees with the sounds of crashing water. Featuring the main attraction as well as a few smaller calmer pools around, everyone can find a spot where they are able to enjoy the magnificent waterfall. Benches are located around the foot of the waterfall if you don’t fancy heading into the water. There are also bathrooms where you can dry off after a dip.

Getting to GitGit Waterfall: As always, I recommend hiring a local driver and tour guide to take you to GitGit Waterfall. Nearly 2 hours away from Canggu, it can be an uncomfortable ride on a motorbike, and with a driver you are ensured not to get lost in the winding rounds of Singaraja.

Things to do at GitGit Waterfall: After admiring the views of the luscious jungle waterfall, I suggest making a day of your trip to Singaraja. You can explore the close by attractions, and even visit some more waterfalls such as Sekumpul which is close by. In the shadow of Mount Bratan, venture the hilly terrain for stunning view points and cheeky monkeys.

Aling Aling Waterfall – A Natural Water Slide

Another waterfall to add to your adventure in Singaraja, Aling Aling is just a 15 minute drive from the heart of town.

Easily one of the best waterfalls in Bali where you can swim, jump and explore, the clean fresh waters and luscious jungle surroundings provide the perfect tropical island setting. However, it’s an adrenaline rush that lures the tourists here.

The name Aling Aling refers to a collection of waterfalls within a protected garden. With the help of a guide – required if you want to swim – you can explore the dense jungles to find each of the beautiful waterfalls. Starting with the most powerful and the namesake of the collection, Aling Aling Waterfall. It is a powerful stream of water that will mist you even from the viewpoint, a stunning representation of the power nature can have.

The Kroya Waterfalls are much smaller, and are popular spots where you can cliff jump from varying heights. You can even use the rocky falls as your own personal nature slide.

For a fun and adventurous day out, Aling Aling Waterfall has everything! It is one of my favourite waterfalls to visit in Bali.

Getting to Aling Aling Waterfall: Just a short drive outside of Singaraja, Aling Aling Waterfall is easily accessible by a concrete staircase – making it perfect for families! I will repeat myself to say that I recommend having a driver and guide take you as driving a motorbike can be tiring. However, it is a much easier drive than the waterfalls previously mentioned.

Things to do at Aling Aling Waterfall: If you are having a day of exploring all the waterfalls of Singaraja, I would definitely hit up Aling Aling first. The easy walk means you won’t be too tired, but pack a towel to dry off before starting on your journey to your next spot.

Leke Leke Waterfall – A Jungle Paradise

We are going to finish out our top 5 waterfalls in Bali with a luscious jungle hidden waterfall – Leke Leke.

Just an hour outside of Ubud, Leke Leke Waterfall is one of the most visitor friendly waterfalls with a small homestay, beautiful entrance and easy bamboo bridges leading to the water. A bit pricier than the other waterfalls around the island, you are contributing to the local village and workers of the waterfall.

Another waterfall with an easy walk, Leke Leke Waterfall is a great place to head with your family for a fun adventure with the kids. Do note: there are not any lifeguards or guides on duty in case of an accident. 

In the very heart of the thick jungles, Leke Leke Waterfall is a more calm waterfall compared to those in the Singaraja region. The rocky surroundings make for a great photo op, as do the luscious jungles. It’s hard to believe places like this really exist.

For a romantic Jane and Tarzan moment, Leke Leke Waterfall is a calm and relatively quiet spot to head with your partner.

Getting to Leke Leke Waterfall: It is an easy drive from Ubud to Leke Leke Waterfall. Very doable by motorbike, but you can always hire a driver if you are looking to explore further afield after your visit. With large road signs and the pretty entrance, Leke Leke Waterfall is one of the only waterfalls in Bali where you don’t need a guide.

Things to do at Leke Leke Waterfall: You can dine at the waterfall restaurant, lounge around on the grand rockside enjoying the sounds of the running water and head out on an adventure to the next nearest waterfall. As Ubud is just a short drive away, it is an easy road trip for those who like a more chilled exploration.

Next up we have some lesser known but equally as stunning waterfalls to add to your waterfalls in Bali tour.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall – A Photographers Dream

In the shadow of Mount Agung, Tukad Cepung Waterfall is a place every professional, aspiring or standard-Joe photographer needs to go.

On the list of the best waterfalls in Bali for its all-day-long golden sun beams, Tukad Cepung Waterfall is a 40-minute drive outside of Sideman, or 1 hour from Tegallalang. Worth the long drive and afternoon hike, the waterfall promises some of the most beautiful and unique sights.

Only a 20-minute hike down uneven steps and through some puddles of water, you will reach the waterfall which is unlike any other of the island. With the sun creeping over the top of the rocks and shimmering off the water, it is a photographer’s paradise. Although, us regular folk can also take advantage of the mesmerising light show.

Nungnung Waterfall – A Hidden Waterfall in Bali

Nungnung Waterfall is one of the best hidden waterfalls in Bali for its luscious jungle surroundings, easy-ish hike down and proximity to other waterfalls, allowing for a day of adventuring the incredible natural phenomenons.

Just 40-minutes from Bedugul, Nungnung Waterfall is an easy drive from Lake Bratan. After paying IDR10,000 at the ticket office, you can descend down the steep jungle steps to the rocky shore of the waterfall pool. The huge cliff surroundings are covered with luscious greenery only adding to the exotic tropical atmosphere.

It is possible to swim in the Nungnung Waterfall but should be done with caution as it is a seriously heavy flow of water.

Just missing out on a top 5 spot, Nungnung Waterfall should definitely be on your list of must-visit waterfalls in Bali.

Niagara Munduk Waterfalls – The Niagara Falls of Bali

The Niagara Munduk Waterfalls, aka Munduk Waterfall or Melanting Waterfall, are a collection of 3 streams of water running off the rocky cliffside into the shallow cool pools below. Situated beside Lake Bratan, you can explore all of Munduk and the Mount Bratan surroundings in a day.

Surrounded by rice paddies and clove plantations, a trip to Niagara Munduk Waterfalls gives you a glance into the ‘real Bali’ and all the stunning scenery the tropical island offers.

Unknown to a lot of travellers in Bali, the falls remain hidden and quiet from the crowds. Ideal for an adventurous day away from the tourist hotspots.

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls – Perfect Swimming Waterfall

Only a 30-minute drive from Niagara Munduk Waterfalls, the Banyumala Twin Waterfall is another multiple waterfall spot. Sliding down the rocky cliffside, the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are not like others in Bali that power off of the wall. These stick tightly to the cliff rolling effortlessly into the large pool below.

The trek down can be challenging with uneven bamboo steps and slippery mist – take your time and watch your step. Taking around 20-minutes, you enter into the vast open area with the huge pool and stunning waterfalls ahead of you.

Dip your toes into the water in awe of mother nature, or dive in the deep end and fully immerse in the experience. Banyumala Twin Waterfalls in one of the waterfalls in Bali to add to your tour.

Blahmantung Waterfall – An Undiscovered Waterfall

Due to its local ownership, no parking and complicated directions, Blahmantung Waterfall is still a very untouched and hidden waterfall in Bali. In the undiscovered hills of Tabanan, the waterfall has a rural muddy and dirty trek down – be sure to have the appropriate footwear.

Blahmantung Waterfall has a very heavy and powerful flow that collects into a grand pool at the bottom. Not safe or suitable for swimming, it is really just a beautiful place to sit, disconnect from the crowds and ponder the wonders of the world.

Be sure to visit the waterfall before sunset as trekking back up in the dark is not recommended.

Yeh Mampeh Waterfall – A Secluded Waterfall

There aren’t many people who know about Yeh Mampeh Waterfall. Located in the hilly region of North Bali, in a small village named Les, Yeh Mampeh is one of the more untouched waterfalls in Bali.

For a tiny fee, you can enter the trek down to the waterfall which is an easy walk with lush green views and hidden caves. Meaning ‘flying water’ in Balinese, Yeh Mampeh is one of the tallest waterfalls on the island.

A truly peaceful spot away from the hustle and bustle of tourists, you don’t want to miss out relaxing in this serene piece of paradise.

Kanto Lampo Waterfall – A Rocky Jungle Waterfall

Here we have yet another relatively unknown waterfall where you can escape the tourist trail and relax in peace.

With an easy walk down some stairs, Kanto Lampo Waterfall is a breeze to get to compared to its neighbours. On the outskirts of Ubud, it is a quick road-trip where you can hit multiple sights and waterfalls in one day.

The best place to see the Kanto Lampo Waterfall is from the water, so pack your swimsuit! A rocky cliff face where the water carefully rolls down, it is unlike any other waterfalls on the island. A majestic and beautiful place where you can enjoy nature and the jungle surroundings, you are bound to enjoy your peaceful visit.

Sumampan Waterfall – A Local Secret

Sticking along the lines of secret waterfalls in Bali, Sumampan Waterfall is another lesser known spot that is a hit with the locals and rarely found by tourists.

Close by to Tegenungan Waterfall on the outskirts of Ubud, Sumampan Waterfall is not a marked sight making it a real hidden gem. Enclosed by a jungle canopy with a rocky shore, the stream of water falls out of the sky as if from nowhere.

A romantic setting to spend an hours adventure with your partner or perfect for a photoshoot, you should visit Sumampan Waterfall before it becomes a tourist highlight.

Final Thoughts

There you have it. The most beautiful and best waterfalls in Bali worth muddy treks and aching legs.

A lot of the best things on the island make you work for it – beaches, volcanoes and now waterfalls.

If you have a taste for adventure and want to see something magical, I highly recommend visiting Aling-Aling Waterfall. It is an easy walk and a fun day out for the whole family!

Disconnect from your phone and explore all the spectacular tropical nature that the island holds.