BALI WATERFALLS: THE MOST SCENIC ROUTE IN 2 DAYS

Guess who didn’t listen to TLC’s advice? There were times when I look back and I asked myself “why would I ever go to Bali? It’s crowded.” Well then that’s no longer the case when I finally visited it as my last stop in Indonesia. I stayed in Bali for 7 days and 6 other days in West and East Java to visit Kawah Putih, Mt. Bromo, and Mt. Ijen.

I am here to share with you how in 2 days you can visit some of the most scenic routes in Bali. This is not a typical route but this is what Bali has to offer. I did some research for hidden gems in Bali before coming here but two days of chasing waterfalls wouldn’t be enough. If it weren’t for my stolen wallet, I would definitely have added one more day visiting other scenic spots.

DAY 1:

Sekempul Waterfalls
Handara Golf Entrance
Aling Aling Waterfall / Kroya Waterfall

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To start with, I’ve rented a car with a driver beforehand because I don’t know how to drive a motorbike. I asked other travellers from my hostel if they could join me chase waterfalls.

One girl from Chile agreed to come with me. We woke up at 5am to meet with a local and he drove us along foggy roads for 2 hours. I love how cold and moody it was. I never thought Bali could have that temperature esp in Ubud where I stayed since it’s the centre of Bali.

Sekempul Waterfall is located at alan Raya Desa Sekumpul, Sawan, Lemukih, Buleleng, North Bali. We had to park in the designated car park for 2,000 IDR. The entrance fee for Sekumpul is 20,000 IDR ($1.5) There’s a booth where they asked us to get a guide going down but you do it yourself. We took the 160,000 IDR which comprises visiting 2 waterfalls and a stop to taste different types of coffee.

Going here from Ubud is about 3 hours. Getting down to this waterfall requires about 1.5km trek. It can be reached within 40 minutes depending on your speed. The way is walkable and there are lots of stairs going down. We also had to cross a few streams.

From afar, we could hear the water roars and it made me feel stoked about getting down as fast as I could. And when we did reach it, it blew my mind. It was such a force of nature to be actually standing at the foot of it.

Handara Golf Course Entrance has become intragrammable these days. So when we actually passed by it, the driver told us we can have a quick stop. We had to pay 10,000 IDR for the picture but I hate that I couldn’t get a good perspective of it.

Aling Aling Waterfalls is truly a heaven for adventure seekers! But it’s not actually this waterfall where all the fun is! It’s Kroya Waterfall that is getting the credit these days. It’s located in Northern Bali where you can do a lot of cliff jumping.

There are other 6 waterfalls on this area which were all awesome and they are pretty near to each other. They are all called in one: The Secret Garden Bali. We had to pay 125, 000 IDR per person for the whole tour.

People who have been to Bali would probably tell me I spent too much on DAY 1. But considering the circumstances of being a solo traveller and “can’t drive” status, it’s pretty a good deal on my part.

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Day 2:

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Kanto Lampo Waterfall
TIbumana Waterfall
Tukad Cepung Waterfall

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Before I started this trip, I asked my two German friends whom I just met a few days ago to come. I was so excited for this trip but some burglar stole my wallet.

Moving on, I’m just so grateful that they said yes.

When we arrived at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, I took out my camera and voila! I forgot the battery to my camera. Clearly that day wasn’t really my day. So I had to be creative as much as possible with my 4 year old iphone 6+.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a stunning piece of paradise! I was blown away by its panoramic view. It’s a very dramatic landscape located away from the crowd of Tegalalang Rice Terraces. The inaccessibility here is what keeps the tourists away. We paid 40,000 IDR each for the entrance fee.

Jatiluwih is from the two words: Jati and Luwih which mean real and beautiful respectively. These paddies are well-maintained dating back to the 9th century by a water management system.

Right after the rice terraces, we directly drove to Kanto Lampo Waterfall for almost 2 hours. I was surprised to find it crowded. So I wasn’t able to fully enjoy it. But this waterfall must be on your list because it is so beautiful! It’s a postcard waterfall and very near from Ubud. We paid 5, 000 IDR for the entrance fee.

(C) Arya Ferry | Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Bali Indonesia
(c) Novian Altelucav | Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Bali Indonesia

Off we went to Tibumana Waterfall! This is Bali’s best kept secret but it’s no longer the case when we visited. It’s packed with tourists.

If I had more days, I would visit this very early in the morning just to avoid the crowds. With that in mind, this is still worth a visit to be with nature.

It’s very scenic and sleek to look at. It’s surreal beauty that can cast a spell! Definitely a gram worthy! We paid 10,000 IDR for the entrance fee.

Lastly, the main event of the day was Tukad Cepung Waterfall! We walked down for about 20 minutes to reach this waterfall. I was delighted by the path we had to take. It’s all fun going down.

(C) IG: ben.kirkphotography| Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Bali Indonesia

I never thought it’s located in a cave! It was breathtaking how jurassic-ish the place is! Don’t miss this adventure in Bali! It’s worth it! We paid 10,000 IDR for the entrance fee.

Few tips on chasing waterfalls in Bali

  • Use light clothing
  • Use slippers
  • Use a waterproof bag

Summary of Total Expenses for Two Days

Car Rent for 2 days: 1,100,000 ($75) (to be divided with your group)
Fuel for 2 days: 400,000 IDR ($29) (to be divided with your group)
All Entrance Fees: 360,000 IDR ($27) per person

I hope my photos will bring justice to what I had actually experienced, 10/10. Enjoy these 2 days of adventures!

If you have questions, feel free to comment below. I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and if you did please share it. Thank you so much!

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