The North of Bali is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls of the island. From exploring the famous Sekumpul Waterfall to the lesser Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall, there are enough waterfalls to keep you busy for days. But there is one waterfall that we particularly liked, stunning, hidden and barely explored by other tourists: the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls. With a crystal clear blue water pool at the bottom it is a great waterfall to go for a refreshing swim to escape from the heat from Bali! Interested in going? Here is everything you need to know about the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls…
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Where is the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
As you might have guessed already, the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is located in the Northern Part of Bali. This waterfall can easily be visited if you are visiting Bedugul or Lovina. It is possible to visit it on a day trip from Ubud, but it might be a bit of a ride. To give you a better idea of where the waterfall is exactly located refer to the map below!
How to get to the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
So now that you know where the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are located let’s talk about how to actually get there. As there is a lack of public transportation in Bali you will have to arrange your own transportation. Based on this there are two ways you can get to the Twin Waterfall:
Option 1 – Rent a motorbike or scooter: The most popular option for backpackers and adventure lovers is renting a motorbike or a scooter in Bali. Renting a motorbike is cheap, great for those who are traveling Bali on a budget, but does come with a slight warning. As the traffic can be quite hectic in Bali we don’t recommend renting and riding a motorbike if you don’t feel confident or safe on a motorbike. Besides that, be sure to always wear a helmet as this is mandatory in Bali. If you do feel confident enough and are up for the adventure you will be rewarded with the ultimate freedom of going and leaving whenever you desire! No need to wait for your guide, or stick to a schedule.
Expected cost: prices for renting a motorbike or scooter in Bali differ largely. Depending on how many cc’s, the duration of rental and the location of renting a motorbike expect to pay between 30K – 100K IDR per day. For example: we rented a 150cc motorbike for 24 days and paid 55K IDR per day.
Option 2 – by taxi: As there is a lack of public transportation in Bali it is really common to rent a taxi for a half or full day. You can often discuss with the taxi driver to see multiple sights at once in the same area and discuss the price for the multiple activities (does not include entry fee). This option is especially recommended for larger groups, couples with children, or people that don’t feel confident riding a motorbike.
Expected cost: prices depend on the amount of activities, the distance to the activities and renting the taxi for a half or full day. Prices range often from 350K IDR to 1 Mill IDR per day(part), per car.
Bonus option – book a tour: Don’t feel like arranging a taxi or riding a motorbike? Book a tour instead! There are many places to book tours in Bali, but we always highly recommend to check the ratings on Tripadvisor in advance to be sure you pick the right tour for you!
Accommodation near the Banyumala Waterfall
If you are planning on staying near the Banyumala Waterfall to explore the North a bit more then there are two towns in the area that offer great options of accommodation. They both have some advantages and disadvantages:
Lovina: Lovina is located on the Northern shore of Bali. A popular touristic destination for beach lovers, as Lovina has some beautiful black sand beaches. Enjoy dinner while the sun sets with a view over the horizon. The advantage of Lovina is that the prices of accommodation are significantly lower then the prices of Bedugul. However, you might be slightly further away from some of the popular touristic destinations such as Ulun Danu Beratan and the many waterfalls. We stayed at the Bayu Mantra Bungalows, which was great budget accommodation at a perfect location, only a couple of meters away from the beach and many restaurants!
Bedugul: Slightly more central then Lovina the prices are also higher, which might be the biggest disadvantage of staying in Bedugul. Besides that Bedugul is a popular destination for travelers visiting the North of Bali! With its convenient location right at the lakes you are only a short ride away from temples, lake views and waterfalls. While visited by tourists, it is not a major touristic destination and hostels are not present yet so check out Booking.com to find the best deal on your accommodation in Bedugul!
The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
So now that we have covered how to get to the Banyumala Waterfall, and where to stay near the Banyumala waterfall, let’s talk about the waterfall itself. Lucky for all of us, the Banyumala Waterfall is only a short hike down from the top, you will find yourself at the bottom of the waterfall in around 10 – 15 min. If you are visiting during rain season, be careful… the path can be a bit slippery. And then simply enjoy the view, a stunning curtain of water pouring down the rocks, with a lush blue pool at the bottom! Get in your bathing suit and jump in the refreshing cold water or hang out at the rocks near the side to simply dangle your feet there. If you are planning on spending a bit more time at the waterfall be sure to bring something to drink and eat!
Be careful because the rocks are quite sharp in the water, so bring some sandals or shoes that you can walk into the water with. The water isn’t deep, and you will be able to stand in the largest part of the water (so no diving of cliffs here). The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is truly one of the most underrated waterfalls of the North, and with only a few people visiting it, there is a big chance you will have the whole waterfall to yourself!
Banyumala Waterfalls – Know Before You Go
Visiting the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is a guaranteed adventure, however, there are a couple things that you should know before going. To make it easier for you we have compiled a short list with the most useful tips:
- The road to the Banyumala Waterfall is quite bumpy, and they are still working hard on building a proper road to the waterfall. So be careful when riding your own motorbike or scooter!
- Entry fee for the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is 20K IDR, so don’t forget to bring some money with you. You can pay the entry fee at the top of the waterfall. The twin waterfall price is cheap, so be sure it is on your Bali itinerary.
- The rocks in the water can be quite hard and sharp on your feet, if you have sandals or water shoes it is definitely advised to bring them!
- Bring some food and water if you are planning on staying at the waterfall for a longer time, the heat of Bali might make you thirsty!
- Only leave your footprint, be sure to bring everything up and not to leave any trash behind at the waterfall.
- There is a changing stall at the waterfall, so you can bring a change of outfit or a set of dry clothes in case you are planning on swimming in the waterfall.
Where to go after the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
After reading this post I guess we can all agree this waterfall deserves a spot on your Bali bucket list. However, the North, and frankly the rest of Bali, have so much more to offer. From the most beautiful temples to the most stunning waterfalls, you won’t be bored here! So to be sure that you don’t miss out on any of these amazing sights, check out some of our other guides while creating your own perfect Bali itinerary:
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall – Bali’s Most Magical Waterfall
- Tibumana Waterfall in Ubud – Bali’s Hidden Gem
- The Tirta Empul Temple – Purification Ritual at the Holy Water Temple
- Hike the Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud
- Tegalalang Rice Terraces – A Guide to Ubud’s Most Beautiful Rice Fields
- Sunrise at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan – Bali’s most Beautiful Temple
- Bali for First Timers: 21 Things to Know Before You Go!
There you have it! Everything you need to know about the Banyumala Waterfall! Looking for some more Bali travel inspiration? Don’t forget to check out all our other blogpost on Bali. Any questions about visiting the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls left, just be sure to drop a comment down below! Oh, and don’t forget to pin it!