Bali is known for many things, the beaches, the rice fields, the people, the culture, but one thing we love the most about Bali is the incredible waterfalls. Large waterfalls, small waterfalls, waterfalls with little trickling streams to some of the most powerful waterfalls we have ever seen, Bali truly has it all. But we are not the only one that seem to love chasing waterfalls, and some of the most popular waterfalls have become quite overcrowded, especially if you are planning on visiting in the mid of the day. So the hunt for more unknown and lesser explored waterfall began and that is how we came across the Dusun Kuning Waterfall. A waterfall that has one of the most beautiful hikes, through lush jungles and along the river, and if you are lucky, you might even have this waterfall all to yourself, a rarity on this popular island. So without further ado, keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about the Dusun Kuning Waterfall!
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Where is the Dusun Kuning Waterfall
The Dusun Kuning Waterfall is located Northeast from the cities of Ubud and Canggu. From Ubud it is a rough 45 min drive, a drive that will take you through busy roads filled with shops and markets, and quiet serene roads aligned with beautiful palm trees and rice fields. It is easy to combine visiting the Dusun Kuning Waterfall with nearby sights such as the Tibumana Waterfall or the Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Have a look at the map below to see the exact location of the Dusun Kuning Waterfall.
How to get to the Dusun Kuning Waterfall
There is a lack of public transportation in Bali, especially when it comes to traveling to sights, which means that you will have to arrange your own transport, waterfalls like these aren’t necessarily within walking distance of Ubud. As like any other waterfall in Bali there are really only two ways to get here:
By scooter – Traveling around Bali by scooter is one of the most popular modes of transportation. Scooters are affordable, widely available and they give you the ultimate amount of freedom to go whenever and wherever you like. This is our personal preference, and something we use every single time we get to Bali. Scooter rental prices range from IDR 30,000 to IDR 50,000 a day depending on how long you are renting the scooter for and what kind of scooter you are renting. However, riding a scooter in Bali can be quite chaotic, and it isn’t something that everyone feels comfortable with, if this is you then perhaps the next option will suit you better.
By taxi – Another common option is to hire a driver for a full or a half day tour, a great option for those who are visiting with friends or family. Arrange with your driver to see multiple sights within the vicinity to make the most out of your day and your time in Bali. Drivers can be found everywhere in Bali and prices often start at IDR 300,000+ for a half day tour or IDR 500,000+ for a full day tour depending on the amount of sights and distance between the sights!
The Dusun Kuning Waterfall
The path leading down to the waterfall is slippery, but an effort well worth it as you will be rewarded with the most beautiful jungle views. The steep steps will slowly take you deeper into the jungle until you reach the top of the green metal stairs, where you will have a beautiful view over the green canyon. If you pay close attention you will see small waterfalls left and right trickling along the steep green cliffs, all coming together in the wild flowing river. Take your time here, the views of the jungle are one of the reasons we loved visiting the waterfall, it wasn’t just the destination, but also the journey that made it worth coming here.
Once you reach the bottom of the metal stairs you have another five to ten minute walk to go over a small narrow path that takes you up and down steps cut out of the stone, covered in small streams of water until you finally reach the waterfall. While the Dusun Kuning Waterfall isn’t large, it was actually bigger then we expected, and the water was a well deserved refreshment after the hike down. This waterfall was unlike any of the other waterfalls we had seen in Bali as the water flowed down into smaller pools until it finally reaches the river. Now that you’ve made it to the waterfall simply relax and enjoy the refreshing water until it is time to hike back up again…
Dusun Kuning Waterfall – Know Before You Go
To make it a bit easier for you we have compiled a list of some of the most important things you should know before going to the Dusun Kuning Waterfall, just so you’ll be fully prepared:
Dusun Kuning Waterfall Entrance Fee – In January 2020 the entry fee to the Dusun Kuning Waterfall was IDR 20,000 per person. The booth is located a bit up the road from the waterfall, you’ll pass it on your way to the steps that lead down the waterfall.
Facilities at the Dusun Kuning Waterfall – The facilities at the Dusun Kuning Waterfall are very limited, as well, there are none. If you are planning on swimming at the waterfall or staying here for a while then we would recommend bringing some food and water down to the waterfall. Note that there are no changing stalls, lockers or bathrooms here either, it is just you and nature! But don’t forget to bring your empty snack wrappers and water bottles back up and to keep this area green and clean for others to enjoy as well!
Best time to visit the Dusun Kuning Waterfall – Now, while you will not encounter crowds here like the Tegenungan Waterfall, we did ran into a handful of other people when we visited the waterfall around 9am so as with any waterfall in Bali we recommend to go early to beat the crowds. This way you will also avoid hiking up and down the waterfall in the heat of the day, and you will have the rest of your day free for more adventures!
Safety at the Dusun Kuning Waterfall – When we visited the Dusun Kuning Waterfall the steps leading down to the waterfall, including the pathways, were extremely slippery. We tried to walk slow but I, whoops, still managed to slip here. So be prepared for this, take your time, wearing shoes that have a bit of grip might help as well!
Where to stay in Ubud
Ubud is the perfect place to stay and explore the surrounding sights as it is so central. From Ubud you can easily make your way to nearby waterfalls, rice fields and temples, and with the popularity of Ubud you will have no trouble finding accommodation that suits your style. During our last visit to Ubud we stayed at Kapu Kapu Ubud, a family owned guesthouse that is located a 10 min ride out of the centre of Ubud. Comfortable beds, quiet surroundings and the most beautiful view, we loved our stay here and would recommend it to any other traveler that is on a budget and has their own transport. If you prefer to stay a bit more central, or perhaps are just looking for something a bit more luxurious, be sure to check out the map below to find the perfect place for you!
And there you have it, everything you need to know about visiting the Dusung Kuning Waterfall in Bali! Do you have any other questions left about this waterfall? Be sure to ask them in the comment section down below! Now, before you go, be sure to check out some of our other waterfall guides, some of these you definitely don’t want to be leaving of your Bali itinerary:
- The Sekumpul Waterfall – Bali’s Most Beautiful Waterfall
- Leke Leke Waterfall in Bali – Everything You Need to Know
- Banyumala Twin Waterfall – Paradise in Northern Bali
- Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall – Bali’s Best Kept Secret
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