The Tibumana Waterfall must be one of our favourite spots in Ubud. Only a 30 min ride away from the hustle and bustle of the busy centre of Ubud you can find a calm and quiet oasis, in the midst of the jungle, places like these is why we keep on falling in love with Bali over and over again. While Bali is filled with beautiful beaches, we honestly prefer chasing waterfalls, as there is nothing as rewarding as climbing down stairs and walking through muddy pathways only to be rewarded with a waterfall crashing down into a pool of cold water. Planning on visiting the Tibumana Waterfall? Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about this waterfall!
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How to get to the Tibumana Waterfall
The Tibumana Waterfall is located 15km East of Ubud, and can be easily combined with visiting some of Ubud’s other sights such as the Campuhan Ridge Walk, or the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. There are two ways to get to the Tibumana Waterfall and to make it easier we have broken them down for you:
Option 1: Via a taxi or tour service – One of the most convenient ways to see the sights of Ubud is by hiring a taxi or tour service. In the centre of Ubud you will find many shops and stalls offering half or full day tours to see some of the sights in the surrounding areas of Ubud. Which activities and sights you want to see or how long you want the tour to last is all up to you, and can be discussed with the taxi driver or tour service. This option is especially suitable for families or larger groups. The cars often fit 1 – 4 people and you will have to pay for the whole car.
Expected cost: depending on the distance expect to pay roughly 350K IDR for a half a day tour or 600K IDR for a full day tour per car.
Option 2: Rent a scooter – If you are a not afraid to ride a scooter or motorbike in Bali we would highly recommend this option! Renting a motorbike in Bali is a budget friendly option and will allow you more freedom during your trip to the Tibumana Waterfall. You can easily rent motorbikes from either shops in the centre, or often from your own guesthouse, hostel or hotel. Do know that the traffic in Bali can be a bit hectic, and riding a motorbike is only recommended to those who have experience riding a motorbike or scooter. Be sure to get a helmet with your motorbike, for your own safety, and you are good to go. From the Ubud town centre it is roughly a 30 min drive to the waterfall. The last bit of the road to the waterfall is stunning, with rows of palm trees on both sides of the road.
Expected cost: depending on the duration of your rental, and the amount of cc’s of the motorbike, expect to pay between 35K and 100K IDR per day. For example, we rented a 150 CC motorbike for 22 days and paid 55K IDR per day, including two helmets.
The Tibumana Waterfall
So you got on your motorbike or grabbed a taxi and have made it to the Tibumana Waterfall, perfect! Now there is just a couple of last steps to take… literally. From the area where you can park your motorbike (next to the temple), follow the path along the rice terraces. Following this path you will find a small booth, this is where you will have to pay your entry fee (15K IDR). From here you keep on following the path until you see the steps that will lead down to the waterfall. Continue the path down until you see a small waterfall, cross the bridge, and you will find the beautiful Tibumana Waterfall. The walk down can be slippery, but is fairly easy and only takes 10 min.
Now that you have finally made it you can simply enjoy the beauty of the Tibumana Waterfall. Take some photos and go for a swim, just be sure to not go underneath the waterfall as the power of the water might bring rocks or branches with from the area above that could injure you. The water is refreshing, perfect for those warm and humid days in Bali.
If you are planning on taking photos at the waterfall, be sure to show up early so you are guaranteed to have the waterfall to yourself. We arrived at 7am and did not see any visitors arrive till 8am, while this waterfall is a hidden gem, it might be changing soon with the gaining popularity of this waterfall.
Tips for visiting the Tibumana Waterfall
Entrance fee for the Tibumana Waterfall – the entrance fee to the Tibumana Waterfall in Jan ’20 was 15K IDR per person. For an additional 5K IDR you can rent a locker at the bottom of the waterfall to keep your stuff safe while you go for a swim.
Swimming at the Tibumana Waterfall – You can swim in the waterfall, but there is a warning sign at the waterfall advising you of some things you should not do to ensure your own safety. For example, don’t swim underneath the waterfall as things as rocks and branches might fall, and don’t swim into the cave.
Leave only footprints – There are bins located at the waterfall so either leave your trash in here or bring it up and find a bin over here. Locals work hard to keep the waterfall pretty, so be sure to do the same thing.
Changing room at the Tibumana Waterfall – There is a toilet and changing room available at the waterfall should you want to change out of your wet swimming clothes into some dry clothes.
Safety – Be careful, it can get slippery on the way down to the waterfall and at the rocks near the waterfall itself. If you are planning on going into the waterfall it might not be a bad idea to bring some sandals or water shoes.
Where to stay in Ubud
With Ubud being one of Bali’s largest tourist and travelers destination there is no shortage of accommodation here. From budget homestays and hostels, to some of the most beautiful resorts; there is something for everyone’s liking, even if you are traveling Bali on a budget. Read below on our recommendations on how to find the perfect accommodation in Ubud for you!
Kapu Kapu Ubud – With the Ubud city centre getting busier and busier these days we personally prefer to stay a bit out of Ubud. During our last visit to Ubud we stayed at Kapu Kapu Ubud, a family owned guesthouse located only a 10 min scooter ride of Ubud. The guesthouse is located in the most tranquil neighbourhood, a great option for couples or friends who are traveling on a budget and prefer to have a private room.
Puri Garden Hostel – If you are a solo backpacker you might prefer to stay at a hostel, and what better place to stay then at Puri Garden Hostel. This hostel is centrally located, has a swimming pool, does daily yoga classes and comfortable beds, what else do you need? However, Puri Garden Hostel can be a bit on the expensive side, so if you are looking for a bit more affordable place to stay check out all hostels in Ubud here!
So there you have it, everything you need to know about visiting the Tibumana Waterfall! Traveling to Bali? If you are planning on exploring Ubud a bit more then be sure to check out some of our other guides filled with tips, tricks and the most beautiful sights in Ubud:
- 16 Amazing things to do in Ubud
- 7 Unforgettable day trips from Ubud
- The most beautiful rice fields in Ubud
- A complete guide to the Ubud Art Market