If you are planning on heading to Bali, chasing waterfalls must be on your list. Bali is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls like Sekumpul Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall, the Tukad Cepung Waterfall… and of course, the Tibumana Waterfall. While most of the waterfalls of Bali are visited by the masses of tourist that come to the island on a daily basis, some waterfalls still remain a bit more of a secret; Tibumana Waterfall is one of those Bali secrets, a true hidden gem. Tibumana is closely located to Ubud, making it thus the easier for you to visit! Read below everything you need to know about visiting the Tibumana Waterfall!
Where is Ubud?
Located an hour North from Denpasar, Bali’s capital, you can find the small town of Ubud. Ubud is a well known tourist and travelers location, and is mainly known for the Ubud Art Market, The Tegalalang Rice Terraces and the Ubud Monkey Forest. When going to Bali, Ubud is a must stop, a place you don’t want to leave of your Bali Bucket List. Especially for anyone who wants to learn more about Balinese culture as Ubud is the ideal place for traveling around in the area and visit some of the most beautiful temples.
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!
For the budget backpackers and solo travelers – Book a hostel with Hostelworld! Undeniably one of the best places to stay on a budget, or as a solo traveler, is in a hostel dorm. Sharing a room with 4, 6 or perhaps even 10 other strangers not only means budget, it also means possible new friends. Hostels are a great way to meet new people, and will keep your cost low! Some of the most well known and high rated hostels in Ubud are the Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel, and Puji Hostel, p.s., both come with a pool!
For any kind of traveler – One of our favorite ways to get great accommodation for low prices is to use Airbnb! We have used Airbnb multiple times in Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam and have never been disappointed. We found great places with facilities that, should we have booked a hotel, it would have costed us double the price. Airbnb has a large range of accommodations available, from budget homestays to luxury villas, AirBnB has it all. And to make it even better sign up here now for AirBnB to get a 30$ credit to be used on any of your future bookings!
For the luxury seekers – Don’t want to stay in a dorm or homestay? Don’t worry, Ubud is home to some of the most beautiful resorts and villas you may have ever seen. We highly recommend using Booking.com or Agoda to find the perfect accommodation for you and to get the best deals! Not sure where to begin? Check out the map below!
How to get to the Tibumana Waterfall
So now that you have made it to Ubud, and found a place to rest your head the next step is to actually get to the 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 Kanto Lampo Waterfall. 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 (10K 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. Together with the Tukad Cepung Waterfall, this waterfall is highly recommended and you should definitely add this to your list of things to do in Ubud!
Tibumana Waterfall – Know Before You Go
To wrap it up, and make it all a bit easier for you, we have compiled a small list of things you should know before going to the Tibumana Waterfall:
- Entrance fee for the Tibumana Waterfall – the entrance fee to the Tibumana Waterfall in Sept ’18 was 10K 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.
- Slippery – 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 go after the Tibumana Waterfall
So there you have it, everything you need to know about visiting the Tibumana Waterfall! Traveling to Bali? Be sure to check out all our other articles on Bali so you don’t miss any of these stunning hidden gems! If you are planning on exploring Ubud a bit further, be sure to check out the beautiful Tirta Empul Temple. Or perhaps check out one of these guides to help you out with your Bali itinerary:
- The Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall – Bali’s best kept secret
- The Ultimate Bali Waterfalls Guide – Bali’s Best Waterfalls
- Bali for First Timers: 21 Things to Know Before You Go
- The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls – Paradise in Northern Bali
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