Bali has countless breathtaking waterfalls and many of them are located in the North of Bali. This area is not as crowded as areas such as Ubud and Canggu, so chances are high that you’ll some of the best waterfalls all to yourself. Munduk is the perfect place to explore the North of Bali and experience a different side of Bali. Located between the mountains and the country side, this is one of the most underrated areas of Bali. Make sure to explore this beautiful part of Bali and go on an adventure to find the best waterfalls in the area. In this North Bali Waterfall Guide you can read everything you need to know to visit five different waterfalls in and around Munduk.
How to get around?
Munduk is located in the mountains in the north of Bali. You can reach Munduk by motorbike or car and takes about 2 hours from Ubud and 2,5 hours from Canggu area. As Munduk is located high up in the mountains, it takes a while to get there even though it’s only 60km from Ubud area.
Therefore, consider if you want to explore this area by motorbike as it has a lot of height differences and even more sharp turns in the mountains. If you’re an experienced driver you should be fine but otherwise I would advise you to hire a driver and save yourself the hassle. Motorbikes can be rented from 50K IDR (€3,50 EUR) per day.
Prices for hiring a driver usually start from 500K IDR (€35 EUR) for a day. We paid 700K IDR (€45 EUR) for a day to see all of the below mentioned waterfalls. As some of the waterfalls are a bit further out, it took us a full day to see everything. If I would do it again, I’d probably skip one or two waterfalls or divide it over two days.
If you’re staying in Munduk, this waterfall is closest to the village and named after it. Locals often speak of different Munduk waterfalls as there are many others near this one, but this is the one and only Munduk waterfall.
You can enter the waterfall two different ways. Option 1 is from the parking area for Munduk Waterfall and two other waterfalls in the area. This is perfect is you want to visit another waterfall as well. From here it’s an easy 20 minute walk to Munduk Waterfall. Option 2 is to park your motorbike off the road or let you drop of by your driver. There is no space to park a car, but from here it’s closer to Munduk Waterfall. It will take you 10 minutes to get down to the waterfall from here. The entrance fee is 20K IDR.
The waterfall is hidden in the mountains of Munduk and is easy to reach. Although you can’t swim at the waterfall, it’s perfect to just relax or and have a picnic before heading to the next waterfall. The stream is quite fierce so be aware that you can get wet from the mist coming of the waterfall. At the entrance there are changing rooms and toilets.
Labuan Kebo Waterfall
Labuan Kebo Waterfall is a 10-minute walk from Munduk Waterfall and perfect to combine. This waterfall is not known among most tourists and we stumbled upon this waterfall by accident. We were so lucky because this waterfall turned out to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls ever!
From the parking area to the entrance is a 20-minute walk and from the entrance down to the waterfall is another 10 minutes. Once you get town you first have to cross a small river over a few bamboo bridges. After this you will see the waterfall hidden away in a dark and mysterious corner. With the sun coming through in the early morning, the vibe at this waterfall was so special. We had it to ourselves and took all the time to admire the beauty of the waterfall. The entrance fee is only 10K IDR.
This is a typical waterfall that you secretly don’t want to share with others but it felt wrong to not mention this one here. So make sure to not skip this real hidden gem and thank me later!
Banyumala Twin Waterfall
The first two waterfalls are located right outside Munduk, whereas Banyumala Twin Waterfall is a 30-minute drive from Munduk. This is the best waterfall in North Bali to have a swim and is the perfect stop to cool down on a hot day exploring Munduk area.
From the parking area to the entrance is a 10-minute walk and from there it’s a 15-minute hike down to the waterfall. The trail down is not as easy as most other waterfalls. The way down is steep and sometimes the path is muddy, making it extra difficult to go down. Going up is can be tiring too and we saw many people make a few stops on the way back up.
However, once you get down to the waterfall you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall with a large swimming area. There’s plenty of room to leave your bags and get dressed for a dive into the water. After three hikes to three different waterfalls, this is the best way to cool down and relax. The entrance fee is 30K IDR.
After a refreshing swim at Banyumala Twin Waterfall it was time head up further North. We decided to go to the Sekumpul Waterfall first as this one was the most North of this waterfall route. It takes about one hour to get to this waterfall coming from Munduk and Banyumala Twin Waterfall.
This waterfall is a little tricky as it’s easy to be scammed. In this area there are many different “entrances” to the waterfall, whereas in reality there’s only one official entrance. However, if you go by motorbike or a driver that does not usually go here just follow Google Maps when you look for Sekumpul Waterfall. On the way you’ll find many different road signs that give the wrong direction to the waterfall, ending up at a fake entrance paying more than double the price.
There are three different entrance fees for visiting Sekumpul Waterfall, depending on which package you choose. The cheapest option is a “view only” package of 20K IDR and allows viewing of Sekumpul Waterfall only. The “medium trekking” option for Sekumpul Waterfall is 125K IDR. This includes a guide, a donation to the local village, and visit all the way down to the waterfall. The hike to the waterfall takes about 45 minutes and is relatively hard as it involves a steep trail. This trekking is the most popular and recommended option. Lastly, you can also choose a “long trekking” option for 200K IDR where you will visit more waterfalls such as Fiji Waterfall.
Aling Aling waterfall
At Aling Aling Waterfall there are more waterfalls that you can visit, of which Kroya Waterfall is the most popular one. It’s the perfect stop to end your day as there are lots of activities you can do here. The waterfall is a one hour drive from Munduk and also almost a one hour drive from Sekumpul Waterfall. The waterfall trail is family friendly and easy to walk.
Here they also offer different packages, of which the cheapest option is the “view only” package of 10K IDR. However, keep in mind that this option is the only option where you can’t swim. Why? You’ll need a guide in order to swim and this option doesn’t include a guide. The other three options do include a guide and costs will vary from 125K IDR to 375K IDR. Having a guide will give you the opportunity to swim, slide of waterfalls and go cliff jumping.
We visited all of the above mentioned waterfalls in one day, but I can highly recommend dividing it over two days. I think it’s too much for one day as it involves quite some hiking and driving, leaving you with too little time to enjoy it as much as you would like to. For example: we didn’t have time to hike down to Sekumpul Waterfall and by the time we were at Aling Aling we were too tired to be bothered to swim or cliff jump. Hence, this would be the ideal 2-day route:
Day 1: Munduk Waterfall, Kebuan Lebo Waterfall, Banyumala Waterfall.
Day 2: Sekumpul Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall, Git Git Waterfall.
Where to stay?
Munduk offers some of the best views and most dreamy places to stay. The Munduk Moding Plantation is by far the most famous accommodation in this area, but will cost you at least €150/night. However, if this is not for you there are plenty of other amazing accommodations to find.
Top recommendation: Lesong Hotel
We stayed at Lesong Hotel and this was one of our most memorable stays during our trip in Bali. You’ll find yourself surrounded by just mountains and plantations and from your room you can even see the sea in the distance. They only have four rooms and each of the rooms is large, clean, unique and all have amazing views. It’s family-run by the sweetest people who want to help you with everything and are very knowledgable about the area too. Additionally, the hotel has a restaurant with outstanding food and incredible views. We loved every minute of our stay and can’t recommend it enough. Prices start at €40/night and include breakfast.