Banyumala Waterfall is a stunning twin waterfall located in the high mountain region of northern Bali. Unlike most of the other powerful waterfalls in Bali, Banyumala is perfect for swimming as the water only runs down the rocks which creates a calm and pristine pool to swim in.
How to get to Banyumala Waterfall Bali
Banyumala Waterfall is located in the north of Bali, just off the main road to Wanagiri Hidden Hills. It is roughly a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Canggu by scooter. To reach Banyumala Waterfall, the easiest option would be to hire a scooter and drive yourself. You can rent a scooter for around 50K IDR ($5 AUD) per day. The drive up north winds up the mountain with plenty of twists and turns, so if you’re not a confident driver, the next best option would be to hire a driver. Prices usually start from around 500K IDR ($50 AUD) per day and they’ll take you to as many stops as you like.
Once you turn off the main road in Wanagiri, the road starts to get a little bumpy for about 3kms. Keep going for as far as you can and you’ll reach a parking area with a few shops around. From here you’ll have to walk down the steep and skinny pathway until you get to the ticket booth. There are also locals that provide transport services from the carpark to the ticket booth so you can skip the walk. The walk from the ticket booth to the waterfall itself will take you about 10-15 minutes.
Banyumala Waterfall Entrance Fee
Entry is 30K IDR ($3 AUD) per person. Parking will also cost you 2K IDR ($0.20) to park your scooter.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Banyumala Waterfall is in the mornings and on weekdays. You’ll find a lot less people around so you can enjoy the place to yourself. If you’re looking to take some beautiful pictures, we’d recommend going at sunrise so you don’t get the harsh sunlight hitting the waterfall. The waterfall directly faces the sun so when we arrived at 7.30am, the lighting was already quite harsh.
What to Expect
The walk down will lead you through the jungle and it’ll take about 10-15 minutes to reach the bottom. It’s a fairly short walk, however the path isn’t paved. You’ll have to make your way down makeshift bamboo stairs and rocks so mind your step! Once you reach the bottom, the jungle opens up to a beautiful area where you’ll find plenty of space to relax and enjoy the waterfall.
Unlike most of the other waterfalls in northern Bali, Banyumala Waterfall is quite different. The flow of water is a lot less powerful, however that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. The water that flows down the walls leads to a beautiful crystal clear pool that is perfect for swimming. When we visited, we were actually surprised at how clear the water was. We could see the rocks at the bottom of the pool!
The swimming area isn’t too deep and you also don’t get the strong spray like you would at most other Bali waterfalls. This makes the conditions very calm and relaxing for swimming as well as taking photos. We loved the atmosphere of this waterfall and felt that it was quite peaceful. It almost felt like a garden because of the beautiful landscaping that the locals must have done. There is a bamboo hut to chill under, bamboo bridges to explore and plenty of colourful plants to make the place look gorgeous.
If you’re looking for a place to escape the heat and enjoy a refreshing swim, Banyumala Waterfall is the perfect place!
Where to stay
North Bali is a popular area for people looking to explore some of Bali’s best waterfalls. There are a variety of accommodation options for you to choose from that are located close by. Munduk is a popular area and it’s only 20 minutes away from Banyumala Waterfall.
Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa – Luxury: Located in Munduk, you’ll find a beautiful villa that has some of the best views in the area. The property features an infinity pool that hangs off the edge of the jungle which provides an exceptional view. Pair that with a beautiful sunset and you’re sure to have an incredible stay!
Amartya Puri Green Cottages – Midrange: This property offers cosy rooms with a terrace where you can enjoy the beautiful garden views. The natural swimming pool is also set amongst the rice fields, making it a super peaceful environment to unwind and relax.
One Homestay and Warung – Budget: We stayed here for one night as a cheap place to rest while we explored the north Bali waterfalls. The homestay has a nice view of the surrounding hills and volcanoes. The rooms also have their own small balcony and guests can make use of the warung located on the property. The food was cheap and tasted pretty good!
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