Nungnung Waterfall is one of our all time favourites in Bali! The incredibly large and powerful waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and is the perfect backdrop for a classic tropical jungle photo. After 2 failed attempts at getting there (one because of a popped tyre) we finally made it to Nungnung Waterfall and it was definitely worth it. Be sure not to miss out on this beautiful waterfall when visiting Bali.
How to get to Nungnung Waterfall Bali
Nungnung Waterfall is roughly a 1 hour drive from the main tourist areas of Bali like Canggu, Kuta and Seminyak. The cheapest option to get there 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 is fairly straightforward and the roads are easy to follow. 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.
Tip: We left early in the morning at 5.30am so that we would have the whole place to ourselves. The drive is very cold in the early mornings on a scooter, so if you’re looking to do the same, be sure to wear plenty of layers.
Nungnung Waterfall Opening Hours
Online it says that Nungnung Waterfall doesn’t open till 8am. We arrived just after 6.30am and were able to make our way down. Just make your way to the parking area and you’ll see the signs pointing you in the direction of the stairs that’ll take you down to the waterfall. If you head there before 8am, the person that collects the entrance fee might not be there yet. There’s no gate stopping you from making your way down, but be sure to pay after when you come back up.
We found that people started to show up at around 9am. If you’re looking to take photos without anyone in them, we definitely recommend going early. It can get quite busy, especially during the middle of the day.
Nungnung Waterfall Entrance Fee
As of 2019, entry costs 20K IDR ($2 AUD) per person. It’ll also cost you 2K IDR ($0.20 AUD) for parking if you drove on a scooter.
What to Expect
Once we parked our scooter, we followed the stairs down to the waterfall. The walk down only takes 10 – 15 minutes. The pathway is made up concrete steps, however they are very steep. The walk back up is definitely more challenging and takes a lot longer. It sure is a tough workout on your legs but it’ll be worth it in the end.
As you approach the waterfall, you’ll be able to hear the incredibly loud rumble. The sheer height and power of Nungnung Waterfall is sure to leave you speechless. It’s so powerful that you can’t swim directly under it. The waterfall is also surrounded by perfect lush greenery that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a tropical jungle. There are no change rooms or lockers down at the waterfall so make sure you keep your belongings close to you.
There are two epic spots where you can enjoy a view of the waterfall. Most people will take the small bamboo bridge over to the other side to get a closer look. However, many people don’t know that you can make your way along the rocks on the right side. Instead of crossing the bridge, keep walking along the wall on the right side until you make your way around to a clear opening. There’s a large flat sandy area where you can walk up to the waters edge. We never knew about this spot until we revisited this waterfall for the second time. It was so cool being able to view the waterfall from a different perspective and you’re sure to get some unique shots!
Once you’re all done, you can stop by the small store to grab some refreshments and snacks back at the top.
Be Careful of the Mist
One thing to keep in mind when visiting this waterfall is all the spray. Nungnung Waterfall is one of the most challenging waterfalls in Bali to take photos of. The mist and spray from the waterfall is crazy and can get quite intense as you get closer. If you’re bringing any camera equipment, make sure it’s well protected. It’s also a good idea to bring a towel or lens cloth to keep your gear dry.
Where to Stay in Bali
Nungnung Waterfall is roughly 1 hour away from both Ubud and Canggu. You can head there from Ubud but we were staying in Canggu when we decided to visit. Accommodation options in Canggu range from hotels, hostels as well as private villas. No matter your budget, there will definitely be an option for you. Canggu is famous for its exceptional and reasonably priced tropical villas.
Theanna Eco Villa and Spa – Luxury: If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway in Canggu, then we definitely recommend Theanna Eco Villa. They have different villas for you to choose from with some even having their own swimming pool. The villas are incredibly modern, clean and well maintained. They also offer spa services for when you want to have some ultimate relaxation time.
The Apartments Umalas – Midrage: The style of The Apartments Umalas is a combination of beautiful white Greek architecture combined with tropical Bali vibes. It’s the ideal place to stay for anyone hoping to get some perfect vacay photos lounging by the pool. The rooms are large, clean and have everything you’ll need! They even offer massages so you can have a relaxing massage without having to leave your villa. You can’t beat this place for the price and the insane boho vibes.
Riyuri Guesthouse – Budget: Riyuri Guesthouse is our go to accommodation when we’re in Bali. It has everything we need for a super affordable price. For roughly $17AUD per day, you’ll have your own private room with a patio, private bathroom and large glass windows so you can look out into the beautiful garden. The rooms are also very clean and are cleaned daily by the maid.
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