Banyumala Waterfall which is also known as the Twin Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful and underrated falls in northern Bali.
Here is everything you need to know about visiting this natural wonder.
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Where is Banyumala Waterfall?
Banyumala Waterfall is located high in the Munduk/Wanagiri mountainous region of Northern Bali. From Ubud to Banyumala Waterfall it is about a 1.5-hour drive and a 2-hour drive from Canggu or Seminyak.
This northern area is quite remote with steep terrain and covered in a lush jungle landscape. It’s a tropical paradise that is often missed by many visitors that come to Bali.
How To Get There
Getting to Banyumala Waterfall is fairly straightforward. There is really only one main road that takes you up through Bedugal then passes by the iconic Ulun Danu Beratan Temple and Instafamous Handara Gate (great stops by the way).
We’ve found the easiest way to find Banyumala Waterfall on your own is to search on google maps under the precise name ‘Banyumala Waterfall’ or click for up-to-date driving directions.
There are several options for transportation to the waterfall. First, if you don’t want to worry about anything then just book a tour. We highly recommend this private Banyumala and Sekumpul Waterfall tour.
Second, you can hire a driver for the day to take you. The cost is 600k to 700k IDR which is about $40-$50 USD. Your hotel or Airbnb host can arrange this for you.
Or if you’re feeling adventurous you can rent a self-drive car for the day and go at it on your own. The cost is about $20-$40 USD depending on the style and size of the car. Make sure to read our complete guide to renting a car in Bali for the scoop.
Lastly, you can go ‘Bali style’ by renting scooters and driving yourself. The cost is usually about $5-$10 USD for the day. Most scooters can fit 2 people but it is a long drive so I suggest getting one of the larger more comfortable scooters like the Nmax 155.
Banyumala Waterfall Entrance Fee
Entrance Fee – 50k IDR
Parking Fee – 5k IDR
Do You Need a Guide?
No, you do not need a guide to visit the falls. The path is clearly marked and well-maintained.
At some locations like Aling Aling and Kroya Waterfalls, a guide is required for safety reasons but you can do this one on your own.
However, if you don’t want to have to worry about planning all of the nitty-gritty details and hiring transportation I highly recommend this Banyumala and Sekumpul Waterfall Tour.
How Long is the Hike to Banyumala Waterfall?
The path down to the waterfall will only take about 20 minutes. Again, it does have some steep stairs that are wet in some spots so it could take less or more time depending on how comfortable you are trekking.
Coming back though may take a bit longer since it is all uphill and your fitness will be tested.
How Long Does it Take to Do Banyumala Waterfall?
You can easily do it in 1-2 hours from the parking lot depending on how long you stay at the waterfall. We like to bring some lunch and/or snacks and hang out for a bit so we are closer to 2 hours time frame.
Can You Swim in Banyumala Waterfall?
Yes. You can swim in the pool down below the waterfall. However, the bottom is quite rocky and sharp so I suggest bringing some water sandals or shoes.
It is the perfect reward on a hot day since the mountain waters are cool and refreshing. Plus, does it get any better than swimming at the base of a waterfall in Bali? Don’t think so.
Banyumala Opening Times
Opens Everyday – 8 am
Closes Everyday – 6 pm
Best Time to Visit Banyumala Waterfall
Banyumala Waterfall is amazing anytime you visit. There is always an ample amount of water gushing down the falls.
However during the rainy season which is November-April the pressure is increased which is cool but it does make for some murky water. Also, the extra water during the wet season can make the trail a little more slippery and muddy.
But, don’t let that stop you!
Also, the earlier you go in the day the better to help avoid any crowds from the big tour groups that arrive later.
Is Banyumala Waterfall Kid-Friendly?
Yes, we have taken our kids ages 5-14 three times. As we have already established the trail down to the waterfall is steep and wet in some spots.
I probably wouldn’t recommend this one for kids under 4 years of age unless they are being carried in a backpack carrier or if you have some extra help.
Banyumala Waterfall Tips
- Wear comfortable shoes that have traction and can get wet.
- Go early to avoid the afternoon crowds.
- Bring a change of clothes/shoes (just in case).
- Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated – especially during the dry season.
- Pack lunch or snacks for an enjoyable picnic at the base of the falls.
- Be mindful of your belongings and keep an eye out for monkeys.
- Take care when swimming in the pool as the bottom can be rocky and sharp.
- Be aware of the strong downdrafts of wind when flying a drone.
Where Does Banyumala Rank on the List of Best Bali Waterfalls?
We have Banyumala ranked in the top 3 best waterfalls in Bali. It is certainly the most beautiful without question.
It has a magical quality to it that is hard to describe and must be experienced. Plus, you can swim in the pool down below which adds to its appeal and charm.
Make sure to see our complete list of the Best Waterfalls in Bali which includes a map and all of the important details for visiting each one.
What To Bring to Banyumala Waterfall
Don’t forget to bring the following items with you on your Banyumala Waterfall adventure:
- Comfortable trekking shoes with good traction that can get wet.
- A change of clothes and a compact towel if you are planning to swim.
- Plenty of water – You can purchase water at the entrance but to avoid single-use plastic for the sake of our planet it’s best to bring a reusable bottle. Even better bring our favorite water purifying bottle and drink straight from the waterfall.
- Lunch/snacks for a great picnic at the falls.
- Camera – for capturing your amazing experience.
- Sunscreen and hat – the trail is mostly protected from the sun but the pools below are exposed.
- Portable battery charger – there are often no outlets at Banyumala Waterfall hahaha so bring your own power source if you want to take lots of photos or videos.
- Bug spray/insect repellent – you don’t want to be bothered by bugs while enjoying your time at the waterfall.
- Water sandals/shoes – for swimming in the pool.
Other Attractions Near Banyumala Waterfall (or on the way)
Banyumala Waterfall is not the only attraction that you can enjoy in this area. There are plenty of other activities to explore during your visit:
Rice Paddies Tour – You can experience the traditional way of farming rice in Bali. Learn how the locals use their ancient knowledge and tools to cultivate their crops.
Sekumpul Waterfall – This is our favorite waterfall in Bali. This is beautiful natural work of art with 4 cascading falls coming down the lush green hillside. There are also 2 other waterfalls Secret and Fiji that can be done at the same time.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple – On the way to Banyumala Waterfall you will likely pass this temple, also known as the ‘temple of serendipity’. This is a great stop if you want to learn more about Balinese Hinduism and its culture.
Taman Ayun Temple – This is a great side trip as it’s only 15 minutes away from Banyumala Waterfall. The temple grounds are filled with temples and shrines that offer gorgeous views of rice paddies and the nearby lake.
Handara Iconic Gate – This is another great stop on the way to Banyumala Waterfall. This iconic Balinese gate is located near the entrance of Handara Golf and Resort, a popular destination in this area. It’s a great spot for photos!
If you want to make a full day of it and see all of these incredible attractions together I highly recommend this Banyumala and Sekumpul Waterfall tour.
It’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of time and want to see as much as you can while here in Bali.
In a Nutshell: Banyumala Waterfall
Visiting Banyumala Waterfall is an incredible experience for anyone looking to explore the natural beauty of Bali. With its breathtaking views and tranquil atmosphere, it’s no wonder why this attraction has become so popular. Be sure to remember all the tips we’ve provided here as you plan your trip and don’t forget to check out some of the other nearby attractions like Sekumpul Waterfall, Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Taman Ayun Temple or Handara Iconic Gate while you’re at it!
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