The Best Ubud Waterfall Route

It’s no secret that there is an abundance of beauty and natural diversity to find throughout the island of Bali. 

From the lush rice terraces to the endless cascading waterfalls, exploration throughout this island can provide some of the most awe-inspiring sights!

Ubud, also known as the cultural heart of Bali, is a great central town to use as a base for your adventures as it makes it easy to reach several sites in little to no time, and some of the best waterfalls in Bali can be found in a day trip from Ubud. 

Traveling around Bali can be extremely hectic with heavy traffic and few driving restrictions, but this can be combatted easily when traveling by scooter

Follow this itinerary for an adventurous day trip from Ubud, with not only the iconic rice fields and Bali sights but also the best waterfalls around Ubud. 

You can save the map below which includes all of the stops and the driving route to your Google Maps for the best Ubud waterfall route.

Using this Google Map: This map is specifically designed for the itinerary included in this post, with all of the sights and routes highlighted for your easy use! You can interact with this map to zoom in/out and click on each icon for more information. The arrow in the top left will pull up the full list of attractions as well as driving routes for each day of the itinerary. The star to the right of the title will save it to your Google account, and you can view it through your Google Maps by opening up the “Your Places/Maps” tab in the menu. You can also view it fullscreen in Google Maps by clicking the fullscreen button at the top right of the map.

Getting Around Ubud Bali

This itinerary is best followed on a scooter, but you can also take a car if you choose; we’ll cover car transportation specifics later.

But should you rent your own transportation or sit back and let a private driver handle all of the driving worries?

While it varies from person to person, I’ll explain the pros and cons of each method of transportation from Ubud. 

Wandering Words of Wisdom: Always wear a helmet, even if the locals don’t. Nothing is more unexpected than the roads of Bali, so it’s always best to be prepared for the worst and be protected through travel insurance.

A classic scooter parked along a street in Bali
Scooters are the main form of transportation around Bali

Hiring private driver

Choosing to hire a private driver for your Ubud day tour is the best option for exploring the mystical waterfalls of Bali. 

By choosing a private driver, you can:

  • Connect with a Balinese local with knowledge of the history, culture, and hidden gems of the island
  • Kick back and relax as Bali’s countryside woos you
  • Support local workers 
  • Have an expert navigator who understands the traffic pattern of Bali’s hectic roads
  • Get off the beaten path with expert local recommendations

Not only does a private driver take care of all of the hassles of getting around Bali, they are also able to provide you with the best suggestions for your trip. 

I’ve even found hidden waterfalls in Bali by hiring locals!

A private driver is also extremely beneficial to solo travelers as you can have a flexible itinerary without having to worry about tour groups or extra private booking fees.

Renting a scooter

Renting your own scooter is on the riskier side as Balinese traffic and roads are bustling with thousands of vehicles and impatient drivers.

A bustling local street at dusk lined with scooters and people
People and scooters line the streets of Bali

While you’re likely to find a cheap scooter rental along any street in Ubud, there are some important things to note if you do decide to rent a scooter and brave the streets of Bali yourself.

  1. Make sure you have experience and insurance (read the fine print- some insurance policies offered at the rental shops don’t cover motor crashes!) before deciding to rent a scooter yourself.
  2. Know that you risk being pulled over, and even if you have all of the right documents and no traffic violations, you’re likely to be fined by the Balinese police.
  3. Always pay attention to your surroundings, as the traffic patterns in Bali are extremely inconsistent and many local drivers tend to bend or break the rules themselves when traversing Bali’s roads

Though it may save you money initially, hiring a private driver is the safest and ultimately best way to get around Bali. 

Taking guided tour 

The final option would be booking an organized tour through booking sites like GetYourGuide. Some of these tours are guided with pre-built itineraries; but if you’d like to use this adventure itinerary, it might be more difficult to find a flexible tour operator. 

Guided tours like these can be beneficial if you have multiple friends that you could split a car with- though it may slow your travel times as scooters make it easier to weave in and out of heavy traffic. 

Outside of a group setting though, hiring a private driver is still your best option, as many of these tours will charge a “private booking fee” of up to $60 if you choose to book the excursion solo! 

This is why I’d still recommend hiring a private driver directly to support and connect directly with a local while being able to be completely flexible with your plans and discover the best waterfalls in Ubud.

Wandering Words of Wisdom: Need help finding a driver? Contact me to get in touch with trusted locals who would be happy to take you on this route!

Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Beginning the day bright and early with a venture through the lush greenery of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces! Though it’s not a waterfall, it’s a must-see attraction in Ubud.

As this is one of the most beloved spots in Bali, the earlier you arrive, the better. By arriving around 8 am, I was able to drone around, explore with my camera, and bask in the beauty of the rice terraces with just a few other tourists. 

As I was leaving, the tour groups and mid-day visitors began to pile in; I can’t recommend starting early enough!

You’re definitely in for a good deal of walking and steps here (and throughout the day), so make sure to dress light as you’ll find little to no shade along the rice terraces. 

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Visiting Tukad Cepung is extremely rewarding for those looking to find this hideaway falls. You can access the waterfall by completing a steep hike to the base, which will most likely be similar to a shallow riverbed depending on the recent rainfall. 

Be prepared to get your feet wet to reach the waterfall- and as many of the waterfalls require some hiking or steps to reach them, it’s best to wear durable and water-resistant sandals.

Laynie looking up at Tukad Cepung waterfall
Looking up at stunning Tukad Cepung falls

You’ll most likely have to get wet to get that perfect shot, so keep that in mind but don’t let it deter you from dressing up!

An entrance fee of 15k ($1 USD) can be paid at the entrance to the path. 

This is where scooter travel comes in handy: you will dry off quickly on the back of a scooter as you take in the Balinese countryside on the way to your next destination. 

Tibumana Waterfall

Tibumana falls surrounded by the greenery of the Balinese jungle
A standalone fall surrounded by greenery

Tibumana is one of the more well-known waterfalls as it is the closest waterfall to Ubud– so expect more tourists on your visit here. 

With a simple yet powerful cascade surrounded by the Balinese jungle, the beauty of Tibumana is apparent in the simplicity of the site. Many people like to swim here as well, so though it may be crowded, this is the spot if you want to cool off and have fun!

An entrance fee of 10k IDR ($1 USD) can be paid on arrival. 

Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Kanto Lampo is one of the best waterfalls around Ubud not only because of its proximity to the village but also because of its unique presentation.

This waterfall stretches across a conglomerate of oddly shaped black rocks that many visitors climb across for the perfect photo in front of the falls! You’re sure to get wet here as the base of the falls remains about 3 feet deep, even in the dry season (it may even be 4-5 feet deep after heavy rainfall). 

Visiting during peak hours, you are likely to find a long line of people waiting to get a picture on the iconic spot in the center of the falls. You could wait over an hour in this line- but you can choose to skip it and still get amazing photos in the surrounding areas like these:

There’s a nearby hidden cave and a natural pool if you choose to turn left (the falls are on the right) when reaching the end of the descent; these are both worth visiting for some added adventure and are often overlooked by visitors of Kanto Lampo.

The entrance fee is 10k IDR ($1 USD) and can be paid on arrival.

Tegenungan Waterfall

The final waterfall on our itinerary is the beloved Tegenungan Falls. This waterfall and the area around it are more developed than some of the others, but nonetheless still worth a visit on your Ubud waterfall tour.

A bird's eye view of Tegenungan Waterfall
A drone shot of Tegenungan

While this is a more crowded tourist attraction, it is also a great place for shopping with locals, taking pictures, or simply hanging out by this magnificent waterfall. 

With tourist levels rising, it’s important to travel consciously throughout all of these attractions, and you can learn more about sustainable Bali travel in my travel guide.

Omma Beach Club

Still not tired? Enjoy a cocktail in the infinity pool overlooking Tegenungan at the Omma Beach Club! 

This club may be a little pricier because of the location, but you will still find discounted deals on drinks and bites to eat here. You won’t miss it as it’s located just to the left of the waterfall as you walk down the stairs to reach the waterfall. 

Secret Adventures to Add to Your Itinerary

Got more time on your hands and want to spice up the itinerary? These 3 spots can easily be added to this itinerary for added adventure:

  1. Located on the road to Tegenungan Waterfall, you can find peace at the Kemenuh Butterfly Park! With a focus on conservation and education, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful array of hundreds of butterflies that inhabit the park. The entrance fee for this park is 100k IDR ($6 USD).
  2. Add this to the beginning of your journey if you’re looking for those insta-worthy rice field shots with an Aloha Ubud photoshoot! The guides and photographers are well-versed in poses and will hook you up with all of the angles to send to your friends and family back home. A full swing session is 400k IDR ($25 USD), with dress rental and professional photography coming at an extra charge.
  3. Four waterfalls aren’t enough? You can easily add the Suwat waterfall to your day between the Tukad Cepung and Tibumana waterfalls for an extra attraction! This is also relatively undiscovered and a great option for chilling out at the natural pool there. The entrance fee is 15k IDR ($1 USD).

You can find all three of these spots in the “Secret Spots” section of the downloadable Google Map!

Laynie holding up a "God Bless Me" sign in front of Tegenungan Waterfall
Posing with one of the signs at Tegenungan!

With a plethora of awe-inspiring sights to explore, taking an Ubud scooter tour can bring you to all of the best waterfalls in Bali in one day!

Navigating through Bali doesn’t have to be difficult, and you can indulge in all of these waterfalls and diverse natural sights free of worry.

To ensure a smooth journey, make sure you save the Google Maps route and pin this post to refer back to when creating your adventure itinerary later!

  • Have more time in Ubud? I have a full 4-day itinerary that will connect you with all of the culture, nature, and beauty to be found in and around Ubud!
  • It’s important to leave only footprints wherever you explore, find out how to make your trip more sustainable through my Sustainable Guide to Traveling Bali!

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