the powerful and beautiful nungnung waterfall
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Nungnung Waterfall: All You Need to Know Before You Go

 

Did you know that there are some +20 waterfalls on the island of Bali? 

If you are even remotely active on social media, you may have noticed that some of the Insta-famous waterfalls are located in Bali Indonesia.

From the beautiful beam of light that radiates through a cave at Tukad Cepung Waterfall, impressively tall waterfalls that form a refreshing pool at Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, to a breathtaking view of multiple water tiers that cascade down a massive boulder at Banyu Wana Amertha, Bali is unquestionably a nature lover’s paradise.

If you love a good adventure, make sure to put some of these waterfalls on your Bali itinerary

Even though I had seen some stunning waterfalls already in Bali, I still found Nungnung Waterfall to be remarkable

 

the powerful and beautiful nungnung waterfall
The powerful Nungnung Waterfall

Nungnung Waterfall was quite possibly the strongest waterfall I have seen, nestled in a thick jungle.  The powerful torrent formed a misty cloud against the lush green backdrop, and I was awe-struck. 

On the morning that I arrived at Nungnung Waterfall, there was a wedding photo shoot taking place.  The white wedding dress, the flower petals and the romance in the air created a magical and dreamy vibe, enhancing the entire experience at the waterfall! 

If you want to witness one of the best waterfalls in Bali, read on to learn how to best plan a trip to Nungnung Waterfall, including how to get there, when to go, how much to pay, where to stay and additional travel tips to prepare you for the trip!

wedding photo shoot at Nungnung waterfall
A beautiful wedding photo shoot

Visiting Nungnung Waterfall

There are a couple of ways you can visit the incredible Nungnung waterfall.

On your own

If you are comfortable riding a scooter and plan to rent one during your stay in Bali, it’s an easy 45-50 minute ride to Nungnung Waterfall from Ubud.  You will ride through some local villages and vast rice terraces, and the ride is quite exhilarating.

The price of a scooter rental varies by how long you rent.   The longer you rent the scooter, the less you will pay for per-day-rate. 

If you rent by the month, for example, you can expect to pay about IDR 600,000. 

But if you want the convenience of having a scooter delivered to your hotel or accommodation, you can also rent one online!

An important tip about how to get to Nungnung Waterfall: If you are using Google Maps to navigate yourself to the waterfalls, make sure you enter “Nungnung waterfall” and head towards the carpark.  If you enter “Nung Nung Waterfall,” you will end up at a different location – believe me, I learned it the hard way!

crossing a bridge over a river at Nungnung waterfall

Bali Island Tour

Another option of exploring the Nungnung Waterfall is hiring a driver and customizing a day trip with your bucket list

If you are looking to chase waterfalls for the day, I highly recommend that you include Banyu Wana Amertha on your day trip itinerary – there, you can enjoy four waterfalls in one location! 

And if heading to Banyu Wana Amertha, stop by the nearby Banyumala Twin Waterfalls – it’s located a few minutes away along the same main road. 

Both waterfalls are about an hour north of Nungnung and definitely worth a trip.

If you want to avoid the mob of tourists in south Bali and escape to the peaceful and quieter part of the island, you may enjoy exploring north Bali.   

A trip to Nungnung Waterfall can also be combined with other natural wonders of Bali such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jatiluwih Rice Terrace – the vast horizon of perfectly sculpted rice fields is guaranteed to blow you away.  Jatiluwih is located about an hour west of Nungnung Waterfall, in the highlands of Tabanan Regency.

a view of the small river in the jungle on the way to nungnung waterfall

Nungnung Waterfall Opening Hours

There are no official operating hours at Nungnung. 

The entrance is open all day, and you can enjoy the waterfall during any daylight hours.

But if you want to evade the crowd, it’s best to get there as early as possible.  When I arrived around 08:45, there were already several groups of people at the waterfall.  

But for best lighting for photos, I’d say 10:00 – 12:00 is optimal as I found the waterfall to be a bit dark in the shadows during my morning trip.

Nungnung Waterfall Entrance Fee

IDR 10,000 per person

IDR 2,000 for motorcycle parking and IDR 5,000 for car parking

Unlike other nearby waterfalls, there are no ticket booths where staff is waiting to collect fees.   When you walk down the hill from the carpark, you can just pay the owners of the warung.

the parking lot with a toilet at nungnung waterfall
The warung and toilet at the entrance of Nungnung Waterfall

Hiking to Nungnung Waterfall

There are some 500 steps to reach the waterfall, and they are all downhill until you see Nungnung.   But unlike other Bali waterfalls where the path is made of logs, dirt or rocks, the route to Nungnung is all paved and made into solid steps from cement, which I found easier to walk on.

The path to reach Nungnung Waterfall was also made easier by handrails that stretched the entire way.  It took me just about 15-20 minutes to get down the stairs to the waterfall. 

I noticed that some parts of the steps and hills were mossy probably due to the moisture in the air – so watch your steps and be careful not to slip.  It’s best to wear sandals or shoes with good traction.

Climbing +500 steps back uphill to return to the parking lot is, as you can imagine, quite strenuous.  My legs were a bit sore the next day!

the paved staircase on the way to nungnung waterfall
The steps to/from the waterfall

Nungnung Waterfall – Tips Before You Go

  1. There are no toilets or changing rooms at the base of the waterfall so it’s best that you use the toilet in the parking lot before heading downhill. Just FYI, the toilet by the entrance of Nungnung Waterfall is a squat toilet, and no toilet paper is provided.  You will also be asked to pay IDR 2,000 for usage.

  2. I have seen snack stalls selling drinks and food along the route to other Bali waterfalls, but not at Nungnung. There is a warung at the entrance before you begin your hike.  I recommend that you pick up at least some water before you start your adventure.

looking up at the nungnung waterfall from the base of the pool

3.  There is a pool at the base of the waterfall where you can go for a dip, but Nungnung is very strong and powerful. I’d advise against getting too close to the waterfall

4. If you are taking your expensive camera, be sure to bring a dry towel or cloth because the water sprays everywhere, particularly around the base of the fall where you’d likely want to take photos! As I said, the waterfall is powerful so you and your equipment will most definitely get wet from the mist.

walking through a lush, thick jungle on the way to the nungnung waterfall

Where to Stay around Nungnung Waterfall

Even though you can take a day trip to Nungnung Waterfall from just about anywhere in Bali, it’s likely to take about 2-2.5 hours one-way from South Bali (Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Uluwatu) and about 1.5 – 2 hours from Kuta or Denpasar, depending on traffic.  

Particularly if you are driving yourself to the waterfall, it can be exhausting to navigate through rural villages and streets with no signs! 

I recommend that you base yourself in Ubud for best access to Nungnung Waterfall.  

In Ubud, you will also be conveniently located to nearby attractions such as Tegenungan Waterfall, Goa Gajah temple, Tirta Empul, and the Monkey Forest.

Ubud is also a haven for vegans and yogis, with endless options for healthy eats and yoga/meditation centers.   If you are a foodie like me, you will be in heaven at Ubud!

There are gazillion accommodation options around Ubud, from dormitory beds that start at USD 8 to villas with private swimming pools and personal chefs/butlers.   There is a wide selection for just about anyone for any budget.

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I hope this post helped your trip planning to one of the most beautiful and accessible waterfalls in Bali! 

Even though many Bali attractions have become touristy and commercialized, there are many off-the-beaten-path places that you can still discover and explore on the Island of the Gods. 

If you are a nature lover, be sure to check out the post on 6 hidden gems of Bali that remain off the main tourist trail (at least for now)! 

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