Tukad Cepung Waterfall
One of the most photogenic waterfalls in Bali, this unique natural cascade is fast becoming one of the island’s most popular waterfalls due to its Instagram-worthy surrounds.
One of the most photogenic waterfalls in Bali, this unique natural cascade is fast becoming one of the island’s most popular waterfalls due to its Instagram-worthy surrounds. The pools are hidden in a cavernous and maze-like rock formation about an hour’s drive northeast of Ubud.
Be prepared to trek through winding caves, wade through shallow waters, and snap the perfect photos. A particularly unique feature of the Tukad Cepung Waterfall are the rays of sunlight that shine through the rock formations, causing streaks of ‘heaven’s light’ as they are called, creating a magical and majestic backdrop.
- When to go: The best time to visit the Tukad Cepung Waterfall is during the dry season, which is usually from April to October. November to February usually see intermittent rains in Bali, which make visiting the waterfall difficult and dangerous.
- Since it’s fast becoming a hot tourist spot, we recommend going early to beat the crowds. Go as early as 8am if you want to be one of the early ones in line to take a photo (yes, sometimes there is a queue for picture-taking!).
- If you want a photo with the sunlight peeking through the cave and spilling down onto the waterfall, the best time for this would be from 9am to 1pm. However, you might have to wait in line as these hours are also the most crowded.
- Get there: You don’t need to hire a Tukad Cepung Waterfall tour guide to visit the waterfalls—it’s fairly simple to get to and easily navigable.
- Hiking: The hike to the actual waterfall is approximately 15 minutes. Bring or wear reef shoes or rubber sandals with straps as you’ll have to wade through shallow pools of water to get to Tukad Cepung Waterfall.
- What to bring: Don’t forget to take your dry bag, camera with waterproof casing, a swimsuit, change of clothes, and some snacks to munch on while waiting in line—but be sure to clean up after yourself!
- Entrance fees: Prepare IDR15,000 for the Tukad Cepung Waterfall entrance fee, which you can pay at the ticket station at the beginning of the trail.
- Parking: If you are going there via rented scooter, motorbike or car, parking is free!
- Nearby attractions: If you have time, there are two other nearby waterfalls that you can visit – the Tibumana Waterfall is another famous one, while the Kanto Lampo Waterfallmight have less people.
How to get there
- There is no public transportation available that will get you to Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Your best bet would be to hire a scooter, motorbike or car and drive yourself there.
- If you’re not comfortable driving around Bali, you can always hire a driver, get a taxi, or use a ride sharing app like Grab or GoJek to get you to the waterfall.
- Located approximately 28km from Ubud, it should take you about 45-50 minutes to get there.
- To get to the waterfall proper, start at the ticketing office and follow the path, which will lead you down approximately a hundred steps. Once you get to the bottom, turn left and wade through the shallow river (again, the sandals/aqua shoes will come in handy!). After a few minutes you will reach the first cave opening with a large boulder. Go around the boulder and continue along the path until you reach the waterfall.
Address: Jl. Tembuku, Dusun Penida Kelod, Tembuku, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali 80671, Indonesia
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