Whenever we go to Bali, visiting a beautiful waterfall or two is high on our bucket list. Bali has dozens of waterfalls to experience, so you can easily see a couple each day during your 4 days or 2 weeks itinerary on the island.
One of the most gorgeous waterfalls to see in Bali is the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls (also referred to as Banyumala Waterfalls).
Located north of the island, Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is surrounded by luscious forests and refreshing waterfalls. The 35 meters (114 feet) cascades are beautiful as they split into two narrow falls, thus the “twin” in the name.
It’s the perfect spot to start the day or de-stress in the afternoon and take a swim at the bottom of the cascades.
Since Banyumala deserves more recognition, we created this Banyumala Twin Waterfalls travel guide for tips on how to get there, the admission cost, and other helpful travel tips.
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Who Should Visit Banyumala Twin Waterfalls?
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is open to all tourists. Children will enjoy swimming and playing in the water.
Getting to the waterfall requires a short 10-minute walk from the parking lot and along a dirt path. Therefore, visitors who have knee or leg problems may want to skip this place.
How to Get to Banyumala Twin Waterfall
Getting to Banyumala Twin Waterfalls takes some time so you’ll need to allocate 1.5-2+ hours one-way depending on your starting location.
Here are some time references and one-way distances from various Bali areas:
- From Uluwatu: 2 hours 30 minutes / 92-101 kilometers (57-63 miles) (Click to see the driving directions)
- From Nusa Dua: 2 hours 15 minutes / 85-90 kilometers (53-56 miles) (Click to see driving directions)
- From Canggu: 1 hour 50 minutes / 63-66 kilometers (39-41 miles) (Click to see driving directions)
- From Ubud: 1 hour 30 minutes / 56-60 kilometers (35-37 miles) (Click to see driving directions)
We stayed in Ubud for 3 days and used this location to take exciting day trips. The drive is long but you can combine other attractions in the area for the trip.
Another option is to stay in the area, Lovina or Singaraja, so you don’t need to worry about long travels. A luxury option is the popular Munduk Moding Plantation.
As with transportation, you can either hire a driver, take a motorbike, or go on a tour.
Hiring a driver would be a more expensive option yet you can hire a driver for the whole day. Therefore, you can make a day trip by visiting Banyumala Twin Waterfalls along with other attractions in the area. Plus, it’ll be a stress-free experience since you don’t have to worry about navigating the windy roads or the weather conditions.
We hired a driver and it was one of the best decisions that we made. We were caught in a rainstorm on the day of our visit to Banyumala Twin Waterfalls so we were lucky to stay inside the car until the rain passed.
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The more affordable and adventurous transportation option is to take a motorbike. Please drive slowly, wear a helmet, and follow the road conditions. Ensure that you have enough battery to follow your GPS on your smartphone. The roads aren’t the best so don’t rush when driving.
A tour is an option to get to Banyumala Waterfall. It isn’t necessary but will help reduce the stress level of planning your Banyumala Waterfall day trip, especially with transportation.
Check out this tour option which also stops by Bedugul and Lake Beratan.
From the Parking Lot to the Waterfall
If you’re driving directly to the waterfall, you’ll see a large sign that says “Banyumala Waterfall” from the main road, Jl. Munduk Wanagiri. Take the side road to get to the parking lot. The road is narrow so it barely fits a car. You won’t have any issues if you’re riding a motorbike.
Tip: Residents live along the side street so you may encounter another vehicle coming in the opposite direction. You’ll need to drive to the side of the road or reverse to find the right spot so the other driver can pass.
Once you park, you’ll need to pay an admission fee and you’ll take a short 10-minute walk to get to the serene waterfall.
When to Go to Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
This waterfall is open to visitors every day.
Due to the long distance from the touristy areas of Bali, there aren’t a lot of visitors here. Therefore, you can potentially have the waterfall to yourself! We visited around 11:00am and saw a handful of visitors.
Just note that the rainy season is from November to March. The rain won’t pour throughout the day but there are a few things to know.
The narrow road leads to the parking lot and the short hike down to the falls will be muddy. As long as you travel slowly, then it shouldn’t be a problem.
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls Entrance Fee
The Banyumala Waterfalls entrance fee is 30,000 IDR ($2.10 USD). Your admission also includes a water bottle.
It’s an affordable price compared to other tourist attractions on the island.
Things to Bring to Banyumala Twin Waterfall
Tip: It’s recommended that you wear your swimsuit ahead of time. We didn’t see a bathroom or a changing area.
Banyumala Waterfall Experience
When walking to the waterfall, you’ll notice the pretty cascades surrounded by the greenery and jungle area.
From the parking lot to the cascades, you’ll encounter staircases and dirt paths that lead to the waterfall. Along the way, you’ll find some inspirational signs regarding nature.
The waterfall area is small compared to the grander Sekumpul Waterfall, yet it’s still a peaceful area to relax and go for a swim at the bottom of the cascades.
We spent around 30 minutes taking photos and dipping our feet in the water. The water is refreshing so it’s not too cold. It’s the right temperature to cool off from Bali’s humid weather.
One of the prettiest spots to take photos is from the bridge with the waterfall in the backdrop. You can also take a photo with the “Banyuma Twin Waterfalls” sign.
Another fantastic photo spot is right in front of the cascades. There is a small rock in front of the falls and also towards the middle of the pond area so visitors can stand on it and pose with the falls. You’ll need to either swim or walk in the water. The water isn’t too deep – about knee-high.
You can also sit on the side of the jungle area and on the rocks to enjoy the waterfall or enjoy a snack.
Where Should You Go After Banyumala Waterfall?
Since you’re in North Bali, consider visiting nearby attractions such as Hidden Hills Wanagiri for Instagrammable photo shorts or Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. Check out more things to do in North Bali here.
Or, you can check out another beautiful waterfall and one of our favorites in Asia, Sekumpul Waterfall. It’ll take about 40 minutes (21.6 kilometers / 13.4 miles) to get to Sekumpul from Banyumala.
We hope you enjoyed your time at Banyumala Twin Waterfalls. It’s a memorable waterfall to experience during your time in Bali!
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