Nungnung Waterfall is one of the better known falls in Bali, located about an hour north of Ubud in the island’s centre. This majestic waterfall is one of the bigger, more impressive sights in the region, and for this reason is quite popular amongst tourists and travellers.
If Nungnung Waterfall is on your list of things to do in Bali, we’ve put together this helpful guide outlining everything you need to know before you visit. Here you’ll find the best time to visit, how much the entrance fee costs and what to expect from the hike.
Best time to visit Nungnung Waterfall
As with most popular tourist destinations in Bali, the earlier you visit the better. Nungnung Waterfall was the second stop on our itinerary of the day and we were there by 9:30am. We had it to ourselves for around an hour before more people started to arrive.
How to get to Nung Nung Waterfall Bali
Nungnung Waterfall is in the rural central area of Bali, about an hour north of Ubud or 1.5 hours from Canggu. It’s easy enough to find on Google Maps and the drive is on decent roads most of the way.
Our favourite way to explore is to rent a scooter and drive to destinations at our own pace. This is also the cheapest way, as scooter rentals in Bali can usually be bartered down to around 60,000 IDR per day.
What to bring to Nungnung Waterfall Bali
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The entrance fee to Nungung Waterfall is 20,000 IDR per person plus 2000 IDR for parking a motorbike. There are some small warnings in the parking area where you can buy snacks and water if you need.
Book a Northern Bali tour
If you’re interested in having your Northern Bali tour all planned out for you without any inconvenience or hassle, then the best thing you can do is book online with GetYourGuide. There are a bunch of different tours to choose from, but here are some of the top-rated:
- Private Hiking Tour to Sekumpul Waterfall
- Guided 4×4, Cycling & Hot Spring Day Trip
- Northern Charm: Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, Waterfall & Swing
- Bali Canyoning Adventure at Gitgit Canyon
- Sekumpul Waterfall & Ulun Danu Temple Tour
- Sambangan Waterfalls Trekking, Sliding, & Jumping Trip
- Ubud Private Evening Tour w/ Legong Dance Performance
What to expect at Nungnung Waterfall
The hike to Nungnung Waterfall is infamous for its gruelling 500 stairs. From the parking lot, you’ll descend the steep and uneven stairs which took us around 15-20 minutes. The hike back up is the challenge, so make sure you save some water!
The hike down to Nungnung Waterfall is stunning, deep within a lush tropical rainforest. Aside from the staircase, the surrounding area has been left completely untouched.
At the bottom of the stairs, you’ll reach the river and Nungnung Waterfall is tucked away at the end of the canyon. It’s a powerful waterfall plummeting around 50 metres into a large basin below.
You can wade in the water at the base of the falls or along the river, or simply take in the view from many different vantage points. We were lucky and had the most incredible light rays coming through the tree canopy, illuminating the mist from the falls.
For the best photos, you’ll want your subject to cross the river along the bamboo bridge and find a large boulder to perch atop. You’ll definitely want to wear or bring something bright to stand out against the background.
Even if you’re shooting from far away, there’s enough force from Nungnung Waterfall to carry the spray to your camera, so keep that in mind when you’re shooting. Have a lens cloth handy so you can wipe the water specks off between shots.
We spent a good hour at Nungnung Waterfall, taking photos and enjoying the beautiful scenery. It’s definitely one of our favourite waterfalls in Bali and a must-visit we recommend to anyone heading up north.
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