Tibumana Waterfall is a top tourist spot and one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Bali. Located just 30-minutes outside of Ubud, the falls offer the perfect opportunity to swim, relax, and immerse in nature.
The highlight of Tibumana Waterfall is the majestic flow of water and fantastic location. Surrounded by lush nature, it is easily one of the most instagrammable spots in Bali. And the relatively straightforward trek to reach the falls means it is accessible to all age groups and capabilities. (Are you following us on Instagram? Follow us here!)
In this guide, we advise everything you need to know ahead of visiting Tibumana Waterfall in Bali. Including entrance fees, how to get there, what to expect & more.
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How to Get to Tibumana Waterfall
Tibumana is one of the best waterfalls near Ubud, and easily accessible from the major tourist hubs in Bali via scooter or Taxi. We combined our visit with a trip to Tukad Cepung Waterfall, and it was around a 30-minute drive from Ubud centre.
To rent a scooter in Bali is around 60,000 IDR per day. The roads in Bali are, for the most part, in excellent condition. And if you are confident on a bike, this is the cheapest way to get around.
Alternatively, you can use a local driver or Grab Taxi. The latter tends to be the cheaper option if you plan on going from A to B. However, if you want a driver for the entire day, you can arrange with a local transport company.
Once you arrive at the parking area of the falls, it’s an easy 10-minute hike to reach the falls. The trail leads you through a scenic jungle area and across some bamboo bridges, before concluding at the waterfall.
Tibumana Waterfall Map
Things to Know Before Visiting
Here is all the key information you’ll need ahead of visiting the waterfall:
The waterfall is open 7-days a week from 6 am to 6 pm.
Tibumana Waterfall Entrance Fee
Entrance Fee: 10,000 IDR
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Bali Waterfalls is during the months of April-June, shortly after the wet season has ended. Due to the influx of rain, the waterfalls tend to be at their most impressive during this time.
While Tibumana may be one of the lesser-known waterfalls in Bali, it pays to visit early morning if you want to avoid the crowds. If you are a photographer, this will be your best chance of snapping some beautiful shots without people in them.
If you miss the window, midday seems to be another quiet time to visit. This is after the tour groups have left, and while everybody is having lunch!
Guided Tours are available for most attractions in Bali, including Tibumana Waterfall. You can organise tours online or through the numerous tourist offices located across the island. That said, they can be quite expensive, and we find it far more enjoyable to explore the island independently.
We recommend allowing 1-2 hours to visit Tibumana Waterfall.
Tibumana is a hotspot for photographers; however, these tips will allow you to make the most of the conditions.
- For the best lighting, it pays to arrive at the waterfall before 9 am. This will also be the best time to avoid the crowds.
- There is usually little splashback from the falls; however, we recommend taking precautions to protect your equipment anyway.
What to Wear
Here are some items that we recommend wearing to make your visit to the waterfall more comfortable.
- Comfortable shoes for the short hike down
- Water shoes to wear in the water – We Recommend: Aleader 2 in 1 Hiking Shoes. Use code OURTASTEFORLIFE15 for 15% off your order
- Waterproof Bag to protect valuables – We Recommend: Waterproof Dry Bag-10L/20L/30L
- Bathing suit & towel for the obvious – We Recommend: Microfiber Travel Towel
Our Experience at Tibumana Waterfall
After coming across Tibumana Waterfall on Instagram, it was always an essential addition to our 10 Day Bali itinerary. It seemed to be a bit of a hidden gem in comparison to other waterfalls near Ubud. And we were excited to take a swim after spending the morning sightseeing.
Ubud is famed for its verdant nature, and you will pass through palm-fringed roads as you approach the falls. It’s a scenic drive, and it’s worth travelling on a scooter so you can stop to take photos.
We arrived at the falls around 11 am after visiting the magical Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Arriving at any tourist attraction in Bali at this time comes with a risk of crowds. And upon arrival, we were not surprised to find several tour buses in the parking area.
The walk down to the falls was one of the easiest waterfall treks in Bali. There were few steps to tackle, and we were amazed to reach the falls in no more than 10-minutes. With this in mind, you can be confident to bring along little ones and even elderly family members.
Swimming at Tibumana Waterfall
When we arrived at the falls, we were immediately captivated by the insanely beautiful view. It was a bit too busy for us to capture any decent photos, so we decided to take a swim and see if things quietened down. The water was cool and refreshing. And while not quite the azure waters we’d seen on Instagram still incredibly serene.
Tibumana Waterfall is one of few in Bali where it is permitted to swim. And it’s the perfect spot to cool down on a hot sunny day. Some locals are observing the safety of those visiting the falls so that you can take a dip without worry. Just be sure not to swim too close to the falls where the water pressure from the falls is fierce.
At around midday, the crowds started to filter out. We took advantage of the window and snapped some shots at one of the most instagrammable spots in Bali. Whether you are a keen photographer or simply looking for a place to enjoy nature, Tibumana is one of the top things to do in Ubud.
More Waterfalls Near Ubud
Chasing waterfalls is one of our favourite things to do in Ubud. Don’t forget to check out these other waterfalls when spending time in Bali!
- Leke Leke Waterfall
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- Kanto Lampo Waterfall
- Tegenungan Waterfall
- Nungnung Waterfall
- Sumampan Waterfall
Where to Stay in Ubud
Hostel – Puji Hostel and Bungalow – Set just a short 10-minute walk away from Ubud market, Puji Hostel and Bungalow offer comfortable dorm-style rooms in a picturesque location. The onsite swimming pool overlooks sweeping rice fields, while guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant and common area.
Budget Private – Gatra Ubud Inn – Located in the heart of Ubud, Gatra Ubud Inn is a traditional Balinese style property boasting a beautiful garden and comfortable rooms. All rooms are equipped with a private room and wifi is available throughout the property.
Luxury – Element by Westin Bali – After spending 4 nights at Element Westin Bali, we can highly recommend this stunning hotel Ubud if you seek a touch of luxury.
For more places to stay in Ubud you can check the latest prices here.
It should go without saying; however, when enjoying your time at the waterfall, it’s important to be mindful of yourself and the environment.
There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible traveller. In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind when visiting the waterfalls in Bali.
- Be careful with any rubbish that it doesn’t fly away. Keep it secure until you can dispose of it properly.
- Do not leave anything at the waterfall, or take anything away – unless you’ve purchased it from a local supplier.
- Pay attention to warning signs and take care along the trail. There is no staff minding the area.
Well, that concludes our guide to Tibumana Waterfall in Bali. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here!
Stay Adventurous and Happy Travels!
Charlotte & Natalie x
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