Tukad Cepung Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and arguably, one of the best waterfalls in Bali. Located just outside of Ubud, the magical falls sit nestled within a cave, making them somewhat unique compared to others on the island.
The pinnacle of these falls is the incredible sun rays that protrude into the canyon during a specific time of day. These rays create an enchanting scene as they hit the waterfall, and many consider the location to be one of the most instagrammable spots in Bali.
In this guide, we advise everything you need to know ahead of visiting Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Including entrance fees, how to get there, what to expect & more.
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How to Get to Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is located North East of Ubud, and easily accessible from the major tourist hubs in Bali via scooter or taxi. We drove a scooter from Ubud, and the journey was approximately 1-hour each way.
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 whole day, you should negotiate with a local transport company.
Once you arrive at the parking area, it’s a relatively easy hike to reach the falls. The trail leads you through a picturesque jungle area and down 100 or so steps, before concluding at the canyon. From there, you must wade through water and across obstacles to reach the waterfall.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall Map
Things to Know Before Visiting
Here is all the key information you’ll need ahead of visiting Tukad Cepung Waterfall:
The waterfall is open 7-days a week from 6 am to 5 pm.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall Entrance Fee
Entrance Fee: 15,000 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.
To witness Tukad Cepung Waterfall in full glory, you have a short window to catch the beaming sun rays protrude into the cave. We arrived around 9.30am after enjoying the sunrise at Campahan Ridge Walk. Shortly after that, the first rays made an appearance.
Naturally, due to the short window of catching the rays, it can get incredibly crowded during that time. If you don’t mind sacrificing the view for some peace, it pays to come later in the day.
Guided Tours are available for most attractions in Bali, and you can organise online or through the numerous tourist offices located across the island. That said, they do not come cheap, and we find it far more enjoyable to explore the island independently.
I would allow around 1-2 hours to visit Tukad Cepung Waterfall.
Photographers will be in their element at this waterfall; however, there are a few things to be aware of.
- If you visit during peak time, you should be prepared to queue for the iconic rock photo and waterfall photo.
- You will need a half-decent camera that works well in low-lighting.
- Be aware of the kickback from the waterfall and protect your equipment accordingly.
What to Wear
Due to the location of these falls, there are some items you might want to consider wearing to make your visit more comfortable.
- Comfortable shoes for the short hike down
- Water shoes for wading through 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 Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Visiting Tukad Cepung Waterfall was always a priority when planning our Bali Itinerary. Although the island is famed for having some of the best waterfalls in Asia, this one, in particular, stood out to us. I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued by those insane rays and the adventurous location.
*Tip – It makes sense to combine your visit with a trip to Tibumana Waterfall.
Being the keen photographers and Instagrammers that we are, we planned to arrive at the falls early. (Are you following us on Instagram? Follow us here!) The sought-after rays hit around 10 am on a sunny day; however, it pays to come earlier so to beat the crowds and be first in line for a photo. While you wait, there are some smaller waterfalls and unusual rock formations along the canyon worth checking out.
The walk down to the canyon felt relatively easy compared to some of the other waterfall treks in Bali. We passed through scenic jungle landscapes and down some steps before arriving into the cave some 15-20 minutes later. It was a straight forward trail, and anybody of a reasonable fitness level will complete the hike with no issues.
Inside the Canyon at Tukad Cepung Waterfall
As soon as we stepped foot into the Canyon, we were grateful for having worn our water shoes. The crystal clear water from the falls reached our knees, and the ground below felt rocky and uneven. It was 9.30 am, and there was barely anybody around, so we took some time to look around.
We admired the unusual rock formations and quaint waterfalls amidst the canyon, before heading to the main event. Despite having to climb over rocks and manoeuvre obstacles, it wasn’t a strenuous find. And to be greeted with the mesmerising waterfall at the end felt pretty incredible.
After taking a moment to appreciate natures ubiquitous beauty, we set up our camera and waited for the rays. As if like clockwork, as the first beams hit the falls, an influx of visitors crowded into the cave. Thankfully, we were first in line for a photo; however, the pressure was on to nail the shot with a queue of people waiting for the same.
In conclusion, Tukad Cepung is one of the most impressive waterfalls in all of Bali. We loved the adventurous trek to the canyon, followed by the enchanting waterfall hidden among the cave. As for the stunning sun rays, they were just the icing on the cake.
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
- Tibumana 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 Tukad Cepung 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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