Aling Aling Waterfall is a natural wonder located in Sambangan Village, in the northern region of Bali. The waterfall is approximately 35 meters tall and is surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque landscapes. What sets this waterfall apart from others in Bali is the fact that it is not just one waterfall, but a series of cascades and pools that are perfect for swimming and cliff jumping. It’s my favorite waterfall cliff jump in all of Bali!
ALING ALING WATERFALL: ULTIMATE GUIDE
In this blog post, I’ll share everything you need to know about Aling Aling Waterfall in Bali. It’s a great spot to visit on your own or on a guided tour with transport, so I’ll detail the best ways to get there and all of the options.
If you are keen on some more jumps, I wrote this pretty solid guide: BEST CLIFF JUMP SPOTS IN BALI
HOW TO GET TO ALING ALING WATERFALL
Aling Aling Waterfall is about 2-hours from Canggu, Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta. However, there are multiple options to get up there including an All-Inclusive Waterfall Tour that has pick-up from your hotel in a van and guides you to multiple waterfalls in one day. This specific tour also takes you to the famous Handara Gates.
Moped: It costs about $5 USD to rent a moped each day and takes about 2-3 hours to drive to Aling Aling from Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta. It can be quite stressful driving if you are new to mopeds as there are far fewer rules on the road and overtaking slow trucks and cars is necessary unless you want to make the journey last an extra hour. Also it’s a long drive so expect a sore butt and take a jacket and beanie if you go early in the morning as you will be heading through the hills (always freezing).
ALING ALING WATERFALL TOUR
Guided Tour: This All-Inclusive Waterfall Tour is actually one of the best ways to visit the epic waterfalls in the North of Bali. The tour picks you up from your hotel, takes you to Handara Gates on the way and then tours you through all of the different levels at the Aling Aling Waterfalls.
Aling Aling Tour
- Guided Waterfall Tour
- Includes Handara Gates
- Pick-up & Drop-off
ALING ALING WATERFALL GUIDE COST
Once you arrive at the location I have pinned below or been following the many road signs, you will reach a small office building. If you are not on an organized tour you will buy your ticket here and get a guide for a fixed price. It is mandatory at this location and it isn’t a rip-off situation. It is actually some sections where you need a guide to tell you where to jump or where to get out etc.
Many times around Bali people try to force you to have a guide just to walk down some stairs and look at a waterfall but our guide was actually a legend and it wasn’t very expensive at all. The price of the guide per person was $12 USD.
The Aling Aling entrance fee just to view the waterfalls but not to swim and jump is only 10,000 rupiah or $1 USD. As I mentioned before it really comes down to safety. If you aren’t jumping and swimming you don’t need a guide but the guides are there to keep everyone safe. It’s their backyard and they know what is above and below the surface.
Don’t be the idiot who tries to sneak in for 10,000 and then jumps. They have made the rules clear and it’s a fixed rate for everyone so they aren’t ripping tourists off. If you do want to jump pay the fee and get the guide if not just watch others and save some cash.
MY EXPERIENCE AT ALING ALING WATERFALL
When we made our way down the steps with the guide I didn’t really know what to expect. I wasn’t stoked to have paid $12 to see a waterfall but what I didn’t know was that at the bottom of the stairs was much more than Aling Aling Waterfall!
It’s only a short walk and you are passing through vines and walls that appear to be weeping through the rocks as water trickles down. It’s a real jungle feel without having to venture off the beaten path, which is actually what a lot of people are looking for!
Aling Aling is a massive, booming fall of approximately 90 feet. This waterfall has special meaning to the locals of the area and is deemed sacred. For that reason alone there is no swimming in this waterfall, although it looks pretty savage. Underneath that pummeling, fall is not a place I would want to get stuck.
A short staircase leads down to a little deck. It’s super slipper and I almost took a huge tumble walking down during this photo!
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When people talk about this little collection of waterfalls, they often call it Aling Aling Waterfall. However, the other waterfalls aren’t actually called Aling Aling. The first jump of the day was at Kroya Waterfall. It’s nothing crazy, just a 5-meter jump off of a cement platform. Super fun and a great height for everyone!
The force of the falls tends to push you back toward the wall and it can get kind of scary. If you can’t swim really well, throw a lifejacket on just to make your life easier as it really does push you down a lot.
Once you jump at Kroya Waterfall, you swim across to the other side and climb up to the top of the falls. Now it’s time to trust your guide. Lay on your back, cross your arms and slide 10m down the waterfall! It’s almost vertical and has a huge impact when you land. It seemed pitch black and was actually a huge adrenaline rush!
All of these waterfalls are literally a 10-second walk away from each other, all laid out in the same canyon. After your warm-up at Kroya Waterfall, it is time to make men of the boys. Next up is a 10m jump into the wrath of a double fall. This is what Kembar actually means: Double Falls.
Once again we trusted our guide with where to land. He’s done it hundreds of times so he was of great value and even helped us film some clips on our phones. We sent a few backflips at Kembar as you can see in the video!
You need to jump out quite far so I wouldn’t suggest a backflip here unless you are pretty confident about it. Here’s a photo and a video of me flipping at Kembar Waterfall.
If you survived Kroya and Kembar it is time to really test your bravery. Pucuk is approximately 15m and is a really solid-sized cliff jump. I wasn’t completely convinced about it but I sent a backflip here anyway and managed to land it! My friend Nic did too and I think he broke his rib haha!
He never got it x-rayed but he was in pain for a few weeks. He didn’t even land too bad just a bit of over-rotation. Moral of the story: Pucuk Waterfall is kind of high and there isn’t a huge margin for error.
Here is a video of my backflip at Pucuk Waterfall:
Hope you have a great time at Aling Aling on your waterfall tour remember to stay safe when cliff jumping and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!
ALING ALING WATERFALL LOCATION
I have pinned the exact location to Aling Aling Waterfall below:
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ALING ALING WATERFALL
- How do I get to Aling Aling Waterfall? You can hire a driver or rent a scooter to get to the village of Sambangan, where the waterfall is located. The waterfall is a 10-15 minute walk from the parking area.
- Is it safe to swim in the pools at Aling Aling Waterfall? Yes, it is safe to swim in the pools. However, be cautious when jumping from the cliffs and always check the depth of the water first.
- Is there an entrance fee to visit Aling Aling Waterfall? Yes, there is an entrance fee to visit the waterfall. The fee includes a guide who will take you to see the other waterfalls and pools in the area.
- What should I bring to Aling Aling Waterfall? Bring comfortable walking shoes, swimwear, a towel, and a waterproof camera if you have one.
- Can I visit Aling Aling Waterfall during the rainy season? It is possible to visit the waterfall during the rainy season, but be aware that the water levels may be higher and the trails can be slippery. It’s important to wear appropriate footwear and be cautious when walking around.
What are my favorite pieces of gear for waterfall adventures?
There are four pieces of gear that I simply never forget when I go on a waterfall adventure. These are four items that I using right now and this list gets updated every year! Here are my waterfall adventure essentials.
- Arcteryx BETA AR Rain Jacket: This is my go-to rain jacket. It’s super light, folds down into a tiny ball, and protects brilliantly in a storm. This one never leaves my backpack.
- Osprey Ultralight Dry Sack: Waterfalls get wet and wild so having this ultralight dry sack for cameras, phones and valuables means you don’t have to hold back!
- PackTowl Quick-Dry Towel: A quick-dry towel is a must for travelers. It hardly takes up any room and dries in seconds.
- GoPro Hero 10: The best and easiest way to capture your underwater and snorkeling adventures.