When you are in Ubud a visit to Tegenungan waterfall is one of the great things to do in Ubud. Culture and nature are two words that jump to mind when thinking of Ubud and the areas surrounding it. Out of all the waterfalls in the surrounding areas, Tegenungan waterfall is a great pick as it’s not too far from Ubud. It is a popular waterfall for good reason and worth a visit to this beautiful place on your Bali trip especially if you are staying in Ubud.
How To Get To Tegenungan Waterfall From Ubud
The best thing about this waterfall is how close and easy a visit to Tegenungan waterfall is. From Ubud Village, it is only around 30 minutes to get there. The best way is to hire a private driver and not worry about directions ;). This waterfall is popular and drivers will know how to get there. One option is to use the local private transport in Ubud and negotiate a price to get there, wait for you (around 1.5-2 hours will do if you are after a quick swim too), and then take you back to Ubud. Another option is to book in advance a private driver. This way you can book either a half day or full day and see more of the area and explore a few different waterfalls in the same day. Both work well.
Once you are at the entrance you still have to walk down some stairs. Just over a hundred stairs. Sounds like a lot but you will be down in no time. If you are not up for the stairs you can still get a great view of the waterfall from the top, at one of the cafes (you will still need to pay the entrance fee).
How Much Is The Tegenungan Waterfall Entrance Fee
Main Tegenungan Waterfall Entrance Fee: 15.000 IDR
Separate Entrance To The Top of the waterfall: 10.000 IDR
Car Parking: 5.000 IDR
Tegenungan Waterfall Opening Hours
The ticket office states Tegenungan waterfall is open from 6:30 am to 6 pm. Do try and get there as early as you can. Bali is hot year round so a morning swim is still rewarding. It only gets busier as the day goes on. Or alternatively, late afternoon will be better than midday.
What To Expect On Your Visit To The Tegenungan Waterfall
This is a highly visited waterfall. Unless you are here early morning you will most likely be joined by quite a lot of people. Don’t let that deter you from a visit though. Our first visit to Tegenungan waterfall it was pretty busy, but we still loved our experience and especially swimming in the waterfall and feeling its power! Since that visit, it has got even more popular! Expect a nice waterfall with a lot of people, not a serene escape. The benefits of its popularity though are it is known by all drivers and the parking is literally at the entry. There are facilities there too which aren’t at some of Bali’s more secret waterfalls, like toilets to change after a swim, and food and drinks available. In terms of swimming, some days will be better than others.
Swimming In Tegenungan Waterfall
Some of the waterfalls in Bali we have been recommended not to swim in for a variety of reasons, so as a result, Tegenungan Waterfall was the first Bali waterfall we had swum in. From a variety of reports the water quality varies and will depend on when you go. Generally, though people swim here most days. Do not expect clear water, the type you can see your toes through. Swimming in Tegenungan waterfall is one of our highlights of a visit to this waterfall. Feeling the power of all that water is one of realising how nature holds the power, not us! There are lifeguards which is a bonus and can use the toilets too to change before and after.
Is Tegenungan Waterfall Worth It?
In short, yes. However, if you are after a secret, secluded or quiet Bali waterfall experience then Tegenungan waterfall is probably not for you. If you are after a hike or overall waterfall adventure then Tegenungan waterfall is probably not for you. If that is what you are after I would suggest hiring a private driver and or local guide to take you to some of the many other waterfalls. Some big, some small, some accessible and well signed and others only known to a local few. Tegenungan is definitely not one of Bali’s secret or secluded waterfalls but that also has its perks of easy access and facilities. Overall I would say that Tegenungan waterfall is definitely worth a visit during your stay in Ubud and is still a beautiful waterfall and one of the easiest to include in your Bali trip.