BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE IN BALI
A guide to the best outdoor adventure in Bali
1. Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang
Near Pura Beji Guwang in Sukawati, there’s a sacred, secret canyon that’s so incredible, it’s sure to inspire anyone and everyone. For any artist, photographer, creative, or simply anyone who wants to be wowed by a real life view of nature’s masterpiece – this secret canyon is a must-visit.
The craziest thing about this canyon, is if you look hard enough – it is so uniquely shaped, one can even see a crying skull and other faces (lions?!) in the abstract landscape. And if that’s not enough, the colours around make for an amazing visual feast too. Sit on the flat of the canyon rocks, and dangle your feet while admiring the view – or get a little crazy and see how much deeper you can go into the canyon.
2. Tukad Cepung cave and Waterfall
You must have heard all about Bali’s majestic waterfalls. Unknown to most people and only recently discovered by travellers, Tukad Cepung Waterfall stands almost virgin and unexplored.
This is as close to nature as you can get! You will have to climb a flight of steps to get to this beauty, so gear up accordingly.
Very importantly, do be gentle with and respectful of the natural space around Tukad Cepung as locals strive to maintain the area. Once you walk down the steps, remember to look up – cliffs encircle your surrounding with the waterfall flowing from a river above. Be very careful though, it’s important to be aware of the river water levels before you head for the falls. Rapid flooding may occur if the water table begins to rise during rain so do check ahead before descending the stairs!
3. Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall, located in the village of Sekumpul, is touted as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. To see it up close requires a little bit of effort though, so this is one for dedicated adventurers. A dirt road, lots of slippery steps, and the crossing of a river – it’s a tough trek, but totally worth it. You can hire a local guide to help you get stunning views up close, however, Sekumpul Waterfall is often best enjoyed from a distance so that you can see it in all its glory. You see, Sekumpul Waterfall is actually made up of seven different falls, all reaching different dizzying heights into the treetops, and each spilling varying amounts of water. You won’t forget this one in a hurry.
4. Banyumala Twin Waterfall
Hidden away in the hills of Wanagiri (just 10 minutes north of Bedugul), Banyumala is a spectacular sight indeed. You don’t necessarily need a local guide to help show you around here, but there are a few slippery steps and a short trek to get to the base – but totally worth the hike. The waterfall is special in that there are two flows of water to be seen, with water cascading down steep rocks surrounded by gorgeous greenery. Here, you can take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool at the bottom – dunk your head and listen to the sounds of the water crashing down above. This is Mother Nature at her very best!
5. Peguyangan Waterfall
Now, this may not be a giant, water-crashing-down-for-miles kind of waterfall, but it is still fun to visit, especially if you fancy a free massage! Peguyangan Waterfall is a group of short fountains of water that fall over a steep ravine, eventually making their way into the sea surrounding the gorgeous island of Nusa Penida. Away from the ravine there are little pools of water to bathe in, letting the fast-flowing water ripple and bubble around you (AKA a free and all-natural massage!). To get to these falls, you’ll need to climb a narrow flight of steps that hug the ravine, so be prepared for almost five hundred steps. It is a bit of a hidden gem, so you might need to ask a local to help you find it.
6. Aling-Aling Waterfall
Hey, adrenaline junkies – how does sliding down a thirty-five-metre waterfall sound? Yep, pretty awesome. Well, you can find this natural water slide at Aling-Aling Waterfall, located in Sambangan village. With its inviting, crystal-clear plunge pool and shower-like spray, you’ll want to pack your bikini for this one. The waterfall falls from a steep cliff and is surrounded by lush jungle, so it’s just as beautiful if you simply want to admire from a distance. The journey to get here can be a little tiresome, with treks across rice fields and up and down many steps. However, you won’t be complaining when you reach this magical oasis. Top tip: Aling-Aling is nearby to seven other waterfalls in northern Bali if you want to spend the day adventuring.