Located at a small village of Ambengan, Buleleng Regency, Bali, Aling-Aling Waterfall might not seem convincing at first sight. Its entrance is tucked away on the small village street, not even enough for two cars to pass through. But behold, hidden inside the Ambengan forest. Rivers and springs fall into cliffs and canyons.
They form several beautiful waterfalls in the area. Aling-aling waterfall, Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk waterfall are only a few minutes’ walks from each other. It is not a secret that northern Bali has a lot of waterfalls due to its mountainous landscape. There are dozens, if not more, waterfalls to choose from.
Some may hear of the famous Sekumpul Waterfall or Gitgit Waterfall. But Aling-Aling Waterfall tries to distinguish itself from other waterfalls. It emphasizes more on activities than just scenic and beautiful views.
Adventurers can choose from adrenaline-inducing activities to relaxed swims. Families can either have a challenging trekking or a simple picnic surrounded by nature. The experience is different at each waterfall. For a great outing, plan a whole day to visit, several hours will not be enough to explore all the waterfalls.
Aling-Aling The Mythical Waterfall
The main waterfall, who gives the site its name, is a waterfall with a height of 35 m. It surrounded by a high and narrow canyon. Giving the impression that the rocks ‘hug’ the magnificent waterfall. Green vegetation covers the canyon. Trees and shrubs grow densely forming a hanging garden above the cliff.
Their canopies allow just enough sunshine to get through. The turquoise water might tempt trekkers to have a refreshing dip or even just a splash of water in the face. But sadly the adventure has to stop at the viewpoint.
Aling-aling Waterfall is considered sacred by locals. And therefore activities such as swimming are prohibited. On several occasions, a small shrine is placed near the top of the waterfall, adding some aura to the already mystical atmosphere.
Cliff-Jumping, Sliding & Swimming At Kroya Waterfall
Kroya Waterfall is only several minutes walk from Aling-Aling Waterfall. At Kroya, it’s time to play and test the adrenaline. The waterfall itself is not as high as Aling-Aling at only 10 meters. Scenery-wise, it is less scenic, let alone mythical. But Kroya is arguably a tourist favorite.
This is where visitors can finally engage in water activities. First, try to do a jump. Across the waterfall, a small stone marks a jump point. The height is only 5 meters, but the strong ripple below can put doubt in mind. However, just go ahead. Enjoy the cold refreshing sensation as the pool water welcomes the body.
Second, head for the next challenge, sliding the waterfall. The rocks behind the waterfall form a natural slide for anyone who dares to go further from just jumping. Climb to the top of the waterfalls then ask the guide to find the right starting point.
Enjoy the split second of an exciting journey as visitors lay back. Not knowing what will be waiting in the mysterious foaming currents below. The pool under Kroya Waterfall has quite strong currents. The currents will drive people toward the canyon wall if they’re not careful.
If visitors hesitant about their swimming ability, it is recommended to wear a safety jacket when doing waterfall sliding. Have fun, but still be safe.
The Twin Waterfall
Kembar waterfall is one minute away from Kroya Waterfall. The water comes from one water source, but then being split into two by a formation of big rocks at the top of the waterfall. This gives the effect that there are two waterfalls. Locals name this waterfall “Kembar”, means “twins”.
Go to the top of the waterfall and jump. The waterfall’s vertical cliff makes it possible for a safe jump straight down. The height of the waterfall is 10 meters, a level higher than Kroya. Although it’s high enough, the pool below has a calm ripple. Swim in the crystal clear water after exploring all jumping style.
Pucuk Waterfall The Final Challenge
The ultimate and final challenge waits at Pucuk Waterfall. Like its name, Pucuk, which means “tip”, the waterfall has the highest point for cliff-jumping. The jumping point stands at approximately 15m. It is so high that only the fearless have the gut to take a leap.
Pucuk Waterfall also has a small flat area surrounding its pool. It’s a perfect spot to have a picnic, especially for families. The calm water in the pool is safe for children to play and swim. Visitors can lay a mat and enjoy sunbathing. Observe anyone doing a cliff-jump and give applause to anyone who successfully does it. Even if you skip the jump, it is still fun to just watch.
Aling-Aling Waterfall Opening Hours
The waterfall is open for visitors every day from 8 AM to 5 PM. Spare at least 3 to 4 hours to explore and relax at the waterfalls.
|Aling-Aling Waterfall Opening Hours|
|Every day||08:00 – 17:00|
Aling-Aling Waterfall Entrance Fee
The official entrance ticket is Rp 20.000 per person. The locals will offer services that include safety equipment. The price range starts from Rp125.000 for a short track to Rp500.000 for a long track.
The package includes guide service, safety equipment. For a long track package, it sometimes includes lunch and refreshment drinks. But visitors can always choose to walk in, and explore the waterfall alone.
|Aling-Aling Waterfall Entrance Fee|
|Guide Service entrance fee included||Rp125.000|
Aling-Aling Waterfall Facilities
A parking lot is available near the entrance, but it’s small. There are changing rooms for tourists with toilet facilities. A small café is located within an area where visitors can enjoy coffee, beer, or fresh juices. There’s only one restaurant in the village nearby, and there’s no souvenirs shop.
How To Get To Aling-Aling Waterfall
There’s no public transport heading to Aling-Aling Waterfall. The only option to get there is by rental vehicles. Rental cars are available from Kuta, with the journey takes around 2-3 hours.
Unless visitors are experienced with Indonesia’s road condition, especially in the mountainous small town area, it is not recommended to drive on your own. It is advisable to just hire a driver instead.