Bali apparently is not just an island of Gods, it’s also an island of waterfalls. At the town of Buleleng for example, dozens of waterfalls tucked in every corner of its mountainous terrain. The most popular are the Gitgit, Sekumpul, and Campuhan Waterfall. Banyumala Waterfall is a newcomer.
Opened only in 2015, the waterfall wants to steal tourist’s attention with its unique streams of water. Locals call the waterfall a twin waterfall, but in reality, there are more than just two streams of water falling down the cliff. Banyumala waterfall is 20 m high.
It is located at Wanagiri Village, Buleleng, Bali. There’s no known origin why locals name the waterfall ‘Banyu Mala’. Banyu means ‘water’ while ‘Mala’ means ‘dirty’. Combined, ‘dirty water’ is really not a fitting name for this scenic waterfall. As a tourist attraction, the Banyumala Waterfall infrastructure isn’t as well-developed.
As its more popular waterfall-siblings. The village road is only two lines of broken concrete on dried mud. Climbing down to the waterfall is also a real challenge. But in the end, the waterfall proves to be a worthy reward for determined visitors.
Trekking To Banyumala Waterfall
Hiking to the waterfall starts even before visitors buying the ticket. From the parking lot, it is around 500 m walk to the ticket counter. The road toward the waterfall is close to villagers’ plantations. If visitors coming during the harvest season, smells of vanilla and cloves, the local specialties, will fill the air.
After buying the ticket, that’s when the tougher trek awaits. Prepare to descend down the small path composed largely of dried red mud. There are steep slippery stairs at some spots, so grab the wooden handrail for safety.
The trek is around 20 to 30 minutes, depending on one’s fitness. The journey goes through the dense and lush tropical jungle, so make sure to enjoy the scenery along the way.
Not A Twin, But A Multiple Waterfall
Approaching the waterfall, prepare for one of the most amazing landscapes in Bali. Waterfall in Bali usually is a single column of water cascading down from the canyon above. But this not how nature designs Banyumala Waterfall. Instead, multiple streams fall from a river above.
Along the cliff wall, boulders and vegetation break down these streams into multiple branches, creating a thin curtain of water spreading as far as 20 m from end to end. The small, round lake below the waterfall can go as deep as 2 meters. But the water is crystal clear.
So it’s easy to see the lake’s bottom from the surface. Swim the area close to the shore or the left part of the waterfall to avoid getting too deep in the water. One boulder is accessible despite its close proximity toward the deep part of the creek. Reach this boulder to get some shower under the waterfall.
There are several smaller streams around Banyumala Waterfall. One of them forms its own small pool, only separated by river rocks from the lake. Plunge the feet here while enjoying the grand view of the waterfall.
Also, explore more of the surrounding area. A stair across the lake leads toward a small river. A hidden nook, go here to get some quieter moments.
Visitors coming to Banyumala Waterfall will almost always pass a large lake called Buyan. After the waterfall, visit one of the parks along the lakeshore. Many activities are available on this lake: boating, touring Ulun Danu Buyan Temple.
Or simply observing the fishermen fishing. Lake Buyan is not as touristy as nearby Lake Beratan, therefore its atmosphere still radiates Bali’s authentic and humble life. A delightful way to conclude the trip.
Banyumala Waterfall Opening Hours
Banyumala Waterfall opens every day from 7 am to 6 pm. Since rain can turn the dirt road into a muddy one. It’s best to avoid going around the peak of the monsoon season (November-February).
|Banyumala Waterfall Opening Hours|
|Every day||07:00 – 18:00 WITA|
Banyumala Waterfall Entrance Fee
The entrance ticket is Rp30.000 and tourists will get a bottle of mineral water. There’s also a small fee of Rp3.000 for the parking fee.
|Banyumala Waterfall Entrance Fee|
|Children & Adult||Rp30.000|
Near the waterfall, there’s a semi-permanent changing room and toilets. There is a couple of restaurant between the parking lot to the waterfall. The parking space is spacious although it’s far from the ticket counter.
There’s a motorcycle taxi service for visitors who don’t want to walk between the parking lot and the ticket counter. As for accommodation, visitors can find a homestay along Wanagiri’s main road.
How To Get To Banyumala Waterfall
From either Singaraja or Denpasar, follow Denpasar-Singaraja provincial road. And turn toward Wanagiri Road on Wanagiri Intersection. Along Buyan Lake, pay attention to a little sign indicating a small road toward Banyumala Waterfall. Afterward, follow Air Terjun Kembar street. Drive for around 2,3 km until spotting the car parking lot. It takes an hour from Singaraja.
Visitors can either rent a car or a motorcycle to go to the waterfall. The rent for a car usually is IDR 650,000/day and IDR 65,000 for a scooter. The road towards the waterfall is undeveloped and narrow, cars might have difficulties to pass through.
It’s best to use a motorcycle instead. A motorcycle can also go past the car parking lot. And instead, park near the ticket counter. There is no public transportation to the waterfall unless visitors use a metered taxi.
Address & Location
The twin fall location is in Wanagiri small village, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81161.