Home Bali

Banyumala Waterfall Top Activities & Entrance Fee

0
Very PoorPoorFairGoodExcellent 4.55 | 20 votes
Banyumala Waterfall
Banyumala Waterfall, Buleleng, Bali. Img: Yessi Widi

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 Gitgit, Sekumpul, and Campuhan Waterfall. Banyumala Waterfall is a newcomer.

Opened only in 2015, the waterfall wants to steal tourists 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, Banyumala Waterfall infrastructure isn’t as well-developed.

Path to banyumala waterfall
The lush green scenery to get down to the waterfall. Img: Rahul Manuwas

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 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.

Challenging path to banyumala waterfall
The small muddy path to get to the waterfall. Img: Nitin Rathod

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.

banyumala waterfall offer a crystal clear water
The water is not that deep but enough to dip and relax. Img: Benoit mayen

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 Banyumana 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.

Bunyan Lake
Bunyan Lake, a passing entry to get to Banyumala Waterfall. Img: Андрей Крюков

Banyumala Waterfall Lake Attraction

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 day07:00 – 18:00 WITA

See: Sliding, jumping and other fun activities in Aling-aling waterfall.

Banyumala Waterfall Entrance Fee

Entrance ticket is affordable at IDR 15,000 per visitor. There’s also an IDR 3000 parking fee per vehicle.

Banyumala Waterfall Entrance Fee
Children & AdultRp15.000
Parking FeeRp3.000

See: Ecovillage & the easiest track to Munduk Waterfall. 

Banyumala Waterfall Facilities

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. 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 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 for 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.

Banyumala Waterfall Address & Location

The twin fall located in Wanagiri small village, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency, Bali 81161.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here