Paintings, sculptures, and other artworks are the primary commodities in Gianyar. That’s why the World Craft Council awarded Gianyar as the World Craft City in 2019. But other than man-made, Gianyar hides natural artworks that offer a great retreat. One of these is Goa Rang Reng waterfall. Goa Rang Reng means multi-color cave in the local language.
Another story told that rang reng means astonishingly beautiful but scary all at once. There is indeed an ancient cave that lies at the top of the waterfall. Right before the cave, the water from Bangun Lemah and Betiting rivers meet. And there are legends and myths accompanying this natural enticement.
Legend says King Bedahulu of ancient Bali Kingdom was concerned that his people didn’t have water for their farms. Then the King commanded Prime Minister Kebo Iwa to steal the water flowing in the Bangli area. For the magical power he possessed, he took only 1 cup of the water and brought it home. With the power, Kebo Iwa constructed a cave in only one night. The prime minister poured the water in and a spring emerged. The water flowed on the rocks to Tukad Cangkir below.
Goa Rang Reng Waterfall Entrance Fee
There is no official entrance fee to enter this spot yet. But international visitors will be asked to donate Rp20,000 to a box at the intersection. Parking is free, but tourists are recommended to have a guide for another Rp150,000 – Rp200,000 for a 2-hour tour for a safe, memorable retreat at the waterfall.
|Goa Rang Reng Waterfall Entrance Fee|
Goa Rang Reng Waterfall Opening Hours
The waterfall opens daily from 07:30 AM to 5 PM. The best time to be here is in the morning or after a visit to the Kanto Lampo waterfall nearby. Goa Rang Reng waterfall situates in the middle of a jungle. The place is good to be in all day. But the wet season is the worst time. The river water will be murky and the stream is really strong that visitors might be carried away.
|Goa Rang Reng Waterfall Opening Hours|
|Every day||07:30 – 17:00|
The Paths to Access the Waterfall
While Goa Rang Reng waterfall lies in the middle of a jungle, the track to get here is quite easy. The track is shady with luscious trees, but the path is surely damp and might be slippery, especially after rain. After parking the vehicle, tourists will only need to walk on the 300-meter concrete path. At the intersection, take the right path that goes to the main waterfall. The path includes steps with bamboo railing on one side. And, just a few last steps require harder effort.
Goa Rang Reng waterfall
The path leads visitors to a bamboo platform which is the perfect vantage point to enjoy the waterfall without being soaked. But of course, why it has to stop halfway? Why not continue to have fun in the waterfall’s rumbling stream, cross the muddy embankment, and get to the water?
Goa Rang Reng waterfall is a cascade of approximately 45-degree slope rocks. But don’t be fooled! The water discharges with a strong current. Moreover, there are slippery rocks under the stream. And there have been some casualties due to ignoring the guides’ cautions.
A guide will show which way is safe to go. Moreover, the guide will tell tourists where the hidden pools sit among the web of steep rapids. And, it is also great to get help from the guide to take photographs.
Secret Natural Jacuzzis
Who doesn’t like to take a dip while having a back massage by the rapid stream? It is a fun way to release stress. There are some pools among the cascades, but tourists need to pick a safe way to do this. And it will also be a perfect moment to capture in photographs. Be the model, and let the guide becomes the photographer.
In addition, there is another pool to relax and swim at the top of the waterfall. To get there, visitors need to climb up the rocks at the left. There is a rope to hold on to. But still, the rocks are slippery. Wearing water shoes is recommended here. And don’t forget to protect the gadgets from water.
The Cave at the Top
Goa Rang Reng cave is sacred to Hindu Balinese but is worth exploring. So, pay attention to what to wear and have a guide on guard. However, women in their period are prohibited from entering. In addition, tourists also need to watch their words and be well-behaved.
At the other side of the cave mouth, waters from Bangun Lemah and Betiting rivers meet. Locals call it campuhan, or confluence. The two streams represent feminine and masculine energies that join into one. Then, the water flows into the cave that stands for the womb.
A myth says that the two rivers are witnesses to true love. Many Balinese girls take their boyfriends here to prove the boys’ true love. If the boy ever tells the girl that he loves her, then it is true love. Otherwise, no such word will come out.
Local people also use the water in campuhan for melukat, a purification ceremony. In addition, this is also the spot for Ngayut. It is a ceremony where people spread the ashes of the dead after cremation or ngaben.
The Hidden Canyon & Swing
The excitement doesn’t stop at the cave. Ask the guide for the direction to get to the hidden canyon. Tourists can access it by wading through the shin- to chest-deep water. Another way, go back up the entrance path to the intersection and take the other turn that leads to this canyon.
The canyon sandwiches the river on both sides. Here, two smaller waterfalls discharge on the cliff. To add to the excitement, there is a swing in the middle. Go swing and feel that the stress level is reduced.
This amazing spot has basic facilities such as a parking lot, toilet, changing room, and snack stall. Restaurants are available to the south. Most of them serve pork, nasi campur, sate lilit, hotplate noodles, siomay, toast, and porridge. The food price ranges from only Rp7,000 to Rp25,000.
The drinks are also varied from mineral water, coconut, fruit juices, and hot beverage like coffee and tea. It cost Rp3,000 for tea and Rp10,000 for fruit juices. And the restaurants offer a nice, cool ambiance of natural scenery.
Lodgings are also available to the south. The price ranges from under Rp200k to more than Rp6m. The average facilities offered are a bed for 2, free wi-fi, breakfast, and an outdoor swimming pool.
How To Get To Goa Rang Reng Waterfall
Goa Rang Reng is easy to reach. It is only 35 minutes from Ubud. Take Jl. Cok Gede Rai, Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Jl. Raya Semebaung and Jl. Sawo to Jl. Gn. Agung in Ginyar. Then, continue on Jl. Gn. Agung and drive to Jl. Rang Reng.
The spot is also surrounded by other attractions. Gianyar city lies only 3.4 km (9-minute drive) to the south. At the north, there lie Tibumana and Suwat waterfalls that are only a 10-25 minute drive to reach. Kuning Waterfall is also a 25-minute drive to the northeast.
But there is no public transportation. The best option is to book a ride-hailing app that costs tourists Rp10,200 to Rp11,200 for the first 4km and Rp6,500 per next km. Or, rent a car that starts from Rp600.000 for 8-hour tour, or rent a scooter that starts from Rp60.000/day.
Address & Location
Goa Rang Reng waterfall is located in Jl. Rang Reng, Bakbakan, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80515.