The Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls are some of the best waterfalls in Bali, and that’s a particularly big statement. There are 4 different waterfalls here and I’ve created a complete guide that covers everything you need to know. After reading this blog post I guarantee you’ll be adding this epic spot to your Bali itinerary!
Table of Contents:
- Where are the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls Located?
- How to Get to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
- From Canggu / Seminyak / Kuta
- From Ubud
- From Lovina
- From Bedugul
- Entrance Fee
- What to Expect
- Tips & Suggestions
- Nearby Sights & Tourist Spots
- Bali Packing List
Where are the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls Located?
The Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls are located in the Northern Central zone of Bali, Indonesia. These waterfalls are way up in the highlands of the Mountains of Bali. If you’re traveling between South Bali and North Bali, this is definitely a must stop! It’s undoubtedly a perfect addition to any Bali waterfall road trip.
How to Get to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
From Canggu / Seminyak / Kuta
In this area there are countless tours offered to get to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall, many bundled with other waterfalls in the area. It’s not totally necessary to take a tour if you don’t want to. In fact, I’d recommend not taking a tour and renting a motorbike! If you’re not a confident driver (Bali traffic is insane) then your third option is to hire a driver to take you to this waterfall.
Regardless of the option you choose, the route will involve an extremely scenic drive from the Southern Coast of Bali, up through the central mountains, and then back down the other side. Driving from Canggu is slightly closer at 1h37min (37mi/60km) vs Kuta/Seminyak at 2h1min (43mi/70km).
From these locations, you’ll want to head directly North to the town of Bedugul, and then east after the lake.
Best Hostels in Canggu
Best Hostels in Kuta
Ubud is where I personally departed from to get to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls. The ride is a scenic drive through the Bali countryside and mountains. Likewise to Canggu, there are countless tours offered from Ubud to this waterfall. But again, I’d recommend you rent a motorbike in Ubud! It is also quite easy to hire a driver to take you to these falls, they will wait there while you explore and then drive you back.
The drive from Ubud takes 1h30min and is 34mi/55km in each direction. If you’re driving from Ubud or South Bali, I’d recommend stopping at NungNung Waterfall or Leke Leke Waterfall on the way. It’s a nice way to break up the drive and check out some nearby sights. I previously visited the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls as a stopping point on my way to the Sekumpul Waterfall.
Best Hostels in Ubud
Best Waterfall in Ubud
If you happen to be staying in the beach town of Lovina in North Bali, you’re in luck because it’s one of the closest tourist areas to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls. I would strongly recommend stopping at these waterfalls as a rest point from South Bali to Lovina, or vice versa. You basically have to drive right by it any way!
From Lovina you can hire a driver to bring you to the waterfalls. It’s common in Bali to rent a motorbike in the South and tour the island from there. So if you already have a bike that’s optimal. There are few motorbike rental companies in Lovina but you should be able to find one if necessary.
From Lovina you have 2 options to get to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall. Each option is 45min (15mi/24km) in each direction. You can go directly South from Lovina through the Munduk area (definitely stop at Munduk Falls if you take this route), or head North-West along the coast and take the main highway South through GitGit. If you plan on returning to Lovina after visiting these waterfalls, you might as well take one way there, and the other way back as you can visit many other waterfalls and sights along the way!
Best Hostels in Lovina
Bedugul is definitely the closest tourist area to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls. It’s only a 19min (7mi/11km) drive! If you’re staying in Bedugul just head North and then east around Danau Buyan Lake. Finding a motorbike rental here may be difficult but you can easily find a driver or tour to bring you to the waterfall from Bedugul.
Best Hostel in Bedugul
Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls Entrance Fee
As with most Bali waterfalls, this place is on private property. The owners were very nice and welcoming and the entrance fee is very affordable at IDR 30k ($2 USD). The entrance fees include parking and access to all 4 waterfalls on the premises. There is also a little stand in the parking lots selling light snacks and refreshments.
What to Expect at the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
The trail to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls is well maintained and easy. You could easily check out all 4 waterfalls in a couple of hours, including photos and swimming. Overall, the trail is well marked with custom made signage and directions. Along the way you’ll pass some scenic viewpoints and lots of beautiful flora and fauna. The trail is relatively flat with a slight decline, closer to each waterfall you’ll have to descend down a smaller trail or stairs.
The four Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls are unique from one another and each is great in it’s own right. Below is a description of what to expect:
Bhuana Sari Waterfall
This is the first waterfall you’ll come across. After an easy 5-minute hike from the entrance the trail soon splits (there is signage) and you’ll take a left. The Bhuana Sari Waterfall is in my opinion the 2nd best of the 4. This waterfall is very unique as there are hundreds of little waterfalls flowing out of the green cliff, making for a very unique and photo-genic waterfall. The pool is quite shallow so you can’t really swim here but it’s an awesome place for a photo-op. There are changerooms nearby so you can easily do a wardrobe change!
Right before the Bhuana Sari Waterfall, you’ll pass the One Waterfall (that’s actually what it’s called). It’s a pretty tall waterfall and has a small cave behind it. When I was there in March, the flow was going pretty good but not crazy. It’s a good spot to take a shower, haha! You literally have to walk right past this single waterfall to get to the Bhuana Sari Falls.
Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall (Spray Waterfall)
After checking out the other waterfalls, head back to where the trail forked and hang a right. This 5 minute hike will lead you to one of my favorite Bali waterfalls, the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall! This waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. The greenery in the area, combined with the high water flow makes for an epic location. This waterfall is actually multiple waterfalls side-by-side, all flowing into the same pool. The pool at the bottom is deep enough to swim, and the water is surprisingly refreshing. During my time here, I was the only one there and I laid in the water admiring this natural beauty for at least 20 minutes.
This waterfall ticks all of the boxes: Good flow, reasonably high, swimmable pool, and plenty of locations for awesome Instagram photos! If you’re on a time crunch then this is the one to see. This waterfall is also called the Spray Waterfall.
When you’re done taking photos and admiring the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall, head back to the main trail and 5 minutes later you’ll arrive at Two Waterfall (again, yes this is the actual name). When I was here in March this waterfall did not have much flow but after some rain I could see it being pretty nice. I didn’t stay here for long as there wasn’t much going on. If you go to these waterfalls you might as well check it out in case it is flowing.
Tips & Suggestions for the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
- Pack accordingly: Bali’s weather is very unpredictable. It can go from sunny to pouring in a few minutes so definitely pack a rain jacket. Also, since this waterfall is up in the mountains and not on the coast, the temperature will be a lot colder than at the beach so a sweater is also recommended even in the dry season.
- Rent a motorbike: The best way to travel Bali is by motorbike. This is because you can go at your own pace and stop at all of the awesome destinations whenever you want. Renting a motorbike in Bali costs around IDR 50k ($3.28 USD) per day so it’s quite affordable.
- Bring food: It doesn’t hurt to bring a few snacks on your adventures. You never know if something is going to cause a delay and if you’re like me, you don’t want to be left hungry during a trip!
- Ask for assistance: If you’re stuck or lost, the Balinese people are very friendly and accommodating to tourists. So don’t be shy to ask for help!
- Get a sim card: The value of having online maps and an internet connection is priceless. Sim cards are especially cheap in Bali and I’d recommend Telksomel as the provider.
- Use Maps.Me: This is an offline maps app for iPhone/Android that has saved me on countless occasions. If there’s no cell service on your adventures you’ll still always have access to these maps and pins.
Nearby Sights & Tourist Spots
Depending on your route to and from the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls, there are plenty of nearby sights and things to bundle this trip with. Nearby waterfalls are the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls and the Munduk Waterfall. If you want to go a little bit further North you can check out Sekumpul Waterfall, GitGit Waterfall, and Aling-Aling Waterfall. Stay tuned for travel guides on these destinations!
If you’re sick of all of these epic Bali waterfalls then head to Bedugul and hang out by the lake, soak in the vast mountain views, and visit the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple (AKA The Floating Temple) on Lake Beratan.
It’s possible to include all of the locations above in your trip to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls if you spend the night in either Sekumpul or Bedugul. I personally spent the night in Sekumpul, and then another night in Bedugul. My single night trip ended up taking two nights because of a massive thunderstorm that I got stuck in (Note: pack accordingly). This motorbike trip rivals Nusa Penida as one of my favorite Bali experiences.
Bali Packing List
- Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack
- Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Rain Jacket
- Universal Travel Adapter
- Portable Luggage Scale
- Salomon X Ultra Hiking Boots
- Premium Packing Cubes
I hope you found value in this travel guide and that it helps you on your journey! If you have any questions about the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls or Bali in general, drop me a comment below and I’d be happy to help! Check out my latest posts here. If you enjoyed this post please share it!