The Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali is a place that should not be missed. This is one of the most unique waterfalls in Bali because this waterfall is inside a cave. This waterfall is becoming a popular spot for photographers and models.
I’ve created this travel guide that covers everything you need to know about visiting this epic waterfall and also avoiding the crowds.
Table of Contents
- Where is the Tukad Cepung Waterfall?
- Visiting From Ubud
- Visiting From Canggu / Kuta
- Hiking to the Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- What to Expect
- Best Time To Visit
- How Many Waterfalls are in Bali
- Nearby Sights & Tourist Spots
- Bali Packing List
- Tips & Suggestions
Where is the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali?
The Tukad Cepung Waterfall, referred to Air Terjun Tukad Cepung in Balinese is located in the interior of Bali, Indonesia. This beautiful waterfall is situated in West Bali and is relatively secluded from the major tourist towns. Despite being remote, it’s absolutely worth the journey to get here.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall From Ubud
Ubud is the closest tourist town to Air Terjun Tukad Cepung Bali. This is where I personally departed from. In Ubud you’ll be able to find a few tours that offer day trips to this waterfall but I’d suggest going by other means. As usual, my suggestion is to rent a motorbike and drive yourself, this way you’ll be able to stop as you please along the way. You can easily turn this into a full day adventure.
If you don’t want to rent a motorbike in Ubud Bali you can still hire a private driver for relatively cheap. This is especially a good option if you’re traveling with a group of people. Regardless of the method you choose, the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali is a 1-hour (17mi/28km) drive from Ubud in each direction.
If you want to check out some other waterfalls on the way I’d suggest the Sumampan Waterfall (my favorite Ubud waterfall) & Tibumana Waterfall.
Best Hostels in Ubud
Tukad Cepung Waterfall From Canggu / Kuta
Visiting Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali from Canggu & Kuta is a little bit farther than from Ubud. Visiting from here still makes for an exciting day trip! If you’re looking for a tour guide you will easily be able to organize this anywhere in Canggu or Kuta.
As with Ubud, I’d recommend renting a motorbike and driving yourself. They are very affordable (IDR 50K / $3USD) and a lot of fun! This route goes along the coast for a bit so you can easily bundle some beaches in the area like Pantai Saba on your trip!
If you’re not into motorbikes you’ll easily be able to find a private driver to take you all the way there. The drive from Kuta is 1h28min (31mi/50km) in each direction and from Canggu it’s a bit further at 1h48min (33mi/53km). No matter where you’re departing from you’ll be blessed with awesome views along the way!
Best Hostels in Canggu
Best Hostels in Kuta
How to Get to Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Once you arrive at the main parking area you’ll see the main entrance. The parking is free but there is a small entrance fee of IDR 10K / $1USD. From the entrance, follow the main path and head down the stairs. From here you’ll turn left and head upstream to reach the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali.
I would suggest bringing some shoes or sandals with you as there are a few points during the hike where you’ll have to walk through the water.
How Long is the Hike to Tukad Cepung Waterfall?
The hike from the waterfall entrance to the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali is around 15-minutes and is moderate. Take caution as it can get quite slippery there, especially close to the river and during the rainy season.
What to Expect at the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali
Air Terjun Tukad Cepung is one of the best Bali Waterfalls. This is because it’s in a cave like setting and makes for some awesome photos! If you’re visiting the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali during the high season be prepared to share it with other travelers.
This place is getting more and more popular every year and I’ve head that in prime time there is a line just to take photos here. With that being said, if dope Instagram photos are your thing, than it’s absolutely worth it! You’ll find many great photos of this destination online.
The way the sun rays shine through the cave is awesome! The way the sun hits the water is creating natural beams across the cliffs below. This waterfall is 50-ft / 15m tall so it’s quite large. The stream here isn’t very deep so it’s not optimal for swimming. Although you won’t really want to swim here anyway as it’s more of a photo spot.
Best Time To Visit the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali
The best time to visit Air Terjun Tukad Cepung is right after the rainy season. Like most tropical destinations, Bali has 2 seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. The dry season lasts from April to October and the rainy season is from November to March. So with that being said I’d suggest visiting in April as there will still be good water flow. However, you can visit the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali year round.
The best time of day to visit is as early in the morning as possible. As mentioned earlier in this article, Tukad Cepung is getting more popular every year, so it’s best to arrive first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. During this time the light will be the best and as the sun peaks over the top of the cliff the rays will be stunning.
How Bad is Rainy Season in Bali
The rainy season in Bali is no joke. It will quickly start down pouring without notice. Most tourists avoid travel during these months and I’d recommend doing so as well. If you have to be in Bali during the rainy season I’d try to stick to the southern coastal area as it will get less rain than the interior mountains.
The only plus side to visiting Bali during the rainy season is that all of the waterfalls will be a full force due to the excess water.
How Many Waterfalls are in Bali
Bali has an incredible amount of waterfalls. As of 2023, there is not an official count but it is estimated to be in the hundreds. Everywhere you go you’ll see signs for various waterfalls in the area. The waterfalls I’ve visited in Bali are easily some of the best I’ve seen in the entire world.
How Large is the Island of Bali
The Island of Bali is 2231 square miles (5780 square kilometers). From North to South the linear distance is 55mi/88km and from East to West the linear distance is 89mi/143km.
Nearby Sights & Tourist Spots
On your way to the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali, you’ll pass a few other notable waterfalls. These include the Sumampan Waterfall, Tibumana Waterfall, Kanto Lampo Waterfall & Tegenungan Falls. If you’re in the Ubud area you can check out the stunning Tegalalang rice terrace.
My favorite island close to Bali was Nusa Penida. It undoubtedly has some of the best beaches I’ve ever seen and is definitely worth a visit. I’d suggest checking out Angels Billabong, Kelingking Beach & Diamond beach for sure. Book your ferry tickets online here. You can easily catch a ferry from South Bali to Nusa Penida.
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
Tips For Air Terjun Tukad Cepung Bali
- Go Early: If you want solitude and less tourists, definitely go early and you won’t regret it! It’s always a far more enjoyable experience when you’re not in a crowd of people.
- Pack Accordingly: Even in the dry season Bali’s weather is very unpredictable. It can and will quickly change from clear skies to pouring rain so definitely pack a rain jacket and a change of clothes.
- Rent a motorbike: The absolute best way to travel around Bali is by motorbike. Doing so allows you to take your time and visit many more sights than you would be able to on a tour. Renting a motorbike in Bali costs around IDR 50k ($3.28 USD) per day so it’s quite affordable.
- Bring food: I personally always have a few snacks on hand. There has been too many times where I get lost or food is not readily available. So pack some nuts or other hearty snacks just in case!
- Use Reusable Bottles: Using a reusable water bottle is great because a lot of these countries are struggling to deal with the waste of travelers. This is especially true in Bali and it’s becoming very difficult for the local government to handle it.
- Ask for assistance: The Balinese locals are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. If you need help they’ll gladly assist you so don’t be shy.
- 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.
Final Thoughts on Air Terjun Tukad Cepung Bali
I hope you enjoyed this travel guide for the Tukad Cepung Waterfall Bali. This waterfall is definitely a must-see location in Bali and I’d suggest visiting sooner rather than later. Check out my latest posts here.
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