ALING ALING WATERFALL TOUR IN BALI, INDONESIA
Aling Aling waterfall in the north of Bali is adventure heaven. There are a lot of waterfalls in Bali but the Aling Aling Waterfall Tour involves some serious cliff jumping and natural slides. It’s one of the few places in Bali where you can actually send some jumps into deep water. In this blog post, I’ll let you know what you are in for on an Aling Aling waterfall tour and of course how to get there and how much it costs.
If you are keen for some more jumps, I wrote this pretty solid guide: BEST CLIFF JUMP SPOTS IN BALI
This is the video from our day at Git Git and cliff jumping at Aling Aling Waterfall. Filmed and edited by Nic Morley.
HOW TO GET TO ALING ALING WATERFALL
Aling Aling Waterfall is 1.5-2 hours from Canggu, Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta. I was staying in Canggu and made the journey on a moped. These are your options and costs below:
Moped: It costs about $5 USD to rent a moped each day and takes about 2-3 hours to drive to Aling Aling from Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta. It can be quite stressful driving if you are new to mopeds as there are far fewer rules on the road and overtaking slow trucks and cars is necessary unless you want to make the journey last an extra hour.
Driver: Because most travelers prefer not to get involved in the craziness of the moped game in Bali, it is common to hire a car and a driver for the day. Luckily this combo isn’t too expensive and you can get an experienced driver who will handle directions, traffic, and timings for you. You can book a reliable driver on Viator for less than $70 a day. If you try and find a driver you can pay anywhere from $40-$100 for a full day. It really depends who you find and how good you are at haggling. There is also the option to book a privat car charter, which sounds expensive but costs only $40 for the entire day and is through a reliable service.
Book a private car charter: Full day Bali Private Car Charter
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You may not want to rent a bike or organize a driver. You want the whole trip fully taken care of from your hotel door to the waterfall and back later that night. Luckily Bali is cheap and this service is actually very affordable. For $40 per person you can get an organized tour that will pick you up from your hotel in Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu and take you to Aling Aling Waterfall and back. This tour includes your guide, equipment and local expertise.
The best Aling Aling Tour (and the cheapest) includes pick-up and drop-off from Canggu/Seminyak/Kuta area, guided tour and jumping at the waterfalls and on the way back you stop at the Tamblingan Lake and have a photo at Wanagiri Swing to make your trip even more memorable.
NOTE: When you click on this link it will say ‘Sambangan Falls’. As you can see from the pictures it is the same tour and the same waterfalls just a different local name. There are lots of reviews for this tour and I personally know a group who went with them and had a great time so I am comfortable recommending them. Be careful there are many online that charge over $100 per person for the same trip whereas this one is just $40 per person and less if you bring a group.
Book a tour: Sambangan Waterfall Tour (with hotel pickup) (Aling Aling Waterfall Tour)
ALING ALING WATERFALL GUIDE COST
Once you arrive at the location I have pinned below or been following the many road signs, you will reach a small office building. If you are not on an organized tour you will buy your ticket here and get a guide for a fixed price. It is mandatory at this location and it isn’t a rip-off situation. It is actually some sections where you need a guide to tell you where to jump or where to get out etc. Many times around Bali people try to force you to have a guide just to walk down some stairs and look at a waterfall but our guide was actually a legend and it wasn’t very expensive at all. The price of the guide per person was $12 USD.
Entrance just to view the waterfalls but not to swim and jump is only 10,000 rupiah or $1 USD. Like I mentioned before it really comes down to safety. If you aren’t jumping and swimming you don’t need a guide but the guides are there to keep everyone safe. It’s their backyard and they know what is above and below the surface. Don’t be the idiot who tries to sneak in for 10,000 and then jumps. They have made the rules clear and it’s a fixed rate for everyone so they aren’t stuffing tourists around so if you do want to jump pay the fee and get the guide if not just watch others and save some cash.
ALING ALING WATERFALL LOCATION
I have pinned the exact location to Aling Aling Waterfall below:
ALING ALING WATERFALL TOUR
When we made our way down the steps with the guide I didn’t really know what to expect. I wasn’t stoked to have paid $12 to see a waterfall but what I didn’t know was that at the bottom of the stairs was much more than Aling Aling Waterfall!
It’s only a short walk and you are passing through vines and walls that appear to be weeping through the rocks as water trickles down. It’s a real jungle feel without having to venture off the beaten path, which is actually what a lot of people are looking for!
Aling Aling is a massive, booming fall of approximately 90-feet. This waterfall has special meaning to the locals of the area and is deemed sacred. For that reason alone there is no swimming in this waterfall, although it looks pretty savage. Underneath that pummeling, fall is not a place I would want to get stuck.
A short staircase leads down to a little deck. Its super slipper and I almost took a huge tumble walking down during this photo!
When people talk about this little collection of waterfalls, they often call it Aling Aling Waterfall. However, the other waterfalls aren’t actually called Aling Aling. The first jump of the day was at Kroya Waterfall. It’s nothing crazy, just a 5-meter jump off of a cement platform. Super fun and a great height for everyone!
The force of the falls tends to push you back towards the wall and it can get kind of scary. If you can’t swim really well, throw a lifejacket on just to make your life easier as it really does push you down a lot.
Once you jump at Kroya Waterfall, you swim across to the other side and climb up to the top of the falls. Now it’s time to trust your guide. Lay on your back, cross your arms and slide 10m down the waterfall! It’s almost vertical and a huge impact when you land. It seemed pitch black and was actually a huge adrenaline rush!
All of these waterfalls are literally a 10-second walk away from each other, all laid out in the same canyon. After your warm-up at Kroya Waterfall, it is time to make men of the boys. Next up is a 10m jump into the wrath of a double fall. This is what Kembar actually means: Double Falls.
Once again we trusted our guide with where to land. He’s done it hundreds of times so he was great value and even helped us film some clips on our phones. We sent a few backflips at Kembar as you can see in the video!
You need to jump out quite far so I wouldn’t suggest a backflip here unless you are pretty confident about it. Here’s a photo and a video of me flipping at Kembar Waterfall.
If you survived Kroya and Kembar it is time to really test your bravery. Pucuk is approximately 15m and a really solid sized cliff jump. I wasn’t completely convinced about it but I sent a backflip here anyway and managed to land it! My friend Nic did too and I think he broke his rib haha! He never got it x-rayed but he was in pain for a few weeks. He didn’t even land to bad just a bit of over-rotation. Moral of the story: Pucuk Waterfall is kind of high and there isn’t a huge margin for error.
Here is a video of my backflip at Pucuk Waterfall:
Hope you have a great time at Aling Aling on your waterfall tour and remember to stay safe when cliff jumping and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!