One of north Bali’s most striking waterfalls, Aling-Aling tumbles around 98 feet (30 meters) down a cliff in a twin stream. Aling-Aling is sacred, so it’s forbidden to swimming in the pool, but around it several smaller waterfalls offer adventurers cliff jumps and natural slides. These include Kembar, Kroya, and Pucuk.
There is a token charge to see Aling-Aling waterfall and a fee to hire a (compulsory) guide to trek to the other waterfalls around Sambangan and brave the cliff jumps and slides. Most Aling-Aling waterfall tours are cliff-jumping tours and include a guide to help you navigate the leaps and slides safely. At heights of up to 49 feet (15 meters), these are not for the faint-hearted.
A few north Bali tours stop at the main Aling-Aling falls only, without the cliff-jumping element. These include waterfall tours sometimes also feature cascades such as Git-Git and Sekumpul.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Adrenaline junkies appreciate the back-to-nature thrills of cliff-jumping around Aling-Aling.
- Don’t forget waterproof sunscreen; even on an overcast day, the Balinese sun is hot.
- As the falls can push you below the water, lifejackets are recommended even for strong swimmers.
- Cliff-jumping is not recommended for children or those with health problems as you have to leap quite some distance to clear the higher falls.
- You can trek through the network of falls without cliff-jumping, but a guide is still recommended.
How to Get There
The Aling-Aling network of waterfalls sits near the village of Sambangan around five miles (eight kilometers) south of north Bali’s biggest town, Singaraja. Public transport is limited, and the main road is not a beginner’s drive, so most travelers opt to either charter a private car and driver or join an organized cliff-jumping tour or private tour.
When to Get There
The main Aling-Aling waterfall, like all Balinese waterfalls, is at its most picturesque during the wet season (roughly October to April), when it’s full of water. However, cliff-jumping is safer during the dry season (roughly May to September), when the flow is less intense. Heavy rains may mean cutting short a tour.
North Bali’s Waterfalls
Waterfalls are one of north Bali’s signature attractions, from the falls around Munduk in the highlands to tumbling cascades such as Git-Git, Sekumpul, and Aling-Aling towards the coast. Many north Bali waterfall tours involve a degree of physical activity, be that trekking, swimming, sliding, cliff-jumping, or canyoning, but many falls are sacred and should be treated with respect.