natural arch over a cove at Broken Beach on Nusa Penida Bali

Best Hikes in Bali (Easy Walks and Waterfalls, Too!)

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Welcome to the Island of the Gods – Bali!

Bali, an enchanting island in Indonesia, is known for its rich culture, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife. However, it’s not just a destination for sunbathing and cocktails; it also offers a plethora of captivating hiking trails and breathtaking waterfalls. 

I spent three weeks in Indonesia and found some of the best hikes in Bali. While hiking in Bali can be a little tricky for someone like me who doesn’t like heat or humidity (I know, crazy that I went to Bali), it can be a lot of fun – especially if there is water involved.

Mount Batur and jungle in Bali

For nature lovers and adventure seekers, exploring the best hikes in Bali is an experience like no other. From serene rice fields to active volcanoes, this tropical paradise offers a diverse range of hiking opportunities that cater to every skill level. 

Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a beginner, Bali has something extraordinary to offer to all.

Map of Best Hikes in Bali

Hikes in Bali – West Bali

West Bali National Park

West Bali National Park

Location: West Bali

The West Bali National Park offers diverse ecosystems, including rainforests, savannahs, and mangroves. The trails cater to different fitness levels, with some being easy walks and others more challenging hikes. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot various bird species, including the endangered Bali Starling.

Trail Difficulty: Varied (from Easy to Moderate)

Duration: Flexible, depending on the chosen trail and the time spent exploring the park

Permits/Fees: An entrance fee is required to access the West Bali National Park, and hiring a local guide is recommended for wildlife spotting and navigating the trails.

Hikes in Bali – North Bali 

Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

Mount Batur summit in Bali at sunrise

Location: Kintamani

The Mount Batur Sunrise Trek is a popular activity for those seeking a memorable sunrise experience. The hike involves ascending to the summit of Mount Batur, an active volcano and the highest mountain on Bali. While the hike is not overly strenuous, it does require a moderate level of fitness, especially for the early morning ascent.

The hiking starting point for Mount Batur is in Toya Bungkah Village. There will be many local guides there offering to take you up Mt. Batur. 

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: Approximately 4 hours (round trip)

Permits/Fees: A trekking permit and a local guide are required for this hike. You can book guided tours from various tour operators in the area.

Mount Catur Hike

Location: Bedugul

The Mount Catur (Gunung Catur) Hike takes you through hilly areas, botanical gardens, and traditional villages. The trail offers panoramic views of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan. Some parts of the trail can be steep, so a moderate level of fitness is recommended.

The walk up Mount Catur starts on the edge of Lake Bratan near Candikuning town.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: Approximately 7 hours (round trip)

Permits/Fees: No permits or fees are required for this hike.

Sekumpul Waterfall

Best Bali Hikes to Sekumpul Waterfall

Location: Singaraja, North Bali

Trekking to Sekumpul Waterfall (also called Gerombong Waterfall) rewards you with the sight of one of Bali’s most breathtaking waterfalls. The adventure starts with a motorbike ride to the trailhead. The hike takes you to two gorgeous waterfalls.

Be prepared for some steep and slippery sections and a lot of steps, which may require a moderate level of fitness and sturdy footwear. It’s best to get a local guide and driver to take you as it can be hard to find. It is marked in several places on Google Maps.

Start the trek at a car park in Sekumpul Village.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Duration: Approximately 2 to 3 hours (round trip)

Permits/Fees: An entrance fee (about 150,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a medium trek to Sekumpul and Secret Waterfalls and 250,000 for the longer trek to Fiji Waterfall) is required at the starting point to access the waterfall area. 

Munduk Village Treks

Location: Munduk, North Bali

There are many hikes in the Munduk Valley area.

The Munduk Village Trek offers a refreshing escape into Bali’s history. A trek from this charming town can take you through lush rainforests, coffee plantations, and hidden waterfalls. Some trails might be uneven and muddy, so wear appropriate footwear.

Munduk Village has a population of 6,200 people and a rich history. According to legend, Munduk Village was settled by people escaping an invasion of ants.

Whether you visit the village, the coffee plantations, or the waterfalls, you are sure to find a great Bali hike in Munduk.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: varies depending on trail

Permits/Fees: No permits are required for the Munduk Village Treks, but hiring a local guide is recommended to explore the best routes and attractions.

Gitgit Waterfall

Location: Buleleng, North Bali

A group of people in wetsuits and helmets at the base of Gitgit Waterfall

Gitgit Waterfall is one of Bali’s most famous waterfalls and is easily accessible for hikers of all ages. To reach Gitgit Waterfall, head to the village of Gitgit in North Bali, which can be accessed by car or scooter from popular tourist areas like Lovina Beach or Singaraja.

The journey to the waterfall is a picturesque one, leading you through lush vegetation and charming villages. The trail is well-marked and maintained, but it does involve several small bridges and steps, adding to the adventure. As you approach the falls, you’ll hear the sound of rushing water and feel the refreshing spray in the air, creating a sensory experience amidst nature’s beauty.

We reached Gitgit waterfall from the canyon above it after spending several hours repelling, jumping and zip-lining down 11 waterfalls, including Gitgit. See the next entry.

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Duration: Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours (round trip)

Permits/Fees: A small entrance fee, around 20,000 IDR, is required to access the Gitgit Waterfall area.

Canyoning Tour in Bali

A woman with an orange helmet and westsuit canyoneering in Bali

Location: Munduk

For a really fun way to get to Gitgit Waterfall, opt for a canyoning tour with Adrenaline Rush Bali in Munduk. 

We reached Gitgit waterfall from the canyon above it after spending several hours repelling, jumping, and zip-lining down 11 waterfalls, including Gitgit. Canyoning was one of the highlights of my trip to Bali.

This thrilling activity involves descending through waterfalls, natural slides, and narrow gorges, offering an unparalleled experience of Bali’s rugged terrain. It’s a chance to be totally immersed in Bali’s nature.

Professional guides and top-notch safety equipment ensure a safe and enjoyable canyoning experience for all participants.

Tips for Canyoning Tours:

  • Experience Level: Canyoning tours in Munduk can vary in difficulty, so choose one that matches your fitness and experience level.
  • Safety First: Always listen to your guides’ instructions and wear the provided safety gear.
  • Waterproof Camera: Capture the excitement with a waterproof camera or a GoPro to relive the adventure. (or leave your camera at home and let the guides take pictures for you.)

Hikes in Bali – Ubud Area

woman walking in Ubud Rice Terraces - Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud Bali

Location: Ubud

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a peaceful and easy hike that offers stunning views of Bali’s lush landscapes.

Start at the north end of the trail near Warung Bukit Sari in Ubud for a downhill walk. From there, follow the well-paved path that meanders through tropical vegetation along a ridge. The trail is relatively flat, with some up and down, and suitable for most fitness levels, making it a great choice for families and casual walkers. It ends near Ibah Hotel at the south end of the trail.

For this hike in Bali, we went at sunset after hearing that the view was great. But, we couldn’t really see much beyond the trail vegetation. The nice thing about this walk is that it is right in the main part of Bali and easy to access. Plan to see a lot of people!

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Duration: Approximately 1 to 2 hours (round trip)

Permits/Fees: No permits or fees are required to explore the Campuhan Ridge Walk.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Location: Tegallalang, Ubud

Tegallalang Rice Terraces
or Ubud Rice Terraces in Bali

While not a traditional hike, a leisurely walk through the Tegallalang Rice Terraces allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of Bali’s iconic rice fields. The terraces feature stunning landscapes, and the walk is relatively easy, making it accessible to all visitors.

This is a very popular and busy spot, but by getting there early, you can mostly have the terraces to yourself for a while. Make sure to stop for snacks or coconut water in a coconut!

After your walk through the Ubud rice paddies, grab breakfast at Dtukad Coffee Club with a view of the terraces and two swimming pools.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace is open every day from 6 am to 7 pm. We got there before 6 am and were able to walk right in.

Trail Difficulty: Easy, but can be slippery when muddy and requires some climbing and descending.

Duration: Flexible, depending on how much time you want to spend exploring the terraces

Permits/Fees: Entrance fee to visit the Tegallalang Rice Terraces is 25,000 IDR.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall 

Location: Bangli

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tukad Cepung Waterfall offers an enchanting adventure near the town of Bangli. 

The trail to Tukad Cepung Waterfall takes you through a rocky and winding path that leads to a stunning waterfall enclosed within a cave-like canyon. The hike involves wading through shallow streams. If you turn around and walk downstream you come to a few other cascading falls surrounded by lush greenery.

This is a super popular place. We weren’t able to swim at the base of the waterfall or really hang out as there was just a line of people trying to take their photos in front of the waterfall.

There are small restaurants and food stands along the path.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: Approximately 1 to 2 hours 

Permits/Fees: Entrance to the Tukad Cepung Waterfall is 10,000 IDR.

Hike in Bali – East Bali

Gates of Heaven Bali

Lempuyang Temple Hike (Gates of Heaven)

Location: East Bali

The Gates of Heaven at Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple may be the most Instagrammed place in Bali. While the Bali Gates of Heaven is the highlight for most people, there is a lot more to see, so get your photo and then spend some time looking around. 

The Lempuyang Temple Hike involves walking through a small village and climbing approximately 1,700 steps to reach the top of Mount Lempuyang. 

While the trail can be challenging, the panoramic vistas and the opportunity to witness traditional religious ceremonies at the temple make it an unforgettable experience. Watch out for the cheeky monkeys that may steal jewelry, sunglasses, etc.

As with all Hindu temples in Bali, everyone must cover their shoulders and wear a Kamen (like a sarong) around their waist.

While sunrise is lovely, it is the most crowded time of day. Late afternoon or sunset will see fewer people. 

After viewing the Gates of Heaven Bali, visit all seven temples around Lempuyang Mountain which is a 4-hour round-trip circuit trail.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: Approximately 3 to 4 hours (round trip)

Permits/Fees: The entrance fee is 100,000 IDR and there is an additional fee for parking your scooter or car which is 5,000 IDR. You can rent a sarong for 10,000 IDR at the ticket office. 

Gembling Waterfall

Location: Gianyar, East Bali

Gembling Waterfall is a beautiful hike in Bali

Gembling Waterfall is a lovely find nestled in the Gianyar Regency. The hike to the waterfall is relatively short, but you do have to climb a lot of stairs. 

The trail takes you through lush forests and alongside a charming river, offering a serene and secluded escape in the heart of Bali.

There are several pools overlooking the valley to soak in and take your Instagram shots.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours

Permits/Fees: No permits or fees are required for this hike, but donations are appreciated.

Sideman Rice Paddies (Sangkan Gunung)

Woman threshing rice at Sideman Rice Terraces

Location: Sidemen

Escape the tourist crowds and discover the stunning Sideman Rice Paddies, also known as Sangkan Gunung. This quiet area offers a peaceful and leisurely walk through emerald-green rice terraces and traditional villages. 

The starting point for this hike is in the village of Sidemen. You can reach Sidemen by car or scooter from Ubud in about 1.5 to 2 hours.

The well-maintained trail takes you through the heart of rural Bali, offering breathtaking views of the terraced landscape and surrounding hills.

The hike is relatively easy, making it suitable for all fitness levels, including families with children. Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to interact with locals working in the rice fields and learn about their agricultural practices. We even got to thrash some rice.

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour

Permits/Fees: Purchase a ticket at the entrance to the Sideman Rice Paddies (15,000 IDR in 2023).

Hikes in Bali – Nusa Penida Island

Best Bali Hikes on Nuse Penida lead to Broken Beach with waves crashing on big rocks
Broken Beach

Kelingking Beach Hike

Location: Nusa Penida

The hike to Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida involves descending steep cliffs and the trail can be challenging and slippery. While it might be more suitable for experienced hikers, the breathtaking views of the cliffs and the turquoise waters below make it a popular spot for adventurers and Instagrammers.

Go at sunrise for the smallest crowds and best photos.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Duration: Approximately 2 to 3 hours (round trip)

Permits/Fees: No permits or fees are required for the hike to Kelingking Beach.

Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach

Location: Nusa Penida

painted sign pointing to Angel's Billabong and Broken Beach on Nusa Penida Bali

Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach offer a unique and mesmerizing natural spectacle. The starting point for this adventure is usually at the parking area near the sites. From there, a short hike takes you to the breathtaking sights. While not traditional hikes, the relatively easy walk to these attractions is well worth the effort. 

Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool with crystal-clear turquoise waters, which we heard you can swim in when the tide is right. We weren’t there at the right time, but it was captivating watching the waves crash in and out of the billabong. 

Broken Beach features a stunning natural arch that has been sculpted by the sea. You can walk around a cove and over the natural arch.

Be cautious and respectful of safety barriers and local warnings when exploring these areas.

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Duration: Approximately 1 to 2 hours (including travel time to Nusa Penida)

Permits/Fees: A  small fee for parking may be required.

Diamond Beach

Location: Nusa Penida

Diamond Beach is probably one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to, but also incredibly crowded. There is a descent down a steep and sometimes challenging path and stairs, in which you will have to pass other people on going the opposite direction. At one point you have to use ropes to lower yourself over a particularly steep section — it’s not too difficult, but it will probably require a wait. 

The striking contrast of the white sand and azure waters against the rugged cliffs creates a mesmerizing sight. Be prepared for a moderate descent and ascent on the return journey. The earlier you go, the fewer people will be there. When we arrived it was only moderately busy, but within 30 minutes it was packed.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Permits/Fees: The entrance fee to Diamond Beach is 10,000 IDR per person and 5,000 IDR for parking

Tembling Beach and Natural Pool

Location: Nusa Penida

A few people sitting in a natural pool at Tembling Beach in Bali

Tembling Beach and Natural Pool offer a serene and picturesque escape on Nusa Penida. 

The hike involves descending a steep and uneven path that leads you to the beach and natural pool. The pool is a hidden oasis formed by natural rock formations and is perfect for a refreshing swim. While the hike can be a bit challenging, the tranquil beauty of the beach and pool make it a rewarding journey.

There is also a swing (there seems to be one on every hike in Bali!) so you can get your Instagram shot with the ocean in the background.

I don’t know if we arrived at the right time, but there were only a handful of people there when we visited in the afternoon.

woman resting in a natural pool in Bali looking at the ocean

To get to the Tembling Beach Trail you can catch a ride on a motorbike, as we did, or walk about 30 minutes from the parking area to the start of the trail.

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: Approximately 1 to 2 hours

Permits/Fees: No entrance fee for Tembling Beach and Natural Pool, but the motorbike ride is 50,000 – 70,000 IDR return.

Sideman Rice Terraces in Bali

Tips for Hiking in Bali

  • Best Time to Hike: The best time for hiking in Bali is during the dry season, which typically runs from April to October. The weather is more predictable, and you’ll have clear views.
  • Local Guides: Consider hiring local guides for the more challenging hikes, especially those involving volcanoes and dense forests. They provide valuable insights into the region’s culture, history, and flora and fauna.
  • Proper Attire: Wear comfortable hiking shoes, carry a light backpack with essentials like water, snacks, and sunscreen, and don’t forget your camera to capture the breathtaking landscapes.
  • Early Mornings: For sunrise hikes, start early to avoid the heat and to witness stunning sunrise views.
  • Respect Nature and Culture: Bali’s beauty lies in its natural and cultural heritage. Always be respectful of the environment, local customs, and sacred sites.
pink water lily flower in a rice paddy in Bali

Bali’s hiking trails and waterfalls never fail to captivate nature enthusiasts, and the additional hikes and adventures mentioned above are no exception.

Whether you’re wandering through serene rice paddies, trekking to breathtaking waterfalls, or seeking an adrenaline rush with canyoning, Bali offers a plethora of options to satiate every adventurer’s desire.

Remember to respect the environment and local communities while exploring the island’s natural beauty. Happy hiking and adventuring in Bali!

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  1. Great Information and pictures! So inviting and inspiring and helpful!

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