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Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls the Hidden Gem of Bali

The Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls are a real secret and a hidden gem of Bali. These four waterfalls are incredibly picturesque and a must visit.

Bali is an island of many hidden gems, but the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls are amongst the best ones. These picturesque waterfalls were made accessibly in 2018. But unlike the other nearby waterfalls of Bali, Banyu Wana Amertha, Bhuna Sari and the other two have escaped attention.

And that is an incredible thing as it means that the four waterfalls are not overrun like so many other waterfalls in Bali. Here you can enjoy a peaceful environment with little to no other tourist. These waterfalls are a real secret and a must visit place if you want to see all those wonderful less-touristic places of Bali.

My own visit to Banyu Wana Amertha waterfall was an accident. Originally, I planned to visit Banyumala Twin waterfalls, but I ended up taking a wrong turn. And in the end, I was so glad that my navigation was off. Finding this hidden gem of Bali was an amazing surprise. And until the day I might discover an even more beautiful waterfall in Bali, these ones will remain my personal favorite.



Beautiful Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall where several streams of water cascade down a moss covers rock.

What to expect at Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

Parts of the surroundings of the Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls are somewhat artificial. Back in 2018 locals planted a multitude of local plans and moved rocks to further improve the aesthetic of the valley. Several wooden bridges and sitting areas were added as well. However, nature has taken over since then and the natural look the flowers have today only makes the scenery more picturesque.

When I visited the Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls in October 2019, there were never more than three other people at the waterfalls. Even in the afternoon I temporarily had one of the waterfalls for myself.

You just might have one of the waterfalls at Banyu Wana Amertha for yourself. Something that you are unlikely to experience at all the other famous waterfalls.

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls Entrance Fee

The entrance fee for Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls is 30.000 IDR (1.85 USD) and parking costs 2.000 IDR.

Banyu Wana Amertha Entrance Fee and Parking Ticket
Stunning Plants at Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

Opening Hours of Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

The official opening hours of Banyu Wana Amertha are 8 AM to 6 PM.

The walk to the waterfalls

Once you have paid your entrance fee at a small booth at the beginning of the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls hike, you have to walk down a hill under a canopy of trees. You are surrounded by nothing but trees and colorful flowers. And the only sounds you hear are those of animals. Eventually the gentle trickle of water will join this peaceful orchestra of nature. This first part of the hike takes around 15 to 20 minutes if you take the time to enjoy the atmosphere.

Walk to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

After the longer downhill path the way splits into two. The walk down the left path to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall and Single Waterfall ‘Bhuna Sari’ takes five to ten minutes. The right path leads to the Spray Waterfall or the Twin Waterfalls.

Remember that you will also have to walk back up the hill to return to the area.

Getting a ride back to the parking area

If you are exhausted or do not feel like walking back up yourself, you can catch a bike ride up the hill. The price should be around 30.000 IDR.

However, I advise you to be cautious as some of the bikes are rather unsafe. Some of them do not have enough power to guarantee a save ride and other bikes do not have an exhaust cover.

I decided to get a ride back to the parking lot as it was getting late in the day and I still had to drive all the way back to Canggu. And now I will forever remember my first Bali trip thanks to a wonderful ‘Bali Kiss’ on my leg that left a scar. So please be careful if you decide not to walk back yourself. Insist on getting of the bike on the left side to be on the safe side.

If there is one thing you do not want on an island full of fantastic beaches and waterfalls, it is a nasty burn that prevents you from entering the water.

Tropical Greenery

Left Path: Banyu Wana Amertha and Single Waterfall

Both of these waterfalls are located in close proximity and down the same set of stairs. The water of these falls ends up in the same stream. In terms of scenery it is definitely my favorite area of these waterfalls as you will see something stunning wherever you look. It is easy to spend more than an hour here as time passes in the blink of an eye while you explore the little details of this valley.

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall or BWA as some of the sign say, is one of the most serene waterfalls I have seen in my life. Here the several small streams of water cascade down mossy rocks before they reconnect in a shallow pool. This pool in turn runs into a join stream with the water of Bhuna Sari.

If you visit this place during the right time of the year, there are flowers at the top pf the waterfall that add a fantastic splash of color.

My favorite photos of this hidden gem of Bali are long exposure shows as they show how the water embraces the rock formation and how the moss divers the streams. However it is also incredibly beautiful to see it without a camera lens. So be sure to put down all electronics for a while so you can enjoy this fantastic location.

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall. Water flowing over mossy rocks into shallow pool.

Single Waterfall ‘Bhuna Sari’

Single Waterfall is also known also Bhuna Sari. It is only possible to see this waterfall during and just after the wet season. You will most likely not be able to see this waterfall from May to December.

During the wet season the water rushes down a higher cliff. During all other times of the year it is nothing more but a gentle tickle down the leave covered rock. It is still a beautiful sight, but it certainly does not compare to what it looks like from January to April. I have seen photos of Bhuna Sari in its’ full glory and it looks spectacular. The wet season waterfall is the perfect backdrop if you want to take a photo while standing on the nearby small wooden bridge.

The is a small cave behind Bhuna Sari and a very shallow pool. It is not possible to swim in it, but you could sit in the water as the floor there is rather even.

Cave at Banyu Wana Amertha Bhuna Sari Waterfall
Bhuna Sari Waterfall during the dry season. Water flowering of leave covered rock face.

Amenities

There is a small changing room and a sitting area with a roof in this area. Therefore it is the perfect setting for a relaxed afternoon or a great picnic.

Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall Valley with sitting area

Right Path: Spray Waterfall and Twin Waterfalls

The path to these two waterfalls diverges at one point. Hereby you will first reach the path to the Twin Waterfalls that will lead you down some muddy steps. The individual steps are slightly even, so be sure to watch where you step. If you continue down the straight path at the diverge you will reach the incredible Spray Waterfall.

Spray Waterfall

Spray Waterfall from above Bali

Aside from Banyu Wana Amertha, the Spray Waterfall is the highlight of these four. The walk here takes 7 minutes from the split, but you will get a first glimpse of the Spray Waterfall sooner.

As you get approach you can spot the falls on your left, and the sound of water alone will tell you all you need to know about the pure power of the cascading water.

This waterfall is much higher than the other three, and you will fell the spray on your face as you decent down the last few steps.

Standing right at the foot of this waterfall is a thrilling experience, but be aware of the slippery ground.

There is a larger swimming area to the right of the main falls and you can stand under a smaller part of the stream.

There is a larger rock in the which you can climb, but the plants growing on it can cause your feet to slip. So please be careful while doing so. I do not know how long it would take to get help, and I really do not want any of you to test it.

There is a small changing room at Spray Waterfall, so you can easily put on your bathing suit without towel tricks.

Woman standing in front of Banyu Wana Amertha Spray Waterfall

Twin Waterfalls

The walk to these waterfalls takes about 5 minutes from where the way splits. You will walk down several stairs and as you round a corner you get a first glimpse of the twin falls. While not as high as the nearby Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, these falls are still a pretty sight, so be sure to spend a few minutes here.

Like at the valley of the left path, there is a small sitting area with a roof, so it is another nice place to take a break. It is not possible to swim here.

Twin Waterfalls - Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
Twin Waterfalls

How to get to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

The best way to get to Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls is by renting a scooter or car. The drive there takes 1.5 hours if you are coming from Ubud, 2 hours from Canggu and around 45 minutes from Singaraja.

If you rent a scooter for one day, it should cost you between 60.000 and 70.000 IDR. You could get a cheaper scooter, but in the mountainous north of Bali it is best to hire a scooter with a higher CC.

Alternatively, you can hire a private driver in Bali for a day. Doing so costs between 25 and 35 USD a day and you can split the costs with up to four travel mates. As you will have the car for an entire day, you can add more stops along the way too.

To get to Banyu Wana Amertha and Bhuna Sari waterfalls, you have to follow a side road that is only 1 km away from that to Banyumala. After 10 minutes of driving you will arrive at the parking area. There is one car parking spot on the outside and a bigger motorbike parking lot when you drive through the entrance area.

Other great things to do close to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

Spray Waterfall at Banyu Wana Amertha. Cascading water surrounded by lush green trees

There are a lot of other stunning waterfalls in the area. The most visited ones are Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, Gitgit Waterfall, Aling-Aling Waterfall and Sekumpul Waterfall.

At all of them you will encounter larger groups of tourists, so it is recommended to visit them early in the morning.

Other nearby popular stops in north Bali are the Ulun Danu Beratan temple, the Handara Golf course gate and the Wanagiri Hidden Hills.

Where to stay close to this hidden gem of Bali

My personal dream accommodation in the area is Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa. Chances are, that you have already seen photos of the infinity pool of this amazing resort. It is definitely a luxury accommodation, but if you are looking for a unique experience, you should consider staying here.

If you are looking for a more affordable option, I recommend staying in nearby Bedugul. The cheapest accommodations in Bedugul cost between 12 to 20 USD per night. The nearby Handara Golf & Resort Bali is a great mid-range option.

Accommodation in this area is more expensive than in Ubud or Canggu, but if you want to explore more of this area, it is worth staying there.

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What to bring to these secret waterfalls

water and food

There are small stalls along the way where locals sell drinks, but it is best to bring your own. On a sunny day you should drink more than the small 500 ml bottles they sell and it is always better to bring a reusable bottle anyway.

You could have a picknick with a great view at one of the several sitting areas, so bring some food. Just remember to take back your trash so others can enjoy this pristine place too.

clothes

water shoes: There are rocks in the water and the ground can be very slippery. So bring some water shoes of you plan to enter the water.

swimwear and a towel: A nice swim in the cool water is amazing after a day full of exploration and hiking, so do not forget to bring whatever you need to swim.

good shoes: I know that some other blogs will tell you that wearing flip flops while visiting these waterfalls is fine. But do yourself a favor and bring good shoes. Some of the steps are rather uneven und the wooden corner can stand up, so you might fall if you wear flip flops. Additionally getting back up can get really tricky if it starts to rain. Those earthy steps turn into mud puddles.

another set of clothes: There is a good reason why Spray Waterfall is called Spray Waterfall. Even standing 10 meters away does not mean you will stay dry. And if you plan to take photos in close proximity to this waterfall, you will get drenched. It is worth it, but if you have a long ride back to your accommodation or plan to explore other places after your trip to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls, you will be happy to have another outfit.

Stairs at Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
Stairs on the way to Twin Waterfalls

reef-safe sun screen: The waterfalls might not be a coral reef, but it is always better to use sunscreen that does not harm the environment when swimming in natural pools. It is impossible to know which negative effects the ingredients of normal sun screen could have, so it is best to act preemptive.

camera gear

camera: These waterfalls are incredibly picturesque, so do not forget to bring your camera. You most likely already know that I recommend taking the time to learn how to use your camera in manual mode, so be sure to do it before you visit this place. After all there is nothing like a good long exposure shot of moving water.

tripod: Waterfalls call for long exposure shots, so do not forget to bring your tripod. As you have to walk quite a bit to reach the waterfalls, I recommend a lightweight travel tripod. 

cloth: Also bring a small cloth to wipe of water drops. If you take photos at Spray Waterfall, you and your camera will definitely get slightly wet. Even if you stand 10 meters away.

Visiting Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

I honestly do not know how these hidden waterfalls have stayed hidden so long, as they are such a gem. But I hope that they will remain the mostly untouched wonder they were when I visited.

Please contribute to this by taking back your trash and by only taking photos and memories from this place.

Furthermore I can only encourage you not to tag this location on social medias when you post photos. I feel like locations like these deserve more than a visit just because they are instragramable and the best part of the adventure might just be the hunt and learning how to get to a place. Share the name of the waterfalls in private message and let people discover places like these away from Instagram and the constant hunt for likes and better photo locations.

Visiting the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls is about appreciating the beauty of nature and feeling the peace these small hidden gems can give you. So let us all go back to seeing the world through the eyes of a child and experience that joyous wonder.

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