Bali is an island of many hidden gems, but the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls are amongst the best ones. These picturesque waterfalls were made accessible 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 tourists. These waterfalls are a real secret and a must-visit place if you want to see all those wonderful less-touristic places in 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.
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 Waterfalls Opening Hours
The official opening hours of Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls 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.
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.
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 signs 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 joint stream with the water of Bhuna Sari.
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.
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.
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 on 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.
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.
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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 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.
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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 picnic 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.
water shoes: There are rocks in the water and the ground can be very slippery. So bring some water shoes if 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.
reef-safe sunscreen: The waterfalls might not be a coral reefs, 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 a normal sunscreen could have, so it is best to act preemptively.
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 off 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 media when you post photos. I feel like locations like these deserve more than a visit just because they are instragrammable 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 messages 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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