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There are hidden gems in every country that turn into travellers’ favorite places. Nungun Waterfall is one of those places in Indonesia. It captures the magnificent of the island-country and remind us how incredible nature truly is

Words: Emily Georgieva

Photography: Iswanto Arif

15 March 2019

If you want to explore the visual beauty of Indonesia, you might wonder where to start. You can spend a whole week exploring Bali if you’ve planned to head on a waterfall mission. There are so many water miracles there that it will take you a while to complete this adventure.

High in the mountains of Bali, revealing its magnificence, the Nungung Waterfall leaves travellers in awe. Describing it as one of the most breath taking waterfalls in the area won’t be an overstatement. Visiting Bali without seeing this water monster is going to be an incomplete trip. Loved by tourists who know the hidden gems of Bali, the waterfall is located an hour from Ubud going north.

The best time to visit is during dry season as often when it rains some of the paths are closed and you wouldn’t be able to reach it. The best part is that you will have to work a little to deserve the view that will welcome you at the top. It could be quite challenging for people who are not used to hike and walk long distances to reach the waterfall, but once there, you will want to stay for a while. There are options to choose from about how to get there - either drive a scooter for an authentic experience or hire a driver who knows the route to take you there.

The view that will reveal in front of you is a massif water wall that looks gracious in its glory and seems to resemble nothing else you’ve ever seen before. The reputation of the waterfall precedes it. There the air will feel cool and breezy because the mountains are high above sea level.

Twin lake, Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan are close by as a rain forest is what separates them from Nungung Waterfall. There is a pool called Telaga Aya that leads directly to Lake Buyan. Some of the lakes have been formed from the volcanic activity on the island. Volcanos are another characteristic that makes Bali so interesting. Combine this with the misty water power of Nungung and you are up for a day that will make you feel personally connected to Bali for quite some time.

The nature in Indonesia is what travellers remember. So rich in cultures with multiple temples to visit, one can’t visit the island-country enough times. The more things you see the closer you feel to this heavenly land. We recommend you hire a scooter as this is the best way to explore Bali and make sure you visit all the places that you want to see while following your own route. The prices vary as follows:

Per Day: 50,000 – 80,000 IDR ($3 – $5)

Per Week:  300,000 – 450,000 IDR ($20 – $30)

Standing in front of the Nungung Waterfall borders with a spiritual experience as it looks so different than all the other waterfalls you will pass on your way up the mountain. Have you been there already? Write to us and tell us which of your Bali experiences and cultural impressions impressed you the most and left in you that tropical Indonesian feel.



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