Aling Aling Waterfall (Air Terjun Aling Aling)

Sambangan Village / Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia

About Aling Aling Waterfall (Air Terjun Aling Aling)


Hiking Distance: about 2km walk (Aling Aling only); 3km walk (all waterfalls)
Suggested Time: allow about 1 hour (Aling Aling only); about 2 hours (all waterfalls)

Date first visited: 2022-06-22
Date last visited: 2022-06-22

Waterfall Latitude: -8.17653
Waterfall Longitude: 115.10622

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

The Aling Aling Waterfall is a tall, gushing waterfall that’s actually on the same stream responsible for the popular Banyumala Twin Waterfalls further upstream.

However, our experience with this waterfall actually turned out to be four waterfalls in one.

Aling_Aling_068_06212022 - Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling Aling Waterfall

As you can see in the photo above, the Aling Aling Waterfall was one of the bigger high-volume waterfalls we’ve witnessed in Bali (said to be 35m tall), but the remaining three waterfalls were no slouches either.

The other three waterfalls were called the Kroya Waterfall, the Kembar Waterfall, and the Pucuk Waterfall (pronounced “puh-CHOOK”), respectively.

Each of these waterfalls were more swimming-friendly as they featured curious concrete “diving boards” for death-wish cliff dives into deep plunge pools.

They provided a nice contrast to the turbulence of the Aling Aling Waterfall’s plunge pool, which was too dangerous for a swim (at least as of our June 2022 visit).

Aling_Aling_153_06212022 - Combination of the Pucuk Waterfall and the Kembar Waterfall further upstream
Combination of the Pucuk Waterfall and the Kembar Waterfall further upstream

Further adding fun to the swimming holes for the lower waterfalls, there was even a natural water slide in a smaller segment parallel to the Kembar Waterfall (the middle waterfall).

How To Access The Aling Aling Waterfall

When we first arrived to the start of our excursion to take in the Aling Aling Waterfall, I was a bit thrown off by how far we were from the waterfall itself.

I knew this when I consulted our location against my Gaia GPS map.

In fact, I wondered if we were in the right place because the map showed that there was a different car park further up the road leading to an even more direct 200m trail to the Aling Aling Waterfall.

Aling_Aling_002_iPhone_06222022 - Mom going towards the Aling Aling Waterfalls though it wasn't totally obvious that this was the way to go (one local whistled to us and pointed us to take this road).  Had we kept walking up the main road, I wondered if we would have encountered that other car park that was closer to the Aling Aling Waterfall itself
Mom going towards the Aling Aling Waterfalls though it wasn’t totally obvious that this was the way to go (one local whistled to us and pointed us to take this road). Had we kept walking up the main road, I wondered if we would have encountered that other car park that was closer to the Aling Aling Waterfall itself

Well, it turned out that we started our excursion from a car park that was meant more for the lower three waterfalls – Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk, but we were told that this was THE Aling Aling Waterfall trailhead.

I always wondered whether there’s supposed to be a closer car park and trailhead further up the road.

Did the owners of this lower car park try to get more of the business by discouraging people from continuing further up the hill to the other car park and trailhead closer to the Aling Aling Waterfall?

Regardless of whether you start closer to the Aling Aling Waterfall or not (assuming it exists), the difference in the distance walked is only 200-300m each way by my estimation.

Aling_Aling_180_06212022 - Attractive rice terraces seen on the trail leading to the Aling Aling Waterfalls
Attractive rice terraces seen on the trail leading to the Aling Aling Waterfalls

So you can’t really go wrong either way.

Nevertheless, from the car park that we started from on our visit, I’d recommend going straight to the Aling Aling Waterfall first (bypassing the trails going down to the other waterfalls).

Then, after having your fill of the Aling Aling Waterfall, then go back down to the signed trail junction so you can explore (and swim) at each of the waterfalls to your heart’s content.

If you’re just doing the Aling Aling Waterfalls without exploring the other waterfalls, then it’d be about 2km round-trip, and I’d imagine this should take no more than an hour.

Aling_Aling_086_06212022 - Context of the trail going straight to the Aling Aling Waterfall as it passed by a spring
Context of the trail going straight to the Aling Aling Waterfall as it passed by a spring

Of course, it took us about 2 hours to explore all four waterfalls (covering a round-trip distance of about 3km), and we didn’t do any swimming.

So I’d imagine you’ll probably want to spend at least 3 hours or longer to get the full experience.

Trail Description – The Aling Aling Waterfall

From the car park (see directions below), we followed the main road for about 70m before going left into an alleyway with a sign pointing the way to a “pondok” (cottage or home stay).

A local actually whistled in our direction and pointed to this alleyway since the signage didn’t make it obvious where the waterfall track was (at least as of our June 2022 visit).

Aling_Aling_014_06212022 - Going up an alleyway on the way to the Aling Aling Waterfall as it passed between residences (including an unleashed barking dog
Going up an alleyway on the way to the Aling Aling Waterfall as it passed between residences (including an unleashed barking dog

The alleyway initially passed between a rice field with terraces before continuing past some residences (I recalled there was a loose and unleashed barking dog around one of them).

After about 150m, the trail turned towards an unsigned fork where the path continued to the left while the home stay and a warung were to the right.

From there, we then walked the next 250m as it descended steps going deeper into the jungle and towards a signed trail junction where the steps on the left went to the Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk Waterfalls.

We first continued straight ahead and followed the riverside trail for the next 500m to the steps leading down to the Aling Aling Waterfall.

Aling_Aling_087_06212022 - Steps coming down from what I'd imagine to be the nearest and shortest path to the Aling Aling Waterfall though we stayed on the trail along the river to the right
Steps coming down from what I’d imagine to be the nearest and shortest path to the Aling Aling Waterfall though we stayed on the trail along the river to the right

It was interesting to note that there was a stepped trail joining up with the one we were on about 100m before the lookout and steps for the Aling Aling Waterfall.

I suspect that was the trail going to the nearest car park though we can’t say whether that trail is open or not.

Although the steps down to the rocky shore lining the river may make it seem inviting to get into the water beneath the Aling Aling Waterfall, the water was way too fast and turbulent to even consider going in during our June 2022 visit.

So we merely enjoyed the falls from a safe distance, and then went back the way we came to get back to the signed trail junction.

Aling_Aling_056_06212022 - The impressively gushing plunge of the Aling Aling Waterfall producing a nice afternoon rainbow
The impressively gushing plunge of the Aling Aling Waterfall producing a nice afternoon rainbow

We had a choice to just go back to the car park and not do the lower waterfalls (making this a pretty trivial roughly 2km round trip walk), but since we were here, we mind as well experience the rest of the waterfalls here.

Trail Description – The Remaining Waterfalls

Beyond the signed junction, the trail descended steps where it passed by a couple of shelters before reaching a pretty scary-looking “diving board” directly opposite the 12m Kroya Waterfall.

I could tell from the presence of ropes as well as signs with inspirational quotes besides the concrete protrusion that you’re apparently supposed to cliff jump from here.

Well, we didn’t see anyone doing it on our visit, and we certainly had no intention of doing it ourselves.

Aling_Aling_102_06212022 - Mom standing on what I call a 'death wish' diving board above a deep plunge pool fronting the Kroya Waterfall
Mom standing on what I call a ‘death wish’ diving board above a deep plunge pool fronting the Kroya Waterfall

Nevertheless, it was a nice spot to check out the Kroya Waterfall as long as nothing fell into the plunge pool below!

Continuing with the walk, we then crossed over a footbridge over the stream allowing us to look downstream over the brink of the Kembar Waterfall as well as upstream back towards the Kroya Waterfall.

On the other side of the bridge was a sort of “island” with an outdoor shrine on it.

On the other side of the shrine was apparently a smaller cascade that could act as a natural water slide.

Aling_Aling_113_06212022 - Looking across the Kembar Waterfall from the footbridge between that and the Kroya Waterfall further upstream
Looking across the Kembar Waterfall from the footbridge between that and the Kroya Waterfall further upstream

Meanwhile, continuing down along the island, there was another small concrete protrusion (or “diving board”) apparently for death-wish jumpers plunging into the pool beneath the 10m Kembar Waterfalls.

To continue the walk, we had to go across a very slippery creek crossing (where it’s wise to have trekking poles for balance or a dry bag if you don’t want to risk getting things wet).

This traverse was scary because it was just above the brink of one of the segments of the Kembar Waterfall.

Beyond the crossing, there was a changing room as well as the continuation of the trail, which descended to the level of the river, where we could get a more satisfying frontal look at the Kembar Waterfall.

Aling_Aling_157_06212022 - Looking back across the brink of the Kembar Waterfall and the sketchy slippery stream crossing. Notice the island and the natural water slide to the left of it
Looking back across the brink of the Kembar Waterfall and the sketchy slippery stream crossing. Notice the island and the natural water slide to the left of it

The trail then kept going downstream along its banks towards yet another concrete protrusion “diving board” that was above the brink of the Pucuk Waterfall.

There was a steep series of steps leading to the bottom, where after another slippery shin-deep to knee-deep unbridged creek crossing, I was finally able to get a frontal look at the Pucuk Waterfall.

Someone said that this waterfall was 16m, but from what I could tell, it looked more like it was 10m tall or shorter.

This was the extent of our visit, and I believe it added another 1km round-trip to the overall hike, making the whole thing about 3km in total.

Aling_Aling_054_iPhone_06222022 - Looking across the plunge pool towards the Pucuk Waterfall
Looking across the plunge pool towards the Pucuk Waterfall

Nevertheless, you’ll probably want to spend more time down at these lower waterfalls to enjoy a swim or at least to chill out at each of them.

That said, you’ll probably want to keep an eye out for mischievous monkeys always looking to steal stuff from unsuspecting tourists.

Authorities

The Aling Aling Waterfall resides in the Buleleng Regency just upslope from Singaraja in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Buleleng Regency local government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.

Aling_Aling_003_06212022 - Looking towards the ticket booth for the Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk Waterfalls as well as the Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling_Aling_004_06212022 - Mom walking up the road in search of the trail leading down to the Aling Aling Waterfall and its neighboring ones
Aling_Aling_006_06212022 - Mom continuing to walk the road in search of the path leading us closer to the Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling_Aling_008_06212022 - Even though nothing said anything about the Aling Aling Waterfall, this pondok sign was the thing to look for
Aling_Aling_009_06212022 - Noticing some attractive rice terraces on the way to the Aling Aling Waterfalls
Aling_Aling_011_06212022 - Walking up this alleyway en route to the Aling Aling Waterfall and its neighboring waterfalls
Aling_Aling_003_iPhone_06222022 - Looking towards a split in the path where the trail to the Aling Aling Waterfalls veered left while the pondok (cottage or home stay) was on the right
Aling_Aling_018_06212022 - Following a ledge path overlooking the thick jungle above the stream responsible for the Aling Aling Waterfalls
Aling_Aling_021_06212022 - Descending steps deeper into the jungle on the way to the Aling Aling Waterfall and its three neighboring downstream ones
Aling_Aling_023_06212022 - Mom continuing to descend steps on the way to the Aling Aling Waterfall as well as the other ones further downstream
Aling_Aling_024_06212022 - Mom descending past a toilet and changing room on the way to the Aling Aling Waterfalls
Aling_Aling_026_06212022 - Looking back at the trail junction where a sign points downhill to the Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk Waterfalls, but we kept ahead (behind where this picture was taken) to keep going upstream towards the Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling_Aling_036_06212022 - Looking towards some side waterfall across the river on the way to the Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling_Aling_046_06212022 - Context of the river and the trail heading upstream towards the Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling_Aling_058_06212022 - Looking down at Mom descending the slippery steps towards the rocky outcrop before the Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling_Aling_060_06212022 - Broad look towards the Aling Aling Waterfall with an afternoon rainbow
Aling_Aling_067_06212022 - Focused look at the Aling Aling Waterfall and rainbow
Aling_Aling_074_06212022 - Another broad look at the Aling Aling Waterfall with rainbow as the sun was starting to hide behind the clouds
Aling_Aling_027_iPhone_06222022 - Looking at the context of the steps and lookout fronting the rapids and the Aling Aling Waterfall with rainbow
Aling_Aling_082_06212022 - This is unfortunate, but apparently some people felt the need to litter by tossing cigarette butts on the railings by the Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling_Aling_083_06212022 - After having our fill of the Aling Aling Waterfall, Mom started to head back
Aling_Aling_089_06212022 - Heading back downstream towards the signed trail junction for the Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk Waterfalls
Aling_Aling_093_06212022 - Context of Mom continuing in the downstream direction towards the remaining Aling Aling Waterfalls
Aling_Aling_095_06212022 - Descending towards a clean view of the Kroya Waterfall
Aling_Aling_096_06212022 - Context of Mom standing on the 'diving board' before the Kroya Waterfall
Aling_Aling_104_06212022 - Focused look at the Kroya Waterfall form the 'diving board'
Aling_Aling_106_06212022 - Checking out the Kroya Waterfall and its surroundings as seen from the 'diving board'
Aling_Aling_109_06212022 - Looking across the brink of the Kembar Waterfalls towards some changing room area
Aling_Aling_120_06212022 - Looking upstream towards both the Kroya Waterfall and Kembar Waterfall from the second 'diving board'
Aling_Aling_126_06212022 - Looking upstream at the Kembar Waterfalls from its base
Aling_Aling_144_06212022 - Checking out both the Kembar and Pucuk Waterfalls in the same shot
Aling_Aling_154_06212022 - Looking down towards the big plunge pool beneath the Pucuk Waterfall as seen from the third 'diving board'
Aling_Aling_052_iPhone_06222022 - Finally making it to the bottom of the Pucuk Waterfall
Aling_Aling_163_06212022 - Mom going across the slippery traverse of the stream at the brink of the Kembar Waterfall
Aling_Aling_164_06212022 - Noticing a monkey sitting in a tree next to the island by the Kembar Waterfall
Aling_Aling_167_06212022 - One last look back across the Kembar Waterfall with some people at the brink for scale
Aling_Aling_168_06212022 - Mom going back up to the main trail after having our fill of the lower waterfalls downstream of Aling Aling Waterfall
Aling_Aling_172_06212022 - Going back up the steps towards the car park for the Aling Aling Waterfalls
Aling_Aling_173_06212022 - Mom going back past the pondok on the way back to the car park for the Aling Aling Waterfalls
Aling_Aling_176_06212022 - Mom making it back the homestay entrance on the way back to the Aling Aling Waterfalls car park
Aling_Aling_183_06212022 - Finally making it back to the car park for the Aling Aling Waterfalls


The Aling Aling Waterfalls are located about 9km south of the city of Singaraja.

Since we were driven to the trailhead for the Aling Aling Waterfall from the Sekumpul Waterfall, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.

Drive_to_Aling_Aling_008_iPhone_06222022 - On the road leading uphill to the Aling Aling Waterfalls
On the road leading uphill to the Aling Aling Waterfalls

That said, it took around 60 minutes for our driver to drive from the Sekumpul Waterfalls to the Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk Waterfalls (as well as Aling Aling Waterfall) car park.

It also took our driver about 30 minutes to drive from the Aling Aling Waterfall to Lovina Beach.

Of course, these drive times really depend on the traffic situation around the Singaraja area, but truthfully, the traffic up here is nowhere near as bad as around South Bali.

One thing worth mentioning about the car park situation is that my Gaia GPS map suggested that there was a shorter trail leading directly to the Aling Aling Waterfall.

Aling_Aling_001_06212022 - The car park for the Aling Aling Waterfall though it was closer to the Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk Waterfalls
The car park for the Aling Aling Waterfall though it was closer to the Kroya, Kembar, and Pucuk Waterfalls

However, it wasn’t clear if the car park and trailhead access there was closed or not, or whether the lower car park is busy directing people to park and walk from their property and steering them away from going further up the road.

In any case, you’re still going to walk about the same distance if your intent is to experience all four waterfalls.

For geographical context, Singaraja is about 10km (less than 30 minutes drive) east of Lovina, about 30km (an hour drive) north of Bedugul, 73km (over 2 hours drive) north of Ubud, about 88km (about 3 hours drive) north of Kuta, about 78km (about 2.5 hours drive) north of Canggu, and about 83km (over 2.5 hours drive) north of Seminyak.

Note that you’ll want to take the drive times with a grain of salt mostly because the traffic situation (especially in Southern Bali) is pretty bad and unpredictable.

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Sweep starting from the crowded steps and ending with the falls and rainbow though it disappeared on the first zoom in


Short sweep from the end of the trail at the bottom with an examination of the falls and faint rainbow from there


360 degree sweep of the Kroya Waterfall from the end of a 'dividing board'


360 degree sweep from the bridge between the Kroya and top of Kembar Waterfalls


Sweep showing some of front of Kembar Waterfalls (including a slide on the left) with Kroya Waterfall in the background and a brief zoom in of the brink of Pucuk Waterfall


Brief sweep showing the base of the Kembar Waterfalls


Sweep of the plunge pool and then the Pucuk Waterfall at the end of the trail


Brief sweep showing people swimming beneath the slide and the split at the Kembar Waterfalls right before dicey creek crossing

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