About Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
The Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall is really a series of four waterfalls all experienced in a single upside-down excursion (meaning you start by hiking down and then climb back up to the start; like most Bali Waterfalls).
The upper two waterfalls include a thin plunge where you can go behind it, which is surprisingly not all that common among the waterfalls in Bali.
Just uphill of that waterfall was a wider, more graceful waterfall that was suitable for long exposure shots (if you bother to lug a tripod down there, of course).
As for the other two waterfalls, the third one down involved a four-parallel-segment waterfall each of modest size on a steep spur trail that seemed to be unfinished during our June 2022 visit (as the concrete hadn’t even been laid yet).
Finally, the fourth and bottommost of the waterfalls was the largest of the group with a huge fanning out wall of water with a companion plunging tier dropping into a plunge pool suitable for swimming.
This is the waterfall that you see pictured above, and as you can see from how it dwarfs the people in the photo, it’s huge (probably on the order of 40-50m tall and with similar width).
While this waterfall alone is worth the price of admission (we paid about IDR 30k or $2 USD per person during our visit), I felt it was the ensemble of the four falls that really made this excursion stand out.
Experiencing the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
Once we got there, we then walked about 800m on a fairly long descending partially-concrete scooter path before reaching a signposted trail junction.
At this junction, there were some locals with scooters offering rides back up to the trailhead, which we would later take them up on.
Anyways, we first went left at this trail junction to experience the first two waterfalls, which were reached at the bottom of a short dirt path followed by a series of steps.
Once at the bottom, we noticed a thin waterfall spilling over an overhang, where it was pretty straightforward to get into for that unusual experience of looking out from behind the falls.
After having our fill of this spot, we then walked over a bridge and past a shelter down to the front of an impressively wide and graceful waterfall.
Further downstream from this spot, there appeared to be a bathroom (suggesting that there was an opportunity to change and swim here) as well as some kind of shrine even further into the jungle.
Once we had our fill of this pair of waterfalls, we then walked back up to the trail junction and took the other path down to the remaining two waterfalls.
We first went all the way down to the bottommost of the falls, which was also the largest of them all.
The path appeared like it was in the midst of getting a fresh coat of concrete while some of the buildings (appearing to be warungs as well as a toilet or latrine) looked to be renovated.
Further down the steps, we started to get an angled look down at the context of the falls, but the path continued to descend to a bridge at a dead-end right in front of the big waterfall.
There were locals as well as tourists alike taking advantage of the plunge pool fronting this waterfall for a swim, and Mom and I were content to check out the falls from both the bridge as well as further up the trail.
The waterfall was too enormous to try to capture it all from the end of the trail in one shot (unless you did pano mode on an iPhone or something).
Anyways, this was our turnaround point and we went back up the trail with a detour to the last of the waterfalls that we didn’t get to see yet.
This particular spur path descended a steep dirt path that looked like it was being set up for concrete (that the locals hadn’t gotten around to during our June 2022 visit).
However, once we got to the bottom (it did get a little mildly rough in spots), we then stood in front of a four-segment waterfall before a shelter.
The falls were modest in size, but collectively as its own little foursome, they were pleasing to experience before we headed back up to the trail junction.
Once at the trail junction, we paid the IDR 30k per person to do the ride back up to the car park, which was actually worth it in my mind given how long of a descent it was.
All told, Mom and I spent just under 2 hours away from the car, but I suspect that if we didn’t do the scooter ride, then it easily could have easily taken over 2 hours (maybe closer to 2.5 hours) in total.
The Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall ensemble resides in the Buleleng Regency near Bedugul or Lovina in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Buleleng Regency Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
The Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls are located about 18km south of the city of Singaraja.
Since we were driven to the trailhead for the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls from the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
Our 7km drive took us close to 30 minutes or so, which might attest to the slow driving required on the narrow access road to leave the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls car park before swinging over to the Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls car park.
This was an example where some of the mountain roads in Bali were really more suited to scooters than to passenger vehicles.
Yet, our hired Balinese driver was pretty skillful at navigating this narrow road, which strangely had some characteristics more common with 4wd roads.
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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