About Batu Lantang Waterfall (Air Terjun Batu Lantang)
The Batu Lantang Waterfall (also called Goa Gong Waterfall) is an off-the-beaten path excursion that is pretty much the feature natural attraction within the Pelaga Eco Park near the geographic center of Bali.
The waterfall itself is about 10-15m tall by my estimation, flowing on one of the streams that seemed to seep from the Lake Beratan down the southeastern slopes.
One thing that stood out to me about this waterfall (aside from its plunge pool that seemed to be suitable for swimming) was that there was a large protruding rock above and to the left of the falls that might be on the verge of falling.
But aside from this hazard, it seemed to be the kind of place that only guests staying at the Pelaga Eco Park would know about.
In fact, we had to be redirected by a local guide who took us to the Batu Lantang Waterfall when he saw that we had gone the wrong way from the warung down to a picnic and swimming area by a different part of the creek.
The local guide also mentioned that they were doing lots of work to the eco park (especially developing the hot springs there) so it may offer more than glamping and the Korean BBQ-style restaurant during our June 2022 visit.
Anyways, from the signed car park for the Pelaga Eco Park (see directions below), we then caught a ride in the back of a covered pick-up truck down a steep road leading to the main area of the eco park.
It turned out that this ride was free if we bought something from the warung there, which was what we ultimately did for a bit of a brunch.
From the warung (more like an upscale outdoor restaurant or cafe), we then had to walk about 60m up the steps adjacent to that building instead of down the more obvious track that only went to the creek but not the waterfall.
After passing by a trail fork leading to yurts (i.e. “glamping”), we then met up with another trail where we then followed it for roughly 450m or so to the Batu Lantang Waterfall.
This was the end of the official track, but the creek was shallow enough to cross it and get a more frontal look at the falls in addition to scrambling closer to the plunge pool for a swim.
I also noticed that the track kept going beyond the stream crossing up towards some other buildings and lookout props (though I didn’t pursue them further so I can’t see what else was up there).
By the way, the local guide told me that the falls was also called “Goa Gong” because of either some cave nearby or it had “cave”-like qualities (something got lost in translation there).
Nevertheless, we headed back from here, and according to my GPS logs, we basically went around 1.2km round trip taking roughly an hour (not including the 4wd shuttle and the time spent eating at the Korean BBQ-style warung).
The Batu Lantang Waterfall resides in the Badung Regency by the Pelaga Village near the lakeside town of Bedugul in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Badung Regency local government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
The Batu Lantang Waterfall is located less than 20km southeast of the town of Bedugul.
Since we were driven to the trailhead for the Pelaga Eco Park from Nungnung Waterfall, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
It took about 25 minutes for our driver to drive the 6km from Nungnung Waterfall to the Pelaga Eco Park car park.
The shuttle from the Pelaga Eco Park car park to the warung in the heart of the eco park took about 10 minutes (or less).
For geographical context, Bedugul is about 29km (around an hour drive) southeast of Lovina, 46km (over an hour drive) north of Ubud, about 60km (about 90 minutes drive) northeast of Kuta, about 51km (under 1.5 hour drive) northeast of Canggu, and about 55km (under 1.5 hour drive) northeast 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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