Nungnung Waterfall (Air Terjun Nungnung)

Pelaga Village / Petang, Bali, Indonesia

About Nungnung Waterfall (Air Terjun Nungnung)


Hiking Distance: about 2km round trip
Suggested Time: at least 90 minutes

Date first visited: 2022-06-20
Date last visited: 2022-06-20

Waterfall Latitude: -8.32948
Waterfall Longitude: 115.22931

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

The Nungnung Waterfall (or Air Terjun Nung Nung) was perhaps one of the most impressive waterfalls that we’ve encountered in Bali thanks to its unusually tall, high volume, mist-producing plunging flow.

It’s widely reported to be about 50m tall in the literature (though I saw another source saying it was 80m tall), which made it one of the tallest permanent waterfalls in Bali.

Nungnung_058_06192022 - Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung Waterfall

In addition to its height, apparently its high elevation position downslope of the Danau Beratan Lake also made it one of the highest elevation (if not the highest elevation) waterfalls in Bali at 900m.

In order to witness this hidden waterfall, we had to go on a pretty strenuous upside down hike that descended some 486 steps over 125m of elevation loss within roughly 750m or so.

While the distance was modest, this steep path was full of hazards as the concrete steps were very slippery in spots, especially where the path sloped (as opposed to steps).

The conditions were exacerbated given that it had rained overnight prior to our visit in mid-June 2022, which was apparently still the rainy season on the south-facing slopes of Central Bali.

Experiencing The Nungnung Waterfall

Nungnung_021_iPhone_06202022 - Sunrise as we looked towards Mt Agung (right) and Mt Batur (left) from the Nungnung Waterfall car park
Sunrise as we looked towards Mt Agung (right) and Mt Batur (left) from the Nungnung Waterfall car park

From the car park (see directions below), we managed to get an early morning view eastwards towards both Mt Agung and Mt Batur (before the clouds rolled in again).

The price of admission to the Nungnung Waterfall (the ticket kiosk was right by the car park) was IDR 20k per person as of our mid-June 2022 visit.

Then, we descended a steep road 150m to its bottom where there was an ornate start of the steps leading to the Nungnung Waterfall flanked by some warungs to the left (keep right to descend the steps).

Then, we proceeded slowly for the next 750m or so down a seemingly endless series of steep steps that were steep enough to force us to go sideways in several spots.

Nungnung_019_06192022 - Mom carefully descending the many steps leading down to the Nungnung Waterfall while surrounded by low-lying clouds clinging to the high elevation slopes
Mom carefully descending the many steps leading down to the Nungnung Waterfall while surrounded by low-lying clouds clinging to the high elevation slopes

It didn’t take long before we were pretty much surrounded by a high elevation jungle with a few strategically-placed shelters along the way.

In a couple of spots, there were some deformations to the railings flanking the many steps along the way, and that was due to the odd rock falling downslope (not a surprise given how steep the terrain here was).

Eventually at the bottom of the descent, we crossed a footbridge over the Ayung Stream, which appeared to be sourced from seepage beneath the Danau Beratan Lake as a spring.

Once across the bridge, the path flattened out momentarily and followed the east side of the stream upstream before making its final descent across from a side waterfall and ultimately arriving before the Nungnung Waterfall.

Nungnung_029_iPhone_06202022 - Closer look at the impressive Nungnung Waterfall from its spray zone on the other side of the Ayung Stream
Closer look at the impressive Nungnung Waterfall from its spray zone on the other side of the Ayung Stream

Although you can view the Nungnung Waterfall from the east side of the Ayung Stream, there was a bridge that allowed us to go to the other side and get closer to the blasting mist zone fronting the waterfall.

There was also another path past some rubbish bins beneath the steps leading closer to the side waterfall nearby.

While it might be tempting to swim in the large plunge pool before the Nungnung Waterfall, the high volume of the Ayung Stream and the confined mist along with threat of rockfalls made it not a good idea during our mid-June 2022 visit.

So once we had our fill of this secluded waterfall, we then had to get back all that elevation loss (apparently upside-down hikes were quite the norm throughout Bali’s waterfalls) to regain the car park.

Nungnung_089_06192022 - Looking up at the steep steps and neighboring waterfall as we had to get back all that elevation loss on the way back to the car park for the Nungnung Waterfall
Looking up at the steep steps and neighboring waterfall as we had to get back all that elevation loss on the way back to the car park for the Nungnung Waterfall

All things considered, we may have walked about 1km round-trip (the GPS went crazy given the lack of satellite visibility throughout the excursion), and we spent a little under 90 minutes away from the car.

Authorities

The Nungnung Waterfall (or Air Terjun Nung Nung) 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.

Nungnung_005_iPhone_06202022 - Approaching the signed turnoff for the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_009_iPhone_06202022 - Noticing Mt Agung on the way down to the car park for the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_012_iPhone_06202022 - Looking back towards the entrance and ticket booth for the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_006_06192022 - Another early morning view towards both Mt Agung (right) and Mt Batur (left) as seen from the Nungnung Waterfall car park
Nungnung_018_iPhone_06202022 - Context of the view towards the east at the sunrise with Mt Batur (left) and Mt Agung (right) rising above the horizon
Nungnung_007_06192022 - Looking across the extent of the car park for the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_009_06192022 - Some kind of shrine near the entrance to the Nungnung Waterfall car park
Nungnung_012_06192022 - Mom descending the road leading closer to the start of the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_013_06192022 - Mom aproaching the start of the steep track leading down to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_015_06192022 - Mom slowly descending the first flight of steps near the beginning of the walk down to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_016_06192022 - The steep steps got to a point where Mom felt more comfortable descending sideways to maintain her balance on our way down to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_017_06192022 - Looking back up the initial flight of steps at the start of the walk down to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_022_06192022 - Looking out in the distance towards some budding thunderclouds as we made our way down to the Nungnung Waterfall. This was one of the few spots where we could look beyond the immediate forest canopy throughout the walk
Nungnung_023_06192022 - Mom continuing to go sideways down the steep and slippery steps on the way to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_024_06192022 - Mom continuing to carefully descend sideways to the Nungnung Waterfall on this upside down hike
Nungnung_025_06192022 - This was one sketchy part of the steep walk down to the Nungnung Waterfall where it was slippery and there was nothing to hold onto, especially since it had rained prior to our visit so the stoned concrete ground was especially slippery
Nungnung_026_06192022 - Mom continuing the long descent on the concrete steps towards one of the shelters on the way to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_028_06192022 - Getting closer to that first shelter with some low clouds starting to waft their way up in another one of the few spots during our descent to Nungnung Waterfall where we could see a little further than the jungle canopy
Nungnung_029_06192022 - Mom descending the next flight of steps on the way to the Nungnung Waterfall. Notice the deformed railing, which is where I'd imagine a rock might have fallen and bent it
Nungnung_032_06192022 - Mom descending to the next shelter on the way to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_035_06192022 - Beyond the second shelter, the track continued its slippery stair-stepped descent to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_036_06192022 - Looking back up at the many steps we had to take so far to get down to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_037_06192022 - Mom still making her way slowly down the many flights of steps to access the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_038_06192022 - Mom still going down more steps on the way to the Nungnung Waterfall. Clearly, it was going to be a real ass kicker to make it back to the car park once we're done with the falls
Nungnung_040_06192022 - Mom descending to the footbridge traversing the Ayung Stream as we were getting very close to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_042_06192022 - Looking downstream along the Ayung Stream from the footbridge crossing it en route to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_045_06192022 - Looking upstream from the bridge over Ayung Stream as Mom continued on the path going upstream towards the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_047_06192022 - Mom approaching the final descent to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_048_06192022 - Context of a side waterfall across from the final descent to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_050_06192022 - Direct look at the side waterfall across the Ayung Stream as we were making the final descent to the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_054_06192022 - Finally making it down to the foot of the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_056_06192022 - Our first clean look at the entirety of the gushing Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_061_06192022 - Portrait view of the entirety of the Nungnung Waterfall from a little set back from the spray zone
Nungnung_064_06192022 - Context of Mom checking out the side waterfall from the last steps before the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_065_06192022 - Looking across the one-sided bamboo bridge spanning the Ayung Stream just downstream of Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_068_06192022 - Partial look at the Nungnung Waterfall from the one-sided bamboo footbridge
Nungnung_070_06192022 - Looking back at the context of the one-sided bamboo footbridge over the Ayung Stream backed by the final steps and the side waterfall as seen from just before the spray zone of the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_072_06192022 - Direct look at the Nungnung Waterfall from the edge of the spray zone
Nungnung_079_06192022 - Mom going back across the one-sided bamboo footbridge at the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_082_06192022 - Another look back at the Nungnung Waterfall from the east side of the Ayung Stream
Nungnung_085_06192022 - Last look back at the Nungnung Waterfall before heading back up
Nungnung_088_06192022 - Closer look at the trail going past the rubbish bins towards the side waterfall just downstream of the Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung_093_06192022 - It was a long way back up to the Nungnung Waterfall car park from this footbridge over the Ayung Stream
Nungnung_099_06192022 - Noticing a dog loitering around one of the shelters while going back up the steep steps towards the Nungnung Waterfall car park
Nungnung_100_06192022 - Mom making her way back up the many steps to return to the Nungnung Waterfall car park
Nungnung_107_06192022 - Mom making her way up the final stair-stepped ascent as we were near the Nungnung Waterfall car park
Nungnung_108_06192022 - Mom approaching the final uphill on the road back up to the Nungnung Waterfall car park
Nungnung_110_06192022 - Finally making it back to the Nungnung Waterfall car park and ticket booth


The Nungnung Waterfall is located less than 22km southeast of the town of Bedugul.

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

Nungnung_111_06192022 - Looking at the extent of the Nungnung Waterfall
Looking at the extent of the Nungnung Waterfall

It took about 70 minutes for our driver to drive 35km from Ubud to the Nungnung Waterfall car park without traffic (due to our pre-dawn start).

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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Video starting from the footbridge and sweeping for the falls before going over a different spot for a direct look at the falls


Brief sweep starting with a side waterfall in the distance then panning over to the mist zone and the main waterfall

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