Sumampan Waterfall (Air Terjun Sumampan)

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

About Sumampan Waterfall (Air Terjun Sumampan)

Hiking Distance: 600m round trip
Suggested Time: about 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2022-06-18
Date last visited: 2022-06-18

Waterfall Latitude: -8.55143
Waterfall Longitude: 115.29199

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The Sumampan Waterfall is kind of an unsung waterfall near the city of Ubud, and that’s saying something considering how many tourists that the City of Temples sees.

Heck, even the trail to the Sumampan Waterfall was mostly unpaved instead of lined with concrete, which attested to the fact that this place was still under the tourist radar for the time being (at least as of our visit in June 2022).

Sumampan_022_06172022 - Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan Waterfall

That said, we did notice more foreign tourists that one would expect from an off-the-beaten-path waterfall like this so maybe word is already getting out about this place.

What made this waterfall stand out in my mind was the presence of intriguing facial engravings on the rocks in the stream as well as alongside the trail.

There was also a second waterfall further upstream from the main Sumampan Waterfall though we were only able to partially see that one without hiring a guide to help bushwhack for a closer and better look.

As for the Sumampan Waterfall itself, we managed to go on a roughly 300m upside down walk (meaning you go down to the falls and climb back up to the car park).

Sumampan_036_06172022 - Closer look at the engravings next to the narrow and steep steps leading to the base of the Sumampan Waterfall
Closer look at the engravings next to the narrow and steep steps leading to the base of the Sumampan Waterfall

We paid IDR 20k (about $1.50 USD as of June 2022) per person to go on this walk, and it gently descended before reaching a steep set of steps next to a concrete wall with ripples and engravings on it.

When we got to the bottom, that was when we got to see the gushing Sumampan Waterfall though we weren’t able to get a clean look at all of its 10-15m height due to overgrowth from the neighboring trees.

Around the waterfall and its stream, we noticed numerous carvings or engravings in the rocks both within the river as well as along the river’s banks.

It didn’t take long for us to have our fill of this falls as we didn’t feel the need to do the rope-assisted wade across the fast moving stream to get a closer look.

Sumampan_044_06172022 - Partial look at a second waterfall further upstream from the Sumampan Waterfall
Partial look at a second waterfall further upstream from the Sumampan Waterfall

On the way back up to the car park, Julie noticed and alerted me to a second waterfall further upstream of the Sumampan Waterfall, but I was only able to get an unsatisfactory partial look at it.

In order to get further and a better look, that would require bushwhacking the overgrown trail, which would require hiring a local guide.

So all things considered, we probably walked around 600m round trip taking us about 50 minutes away from the car, including all the time spent taking pictures and enjoying the experience.


The Sumampan Waterfall resides in the Gianyar Regency near the city of Ubud in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Gianyar Regency local government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.

Sumampan_001_06172022 - Approaching the entrance for the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_005_06172022 - Tahia on the trail to the Sumampan Waterfall beyond the entrance booth. Note that this trail is not all paved in concrete, which was actually quite unusual for a Balinese Waterfall experience
Sumampan_007_06172022 - Tahia continuing on the unpaved track leading to the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_011_06172022 - Julie and Tahia descending the trail with part of the Sumampan Waterfall tumbling to our left
Sumampan_017_06172022 - Julie and Tahia descending a steep and narrow set of steps next to some interesting engravings en route to the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_020_06172022 - Our first look at the gushing Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_026_06172022 - Closer look at the base of the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_028_06172022 - Standing across the fast-moving stream looking towards the partial view of the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_030_06172022 - Another look at the Sumampan Waterfall while trying to deal with all the overgrowth
Sumampan_032_06172022 - One of the river boulders that contained a facial carving or engraving before the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_035_06172022 - After having our fill of the Sumampan Waterfall, we started to head back up the narrow and steep steps
Sumampan_037_06172022 - Closeup of one of the engravings next to the steep and narrow steps by the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_038_06172022 - Looking down another one of the engravings next to the steps leading down to the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_039_06172022 - Continuing back up the steps as I was leaving the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_040_06172022 - Looking back at someone going down to the base of the Sumampan Waterfall as we were leaving
Sumampan_042_06172022 - Looking towards the partial view of the second waterfall that we noticed as we were leaving the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_047_06172022 - The family still making their way back towards the entrance for the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_048_06172022 - Continuing back up the gentle trail towards the entrance for the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_053_06172022 - Looking across some rice fields towards some dark-looking clouds back at the entrance for the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_054_06172022 - Passing back through the entrance kiosk for the Sumampan Waterfall
Sumampan_055_06172022 - Looking across more rice fields by the entrance for the Sumampan Waterfall

The Sumampan Waterfall is located less than 10km southeast of the city of Ubud.

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

Sumampan_002_06172022 - At the entrance to the Sumampan Waterfall
At the entrance to the Sumampan Waterfall

It would probably take around 30 minutes for our driver to drive from Ubud to the Sumampan Waterfall (possibly slower due to traffic).

For geographical context, Beng is about 11km (under 30 minutes drive) south of Ubud, about 39km (around 1 hour drive) northeast of Kuta, about 37km (over 1 hour drive) east of Canggu, 37km (over 1 hour drive) east of Seminyak, and 79km (over 2 hours drive) south of Lovina.

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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Long and somewhat shaky video showing the falls from two different vantage points as well as short scramble to get from first to second spot

Right to left sweep focusing more on bedrock engravings before focusing more on the falls itself

Showing second hidden waterfall in a bit of a slow sweep

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