About Tibumana Waterfall (Air Terjun Tibumana)
The Tibumana Waterfall was one of Bali’s most popular waterfalls due to its proximity to the touristy city of Ubud.
However, it also possessed a nice plunge with a classic tall rectangular shape, which also made it pleasing to witness as well as photograph.
In addition to this waterfall, there was also a pair of intermediate waterfalls on the way to the main falls as well as a nice cascade on a separate path next to a shrine.
Indeed, even though we had to share this waterfall with locals and tourists alike, I could totally see why people who have included it in their itineraries come away with the impression that chasing waterfalls in Bali is a very worthwhile thing to do!
As for experiencing the Tibumana Waterfall, we went on a quick upside down walk (i.e. downhill to the falls and uphill on the way back) over about 1km round trip taking us around 45 minutes.
We started from the car park (see directions below), where we promptly paid for our admission at the nearby ticket counter.
We then proceeded to walk past a warung surrounded by a rice field before veering right nearby some shelters and a temple.
The path then narrowed as it approached a ramp that eventually passed a few warungs and coffee shops before reaching a trail junction (roughly 350m from the car park).
At this fork, the path on the left went down about 150m to the Tibumana Waterfall while the path on the right went another 150m to a cascade next to some shrine.
On the path to the Tibumana Waterfall, it eventually bottomed out near a pair of bridges over a stream flanked by a pair of intermediate waterfalls.
Shortly after the end of the pair of bridges, the path then ended at the plunge pool fronting the Tibumana Waterfall.
We showed up at midday, which probably wasn’t the greatest as far as the direction of the sunlight was concerned, and I’d imagine it’s best seen on a cloudy day or later in the afternoon.
The plunge pool was big and some people took advantage of it to swim and cool off though I did have concerns about how much chemicals (to treat the rice fields) made their way to the stream.
Nevertheless, we did notice there was an overhang or “cave”-like alcove hidden in a corner of the plunge pool to the left of the falls, but you’d have to swim to it (which no one did during our visit).
Finally, if I had to estimate the height of the Tibumana Waterfall, I’m guessing that it’s about 15-20m tall though no one swam right up to the falls so the extrapolation method wasn’t as effective.
The Tibumana Waterfall resides in the Bangli Regency near the village of Bangli in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Bangli Regency local government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
The Tibumana Waterfall resides near the village of Bangli in the Bangli Regency.
However, since we were driven to the car park for the Tibumana Waterfall from the Kanto Lampo Waterfall, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
Moreover, I can say that it took about 10 minutes for our driver to do the roughly 6km drive to get from central the Kanto Lampo Waterfall to the Tibumana Waterfall car park.
That said, if we were to drive to the falls from Ubud, then it might take us over a half-hour to do the 15km drive (depending on traffic).
For geographical context, Bangli is about 22km (over 30 minutes drive) northeast of Ubud, about 48km (over 1 hour drive) northeast of Kuta, about 46km (under 90 minutes drive) east of Canggu, 46km (under 90 minutes drive) east of Seminyak, and 83km (about 2.5 hours drive) south of Lovina.
Again, 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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