About Yeh Labuh Waterfall (Air Terjun Yeh Labuh)
The Yeh Labuh Waterfall is an off-the-beaten path waterfall located upslope between Candidasa Beach (pronounced “CHAHN-di-da-sa”) and Bias Tugel Beach in East Bali.
It provided us our waterfalling excuse to pursue while doing the wildly popular day trip out to Lempuyang Temple and Tirta Gangga.
Because it was such an unknown waterfall, we were the only foreign tourists that were at the falls though there were locals (including a Balinese YouTuber) so it wasn’t as if this place was unknown.
The Yeh Labuh Waterfall was very tall and thin, and if I had to guess, it was probably at least 50m or so (someone claimed in the literature that it was 35m) though it was hard to tell because the upper tiers were obstructed from view due to overgrowth.
We also noticed that there were empty pools that were developed on the final ascent to the viewing area, and that made us wonder if this place was either still being developed for that or if there just wasn’t enough water to allow them to fill.
We started our pursuit of the Yeh Labuh Waterfall by taking an obscure road (our driver had to ask locals a few times; see directions below) towards its end.
From there, we started walking on a narrow concrete scooter path that said “Dana Desa” on the ground (just before a warung that seemed like someone’s home).
We then walked roughly 350m on a mostly downhill path between some rural homes beneath some interesting hanging cyclinders used for making black honey, which is apparently this area’s specialty.
The path eventually descended to a bridge over the Yeh Labuh Creek, where there was a kiosk with donation bin before following a dirt path upstream alongside the creek itself.
After going past an intermediate waterfall, where we saw some local kids play in its plunge pool, the path continued making its mild ascent past a trail junction and eventually towards some empty (swimming) pools.
Just beyond the pools and a “Yeh Labuh” sign, the path went up some steps before reaching the viewing area of the Yeh Labuh Waterfall.
Fronting the waterfall was a viewing area with a pillar that seemed like it might be developed into a prayer area (it was still under construction during our June 2022 visit).
As for interacting with the waterfall, we saw the locals climb the boulders at the foot of the falls towards what I’d imagine to be a hidden swimming hole at the foot of Yeh Labuh Waterfall’s largest tier.
The falls had thin flow, and I wondered if the local climate was such that we weren’t in East Bali’s wet season or if this waterfall just had a thin drainage and maybe more seasonal flow compared to other Balinese waterfalls we’d seen so far.
Anyways, we merely spent about an hour away from the car (and most of the time was spent checking out the falls itself).
We probably only walked about 1km round trip (though the GPS went crazy given the forest cover and tight gorge at the end).
The Yeh Labuh Waterfall resides in the Karangasem Regency by the Selumbung Village near Candidasa in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Karangasem Regency local government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
Since we were driven to the trailhead for the Yeh Labuh 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 around 10 minutes for our driver to drive from Candidasa to the start of the Yeh Labuh Waterfall though he did have to ask around since the falls was not well-signed.
For geographical context, Candidasa is about 44km (about an hour drive) east of Ubud, about 60km (well over an 1 hour drive) east of Kuta, about 58km (well over 1 hour drive) east of Canggu, 57km (well over 1 hour drive) east of Seminyak, and 113km (about 3 hours drive) southeast 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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