Aling Aling waterfall definitely ranks as one of Bali’s top five waterfalls for beauty alone but in terms of thrill seeking fun, it’s unrivalled. “The” Aling Aling waterfall is a gorgeous 35m high twin fall nestled in the forest about 5km south of Singaraja. There’s a nice pool to cool off in beneath the falls and more at the top with the added advantage of lovely view back down the river gorge. There are however, six more waterfalls and small cascades found along this mountain creek and it’s these that have earned Aling Aling its thrill seeking reputation with Kroya waterfall offering a natural waterslide into the plunge pool 6m below and others such as Kembar and Pucuk Waterfalls offering loads of places to jump from rocks into the water. The promoted jumps are 5m, 10m and 16m so there’s something for everyone from the timid to the dare devil. There are also canyoning activities available in a different part of the Aling Gorge but these should only be undertaken with a professional canyoning guide.
Before you get into all that action though, start with a swim at Tibuan Puncak Sari “The Secret Garden”, a magnificent tranquil pool flanked by tall cliffs and fed by a single tiny cascade from a a narrow fissure in the gorge. It’s best visited around 10AM when the sun hits the pool and you can see right through the clear blue-green water. It’s absolutely gorgeous!
Admission to the Aling Aling waterfalls is 10,000Rp per person for sightseers only. If you want to get into the adrenalin pumping activities, you must hire a guide to show you where to its safe to jump and this will set you back 50,000-100,000Rp per person depending on how well you can haggle. Whilst we haven’t been able to verify it, local rumour is that accidents and deaths have occurred from rock jumping in the area so jump at your own discretion.
Access from the gate is via a 4km trek and lots of stairs. The trail is well defined but it can be slippery so leave the flip-flops at home and wear something sturdier on your feet. After descending down to the river, you’ll reach a junction. Veer left to the base of the main waterfall and three smaller waterfalls a short distance downstream. You’ll find toilets and a small shrine nearby. To reach the top of the falls and an attractive swimming hole, veer right at the junction and cross the little bridge over the river then follow your nose.