Tibumana waterfall has only recently become popular. Locals from Apuan village in Susut Bangli district are improving conditions to attract more tourism dollars to the region.
The access road is well signposted and leads through some beautiful rice fields. There are car and motorcycle parking, and the concrete stairs into the gorge and along the river have been recently modernized, so it’s relatively easy if you don’t mind stairs.
It is approximately 20 meters high and falls into a protected, shallow pool. After heavy rains, usually during the rainy season, the waterfalls divide in two – and although this looks spectacular, it only happens after protracted heavy rains. Expect a single waterfall for the rest of the year, flowing over a small hand-crafted rocky watercourse that ensures smooth water flow and a very photogenic waterfall.
Don’t be disappointed if the water is a cloudy brown color because most of the waterfalls in the south and east of Bali are usually cloudy, especially at the beginning of the rainy season. The bright blue water you see on Instagram photos is likely to be changed by filters or Photoshop.
Alongside Tegenungan, Kanto Lampo and Tukad Cepung, Tibumana is one of the closest waterfalls from Ubud, Kuta, Legian or Seminyak. Tibumana is only 16 km from Ubud and 42 km from Seminyak. While it is much smaller than Tegenungan, it is also much less crowded. Because it is so accessible, I recommend a visit.
Entry fee: Rp 25,000/pax
Location: Jl. Desa Apuan, Apuan, Susut, Kabupaten Bangli
Opening times: Mon-Sun 07:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.