Gembleng Waterfall (Air Terjun Gembleng) is a beautiful little waterfall on the less-touristy side of Bali. It’s not a huge waterfall but the infinity-style rock pools that you can plunge in and enjoy the breathtaking views make it well worth visiting.
I have put together this complete guide to help plan your adventure including how to get here, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive at these stunning falls.
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WHERE IS GEMBLENG WATERFALL
Gembleng Waterfall is located in the Karangasem region, and in the village of Sidemen on the east side of Bali.
From the main tourist hubs of Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta, it’s approximately a 2.5-hour drive. If you happen to be staying in Ubud, it’s a shorter distance which takes around 2 hours.
I can also recommend spending a couple of days at Hideout Bali, an incredible bamboo home in Sideman, and from here, it’s only a 30-minute drive to reach the waterfall.
HOW TO GET HERE?
The best and easiest way to get to east Bali is by scooter or by car.
If you are staying in the Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, or Ubud region, I recommend renting a scooter and making the 2.5-hour drive out to Karangasem in East Bali.
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This particular waterfall is a holy place and it was originally used by the Balinese people to carry out the tradition of melukat (cleaning themselves).
Over time, Air Terjun Gembleng began to open up to the public and is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination.
There is no official ticket price to visit the falls, but a donation is welcome. It’s up to you how much you’d like to spend but something around 20,000 IDR is acceptable ($1.40).
BEST TIME TO VISIT
This is one of the few waterfalls in Bali where, in my opinion, any time of the day is a good time to visit.
It’s way less busy here compared to other waterfalls on the island and the extensive view and backdrop are absolutely stunning no matter what time you visit.
On rare occasions, there are still religious ceremonies performed at Gembleng Waterfall. During these times the waterfall is closed for the public.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You can expect to plunge into infinity-style rock pools with the most epic view of the jungle and nearby rice fields. It’s truly a picture-perfect hidden gem.
To get to Gembleng Falls, you actually walk up to it, unlike most Bali waterfalls which you walk down to. There are around 60 shallow and easy stairs that will lead you right to the top.
To get to the rock pools you need to walk across a suspended wooden bridge and scramble over some rocks. Watch out and take care because they can be quite slippery, but it’s not too far and the view at the end is 100% worth it.
While visiting, keep in mind this is a holy place for Balinese people so treat it with respect and pay attention to politeness, especially when meeting locals. They are sharing their beautiful land with you after all.
The natural infinity pool at the top is where you’ll be able to capture the best shots, and of course, be sure to go for a swim to cool off in this freshwater paradise.
Put your explorer’s cap on and go for a wander to the higher set of falls, or make your way down to the lower plunge pool. There is so much beautiful nature to find!
TIPS FOR VISITING
At the top of you will find a little Warung selling drinks, snacks, beers, and even Arak (local alcoholic spirit), so I recommend bringing some extra cash if you wish to purchase something.
Definitely bring your swimmers, sunscreen, a towel, and shoes you don’t mind getting wet or flip-flops. And the number one thing you can’t forget is your camera!
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Air Terjun Gembleng is a piece of art, formed by nature. A perfect little slice of paradise in paradise. Its incredibly beautiful scenery, as well as the history of the place, give it a very special and magical vibe.
Enjoy the atmosphere and the clear water in the natural jacuzzi while you relax and let your eyes wander over the tropical forest and rice terraces that surround you.
WHERE TO STAY
I would recommend spending a couple of days in the small coastal town of Amed when visiting East Bali. From Amed to these beautiful falls, it’s approximately a 1-hour drive.
Amed has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Amed to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: GRIYA VILLAS & SPA
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WHERE TO NEXT?
Ubud is not too far away from this location and boasts many amazing things to do such as rainforest yoga retreats, traditional arts and crafts, other-worldly rice terraces, raging waterfalls, monkey forests, and much more.
Ubud is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature for a few days away from the rat race. Whether you want to unwind and relax or adventure and explore, Ubud offers the best of both worlds.
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