Munduk Waterfalls: The Hidden Paradise
Munduk Waterfalls locally known as Air Terjun Munduk are among Bali’s most scenic, located within Bali’s lush and forested central-northern highland region in the village of Munduk in Buleleng, North Bali.
Munduk village is one of the best destinations in Bali for waterfall lovers, with 3 of stunning waterfalls, such as; Laangan Melanting waterfall, Red Coral waterfall and Golden Valley/Munduk waterfall.
Since the location of these waterfall is close each other hence the people only know this site as Munduk Waterfall.
There are also hectares of clove, coffee plantations, and any other features that might lure travelers to stop to enjoy the stunning views there.
In addition, you can breath the fresh air (free of air pollution). If you are able to visit Munduk, it will take you into a very different atmosphere.
Feeling like you are on the top of a mountain and when the sunset comes, you can see very exciting views and the sea-water shining in the distance.
Keep reading to find out how to get there along with everything else you need to know! But feel free to jump to any section that interests you:
- Munduk Waterfall Address & Map
- How To Get To Munduk Waterfall
- Munduk Waterfall Entrance Fee
- Best Time To Visit Munduk Waterfall
- Munduk Waterfall Hike
- Tips for Munduk Waterfall Trek
- Munduk Waterfall Opening Hours
- Munduk Village
Munduk Waterfall Address & Map
Munduk Waterfall lies on the altitude of about 850 meters above sea level in the village of Munduk, Bulleng (Singaraja) regency, Bali, Indonesia.
The journey up to these highlands from the main southern areas such as Kuta, Seminyak, and Denpasar takes an approximate tree-hour drive.
How to Get to Munduk Waterfall
As mentioned above Munduk Waterfalls located in the village of Munduk, Buleleng (Singaraja) regency, North Bali.
The 15-meter high waterfall is located between coffee plantations population and reachable after a 300m walk from the main road.
Its took 2,5 hours drive by car from Kuta area, 2 hours drive from ubud, and 45 minutes drive from Lovina area.
It is a 15 minute drive West of the Wanagiri Hidden Hills and the sign is on the very edge of a steep corner.
There is no public transporation to Munduk area, so we recommend renting a scoter, and you can rent scooters in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Denpasar, and Ubud. Scooter rental is 75,000 IDR per day.
Usually the price of that tour around 35 to 45 USD per car per day, and which included of fuel, parking fees, and English speaking driver as a guide.
Munduk Waterfall Entrance Fee
The entrance fee for Munduk Waterfall is 20,000 IDR per person (about 1,50 USD) and an extra 5,000 IDR (35c USD) for the car park.
And the payment should be cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), so please prepare small cash before you come here.
Best Time To Visit Munduk Waterfall
The weather in Munduk is different to other parts of Bali. As the village is at an altitude of around 800-900 metres above sea level, it tends to rain more in the area.
Even during the dry season it’s not uncommon for it to rain, but it usually doesn’t last for more than an hour or two. Due to the higher altitude, the area has a cooler climate than other parts of Bali.
The best time to visit Munduk is between April and September, as these months see the least rainfall.
Avoid visiting between December and March if possible, as this is the rainiest time of year in Munduk.
Munduk Waterfall Hike
One of the best things to do in Munduk is go trekking as the area is home to some of the most beautiful nature in Bali.
The most popular trek to do is the Munduk waterfall trek, which takes 3-4 hours and leads you to 3 different waterfalls, such as; Laangan Melanting waterfall, Red Coral waterfall and Golden Valley/Munduk Waterfalls.
This lovely hike through Munduk is easy enough to do without a map, and leads you through the wonderful nature Bali has to offer.
Find below exactly how to do this wonderful hike with this guide to doing the Munduk waterfall trek in Bali!
Laangan Melanting Waterfall
The Munduk waterfall loop trek starts in the village, unless you are doing it in reverse.
Guesthouses in the area may offer a map for hiking to the Munduk waterfalls, but we recommend using Google maps – a smartphone map that works offline – as it makes the route a lot easier to follow.
Set your destination as Laangan Melanting waterfall and follow the route suggested. Just before the hill you will take a steep path to your left.
Follow this path along until the end of the trail. For about 10 minutes the path will no longer be there.
Instead it will consist of a rocky track, but you should keep following the route. After following the track you’ll arrive at a shop where you will have to pay an entrance fee of 10,000 Rupiah per person.
When we visited this was the only waterfall in Munduk with an entrance fee. Once you’ve paid, there are a number of steep stairs to climb down.
After about 10 minutes you’ll arrive at the beautiful Laangan Melanting waterfall. Make your way across the bamboo bridge to enjoy the falls from a great viewpoint.
During our visit they were constructing some new stairs to make the viewpoint easier to access.
Red Coral Waterfall
After descending so many steep steps the last thing you want to do is climb back up them.
Unfortunately, to reach the Red Coral waterfall the only way is to go back the way you came. Once you pass the booth where you paid, turn left.
Continue on this path uphill until you see a warung on your right hand side. At this point you need to make a sharp right turn and continue on this path.
From there the path is relatively straight forward until you reach the waterfall, but continue to use Google maps if you want to make sure you’re going the right way!
On Google maps Red Coral waterfall is incorrectly labelled as Munduk waterfall.
There are 2 waterfalls on the map listed by this name, so make sure it’s the closer of the 2 that you select.
Close to the waterfall the map shows a tollbooth, which should help you distinguish.
The Red Coral waterfall is another wonderful work of nature for you to enjoy, and in our experience was the busiest of the waterfalls in Munduk.
Prepare to get wet as the spray from the falls is quite powerful, which can make it hard to get a photo without water on your lens!
On top of this there’s quite a lot of sun glare around midday. Take your time to enjoy this lovely spot,
and make sure to give yourself a rest from all the walking you’ve done so far. When you’re ready, set off towards the final waterfall of the trek.
Golden Valley/Munduk Waterfall
There are two ways to reach Munduk waterfall from Red Coral. If you follow Google maps it will lead you along the main road for most of the way before taking a turning down to the waterfall.
Fortunately, there’s a more scenic route! Set your destination on maps.me to Eco Café 1 and begin to follow the route it suggests.
As you are following the steep path up you will reach a warung. There is a sign nearby for the Golden Valley Waterfall and Eco Café.
Follow the path the sign points to and it will lead you to a glorious viewpoint of Bali’s countryside.
Around 15 minutes after you started the path from the warung you should reach the Eco café 2.
The cafe is in a brilliant location overlooking the wonderful Munduk/Golden Valley waterfall.
It’s the perfect place to get a tasty lunch, so we recommend ordering some food and then heading down for a closer look at the waterfall while you wait.
Once it’s ready, enjoy your meal in this beautiful spot. It’s hard to find a café/restaurant in Munduk with a better view than this one.
Finish your food and enjoy the area’s lovely scenery before you begin to make your way back to the village.
From Munduk waterfall you need to make your way back up to the main road. Take the stairs up besides the café, which will lead you over the a bridge at the top of the waterfall.
Continue on this path and after about 5 minutes you’ll reach the main road. The best way to get back to Munduk village from here is to ask a passing driver to give you a lift.
As you aren’t too far away this should cost no more than 20,000 Rupiah per person. If you’d rather save cash or aren’t tired out from the waterfall trek then you can also follow the road back towards the village.
Whichever you decide to do, take the rest of the day easy and treat yourself to a well earned drink in the evening!
Tips for Munduk Waterfall Trek
Shoes – If you’re planning on doing the waterfall trek, then it’s important to have comfortable shoes on your packing list for Bali.
Although it’s probably possible to do the trek in flip-flops, we’d recommend something with a bit more grip as the path is often uneven and uphill.
Trek in reverse – If you’d prefer you can do the trek in reverse. To do this you’d need to walk along the main road from Munduk village until Google maps tells you where to turn.
Alternatively, you can pay a driver to drop you off at this end of the trail and start from there. The good thing about doing the trek this way is that you’ll end up back in the village.
Bring water and snacks – We recommend bringing a good amount of water with you when trekking to the Munduk Waterfalls.
It can get very hot and it’s important to stay hydrated when doing exercise in this kind of heat.
It’s also worth bringing some snacks with you so make sure to buy some from a shop beforehand.
There are a few warungs on the route so you will be able to get some food and drink, but it’s best to have some with you just in case.
Start early – It’s a good idea to start your adventure early to avoid the midday heat. Although the walk isn’t too challenging, setting off during the hotter part of the day will only make it harder for you!
Munduk Waterfall Opening Hours
Munduk Waterfall opens from 6 AM to 6 PM every day. Moonson is the least favorite time to explore the waterfall. It slippery and muddy.
Pay attention to the weather cast. If it's raining a day before. There is a high chance the water is brown.
Munduk Village: The Old Retreat Area
There’s a reason why Dutch officers from Singaraja liked to visit Munduk in the past. Munduk is situated at 500 to 1200 meters above sea level.
It has average temperatures of 20 to 25°C. Singaraja was hot and crowded. While Munduk had a milder climate, smaller population, and a scenic landscape.
Exploring Munduk Waterfall, notice leftovers from the colonial era. There are many houses at the village with colonial-style architecture.
The agriculture here is also an evidence from the colonial era. It was the Dutch who introduced cloves, coffee, and vanilla farming.
Find a coffee shop at Munduk Village to try the local specialty: a cup of Luwak Coffee.
Walk around Munduk to feel how the village has transformed. From a humble settlement of Bali’s mountain people.
Survived during the colonial period, to be what Munduk is today. A trekking journey will bring visitors along the plantations.
Where cloves scent fills the air. Some of the old retreat houses are transformed into guesthouses for tourists. Stay in this place to have a time travel experience at Munduk.
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