Located deep into the secluded forest, Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall in Bali is actually four waterfalls for the price of one. The four waterfalls do not have individual names, and a couple are short in stature, but that doesn’t diminish their beauty.
Admission Price & Opening Hours of Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
The Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall ticket price is 30,000 rupiahs. There is a hut just past the entrance gate where we paid and received paper tickets. The waterfall is open every day from 8 am to 5 pm. There is a small grassy patch next to the sign on the road for parking.
Facilities at Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
There is a toilet and changing room just after the ticketing hut. The sign says that it requires a donation, but I didn’t see anywhere to drop money. The door was closed and maybe locked, so visitors might have to ask for the key (and donate) at the ticketing hut.
There is a changing hut at the waterfalls across from each other. There is another toilet and changing room at the other pair of waterfalls, which I will note below. This washroom was a bare, concrete room with no lights. It had a squat toilet with no paper, a faucet on the side of the wall and the familiar bucket with a smaller bucket inside of it for various cleaning-up jobs.
What To Wear to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
Ideally, wear your bathing suit under your clothes before coming to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall. There are changing huts on-site, but it’s much more comfortable to change at your homestay.
Sandals are fine to wear to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall. There is a hike involved to get to the waterfalls, but it’s not too intense and doesn’t require hiking shoes. The path is well-travelled and paved with concrete for most of the way. If you have water shoes, you should definitely wear those. They’ll be better suited for the walk and, of course, while swimming at the falls.
Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall
It’s a fair walk before arriving at any waterfalls. It took us about twenty minutes to get to the first group of falls. The path splits at the halfway point, and some locals will probably be hanging out here. If you have a particularly lazy driver or tour guide with you, he might opt to wait here. There are a lot of downhill stairs after this point for both routes. It’s a minor workout to get to the falls but an exhausting ordeal when you’re coming back up. We went to the two falls on the left first.
First Group of Waterfalls
At this location, there is a short yet wide waterfall. Many small water streams trickle over the verdant green foliage on the rocks. A raised shallow pool on a rock shelf makes for a great picture spot. The gazebo here is a perfect place to dump your gear or enjoy a picnic. You should see the changing hut I mentioned above in a private spot in the trees off to the right.
The other waterfall is only a few steps away. This one is a single narrow stream of water falling over a natural cave. You can go and check out the cave, but you should put some shoes on since there are sharp rocks. This place also seems to be a drinking spot, so some broken glass might be around. The raised rock behind the falling water is easy to climb onto and is another good place for pictures.
If you’re wearing your swimsuit, don’t bother changing out of it for the walk to the other group of falls. Just throw on a cover-up if you’re shy. It’s only about a fifteen-minute walk, and it’s too much of a hassle to try and change in a cramped, dirty hut. Do put your shoes back on, though. While the walk to the next pair of falls is mostly on concrete blocks, it’s a significant distance to do in bare feet.
Second Group of Waterfalls
Visitors must backtrack up all those stairs. Walk back to the fork in the trail and head down the other path to get to the other set of falls. You’ll know you’re getting close when you get to another long set of stairs leading down. Before starting your descent to these second falls, you’ll see the toilets I talked about and a gazebo in a small clearing to the right of the path.
The second pair of waterfalls are next to each other in the same pool. The waterfall on the left has three streams of water flowing over the leaf-covered rock face. It’s like a taller, grander version of the falls at the other spot.
The other waterfall consists of two short yet powerful streams. It’s the most diminutive of the four falls and looks to be only a third of the size of the one next to it.
There is supposed to be a bridge where tourists can comfortably admire the waterfalls and take pictures. However, during our visit, the bridge was damaged and cordoned off. With the constant spray from the falls eating away at the natural materials, you shouldn’t expect this bridge to always be available.
A visit to Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall is a great day trip if you’re staying somewhere in Buleleng or the surrounding area. There is the option to hit the other waterfalls that are close by, like Banyumala or Wanagiri Pucak Manik. We were coming from Munduk and combined it with a visit to the nearby twin lakes. Since Banyu Wana Amertha is four different waterfalls and requires a not insignificant walk to get to the falls, tourists will be more spread out here and not clutter up your pictures. We only encountered one other couple at each set of waterfalls and could spend as much time as we wanted taking photos.