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Tukad Cepung Waterfall, also known as the cave waterfall is one of the most beautiful and unique waterfalls close to the Ubud center. This is also one of the most well-known places to see in Bali. So the real question is should you still visit this place or try and find a hidden gem? Well, let’s jump right in and find out.
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Getting to Tukad Cepung Waterfall
This isn’t all that hard and is very well marked out. Being one of the top Ubud sightseeing attractions, this is not a hidden waterfall of Bali. Whenever we travel to Bali, we always rent a scooter. This tends to cost us anywhere from 30,000 IDR to 60,000 IDR per day depending on who you rent from in Ubud center.
If you aren’t comfortable riding a scooter in Bali, we completely understand. Don’t worry you can also hire a driver for the day. This tends to cost around 500,000 IDR for 8 hours. This is perfect for large groups or families. We highly suggest if you are going to hire a driver that you make the most out of the day and check out all the waterfalls near Ubud and all the top things to do nearby.
Ubud Center to Tukad Cepung
The journey itself from Ubud Center is around 48 minutes and not all that bad. The worst part of the trip is normally Ubud center due to the traffic. If you leave early ( we highly suggest it ) you will miss the traffic and have a nice smooth ride.
Canggu to Tukad Cepung
Canggu to Ubud is a little bit more of a journey but tends to go a bit faster. This trip in total is right over an hour ( 48.4 KM ) but it is a lot easier than riding in Ubud Center. The roads are a little wider and much less turns to get from Canggu to Tukad Cepund than from Ubud to Tukad Cepung.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall – entrance fee
As Bali is one of the more touristy Islands in Asia, almost everywhere you go will have an entrance fee. Tukad Cepung is no different. Most waterfalls near Ubud tend to be 10,000 IDR – 20,000 IDR and Tukad Cepug come in at 10,000 IDR per person with free parking. These types of attractions are a great way to stay on budget and make the most out of your trip.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall – what to expect
Ok, what we have all been waiting for for…. Should you visit Tukad Cepung? YES! This waterfall has changed a lot from the first time we visited in 2017 but it is still just as beautiful. Although this place is not like the waterfalls in Munduk Bali (Northern Bali) and does get tons of people daily. It’s still is something we wouldn’t miss due to the unique formation. Once you park and pay your entrance ticket ( 10,000 IDR ) you still have a little bit to go. When we went back in 2019 they have made significant changes. They now have a nice paved path the whole way down. The hike is pretty moderate and only takes around 20 minutes at a relatively slow pace.
The Sunrays at Tukad Cepung
If you have seen any pictures of this place you will know that it is well known for the magical sun rays. It’s truly an unreal thing to see and happens on really clear days when the sun pokes through the trees. This tends to happen right around 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. If you are going to see the light rays, make sure you are there at 9 AM.
Best time to visit Tukad Cepung
Just like most of the places near Ubud Center, if you want to get a great picture or have some relaxing time to yourself you have to get here right when it opens ( Unless you want to catch sun rays, then you have to go at 9:30 AM ). It opens at 6 am and is well worth visiting right at opening. You may see a couple of photographers there but the real rush of tourists doesn’t start till around 10 AM.
What to do in Ubud after you finish up the falls? I’m sure you will never be bored. There are tons to do here so so we highly suggest staying a few days and hitting all the attractions for the best Bali itinerary.
**If you have some extra time we highly suggest taking a trip north to Munduk. This is our favorite place in Bali. From Waterfalls and amazing sunrises to the most unreal viewpoints overlooking twin lakes. It’s a must not miss and truly one of Bali hidden gems.
Where to stay in Ubud
Most of the time when we travel, we tend to either stay in hotels or in Airbnb’s. In Bali, in most cases, we stay in Airbnb’s. If you are looking to check out an Airbnb you can use this code to sign up with a new account and receive $40 off your first home booking and $15 to use towards an experience. When it comes to where to stay in Bali you have a lot of options so make sure you take your time and pick something in the right location with the right amenities.
If you are more of a hotel type of person or would like to book with another service that is ok as well. We can highly recommend Booking.com. They also have some very nice places to stay in Ubud Center. We only stayed in Ubud once but when we did, we stayed at Bliss Ubud Spa Resort. It’s a beautiful property that’s set back and surrounded by rice fields. With the modern/traditional style villas, you are sure to have everything you need without sacrificing any comfort or experience.
If this place doesn’t interest you they have tons more options you can choose from below.
Even after visiting here more than three times, we still return every trip we take to Bali. This place is special and really delivers the perfect shot and experience if you are prepared and know when to go. We hope this article helps you and if we missed anything or you have any questions at all please let us know below.
I hope you have a great trip!