Have you really been to Bali if you haven’t seen the northern part of the island? I think not! Bali retreats are not complete without seeing the amazing north. From the Wanagiri Hidden Hills to the mind-blowing Sekumpul Waterfall the northern part of the island is truly the hidden gem. Many people come to Bali in search of the best beaches and cheapest prices, while it does have that they are becoming very crowded in 2019 and 2020. This is why we highly suggest not missing the north. We were treated with the best Sunrise we have ever seen, overlooking the beautiful twin lake Bali. You must not miss this when you take a trip to Indonesia.
Below we will tell you everything you need to know about Wanagiri Hidden and some of the top attractions around the peaceful mountain. You are sure to be as prepared as possible and have all the best spots for your Bali itinerary.
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Wanagiri Hidden Hill Location
Getting to Wanagiri can be a job in itself. If you are in the south like Canggu or Ubud which is where most tourists stay, it is a 1-2 hour ride by scooter, this is with no traffic. Its located up right next door to the Wanagiri Villa so if you are not a morning person we highly suggest you stay up there one night to catch the sunrise. Below is a map that will guide you to the Wanagiri Hidden Hill location. The hard part is that after the word got out about Wanagiri’s amazing view many other people started building Bali swings and attractions just like this one but not with quite the same view or service.
Wanagiri Hidden Hill address: Jalan Munduk – Wanagiri, Wanagiri, Sukasada, Pancasari, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia
If you are coming from Canggu Its 2 hours. You really only have two options for transportation, hiring a driver or renting a scooter.
Hiring a driver can be around $400,000 IDR to $500,000 IDR / day. This is affordable and convenient, especially if you have a large group or no motorbike experience.
Renting a scooter in Bali is super easy and what we think is the best way to get around the island. You can spend as long as you want at each place and see more of the amazing sights in the north. Renting a scooter for a day is very affordable and should only cost around 50,000 IDR.
What to expect at Wanagiri Bali
Although the mountain overlooking twin lakes is full of viewpoints we only went to Wanagiri Hidden Hills. The main reason is we knew what we were going to get and what to expect. For the price of 100,000 IDR, you can spend as long as you want here. We arrived at 5 am to make sure we caught the entire sunrise. I mean for this price you want to get all the Bali Instagram pictures right? The staff here is super friendly and actually will follow you around with reflective sheets to make sure you are perfectly lite for every shot. It was actually crazy to see how much they cared about getting the right shot and making your experience the best it could be.
If you aren’t here for pictures that’s ok too. They have made this place very big so you can have a peaceful mountain experience without having to deal with the Photographers.
Advice for your trip to Wanagiri Hidden Hill
This park is huge and if you don’t get there early you will be flagged down by tons of locals trying to get you into their own version of the Bali Swing. We suggest you saving your time and just going to the main one. Located around 2 miles from the turn you will see the sign on your left for Wanagiri Hidden Hills Bali.
As the years go on and these attractions become more and more Instagram famous the north will start to become more crowded but one thing will never change, people hate waking up early. Make sure you see this place at sunrise it’s just pure magic and something I would suggest everyone add to their Bali itinerary. You can check out the video below to see the whole trip. I promise it’s worth it.
** If you are want to rent a scooter in Bali make sure you check out the everything you need to know first.**
The Best Northern Bali Waterfalls
After you finish up your morning adventures and catching the sunrise make sure you spend the afternoon hoping waterfalls. The north has tons of amazing waterfalls that are way less crowded than the southern waterfalls in Ubud like Tukad Cepung and the ones near Ubud center. Some of our favorite waterfalls in the north are:
Banyumala Twin Waterfall is located right down the road from Wannagiri Hidden Hill. It’s one of the best waterfalls for swimming very easy to access and a really well maintained. For only 20,000 IDR you can send some of the mornings floating in paradise.
The next waterfall I will tell you about is our favorite waterfall and one of the hardest to access. The trek down to these falls are not the easiest and can be very slippery.
This is by far my favorite waterfall in all of Bali and for a good reason. The fact it’s so hard to get to makes it worth every second. There will most likely be no one there with you and the pure power of this thing is incredible. At the end of the road, there is a little shop we showed the owner of the shop a picture of the waterfall and he took us there for a small fee. If you want a mountain retreat this is by far the best way to get it! This is actually a series of 5 waterfalls but Cemara being the largest and most powerful makes it the main attraction.
Where to stay near Wanagiri Hidden Hills
When you are traveling to Wannagiri Hidden Hill you have two very close options to choose from. You can stay at any of the accommodations on the same road overlooking twin lakes like Wanagiri Eco Villas or any of the other options they have available on Airbnb. Wanagiri Eco Villas allows you to have an amazing view while staying close to all the major attractions in the north. You can check Airbnb for more options but be careful the address is on the map is not always where it so contact the host prior to booking.
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We really hope this helps you plan your trip to the northern part of Bali. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of the island and so untouched by major tourism. This is a part of the island we will never miss when in Bali, Indonesia. If you plan to travel more of Indonesia, check out our free guides, tips, and checklists about the rest of Bali and the surrounding islands.
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