Tukad Cepung Waterfall: how to see those stunning light rays

Tukad Cepung Waterfall is a magnificent waterfall within a small cave system. The light shafts coming from the cave opening create a truly magical atmosphere. It is one of the most unusual waterfalls we have ever seen. 

If you're staying in the south of Bali, then put this on your list to visit! Here's how to get this gem to yourself.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tukad Cepung (often called Cepung by the Balinese) is one of the most photogenic of all the waterfalls in Bali. After arriving at the entrance you walk down what seems like hundreds of steps to a small river. After wading (ankle deep) through and into a cave you come to the first stunning opening.

After this is the main event, the waterfall within the cave. The shafts of light are incredible and we were lucky to be there when there were only one or two others around (a rarity with the waterfalls close to Ubud and Kuta). If you came very early in the morning, you might even get this spot to yourself.

The walk from the car park is around 10 minutes down and 15 up. You can grab a drink or some delicious fried bananas from the little warung along the way. 

 When to go to Tukad Cepung

By far the best time to go to Tukad Cepung is early.

We'd recommend arriving by 9am to ensure the crowds haven't arrived and the position of the sun in the morning will line up with the cave to create the amazing shafts of light.

We visited at 9am after seeing Tegalalang Rice Terrace for sunrise.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall Entrance Price

The entrance price for Tukad Cepung is 10,000 rupiah, (just under $1 USD) and is payable at a small kiosk by the car park.

Tukad Cepung entrance price

How to get to Tukad Cepung

Tukad Cepung is about an hour and a half drive from Ubud. We took a driver as part of a grand tour of all the waterfalls near Ubud, but you could also get there by motorbike. As it's in a rural part of Bali, the roads aren't too busy.



Tukad Cepung from Kuta

It may look like Kuta is close to Tukad Cepung, but the traffic and constant traffic lights will make this journey take a lot longer. Google Maps believes that with no traffic you can get there in just over an hour, but unless you're visiting at 3am this time is unlikely. However, if you are staying in Kuta and don't mind a long drive we don't think you will regret it! 

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