Aling Aling is an outstanding series of waterfalls near Singaraja. There is one impressive large waterfall and 3 more smaller ones downstream. The hike is beautiful and this is one of the best waterfalls in Bali to swim at. Aling Aling is off of the beaten path in Bali. You will see another group or two but it is easy to embrace the serenity that the area offers.
Rating and length – moderate – 4 kms – 2-3 hours
How to get there – Aling Aling is about 5 kms south of Singaraja. The easiest way to get there is to take the main highway from Denpasar to Singaraja. Turn west about 2 kms south of Git Git Waterfall at Ambangan village. The road turns sharply back and runs parallel to the main road and is marked with waterfall banners (non specific). Follow this road through the village and turn right at a red shelter (bus stop?). A couple of minutes later turn left at a T intersection. Follow this road (and the many signs) for about 10 minutes. Shortly after a signed right turn you should turn left at some waterfall banners. The parking area is 1/2 km further down a small road. The whole route can be driven in a car although it might be best to park in the main village instead of driving the last 1/2 km.
The hike – The hike leaves from the parking area and follows the road downhill. Turn left at a small sign and descend down to the river. After reaching an unmarked junction you can turn left and go the top of the main waterfall and further upstream is a beautiful swimming area. Turning right takes you to the main waterfall and the 3 smaller waterfalls. After crossing the river the left trail goes to the base and the right trail goes the 3 smaller waterfalls. Near the 3 smaller waterfalls there is a bathroom and a waterfall shrine. Drinks are available in the village but not near the waterfalls so buy before you start hiking.
You can return the same way that you came or you can take a trail near Kroya Waterfall back up to the village (marked on the map). It is a lovely walk but every house has angry watch dogs. They don’t attack but they are unnerving. You will need to follow the waterfall signs in reverse. It is a little confusing but there aren’t that many options.
It looks like you can also approach Aling Aling via two trails on the other side of the river but I don’t know the directions from that side. One trail was near Aling Aling Waterfall and the other was near Kroya Waterfall.
Entrance cost – 20,000 IDR
Guides – required for swimming – negotiable price – enforced
GPS – parking S8.177215 E115.106878 – waterfall S8.176397 E115.106351
Date visited – 6/18/2015
Yes, the trail looks confusing but for the most part you just hike down to the river, cross the river and hike on the other side.