A Quick Guide to Melanting Waterfall Bali
At a height of about 20 metres, Melanting Waterfall is one of Bali’s most scenic waterfalls. Located in Gobleg village, it’s amongst one of the three waterfalls usually visited in Munduk. With a half-day hike, you can visit all three waterfalls starting at Munduk Waterfalls, followed by Lebuhan Kebo Waterfall and last but not least Melanting Waterfall.
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Entrance Fee: 10,000 IDR adults / 5,000 IDR children Parking Fee: FREE or 2,000 IDR depending where you park
Trekking time: 40 mins from Lebuhan Kebo Waterfall
How to get to Melanting Waterfall
Melanting Waterfall is another easy waterfall to get to in Bali, with the bonus of seeing others on the way such as Munduk Waterfall and Lebuhan Kebo Waterfall. If you’re staying in Munduk like we did, it was only a 5 min drive to the parking area. We stayed at Geriya Siena. However, If you are based in Canggu, Seminyak or Ubud the journey will be approximately 1 hour 30 min to 2 hour 30 min to get to Gobleg Village.
More often than not, people tend to base themselves around Munduk making the journey shorter and making the most of their day. By doing this you have more time to view other waterfalls, such as Sekumpul Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall, Kroya Waterfall and Gitgit Waterfall. If you’re stuck for time or don’t know which route to take check out Munduk Waterfall Route in Bali | 9 Amazing Waterfalls.
If you’re using a scooter like most backpackers, you’ll need to download Offline Google Maps or use the Maps.me app for those times when you don’t have Internet. Check out the map below to help gather your bearings.
Do I need a guide?
In short…No, you don’t need a guide. However, if you’re interested in the history of Bali Waterfalls or want to support the local community, for a small fee you most certainly can hire a guide. Consider it a good deed for the day.
The Melanting Waterfall hike
After reading about people doing the Melanting Waterfall hike and getting lost, we decided to take the easy route by following the trail to Munduk waterfall and following the signs from there. This proved to be a very smart move as we didn’t get lost once and as a result saw 2 more famous waterfalls along the way. After a 10 minute leisurely walk to Munduk Waterfall, you will have 2 options. Go right to Munduk Waterfall (5 Minute walk) or go left to Lebuhan Kebo Waterfall (30min walk) followed by Melanting Waterfall (a further 20 minute walk).
Once you have left Lebuhan Kebo Waterfall you’ll shortly reach a big sign for Melanting Waterfall. Going through the passage you follow the trail and start a steep decent of a few hundred steps. Nothing too strenuous as its going down, but it still takes a bit of effort, carefully watching each step. On a sunny day, its fine, but if it happens to rain, the steps can get slippy.
Witnessing Melanting Waterfall
From the moment you see Melanting waterfall, you’ll probably be able to feel it too. There is some serious backsplash coming from it. You get soaked before you even touch it. Nevertheless, the cool mist is very welcoming after trekking down all those steps in the heat. There is a little viewing point where you can stand and get a really good picture of the waterfall, like ours. Or you can keep walking closer to the waterfall and hike a few rocks. Getting a picture there would be so difficult because of the spray that comes off it.
This particular waterfall was ‘nice’ but not amazing in our opinion. It almost didn’t feel worth doing the Melanting Waterfall hike compared to others in the area, maybe it’s because we couldn’t get as close to it as others. That being said, you may as well still go see it, as it’s at the end of the three waterfall trail.
To exit, you can either walk all the way back the way you came (which we would not recommend) or you can cross over the stream of the waterfall. Then stay on the winding trail that takes you through a little mud, a lot of forest and even a few over grown trees. Following it all the all the way up a hill, you will finally reach the main road that brings you back to civilisation and most importantly, normal roads and restaurants. Hallelujah!
Where to stay
If you decide to stay in or around Munduk we can recommend these places;
- Bring some water and some snacks
- Be prepared for a harder hike back
- If you want to stay dry, bring a raincoat
- Wear shoes with grips in case it rains