THE HIDDEN GEM
Located close to the Balinese city Singaraja, up in North Bali, you will find a beautiful hiddem gem in the jungle: Aling Aling Waterfalls.
It takes about three hours from Canggu area to reach Aling Aling and the best part of the journey is that there are so many gorgeous waterfalls in that area. Not far you will find Git Git, Sekumpul or Banyumala.
Adventurous as we are, we drove to Aling Aling ourselves with the car. The ride is pretty awesome, because it is such a scenic drive. You pass many mountains, temples and rice paddies - just amazing. But it can get quite stressful if you are the driver since the roads and traffic are not always smooth, so you may want to hire a driver and sit back, relax. In our case Marissa was driving and she was clearly struggling at one point - imagine driving up mountains and there is a truck in front of you which is going extra extra slow.
Once you get to Aling Aling, the hike to the actual waterfall is not long. You trek around 15 minutes through the jungle until you find the hidden gem. So also for the non so sporty people, getting there is no big effort. There won't be 400 steps up and down waiting for you. There are two waterfalls coming out, which is how they got their name. Aling Aling - or also Twin waterfalls. I stumbled upon many waterfalls during my travels, but this one is just gorgeous. Especially with the jungle around and with no people in it - mindblowing.
Unfortunately it is not possible to swim in these waterfalls, but just around the corner there are a few more waterfalls where you can swim in. Best part of it: one waterfall can be used as a natural water slide (which is the reason why i was desperate to go). So you can easily slide down the waterfall on the stones and take a dip after. Looks a bit scary in the beginning must admit - but after trying it you won't get enough! The ride is pretty short and until today i have no idea how i didn't hurt myself because it is quite steep - well it is worth it! Besides the sliding, you can also do some cliff jumping - 5m or 10m - which is great! The water is so deep that you can jump off the cliffs without any problems. It is no jump into deep oceans, but jumping off cliffs into a waterfall or jumping over a waterfall? That is pretty epic.
Best part of our trip was that it was not crowded at all. We trekked through the jungle with our guide to all different spots and rarely met any people passing. If you travel to waterfalls like Nung Nung or Tegenungan around Ubud, you most definitely run into heaps of tourists and bathing in the waterfall might feel like you are in a public pool - definitely not at Aling Aling.
The trip up north was definitely worth it! Not only the waterfalls themselves, but you also see and pass plenty of other attractions and it is a great way to explore the central and northern part of the island. Make a stop in Ubud, maybe stay for a night or two, visit the Tegalalang rice paddies or Bedugul. Especially living in Bali, you sometimes get stuck in your little bubble. Advice: rent a car or a driver, take off a day or a weekend, pack your sunscreen and bikini - off you go!
Another tip: capture your moments. We weren't in hand of a GoPro so we just rented one for the weekend. Super easy with all the GoPro rentals around Bali.
Definitely not our last trip to the north!
Love, Marissa & Juliette