Tegenungan waterfall – don’t worry be sexy, but not naked

A quick search on any social media for waterfalls in Bali, and you will soon come across the Don’t worry be sexy, but not naked sign at the Tegenungan waterfall. I would say it is easily the most popular waterfall to visit in Bali.

I came here last year with friends and in comparison to my visit today, it was a lot less crowded. The last time I visited here was during the rainy season so I guess that would be why it was so quiet. However it seems that tourism in Bali is quickly increasing. A couple of things have changed since the last time I was at this waterfall. Thankfully there are now buoys and warning signs to stop people from swimming right up to the waterfall itself.

There are also hundreds of small rock stacks everywhere. I’m not sure what the meaning is behind this but I really like it. They are spread out across the falls and you can add your own pile if you want to.

I saw these stacks a lot when I was travelling through Australia, especially in the Northern Territory. It was unexpected to see them again so soon. They are so simple but so effective. The only time I had seen these before was on the Ikea prints everyone has in their bathrooms in the UK. If your British and your mum has recently redecorated the bathroom, you’ll know the ones I mean.

To get to the waterfall from Kuta took us around 45 minutes on our scooter. Surprisingly it was really easy to get to on Google maps (Google maps and I currently have a love/hate relationship). There is a large car park here and plenty of restaurants to eat at with fantastic views. You have to pay 15,000rp per person to get in and to use the loos is around 2000rp, so make sure you have some small change handy or an empty bladder. To get to the waterfall itself is a bit of a trek. The steps down to it are only a five minute walk but they are very, very steep. Luckily we took a bottle of water with us, you can buy one here but it’s a bit more expensive because of the location.

Scooters really are everywhere in Bali…

For anyone interested in visiting this waterfall, I would suggest going in the morning when there’s less people around. It would be a great place to grab a coffee afterwards. A couple of the restaurants sell Luwak coffee as well which is known as the best coffee in the world. You can buy a cup here for as little as Β£2.50 and be the judge of that yourself, if you’re a coffee lover.


  1. I went here. It was busy but there was NO-ONE at the top of the falls. You have to pay a bit extra but you can swim (it’s quite a strong current in places – so you need to take care) but it was so peaceful!


    1. Last time I went you just had to pay 2000rp then you could go wherever and were left to your own devices. It’s become very popular and with good reason, it’s incredible.
      I wasn’t game enough to get in for a swim, not inviting enough for me πŸ˜†

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  2. The little rock towers remind me of miniature inukshuks found in some parts of Canada. They originate from Inuit in northern Canada, and Greenland. Roughly shaped like a human, probably to indicate a cache or for communication. You said you had seen the stacks of stones in Australia – do you know what they represent?


  3. Love the signs! So funny to see a waterfall with such character surrounding it, other than nature itself! πŸ™‚ Usually I’m into the “leave no trace” principals but this is great.

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  4. Hi Emily,

    Keep treking! Enjoy your journeys.


    On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 8:27 AM, The Blog of Travel wrote:

    > Emily posted: “A quick search on any social media for waterfalls in Bali, > and you will soon come across the Don’t worry be sexy, but not naked sign > at the Tegenungan waterfall. I would say it is easily the most popular > waterfall to visit in Bali. I came here last yea” >

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful place and photos!! Was the water warm in temperature or not so much? The rocks are called balance stones I believe. It is an art form as well as a form of meditation. We have them all over the Western United States, some people balance them in the center of rivers. So wild! Wonderful excerpt of your travels! x

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    1. It’s was quite chilly so I didn’t get in πŸ˜€ Thanks for teaching me about the balance stones, I couldn’t find anything online! Now I know 😎 Glad you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚ x

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    2. Great to know what these stacked rocks actually mean… I saw many of them on the trail up to Basecamp Everest, although there they may have been erected for different reasons, often as a memorial to someone who died on their way up or down the mountain…


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