Snorkling, waves, and the prospect of sea turtles are cool and all, but I’m really a fresh water fan. That’s why we decided to spend our Sunday checking out some of the fresh water swimming in Bali.

With a bit of Googling, I quickly realized there are a lot of fresh water attractions in Bali, much more than can be done in a Sunday. There’s 4 lakes, several hot springs, and many waterfalls.

I made a map of a bunch of the ones I found in order to prepare a tour.

We hired a car for the day for about 70CAD and hit up Tabanan Hot Spring, Lake Bratan, Kales Buyan and Tamblingan (the twin lakes). GitGit Waterfall, and Sekumpul Waterfall. We’ve also been to Lake Batur and Tegenungan Waterfall on other days.

Our favorite was definitely Tabanan Hot Springs, a quiet little pool in the jungle next to a waterfall. I also tried the satay they were cooking down by the pool, and was in heaven! I was also blown away when Sekumpul Waterfall appeared from the trees at then end of the short trail through the jungle. It’s really something that has to be experienced… not even the best pictures online do it justice.

I wish we would have done this tour earlier in our trip though. Now all I want to do is go back to Bali to see the others (and revisit the ones we saw!) I daydream about settling in Ubud for a while so I could pack picknics and do regular day trips to just one spot every weekend. It was great visiting so many fresh water spots in one day, but it would be nice to just head out and spend the day at one.

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