Photostory by Supersmarindo Imin

The beta:

Normally associated with paradisiac beaches, surfing and spirituality, Bali also features some amazing canyoning descents. Located in the remote mountaineous areas in the north part of the island, the canyons are normally surrounded by lush jungle, picture-perfect rice fields and the simple and honest smile of the local Balinese community. Currently there is no topo guide book for Bali canyoning but it is a project that Imin is dedicated to bring out soon.

For those who wish to visit the island's canyons, it is suggested to contact the local commercial operators for information on canyon conditions and equipment requirements. Due to the remoteness of these places and lack of specialized rescue teams, hiring a local logistics specialist is paramount for peace of mind and for a pleasant experience; if it happens to be Imin, you'll also get to count on some amazing images such as the ones featured in this article. Read on for a glimpse of what Bali canyons have on offer.

Canyoning descent in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Supersmarindo Imin. RebelayCanyoning

The classics

The most established routes are in the Buleleng regency, namely in the surrounding areas of Gitgit and Sambangan villages. Remote descents like technical Tamata (pictured) require contacting local operators.

Canyoning in a narrow section of Tukad Dalam in Bali, Indonesia. Photo © Supersmarindo. Re:belay Canyoning.

Some spectacular narrows in Tukad Dalam during the first descent in April 2019. The remoteness of the Balinese canyons means you will find these places all for yourself during a descent. Despite, the wild environment requires local knowledge to be experienced safely.

Volcanic basalt is the predominant rock type in Bali's canyons, providing incredible vertical descents and narrow gorges. The anchors are maintained by the local commercial operators and are generally found to be in good conditions year round.

Rebelay canyoning editor Gus Schiavon looking up inside a canyon in Bali, Indonesia
The most beautiful canyon in Bali with waterfalls. Photo © Supersmarindo

Bagus but hati hati

The wet season provides exciting water levels but some canyons might not be accessible; it also requires careful planning due to the daily tropical downpours which often result in flash floods. Here, Re:belay Editor Gus Schiavon during the first descent of Tukad Marah, Sekumpul.

Canyoning in Bali
Canyoning waterfalls in Bali, Indonesia

Wild and raw

One of the longest descents in Bali, Tukad Api (or Canyon of Fire, first image) is a must-do when in the Island of Gods. A total of 6-hrs of full committment inside the lush jungle with rappels up to 40m high, a guarantee of a special experience. Second image: the final narrows of Tukad Dalam, Kubutambahan, which has seen only one full descent.

Destination Facts


Location: Bali, Indonesia
Best Season: wet (Nov-Mar) and dry (Jun-Oct)
Tech Level: volcanic, vertical, tropical and remote

Rating follows the French Canyon Rating system and is composed of three properties: Verticality (represented by the letter V), Aquatic (represented by the letter A) and Committment (represented by a Roman numeral). For the V and A properties, the scale runs from 1 to 7, signifying an increase in difficulty; Committment is rated from I-VI, also increasing in difficulty.

Adventure Level: 4.5/5
Fun Factor: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5

About the author

Supersmarindo Imin

Born in wild Sumatra in the indonesian archipelago, Imin is a skilled canyoneer and talented photographer based in Bali. With extensive experience working for commercial canyoning operators, Imin is also a professional adventure guide and runs his own tour company, adventure4good.id, where a portion of profits are reverted to social programs.