Considered one of the mightiest falls in Slovenia, the tall and wide Slap Boka waterfall is visible from the main road through the Soca valley. Located South of Bovec, you can also hike to a viewing platform. Below is my guide to plan your visit to the Boka waterfall Slovenia:
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About the Boka Waterfall
Not the most...
With no emerald pool like Savica, Boka is not the most famous Slovenian Waterfall...
And it is not the highest waterfall in Slovenia either...
But it is tall and wide and can be seen from the road, so it is quite well-known.
Below is a view of part of the Boka Waterfall:
Boka waterfall facts & geology
- As you can see in the image below, the Boka water comes from an underground cave
- It arises as a karst spring at 725m
- It first flows on a ledge
- And then drops down for 106m
- After that, the water runs down a steep slope for 30m
One the image below you can see the waterfall when it is rushing after heavy rain. The picture on the right shows you the top section before dropping and its amazing location in the Soca Valley.
Flow vary greatly during the year. In Spring and Autumn it can reach 100m3/s while in Summer in can drop to as low as 2m3/s.
Planning tips - Slap Boka Slovenia
How to get to Slap Boka location
- The Boka falls are located in West-Slovenia, just South of the town of Bovec
- Bovec to Slap Boka - 7 min drive
- Ljubljana to Boka waterfall - 2h30 drive
The Boka Waterfall, along with many other beautiful places, is included in my eBook: The Road Trip Guide-Slovenia.
It is a practical tool to plan your trip with maps, photos, planning tips, GPS coordinates...
How to see the Boka Waterfall
You have 3 options to see the waterfall
- From the road - Just park North of the bridge or by the hotel and enjoy the views from there
- Hike to the platform (15 to 20min) - wear good shoes, the rolling rocks are slippery! (as you will see below, I don't think it is worth it if you don't have much time)
- Major Hike through the river bed when it is not as full flow or to the right of the bridge up to the spring but both are technical and difficult.
Boka Waterfall Slovenia - View from the Road
The Boka Waterfall is clearly indicated as you are driving through the main road of the Soca Valley.
So you can park near the North of the bridge or near the hotel south of the Bridge.
Walk around and you will already see the waterfall quite well, especially if you are there when snow is melting or after heavy rains.
When I saw it, it was not that powerful:
From certain angles you can see a portion of the lower part of the waterfall.
What is impressive is the contrast between the big cut in the karst and the forest all around.
Boka Waterfall trail to Viewpoint
From the left of the bridge (facing the falls), you can see the sign indicating the hiking path to the viewpoint.
The good news is that the Boka waterfall trail is clearly indicated and you can't get lost.
However it is not a relaxing walk.
There are a lot of rocks that roll and slip under your feet and many many steps.
So if you have knee problems, I really don't recommend it. I met people who had difficulties. It is not ultra-hard, but not as easy as some people say.
Below are a few photos of the Boka waterfall hike to the viewpoint.
And here are a few shots from the viewing platform.
There are some nice signs with explanation about the waterfall and the geology of the region.
As you can see in the 2 first pictures, you are not that much closer to the waterfall...
To my opinion the view is not worth the hike.
But it might be better when the waterfall is rushing in spring...
And with the big zoom on my camera, here is a closer look at Slap Boka:
Other views of Slap Boka
As I said earlier, you can also hike through the river bed (when there is almost no water) and to the right to climb to the top.
However it gets technical and small rock avalanche may change the paths overnight.
Nearby view of Soca River and Valley
If you take the time to stop at the waterfall, I really recommend you take 5 minutes to stop by the hotel. There is a small bridge with a fantastic view of the Soca valley and the emerald river. It was one of my favorite views in the valley.
This is a frequent departure point for Kayak and Rafts
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