There are some places in this world we can only dream of in the hope we can see it one day, the Sekumpul Waterfall is one of those places. An 85 meter high waterfall, hidden in the lush jungles of Bali, water crashing down on the rocks with an impeccable force, to end up streaming away in small streams, further into the jungle. When first seeing the waterfall from the viewpoint you will be convinced it is worth the hike down, and with every step the excitement of witnessing the Sekumpul waterfall from up close grows. And then, when you finally reach the bottom of the waterfall, there is no words to describe what you might feel. We were left speechless and in awe, and simply stood still to admire what was in front of us. Intrigued? Keep reading to find all info you need on visiting the Sekumpul Waterfall yourself.
Where is the Sekumpul Waterfall
While many of the beautiful sights of Bali are located on the Southern side of the island, the Sekumpul waterfall will require you to do a little bit of traveling. The Sekumpul Waterfall is located on the Northern side of Bali, close to the touristic towns of Lovina and Bedugul. Both these towns provide a good base to travel from. To give you a better idea of where the Sekumpul Waterfall is check the map below!
How to get to the Sekumpul Waterfall
So now that you know where the Sekumpul Waterfall is located, the next question is on how to get there. Depending on if you are located North or South of the waterfall you can enter the waterfall from two different sides. If you are staying in Lovina I would recommend entering from the Northern side, if you are coming from the direction of Ubud, you can enter from the Southern side. As there is a lack of public transportation in Bali there are two options on how to get to the Sekumpul Waterfall:
Option 1 – Rent a motorbike or scooter: Renting motorbikes or scooters is fairly common in Southeast Asia, and as such also in Bali. It is a cheap way to transport yourself from sight to sight, and in the end offers the ultimate amount of freedom as there will be driver waiting for you or guide telling you it is time to leave. However, renting a motorbike is not for everyone. We would only recommend to rent a motorbike if you feel confident riding a motorbike or scooter in the chaotic traffic of Bali, rules here differ and the quality of roads can be lacking! Oh, and don’t forget to wear an helmet. Should you rent a motorbike then it will be roughly a 45 min ride from Lovina, or a 2.5 hour ride from Ubud.
Estimated cost: depending on the duration of rental and amount of cc’s of the motorbike/scooter prices will differ but will range from 30K IDR – 100K IDR per day. For example: we rented a 150cc motorbike for 24 days and paid 55K IDR per day.
Option 2 – by taxi: As there is a lack of public transportation in Bali it is very common to hire a taxi or private driver for a day. In the larger touristic towns such as Ubud you can find them on any street corner in the centre, or often your guesthouse or hotel will also be able to advise you further. You can often negotiate when it comes to the price and amount of activities you want to do. You can often choose for either a half day or full day option.
Estimated cost: the price of hiring a private driver or taxi depends on it being a half or full day tour, amount of activities, and distance. Prices often range from 350K IDR – 1 Mill IDR per day, per car.
Bonus option – Book a tour: If you are no fan of riding a motorbike or scooter yourself, or don’t feel like arranging a taxi, then there is always the option of booking a tour. Before booking a tour we would strongly recommend checking Tripadvisor for the prices and ratings per tour company. You can find more info on booking tours for the Sekumpul Waterfall here on Tripadvisor!
Accommodation near the Sekumpul Waterfall
Two of the larger touristic towns that are located close to the Sekumpul Waterfall, and many other sights in the North, are Bedugul and Lovina. The distance to the Sekumpul waterfall is roughly the same, so it does not matter if you are staying in Bedugul or Lovina. However, the locations are completely different, check out below why you should pick Bedugul or Lovina, or book a night stay close to the waterfall to avoid the long travels early in the morning!
Bedugul – Bedugul is located roughly one hour away from the Northern ocean side of Bali. This area is home to some of the most beautiful temples and waterfalls, and offers a convenient base to explore the area. However, prices in Bedugul seem to be slightly more expensive then Lovina. As hostels are less common in this area we would highly recommend using either Booking.com or Agoda to find the best homestay/hotel/resort for you!
Lovina – If you prefer beaches, then Lovina is the place for you. Located on the Northern side of Bali Lovina has a lush black sand beach and is the perfect place to go dolphin watching. With the close proximity to the main road leading to the South of Bali it is a perfect base to explore some of the surrounding waterfalls, beaches, hot springs and temples. We stayed at Bayu Mantra Bungalows, a perfect place to stay if you are looking for budget accommodation!
Entrance Scam at the Sekumpul Waterfall
Please note: at the first parking lot there is a small booth with “local guides”, when we wanted to continue on the path with out motorbikes the guides in the booth told us that it is mandatory to hire a guide here (at the price of 125K IDR per person). However, the official ticket booth is further down, and a guide is not needed at all. W simply told them it is our third time here and we knew that a guide is not needed. They kept on pushing but after a while gave up, even though quite annoyed with us, but they made us park out motorbikes before we could continue the path down to the waterfall. We later saw that there are multiple parking lots closer to the ticket booth and could have parked our bikes here.
In the end, it is totally up to you to hire a guide, but in our personal experience this is a simple scam to make some money and completely unnecessary as the path is clearly marked. You will find the actual ticket booth further down the path, where you will only pay 20K IDR per person. From here there are a couple of shops and restaurants before you will reach the steps down to the waterfall.
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The Sekumpul Waterfall and Fiji Falls
Starting the path down you will find multiple viewpoints, and you will catch the first glimpse of the stunning Sekumpul Waterfalls. From here you can enjoy your view before heading your way further down. Once you reach the bottom of the steps and the base of the waterfall please be careful, you will have to cross a small creek, and the stones can be slippery, and there are snakes in this area. But then you have finally made it. Now there is one thing left to do: simply enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Bali! The immensity and force of this waterfall, in combination with its hidden beauty in the lush green hills of Bali this truly makes it one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Bali.
Then to make it even better, there is a little surprise for you, a short 5 min away from the bottom of the Sekumpul Waterfall you can find the beautiful Fiji falls! Simply follow the path on the right hand side of the waterfalls and it will bring you to the Fiji Falls. The Fiji falls consists of three large waterfalls, and you will have to climb across the river and rocks to fully see the waterfall, but trust us, it is worth the view! Please note that you will have to pay a separate 15K IDR entry fee for the Fiji falls, so be sure to have enough money on you!
Sekumpul Waterfall – Know Before You Go
To make it a bit easier for you we have compiled a short list of things you should know before going to the Sekumpul Waterfall, just so you can have the best experience! Find our tips for visiting the Sekumpul Waterfall here:
- Bring sandals or water shoes so you can easily walk through the rivers and water and don’t have to worry about the sharp rocks!
- Be sure to take some water down, you will get thirsty as it is a slight hike down and up again.
- Bring money as you will have to pay 20K IDR entry fee for the Sekumpul Waterfall and 15K IDR entry fee for the Fiji falls.
- Don’t fall for the “local guide” scam, the path is clearly marked and a local guide is not needed.
- Be careful of snakes, we saw one down at the Sekumpul Waterfall and one on the path leading to the Fiji Falls.
- Only leave your footprint, bring everything else that you bring down to the waterfall also up and dispose them in the trash bins at the parking lot.
- Planning on taking photos? Bring a lens wipe to clean your lens between shots as there is a fine and misty spray coming from the waterfall.
- Due to the force of the waterfall there are signs to not visit the waterfall when it rains as this could be dangerous.
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