Sekumpul Waterfall

Sekumpul Waterfall

Impressive double and triple cascades

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Sekumpul Waterfall is arguably Bali’s most spectacular cascades, and less visited than some less pretty, because they take a little bit of effort to reach. If you’re staying in the Lovina region, that minor effort is certainly rewarded as it means that as well as having a good chance of enjoying the area to yourself, fewer souvenir shops and hawkers are trying to sell tourist tat than at other more popular spots.

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The second group of falls. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
The second group of falls. Photo: Sally Arnold

As with most natural attractions in Bali, there’s an entry fee: 15,000 rupiah, payable at a small booth in the village. A local trekking association offers guided treks of the area with warnings that it’s at your own risk if you don’t use a guide. It would be easy enough to reach the first falls unguided, but we found our guide helpful navigating the paths and several river crossings to the second group of falls as the trail wasn’t so obvious. Rates quoted for a group size of up to four trekkers are 100,000 rupiah for a short trek (two hours), 150,000 rupiah for a medium trek (three hours), and 300,000 rupiah for a long trek (four hours).

From the ticket booth, it’s a 30-minute walk down a steep cement path to the top of some even steeper stairs. Locals offer ojek services for this part of the trail — 50,000 rupiah for a return trip (a bit steep! — both the incline and the price), but may be appreciated for the return journey. Be careful in wet weather and wear a helmet if you go by motorbike, as the path is slippery. Three-hundred-and-forty uneven, steep and slippery cement stairs take you down to the river. A couple of viewing spots on the way enable you to see the falls, so if you’re unfit or short on time, you may opt for a quick look only, however if you continue to the bottom, the view is more impressive and a cooling dip in the icy pools is a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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