Photo: Impressive falls.

Cikaso Waterfall

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Cikaso Waterfall (Air Terjun Cikaso or Curug Cikaso), is a spectacular triple falls which cascades dramatically from the surrounding thick forest into the boulder-filled aqua coloured pools below, flowing into the Cikaso river and eventually out to sea.

The waterfall is located eight kilometres west of Surade, plus a further 22 kilometres from Ujung Genteng and makes a rewarding half-day trip when the waves are flat. As the wet season ends, the water flow slows, turning brown in the dry season when the flow can stop completely during the month of August. At other times, it tumbles rapidly producing one of the more picturesque waterfalls in Java.

Cool off here. Photo taken in or around Cikaso Waterfall, Ujung Genteng, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Cool off here. Photo: Sally Arnold

Locals come here en masse on weekends, but at other times it is possible you will be the only visitor around. All the better to hop around all the rocks, searching for that perfect angle for a photo or to find a great place to plonk your towel before entering the refreshing water for a swim. It’s a fantastic place to do all these things and many visitors set up here for a few hours of rest, relaxation and swimming before making the trek back to Ujung Genteng.

Unfortunately there was quiet a bit of litter around when we visited, so choose your swimming hole carefully unless you want to be bathing with used nappies and pop-mie cups. Admission is 7,000 rupiah and while you can walk to the falls by following the river about 400 metres from the car park, most people opt to be ferried by small boat, the more scenic, but pricier option.

The boat trip is well worth it. Photo taken in or around Cikaso Waterfall, Ujung Genteng, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The boat trip is well worth it. Photo: Sally Arnold

Boats are around 80,000 rupiah for the ten minute trip although the “official” ticket is marked 65,000 rupiah plus “taxes”. For an additional 200,000 rupiah (negotiable), the boat can continue to the sea, a one-and-a-half hour return trip. If you chose to walk, a “guide” will likely attach themselves to you and ask for payment, a polite “no thanks” works.

Very basic toilet facilities and change rooms are available near the waterfall and warungs sell snacks and drinks near the carpark. Ojeks to Cikaso Waterfall can be arranged from your accommodation in Ujung Genteng for 150,000 rupiah for the return trip which takes around one-and-a-half hours each way.

An easy spot to lose some time. Photo taken in or around Cikaso Waterfall, Ujung Genteng, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

An easy spot to lose some time. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you have your own transport, from Ujung Genteng travel to Surade and continue for another kilometre from the centre of town until you see the well-signed turnoff for Tegal Buleud, which is located in the village of Cibarehong. Travel along this road for seven clicks until you reach the village of Cikaso where a sign points to Curug Cikaso, which is 500 metres down a side road.

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Cikaso Waterfall
30km east of Ujung Genteng
Admission: 7,000 rupiah

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