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.
The water flows more slowly as the wet season ends and stops completely during the month of August. At other times, water usually flows quite quickly, providing one of the more picturesque and rewarding waterfalls in Java.
There is a 3,000 rupiah entry fee to the waterfall, but in the unlikely situation that you've already been asked to purchase a ticket to enter Ujung Genteng, just show this ticket. Be aware that the government official manning the ticket office is sometimes alleged to engage in corruption by demanding visitors, particularly foreigners, hand back their tickets after they are finished at the waterfall. Locals say that this practice has been going on for a while so that the official can resell the ticket and pocket the money. We also experienced this strange demand for the return of the ticket from the official, but politely refused. We can't verify the claim of corruption, but we can advise that you don't give your ticket back to the official.
How to get there
Getting to Cikaso Waterfall can seem like a hassle, but it's actually a relatively straightforward affair and can be done with an ojek for a hefty 100,000 rupiah or alone on your own rented motorbike. From Ujung Genteng, travel 22 kilometres to Surade and continue another kilometre from the centre of town until you see the well-signed turnoff for Tegal Buled, 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 Air Terjun Cikaso, which is 500 metres down a side road.
Last updated on 12th October, 2012.