Published/Last edited or updated: 18th April, 2016
While Mata Jitu waterfall on Moyo Island is easily Sumbawa’s most beautiful waterfall, Agal has to be one of its tallest and most spectacular.
Good things come to those who wait, and Agal rewards those willing to take a two to two-and-a-half hour trek from Merente village. You’ll have to fjord a river (don’t worry, waist-high only — phone in shirt pocket please!) but you’ll dry out just in time to fjord it again on the way back. How perfect is that?!
Once you’re done playing around in the river, the walk takes you through initially denuded forest then some impressive stretches of rainforest. There are two pos (resting spots) along the way, and after the second you’ll pass through some large spreads of wild coffee bushes — they seemed to us to be big enough to be called trees rather than bushes. Locals harvest them once annually in July or August. All the while you can hear the roar of the falls in the distance.
When you finally reach the main affair, it is slightly underwhelming — just keep walking, perhaps an extra 50 metres, and then look up and to your left.Wow.
There’s not much more to be said really. It is possible (weather permitting) to walk on from here to Saketok Waterfall and then continue on in a loop back to Merente, but, weather was not permitting on the day we visited and we retraced out steps.
A guide is mandatory to visit the waterfall and you can arrange one in Merente. Eric charges 150,000 rupiah for the trip. It’s an extra 100,000 rupiah if you also want to visit Saketok Waterfall.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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