Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall is touted as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. It is fairly close to Niagara Falls Lemukih, only about 2 km away. Understandably, the Village and Village Lemukih Sekumpul indeed neighbors. To see Sekumpul Waterfall close, it takes a bit of effort and struggle. From the parking lot, you have to walk quite far away, down a dirt road, down the hundreds of stairs, and across the river. When you ride a motorcycle, you can still ride from the parking lot (near the ticket window), to the end of the road paving. After paving the way out, the road turned into a narrow dirt road (footpath). Not long down the path, you arrived at a blank bale (gazebo) with Niagara Falls Sekumpul incredible lure.
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21 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
This was the best experience so far in Bali!!!

We were quite dubitative because of the price, pretty expensive for a waterfall.. but there is always a guide that comes with you, our guide was really nice and took perfect photos for us. So you pay also a local person not only to see the waterfall.

I am so glad we decided to go all the way down, it was just wonderful. The waterfalls are so beautiful and impressive, we went for a swim and it started to rain it just made the hole moment magic ✨✨✨

I totally recommend you going even if it’s a little more expensive. The experience is worth it.
Written June 20, 2022
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Tania S
3 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
any FAKE registration points 15-20mins distance to waterfall. Pay only at Central Parking‼️We had a terrible situation, the young locals stopped our bike at fake registration point and demanded money, for 30mins they kept, threaten us and won’t let pass on our bike unless another people on bike came and together we got through. The cars they were not able to stop, so if you are on the bike you should pass that ‘young monkey businessmen’ without stopping or say that you are not going to waterfall, just going to some other place!!! Thought the waterfall is wonderful. Paint at Waterfall Central Parking you will get a guide, he will show you everything and will make many good photos.
Written March 3, 2020
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Biljana N
Novi Sad, Serbia94 contributions
Mar 2020
It was more than worth the ride (1h from Lovina) and the walk (about 20 mins). It's actually three different waterfalls - Hidden waterfalls, the main (Sekumpul) waterfalls, and Fiji waterfalls. So count on spending several hours there. At the parking area you can get a ticket and a guide (at the moment 120k for Hidden+Sekumpul; 200k for all three). Paying for entry is fair enough because a lot was invested into making and maintaining the paths for the visit, and locals should definitely benefit from the tourism in their village. The guide was extremely helpful, showing us and helping us with water crossings and telling us where it was safe to swim.
Written March 5, 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Apr 2019
Sekumpul waterfall is the most scenic natural waterfall in the whole of Bali. The road from Wanagiri Hidden Hills to Sekumpul waterfall is curvy and it took us around an hour to reach. After we reached the car parking site, we did a nature hike through the Sekumpul village for around 1.5 h one way. The hike involves a good deal of effort. We hear the water roar from hundreds of meters away and our first glimpse of these magnificent falls blew us away.
Written March 18, 2020
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Adelaide, Australia70 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
The walk to the falls took around 45 minutes. Quite steep in some places along with some very narrow paths and uneven steps. Not recommended for very young children or those with any physical injuries/disabilities that would hinder your ability to navigate the paths safely. Having said that you dont need to be super fit either. Our guide "John" was very attentive and kept us all safe during the walk, advising us how to safely navigate the walk. The scenery was magnificent and the waterfalls were spectacular. You can swim in them if you dare (the water is very cold). Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 23, 2020
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Ardi S
Indonesia15 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We did an early morning dolphin tour with friendly Kadek lovina. We left before sunrise and Kadek brought some banana cakes (made by his wife) ans coffee and tea. Yes there are many other boats with the same purpose but where those are chasing the dolphins, Karta stays on a respectful distance from the animals. His words: "the dolphins like the more quiet waters". So in the end a lot of dolphins passed by our boat and we saw many!
After this we went snorkeling, coloured fish everywhere.
He charges the regular price.
His number is: +62 87863229639(also whatsapp number
Written October 29, 2020
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Lorrie B
11 contributions
Aug 2022
We dreamed of visiting this waterfall before giong to Bali and this happened. Everything is exactly like in the photos on Instagram. Along the way, we visited rice fields and a Water Temple Beratan. It's a long way back and forth, be prepared for this, but we liked how natural the surroundings are. Please take a towel and sunscreen with you if you want to swim and sunbathe a little, as well as a drinking water.
Written August 4, 2022
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Rome, Italy397 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples

Le cascate si trovano a circa 1:30 h da Ubud , strada un po’ tortuosa , arrivati con l’auto dovrete camminare per circa 30 m abbondanti attraverso scale scoscese e sentieri . Appena arrivati incontrerete un casottino che sembra la biglietteria , ma invece è solo un privato che vende la guida con opzional a vario prezzo. Che parte da un minimo di 125000 idr a persona con acqua , o a salire di prezzo con conconut o pranzo , ma non è obbligatorio acquistare niente , la vera biglietteria si trova solo più avanti di 1 centinaio di metri e l’ingresso sono solo 10000 idr verso la fine del percorso bisognerà attraversare un ruscello e ci si trova davanti la cascata .
Per arrivarci sotto bisognerà arrampicarsi su delle rocce , e consiglio di avere delle scarpette antiscivolo da mare .
Ma arrivati sotto la cascata , tra il vento provocato dall’acqua , il fragore e la vista , si proverà una forte emozione che ripagherà di tutti gli sforzi fatti .

The waterfalls are located about 1:30 h from Ubud, a little winding road, arrived by car you will have to walk about 30 m abundant through steep stairs and paths. As soon as you arrive you will meet a little casottino that looks like the ticket office, but instead it is only a private person who sells the guide with an option at various prices. Starting from a minimum of 125000 water per person with water, or going up in price with conconut or lunch, but it is not obligatory to buy anything, the real ticket office is only more than one hundred meters ahead and the entrance is only 10000 towards the end of the path you will have to cross a stream and find yourself in front of the waterfall.
To get there you will have to climb up some rocks, and I advise you to have non-slip shoes from the sea.
But arrived under the waterfall, between the wind caused by the water, the roar and the view, you will feel a strong emotion that will repay all the efforts made.
Written August 28, 2018
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Bali, Indonesia47 contributions
May 2018
The best time to go is early in the day to beat the crowds. I always wake up before sunrise and make the couple hour trip up from Ulu Watu. It is 100% worth it every trip. Don't be fooled by all the "registration" signs, the only place you need to pay there is where you park your motorbike at the end of the road and then there is a small fee at the top of the waterfall as well. Pack snacks and plenty of water, the hike up and down is moderate but can be dangerous on a rainy day so wear good outdoor shoes.
Written September 15, 2018
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London, UK326 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
While Gitgit is Bali’s most popular waterfall, the streams of water dramatically cascading down at Sekumpul amid serene tropical forests are credited as being the island’s most dazzling waterfalls.

They are quite remote from the touristy south of Bali. In addition, despite being reachable, it’s not really easy to get there, this being one of the reasons the falls are not overrun by tourists – we actually met only one additional couple there during our visit.
Admiring this peaceful, unspoilt nature was the highlight of our trip to Bali, an experience we’ll never forget.

First and foremost some important practical considerations. Before you reach the waterfalls, you will have to descend hundreds of steps, wade through a thigh-high river and eventually negotiate some slippery rocks. You’ll also be exposed to an extremely dense mist at the falls. It is therefore important that you pack following items before venturing out there:

-a full set of spare clothes;
-a sealable, waterproof bag; eventually a waterproof box for your wallet and other valuables;
-spare rugged sandals or sport shoes;
-1-2 towels;
-sterile cleaning wipes and sterile adhesive dressing (e.g. Hansaplast
pads) for occasional bruises or wounds –beware slippery rocks - if this may sound
overly cautious, please consider there’s no first aid or wound
care on site in case you bruise or hurt yourself down in the valley
(and more than 300 steps up to the entrance level …)
- a waterproof cover for your DSLR;
-if the above not available, at least a waterproof camera bag;
-clean, dry wipes for the camera lens or its cover (dense mist !)
-sun cream;
-drinking water (drinks can also be purchased on site);
-a torch (if you think it may get dark when you return).

The falls are at approximately 21 Km from Singaraja and 28-29 Km from central Lovina (Kalibukbuk), between the villages Sekumpul and Lemukih, accessed via a road that turns inwards (southwards) from Bali's main northern thoroughfare.

Apparently Sekumpul means “a group of” (waterfalls) and there are reportedly seven falls on site, scattered throughout the lush tropical forests in the highlands of north Bali.

If you’re based in south Bali (Kuta/Seminyak/Sanur/Jimbaran/Nusa Dua) the best solution is to book accommodation for 1-2 days in Singaraja or Lovina (the latter offers more choice + better hotels) in order to be able to reach the waterfalls in less than an hour of driving and walking.

Otherwise the falls are too far away from the tourist centres in the south and attempting “to do” Sekumpul in one day is nothing but stress and fatigue. There are 80 Km between the centre of Kuta and the village of Sekumpul but with the traffic mayhem in Kuta and the frequent traffic jams / traffic interruptions on Bali’s roads you need to plan at least 3 hours of driving to get there (without breaks), speak at least 6 hours spent on roads if you have to return to your hotel in the south. Not a good idea.
A taxi from Kuta or Sanur to Singaraja is fairly cheap (300 - 400 K Rp for 80 Km !) and will save you the hassle of changing busses in Denpasar.

While the road distance between the Sekumpul and Gitgit waterfalls is roughly 28 Km, it is recommended to visit the two sites on separate days.

To my knowledge there is no public transport directly to Sekumpul Falls, so you would need your own two (or four) wheels or a taxi to get there.

Driving a motorbike or a scooter has the advantage of being able to quickly ask the motorists surrounding you at traffic lights for directions should you get lost. You can adjust your itinerary much faster than if you were driving a car, plus you can stop wherever at the roadside to take pictures. You can rent a scooter in Lovina cheaply, even for a day or less.

From Lovina it’s just a leisurely drive of less than an hour. Exit the city via Jl (Jalan = street) Surapati heading eastwards. Soon as you leave the hustle and bustle of Singaraja and after you turn right from the main northern road (towards Jagaraga), the trip becomes really enjoyable – you are driving along picturesque rice terraces and witness the locals at work on rice paddies with their traditional tools.

The admission fee to the site is about Rp 5,000. We walked about 15 min past a drink and spice stall to a vantage point offering stunning vistas of four of the Sekumpul waterfalls from a distant perspective (first photo) - a postcard-perfect picture! From there you descend a long way on more than 300 (apparently 350) cemented, steep stairs to the river at the bottom of the valley (photo 2). Then you have to wade through the stream – the water can get above the knees, so having a pair of spare rugged sandals or sport shoes is of great help. Before getting into the river, take off your clothes and put all your belongings in the sealable waterproof bag to protect your stuff from the water and -a few minutes later- from the mist, which becomes denser as you approach the falls. I remember the practical waterproof bags Argentinean powerboat drivers gave us at Iguazu before plunging the boats into the foaming St Martin falls.

Once you’re on the other side of the river, there’s a short walk to the actual falls – you can hear the rumbling sound of the water plummeting from the hills 70-80 metres into a nice swimmable pool. The mist is extremely dense when you arrive at the pool, so everything outside the bag, including you, will get thoroughly soaked ! You should therefore pack spare clothes and some clean, dry wipes for the camera lens, which will quickly become wet as soon as you take a picture near the plunge pool. You can swim in the pool very close to the falls, but on the way there you will eventually have to cross a smaller stream over a fallen palm tree. Again, rugged shoes and a sealable bag will make your life much easier.

On the way back, after climbing up the 300 + stairs, you can rest at a small eatery with outdoor seating (the Pemuatan “restaurant”) where the owner serves sandwiches as well as traditional Balinese food and Indonesian dishes (satays, nasi goreng, cap cay).

The Sekumpul waterfalls and the huge valley framed by tropical forest with its hilltop palm trees is one of the most beautiful and serene sights I’ve encountered. An enticing, dazzling, thrilling and highly rewarding experience, despite getting a thorough soaking.

Marius C. Berger, MD
London, UK
Written September 9, 2013
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