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“THE highlight of our Java trip”

Madakaripura Waterfall
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Probolinggo
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

After visiting the Iguaçu waterfalls in Argentina and Brazil several years ago I never expected to be impressed by a waterfall again. But I was wrong.

On the road between Bromo and Surabaya a road sign is placed by the turnoff. Then it is around 6km (one way) to the parking area. Admission (only!) 3000rp pp. Gps: -7.84747, 113.016006

Then it is a walk of 1,5km. Because the path is broken at several places you must go cross the (small) river several times. You will get wet feet (to below the knees) so wear short trousers and shoes that may get wet. At the end of the canyon you walk through some small waterfalls. If you don’t use a raincoat\poncho or a umbrella (available at the site) then you will be soaked. The first waterfalls are coming from the green edges straight down. The biggest waterfall at the end is falling along rocks.

There are (expensive) guides available but you don’t really need one. They ask 100.000rp (8.50euro). We were visiting on a Sunday and there were enough (local) tourists to show the best route. If you are unsecure on slippery rocks beneath streaming water a guide will be worth every rupiah. Along the way you can buy some food and thee.

Strange enough we were the only western tourists while this place was so extremely beautiful. Note that picture will not do justice to the real thing!

3  Thank Jan T
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Reviewed July 24, 2012 via mobile

Me and friends went there early 2012 after going down from the Bromo Mt.as an additional must go trip.Place is quite remote so you need to rent a car,but signs along the way was okay.Great experience for with no guides screw around for price and another fees,it was just okay.For us,it was also great because guide can indeed take a good picture with no extra fees.Views and nature keep us amaze at every time and including the legendary story of waterfalls itself.So amazing place but not many people knew it yet..

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

It's definitely a must see if you are travelling on to Ijen or to the ferry to Bali.
Find out what is the cost of a guide, and do not pay a penny more! Our guide really tried to rip us off, thankfully our driver managed to get half of our money back.

5  Thank Monja16
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

We travelled with 2 kids (6 and 8 years old). About half an hour walk and for the last part (slippery) the porters where handy. But...we just arrived in Indonesia and where not 'sharp' enough! Negotiate before you start the walk about the price of the porters!

But the falls where amazing and there where hardly any other tourist. That makes it even better.
Worth the short detour on you why to Bromo!

3  Thank SchrSchr
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

The waterfall is stunning when you reach it. There are youtube and still pictures of the waterfall you can google search to find. However, to reach it you are required (according to the notice at the entry gate) to use a local guide. The initial asking price was 100,000 Rupiah. Because I had 2 small kids, they needed a guide each to carry them across the river crossings. I bargained to 50,000Rp per guide. But I'm sure Indonesians don't pay that much. (Everyone has to pay 2,500 Rp entry fee as well as whatever you negotiate for a guide).
From where you park your vehicle, it is 1-1.5km walk upriver to reach the waterfall. The concrete path that used to run alongside the river and provide access to the waterfall has been destroyed by landslides at three sections. So you need to be prepared to cross the river 6 times each way (and have water up to your knees). You can take your shoes on and off multiple times, or be prepared and bring sandals/footwear that can get soaked. You can buy some plastic sandals from a tout for an outrageous price if you want. You need an umbrella or waterproof jacket to reach the final area at the base of the falls - you'll get very wet even using the umbrella because of the spray. Some people go for a swim in the top pool. Small kids can't reach the final waterfall - the route is too slippery and difficult.
When we got back to our vehicle, the enterprising touts (who'd asked 5000 Rp parking) had washed it unrequested! I refused to give them anything because I was annoyed they touched my car without permission. They probably expected 20,000 Rp or something. Toilet attendant wanted many 000 Rp too.
Bottom line - a stunning waterfall, which is a challenge to reach, but spoilt by the grasping, greedy, mob of vultures at the entry.

10  Thank JaveJourneys
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