Lombok Waterfalls and Bukit Selong Sunrise Adventures!
I think it’s safe to say that Lombok is a slice of heaven on earth! It is one big tropical playground for those who seek the ultimate adventure. I spent 9 days on Lombok island with friends Jackson, Jorden, Warren and Eloise. We wanted to see as much as we possibly could in the short time frame in which we had.
After a 3 day hike to the summit of Mt. Rinjani, click here to see my most popular post from this hike, there was no slowing us down. We spent one more night at the Blue Mountain Cottage, and the owner helped me to organise a private taxi and driver for the following day to pick us up at 4am. I managed to get the price down to 700,000 rupiah ($70) for an entire day of driving!
Our first mission today was to see the sunrise at an incredible lookout in the village of Bukit Selong. Our driver was bang on time and so the 5 of us piled in to the mini van for what was to be an hour’s drive to the sunrise viewpoint. We arrived at around 5am with an hour to spare before first light… so we waited it out in the comfort of the van. Not much was spoken as we were all still half asleep and exhausted from the Mt. Rinjani trek, but no words were needed as we indulged in the early morning nature around us in reverie.
It was only a 2 minute walk from the carpark to the viewpoint. The sound of the morning roosters and the prayers from the mosques filled the air. There are 2 viewpoints that overlook the fields – one is a dirt mound at a lower level and the other is further up the hill where you’ll see a hand crafted wooden star on bamboo stilts that makes for a great photo. And just on the other side of the hill there is a cool little treehouse with a rickety boardwalk that leads out over the edge. Around every corner is a new epic landscape waiting to be discovered!
After some fun mucking around here we decided to hit the road in search of some waterfalls in Central Lombok.
Along the way we stopped in a busy town to grab something to eat from a local warung, and I couldn’t help but feel like we were the only tourists around. It is low season in Lombok at this time of year and a good time to visit, in my opinion, to avoid the crowds. Although, this island seems pretty untouched, and tourism still seems quite minimal in general.
2 hrs later and after stopping a few times to ask some locals where to go we arrived to the entrance point of the falls. We got hustled in to the ticket office by some local officials and were almost tricked in to paying 80,000 rupiah to enter the park with a guide. We refused to pay this amount as we did not feel like we needed a guide and after some time we managed to get an entrance ticket for 30,000 rupiah ($3) each.
To our surprise this wasn’t just one waterfall in fact there is a mecca of 5 waterfalls on a 30 minute circuit trail through the jungle. The first waterfall Benang Stokel was my favourite. There are 3 falls here that graciously flow into a shallow rock pool below. Take your pick on which falls to shower under!
The weather quickly took a turn for the worse and a heavy downpour of rain greeted us. We huddled underneath a sheltered hut to wait it out… but there was no signs of it stopping. Eloise and Warren decided to head back to the entrance while Jackson, Jorden and I made a run for it… excited to see what other falls we could find!
We agreed to just hit one more waterfall on the circuit trail as the weather was becoming a damper and we did not want to keep the others waiting long. So we ran through the mud for a solid 15mins until reaching Benang Kelambu Waterfall. This unique curtain falls is unlike any other that I’ve seen. Instead of flowing through stones, the water is flowing through plants. In fact the word “Kelambu” means curtain and the plants frame the waterfall just like a window and curtain.
With a grin ear to ear I can easily say that this was one of the best day trips I have been on. Central Lombok is 100% worth the visit. Take the plunge in to this waterfall wonderland!
The only down side to Central Lombok is the limited accommodation. So, an easy option is to head south to the coast and stay in Kuta Lombok. The drive takes 1.5 hours from central to the south.
Our driver dropped us right to the doorstep of our homestay in Kuta Lombok and it didn’t take long for us all to hit the pillow!