SEKUMPUL WATERFALL – THE BEST WATERFALL IN BALI

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Sekumpul Waterfall is known as ‘The Best Waterfall in Bali’ and for a damn good reason! There is a mecca of waterfalls in the northern region of Bali to be explored, so what are you waiting for!

I have put together this complete guide of Sekumpul Waterfall Bali including how to get there, what to expect and the best time to visit!

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HOW TO GET TO SEKUMPUL WATERFALL (AIR TERJUN SEKUMPUL)

Sekumpul Waterfall (Air Terjun Sekumpul) is located in the northern region of Bali, approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Denpasar. You can hire a driver and car for around $50 for the day, just ask your accommodation to arrange this for you.

If you like to ride scooters, you can find scooter rentals shops practically everywhere in the main tourist hubs such as Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu. The scooters can be rented for around $5 a day with a full tank of gas. This is my preferred means of travel around Bali, as it is cheap and you can stop anywhere and anytime you like!

The road gets very windy and steep as you head through the hills of Bedugul and it is a common route for trucks and other commuting vehicles. So please take care and don’t overtake unless you think it is safe to do so.

You can find some epic viewpoints and other attractions on the side of the road on the way to Sekumpul Waterfall that are definitely worth stopping for. A favorite of mine is the Strawberry Hill Lookout and the famous Bali Gates.

Sekumpul Waterfall

BOOK A TOUR TO SEKUMPUL WATERFALL

If you would prefer to book a private day tour to Sekumpul Waterfall, the easiest way to book is online in advance with Klook.

This particular tour is the most top-rated Sekumpul Waterfall Tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.

The tour includes a visit to Sekumpul Waterfall, Danu Bratan Water Temple and taste testing the Kopi Luwak at a Coffee Plantation. All this for less than $25 USD.

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Air Terjun Sekumpul

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sekumpul waterfallDrone shot of Sekumpul Waterfall

Sunrise at the Strawberry Hill Lookout

ARRIVING AT AIR TERJUN SEKUMPUL

When you arrive at the car park to Sekumpul Waterfall there is a small hut where there may be a group of local tour guides that will try to tell you that you have to pay for a guide to visit Air Terjun Sekumpul. This is not true. The track is clearly signposted and easy enough to navigate your way down to the falls without a guide.

There is a small entrance fee of 20,000 Rupiah to visit Sekumpul Waterfall and the parking fee is 2,ooo Rupiah.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT SEKUMPUL WATERFALL

As you begin the 30-minute hike down through the lush bamboo forested valley to Sekumpul Waterfall you will come across an awesome viewpoint of the falls from a birds-eye perspective. The twin falls of Sekumpul Waterfall gushes down a whopping total of 80 meters before it reaches the rock pool at the base of the falls.

Continue to traverse through the forest until you reach a set of steep steps that will lead you to a shallow stream that you will have to cross to get to the base of Sekumpul Waterfall.

You can swim in the rock pools beneath Sekumpul Waterfall though I don’t know how you will go trying to get directly beneath the falls as the force of water is very powerful.

The Sekumpul Waterfall valley is a landscape photographers dream, although it can prove quite difficult to get a good photo of the falls from down in the basin as the misty spray is wild and consistent. Be prepared with a lens cleaner or a towel to wipe your camera lens clean of water every 5 seconds.

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The base of Sekumpul Waterfall

Fiji Waterfall – Sekumpul Waterfall

Fiji Waterfall – Air Terjun Sekumpul

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sekumpul waterfallAerial shot of the stream above Sekumpul Waterfall

SEKUMPUL WATERFALL – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The best time to visit Sekumpul Waterfall is anytime between mid-morning and 2pm to get the best lighting from the sun through the valley.

Do bear in mind that it is a 2.5 hour ride each way so you may want to consider spending a night out in the northern region, (see below for some accommodation options). This also gives you the option to visit more of Bali’s Waterfalls such as Aling-Aling Waterfall and Banyu Wana Amerta Waterfall which are both located in the northern region of Bali.

You may or may not know that Sekumpul in the local language translates to ‘collection’ or ‘group’ meaning that Sekumpul Waterfall is actually one of the multiple waterfalls. In fact, there are 5 or 6 waterfalls in the same valley.

These can also be explored after you visit the main Sekumpul Waterfall. Each waterfall is within 5 to 10 minutes hiking of each other.

You may have noticed in this article that I have used the words ‘Air Terjun’ which is the local language and translates to ‘waterfall’. This is a little something to remember if you get lost when trying to find a waterfall in Bali and a signpost reads Air Terjun, then you know that you are on the right track!

 

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ACCOMMODATION NEAR SEKUMPUL WATERFALL

Bedugul is the closest town to Sekumpul Waterfall which has dozens of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Bedugul. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Saranam Resort & Spa Bedugul

Saranam Resort is the best 5-star accommodation in Bedugul. Featuring a swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and restaurant, beautiful gardens and free wifi. The rooms are modern and spacious with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, private bathroom and mountain views. A continental breakfast or English breakfast is included.

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Mid Range: Handara Golf & Resort 

Handara Golf & Resort is more than just a golf course. The entrance to this accommodation is the most Instagrammed location in Bali. This 3-star resort is set in the beautiful mountains of Bedugul featuring a Japanese restaurant and bar, tennis court and spa. It’s also very close to waterfalls and temples. The rooms are large with a seating area, minibar, free wifi, flat-screen tv and lake views. Perfect place to stay for families, friends and couples.

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Budget: Pondok Nyoman

Pondok Nyoman is the best budget accommodation in Bedugul for solo travelers or couples on a budget. Featuring a shared lounge, rice terrace views, swimming pool, restaurant and free wifi. They have double rooms available with spacious living and private bathroom. Breakfast is included for all guests.

 

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OTHER ATTRACTIONS NEAR SEKUMPUL WATERFALL BALI

The northern region of Bali is an adventurers wonderland that has so much to offer! Be sure to read my other related blog posts to discover more of Bali’s most iconic locations and other incredible waterfalls!

Click on the links below to see other related posts:

Iconic Bali Gates

Nungnung Waterfall

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – UNESCO Site

Leke Leke Waterfall

Wanagiri Hidden Hills Viewpoint

Banyuwana Amertha Waterfall

Aling Aling Waterfall

 

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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Sekumpul Waterfall please leave me a comment below.

Happy Adventuring!

2 Comments

  1. Ryan
    May 1, 2019 / 3:32 am

    Hey! You might want to update the price. The Northern Bali “Government” has stepped in and now they have wristbands and a gate with locals scanning the wristband before you get to the stairs. It costs 125,000 for a medium trek which includes the two big falls and a guide. It started in February 2019 and there is no way around it. Just so tourists know going in that it is not a scam (the registration banners before you get there probably are) but this is not. The village got together and decided on a price and created actual employees and guides. I don’t blame them.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      May 2, 2019 / 7:16 pm

      Hi and thanks for the new updated info! Will amend the blog post accordingly! Take care 🙂

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