Sekumpul Waterfall – Bali’s Best Waterfall?

Is Sekumpul Waterfall (Air Tejun Sekumpul) the best of all waterfalls in Bali? I think and believe so. It’s not just the best but, perhaps, the most dramatic of all, too! And for sure, it is the tallest cascade in the whole island!

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The mid and northern part of Bali has a collection of waterfalls. I have been to four of them, and so far, Sekumpul is on the top of the list.

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Tourist attractions in Bali.

Air Tejun Sekumpul has 7 waterfalls in total. A few of them are hidden – so you really need to listen to the cascading water to find them. πŸ™‚

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The first time I laid our eyes on Sekumpul, I was already impressed. A friend and I spent a few minutes on the first viewing platform to admire the bird’s eye views of the jungle and the waterfalls.

Sekumpul Waterfall - Bali's Best Waterfall?
Sekumpul Waterfall – Bali’s Best Waterfall?

As we walked down, we saw the smaller Fiji Waterfalls. It’s a 10-minute walk between these two waterfalls.

Sekumpul Waterfall - Bali's Best Waterfall?
Sekumpul Waterfall – Bali’s Best Waterfall?

The steps going down was not really that difficult. We never experienced crawling in all fours. However, that would be the case for some people when going back. πŸ˜€

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It’s a 20-minute walk from the ticket booth/parking lot down to the waterfalls.

When we reached the bottom of the valley, our first destination was the Hidden Waterfall. As you can see on the photo below, you see nothing but hanging greens and vines. Our guide told us there used to be waterfalls here but they’re all gone now.

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There’s a waterfall hidden in these grassy vines and rocks.

But there’s one that keeps cascading. We moved inches closer and looked on our right – and bingo – the waterfall revealed itself! The rocks here are sharp and so slippery that I fell. My rear is still hurting as I type this. πŸ˜€

Hidden Waterfalls Singaraja
Sekumpul Waterfall – Bali’s Best Waterfall?

After swimming at the Hidden waterfall, we walked to the main attraction and the grandest of ’em all!

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Air Tejun Sekumpul Waterfalls in Bali

Looking up to this (almost) 100-meter waterfall is truly incredible. Its thundering sound and the misty airs were a refreshing breath I needed to hear and breathe.

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As soon as we found a spot to place our bags, the photoshoot began. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Tourist attractions in Bali (Indonesia)

Our able guide was the one who pointed out the best spots to pose. He also sort of “directed” us on how to pose. And when were done with everything, my friend retreated in a shade and I continued taking my shower. πŸ˜€

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Things to do in Bali (Singaraja)

How to get to Air Tejun Sekumpul Waterfall

It takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes from Canggu (where I’m staying) to Singaraja (where the waterfall is). Start your day really early because traffic nearing Bedugul can be a pain. The best way to go up there is, of course, by motorbike. Yep, it’s a long drive but way smoother and faster than taking a van or car. You can rent a motorbike (or car if you want) anywhere in Bali.

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Sekumpul Waterfall – The Best in Bali

Entrance Fees

This part is not something I’m thrilled to tell you. While driving up north to see and enjoy Sekumpul is worth it, paying for the exorbitant fee is not. All foreign visitors are required to have a “tour guide” even if you don’t really need one. There is no chance you will be trekking down complicated footpaths in the jungle. For some reason, the village imposed these fees to foreign visitors. Right at the ticket booth, they will show a laminated piece of paper with these prices.

  1. Medium Trekking costs IDR125,000/person. This includes entrance ticket/bracelet, donation for the village (not really donation if it’s compulsory), local guide, and insurance (really!). Also with this price, you are only allowed to swim and see the Hidden waterfall and the Twin Waterfalls. Fiji Waterfall which is 5-10 minutes walk is NOT included in this price.
  2. Long Trekking costs IDR200,000/person. This includes everything above + Fiji Waterfalls and mineral water.
  3. Viewing Only costs IDR20,000. This means that you can only view the waterfalls from a designated spot from above. And according to the local tourist I talked to, they only paid this price. When I told them how much we paid, they cringed. They, themselves, couldn’t believe it! For a strange reason this price is not listed on the laminated paper they showed us.

Parking, for now, is free. Hopefully, they won’t start charging after the pandemic.

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Where to Stay in Bedugul or Munduk

There are a couple of guesthouses and villas that you find 30-60 minutes drive around Sekumpul. Bedugul is a popular choice because of its Bali Botanical Gardens and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple by the lake. Another area to stay is in Munduk where some villas have views of Mt. Agung or Mt. Batur.

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