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!
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.
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. 🙂
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.
As we walked down, we saw the smaller Fiji Waterfalls. It’s a 10-minute walk between these two waterfalls.
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. 😀
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.
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. 😀
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.
As soon as we found a spot to place our bags, the photoshoot began. 😀 😀 😀
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. 😀
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.
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.
Parking, for now, is free. Hopefully, they won’t start charging after the pandemic.
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.