Sekumpul Waterfall is one of Bali’s most recognised and famous waterfalls. Located in the far north of Bali, if you make the trip up there, it will be one of the most memorable waterfalls you’ll see. There are some things to watch out for when visiting as there are a few scams that confuse plenty of tourists.
How to get to Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall is located in the north of Bali up in the mountain regions. It is roughly a 2 hour drive from the main tourist areas in Canggu, Kuta and Seminyak. To reach Sekumpul Waterfall, the cheapest option would be to hire a scooter and drive yourself. You can rent a scooter for around 50K IDR ($5 AUD) per day. The drive up north winds up the mountain with plenty of twists and turns, so if you’re not a confident driver, the next best option would be to hire a driver. Prices usually start from around 500K IDR ($50 AUD) per day and they’ll take you to as many stops as you like.
Beware of scams!
Unfortunately, within the last year, the local mafia have ruined the place. Finding the entrance to Sekempul can be very hard as there are many scammers in the area that will try to confuse you. The real entrance to Sekumpul Waterfall is the one we’ve pinned below. You can disregard any other signs you see for ‘Sekumpul Registration’ or any other ‘Waterfall Parking’ signs. They will charge a ridiculous price and make you pay for a guide to do a long jungle trek.
Although this is the official parking area for Sekempul, they’ll still charge you for a guide and get more money out of you. Having a guide is totally unnecessary as they’ll just walk you down the road to the ticket booth. You can avoid this by driving down to the ticket booth yourself, but this is only possible if you drove by scooter. Continue along the road, take the first left and follow the road until you reach the ticket booth. The road becomes uneven and very skinny so only do this if you’re a confident driver.
Once you’re at the ticket booth, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee of 30K IDR ($3 AUD) per person. From here it’s only a short 15 minute walk along a paved pathway and down some steep steps.
The 30K IDR entry fee will only get you access to the viewpoint. Just after the viewpoint there is a security checkpoint where two men will ask where your guide is. They’ll ask you to pay 125k IDR ($12.50 AUD) per person if you don’t have one. This is still considerably cheaper than paying for a guide at the parking areas as they typically charge anywhere between 200k – 300k IDR.
We avoided all these scams by heading there at sunrise. When we arrived to the ticket booth at 6.30AM there was no one there to collect the entry fee so we continued along. We quickly took photos at the lookout and started to make our way down. We saw the security checkpoint and iron gate up ahead that everyone was talking about but the gate was open and there was no one there to check. After taking photos for a couple of hours down at Sekumpul Waterfall and Fiji Waterfall, we made our way back up. The men were at the security checkpoint but we just said hello and made our way past. They didn’t stop to ask us anything, however we’re sure they had a few questions. Once we were back at the ticket booth, we made sure to pay the 30K for entry and drove off.
This was our second time visiting since 2018. After reading and hearing about all the scams that are now happening at Sekumpul, we were disappointed in what the area has become. We made sure to go as early as possible to avoid any confrontation and scams possible. If you’re looking to do the same, be sure to get there before they do!
Sekumpul Waterfall is open from 8AM. However, as we mentioned earlier, you can go earlier and make your own way down. If you would like to do trekking, you must do this with a guide and pre arrange the hours.
Sekumpul Waterfall entrance fee
The entrance fee cost 30K IDR ($3 AUD) per person.
How hard is the walk down?
The walk down is easy to follow, however the steps can get steep which make it a bit tiring. It only takes 15 minutes and it’s paved with hand railings and stairs the whole way down. Most people will say that you need a guide and that the walk is tough, taking around 3 hours. However this isn’t the case. The walk is easy and can be done without a guide as long as you get yourself to the official ticket booth.
What to expect
Once you’ve made it down to the bottom of Sekumpul waterfall, you will have to cross a stream. The stream may be flowing heavily, depending on what season you visit in. There are ropes you can hold onto, making it easier to cross the rivers.
The mist from the waterfall is definitely the most intense that we’ve seen so be careful with any electronics. You can attempt to swim under the waterfall but the sheer power will probably stop you in your tracks. If you stand close to the waters edge you’ll be able to feel the full strength and power of the wind created by the water plummeting from the top. We could barely keep our eyes open and were stumbling everywhere as the gust of wind was so strong. For those less adventurous you can admire from afar which is still just as beautiful. Either way, prepare yourself for all the spray.
There is also another waterfall located just a few hundred metres away called Fiji Waterfall. You’ll see a sign at the bottom of Sekumpul which will guide you in the right direction. Just follow the trail for 100 metres and you’ll reach a little store and another ticket booth. It’ll cost 15K IDR ($1.50 AUD) but it’s definitely worth it! Fiji Waterfall is made up of 3 stunning waterfalls and is the only one like it in Bali.
After visiting Sekumpul Waterfall twice, there is no doubt as to why it’s one of the most famous waterfalls in Bali. From its lush greenery to its incredible power and size, this place is truly an adventure! Just be sure to avoid any scams that are popular in the area.
Where to stay
North Bali is a popular area for people looking to explore some of Bali’s best waterfalls. We stayed in Munduk for the night as it is only 40 minutes away. It is best to split up the trip and stay for one night somewhere closer to Sekumpul, rather than driving all the way from Kuta or Seminyak. From Kuta the drive will take you over 2 hours.
Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa – Luxury: Located in Munduk, you’ll find a beautiful villa that has some of the best views in the area. The property features an infinity pool that hangs off the edge of the jungle which provides an exceptional view. Pair that with a beautiful sunset and you’re sure to have an incredible stay!
Amartya Puri Green Cottages – Midrange: This property offers cosy rooms with a terrace where you can enjoy the beautiful garden views. The natural swimming pool is also set amongst the rice fields, making it a super peaceful environment to unwind and relax.
One Homestay and Warung – Budget: We stayed here for one night as a cheap place to rest while we explored the north Bali waterfalls. The homestay has a nice view of the surrounding hills and volcanoes. The rooms also have their own small balcony and guests can make use of the warung located on the property. The food was cheap and tasted pretty good!
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