Bali- Sekumpel Waterfalls
Sekumpel means ‘group’ in Indonesian, and there’s not just one waterfall here- there are seven, and the largest is 50 meters tall. It took quite a while on the tiny windy roads to get there, but the scenery was breathtaking, all lush and green and gorgeous mountains covered in mist. We grabbed a quick breakfast of our millionth nasi goreng plate at a roadside warung (small restaurant) on the way and headed up to the mountains. We passed through dozens of tiny villages as the road got smaller and windier (and a little scary at some points).
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- There’s some tours that will take you here, but we hired a driver (it’s cheaper and we like being on our own schedule). It took a couple hours to get there, it’s not a long distance but the roads are small. The driver costs about the same as a tour.
- When you get to the parking lot, the locals will offer to take you down to the waterfalls for a small fee. Actually, it’s less of an offer and more like they insist- but you don’t have to do this and don’t need a guide to find your way. They have little motorcycles and will zip down the path to drop you off at the steps leading to the valley with the main waterfalls- but you still have to navigate the almost 400 slippery steps- so not sure how worth it this is. We just walked the whole way.
- Wear very comfortable shoes, and ones that can get wet. 100% your shoes are getting wet- sandals that strap on are your best bet here as the steps and the rocks are very slippery. The hike in isn’t long, but it’s pretty vertical. Make sure to bring a swimsuit if you want to swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls. There’s a little three-sided hut down there we used to change, it was deserted when we were there so it was easy to change.
- Don’t carry a bunch of stuff down there. Though I’m biased- I just hate carrying things while doing any sort of hiking. I never bring water anywhere. Here there was a little tiny snack shack at the bottom, so if you are parched from your short hike you’ll be okay. You’ll want your hands free.
- It’s wet there- not just the waterfalls, but this is the kind of place where it rains every day. If you don’t have a waterproof camera make sure you bring something to cover it. We had a little umbrella that saved the day (I actually carried something).