How to get to Sekumpul waterfall Bali
You can find the car park where you enter the trail to Sekumpul waterfall quite easy on Google Maps. There are two ways to get to Sekumpul waterfall. From the car park of Sekumpul waterfall, which is the downstream part and the best place to access all 7 waterfalls in this area. You can also enter the falls from the other side at Lemukih village which is the upstream side, but it takes a longer hike and you will only get to see the falls from above.
Once you’ve arrived at the parking lot of Sekumpul waterfall and paid the entrance fee, it is about a 15 – 25 minutes hike down to where you will find the amazing Sekumpul falls. You have to cross a little stream at the bottom, so make sure to bring shoes that can get wet or bring watershoes or sturdy sandals. The rocks here can be slippery, so make sure to walk with full attention! On the way back to the parking lot it’s a bit of a climb because the stairs are pretty steep, so be prepared for that!
The Sekumpul waterfall guides scam
Things have changed at the entrance of Sekumpul waterfall since February 2019. Before, you only had to pay the 20.000 IDR Sekumpul waterfall entrance fee. But since February 2019 there is a fence at the path where you enter the downstream part of Sekumpul waterfall. The local people of the village Sekumpul await you there, and say that you have to pay for a “guide” who helps you down to the waterfall. They will tell you a story about a ‘new government regulation’ which is ridiculous. This is just an extra way of money making for them, and “packages” start at 125.000 IDR up to 300.000 IDR!! This is very, very questionable because in this way they force you to pay for a guide you actually don’t need. Be sure to use your bargaining skills and lower the price as much as possible!! The stairs are well maintained and the path to the waterfall is easy to follow.
Two waterfalls for the price of one
Before you reach the fence you’ll see an amazing viewpoint on Sekumpul waterfall as seen on the picture below. On a sunny day you will even see a rainbow appear close to the waterfall. Before you arrive all the way down at Sekumpul waterfall, first you have to cross a stream where you can find a waterfall hidden in a canyon on the left side. Climb the rocks and wade a little bit through the water and you’ll see another beauty of a waterfall. See the picture below. After exploring this waterfall, you only have to walk a bit further to arrive at the bottom of Sekumpul waterfall. You will feel the power and spray of this amazing waterfall on your face, and the closer you get the wetter you get!