Sekumpul waterfall is by far our most favorite Bali waterfall together with Nungnung and Tukad Cepung waterfall. The highest waterfall of Bali, which really gives you the Jurassic Park jungle vibes, will amaze you. We’ve been here a few times now, and the power, height and beauty of this waterfall is impressive, every time again. For adventure lovers and photographers this is a great spot as you have so many angles to shoot this beauty of a waterfall. Read for more tips under photo tips.
Located in North Bali this beautiful waterfall, secluded in the forest, will be one of your highlights of Bali! Of course you also can’t miss the rice terraces in Ubud, or a magical sunset and sunrise in Bali. Read all our tips considering the best spots for sunset here, and for sunrise here!
The Sekumpul waterfall “guides”
To reach the car park where you can enter Sekumpul waterfall is quite easy to find if you follow your Google Maps. But things at the entrance of Sekumpul has changed since February 2019. Before, you only had to pay the 20.000 IDR waterfall entrance fee. But since February 2019 there is a fence at the path where you enter the downstream part. The local people of the village Sekumpul await you there, and say that you have to pay for a guide who helps you to the waterfall. This is very, very questionable because in this way they force you to pay for a guide you 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 shows itself. You can hike to Sekumpul waterfall in 15 minutes. Sometimes it’s a bit steep on the way back, and you have to cross a stream. Rocks can be slippery, but if you walk with full attention you can easily do this hike yourself.
Two waterfalls for the price of one
Before you reach the fence you’ll see an amazing viewpoint on Sekumpul waterfall as seen below on the picture. 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 will cross a stream where you can see a hidden waterfall 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 from Ilse below. If you walk a little bit further you’ve arrived at the bottom of Sekumpul waterfall, and you will feel the power and spray of this amazing waterfall!
How to get to Sekumpul waterfall Bali
There are two ways to get to this 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 false from above.
Sekumpul waterfall entrance fee
The entrance fee for Sekumpul waterfall is 20.000 IDR per person and for the “guide” you have to use your bargaining skills, but mostly around 100.000 IDR.
Best time to go for photos
The (early) morning is the best time to go to Sekumpul because of many reasons. First, the light. If you arrive here around 9 or 10 am the waterfall is still in the shade, therefore it won’t be blown out by the sun and you won’t be overheated while shooting. Second, fewer tourists which give you more time and possibilities for different angles.
Photo tip Sekumpul waterfall
There is an awesome rock where your model can climb on to give perspective to the waterfall. But there are also many other angles to make your shot. For example where you can use leaves as a foreground to create extra depth in your shot. Or take a zoom lens and only show a little part of the waterfall as shown in the close-up picture above. Learn more what the different results of different focal lengths is in our blog about focal length.
Your model needs to have some rock climbing skills for this photoshoot haha!
Be careful guys as this rock might be slippery, take your time to get on and off it!
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