Sekumpul Waterfall isn’t the most famous waterfall in Bali but it is the most beautiful. It isn’t as well known as several others but I saw about 10 small groups of tourists while I was there. The main viewpoint is at the beginning of the hike and is quite easy to walk to. Accessing the base of the waterfall requires a descent down 430 stairs (unverified source – guide).
Sekumpul Waterfall is fed from two sources. The taller right branch that forks into multiple streams is spring fed while the left stream is river fed and turns a muddy brown during heavy rains according to the guide. I could not find any online photos that verified this but it sounds cool. In addition to the main waterfall at Sekumpul you can also view Lemukih Waterfall from the same viewpoint and walk to the base.
Rating and length – moderate – 4 kms and 2-3 hours
How to get there – Go east from Singaraja on the coastal road for about 6 kms and turn right at Sekumpul Waterfall signs. The road is in decent but not great shape and there is a Sekumpul Waterfall banner at the entrance to Sekumpul Village. Shortly after the turn there is a ticket booth and parking is less than 100 meters ahead.
The hike – From the entrance you will navigate through a small village with several shops and after about 10-15 minutes you will arrive at the main viewpoint. You might need to verify that you are going the correct way but it isn’t very difficult. Those not wanting to hike down to the river (and then back up) can stop at the spectacular viewpoint. The hike isn’t very long but it drops 100 meters of elevation in <1km. You will pass a couple of other viewpoints before reaching a newly built (2013) bridge at the river.
Also visible from the viewpoint to the right is Lemukih Waterfalls (Seven Point Waterfalls). After the 2nd ticket station at the river (to Lemukih district) it is a short walk to the end of the small gorge. You will have to cross the river twice. It is easiest but not necessary to wear a hiking sandal instead of shoes. Flip flops are not recommended for the stairs (slippery if wet). This would be considered a very spectacular waterfall if the larger and even more amazing Sekumpul Waterfall wasn’t so close. At the end of the small gorge there are 3 waterfalls (the middle is visible from the viewpoint) that surround you in a surreal way.
You will need to retrace your steps back to ticket station and follow the trail to the right to go to Sekumpul Waterfall instead of re-crossing the bridge. It will take about 5 minutes to get to the base of the waterfall. On sunny days there is a chance of a large rainbow in the mist and the swimming is excellent.
After Sekumpul Waterfall retrace your steps to the bridge and you can take the path to the left for a different route up to Sekumpul Village. There are 3 drink stands on the way up to rest at. The path merges into the main path.
Entrance cost – 15,000 IDR – 2nd fee to Lemukih Waterfall
Guides – available (negotiable) – there is a slight exaggeration about the length and difficulty of the hike. It was nice to have a guide but not really necessary.
GPS – Sekumpul Waterfall S8.177704 E115.182651 – Lemukih Waterfalls S8.180165 E115.181393
Date visited – 6/16/2015