Madakaripura Waterfall instantly became my favorite that I have ever visited. Usually waterfalls that show up on Tallest or Best Of lists are a bit of a disappointment. Typically they have parking lot viewpoints and the hikes are usually short and on concreted paths.
Madakaripura Waterfall is Indonesia’s 2nd tallest waterfall at 200 meters and is (or at least should be) on every best waterfalls of Indonesia list. Unlike many of the waterfalls on these lists it is absolutely amazing. Hikers start walking up a steep valley on a concrete path but the only way to access the waterfall is to walk through a curtain waterfall before entering a narrow slot (pictured above) to the final waterfall. The waterfall itself falls into a 200 meter tall cylinder and visitors are nearly surrounded by sheer vertical green cliffs. It is an absolutely breathtaking experience.
Rating and length – easy – 3 km (1-2 hours round trip
Accessiblity – Roads are in good shape – Hikers need to walk in water and on slippery rocks
How to get there – you will need to join a tour or use private transport to access the waterfall
Option 1 – it is possible to rent a motorcycle in Probolinggo and ride to Madakaripura Waterfall
Option 2 – you can hire a private driver with car ($50-75/day)
Option 3 – You can book a combined Mt Bromo sunrise tour that stops at Madakaripura on the way back to Probilinggo. I did not do this and don’t endorse this particular company but here is an example (Keliling Nusantara).
The hike – All cars have to stop at the 1st parking lot and visitors have the option of a 4 km roadwalk (each way) or they can hire a motorcycle driver (10,000 IDR each way) to take them to the trailhead. I am uncertain if you are allowed to ride your own motorbike the last 4 km or if you have to hire. The motorbike will drop you off at the ticket gate. Guides might be available here but they are unnecessary for this hike.
Follow the road for a few more minutes and then it becomes a concrete path in an ever tightening valley. The path ends at a small bridge where guides will definitely be available as well as rainjackets and sandals for sale. I wasn’t hassled by the guides and continued to the river. There is no trail to the waterfall but rather you follow the river upstream and walk directly under the curtain waterfall that falls across the narrow gorge. Just after this the main waterfall comes into view. To enter the main waterfall you will need to climb along the right side wall (it’s a little slippery). There is a small pool that some swim in and you can go all the way to the back and try to get a photo of the whole green tube that the waterfall falls into.
Guides – offered but not required
Entrance fee – 11,000 (two tickets)
Other info – Bring a rainjacket or a waterproof bag for your stuff because you will get wet. Vendors will be selling rainjackets and flipflops. Lockers available at the end of the trail.
GPS data – S7.855216 E113.007768
Date visited – 9/16/2016
Nearby Waterfalls – Buang Waterfall (possible landslide cutting off access)