The hills and mountains in Java are full of amazing waterfalls, but one of the best is Kabut Pelangi in East Java.
This is a huge waterfall in a green jungle amphitheater. The name means ‘rainbow mist waterfall’ in Indonesian, and the size of this waterfall is crazy awesome.
Kabut Pelangi Waterfall Hike
The hike to the main waterfall takes about 45 minutes one way. Going back takes a bit longer because it’s a steep hillside.
It’s not a very difficult track, but the path can be hard to see sometimes, especially if you go during or soon after the rainy season. We went in May and things were a little overgrown in places, and there were several stream crossings that required getting your feet wet.
The path should improve as the waterfall becomes more popular.
On the way to Kabut Pelangi, you’ll pass a smaller waterfall that is nice too. Just don’t hang out here very long, because the main waterfall is much better!
You’ll know you’re near the finish line when you reach a small bamboo stairway leading over some boulders.
I’m a big fan of sandal hiking, but this is one trek where shoes are a good idea.
Halfway through the hike, we spotted a big scorpion in the middle of the foot path. To make matters worse, my buddy had lost a sandal at Goa Tetes waterfall earlier in the day, and I had loaned him one of mine. Barefoot with scorpions, yay!
In any case, the end view was amazing and we felt like it was worth the hassle.
The best time for photographs here is in the morning or late afternoon, or any overcast day. We arrived shortly after noon, and the lighting was blown out because of the bright sun behind the waterfall.
We had to hike to a closer spot to get better pics. Even on a bad day this is easily one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Indonesia!
As of 2019, the whole trail is unstaffed and there’s not even an entry fee. We didn’t see another person on the trail in almost 2 hours.
Enjoy and be safe!
How To Get To Kabut Pelangi Waterfall
Kabut Pelangi waterfall is located in Lumajang, East Java.
The trail is pretty easy to find from the parking area, but if you need help with directions, you can ask the locals about the ‘air terjun’ (waterfall) and they will know where to point you.
The best way to visit this area is on a day trip from the city of Malang, and this gives you time to visit 3 amazing waterfalls in one day — Tumpak Sewu, Kabut Pelangi, and Kapas Biru.