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!
Enjoy and be safe!
As of 2019, the whole trail is unstaffed and there’s no entry fee. We didn’t see another person on the trail in almost 2 hours.
How To Get To Kabut Pelangi Waterfall
Kabut Pelangi waterfall is located in Lumajang, East Java.
The nearest airport is Abdul Rachman Saleh (MLG) in Malang, which has direct flights from Bali (DPS). You can also reach Malang easily by train from Yogyakarta, which is what we did.
Their daily price was 400k IDR + petrol, which worked out to be 620k IDR ($44 USD) for a full day visiting 3 waterfalls in Lumajang, then driving back to comfy Malang where they have better food and hotels.
Our driver Dayat was punctual and very familiar with the area, so we had no trouble finding the waterfalls!
Where We Stayed
The best place to base yourself for these waterfalls is Malang. There are lots of good restaurants and hotels to choose from, and the city is easily accessible from Bali or Yogyakarta.
We stayed at the OYO 353 hotel in Malang and it was only 210k IDR ($15 USD) for a clean double room with cold A/C, hot shower, and 30 Mbps WiFi.
The value was insane! We will definitely come back.