Kali is one of the more well known waterfalls in the Manado area, and it’s pretty easy to reach with a short drive and hike.
You can get here by scooter, but I think it’s a better idea to combine this with some other places in the Manado area and do a full day tour with a guide.
Visiting Kali Waterfall
The road to Kali cut through some rural villages and stopped by a group of shabby houses where some locals were singing Gospel songs.
After a VERY humid hike that had us drenched in sweat, me and my guide reached this massive twin waterfall deep in a ravine in the jungle.
Pictures don’t do it justice! On the way, we even saw some rare Sulawesi macaques hiding in the trees.
As of 2019, there’s no parking fee or entry fee for visiting the waterfall.
How To Get To Kali Twin Waterfall
Kali waterfall is in north Sulawesi, just a 40 minute drive from Manado.
The hike to the falls from the parking area is steep and strenuous, but not dangerous, and only takes about 20-30 minutes.
If you need help, the locals are super friendly and you can ask for directions to Kali waterfall (‘Air Terjun Kali’).
Our Manado Driver
We did this trip with driver Roy Paoki from Manado.
He's a super experienced tour guide and his price for driving is 650-700k IDR ($50 USD) for a full day trip (12 hours) in the Manado area.
I've done several trips with Roy over the years, and he's an awesome guy. He's easily my favorite guide I've had anywhere in Indonesia.
You can contact him on his Facebook page.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at Istanaku Guesthouse 2 in Manado city and paid $20 USD for a double room with cold A/C and a hot shower.
The staff here is very friendly and the rooms are clean. The location is great too.
It’s a 5 minute walk from a KFC restaurant, and a short drive to the Manado waterfront if you plan to visit Bunaken Marine Park for snorkeling.
Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.