Sekumpul Waterfall – Biggest & Best Twin Waterfall In Bali
Sekumpul Waterfall is a huge twin waterfall in Singaraja Bali, with two 80 meter tall (260 foot) streams pouring out of the jungle treetops.
If you’re looking for the biggest and best waterfall in Bali, this is probably it! To top it off, you get to see some of the most scenic jungles and rice terraces on the island.
This place is no longer a secret, but since it’s in the far northern part of the island and pretty far from town, the crowds are still not too bad.
This Sekumpul Waterfall blog will explain how you can get there and do the hike without a guide, and everything else you need to know before you go!
Sekumpul Waterfall Hike
The hike to Sekumpul waterfall is pretty straightforward, but I’d rate it as moderate.
It’s not dangerous, but the steep hike up and down is a huge workout and it takes about 30-60 minutes to get there, depending on where you park.
Before you even start the hike, you’ll be taking dozens of pictures. The views in north Bali are incredible — steep green mountains and rice terraces in all directions!
You’re basically hiking down into a big ravine in the jungle, and the views along the way are absolutely mind blowing.
There are two viewpoints at Sekumpul — one above the waterfall and one at the bottom.
Don’t just stop at the first viewpoint, you should definitely check out both! The upper viewpoint is pictured above.
You’ll want to wear junk shoes for this hike, because it gets VERY muddy near the end. The rocks at the bottom of the waterfall can be slippery too, so watch out for that.
Near the end of the hike, you’ll reach a junction with a sign pointing to two different waterfalls.
Go right for 5 minutes if you want to see ‘Grombong Waterfall’ — the main Sekumpul waterfall shown on this page.
Then retrace your steps to the sign and walk in the other direction for 5-10 mins to reach Fiji Waterfall, a cool triple waterfall in the same canyon.
Sekumpul Waterfall Without Guide (i.e. Registration Scam)
You should be aware that there’s an annoying scam at Sekumpul Waterfall where a group of locals has set up a series of fake (but convincing) “registration” checkpoints along the road there.
If you stop at one of these, they will try to force you to hire a guide for 450k IDR ($30 USD) per person. They will tell you it’s dangerous and required.
Tell them you don’t need a guide, or better yet, just keep driving. This is easier to do if you’re in a car, of course.
If you drive through without stopping, it’s possible to bypass the scammers and the bogus registration completely.
Next, you will need to stop in Lemukih village and hike from the south entrance there, NOT from the north entrance at Sekumpul village (which has a metal gate where they WILL stop you).
The area is a bit confusing at first, but hopefully the pictures and map below will help.
Keep in mind this is a very poor, remote area of Bali where the locals have very few legitimate ways to make any money.
Think about things a little bit from their perspective, and then make your own decision about whether or not to use the ‘mandatory’ guide.
I’m sure they are helpful for taking your photos and such, but the path is pretty safe and easy to follow without a guide. It’s definitely not necessary.
If the price was reasonable, I might be inclined to pay it just to help out the locals. But being forced to pay $30 per person for a short hike is not reasonable in my book.
As of 2020, the legitimate entrance fee for Sekumpul is only 15k IDR (~$1 USD).
See the ticket in the picture above.
How To Get To Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall is in North Bali, about 2.5 hours drive from Ubud or 1 hour from Singaraja.
You can use the map below to take you to the Sekumpul Waterfall location in Bali, or just route your map directly to Warung Fiji (click for GPS). This little warung is the southern starting point for the hike.
Scooters can go all the way to Warung Fiji, but cars will need to park a bit earlier. Make sure you stop at the last parking area, though, because it’s significantly closer to the waterfall and it’ll save you from hiking too far.
The walk to the falls from the last parking area (aka Warung Fiji) is only about 30-45 minutes, and follows a narrow downhill path.
Best Time To Visit
Any time of day (or season) is good to visit Sekumpul Waterfall and take great photos.
This waterfall doesn’t dry up as much seasonally compared to some other waterfalls in Bali, so you can still visit it in the dry season months of May to November, although it may start to shrink a bit in the later months of the year (especially after August).
Our Sekumpul Waterfall pictures in this travel guide were taken in July, and there was still plenty of flow, plus a nice rainbow in the late afternoon! We’ve seen the rainbow here on two different afternoons in July. The rice terraces in July will be freshly planted (watery), not green, but that can still be nice for photos.
The bright green rice terraces you see in this guide were photographed in March, which is still the rainy season in Indonesia, but we didn’t run into any problems with rain, and the waterfall was still photogenic as usual!
More Bali Waterfalls
Looking for more information on the best waterfalls in Bali, Indonesia?
Check out my Bali Waterfalls Guide for a complete list with photos, maps, and more!
Bali Private Driver & Motorbike Rental
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Their price is 450k IDR ($30 USD) for a full day of driving and sightseeing in Bali (up to 10 hours) for 1-5 passengers. That's the total price for the whole car + driver + petrol! It's a steal.
If you'd rather travel by motorbike, they have that too. Their scooter rentals start at 85k IDR (~$6) and include a helmet, rain coat, and pickup in the south Bali area.
We've used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they're great! Highly recommended.
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