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Epic Guide To Visiting Sekumpul Waterfall [2020]

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Cazzy Magennis
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January 13, 2020
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Bali is bursting with amazing waterfalls and you could spend weeks and weeks discovering new ones. Well, once you head north, you’ll discover some epic waterfalls and Sekumpul waterfall (also known as air tengen sekumpul) is an awesome one. It's actually considered one of the most famous waterfalls in Bali and it's really no surprise why!

Brad and I visited this waterfall on our own, basically without a guide, and below we will take you through all you need to know about visiting the beautiful Sekumpul waterfall. 

Where is Sekumpul waterfall Bali located? 

Sekumpul waterfall is located in Singaraja, which is a beautiful region of Bali in the north that actually boats quite a number of waterfalls. 

How to get to Sekumpul waterfall 

So since Sekumpul waterfall is located in the north area of Bali, you’re going to do a little bit of travelling if you find yourself located in the more touristy areas of Canguu, Kuta or Seminyak. But not to fear, it’s super easy to get around Bali and you’ve got a few options. 

Rent a moped: For those feeling confident, you can easily rent a moped and drive to Sekumpul waterfall yourself. It will take around 3 hours (with stops), so it’s a good idea to stay overnight somewhere close by. A good place to rest for the night is Lovina. 

You can book a moped online and it’s typically delivered to the address you are staying at. Book here. 

Hire a driver: If you’d rather relax in an air conditioned car whilst travelling to Sekumpul waterfall, you can easily rent a driver for the day. There are a few options when it comes to this. You can actually rent drivers for up to 8-10 hours via the Grab app, or you can book a driver online for a full day. Like this guy here! If you’ve got a driver you may as well combine your visit to Sekumpul waterfall with other waterfalls in the area such as, Git Git or Aling Aling. 

Don’t forget you can book a driver here. 

Take a tour: More and more tour companies are offering the chance to do waterfall tours which will take you to some of the best waterfalls in the north of Bali, including Sekumpul waterfall. So if you’d like the convenience of seeing a few waterfalls in one full day, then a tour might be the way to go. I’ve scanned the web and these are my two favorite tours to Sekumpul waterfall: 

How far is Sekumpul waterfall from Ubud?

Ubud is one of the most popular places to stay in Bali for tourists, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the most commonly asked questions. Ubud is around 2.5 hours via moped to Sekumpul waterfall. Of course this is all traffic dependent, and as you know, the traffic around Ubud can build up! 

If visiting Sekumpul waterfall from Ubud, I suggest you either hire a driver, or rent a moped and visit yourself. 

Can you swim in Sekumpul waterfall?

Yes you can, it’s very clear and very cold, so if you’re looking to cool off from the Bali heat, then swimming in Sekumpul waterfall is probably a good idea. 

Sekumpul waterfall entrance cost 

A few years ago there used to be no cost, and locals tried to impose a “tourist tax” that was basically a scam, BUT, nowadays, regulations have been put in place and there is a cost to visit Sekumpul waterfall. Actually there are a range of prices depending on what you want to do. They are as follows (these prices are correct as of August 2019):

Viewing Platform Only: 20k. So if you don’t want to trek down to the waterfall, and just want to get some cool pictures or fly your drone then you can opt for this option. 

Medium Trekking: This package will take you to Sekumpul waterfall and “hidden” waterfall, which I never seen with my own eyes, but did find it by flying a drone over it! This comes with a guide who will also explain to you the history of the waterfalls. 

Long Trekking: This package will take you to 3 waterfalls: Sekumpul waterfall, hidden waterfall and Fiji waterfall. This comes with a guide who will also explain the history of the waterfalls and help take awesome pictures with you. 

I don’t have the exact prices of the medium and long trekking (Sorry), but I can tell you they are in the region of $15-20, so it’s a little pricey, but the tour lasts for 4-6 hours! 

You CANNOT walk down to the falls anymore without paying for a guide, which is annoying. If anyone knows of another way down, then please let us know so I can pop it in here. 

Just remember not to park where you buy tickets on the road, it’ll add an extra hour or so onto your walking journey in the heat. Yes, the road down to the second parking spot is only for mopeds, but if you’re on one, take advantage! 

waterfall tour options
Different options available! 
sekumpul road
This road can only fit mopeds and take it slowly!

Sekumpul waterfall: the experience 

If you plan on walking down to the waterfalls and having a swim and taking some pictures underneath, you’ll need to set aside around 4 hours to do everything well and to avoid rushing yourself. 

If you’re short on time, then I suggest you just visit the viewing platforms. There are actually a couple of entrance points, the north entrance and south entrance, depending on the road you drive in from, but they all offer stunning views of the Sekumpul waterfall! 

I think it’s best to visit early in the morning before the blistering heat takes over, or if you can, wait until after 3 and just before sunset to get cooler temperatures. But remember, if you do option B and your driving yourself, then stay somewhere close by, rather than driving back to Canggu/Ubud/Kuta in the dark.

Visiting Sekumpul waterfall without a guide 

When you go to Sekumpul waterfall, there is an “official” parking area and from there, it takes quite a while to walk before you even reach the steps to climb down to the waterfall itself. If you want, you can do what Brad and I did, and drive your moped to a second small parking area, (and another place to buy tickets) which means you’re about a 4 minute walk from the steps. 

There is no cost to park. 

parking area at sekumpul
This is the second ticket spot and where you should park with moped to save time.

When is the best time to visit Sekumpul waterfall, Bali?

In general the best months to visit Bali weather wise is during June/July and August. However, these are peak times, so the waterfalls will be popular. I suggested you visit early September for the chance of great weather and less crowds. 

But either way, make sure you head to the waterfall early and then you’ll have it yourself, at least for a little bit. 

Where is it good to stay close to Sekumpul waterfall in Bali?

If you want to stay in north Bali and be a little closer to Sekumpul, then you’ve got some great options. I actually love north Bali and think it’s still a hidden, undiscovered gem of the island, so I 100% recommend that you spend a couple of days in this region. 

We stayed in an Airbnb called “Sunset Sala'' and it’s only 6km from Sekumpul waterfall and close to all the other awesome waterfalls in the area. This is one of the best airbnbs I’ve ever stayed at. It’s tucked away in a local village and you stay in a beautiful hut style accommodation right among stunning rice paddies.

Breakfast and dinner are served on your porch with beautiful views and the food is delicious. I highly recommend this place, but I do suggest you have your own moped as it’s more a secluded destination. 

You can book it here and if you’ve never used airbnb before you can use our discount code to get money off when you sign up.

airbnb near sekumpul
One of the best airbnbs ever..Sunset Sala! 
sunset sala dinner
Delicious dinner served!

Other waterfalls near Sekumpul waterfall 

As I mentioned before, there are lots of awesome waterfalls in Bali and if you’ve made it all the way to Sekumpul waterfall, then you may as well check out some of the others. Below I’ve listed some waterfalls that I highly recommend you visit. 

  • Aling Aling Waterfall 
  • Git Git Waterfall
  • Jembong Waterfall
  • Munduk Waterfall 

Actually, if you’d like a private tour to some of these awesome waterfalls with a fabulous lunch, tour guide and air conditioned car, then I suggest you check out the ForeverVacation Bali Secret Waterfall Tour. I did a Bali Instagram Tour with these guys and it was awesome (you can check out my review here if you like

READ: Epic Guide To The Best Waterfalls In Bali

Last few tips include:

  • Make sure your camera equipment is waterproof if you are getting photos underneath the waterfall 
  • You can fly a drone (correct as of 2019), but be careful with interference from the falls itself, you don’t want to lose signal! 
  • You only pay ONE entrance fee, if someone stops you on the road before you get to the Sekumpul entrance and ask for money, they are scamming you. (This has happened in the past). 
  • There are a couple of restaurants and a shop nearby. We actually had $2 left and needed gas for the moped and went to the little shop, showed the lady what we had, she gave us a little extra gas and 2 oranges for free. Super sweet. The nearest ATM was an hour away and we just about made it with petrol! Basically North Bali has less ATM’s so stock up on money before you go, not like we did! 

So there you have it, my guide to visiting Sekumpul waterfall in Bali. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and hopefully felt it was useful, if you’ve got any other important information to add, then simply pop a comment below! 

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