Sekumpul Waterfall (and Hidden Waterfall)

Sekumpul Village, Bali, Indonesia

About Sekumpul Waterfall (and Hidden Waterfall)


Hiking Distance: about 3.2km walk (w/ 1.2km scooter ride out)
Suggested Time: allow about 2 hours

Date first visited: 2022-06-22
Date last visited: 2022-06-22

Waterfall Latitude: -8.17799
Waterfall Longitude: 115.18269

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

The Sekumpul Waterfall (also called Gerombong Waterfall) is widely regarded in the internet literature as the best waterfall in Bali so naturally we had to see for ourselves if it lives up to the hype.

Well, after having experienced it, I can say that there’s certainly a lot of merit to the hype, and here’s a brief summary why.

Sekumpul_231_06212022 - Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul Waterfall

First, the waterfall is big; featuring multiple segments where the Tukad Daya plunged 80m (though I’ve seen some claim it’s 100m tall) with a width spanning possibly 50m or so.

Given these dimensions, I’ve seen claims that it’s Bali’s tallest waterfall though that’s something hard to substantiate, but it’s certainly one of the largest waterfalls that we’ve been to on the island.

On top of that, there are also a couple of neighboring waterfalls such as the Hidden Waterfall as well as the Fiji Waterfall, which you can experience depending on the excursion you book (more on this later).

How To Get To The Sekumpul Waterfall

Prior to our visit to the Sekumpul Waterfall, I noticed that there was quite a bit of conflicting information about where the hike starts and how much it costs.

Drive_to_Sekumpul_020_iPhone_06222022 - Approaching the signed entrance for the official car park and registration for the Sekumpul Waterfall
Approaching the signed entrance for the official car park and registration for the Sekumpul Waterfall

We weren’t sure if there was some scam being propagated where some of the villagers have set up roadblocks or gates insisting that you hire a local guide for an amount that is much greater than what other waterfalls in Bali have costed us.

Heck, there’s even trip reports advocating for starting the visit from Lemukih Village instead of nearby the Sekumpul Village.

We’ll go into more detail about the drive to the trailhead in the directions part of this write-up.

But for what it’s worth, we had a hired driver who took us to what I believe to be the official starting point on our mid-June 2022 visit.

Sekumpul_003_06212022 - Looking towards the registration and local guide station for the Sekumpul Waterfall
Looking towards the registration and local guide station for the Sekumpul Waterfall

Upon arriving at the car park, there was a ticket counter where we could choose one of three guided hikes that all take in the Sekumpul Waterfall.

According to the registration kiosk we were at, the excursion options were the following:

  • Option 1: View Only – IDR 20k (or about $2.33 USD) per person
  • Option 2: Medium Trekking – IDR 125k (or about $8.33 USD) per person
  • Option 3: Long Trekking – IDR 200k (or about $16.33 USD) per person
Sekumpul_044_06212022 - First look at the Sekumpul Waterfall and part of the Fiji Waterfall as seen from the cliff top prior to descending into the gorge
First look at the Sekumpul Waterfall and part of the Fiji Waterfall as seen from the cliff top prior to descending into the gorge

Option 1 (View Only) only allows you to view the Sekumpul Waterfall from the lookouts at the top of the cliffs opposte the falls.

There are manned stations at the top to deter unguided visitors from going down into the gorge.

Option 2 (Medium Trekking) encompasses Option 1 while also letting you go down into the gorge to get to the bottom of the Sekumpul Waterfall as well as the Hidden Waterfall.

Option 3 (Long Trekking) encompasses Options 1 and 2 while also letting you go further to explore the Fiji Waterfall.

Sekumpul_254_06212022 - The Sekumpul Waterfall as seen further down the gorge, which requires at least options 2 and 3 to earn this view
The Sekumpul Waterfall as seen further down the gorge, which requires at least options 2 and 3 to earn this view

Mom and I decided to go for gusto and do option 3, which apparently also included a bottled water (which we just gave to the local guide and our driver) as well as a scooter ride back.

I can’t say for sure whether the other options included the scooter ride to help speed things up on the return hike though I thought I heard our local guide say the ride costed on the order of IDR 60k (so apparently, they’re typically not included).

Nevertheless, for the purposes of this write-up, we’ll just focus on Option 2 and punt the details for Option 3 on another write-up.

By the way, the cost of options 2 and 3 certainly made this one of the more expensive waterfall visits we’ve done in Bali.

Sekumpul_103_06212022 - The Hidden Waterfall and one of a handful of companion waterfalls at the head of the aptly-named Hidden Gorge
The Hidden Waterfall and one of a handful of companion waterfalls at the head of the aptly-named Hidden Gorge

But when you consider the exchange rates and the cost of living disparities between tourists and locals, it’s actually not that bad.

I understand that in the past, they used to charge much less for an unguided walk, but recently the authorities instituted that a local guide for any excursions going into the gorge is required.

Considering that this helps the local villagers and helps to pay for the inevitable trail maintenance, it seems like a pretty reasonable way to make this excursion a win-win for everybody.

Finally, for just the Hidden Waterfall and Sekumpul Waterfall, the hike was about 5km round trip, and it would probably take us between 2-3 hours.

Sekumpul Waterfall Trail Description – Hike To Hidden Waterfall

Sekumpul_271_06212022 - Looking towards the Sekumpul Waterfall as we descend into the gorge, which is only allowed with options 2 and 3
Looking towards the Sekumpul Waterfall as we descend into the gorge, which is only allowed with options 2 and 3

From the car park, we followed a road past some residences for about 400m before descending a local road down past more residences and warungs before getting into plantations and irrigation ditches.

This “precursor” stretch of getting through a rural farm and residences mildly descended for about 800m before reaching the first views of the Sekumpul Waterfall, which also showed part of the Fiji Waterfall looking smaller by comparison.

I believe this is the extent of the viewing experience for Option 1.

After getting past a handful of lookouts offering slightly different angles of the main waterfall’s context (even revealing what appeared to be a railing and alternative lookout at the brink of the falls), the trail then made its steep descent on steps.

Sekumpul_266_06212022 - Looking back at the context of the steps and the Sekumpul Waterfall as we made our way further down into the gorge
Looking back at the context of the steps and the Sekumpul Waterfall as we made our way further down into the gorge

By the way, the railings and people that we saw near the brink of the falls were not part of this excursion as apparently that’s from a different property.

From what I could tell, you can’t see the Sekumpul Waterfall from up there (unless you’re looking through a drone), and it’s definitely not accessible on the excursion we were on.

So the steps descended towards a switchback that veered away from what appeared to be a landslide, which the local guide told us happened some time around the 2020 time frame.

The descending trail would continue down a combination of steps and slopes before reaching flights of metal steps, where at one joint we got a nice in-your-face view of the Sekumpul Waterfall looking even more imposing than before.

Sekumpul_076_06212022 - Looking towards a landslide that might have happened in 2020, which forced a re-route of the trail down to both the Sekumpul Waterfall as well as the Fiji Waterfall
Looking towards a landslide that might have happened in 2020, which forced a re-route of the trail down to both the Sekumpul Waterfall as well as the Fiji Waterfall

Continuing down the metal steps, the trail then bottomed out in the lush jungle at the bottom of the gorge, where the path went past some outdoor shrine before reaching a trail fork.

We first went left at the fork, which continued on a bush-lined path before the vegetation opened up at the mouth of the Hidden Gorge.

It was apparent how this gorge got its name because we didn’t know it was there, especially those cliffside views that would have been option 1.

After crossing the stream and listening to frog sounds, we then did a slippery rock scramble the rest of the way towards the head of the Hidden Gorge where we finally saw the Hidden Waterfall along with a handful of intermediate waterfalls along the way.

Sekumpul_096_06212022 - Entering the mouth of the aptly-named Hidden Gorge en route to the Hidden Waterfall
Entering the mouth of the aptly-named Hidden Gorge en route to the Hidden Waterfall

At the foot of the Hidden Falls, there was also a misty plunge pool that some people definitely took advantage of to go for a swim.

Sekumpul Waterfall Trail Description – The Main Waterfall

After having our fill of the Hidden Waterfall and its companion waterfalls, we then went back the way we came to arrive the familiar trail fork.

This time, we took the path descending right to the unbridged stream crossing, and just a few paces later, the vegetation opened up again as the mist sprayed our faces right at the bottom of the Sekumpul Waterfall.

Unfortunately, the lighting was such that it was kind of against the morning sun making picture-taking tricky (especially since it’s so misty down here).

Sekumpul_047_iPhone_06222022 - Looking up against the harsh morning sun at the towering Sekumpul Waterfall from the very misty base
Looking up against the harsh morning sun at the towering Sekumpul Waterfall from the very misty base

We were pretty content to stay a bit back from the intensity of the mist zone, but we did see some people go even deeper amongst the giant fallen boulders and into the hidden plunge pool there.

This would be the extent of a visit to the Sekumpul Waterfall, and we’d head back up from here.

However, it’s worth noting that another trail continued further along downstream, and that one goes to the Fiji Waterfall, which is also discussed in a separate post.

On the way back, there was the option to ride hitch a ride on a scooter from the local warungs between the street and the first lookout of the falls, which I believe would cost IDR 60k per person.

Sekumpul_279_06212022 - Local guide Benny and Mom descending towards a warung and another registration booth surrounded by a handful of scooters and locals waiting to give rides (which we took advantage of)
Local guide Benny and Mom descending towards a warung and another registration booth surrounded by a handful of scooters and locals waiting to give rides (which we took advantage of)

That might cut off at least 1km to the overall round-trip hiking distance so it might save 15-20 minutes or so.

Authorities

The Sekumpul Waterfall and Hidden Waterfall reside in the Buleleng Regency near Singaraja or Bedugul in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Buleleng Regency Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.

Drive_to_Sekumpul_016_iPhone_06222022 - Approaching Sekumpul Village (note 'desa' is Balinese for 'village')
Drive_to_Sekumpul_017_iPhone_06222022 - Following the narrower road leading through Sekumpul Village towards the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_004_06212022 - Our local guide Benny leading Mom and I along a residential street towards the path leading down to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_010_06212022 - Looking back at one residence's entrance with statues in prayer position seen on the way towards the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_014_06212022 - Benny and Mom descending the side path leading from the residential road down towards the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_015_06212022 - Continuing to descend the local concrete path down to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_020_06212022 - Passing between a combination of residences and warungs en route to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_022_06212022 - Continuing past more warungs on the way to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_023_06212022 - The path now skirting alongside irrigation ditches, which seemed to be a pretty common feature of most of the walks we've done in Bali as the locals are using every bit of real estate they have to monetize it in some way shape or form
Sekumpul_025_06212022 - Context of the path to the Sekumpul Waterfalls with irrigation ditches and mountains in the distance
Sekumpul_028_06212022 - Our local guide Benny leading Mom and I along more irrigation ditches and past more warungs en route to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_032_06212022 - Noticing some pretty big jack fruits along the way to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_036_06212022 - Benny leading us past these groups of warungs, which would later turn out to be the scooter ride station
Sekumpul_037_06212022 - Benny walking past an interesting sign pointing to various local spots around Sekumpul
Sekumpul_061_06212022 - Starting to descend into the gorge containing the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_069_06212022 - One of the switchbacks that we had to go down on the way deeper into the gorge containing the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_073_06212022 - Morning view of the Sekumpul Waterfall on the way down deeper into the gorge
Sekumpul_075_06212022 - Benny and Mom continuing the steep descent into the gorge leading to the Sekumpul Waterfall and the others
Sekumpul_081_06212022 - Benny and Mom descending the blue-painted metal steps as we continued deeper into the gorge containing the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_082_06212022 - Benny and Mom at a joint in the metal steps with a view of the Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul_014_iPhone_06222022 - Looking towards the Sekumpul Waterfall from that joint in the blue metal steps
Sekumpul_015_iPhone_06222022 - Broad look towards the Sekumpul Waterfall from that joint in the blue metal steps
Sekumpul_087_06212022 - Looking back up at the steps we've descended to continue deeper into the gorge containing the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_088_06212022 - Looking down at Benny and Mom making it down to the bottom of the metal steps en route to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_101_06212022 - Looking up at a trio of side waterfalls within the Hidden Gorge en route to the Hidden Waterfall
Sekumpul_114_06212022 - Finally making it down to the attractive Hidden Waterfall, which we saw first before the Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul_119_06212022 - Broad look at the Hidden Waterfall across its plunge pool
Sekumpul_025_iPhone_06222022 - Contextual look at Mom scrambling over slippery rocks towards the plunge pool while other tourists just did their refreshing (i.e. 'cold') swim before the Hidden Waterfall
Sekumpul_034_iPhone_06222022 - Benny and Mom making their way out of the Hidden Gorge after having had our fill of the Hidden Waterfall
Sekumpul_035_iPhone_06222022 - Noticing a frog that was making noise at the mouth of the Hidden Gorge
Sekumpul_133_06212022 - Another look at a frog that we spotted within the mouth of the Hidden Gorge
Sekumpul_128_06212022 - Benny and Mom making their way over the really slick rocks on the way out of the Hidden Gorge
Sekumpul_130_06212022 - Benny and Mom making the river traverse of the segment of the Tukad Daya responsible for the Hidden Waterfall and Gorge
Sekumpul_135_06212022 - Benny and Mom climbing out of the Hidden Gorge as we were now headed to the Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul_143_06212022 - Finally approaching the Sekumpul Waterfall's base
Sekumpul_145_06212022 - A brief moment when the sun was hidden by clouds so the lighting wasn't as bad at the base of the Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul_229_06212022 - Later in the morning, we came back to the Sekumpul Waterfall (after the Fiji Waterfall detour) and got much better lighting again at the base of the falls
Sekumpul_238_06212022 - About to go back across the Tukad Daya section that came from Hidden Gorge on the way back to the car park
Sekumpul_241_06212022 - It's a long way back up out of the gorge after having our fill of the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_254_06212022 - Another look towards the Sekumpul Waterfall as we made our way back out of the gorge
Sekumpul_251_06212022 - Following Mom back up the steep metal steps on the way back up to the top of the gorge after having our fill of the Sekumpul Waterfall
Sekumpul_257_06212022 - Context of the jungle scenery and surrounding mountains as we were making our way back up to the top of the gorge after having our fill of the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_259_06212022 - Context of the switchback by the landslide on the way back up to the top of the gorge opposite the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_260_06212022 - Looking across the landslide at the switchback one last time as we continued to ascend the gorge back to Sekumpul Village car park
Sekumpul_263_06212022 - Continuing the long climb as we headed up to the lookout station, where I'd imagine locals check to see if people have hired a guide to continue down to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_268_06212022 - Benny and Mom still making the long climb back out of the gorge containing the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Sekumpul_277_06212022 - Benny looking on as Mom took a quick photo break to check out the Sekumpul Waterfall one last time


The Sekumpul Waterfall and Hidden Waterfall are located about 18km southeast of the city of Singaraja.

Since we were driven to the trailhead for this waterfall from Lovina, I can tell you that it took us about 1 hour to get to the official car park.

Drive_to_Sekumpul_004_iPhone_06222022 - Heading towards the mountains from North Bali en route to the Sekumpul Waterfalls
Heading towards the mountains from North Bali en route to the Sekumpul Waterfalls

That said, we followed GoogleMaps, which misled our driver on some smaller roads that eventually became unsuitable for passenger vehicles as they were more meant for scooters.

So I won’t bother with giving exact driving directions, but I can recommend that taking the Jalan Raya Desa after going around 8km east of Lovina (continuing east of Singaraja) is a better, wider road to get to Sekumpul Village.

For more details, you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.

Now, I’ve seen trip reports advocating for starting the hike to Sekumpul Waterfalls from Lemukih Village, but I’m under the impression that it only goes to the top of the Sekumpul Waterfall.

Sekumpul_002_06212022 - Looking back at the ramp leading down to the official car park for the Sekumpul Waterfall near Sekumpul Village
Looking back at the ramp leading down to the official car park for the Sekumpul Waterfall near Sekumpul Village

I could be wrong about this, but I really can’t say any more about this since we didn’t do it this way.

For geographical context, Singaraja is about 10km (less than 30 minutes drive) east of Lovina, about 30km (an hour drive) north of Bedugul, 73km (over 2 hours drive) north of Ubud, about 88km (about 3 hours drive) north of Kuta, about 78km (about 2.5 hours drive) north of Canggu, and about 83km (over 2.5 hours drive) north of Seminyak.

Note that you’ll want to take the drive times with a grain of salt mostly because the traffic situation (especially in Southern Bali) is pretty bad and unpredictable.

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Back and forth sweep of Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls with a couple of zoom-in sweeps of the bigger falls (including showing people behind the fence at the brink)


Brief sweep from the mouth of the hidden gorge with guide and Mom crossing the creek before a bunch of intermediate waterfalls


Video trying to show combination of side waterfalls with the Hidden Waterfall before ending at the main Hidden Waterfall itself after a slippery scramble


Sweep from downstream to upstream of the Hidden Waterfall along with one of the side waterfalls


Up and down sweep of the main waterfall with even lighting (as opposed to harsh lighting this morning) as seen from the misty base


Sweep showing context of the steps and view from here of the Sekumpul Waterfall with up and down U-shaped zoom-in panning as seen from there.

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