There are many waterfalls in Bali, most of them are in Singaraja regency. It is a 3 hours trip from Ngurah Rai airport. Since we live in Denpasar, we went there by motorbike.
We did a two days trip (Saturday and Sunday) as it was more convenient to spend the night over there. On Saturday, we spent half of the day driving north, stopped mid-way for lunch and looked for an accommodation to spend the night. We ended up exploring our first waterfall late in the afternoon, around 16:00 PM.
The first waterfall we visited was located in Sambangan Village. They call it Sambangan Secret Garden but it is better known as Aling-Aling Waterfall, especially by local people. There are many waterfalls in this area but we decided to explore this particular one after hearing good reviews about it. If you look at Google, Instagram or Google Map, there will be many things you can explore with these keywords (Aling-Aling, Sambangan, Waterfall).
There is an entrance fee of 100,000 IDR (around 8 USD) and it is the same price for locals and foreigners. The entrance fee includes a “guide”, a life jacket and a bottle of water per person and allow you to explore four waterfalls, while doing a short trek for a duration of 1.5 to 2 hours. We really enjoyed the ballade and plan to come back to try the long trekking! We will update this post once we do that.
The walk between the parking and the first waterfall takes less than 10 minutes. The first activity proposed by the guides was a water slide between the rocks (that explained the necessity of life jackets!). You need to wear it here to protect your body and for safety reasons.
This first waterfall is called Kroya and offers a slide of nine meters.
Except from water sliding, you also have the possibility to jump from three different spots at respectively five (5), ten (10) and fifteen (15) meters high. The water is deep and the jumping area are totally safe. I snapchat the activities so you can feel how fun it is.
The next day, we started pretty early, right after breakfast. We first visited the waterfall known as Sekumpul. There are two entry paths to reach this waterfall, either from Gerombong village or Sekumpul village. After hearing that the path from Gerombong was shorter but more dangerous, we decided to try this path. It took us approximately 20 minutes from our hotel to reach the entrance.
The journey to enter Gerombong village is really beautiful and lush. As we were driving it reminded me of some scene from The Lord of The Rings or PS I love You, where the surrounding is green and dangerously beautiful.
We arrived at the main parking area and paid 25.000 IDR (around 2 USD) per person and asked for a guide. The distance between the parking area and the entrance of the waterfall is quite far so it is better to ride your motorbike. If you came with a car, you can ask for a local to take you there with a motorbike. The road is small and slippery and bad things happened to our guide and his motor driver, so please be careful!
As soon as we passed the first entrance, our guide did a first prayer before we continued to go down, and entered the area. It was very steep and my poor knees struggled quite a lot. The way down was easier as usual but I was quite exhausted on the way up.
I forgot how long we walked but it took us less than half an hour (and a river crossing) to reach Gerombong waterfalls. This waterfall is actually a three-in-one waterfall, with the highest one as high as 90 meters. It was so beautiful and calm, with no one there. I enjoyed it a lot.
After Gerombong, we crossed back the river and walked for about 200 meters to reach Sekumpul waterfall. As Sekumpul is quite famous, a lot of people were already there when we arrived. Because of the same people, there is quite a lot of rubbish and I did not enjoy this one as much as the previous ones.
You can watch how big the waterfalls are in this video!
If you ask me how we ended up visiting those particular waterfalls, honestly, it is a bit difficult to answer! I did not prepare anything for this trip and just opened Google and did some quick research as soon as we arrived in the Singaraja area. I also called one of my friend who just visited Gerombong and Sekumpul and told me a lot of good things about it. As there are not too many signs to reach the waterfalls, our best friend Google Map saved us a lot of time and effort.
During this trip, we stayed at the PoP! Hotel in Singaraja. Their affordable cozy rooms (328,000 IDR per night including breakfast) allow up to three people to rest after a long day exploring the area. We did not booked in advance and were happy to show up and find some available rooms! The breakfast was fine, nothing fancy (expect some rice, toast and hot coffee and tea), but good enough for our empty belly. There is a big pool in the back and we enjoyed playing UNO during the night and sun bathing after the waterfall trip. The hotel is located right next to the beach and you can enjoy beach view here. They are easy to find on Google Maps too. IMHO, They have best location, less than 30 minutes ride to each waterfalls and you can find local street food nearby.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored or does not have any commercial purpose. I just wanted to share our fun trip. Thank you for reading our adventure!