If you already know me a little, you will know that I have special affection for Bali. It is a place to dream, get lost in the rice fields, discover new waterfalls and enjoy surfing and good vibes to the fullest.
Today I am going to tell you about an impressive place that I discovered on my last trip to Bali. Sekumpul are impressive waterfalls that emerge from the jungle in a wild and extraordinary way. They are not the most popular waterfalls because of their distance, therefore, they are the perfect waterfalls if you want to find a little paradise in the middle of the jungle.
Sekumpul is one of those places that I want to keep to myself, and not tell anyone about it so that it remains that intact... and for this reason, I have tried to tell you about this place for a long time. So please shhh...keep it our secret and keep the place the way it is.
HOW TO VISIT SEKUMPUL, THE SECRET WATERFALLS OF BALI
You must bear in mind that the waterfalls are about 2 hours by car and about 2.20 hours by motorcycle from Ubud. So if you decide to get to know them, you should reserve a whole day for this place. Don't worry, I'll tell you what else to do in the area later. Or on the contrary, perhaps you are thinking of staying in an area in the north and combining it with a few days staying in the center or in the south.
If you want to stay in the north I recommend the Lovina area, ideal for diving, snorkeling and very quiet. I tell you what to see and do in Lovina here.
To get to Sekumpul you must reach the small town of Sawan. You can arrive by rental car, rental motorcycle or by reserving a private driver for the full day. (Then I will tell you my tips on how to get around Bali).
It is possible to park as close to the waterfalls, but then you will have to walk. In the same town or in the access that goes to the waterfalls, it is possible that you will find a local who asks if you need a guide. It is a good option to take you along the right paths and I will indicate the best places to take spectacular photographs. You will have to pay a tip. We, like every time we have traveled to Bali, decided to go on our own since we had all day and no hurry.
During the journey you make along the paths to the waterfalls you will find a landscape full of jungle (where mosquitoes abound) with many endemic plants of Indonesia. As well as many fruit trees such as mango or guavas, and other types of aromatic plants such as cloves and ginger.
The path begins with a steep stairway into the jungle with several viewpoints of the many waterfalls. At the bottom, there is a bridge to cross the river that forks between the two waterfall areas.
The landscape is really spectacular and just to see this wonder from afar, we were already happy...
And finally we arrive at the most powerful waterfall that is on the left of the road, where just below it there is a lagoon where you can swim. Even if you are more daring you can jump from one of the highest rocks.
We had to cross a pretty strong current to get there. The mist outside the water was so strong that we had to put the cameras away and use only the phone camera and the go-pro.
To the right you have another set of waterfalls and the trail is pretty much non-existent. You can walk through the rocks and streams to get there. It is an incredible experience to be able to swim among wild waterfalls. Especially since there were no other people, we had them all to ourselves.
In the first waterfall "the main one" that you find on the left, the path is more visible and simple, so it is more likely that you will find people. Even so we found 3 or 4 people with their guide. In the waterfalls on the right, as the path is a little more complicated, we did not find anyone.
If you dare to get to know this wonder of a place, you can take advantage of the fact that you have come this far to get to know some of the most beautiful nearby places in the area.
Being a non-tourist area, there are no services or places designed for travelers. But if there are several very nice small temples like; Pura Dadia Pasek Gelgel Banjar Tengah, Pura Dalem Desa Galungan and Pura Dalem (the latter in the same waterfalls).
Nearby are one of the most beautiful rice fields in the area; Fiji Rice Terraces next to Water Slide Lemukih, natural slides on the river.
PLAN YOUR TRIP STEP BY STEP
I hope you liked the Sekumpul waterfalls very much and remember to keep my secret.
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