Bali is known for it’s beautiful instagrammable locations and the North of the Island doesn’t disappoint if you want to chase waterfalls.
On our most recent visit we booked a Bali Hai Adventures day trip to seek out some of the island’s waterfalls. Sekumpal is known as one of the most spectacular – it is a long drive from where we were staying in Seminyak, but it gave us a good opportunity to see some of the beautiful countryside and villages.
The great thing about doing a private day trip is the flexibility it offers. The drive to the North was about three hours so having a private guide meant we could stop whenever needed to stretch the legs or see some of the sites on the way.
When we arrived at Sekumpal there were two options offered to us to get to the waterfall. Option 1, jump on the back of a motorbike and be driven as far down as they could get us. Option 2, be guided by a local on the walk. The path was quite steep so whilst a motorbike sounded appealing – it also seemed a bit scary – we opted to walk. As we were going down – all I was thinking about was the fact that we would eventually have to come back up!
The walk down gave us an opportunity to be amongst the locals, we passed through local shops, houses and farming areas. Although it was steep and many steps, it was a great opportunity to be out amongst it all at the grass roots level.
To reach the first waterfall we had to take our shoes off and walk through a rocky river but it was only about 10 metres wide so quite easily done.
The second waterfall location also required walking through a river – this one a bit wider and had a rope in place to guide us through.
The waterfalls are pretty packed with tourists, upon arrival people take turn to find their instagrammable photo spot and get that ultimate profile picture. Some people climbed over rocks to actually swim in the river – we opted to enjoy the view.
It was about an hour walking to get down and see the waterfalls and once we got our pictures it was time to take the journey up. A level of fitness is required and on a really humid day I can imagine it would be a bit tough. But there are plenty of stops along the way that you can buy a drink, take a pause and refresh before finishing the journey.
The next stop on our day trip was lunch – but if you are visiting independently there are also restaurants in the area to grab some local fare.
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, are looking for a way to see the landscape of the north - this is a great day trip to take. Bali Hai also took us to a coffee plantation, rice fields, lunch and water temple on this day out and it was a full day with pick up at 8am and drop home back at the hotel in Seminyak at 6pm.
Itchy Feet Family
*Itchy Feet Family were hosted on this tour by Bali Hai Adventure Tours. Find details of how to book this tour, and other Bali Adventures, at their website www.balihaitour.com