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15 STUNNING Indonesia Waterfalls to Explore (Java & Bali) | TripTins

15 STUNNING Indonesia Waterfalls to Explore (Java & Bali) | TripTins

All throughout Indonesia you will find some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Each of these Indonesia waterfalls offers something a little bit different to its visitors.

Whether you are on Java, Bali, Sumatra, Lombok or any other of the hundreds of islands of the country, odds are you will not be far away from yet another stunning Indonesia waterfall.

This guide will go through 15 of the best Indonesia waterfalls to see during your next trip to the country, along with some helpful information to better plan your visit.

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1) How to Visit the Waterfalls

Visiting these waterfalls, as well as may other waterfalls in Indonesia, can be done in a few different ways. You can get there on your own, hire a private driver, or join a guided tour (for some of them).

Self-Drive

One of the top ways to go about your time in Indonesia is to rent a scooter and drive yourself all around to various highlights and attractions. This is surely the most cost-efficient option when going about your time in Indonesia. Renting a scooter cost just around $5-$10 per day and can be rented in various cities around the country.

With that said though, I would not recommend renting a scooter to drive yourself long distances between cities as the driving can get quite dangerous.

Private Guide

While this is a bit costlier (around $40-$50 per day), it is the most stress free of options out there. If you are with a group of people, the average cost could very well be within your budget.

Simply get into contact with a local driver who can take you on a day trip (or multi day trip) visiting some of these waterfalls and other attractions along the way.

Group Tours

Lastly, you can opt to join a group tour to visit some of the waterfalls mentioned on the list. Tours are not available for all waterfalls out there but it is certainly possible for the top ones (more so on Bali). This is also a great option if you want to meet other like-minded travelers along the way. I will include links to these tours throughout the guide to help you better plan.

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2) Waterfall Local Guides

Before talking about the waterfalls themselves, I did want to mention the fact that some of the waterfalls have guides available on site.

This is because at many of these waterfalls, you will not just simply park and be directly at the waterfall. Instead, there may be a trek involved down to the valley floor and along a river to reach the waterfall.

At some waterfalls, having a guide is completely optional, while at others it will be mandatory to have a guide with you. My recommendation is to take a guide when possible as it removes are risk and uncertainty when getting yourself to these waterfalls.

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3) List of Indonesia Waterfalls

Below is a list of the 15 Indonesia waterfalls that I will be going into more detail about through the remainder of this guide. Note that I will also include links to some more in depth guides about each particular waterfall.

1) Madakaripura
2) Coban Sriti
3) Kabut Pelangi
4) Kapas Biru
5) Goa Tetes
6) Tumpak Sewu
7) Kanto Lampo
8) Labuhan Kebo *
9) Melanting*
10) Red Coral / Munduk*
11) Golden Valley*
12) Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
13) Aling Aling
14) Sekumpul
15) Hidden Waterfall & Fiji Waterfall**

* These four waterfalls are part of the incredible Munduk Waterfall Trek in northern Bali
** These two waterfalls are part of a visit to Sekumpul Waterfall

Indonesia Waterfall Trekking

4) Map & Location of Indonesia Waterfalls

While there are literally thousands of Indonesia waterfalls around the country, I have picked out 15 of the top waterfalls that I got to visit during my trip.

Below is a map that pinpoints the locations of these 15 waterfalls so you can get a better idea of where they are in relation to one another. I have focused in on two main regions – East Java and Bali.

5) What to Bring & Wear

As you will learn, getting to many of these waterfalls is not a simple task. Rather, hiking may be necessary and could involve tricky and steep terrain. In addition, you will be dealing with some strong waterfalls, and odds are you won’t stay dry during many of these experiences.

Below are some of the “must bring” items that I would recommend you purchase before you head off to Indonesia.

1) Dry Bag: since you may be getting wet at some of these waterfalls I would highly recommend a dry bag to keep all your valuables safe. Whether it is your phone, wallet, camera, or change of clothes, believe me a dry bag will go a long way. Take a look at this Earth Park Dry Bag to hold your belongings.

2) Hiking Shoes or Closed Toe Sandals: you will want to watch your step as you go down the slippery path into the valley on many of these hikes. Having hiking shoes or closed toe sandals will be your best bet here. I would not recommend going down with flip flops. Take a look at the Keen Targhee III that I have been wearing recently or these Keen Newport H2 Sandals.

3) GoPro: if you want to get up and close to the waterfalls you will get wet. With that said, your camera equipment may get wet as well. Having a GoPro will solve some of those camera issues when dealing with water. Check out the GoPro Hero for your travels.

4) Quick Dry Towel: after getting all wet down in the bottom of the valley, it is nice to have a towel to dry off. This Rainleaf microfiber quick dry towel has been my go to when it comes to traveling.

→ Besides for the above, I would definitely bring a bathing suit if you want to go swimming and a change of clothes to switch into after finishing up by a waterfall.

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Let’s now talk about the waterfalls themselves and what to expect exploring each one of them..

Madakaripura

Region: East Java
Parking Coordinates: 7°50’03.7″S 113°02’08.7″E
Entrance Fee: Ticket $2 USD & Parking $0.50
Trek Distance: 1.5-2 Hours
Guide: Optional
Tour Option: Madakaripura Tour
Additional Info: the entrance to the waterfall is about 3km from the parking lot. There are locals who will take you back and forth on their motorbikes for around $1. From the entrance you can then begin the trek to the waterfall.

Overview

The Madakaripura Waterfall is a stunningly high waterfall located between the Mount Bromo area and Probolinggo. It is a great place to visit as you explore other nearby highlights such as Mount Bromo and the Ijen Crater.

From the parking lot, you can hop on a local’s motorbike for a few minutes as you arrive at the entrance of the trek. The first portion of the hike is nice and easy. However, the trail then turns a bit more technical as you head along the valley floor.

During this portion of the hike, you will certainly get wet as there are small waterfalls coming off the side of the valley walls. It is super important here to watch you step as it can get slippery walking along the trail.

Soon enough, the trail will end at the Madakaripura waterfall. Here you will find a super tall waterfall at 200 meters high. Surrounding the waterfall will be greenery covered rock, making the landscape even that much better.

Once all done with the waterfall, retrace your steps out of the valley, onto the maintained trail and back to the entrance. Once you reach the entrance, hop back onto the motorbike, and towards the parking lot.

→ Read more: Madakaripura Waterfall

Madakaripura Waterfall Indonesia

Coban Sriti

Region: East Java
Parking Coordinates: -8.219543, 112.945352
Entrance Fee: $0.75 entrance ticket / $0.35 parking
Trek Distance: 1.5 Hours
Guide: Optional but recommended
Tour Option: N/A
Additional Info: I would recommend hiring a guide that can take you to several waterfalls around the region. They will be able to act as your driver and trekking guide throughout the day.

Overview

The double waterfall of Coban Sriti is one of several waterfalls in the region. Once at the parking lot, head across the street to the entrance of the trail that winds its way down to the valley below.

The trail will be a mixture of dirt steps, bamboo bridges, and rocky terrain. It can get a bit slippery at times too, which is why there are ropes to keep you balanced at certain points.

Once you have successfully made it down to the valley floor, you will turn the corner and see Coban Sriti right out in front. You can’t get too close to the waterfall as the rocks are quite slippery here but the view from just a little further away is a sight to enjoy.

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Coban Sriti Waterfall Hike

Kabut Pelangi

Region: East Java
Parking Coordinates: 8°13’57.6″S 112°55’57.2″E
Entrance Fee: $0.50 USD
Trek Distance: 1.5 Hours
Guide: Optional but recommended
Tour Option: N/A
Additional Info: I would recommend hiring a guide that can take you to several waterfalls around the region. They will be able to act as your driver and trekking guide throughout the day.

Overview

Kabut Pelangi was one of my favorite waterfalls I got to visit in Indonesia. The hike from the parking lot begins nice and easy as you follow the dirt path etched alongside the valley wall.

Once you reach the valley floor, you will begin to hike along and across the river towards Kabut Pelangi. You will need to cross the river a couple times down here so you will get your feet wet as you continue along.

After climbing a short wooden ladder, you will be welcomed to the waterfall out in the distance. During this portion of trail, you will get some incredible views of the waterfall (and a nicely placed rock to take some pictures).

You can then continue along and head right next to the pool of the waterfall. If you are up for it, you can head into the water and get the exhilarating feeling seeing the water coming down from above.

It is then back the same way you came across the river and then up the valley walls to the parking lot.

→ Read more: Kabut Pelangi Waterfall

Kabut Pelangi Photos

Kapas Biru

Region: East Java
Parking Coordinates: 8°13’29.3″S 112°56’11.1″E
Entrance Fee: $1 USD
Trek Distance: 2 Hours
Guide: Optional but recommended
Tour Option: N/A
Additional Info: I would recommend hiring a guide that can take you to several waterfalls around the region. They will be able to act as your driver and trekking guide throughout the day.

Overview

From the parking lot, the trail heads down the valley walls towards the bottom of the valley itself. Along the way expect some stairs, handrails, and ladders to help guide you safely further downwards.

Once down by the valley floor, you will follow the dirt and rocky path surrounded by greenery, smaller waterfalls, the river and even some farm fields.

Soon enough you will turn the corner and get to see Kapas Biru out in front of you. I found it pretty neat that there were actually some natural pools formed by the rocks and river. I decided to take a seat in one of them to spend some time in the water.

I also made the trek closer to the waterfall itself to take in the view from up close (although that is certainly not needed if you aren’t up for it).

After enjoying the ins and outs of Kapas Biru, follow the path back up the valley and onwards to the parking lot.

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Air Terjun Kapas Biru Waterfall

Goa Tetes

Region: East Java
Parking Coordinates: 8°13’49.0″S 112°55’12.8″E
Entrance Fee: $0.50 USD
Trek Distance: 2-3 Hours
Guide: Optional but recommended  
Tour Option: Tumpak Sewu & Goa Tetes Tour from Malang
Additional Info: Since Goa Tetes is just a 15-minute walk down the valley from Tumpak Sewu, it is very common to combine these two waterfalls into one trip. If you go to both together, expect to spend around 4-5 hours to truly enjoy everything that these waterfalls have to offer.

Overview

The trek down to the valley floor for Goa Tetes and Tumpak Sewu (same route down) is one of the more exhilarating waterfall hikes to take part of.

Throughout the trek down you will be dealing with wooden and bamboo planks, uneven terrain, and even a bit of a rappel by holding onto some rope to guide you.

Once you reach the valley floor there will be a trail to the right (towards Tumpak Sewu) and a trail to the left to Goa Tetes. The trail out to Goa Tetes is out of this world as you have so many various waterfalls coming down from the valley walls.

You will then soon reach Goa Tetes, which is made up of this labyrinth of waterfalls and rock. The best part of it? Well, you are able to climb the rock and up into the waterfall itself. Up top you will find a waterfall cave with plenty other unique rock formations all around.

After spending time enjoying the ins and outs of Goa Tetes, retrace your steps back to the original intersection, where you can then continue onto Tumpak Sewu.

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Goa Tetes Waterfall

Tumpak Sewu

Region: East Java
Parking Coordinates: 8°13’49.0″S 112°55’12.8″E
Entrance Fee: $1.50 for Viewpoint / $0.75 for Trek
Trek Distance: 2-3 Hours
Guide: Optional but recommended
Tour Option: See above for Goa Tetes
Additional Info: Since Tumpak Sewu is just a 15-minute walk down the valley from Goa Tetes, it is very common to combine these two waterfalls into one trip. If you go to both together, expect to spend around 4-5 hours to truly enjoy everything that these waterfalls have to offer.

Overview

I already spoke about the trek down to the valley floor in the previous Goa Tetes section. Since these two waterfalls share the same path down, you can refer to above regarding the first portion of the hike.

Also, important to note is that before making the trek down to the valley floor, there is a lookout area, where you can get unbelievable views of Tumpak Sewu from above. Once you enjoy the views, continue your way down to the valley, head to Goa Tetes, and then circle back around to Tumpak Sewu.

Tumpak Sewu is a waterfall like no other. It is not just one waterfall here. Instead you have a fun circle of waterfalls coming down from all around you. There are a few different areas to walk around to get different angles of the waterfall.

You most likely will get wet as the water can blow further away from the walls. As always just be careful with your step as it can be slippery at some points.

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Tumpak Sewu Aerial View

Kanto Lampo

Region: Ubud
Parking Coordinates: 8°31’55.2″S 115°19’52.3″E
Entrance Fee: $1.50
Trek Distance: 10 minutes
Guide: Not necessary
Tour Option: Kanto Lampo Waterfall Tour
Additional Info: since Kanto Lampo is just outside of Ubud, it can get quite crowded. I would recommend heading over to the waterfall right at the start of the day to avoid the crowds

Overview

The Kanto Lampo waterfall is one of the top waterfalls to visit during a trip to Bali. It is located just outside of Ubud and is the perfect addition to an Ubud itinerary.

Unlike the previous waterfalls mentioned on this list so far, Kanto Lampo waterfall is just a short walk away from the parking lot. After paying the entrance fee, continue down the stairs for a few minutes until you reach the area around the river.

Once you reach the river area, the multi-tiered waterfall will be right out in front of you. Be careful here but you can certainly climb up some of the rocks to position yourself safely on some of the waterfall tiers.

It is a very unique waterfall and photo op to enjoy that is not found at many other Indonesia waterfalls.

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Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Note that the following four waterfalls are part of the Munduk Waterfall trek in northern Bali. While you can visit these separately, I would recommend just doing the full trek and enjoying them all throughout a day in the area.

Labuhan Kebo

Region: Northern Bali
Parking Coordinates: 8°15’41.9″S 115°03’56.5″E
Entrance Fee: $0.75 USD
Trek Distance: Full trek with stops 5-6 hours
Guide: Not necessary
Tour Option: Munduk Waterfall Trek Tour
Additional Info: part of the longer Munduk Waterfall trek, which starts at the Melanting Cottages, and visits 4 waterfalls all along the valley floor

Overview

The first waterfall on the trek is Labuhan Kebo. The pathway throughout is pretty well maintained and you shouldn’t have much issues getting yourself going in the right direction.

Surrounding you will be plenty of greenery and scenic views as you continue your way further down the valley.

Soon enough, you will reach the entrance for Labuhan Kebo. Here you will pay the fee and head down the staircase for around 5-10 minutes until you reach the bottom of the valley floor.

You will be welcomed to a beautiful waterfall surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape in addition to a couple of bridges that make their way over the river. You can then continue along closer to the waterfall itself to enjoy the view from there.

Labuhan Kebo Waterfall

Melanting

Region: Northern Bali
Parking Coordinates: 8°15’41.9″S 115°03’56.5″E
Entrance Fee: $0.75 USD
Trek Distance: Full trek with stops 5-6 hours
Guide: Not necessary
Tour Option: See above
Additional Info: part of the longer Munduk Waterfall trek, which starts at the Melanting Cottages, and visits 4 waterfalls all along the valley floor

Overview

After heading back up the stairs from Labuhan Kebo, the trail continues towards the Melanting waterfall. The trail to the waterfall is on a downhill path, meaning the way back towards the last two waterfalls will have a bit of an incline.

Similarly, to Labuhan Kebo, once you reach the entrance of the waterfall, you will be greeted to another set of stairs that takes you down to the valley floor. Once down there, you will have the Melanting waterfall out in front.

Enjoy the views from a far and up close, before doubling back up the stairs and retracing your steps along the pathway to the last two waterfalls of the day.

Melanting Waterfall

Red Coral / Munduk

Region: Northern Bali
Parking Coordinates: 8°15’41.9″S 115°03’56.5″E
Entrance Fee: $1.50 USD
Trek Distance: Full trek with stops 5-6 hours
Guide: Not necessary
Tour Option: See above
Additional Info: part of the longer Munduk Waterfall trek, which starts at the Melanting Cottages, and visits 4 waterfalls all along the valley floor

Overview

By now, you may be a bit hungry after trekking through the jungle and visiting a couple of waterfalls. The good things is that along the pathway towards the Red Coral waterfall (also known as the Munduk waterfall), there are warungs that serve food.

Enjoy a nice lunch before continuing on with the day of waterfall trekking. You will just simply follow the pathway and signs straight until you reach the entrance of the Red Coral waterfall.

No need to head down any staircases here though. The waterfall will be right out in front of you with the greenery filled walls on either side.

If you are up for a little excitement, feel free to head into the pool underneath the waterfall for a swim.

Munduk Red Coral Waterfall

Golden Valley

Region: Northern Bali
Parking Coordinates: 8°15’41.9″S 115°03’56.5″E
Entrance Fee: Free
Trek Distance: Full trek with stops 5-6 hours
Guide: Not necessary
Tour Option: See above
Additional Info: part of the longer Munduk Waterfall trek, which starts at the Melanting Cottages, and visits 4 waterfalls all along the valley floor

Overview

After finishing up at the Red Coral waterfall, you will need to follow the signs towards the Golden Valley waterfall / Eco Café. There are a couple intersection here, but as long as you pay attention to the pathways, you should be good to go.

Once you reach the waterfall, you can enjoy the view from above, and then make the short descent down to the waterfall itself. This is another waterfall, where you can decide to head into the water too if you are up for it.

You can then head up to the Eco Café for a drink and snack, and take in the relaxing view. It is then following the pathway, up above the waterfall and towards the main road. From there you can simply walk back to the starting point along the road or hope to catch a ride.

Golden Valley Waterfall Eco Cafe

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

Region: Northern Bali
Parking Coordinates: 8°13’03.2″S 115°06’13.7″E
Entrance Fee: $2 USD
Trek Distance: 15 Minutes
Guide: Not necessary
Tour Option: Banyumala Twin Waterfalls Tour
Additional Info: N/A

Overview

The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls located in Northern Bali are a great addition to a trip to the island. The waterfall is located just a few hundred meters from the parking lot, and down some stairs that will take you right to the waterfall itself.

Once you arrive, you will be welcomed to a double waterfall feature with water flowing down the greenery filled rock face.

It is a great spot to take a dip in the water too if you are up for a swim. Complete your time at the waterfall by following the trail a couple minutes down the river, where you can enjoy even more views of the twin falls and the surroundings.

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Banyulama Twin Waterfalls

Aling Aling

Region: Northern Bali
Parking Coordinates: 8°10’32.1″S 115°06’16.4″E
Entrance Fee: $9 USD (or $1.50 to just view the waterfalls)
Trek Distance: 30 minutes
Guide: Required
Tour Option: Aling Aling Waterfall Tour
Additional Info: A visit to Aling Aling is a bit more than just visiting a waterfall. Instead, you will get to visit 4 waterfalls all right next to each other, take part of some cliff jumping, and head down some natural waterfalls slides. Due to the more in depth visit, a guide is required to join you (hence the higher cost).

Overview

After arriving at the parking lot, you will be welcomed to a ticket booth that will have a few different trekking options. The standard route just heads to the 4 waterfalls, where you can take part of swimming, jumping, and sliding activities.

There are longer trekking options, where you can visit additional waterfalls and a lagoon for an extra fee. You can also just “view” the four waterfalls for a small fee if you don’t want to actually go into the water.

The first waterfall you will come by is the Kroya waterfall. Here you can enjoy a slide down the waterfall itself with the help of the local guide. Across from the waterfall, there is a platform to jump off of with Kroya in the background.

Next is the Kembar waterfall just a short walk away. There is also another smaller waterfall slide to take part of if you want to make the walk a bit more interesting.

The Kembar waterfall is 33 feet high and you can decide to go cliff jump off it or just walk down to the bottom to enjoy the view from below.

Last up is the 50 foot Pucuk waterfall, located just on the other side of Kembar. This is a pretty high jump to take part of and it is the highest of the bunch. Even if you don’t opt for the jump you can still enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

The day finishes up at the main attraction – Aling Aling waterfall. Just a 5 minute walk away from the initial waterfall area, you will find the 115 foot tall Aling Aling. Now, you aren’t allowed to do any jumping or swimming here, but you can enjoy the view from a far.

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Kroya Waterfall Jump

Sekumpul

Region: Northern Bali
Parking Coordinates: 8°10’19.1″S 115°11’10.3″E
Entrance Fee: $15 for three waterfalls / $9 for two waterfalls / $1.50 for view only
Trek Distance: 3 Hours (for three waterfall option)
Guide: Required
Tour Option: Sekumpul Waterfall Tour
Additional Info: There are three options to choose from when you arrive at the entrance. Either just head to the viewpoint area above, visit the Sekumpul and Hidden waterfalls, or visit Sekumpul, Hidden, and Fiji waterfalls. I ended up going with the third option here.

Overview

First up is the Sekumpul viewpoint area. After a 20 minute walk from the parking lot you will be welcomed to a nice view of Sekumpul and the Fiji waterfall further out in the distance.

Here, your wristband will be scanned in order to go down further into the valley. Along the way to the Sekumpul waterfall, you will first stop by what is called the Hidden Waterfall, as it is “hidden” between the valley walls.

Located just a few minutes away from the Hidden Waterfall is the main attraction – Sekumpul. Here you will find a massive two part waterfall flowing off of the cliffside down below.

You can enjoy some views from afar (and hop on one of the rocks for a photo op), and then head closer to the waterfall itself. Feel free to jump in the water and enjoy some time in the Sekumpul pool.

→ Read more: Sekumpul Waterfall

Sekumpul Waterfall Indonesia

Fiji Waterfall

Region: Northern Bali
Parking Coordinates: 8°10’19.1″S 115°11’10.3″E
Entrance Fee: $15 for three waterfalls / $9 for two waterfalls / $1.50 for view only
Trek Distance: 3 Hours (for three waterfall option)
Guide: Required
Tour Option: See above
Additional Info: I broke Fiji out separately as it is not part of the standard Sekumpul ticket. However, I would recommend checking it out as it is a quieter but just as beautiful waterfall to visit.

Overview

Just a few minutes walk from the Sekumpul waterfall, you will find the triple Fiji waterfall. When it comes to waterfalls in Indonesia, you wont find many that offer this type of landscape.

Three waterfalls lined up one after the next in the lush Indonesian jungle. As many people who visit Sekumpul don’t venture to this area, it is a a quieter and more relaxing experience to take part of.

If you are up for it, you can also hop into the pools underneath the waterfall and even put yourself right under the waterfall. Since it is not that powerful, it is safe enough to go under.

From Fiji, your guide will then take you up a different pathway out of the valley and back to the entrance to end your day.

Fiji Waterfall

By now you should have a good sense of what visiting waterfalls in Indonesia is all about. These are real adventures and different than any type of waterfall experiences you may be familiar with.

But at the end of the day, exploring Indonesia’s waterfalls is a true highlight and should be added to any itinerary to the country.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them in below. Also, don’t forget to check out the other Indonesia itineraries and guides up on the site.

Have fun out there and safe travels!

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