The Munduk Waterfall Trek | Labuhan Kebo, Melanting, Red Coral, Golden Valley
One of the highlights during my time exploring northern Bali was the Munduk Waterfall Trek that I took part of. During the trek, you will get to visit four different waterfalls in the valley. These include Labuhan Kebo Waterfall, Melanting Waterfall, Munduk Red Coral Waterfall, and finally the Golden Valley Waterfall. This guide will give you step by step directions on how to complete the trek on your own and what to expect along the way.
1) Munduk Waterfall Trek Overview
When I was first researching the Munduk Waterfall trek for myself, I found a lot of confusing information out there. There were some articles that mentioned certain waterfalls while leaving out others, as well as confusion about the names of the waterfalls and how to reach them. This guide is going to help solve all of those issues and give you all the information you need for the hike.
To be clear from the start – the Munduk Waterfall trek comprises of FOUR different waterfalls near the town of Munduk – Labuhan Kebo Waterfall, Melanting Waterfall, Munduk Waterfall (also known as Red Coral Waterfall), and finally the Golden Valley Waterfall. You can reach all of these waterfalls by foot as you make your way around the valley from one to the next.
I would say to put aside around 5-6 hours for the trek, but it really all depends on how long you want to stay at each waterfall. The trek itself is not too long, it is more so the waterfalls themselves that will take up the majority of your day. While I did spend some time jumping into the water at the last two waterfalls, there really isn’t too much of an area to swim in. Only go in at your own risk!
Below are some helpful facts about the trek to better prepare you for your time on the trail:
Hike Name: Munduk Waterfall Trek
Starting Point: Melanting Cottages (8°15’41.9″S 115°03’56.5″E)
Ending Point: Jl. Kayu Putih Road (8°15’20.4″S 115°04’27.5″E)
Duration: 5-6 Hours
Terrain: Pavement and Stairs
Waterfall #1: Labuhan Kebo Waterfall
Waterfall #2: Melanting Waterfall
Waterfall #3: Munduk Waterfall / Red Coral
Waterfall #4: Golden Valley Waterfall
2) Munduk Waterfall Trek Map
I think the most helpful way to start explaining the trek would be to show you a map of the route that you will be taking. To do so, I have taken a screenshot from the Maps.me app that clearly shows the pathways and waterfalls. I know some other sites mention to look at Google Maps however, I did find Maps.me to be more helpful here.
The route starts down below at the Melanting Cottages, where you can catch the path (marked in red) down towards the valley, across the river and towards the first two waterfalls of Labuhan Kebo and Melanting. These two waterfalls will require a descent down into the valley by the following the staircases (arrows on the map).
Once done at Melanting, turn back around and follow the same path you came on. I have highlighted this second part of the route in blue so you can better see the route and where it turns off of the path you came in on. You will follow it to the Red Coral / Munduk waterfall and then head back uphill towards the Golden Valley waterfall to end your day (note: the Munduk waterfall is incorrectly labeled on Maps.me). From the Golden Valley waterfall, it is just a short walk to get back to the main road (GPS coordinates above).
3) What to Bring Along on the Hike
Since this a combination of hiking and waterfalls, you should be prepared with some essentials. Here is a short list of some of the items I would recommend bringing along to stay comfortable and safe:
1) Dry Bag: since you will be getting nice and close to the waterfalls during the trek I would highly recommend a dry bag to keep all your valuables safe. Take a look at this Earth Park Dry Bag to hold your belongings.
2) Hiking Shoes or Closed Toe Sandals: Having hiking shoes or closed toe sandals will be your best bet here. 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 new GoPro Here 8 or save some money with the GoPro Hero 7 for your travels.
4) Quick Dry Towel: if you decide to jump on into the water, 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.
4) Where to Stay in Munduk
If you want to take part of the Munduk Waterfall trek, the most convenient place to stay would have to be Munduk itself. While you are surely visit from other parts of Bali like Ubud or Seminyak, expect a lot of driving and a very long day ahead. During my stay in Munduk, all I had to do is walk about 10 minutes to the starting point and begin my day from there. Below are some great options to choose from not too far away from the starting point:
Note: if you are staying in Munduk but not within walking distance from the starting point, I would recommend having your hotel arrange transportation for you at the beginning and end of the day.
If do stay in Munduk, you also have the chance to visit several other waterfalls in the area. During my time there I also got the chance to visit Sekumpul Waterfall, Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, and the Aling Aling Waterfall. Click on each one to get a better idea what they are all about.
5) The Munduk Waterfall Trek
Now it is time to talk a bit more about the trek itself. As mentioned, the starting point of the hike is located at the Melanting Cottages. Once at the cottages, all you need to do is follow the path on the map above and you should be on your way.
A) Melanting Cottages to Labuhan Kebo
You will make your way on the paved path through the greenery with some views of the surrounding jungle all around. As you continue along, you will start to get closer down to the river of the valley floor. Once there you will come to an intersection – to your left will be Labuhan Kebo and Melanting waterfalls and to your right will be Munduk (Red Coral) and Golden Valley waterfalls.
You can continue the waterfall trek by heading to the left-hand side following the signs to the first two waterfalls. Throughout the paved path you will come by some additional signs pointing you in the correct direction as well as some warungs (small structures that sell food, drinks, souvenirs, etc).
Soon enough you will reach your first waterfall – Labuhan Kebo. When you reach the entrance of the waterfall, all you need to do is pay the 10.000 IDR entrance fee ($0.75 USD) and make your way down the stairs. The walk down should take you about 10 minutes as you make your way to the valley floor.
For the most part the path will either be paved stairs or packed dirt. There is nothing too tricky here to maneuver. Once you reach the bottom you will be welcomed to the waterfall out in the distance with a couple of bamboo bridges crisscrossing the river. You can spend some time enjoying the falls from up close and farther away as you take in the beautiful river valley views.
B) Labuhan Kebo to Melanting
Once finished up at your first waterfall of the day, you will need to make the walk back up the stairs to the main pathway you came down from. Once back at the entrance, you will turn left and continue the route down towards Melanting waterfall. Note that this portion of path will be downhill, meaning on your way back, you will be dealing with a bit of an incline walk.
Soon enough you will reach a point where you will see the Melanting Waterfall entrance gate. Head down those stairs, where along the way you will reach a ticket booth to pay the entrance fee. Similar to the previous waterfall, Melanting also just costs 10.000 IDR ($0.75 USD).
After paying the fee, continue the walk all the way down to the valley floor, where Melanting waterfall awaits. This will be a bit of a walk downwards on stairs – more so than Labuhan Kebo, but soon enough you will reach the waterfall itself. Melanting is located in a very pristine picturesque valley with greenery in every which direction. You can walk right up to the waterfall or also enjoy the view from a bit further away.
C) Melanting to Munduk / Red Coral
Once all done at Melanting waterfall, it is time to head back up the stairs and to the entrance of the staircase. Remember this will require a good amount of stairs so just be prepared for it. Once you get back to the main entrance, you will head back in the same direction you came, which also will be more of an uphill path. Along the way back (near the Labuhan Kebo entrance) you will see a warung, where you can enjoy some food and drinks as you take a break from the waterfall trekking.
After lunch it is time to continue on with the trek. You will head back in the same direction you came until you reach the initial intersection (where you turned left earlier on). Now, all you need to do is continue straight and towards the signs to the Munduk Red Coral waterfall.
Unlike the previous two waterfalls, at Munduk Red Coral you will not need to head down any sort of staircase to reach it. Instead, once you pass the ticket booth and pay the 20.000 IDR ($1.50 USD) entrance fee, the waterfall will be right in front of you.
At Red Coral you will come across a narrow waterfall that is streaming down between the hillside rocks with greenery surrounding it in all directions. Feel free to jump into the water too, as you enjoy the waterfall barreling down from above.
D) Munduk Red Coral to Golden Valley
The last stop of the day will be the Golden Valley Waterfall. As you are leaving Red Coral, pay attention to the map above / Maps.me, as there are a few intersections. You will be heading a bit uphill and then towards the left as you go further down the valley.
You will see some signs pointing you to the Golden Valley Waterfall and Eco Café. As long as you continue down that path, you will eventually reach the waterfall. Once the waterfall comes into view, you can take the view in from above, before heading down the short staircase to the waterfall.
Don’t worry though as these stairs just take a couple minutes to reach the bottom and are not nearly as long as the first two. It’s also good to note that there is no entrance fee either for the waterfall (at least when I visited). Simply head on down and enjoy it for yourself.
Once all done with the waterfall, head back up the stairs, where you can end the day at the Eco Café. They have plenty of drink and snack options to choose from and you will have a fantastic view of the waterfall down below.
From Eco Café, you will then head towards the main road to end your waterfall trek. The path continues from the café up and above the top of the waterfall, where you can see the water flowing off. Continue to cross the river, where you will eventually follow the path back to the main road. From here, you will either need to be picked up by a pre arranged ride or you can walk the road back to your hotel if you are in walking distance.
And that about wraps up a guide to the famous Munduk Waterfall trek. I hope the map and article have helped you out planning a trip there for yourself.
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