Away From The Beach – Bali’s Secret Waterfalls Part 2
In this second installment of Bali’s Secret Waterfalls, we take you up North to Bali’s green verdant countryside to find some of the island’s highest and most breathtaking cluster of waterfalls yet!
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At 35 metres high, this waterfall is located in the village of Sambangan in Singaraja, approximately 3 hours away from Denpasar by car. It’s already garnered quite a reputation for itself among nature lovers and tourists alike and is part of a cluster of waterfalls all located within walking distance to each other. Fondly named “Sambangan Secret Garden”, there are 7 waterfalls here including Pucuk (15 metres), Kroya (10 metres) and Kembar Waterfall (10 metres), with Aling-Aling being the first along the path. The uniqueness of the waterfalls here is that you can even opt to swim, dive off or slide down some of the waterfalls! But for this, you have to hire a local guide for a small tip as it could be quite dangerous if you do not know the terrain.
The entrance to the waterfalls is relatively easy to find, follow Google Maps or ask the friendly locals for directions. Once you arrive, there is a reception area of sorts where local guides explain to you the options available based on endurance and hours. I chose for a simple trek to Aling-Aling which involved no swimming, diving or sliding, therefore I needed no guide. The trek itself is pleasant over rice fields and involved some steep steps but the view is completely worth it. Sambangan Secret Garden is also the location for the famous Instagram spot known as The Lagoon.
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2. Cemara Waterfall
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This is the highest waterfall within the Sambangan Secret Garden, within close proximity to Dedari and Canging Waterfall. It’s quite a challenge to get to, as it is located quite deep within the garden, and requires a level of fitness and quite an endurance! Apparently there is a myth associated with this waterfall that couples who visit it together would enjoy an everlasting and loving relationship. Myths aside, this is a breathtaking waterfall to photograph, a great instagrammable spot to turn your friends green with envy.
3. Git Git Waterfall
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This waterfall got its name from the surrounding village of Gunung Luwih Git Git. At 48 metres high, waterfall is so popular among locals and tourists that many would come from far and wide to use it as a backdrop to their wedding photos! Git Git thunders down from one of the highest cliffs in north Bali and is part of a series of waterfalls that would make for an ideal day out for the adventurous. It’s relatively easy to find as there are plenty of signboards giving you directions. Drive approximately 3 hours towards Singaraja and you’ll be sure to find the entrance to the waterfall. There are 4 waterfalls all located in the same area including Git Git Twin Waterfall, Air Terjun Bertingkat and Air Terjun Colek Pamur. Guides are recommended if you’re planning to see all 4 waterfalls.
4. Sekumpul Waterfall
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Truly for those looking for an adventure in the wild, Air Terjun Sekumpul (Sekumpul Waterfall) also known as Air Terjun Gerombong is actually a group of 7 waterfalls located in the lush jungles of Bali, within Singaraja district in Desa Pakraman Sekumpul. To get to Sekumpul Waterfall, you actually have to climb down approximately 400 steps and cross a small river. At 100 metres high, it consists of several waterfalls located at a distance from each other. Of the seven waterfalls, only two waterfalls can be visited. Interesting fact: Sekumpul Waterfall is actually two adjoining waterfalls with different heights and water sources. The waterfall on the left comes from natural springs, while the waterfall on the right comes from the river. In the rainy season, the waterfall on the left stays clear, while the waterfall on the right turns a murky brown.