The Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfalls are two of the most impressive waterfalls in all of Bali. We explored both during our recent trip to the island of gods, and the idea of this blog post is to provide all the information you need to plan your own visit.
Set in the Northern parts of Bali, Sekumpul and Fiji are a set of magnificent waterfalls neighbouring one another amid a lush jungle environment. Sekumpul is the most popular, and often considered the best waterfall in Bali. However, underrated Fiji, in our opinion, is equally impressive.
There are a couple of ways in which you can view both waterfalls. You can either admire at a birds-eye view from the viewing deck up above. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can opt for the arduous hike down to the bottom of the falls. I’ll talk further about each option later in the article. Either way, we consider the falls to be one of the best things to do in Bali.
In this guide, we advise everything you need to know ahead of visiting Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfalls. Including entrance fees, how to get there, what to expect & more.
Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfalls in Bali – A Reliable 2020 Guide
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How to Get to Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfalls in Bali
Getting to the Sekumpul & Fiji waterfalls is relatively straightforward; however, located far North of the island, you may wish to consider staying locally. The nearest tourist town is Lovina, and from there, the falls are a 45-60 minute drive away. To travel from Canggu or Ubud, you can expect your journey time to be anywhere from 2-3 hours.
To locate the parking area for the waterfalls can be tricky. Opportunistic locals have used the popularity of the falls to concoct various tourist scams. There are now several unofficial parking areas in the area. If you go to the wrong one, you could find yourself miles away from the falls, and locals will try to convince you that you need an expensive guide to get there.
To avoid these scams, head to the parking area we’ve pinned on our google map below. I think we paid a small fee of 2000 rupee for parking and were not hassled to take a guide. From here, it’s just a short walk across the road and through a local village to the ticket booth.
*There is a lot of cool things to do in the North of Bali. We suggest spending 2-3 days there and using that time to explore the surrounding area. We found the North far less developed than other tourists hubs in Bali. So it’s an ideal location for those who like to venture off the beaten path.
Rent a Scooter
The most convenient way to get around in Bali is to rent a scooter. They can be found all over the tourist hubs of the island, and the price is around 60,000 IDR per day. You can expect a scenic drive to Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfalls, and for the most part, the roads are in good condition. You’ll need to wear a helmet and carry your international driver’s license if you want to drive a scooter in Bali.
Hire a Car & Driver
If you aren’t confident on a bike, another option is to hire a car & driver for the day. Depending on the company you book with, prices are known to fluctuate anywhere between 40-100 US$. It’s quite expensive; however, it comes with its advantages. You’ll have a local driver who knows the area like the back of their hand, and they can handle most of the planning for you.
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Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfall Car Park Map
Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfall Entrance Fee
Ok, so this is where things can get a little complicated (and expensive). But bare with me, and I’ll try to explain in simple terms.
In short, there are now 3 different entry fees for Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfalls. A new regulation (ahem, scam), insists that a guide must accompany any visitors wanting to trek to the bottom of the waterfall.
The ‘authorities’ claim this is to keep visitors safe while protecting the environment and supporting the local economy. Which of course, we could get on board with if it meant the prices were reasonable. However, the revised entrance fees mean the falls are now one of the most expensive attractions in Bali… To walk down some steps to look at a waterfall? To me, that is crazy!
Anyhow, upon arrival at the ticket office, they will ask you which package you wish to choose:
To visit only the birds-eye viewpoint I mentioned earlier in the article is the cheapest option and does not require a guide. There is a small amount of trekking involved, but nothing too strenuous, and allows a pretty spectacular view of both waterfalls from above.
Viewpoint Only: 20,000 IDR/pax
Trek Difficulty: Easy
Trek Length: 1-2 hours
Medium Trekking allows you to visit Sekumpul Waterfall & Hidden Waterfall; however, doesn’t include Fiji Waterfall located just a 10-minute walk away.
Medium Trekking: 125,000 IDR/pax
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Length: 2-3 hours
Long Trekking includes a visit to Sekumpul Waterfall, Fiji Waterfall, and Hidden Waterfall. Naturally, this is the most expensive option.
Medium Trekking: 200,000 IDR/pax
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Length: 2-3 hours
Things to Know Before Visiting
Here are some other things you might need to know ahead of visiting Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfalls:
The official opening hours for Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls are between 8 am and 4 pm.
Best Time to Visit
We found that the best time to visit any of the Bali Waterfalls is during the months of April-June, shortly after the wet season has ended. Due to the influx of rain, the waterfalls tend to be at their most powerful during this time.
While Sekumpul and Fiji will never dry out completely, to see them in their true glory, aim to visit around this time. We visited in May, and as you can see from the photos, the falls were still in full force.
While we prefer to explore Bali independently, if you have limited time, you may want to consider a guided tour of the island. This fully customisable tour with Get Your Guide comes highly recommended and allows you to plan out your own itinerary. Joined by a certified guide, you’ll get to explore all the sights with somebody who knows Bali like the back of their hand.
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With breathtaking scenery resembling something out of Avatar, naturally, you will want to be taking plenty of photos. Before getting too snap-happy, here are some helpful photography tips that will keep you, and your camera, safe.
- Early mornings are the quietest at the waterfall; however, there isn’t much sunlight until around midday. Personally, we love that moody morning mist effect at waterfalls, but it depends on your style of shooting.
- The splashback from the falls is pretty relentless, and you’re going to want to protect your equipment accordingly. We’ve recommended some protective gear below.
- Be careful when taking photos close to the cliff edge or atop rocks. Everything gets pretty damn slippery around here!
What to Wear
Here are some items that we recommend wearing to make your visit to the waterfall more comfortable:
What to Wear
Here are some items that we recommend wearing to make your visit to the waterfall more comfortable.
- Comfortable shoes for the strenuous hike down
- Water shoes to wear in the water – We Recommend: 2 in 1 Water/Hiking Shoes.
- Waterproof Bag to protect valuables – We Recommend: Waterproof Dry Bag-10L/20L/30L
- Lens cloth for your camera
- Bathing suit & towel for the obvious – We Recommend: Microfiber Travel Towel
Our Experience at Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfall in Bali
It is no secret that Bali is home to some of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls in South East Asia. With almighty Nungnung and magical Tukad Cepung, to picturesque Tibumana and adventurous Aling-Aling, I would imagine you’d have quite a hard time convincing TLC to visit. (If you don’t get this joke, we can’t be friends!)
Upon seeing pictures of both Sekumpul and Fiji on Instagram, they immediately found their way onto our Bali itinerary. The momentous falls, set amid a lush avatar-like environment appeared breathtaking. We already had plans to explore North Bali, so a visit fit in nicely with our schedule. With little other research, we made our way to the falls one morning.
Thankfully, we encountered no scams upon visiting the falls. It was an accident that we stumbled upon the parking area that I pinned above, but it turns out we were lucky. We paid a small fee for parking, and the guy happily pointed us in the direction of the trail.
The regulation that insists you trek with a guide was quite new at the time, so we had no idea the entrance fees were so high. We assumed they would be similar to the other waterfalls in Bali, 20, maybe 30k max. We certainly didn’t expect them to be equivalent to 2-3 nights accommodation.
With this in mind, we decided to visit the viewpoint only. I think if the trekking price had been 60-80k, we might have been able to justify it; however, we’ve seen our fair share of waterfalls and for far less than they are charging at Sekumpul and Fiji.
If you have the spare cash, I’d say go for it and adventure through the falls below. But if you are on a budget, you could check out the viewpoint, plus 4 or 5 other waterfalls in Bali. All for the same price as the trek.
Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfall in Bali Viewpoint
From the ticket office, it’s around a 15-minute walk to the viewpoint. The trail leads through quaint local villages and lush jungle area, so it’s a pleasant stroll and nothing too strenuous. I’d confidently say you could even bring along little ones if you don’t plan on trekking down to the falls.
The viewpoint provides a stunning view of both waterfalls from above. Admittedly you get a better view of Sekumpul than you do of Fiji; however, once again, we were in awe of natures beauty. At an incredible height of 80 metres, the falls are some of the tallest in Bali. Their stunning jungle location certainly makes them one of the most picturesque.
As we missed out on the hike down to the falls, we put the drone up to get a closer look. We were able to get some pretty epic shots from above, which almost eased the blow of missing out. I’ve also shared some images that our friends took along their hike at the falls. Hopefully, this will help you to decide if it’s worth paying for or not.
Where to Stay in Lovina
If you are yet to book any accommodation for Lovina, here are some recommendations suitable for all budgets. For more places to stay in Lovina, you can check the latest rates here.
Budget – Hotel Shri Ganesh – For those on a tight budget, Hotel Shri Ganesh provides incredible value for money in the tranquil area of Lovina. Within walking distance of the beach, it’s the perfect base to explore the surrounding area. Facilities of the hotel include an outdoor pool, cosy accommodation, and wifi throughout the property. Not to mention, a delicious breakfast included in the price.
Mid-Range – Mayo Resort – When we visited North Bali, we were fortunate to stay at the luxurious Mayo Resort. Situated a little further west than Lovina, it’s the ideal location if you want to escape the hustle & bustle. Boasting a beachfront location and excellent facilities, we loved that we could spend all day at the hotel and not get bored. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, on-sight restaurant, and wifi throughout the property.
Luxury – Lovina Beach Club & Resort – For those with the dollar, Lovina Beach Club & Resort is one of few 5* options in this area of Bali. You can expect nothing less than world-class service at the beachfront property, which boasts an outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, and onsite spa.
It should go without saying; however, when enjoying your time at Leke Leke, it’s important to be mindful of yourself and the environment.
There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible traveller. In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind when visiting the waterfalls in Bali.
- Be careful with any rubbish that it doesn’t fly away. Keep it secure until you can dispose of it properly.
- Do not leave anything at the waterfall, or take anything away – unless you’ve purchased it from a local supplier.
- Pay attention to warning signs and take care along the trail. There are no staff minding the area.
More on North Bali
Are you planning a trip to Bali? Don’t forget to check out these other articles to help with your trip planning!
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- Top Things to do in North Bali
- Aling-Aling Waterfall in Bali – A 2020 Guide
- Gitgit Waterfall in Bali – A 2020 Guide
- Brahma Vihara Arama Monastery – A 2020 Guide
- Extending your Visa in North Bali
Well, that concludes Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfall – A 2019 Travel Guide. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here!
Stay adventurous and Happy travels.
Charlotte & Natalie x
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