When I think about Bali, I think at the abundance of gorgeous waterfalls in the northern area of the island. We wanted to avoid the crowds, so we chose Banyumala and Sekumpul waterfalls to visit.
Sekumpul is a collection of 7 waterfalls in one area. It is quite remote and challenging to get to, but once we got there was so worth it! Since it was quite a long drive, we hired a private driver. It was great taking a break from our motorbike, especially since the drive included a lot of montainous driving and traffic that we could nap through. Not too many tourists come here because of this drive. Even our driver needed a little bit of persuasion.
When you reach the parking lot, there are a few locals that will offer either to drive you on their motorbike to the start of the hike, or guided tours. Since we were on a tight schedule we decided to take their driving services but refused the guide. It is crazy to see how they drive on a very small path!
Once you are officially at the start of the hike, that’s when the hard part starts! You are met with a lot of steep stairs to make your way down to the bottom of the valley (and yes: walking back requires walking them all back up 🙁 ). Be prepared for your legs to start burning halfway down! When we reached down, we missed to see the bridge so we ended up crossing the stream, so bring shoes that can get wet. Valentin was so brave and took the lead, only to fall down on his ass in the stream a few meters forward. At the bottom of the valley, you will find pathways leading to the 2 different waterfalls. Make time to visit both of them since you are there. It would be such a shame to miss any of them, since both are so beautiful
I found Banyumala Twin waterfall in an area called Munduk. On your drive there, you will see so many swings overlooking the lake Buyan and lake Tamblingan. I had to stop and take some pictures there! Once you reach the parking lot, the hike down to the waterfall takes about 15 minutes and it is quite easy. On the foot of the waterfall you can swim to cool down in the natural pool. Bathe in tranquility, listen to the cascading waters and take in the sights of the vibrant jungle!
On the way back we stopped at Ulun Danu, a postcard perfect temple located on the shore of lake Beratan. You can easily spend a good 45 minutes to 1 hour walking around and taking beautiful photos. You can also have some fun engaging in some lake activities (fishing, riding a speed boat or sail away in a swan pedal boat).
So, are you up for the challenge? At least, at the end of the journey, you can enjoy the beauty of these waterfalls. I am waiting to read in the comments belows your adventures!
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