The gem of north Bali: Sekumpul Waterfalls
The sheer volume of water flowing from the falls is hard to comprehend. Water thunders down from over 300 feet at its highest point spewing a cloud of spray for hundreds of feet beyond the base. My entire front was soaked in a matter of seconds. I only stayed just long enough to take a couple of pictures on my phone because I was getting drenched and didn’t have a handy guide to shield my valuables with an umbrella.
After wading back across the river, I put on my shoes and began down the trail to the second group of waterfalls. The hike only takes about 15 minutes and is one of the most beautiful walks I have ever been on. As you criss-cross a small river you are surrounded by flowers, dragonflies and lush greenery. Everywhere you look there are small streams of water rolling off the cliffs above. It is a truly magical place and felt very Avatar-esque.
Upon arrival, you must again wade a river to get to the base of the falls. This time I chose to strip down to nothing but my swimsuit and GoPro so I could spend more time basking in the majesty and awesome power of the falls. A word of caution: the base is rocky and very, very slippery. So tread carefully. At that point, I wasn’t quite ready to head back to I walked a little bit down the trail and found a nice pool to swim in. The water was cool and refreshing; the perfect respite from the stifling jungle heat.
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