10 Of The Most Spectacular Waterfalls In Indonesia

10 Of The Most Spectacular Waterfalls In Indonesia

Here are the 10 most spectacular waterfalls in Indonesia that you should include in your itinerary during your next trip to Indonesia. The views are simply stunning!

It’s no secret that Indonesia is home to pristine beaches and scenic mountains but this great archipelago offers more than just the typical holiday destinations often found on our Facebook news feeds. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a party animal or a chilled surfer – it’s impossible to not appreciate the natural magnificence of these destinations. This is exactly why you should consider taking a different route on your next holiday to visit the majestic waterfalls that Indonesia has to offer. Here are 10 of the most spectacular waterfalls in Indonesia that will hopefully guide you toward some of Indonesia’s lesser recognized but far more worthy attractions.

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Air Terjun Saluopa, Poso, Sulawesi Tengah

This waterfall is located in the village of Saluopa Leboni , Pusalemba Pamona, Poso district , Central Sulawesi; just 12 km west of the town of Tentena. The beauty of Saluopa was previously a well kept secret among local tourists but it is quickly gaining foreign recognition.  From a height of 25 meters, the water moves from its source in a terrace like fashion. A stone staircase provides visitor access at multiple levels with unique views throughout.

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Air Terjun Dua Warna, Sibolangit, Sumatera Utara

The Waterfall of Two Colours is found in the village of Durin Sirigun, North Sumatra, a towering 1,270 meters above sea level. Its name was inspired by the two gradients of colour that are produced by phosphorus and sulphur levels in the water – providing different shades of gray-white and light blue. Tourists are encouraged to swim and camp here but keep in mind that the water is not drinkable. Reaching the sight requires a 2-3 hour hike but don’t be discouraged, although it is a challenging hike, it is safe and definitely worth the effort.

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Air Terjun Mursala, Pualau Mursala, Sumatera Utara

This waterfall is located in Mursala, between Sumatra and Nias Island, in the center of Tapanuli. With a height of about 35 meters, the Mursala waterfall cascades over black granite rock directly into the Indian Ocean with a low rumbling sound. The water below is home to various kinds of coral reef, fish, and some endangered species, You may witness the natural beauty of this underwater world by renting boats and snorkelling below the surface of the crashing waters.

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Air Terjun Moramo, Sulawesi

Another gorgeous sight worth mentioning is the Moramo waterfall from the Tambolosu Mountains and located in Kawasan Suaka Alam Tanjung Peropa, Sulawesi Tenggara. It is roughly 60km away from the city of Kendari. Here you will have exclusive views of the water rushing over large granite rocks ranging from 0.5 to 3 meters high. Moramo has also formed a terrace with 7 steps and 60 smaller steps that create compact ponds. Here you will find a panoramic view of beautiful greenery, butterflies and chirping birds. You may also see some of Sulawesi’s endangered species, including the black monkey and dwarf buffalo.

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Air Terjun Sendang Gile, Lombok

Gile is in the district of Bayan, North Lombok, within the vicinity of Rinjani National Park. Situated 600 meters above sea level, the fall measures at a height of around 31 meters. It is a two-tiered waterfall with the first level appearing at the top of the cliff and falling into to the bottom pool area. It is a local belief that an angel once fell from the heavens to land there and shower in the graceful waters. To reach this unfathomable sight, you will have to climb 200 stairs at a height of 40 meters and cross a bridge over a valley, or else take an alternative path that runs along the edges of the surrounding area.

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Air Terjun Madakaripura, Jawa Timur

The Madakaripura Waterfall is located in the villages of Lumbang, Probolingo. It is one of the waterfalls protected by the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. At 620 meters above sea level, the waterfall is surrounded by beautiful hills and landscapes, truly a sensational sight. Legend has it that Gajah Mada visited this sight for one of his last meditations. It is considered a scared and holy place by the Hindu community. The slippery and steep roads that lead to Madakaripura are not easy to pass through, so remember to be well equipped with durable shoes and a raincoat!

Air Terjun Benang Kelambu, NTB

The Benang Kelambu waterfall is located at the foot of Mt Rinjani, in the Aik Berik Village, north of Central Lombok. The water flows between trees and out from a hill forming very thin streams of soft, crystalline water. The name “benang kelambu” refers to the soft and quiet flow that depicts ‘mosquito net’ like features. There are two groups of waterfalls here, each approximately 40 meters high. Locals believe that this particular waterfall is a fountain of youth – that those who bathe in its precious waters will not age. Awesome.

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Air Terjun Sri Gethuk, Yogyakarta

Another of Indonesia’s finest waterfalls is located in the Menggoran Beleberan Village, district of Playen in Yogyakarta. The Sri Gethuk waterfall is located on the banks of Oyo – featuring the birth of the three springs “kedung poh”, “ngandong” and “ngumbul”. To access Sri Gethuk, you have to pass through forests and fields of eucalyptus trees, a nice hike for adventure-seeking travellers. Alternatively you can take a more scenic path cruising down the river in rafts.

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Air Terjun Sipiso-piso, Karo, North Sumatra

Sipiso-piso is one of Indonesia’s tallest waterfalls – reaching up to 120 meters. It is located in Karo, North Sumatra, not far from the Tongging Village settlements. At 800 meters above sea level, Sipiso is surrounded by a beautiful pine forest, and is quickly becoming one of North Sumatras’ top tourist destinations.

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Air Terjun Sekumpul, Bali

The Sekumpul waterfall is perhaps Bali’s finest. It is located 2km from the village of Sekumpul. To take a closer look requires some effort with a long trek down rocky roads, the crossing of a river and the climbing of hundreds of steps. Nevertheless, it is all worth it to take in the extraordinary sight. Sekumpul is a group of at least seven waterfalls in the same vicinity, all falling at various heights, widths and speeds. It is truly breathtaking experience.

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