It was Sunday morning when I took my family to go to Juwuk Manis Waterfall, Jembrana, Bali, Indonesia. I have not been working in tourism since March this year and so it was about time for me to go for another adventure. I have not been to this particular waterfall located about an hour's drive from my home, so this was my chance.
The Drive to The Waterfall
I expected a rough drive, but it turned to be good. The roads were well maintained. The only little problem was they were pretty narrow.
I drove passed a large grass fields where there were many cows munching the grass. These were called the Bali cows, they only breed for meat not for milk. If you see closer, you could see the size of the cow is smaller than milking meat. Some people mistake them for deer.
Passing the grass fields, I went on to a clove farms and then tropical forest. There were hardly any houses on the way. Only one or two motor cyclist passing by.
After driving for about half an hour, I arrived in a village. I was a bit surprised that beyond the forest that I drive through, I would end up in a village. This was the village where the waterfall is located.
Walking Down 860 Stairs to Reach The Waterfall
There was a sign pointing me to the beginning of the walking track to the waterfall. There were decent concrete stairs along the trekking route to the waterfall. It made me think of how serious the local government in developing the tourism in this place. The only problem is that the location of this waterfall is too far from the main tourist destination of Bali.
We started walking down through the stairs. We were quite excited as we could here the sounds of water flowing. After about 10 minutes walking down slowly while seeing the lush vegetation we met a lady farmer with her 5 years old daughter.
"Is the waterfall still far down?" I asked her.
"Yes, it is."
We kept on walking down. After some time, the stairs did not have a railing anymore.
Along the way, we saw various farm vegetation like coffee plants, cocoa, clove, and spices. It's probably no problem for those farmers who owned the farm to go up and down on these stairs every day. For me and my family, this was quite a struggle.
Arriving at Juwuk Manis Waterfall
Arriving at the waterfall, there were two persons who apparently the workers who clean the toilet but later we found out they were also the entrance ticket seller. We said hello to them, and they gave us tickets to the waterfall. The ticket cost is 5000 rupiah or about USD 0,4 per person.
The water was cool. We sat on the stones near the waterfall. Time flew fast. We spent about 1.5 hours at the waterfall. Suddenly the sun disappear and changed into black clouds. We decided to walk the long way up back another 860 stairs.
Heavy rain poured as we arrived at the starting point. We rushed to the nearest shop for a shade and some cold drinks.
That's all our adventure. Thanks for reading.