Waterfall between Mount Bromo and Surabaya
Between Mount Bromo and Surabaya is a refreshing waterfall that isn’t crowded with tourists. The locals go there for picnics while the children take dips in the water. It is Madakaripura Waterfall. A really refreshing place to visit after trekking the treacherous paths of Kawah Ijen and the tourist mess that is Mount Bromo.
When you arrive at the entrance the guides will stare at you like vultures at feeding time. One or two of them will eventually stand out from the crowd and get your attention. Without a word, the local guide will take you on the route towards the waterfall.
However, it is important that you discuss how much you are planning to pay the guide. I was in a group of 5, and 2 guides followed us. One lead the way, the other stood at the back to help the last 3 in the group get across streams. We haven’t discussed prices.
When we finally arrived, we were awed by the grandeur of the waterfall. Photos will never do it justice.
Hidden at the end of a deep valley, Madakaripura’s water falls from the dense forest above. When you look up, you see an opening wide enough to fit a helicopter and it makes one wonder, has anyone ever taken a helicopter to Madakaripura Waterfall before?
We spent some time sitting by the falls enjoying the refreshing location and taking some photos before making our way back.
When we were heading back, the guide requested we pay them 400 000IDR. So that was 200 000IDR (17.20USD) per guide. We tried haggling but they were insistent on it. We heard from our jeep driver in Mount Bromo that prices ranged between 50 000IDR to 100 000IDR so we felt cheated. We paid them what they asked for. Lesson learnt: Always discuss the costs upfront/before the start of the journey.
Things to bring:
Slippers (preferably sandals, so they don’t float down the river)
Waterproof casing for your phone or camera
Ponchos (or buy it from the locals when you arrive just before the falls)
Prices as of Dec 2013
Madakaripura Waterfall entrance fee: 3000IDR (0.26USD)
Compulsory local guide fee: between 50 000IDR to 100 000IDR (8.60USD) so make sure you set the price before the start of the trek to the waterfall
If you have a trip driver, your driver would know. It takes 1 1/2 hours from Mount Bromo to Madakaripura Waterfall. And 3 hours to go from the Waterfall to Surabaya.