We arrived the day before the Mount Rinjani hike with a few hours to kill so what better way to spend the day than exploring the local waterfalls?
From our hotel, we had a private tour of two breathtaking waterfalls, Tiu Kelep and the larger Sendang Gile. It’s about a two and a half hour round trip and only cost us about £8.
The first part of the walk is along a pretty narrow path, mostly with the aqueduct on one side and a sheer drop on the other. Motorbikes also zip along it ferrying kids, families and tourists, so it’s good to keep your wits about you!
We reached the Tiu Kelep falls pretty quickly and we were pretty impressed with what we saw, but it was nothing compared to Sendang Gile. There were so many local kids running up and down, practising their English on us (“where are you from?” seemed to be the question of the day).
They also acted as the best helpers when crossing the fast-moving rivers, they took both of our hands and passed us from friend to friend until we were safely on the other side. Really sweet. Heads up, pack flipflops but perhaps not ones you’re too phased about. Gab nearly lost one of hers to the current.
After the river walks, we were climbing over rocks and tree roots in the rainforest to reach Sendang Gile. You can climb/wade right to the bottom and even swim in the plunge pool under the falls. We met a few locals using the river as their bath, our guide explained that the water is really clean and is used as a water source for the local villages.
On the way back our guide offered to take us through the pitch black aqueduct (we were wondering why he asked us to pack head torches).
As soon as we jumped in the current nearly took Gab straight down to the town with the water, luckily Dan managed to be a good anchor before that happened. We edged our way in and as we were just getting into it we nearly had our heads taken off by bats. It was one to tick off the list!
We headed back just in time to watch the sunset over the valley and our hotel before we got ready for the climb the following day.
Really worth the visit if you’ve got a couple of hours in Senuru.