THE WATERFALLS OF LOMBOK
Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls.
DATE: 5 September 2016
The drive to the waterfalls took us north along the coast. Pak Nor stopped briefly at scenic spots for us to snap photographs. The views at Malimbu and Malaka were very stunning. Looking down the serene deep blue sea and rolling waves was a wonderful experience and during these moments I decide that Lombok is a better choice to visit than Bali.
We were required to hire a guide to got to the waterfalls. Nik paid 300000 rupiahs for the guide’s service plus 70000 rupiahs as tips. The boys applied sunscreen lotion on their face and by 10.35 am we started to make our way along the footpath. The sun was already bright and high in the sky. The trek to the first waterfall was an easy one along a flat dirt track. The cool and clear water in the stream on our right is from the second waterfall. Along the way we saw black monkeys, or lutong, as Rana calls them. I spotted several butterflies, but they were mostly familiar ones. As usual I was tempted to stop and photograph the insects, however I resist, so as not to slow down our walk. We also could hear small birds, but they were not easy to spot among the foliage.
Just before arriving at the first waterfall, we had to descent some flights of steps. It took us a total of about 30 minutes to reach the waterfall. Sendang Gile Waterfall drops from a height of about 30 metres in two tiers into a small pool. I looked up in awe at the gush of water from above. There was a small stall selling drinks and snacks, a Muslim prayer room and a public loo. We spent a few minutes here and were caught by surprise to find a drone hovering above our heads. The drone disappeared for some minutes and when it reappeared, the owner called out for help. Hazmi managed to grab the device and gently placed it on the table in front of its owner.
Rana, our guide led us for the walk to the second waterfall. On our left was an aquaduct whose water runs into a tunnel on the right. The water from this area is used to irrigate the nearby rice fields. We walked across the aquaduct and short distance ahead Rana pointed to a big bee hive on a tall tree. Thus, our trek also turned into a nature walk. We came to a stream where the water was almost knee high. An oncoming visitor warned us about the slippery rocks. I carried on bare foot as we had to cross the stream again a short distance ahead. From the first waterfall to the second one, the trek was just as easy except for the cobbled path and having to wade across the stream at three points. It was another half an hour of trekking from Sending Gile Waterfall to Tiu Kelep Waterfall.
Tiu Kelep Waterfall was even more beautiful, falling gracefully into a large clear pool. There were several people swimming or taking a dip in the pool. Unlike the area around Sendang Gile, there’s unfortunately no sitting area in the vicinity. There was hardly a space to rest, sit or perch comfortably. Nik and I crossed to the other side of the stream and found some damp rocks to sit on uncomfortably. The boys had gone in for a cool dip which no doubt would be very refreshing after the hour long trekking. More people came as the day rolled on. August had been a busy month and now in September the number of tourists have dwindled slightly. This place I reckon would be rather crowded during peak season. There is a third waterfall nearby….err…another 2-3 hour’s walk, but we had seen enough for this trip. Thanks, Rana.
On our way back, the four boys joined another group to wade through the unlit tunnel. The water was knee deep and the tunnel height was high enough to allow one to walk upright. However, Nik and myself chose to walk on dry land. I am not so comfortable in dark places. We arrived at the other end a few minutes before the group made their exit out of the darkness.
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We had a simple lunch at the same place where we hired Rana. Pak Nor then dropped us at the jetty for the speed boat ride to Gili Trawangan, our next destination.BGT PHOTO GALLERY