We travelled here in June 2018 from Waingapu by motorbike. It's about 80 km away in our motorbike clock from Waingapu and took us 3 hours to get here. The main road to get here was really good and smooth. It took us 2 hours on the way back to Waingapu as we stopped a lot on the way here.
For direction if you travel on your own;
- Go straight to Melolo.
Once you're into town turn in to the street right before Melolo police station on the right handside
- Follow the road about 8 kms until you find SD(elementary school) inpres Melolo on the right handside.
-Turn into the street right opposite the school and keep follow the road for 4 kms until you drive through unpaved road (you will drive up and down also past 2 different villages)
- Once you past the last village you'll see some small huts on the right handside where you can park your vehicles there. (Paid 5000 rupiah for motorbike park to local community)
We hire a lady as our porter to bring our small backpack as we're travel here with a toddler and to support the community (afaik people who live in the last village who made the trekking lane and built some wooden hand rail on the steep trek to hold on for trekking up and down to waterfall also regularly clean the rubbish in the area from irresponsible traveller) normally you will get down there for half an hour slow trekking.
Tips : - Come early morning to enjoy the waterfall without crowd, we arrived at 10 am on weekday but still relatively enjoyable, less people. But lots of people arrived in groups as we climbed up back to the base huts.
- Avoid come here on weekend
- I suggest to hire local guide or porter particularly if you bring some bags as the trekking require relatively physical condition also to support the local community to keep this gem clean as they work together independently. No fix fee for guide or porter, you pay as you wish for they hard work.
- Please bring back home all your rubbish
- There will be some locals selling fresh tasty coconut or instant noodle coffee or tea in the huts where you can buy. Really nice coconut after 30 mins climb up.
My wife wasn't happy at all during trekking down but once she's there it's worth paid all every steps to get here!
Hope everyone find it useful!
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