A tourism village in Bali is calling on all adrenaline junkies and adventurous spirits to visit the stunning Kroya Waterfall. Leaders in Sambangan Village, Sukasada District in Buleleng Regency, invite tourists to try the 12m dive off the rocks around the waterfall. Whether up for the challenge or not, a trip to Kroya Waterfall is not to be missed.
The waterfall in Sambangan Village is easy to find and familiar to make local taxi drivers and tour guides. Super photogenic and reasonably quiet, the waterfall sits just a 10-minute gentle walk from the village car park. Sambangan Village also offers breathtaking views of some of Bali’s best rice field vistas.
The Head of the Kroya Waterfall Tour Guides in Sambangan Village, Gede Arta Wibawa, has told reporters that the community-based tourism initiative offers plenty of different tour packages. Guests can try the big jump or swim in the glistening waterfall pool below. The natural flow of water has created a slide for those who want to try it.
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Wibawa told reporters, “Especially at Kroya Waterfall, tourists can enjoy the natural scenery, take pictures, as well as jumping and sliding activities. Entry to the waterfall is just IDR 20,000, and there are several hiking trails that start from the waterfall that village guides will happily lead guests to explore. In fact, while Kroya Waterfall may be the flagship attraction in Sambangan Village, it is certainly not the only thing to see. Six other waterfalls can be found along the hiking trails, some of which require a climb to find.
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Tour packages range from IDR 120,000-500,000 (USD 7.70-32.00)for a full day of activities, including a local tour guide, insurance, and the safety equipment required to reach the more remote spots. Wibawa said that getting a guide is paramount after accidents have occurred at other waterfalls in the area. He said, “The entry ticket is IDR 20,000 per person, but if you want to try the activity, you must be accompanied by a guide to avoiding unwanted things when playing in the water”.
His warning about the importance of a guide comes in light of an accident that occurred at nearby Aling-Aling Waterfall on Wednesday, 2nd November. An American tourist attempted to climb the cliff face of the waterfall that is unsafe to be clambered on. Despite warnings from fellow tourists to stop, the US citizen persisted and ended up with major injuries to his lower legs.
The traveler, known only by his initials DJS, was exploring the Aling-Aling Waterfall in Sambangan Village. Despite being warned of the dangers of climbing the sheer and slippery waterfall rock face by a French tourist who witnessed the situation play out.
Despite the warning, DJS proceeded to try and climb the rocks. He had not got 5m up the rock face when a chunk of rock came free and fell onto his right calf. Falling hard and with the rock landing right onto his leg, DJS was injured and needed urgent medical care. One report suggests that DJS’s leg was ‘almost severed’ by the fall and impact with the boulder.
Thankfully, eyewitnesses and local tour guides from Sambangan Village were able to splint DJS’s leg and safely evacuate him from Aling-Aling Waterfall to BaliMed Singaraja Hospital for urgent medical treatment.
The incident has served as a grim reminder that although many travelers wish to shun the wisdom of a local guide to help stick to shoestring travel budgets. Locals often know best, especially when it comes to outdoor and adventure activities in areas that they have grown up in.
The waterfall and jungle trekking activities in Sambangan Village in Buleleng are just one of many community-based tourism initiatives that are increasing in popularity in the post-Covid era. In August, the community of Aan Village celebrated the launch of the Aan Secret Waterfall Adventure in Semarapura in Klungkung Regency.
As the high season kicked off in June, Temesi Village in Gianyar Regency established a community-led waterfall tourism initiative called Tamba West Pokdarwis. The village youth committee created the initiative, which wanted to share their home with the world.
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