Nestled within the lush jungles of East Java, Indonesia, Goa Tetes Waterfall is a hidden gem of natural beauty. Located in the Lumajang district, this enchanting waterfall mesmerizes visitors with its serene atmosphere and stunning cascade. The crystal-clear water gracefully descends from a height, creating a tranquil and awe-inspiring scene. The name “Goa Tetes” translates to “Dripping Cave,” referencing the unique rock formations surrounding the waterfall.
Goa Tetes Waterfall in Lumajang, East Java was one of the most surprising places on our ten-day travels throughout the region. We came to visit Tumpak Sewu, the famous waterfall nearby, and were recommended to stop past Goa Tetes Waterfall on the way back. It was an incredible sight in its own right with unbelievable caves inside the waterfall. It was the most unique waterfall we visited in all of East Java!
GOA TETES WATERFALL
We kicked off our day with a visit to the Tumpak Sewu viewpoint and then by hiking down to the foot of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. It is, of course, the most popular waterfall in Lumajang and even in East Java.
One of my friends had told me to check out Goa Tetes on my way out of Tumpak Sewu but they hadn’t prepared me for how epic it would be. We thought we might as well see it while we were there but it is indeed a waterfall you absolutely cannot miss!
From Tumpak Sewu you will see signs pointing towards Goa Tetes. It is an extra 5000 rupiah I believe. There didn’t seem to be a ticket office but somehow the locals just find you. That’s less than 50 cents to be clear.
Below is a drone shot that shows Goa Tetes Waterfall on the right. It comes from everywhere and anywhere as it pours down the cliff.
It takes about ten minutes to walk to Goa Tetes from the foot of Tumpak Sewu. It’s a nice way to warm up after getting wet in the Tumpak Sewu cauldron. You will arrive at the first part of Goa Tetes. You know when you have arrived because all of the walls are orange!
Goa Tetes is essentially a collection of caves and waterfalls all the way up the cliff. Most people view it only from the bottom of the gorge and then return to the stairs they came down to visit Tumpak Sewu. Huge mistake! You haven’t even seen the glory of Goa Tetes yet.
Head around the corner to the right and there is a trail leading up to the cliff. Follow this trail for about ten minutes. You will be walking through the stream and it is very slippery. Don’t try and avoid getting your shoes wet, to be safe you will need to wade through water throughout most of this journey.
Continue walking up the stream and always veer left and eventually you will see the caves. From here the adventure is up to you with so many different caves to explore. We scaled one cave in particular and it went really far back into darkness, while the waterfall poured down over the top of us. Absolutely incredible!
What are my favorite pieces of gear for waterfall adventures?
There are four pieces of gear that I simply never forget when I go on a waterfall adventure. These are four items that I using right now and this list gets updated every year! Here are my waterfall adventure essentials.
- Arcteryx BETA AR Rain Jacket: This is my go-to rain jacket. It’s super light, folds down into a tiny ball, and protects brilliantly in a storm. This one never leaves my backpack.
- Osprey Ultralight Dry Sack: Waterfalls get wet and wild so having this ultralight dry sack for cameras, phones and valuables means you don’t have to hold back!
- PackTowl Quick-Dry Towel: A quick-dry towel is a must for travelers. It hardly takes up any room and dries in seconds.
- GoPro Hero 10: The best and easiest way to capture your underwater and snorkeling adventures.
WHERE IS GOA TETES WATERFALL
We stayed at a homestay near Tumpak Sewu on the Lumajang side. From here it is a short walk down to either Tumpak Sewu or Goa Tetes. In fact, the hike down to Goa Tetes is only about ten minutes because it is halfway down the cliff if you go down the stairs nearest the waterfall.
The pin on the map below shows you the exact location of Goa Tetes.
BEST TIME TO VISIT GOA TETES WATERFALL
The best time to visit Goa Tetes Waterfall in East Java, Indonesia is during the dry season, which typically falls between April and October. During this period, the weather is generally drier, and the water flow of the waterfall is more stable and clear.
Visiting Goa Tetes Waterfall during the dry season allows you to fully appreciate its natural beauty. The clear weather provides better visibility, making it easier to enjoy the picturesque surroundings and the cascading water.
It’s important to note that even during the dry season, occasional rainfall may occur, so it’s advisable to check the weather forecast before planning your visit. Additionally, it’s recommended to visit during weekdays or non-peak periods to avoid crowds and enjoy a more serene experience.
During the rainy season, which usually extends from November to March, the water volume of the waterfall increases significantly, creating a more powerful and dramatic display. However, the trails and surrounding areas may become muddy and slippery, making it more challenging to navigate.
Ultimately, the choice of when to visit Goa Tetes Waterfall depends on personal preferences. Whether you prefer a steady flow of water during the dry season or a more dynamic experience during the rainy season, both periods offer unique perspectives and opportunities to witness the natural splendor of this captivating waterfall.
ADVENTURE BAG FROM GOA TETES WATERFALL
This is an adventure bag. It is full of trash. Every time I go on an adventure I collect one adventure bag full of trash. It’s my small way of saying thanks to mother nature for allowing me to enjoy her beautiful creations.
If we have time to go on an adventure we have time to collect an adventure bag on the way back out of the trail once we have enjoyed the waterfall, the hike, or the beach. Adventure hard!
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