Kapas Biru Waterfall Hike in East Java, Indonesia

Kapas Biru Waterfall is a perfect day trip from Malang in East Java, Indonesia. Kapas Biru actually translates to Blue Cotton, which will totally make sense when you see it for yourself!

This waterfall hike, located in Lumajang, can easily be combined with other waterfalls in the area, including the very popular Tumpak Sewu.

I’m going to share everything you need to know to visit Kapas Biru! You can also scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch my YouTube video.

Kapas Biru Waterfall Hike

Trail Summary
Distance: 2 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

How to get there

Kapas Biru is located two hours from Malang. We hired a driver in Malang to take us to a few different waterfalls in the area. Kapas Birus was the next stop on our day trip after hiking to Tumpak Sewu.

The car parking for Air Terjun Kapas Biru is just 5-minutes away by car.

Read more about hiring a driver in Malang in my Tumpak Sewu guide here.

Entrance fee and parking

The Kapas Biru car parking is located here. You will need to pay for parking and you will also need to pay an entrance fee to visit the waterfall.

It will cost you less than $2 USD total. Make sure to bring cash with you to pay for the fees.

Hiking down to the waterfall

Hiking to Kapas Biru is a crazy adventure. It is easy to find the start of the trail, which is just behind the parking lot.

The trail slowly descends before becoming really steep. You must be in good physical condition to do this hike because you will have to climb down a vertical ladder!

Kapas Biru Rice Field

After climbing down the ladder, the trail will continue along rolling hills. Eventually, you will pass through a small rice field. I really loved this part! If you look off to the right, you can find some more rice fields down below.

Once you pass the rice field, you will start to hear rushing water. Just follow the trail and you will soon use a bridge to cross over a stream. The waterfall is just a few minutes away.

Kapas Biru Hike Bridge Crossing

Getting to Kapas Biru should take you less than 45 minutes. Once you reach the waterfall, there are plenty of cool spots to take photos.

The waterfall is absolutely stunning. It’s just one huge, powerful stream of water plummeting down into a pool of water. The waterfall is set amongst an orange rock wall and is surrounded by lush greenery.

There are a few huts nearby that you can hang out in and watch the waterfall. The closer you get to the waterfall, the wetter it gets! You can easily get drenched if you stand too close to the waterfall.

If you want to take pictures, watch out for your camera gear! Pack your gear in a waterproof bag to keep them dry.

Kapas Biru Blue Cotton Waterfall

Tips for Kapas Biru Waterfall hike

Kapas Biru is an awesome hike to do after Tumpak Sewu! Here are some quick tips to help you plan your trip to Kapas Biru.

  • Combine with nearby waterfalls. It’s best to do this hike on a day trip in the area.
  • Bring extra water. The trail back up is exhausting! Always have extra water.
  • Protect your gear. The closer you get to the waterfall, the wetter it gets.
  • Be physically prepared. You will have to climb up and down a vertical ladder.


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