Kapas Biru Waterfall Hike in East Java, Indonesia

Kapas Biru Waterfall is a perfect day trip from Malang in East Java, Indonesia.

Kapas Biru, which is also known as Air Terjun Kapas Biru Sewu or Coban Kapas Biru, actually translates to Blue Cotton Waterfall.

The name will make a lot of sense when you see the colors of the waterfall for yourself!

This waterfall hike, located in Lumajang Regency, can easily be combined with other waterfalls in the area, including the very popular Coban Sewu and Goa Tetes Waterfall.

I spent one month backpacking around Indonesia and knew I wanted to visit this 328-foot-tall waterfall. We hired a driver for the day so we could visit a few waterfalls in the area.

This Kapas Biru travel guide will share everything you need to know to visit, including the best time to visit, and how to get there from Malang!

You can also scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch my Kapas Biru YouTube video.

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Kapas Biru Waterfall Hike

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

How to get to Kapas Biru Waterfall

Kapas Biru is located two hours from Malang City in the Pronojiwo District.

The best way to visit the waterfall if you don’t have a vehicle or scooter is to hire a personal driver or book a guided tour.

We hired a driver in Malang to take us to a few different waterfalls in the area and Kapas Birus Waterfall was the next stop on our day trip after hiking to Tumpak Sewu.

From Tumpak Sewu, the car park for Air Terjun Kapas Biru is just a 5-minute drive. Find it on Google Maps below.

Read my Tumpak Sewu Waterfall Tour guide here.

When is the best time to visit Kapas Biru?

The best time to visit Tumpak Sewu Waterfall is during the dry season (April to October).

We visited Kapas Biru in October, which is the last month of the dry season in Indonesia. We had pretty decent weather and the waterfalls were still flowing during this time!

November to March is the rainy season in Indonesia, which is also monsoon season. Even though the trail is open year-round, hiking conditions are more dangerous during this time.

Even though this is a popular tourist attraction, we didn’t run into too many people on the trail at the same time as us.

Entrance fee and parking

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

If you have a driver or tour guide they will usually get you tickets for you to give to the person at the ticket entrance.

When I visited in 2019, it cost less than $2 USD in 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. The trail involves climbing up and down ladders, and river crossings, but the views are incredible.

It’s easy enough to navigate on your own, but if you feel uncomfortable then you can book a local guide to hike with you.

It is easy to find the start of the trail, which is just behind the parking lot.

The trail slowly descends before reaching the steepest part along the trail, a vertical ladder.

You must be in good physical condition to do this hike because you have to climb up and down!

Kapas Biru Rice Field

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

Once you pass the rice paddies, you will start to hear rushing water. Just follow the trail and you will soon use a bamboo 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.

Kapas Biru is a stunning waterfall. 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 near the bottom of the waterfall, watch out for your camera gear! Pack your gear in a waterproof bag to keep them dry.

Kapas Biru Blue Cotton Waterfall

Coban Sriti Waterfall

If you have enough time, you can continue hiking to Coban Sriti. It’s only another 20 minutes of hiking to reach this other waterfall.

Best Kapas Biru Waterfall Tour

If you want to visit Kapas Biru on a guided tour, I recommend this Kapas Biru and Tumpak Sewu Tour.

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.

Watch YouTube Video: Kapas Biru Hike


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About Andrea Kuuipo

I was born and raised in Anchorage and have been able to travel to many places around Alaska. As an Alaska Travel Blogger, I love sharing my favorite things to see and do in my home state to help others plan an incredible trip!

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