The Gitgit Waterfall in Bali is probably one of the regions most famous waterfalls. The falls are a popular tourist destination and are actually really beautiful and enjoyable. Beauty aside, the hike is really easy and only takes around 20 minutes.
However, with popularity comes tourists and with tourists comes money-making for the locals. For this reason, the Gitgit Waterfall is probably one of the more commercialised waterfalls in Bali so is it still worth visiting?
Cost: 30,000 IDR adult / 10,000 IDR children
Trekking time: 25 min
How to get to Gitgit Waterfall in Bali
The most stress-free and convenient way to get there would be by taxi. However, the most cost-efficient and most adventurous would be by scooter!
If you don’t already have one, then hire yourself a scooter for the day and drive yourself, just follow Google Maps. Make sure you download the maps offline just in case you don’t get access to the internet and you lose your way.
If you are based in Canggu, Seminyak or Ubud the journey will be approximately 1 hour 30 min to 2 hour 30 min.
More often than not, people tend to base themselves around Munduk or Lovina, making the journey shorter, around 45 min depending on where you are.
The extra bonus is that being based around these areas you have more time to view other waterfalls, such as Sekumpul Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall in Bali, Kroya Waterfall in Bali and Munduk Waterfall. If you’re stuck for time and don’t know which route to take check out Munduk Waterfall Route in Bali | 9 Amazing Waterfalls.
Do I need a guide?
As you start your hike towards Gitgit Waterfall you will most likely come across tour guides promoting their services. A word of caution, there are stories of some guides claiming that you need a guide to enter and selling tickets at an inflated rate, ignore this and only buy a ticket from the ticket desk which is located only 5-10 min down the path.
In our experience, all the tour guides were friendly and even though we did not take their services they were kind to give advice and show us the way.
The Gitgit Waterfall hike
The hike is a nice and pleasant jungle walk, perfect for the elderly or small children. You will pass by vendors selling a range of souvenirs from hats and sarongs to instruments and key chains. Take it all in and don’t be afraid to barter and bargain with the locals.
When you arrive at Gitgit Waterfall
Not only is it one of Bali’s tallest waterfalls, it’s also one of the nicest. Surrounded by an abundance of rocks which make perfect sun bathing platforms to work on your tan. Making your way into the water, probably falling on your ass at least once, you eventually reach the refreshing pool.
At first, it is cold, but eventually, you can soak your sweaty back and feel revitalised as the spray of water tickles your skin. There are small birds flying around, along with butterflies and dragonflies. It feels like a dream until one lands on you.
You also have the extra bonus of having a small hut-like area to protect you from the sun. Besides the shade, there are also some toilets. So peeing in the water won’t be necessary for this waterfall (come on, we’ve all done it).
Where to stay
If you decide to stay in or around Lovina and Munduk we can recommend these places;
- Barter with the locals on merchandise
- Aim to arrive before 12pm to avoid the crowds
- You don’t need a guide to get there
- Don’t forget your swimming costume!
If Gitgit Waterfall in Bali is your first and you desire more then have a look at other waterfalls in and around the area.
What is the Gitgit Waterfall entrance fee?
The entrance fee is 30,000 IDR for adults and 10,000 IDR for children.
How long does it take to get to Gitgit Waterfall?
The hike from the entrance should only take you 20 min.
Is Gitgit Waterfall safe for children?
Yes, there were a few families there and the children looked like they were having fun.
Is Gitgit Waterfall safe?
Gitgit Waterfall is well maintained and the surrounding facilities and areas are safe.