During the month I spent in Bali, I managed to visit two waterfalls, both very popular among tourists, but at the same time, spectacularly beautiful. The first was Tengenungan, located very close to Ubud and quite crowded, and the second one I’m going to talk about in this article is Gitgit, located in the north of the island, in the village with the same name, at a distance of about 2 and a half hours of Seminyak.
How to get to Gitgit Waterfall
As I have already said, the road, not considering all stops, takes about 2 and a half hours, although there are only about 70 kilometers. That’s because you’re gonna drive up on the hills, there’s a lot of humidity and there are some curves to take at a significantly reduced speed. We chose to rent a car without a driver because we had a different kind of road trip in mind, which included two other important stops, Tanah Lot and Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temples. Initially, we wanted to rent with the driver, but none was willing to make this route in a single day.
We hit the road early in the morning, from the hotel where we were staying in Seminyak. The first stop, for which we had to go a long way, was the Tanah Lot Temple, probably the most visited in Bali, due to the beautiful panorama and its unique setting on a rock bathed by ocean waters.
The second stop was another temple built on the water, this time the water is a lake surrounded by mountains and covered in the fog, most of the time, Lake Bratan. The two stops took us half a day, so we had to move to Gitgit waterfall pretty quickly.
The road to the waterfall is an adventure in itself. You will cross the jungle, you will look in the valley from high heights above the vast plantations of rice and palm trees, you will stop to donate to a breeder of giant bats, cobras, owls and Civet cats, and you will admire the monkeys playing right on the edge of the road. With the rise in altitude, the air gets wetter so that your hair will suffer a bit.
How is the waterfall experience
Finally, we have arrived at a parking lot for those who stop to visit the famous waterfall. We crossed the street and then followed the route exactly, but that was after we stopped to enjoy a Luwak coffee, directly from the source. As with the first experience, I did not feel any difference in the flavour comparing to a regular coffee.
The next 15 minutes consisted of climbing many stairs, admiring the luxuriant vegetation around us, and familiarizing with the roosters that are strolling along the cobbled alleys, enjoying the sound of the jungle, and finally the wonderful sound made by Gitgit waterfall. No, not the roosters are enjoying, but us! Normally, from what I read on the internet, we would have had to pay a small fee of 5000 IDR ($ 0.35) to get access, but nobody asked us anything.
Walking to the waterfall is very easy to, the road being fully paved and with signs so you don’t get lost. About 50 yards before entering the traditional Balinese gate, there are several stalls with clothes and other decoration items. I advise you to ignore them, but if you feel too tempting, then negotiate well for them, as the initial prices are unjustifiably high.
GitGit is an impressive waterfall, the waterfall is about 35 meters tall. And the flow is quite strong, especially if you visit the island in the rainy season when rainfall helps to increase the volume of water. In this sense, I declare myself very lucky, having the opportunity to admire the waterfall when it was in its best shape.
Road trip to Gitgit is an activity that I definitely recommend to you when you visit Bali. There are many waterfalls on the island, but to most of them, you will get after a grueling hike. So it’s worth getting here considering how easy the route is and how spectacular the waterfall is.