The lush tropical jungle landscapes of Bali conceal a wonderful variety of waterfalls which make for popular tourist attractions, particularly for visitors who enjoy adventure and the great outdoors. Some are fairly easily accessible while others are hidden deep in the forest yet each hidden cascade offers an exciting and rewarding experience through some of the lesser explored areas of Bali. Waterfalls are a soothing experience and are a great alternative to the beaches, with natural rock pools fed by the relaxing sound of flowing water. The breathtaking scenery that surrounds the waterfalls also offer some fantastic photo opportunities.
Gitgit Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Bali and is conveniently located just a short 10km drive south of Singaraja, the main town of northern Bali. Gitgit Waterfall is easily accessible from the main road that connects Singaraja and Bedugul and is often included as a natural landmark and sightseeing stopover on tours and itineraries that visit Lovina Beach and further up in Bali’s north. Gitgit Waterfall is suitable for most visitors as it is a relatively easy trek with only a low level fitness required. A wooden boardwalk delivers you safely over a small gorge where you’ll discover the beautiful twin streams.
Take your time as you leisurely stroll down a lush ravine and soak up the stunning vegetation. Upon reaching the base, you’ll be immediately impressed by the spectacle of the 40m cascading falls that constantly pour into the rock pool below. Cool off with a plunge into the rock pool or explore the small shrine that watches over the site. Gitgit Waterfall is often also referred to as the ‘twin falls’ or Air Terjun Kembar Gitgit by the locals because of the two equal streams which often split from its flow.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous you can explore further. Nearby Mekalongan is another waterfall which is actually a continuation of Gitgit Waterfall’s watercourse. Gitgit Waterfall flows plentifully all year round, however the waters are clearer during the dry season from June to October. Entry to Gitgit Waterfall is very cheap, with the entrance fee only costing 5,000 Rupiah (AU50c).