I’m writing this article because there might be a little confusion between the famous Gitgit Waterfall and the lesser-known Gitgit Twin Waterfall. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who arrived at the smaller twin waterfall looking for the huge falls we all see in photos when searching for Gitgit Waterfall Bali.
Not many tourists visiting Bali reach this far north. However, this region is one of my favorites. The nature in Northern Bali is simply incredible and there are many incredible waterfalls and stunning temples to explore.
In this article, I’ll share everything you need to know about two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali – Gitgit Waterfall and Gitgit Twin Waterfall. You can visit them both on the same day since they’re located close to each other.
1. Gitgit Twin Waterfall
We arrived at Gitgit Twin Waterfall by mistake, looking for Gitgit Waterfall. We parked our motorbike on the side of the road and then we walked through the thick jungle for about 15 minutes until we arrived at the falls.
Before reaching the waterfall, you’ll pass by another beautiful fall and a few nests where, for a small fee, you can take a few photos. After you pass by this area, the path will split and you’ll have to head left to reach the twin falls.
Also known as Air Terjun Campuhan, the Gitgit Twin Falls is not the biggest nor the most impressive waterfall in Bali. However, it’s quite unique because here, two opposite waterfalls flow one over the other, creating a spectacular scenery.
There is a path leading really close to this fall. Usually, Gitgit Twin Falls is not busy at all. Most tourists prefer its bigger brother, Gitgit Waterfall. If time allows you, I recommend including both waterfalls on your itinerary.
Air Terjun Bertingkat
A short walk away from Gitgit Twin Waterfall is Air Terjun Bertingkat. This is yet another beautiful Balinese waterfall, surrounded by lush jungle. I recommend visiting this waterfall too, if you have the time.
The entrance fee for the entire area (Gitgit Twin Waterfall and Air Terjun Bertingkat) is 20,000 IDR. You should be aware that locals will try and convince you that you need a local guide to visit these falls. If you choose to get a guide, he will be with you along your entire visit and at the end, he’ll ask for a donation.
The paths are in good condition and there is no reason to hire a guide. There are signs along the way, indicating which direction to go and the waterfalls are easy to find. I recommend visiting this place without a guide.
2. Gitgit Waterfall
If you landed this article, you’re probably looking for info about the impressive Gitgit Waterfall. It’s located just a short drive away from the Twin Waterfall and it’s really easy to reach.
From the parking lot, it’s a 15 minutes walk to the waterfall. Along the way you’ll find a few shops selling snacks and souvenirs and the path is in good condition. Keep in mind that this waterfall is quite popular. Therefore, if you’d like to avoid the crowds, I recommend arriving here early in the morning.
Before arriving in front of this impressive waterfall, you’ll pass by a building where you can find toilets, a few shrines and a few natural pools where you can refresh yourself and swim. Continue your journey along the path and you’ll arrive in front of the incredible Gitgit Waterfall.
This is one of the tallest waterfalls in Bali. The water’s power is simply incredible and even though you might be tempted to swim in the pool formed at the base of the falls, I don’t recommend it. Stones might fall from the nearby cliffs and put you in danger.
Good to know – On your way to the waterfall, a few locals might approach you telling you that you need a guide to visit the waterfall. You don’t! Getting a guide will cost you at least 100,000 IDR and the worst part is that a stranger will be beside you along the entire trip. Just politely decline getting a guide.
The entrance fee to Gitgit Waterfall is 20,000 IDR per person.
3. How to get to Gitgit Twin Waterfall and Gitgit Waterfall
The best way to explore Bali is on a motorbike. During our 8 months spent on the island, we always rented a motorbike. Prices start at around 50,000 IDR per day, but if you’re renting it for a longer period of time, you can negotiate the price.
Another popular option is to hire a driver with a car. This is a bit more expensive and time-consuming. With a motorbike, you can beat the traffic, while with a car you’re stuck in it. If you choose this option, expect to pay somewhere around 500,000 IDR per day per car (for 8 hours). You can include more attractions in your itinerary such as Leke Leke Waterfall, Nung Nung Waterfall and Ulun Danu Temple.
For a hassle-free experience, you can choose a guided tour that includes a stop at Gitgit Waterfall. I recommend this popular tour.
If you want to explore more tourist attractions in Northern Bali, I recommend finding accommodation in Lovina area. From there, the drive to Gitgit Waterfalls takes around 40 minutes.
If you plan to visit these waterfalls as a day trip from Ubud, you’ll have to drive for about 2 hours. The trip from Canggu and Seminyak is not worth it, in my opinion, since the drive takes around 2 and a half hours one-way, depending on traffic.
4. Where to stay in Northern Bali
If you want to visit these 2 waterfalls, I recommend finding a place to stay in Northern Bali. There are many places worth exploring in this area such as Banyumala Waterfall, Munduk Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfall and many others. Here are my recommendations, for every budget.
- Budget – Umah de Madya – clean rooms, excellent views, friendly owners, breakfast included
- Mid-Range – Kayu Manis Villa – beautiful pool and views, modern and spacious rooms, breakfast included, great amenities
- Luxury – Munduk Moding Plantation – stunning infinity pool, luxurious rooms, beautiful views, friendly staff, breakfast included
5. Final thoughts
Gitgit Waterfall and Gitgit Twin Waterfall are two of the most incredible waterfalls located in the northern part of the island (book your tour here). I spend about one week in this area and I loved it! It’s less crowded than Ubud or Seminyak and there’s a lot to see.
If you’d like to read more about Indonesia and Bali, make sure to check out my complete guide. I’ve included information about costs, transport, food and more! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section below. May the travel bug bite you!
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