Gitgit Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Bali. We visited Gitgit on our recent trip to Bali, and the idea of this blog post is to provide any information you might need to plan your visit.
Located in the Northen region of Bali, Gitgit is a beautiful waterfall set in a lush jungle environment. At a tremendous height of 40-foot, it is one of the tallest waterfalls on the island. The area is a popular spot for locals and tourists, where you can swim, relax, and enjoy nature.
In this guide, we advise everything you need to know ahead of visiting Gitgit Waterfall. Including entrance fees, how to get there, what to expect & more.
Gitgit Waterfall Bali – A 2020 Guide
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How to Get to Gitgit Waterfall in Bali
Getting to Gitgit Waterfall is easy enough; however, located towards the North of Bali, we suggest staying locally. The nearest tourist town is Lovina, and from there, the falls are a 45-minute drive away. If you are travelling from Ubud or Canggu, your journey time could be anywhere from 2-3 hours.
*There is a lot of cool things to do in the North of Bali. We suggest spending 2-3 days there and using that time to explore the surrounding area. We found the North far less developed than other tourists hubs in Bali. So it’s an ideal location for those who like to venture off the beaten path.
Wherever you are travelling from, the easiest way to get to the waterfall is by scooter. You can rent scooters all over the island for as little as 50,000 IDR per day. For the most part, roads are in good condition in Bali; however, you’ll need to be confident to tackle the infamous Bali traffic. It’s required to wear a helmet and carry an international driver’s license if you want to drive a scooter in Bali.
If you aren’t confident on two wheels, another option is to hire a car & driver for the day. Depending on the company you book with, prices are known to fluctuate anywhere between 40-100 US$. It’s quite expensive; however, it does come with its advantages. You’ll have a local driver who knows the area like the back of their hand, and they can handle most of the planning for you.
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Gitgit Map Location
Gitgit Waterfall Entrance Fee
Entrance Fee: 20,000 IDR
Parking: 2000 IDR
Things to Know Before Visiting Gitgit Waterfall
Here are some other things you might need to know when visiting Git Git Waterfall:
There are no official opening hours for Gitgit Waterfall; however, generally, it is open between 8 am and 5 pm.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the waterfalls in Bali is just after the monsoon season (April-June). Bali sees a lot of rain during the monsoon, resulting in overflowing rivers and juicy waterfalls!
While Gitgit will never dry out completely, it won’t be as powerful during the drier months. We visited Git Git in May, and as you can see from the photos, the fall was still in full force.
If you want to avoid the crowds at Gitgit, we suggest visiting in the morning before 10 am. We were leaving around that time and happened to notice all the tour buses were starting to arrive. So to enjoy the waterfall in peace, you’ll want to arrive early.
While we prefer to explore Bali independently, if you have limited time, you may want to consider a guided tour of the island. This fully customisable tour with Get Your Guide comes highly recommended and allows you to plan out your own itinerary. Joined by a certified guide, you’ll get to explore all the sights with somebody who knows Bali like the back of their hand.
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With stunning jungle scenery and a real adventure vibe, you’ll inevitably want to take plenty of photos at Git Git. Here are some tips that will help you nail the perfect shot.
- For the best lighting and fewer crowds, visit before 10 am.
- There are lots of natural props such as rocks and plants that make for a nice foreground in your shots.
- Use slow shutter speed to capture that silky effect on the water.
- If you get too close to the waterfall, the splashback from the falls is pretty relentless.
Be sure to protect your equipment accordingly. We’ve recommended some protective gear below.
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What to Wear
Here are some items that we recommend taking to make your visit to the waterfall more comfortable:
- Comfortable shoes for the hike down
- Water shoes to wear in the water – We Recommend:2 in 1 Water/Hiking Shoes.
- Waterproof Bag to protect valuables – We Recommend: Waterproof Dry Bag-10L/20L/30L
- Lens cloth for your camera
- Bathing suit & towel for the obvious – We Recommend: Microfiber Travel Towel
Our Experience at Git Git Waterfall
Gitgit is one of the most touristic waterfalls on the island, so admittedly it wasn’t at the top of our list when visiting Bali. However, after deciding to spend a few days exploring the North, it made sense to tie it in with our trip and check it out for ourselves.
We arrived early, around 8.30 am, as this waterfall is known to get extremely busy. I imagine this is mostly down to its ease of access. The short trail down to the falls is well kept and hardly strenuous at all, so it’s accessible for all ages and capabilities.
Along the trail, opportunistic locals are taking advantage of the tourist boom, opening several stores and markets. It can get tiresome constantly being hassled to buy something; however, politely decline and keep walking. That is unless you want to bag yourself a sarong or some other traditional Bali souvenir.
We heard the tremendous might of the fall before we saw it. Boasting a 40-foot pummeling flow of water, Gitgit is a force to be reckoned with. There was barely another visitor in sight when we arrived, and we were more impressed than expected by the popular Bali waterfall.
The waterfall sits coved amid lush greenery and combined with the hanging vines resembles a real jungle vibe. It reminded us that just because a place is touristic, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be impressive. You just need to get there early and beat the crowds!
Swimming at Gitgit Waterfall
If you want to take a dip at the waterfall, it’s perfectly safe to do so; however, be wary of getting too close to the waterfall itself. Beneath the fury of Gitgit, is not a place you’d want to get stuck. No locals were looking out for the safety of visitors when we were there, so it’s up to you to know your limits.
For a more relaxing swim, there is a flowing river that trails down from the waterfall. Follow it down, and you’ll find plenty of calm areas where you can relax or cool off. There’s an open-air hut nearby where you can strip off and leave your belongings.
All things considered, Gitgit is an impressive waterfall worthy of a visit. If you find yourself adventuring in the North of Bali, tie your visit in with a trip to Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfalls, Aling Aling Waterfall, and Brahma Vihara Arama Monastery.
Where to Stay in Lovina
If you are yet to arrive in Lovina, here are some recommendations suitable for all budgets. For more places to stay in Lovina, you can check the latest rates here.
Budget – Hotel Shri Ganesh – For those on a tight budget, Hotel Shri Ganesh provides incredible value for money in the tranquil area of Lovina. Within walking distance of the beach, it’s the perfect base to explore the surrounding area. Facilities of the hotel include an outdoor pool, cosy accommodation, and wifi throughout the property. Not to mention, a delicious breakfast included in the price.
Mid-Range – Mayo Resort – When we visited North Bali, we were fortunate to stay at the luxurious Mayo Resort. Situated a little further west than Lovina, it’s the ideal location if you want to escape the hustle & bustle. Boasting a beachfront location and excellent facilities, we loved that we could spend all day at the hotel and not get bored. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, on-sight restaurant, and wifi throughout the property.
Luxury – Lovina Beach Club & Resort – For those with the dollar, Lovina Beach Club & Resort is one of few 5* options in this area of Bali. You can expect nothing less than world-class service at the beachfront property, which boasts an outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, and onsite spa.
It should go without saying; however, when enjoying your time here, it’s important to be mindful of yourself and the environment.
There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible traveller. In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind when visiting the waterfalls in Bali.
- Be careful with any rubbish that it doesn’t fly away. Keep it secure until you can dispose of it properly.
- Do not leave anything at the waterfall, or take anything away – unless you’ve purchased it from a local supplier.
- Pay attention to warning signs and take care along the trail. There are no staff minding the area.
More on North Bali
Are you planning a trip to Bali? Don’t forget to check out these other articles to help with your trip planning!
- 10 Day Bali Itinerary
- Gay in Bali – LGBT+ Travel Guide
- Top Things to do in North Bali
- Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls in Bali
- Aling Aling Waterfall in Bali
- Brahma Vihara Arama Monastery in Bali
- Extending your Visa in North Bali
Well, that concludes Our guide to Gitgit Waterfall in Bali. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here!
Stay adventurous and Happy travels.
Charlotte & Natalie x
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