Leke Leke Waterfall is a stunning waterfall located in the heart of Bali. At the same time, it’s somewhat of a hidden gem, and those can be hard to come by on the ever-popular island. While you can’t swim at this waterfall, Insta-worthy Leke Leke is a worthy addition to your Bali Itinerary.
Located around the heart of the island, Leke Leke Waterfall makes for an adventurous road trip from the North of Bali or Ubud. With other activities such as cycling and tubing held throughout the grounds, you could spend the entire day here and not get bored.
In this guide, we advise everything you need to know ahead of visiting Leke Leke Waterfall in Bali. Including entrance fees, how to get there, what to expect & more.
Leke Leke Waterfall Bali – A 2020 Guide
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How to get to Leke Leke in Bali
Leke Leke is one of the most picturesque waterfalls near Ubud, and conveniently accessible from most tourist hubs in Bali. We combined our visit with a trip to Nungnung Waterfall, and both are located around 1-hours drive North from Ubud centre.
To rent a scooter in Bali is around 60,000 IDR per day. The roads in Bali are, for the most part, in excellent condition. And if you are confident on a bike, this is the cheapest way to get around.
Alternatively, you can use a local driver or Grab Taxi. The latter tends to be the cheaper option if you plan on going from A to B. However, if you want a driver for the entire day, you can arrange with a local transport company.
As you approach the pin location on the map below, you will need to keep your eyes peeled for the entrance to Leke Leke Waterfall. The parking area is relatively small and easy to miss; however, you shouldn’t have any problems finding a spot.
From the parking area, it’s around a 15-20 minute hike to reach the falls. Set in the heart of the Balinese Jungle, the grounds are both gorgeous and well-maintained. You can tell extra efforts have been made along the trail to ensure the waterfall is accessible to everybody. With this in mind, you can feel confident taking along your little ones.
Leke Leke Waterfall in Bali Map
Leke Leke Waterfall Entrance Fee
Entrance Fee: 30,000 IDR
We found the entrance fee for Leke Leke to be expensive relative to other waterfalls in Bali. The only difference we could see was that the grounds were better maintained than most. But considering you can’t swim, we struggled to see how they could justify the extra cash.
Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful waterfall in the heart of the Balinese jungle. The extra pennies don’t amount to much, and if it helps them to keep the area clean and tidy, why not?
Things to Know Before Visiting
Here is all the key information you’ll need ahead of visiting Leke Leke waterfall:
The waterfall is open to visitors 7-days a week from 7 am to 5 pm.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit any of the Bali Waterfalls is during the months of April-June, shortly after the wet season has ended. Due to the influx of rain, the waterfalls tend to be at their most impressive during this time. Visiting Leke Leke during dry season comes with the risk of it being dried out.
Leke Leke Waterfall is still somewhat of a hidden gem in Bali, and you’ll often find there is nobody else around. That said, it always pays to arrive as early as possible for the best chance of having it all to yourself.
Guided Tours are available for most attractions in Bali, including Leke Leke Waterfall. You can organise tours online or through the numerous tourist offices located across the island. That said, they can be quite expensive, and we find it far more enjoyable to explore the island independently.
We recommend allowing around 1 hour to visit Leke Leke Waterfall, including the hike down.
Leke Leke is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali, and the perfectly coved fall is every photographer’s dream. It has become a bit of an Instagram star in recent months, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this attracts an influx of visitors next season. (Are you following us on Instagram? Follow us here!)
What to Wear
These items should help make your visit to Leke the waterfall more comfortable.
- Comfortable shoes for the hike down
- Water shoes to wear in the water – We Recommend: Aleader 2 in 1 Hiking Shoes. Use code OURTASTEFORLIFE15 for 15% off your order
- Waterproof Bag to protect valuables – We Recommend: Waterproof Dry Bag-10L/20L/30L
- Bathing suit & towel for the obvious – We Recommend: Microfiber Travel Towel
Our Experience at Leke Leke Waterfall
A visit to Leke Leke Waterfall was always on the cards during our 10 Day Bali itinerary. Other than a few pictures popping up on Instagram, we hadn’t heard too much about it. And we are always down for finding hidden gems in Bali.
We made our way to Leke Leke after an early morning stop at Nungnung Waterfall. Nungnung is another impressive waterfall in Bali, so it makes sense to combine to the two if you’re heading that way. Driving around the area of the falls, you’re pretty much out in the sticks, so you can expect plenty of scenic roads and lush nature.
It was around 11 am when we arrived at Leke Leke. There were a few bikes and tour vans in the parking area, which is to be expected at that time of day. As we paid the entrance fee, we could see there were several other activities held within the grounds. From trekking and tubing, to cycling and camping, you could enjoy a real fun-filled day here!
On this occasion we were only there for the waterfall, so we paid our fee and commenced the hike down. The trail leads you through a scenic jungle area, with various plants and flowers intensifying the view. If you see some hiking sticks laid out at the start of the trail, it’s worth taking one! While it’s not a strenuous hike, the path near the waterfall is wet and slippery. You have been warned!
Review of Leke Leke Waterfall
After tackling a few steps and bamboo bridges, we made it to the falls in no more than 15-minutes. There seem to be a few different trails around, but as long as you follow the signs, you will have no trouble finding Leke Leke. At the end of the trail, you have the picturesque view of the falls waiting for you.
What struck us about Leke Leke, was how the falls sit nestled within a cove. With such perfect framing, you can see why it’s shot to Insta-fame. The water flow is calm and graceful, compared to other waterfalls in Bali. And the surrounding nature gives this spot a real peaceful feel.
When we arrived, there were a few other groups around admiring the falls and queueing for photos; however, it didn’t ruin the experience. Set in the lush Balinese Jungle, Leke Leke Waterfall retains an enchanting vibe. And we can only hope that it stays that way as its popularity grows.
More Waterfalls Near Ubud
Chasing waterfalls is one of our favourite things to do in Ubud. Don’t forget to check out these other waterfalls when spending time in Bali!
- Tibumana Waterfall
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- Kanto Lampo Waterfall
- Tegenungan Waterfall
- Nungnung Waterfall
- Sumampan Waterfall
Where to Stay in Ubud
Hostel – Puji Hostel and Bungalow – Set just a short 10-minute walk away from Ubud market, Puji Hostel and Bungalow offer comfortable dorm-style rooms in a picturesque location. The onsite swimming pool overlooks sweeping rice fields, while guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant and common area.
Budget Private – Gatra Ubud Inn – Located in the heart of Ubud, Gatra Ubud Inn is a traditional Balinese style property boasting a beautiful garden and comfortable rooms. All rooms are equipped with a private room and wifi is available throughout the property.
Luxury – Element by Westin Bali – After spending 4 nights at Element Westin Bali, we can highly recommend this stunning hotel Ubud if you seek a touch of luxury.
For more places to stay in Ubud you can check the latest prices here.
It should go without saying; however, when enjoying your time at Leke Leke, 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.
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Well, that concludes our guide to Leke Leke 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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