About Gitgit Waterfall (Air Terjun Gitgit)
The Gitgit Waterfall was perhaps the largest of the waterfalls on the Gitgit Stream (many of which share similar names like the “Gitgit Twin Waterfall” or the “Gitgit Bertingkat Waterfall”, etc.).
Anyways, the waterfall was said to have a height of 35m, but it was its high volume flow that made it quite an appealing waterfall to behold.
In fact, this was apparently one of the most popular and well-visited waterfalls in North Bali primarily because it’s right besides the main road between Bedugul and Singaraja.
That said, we noticed there were quite a few closed warungs along this trail though we weren’t sure if this had to do with lockdowns from the pandemic or if the heavy rain during our mid-June 2022 visit was the deterrent.
Nevertheless, this was also one of the easiest waterfalls to visit as we only had to walk about 800m on a well-developed concrete walkway.
Admittedly, our driver dropped us off at the closest start to the falls though the official car park was further up the mountain and involved more steps (maybe an additional 100m or so in each direction).
Both trails converged near a bridge traversing the Gitgit Stream right by the ticket booth (where we paid IDR 20k per person).
Still, I felt that perhaps the hardest part of this walk was having to go through the gauntlet of warungs lining the walkway, especially with a couple of particularly aggressive touts who wouldn’t take no for an answer.
I wasn’t sure if the pandemic had something to do to amp up the desperation of some of these touts, but that was definitely one of the takeaways from our experience.
At least the silver lining to having one warung after another was that when it was raining heavily during our visit, they did provide temporary shelter before the rain calmed down.
After getting past the first group of warungs, the trail then descended down a combination of slopes and steps with railings before reaching the next round of warungs.
Beyond the last of the warungs, the track then went past a junction with a bridged path (going to a residence, I’d imagine) before ending near an outdoor shrine and shelter.
The actual path itself ended a little further among the jumble of boulders fringing the waterfall’s turbulent plunge pool right in its blasting mist zone.
Once we had our fill of the falls, we then went back the way we came, which also meant that we had to deal with the warungs again.
Overall, Mom and I spent about an hour away from the car, but I’d imagine that the walk itself could take way less time as we waited out a few rain squalls and took pictures as well during this time.
The Gitgit Waterfall resides in the Buleleng Regency by the village of Gitgit just upslope from Singaraja in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Buleleng Regency local government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.
The Gitgit Waterfall is located about 11km south of the city of Singaraja.
Since we were driven to the trailhead for the Gitgit Waterfall from the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, I won’t bother with giving driving directions, but you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.
That said, it took around 40 minutes for our driver to drive from the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple to the Gitgit Waterfall car park.
Even though the driving distance was about 18km, it still took that long mostly because of traffic and how curvy the road was.
In fact, there was a tragic runaway bus that killed a pedestrian just a few days prior to our June 2022 visit on this stretch.
Coming in the other direction, it took our driver about 40 minutes to get from the Gitgit Waterfall to Lovina Beach.
For geographical context, Singaraja is about 10km (less than 30 minutes drive) east of Lovina, about 30km (an hour drive) north of Bedugul, 73km (over 2 hours drive) north of Ubud, about 88km (about 3 hours drive) north of Kuta, about 78km (about 2.5 hours drive) north of Canggu, and about 83km (over 2.5 hours drive) north of Seminyak.
Note that you’ll want to take the drive times with a grain of salt mostly because the traffic situation (especially in Southern Bali) is pretty bad and unpredictable.
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