GitGit Waterfall (aka Git Git, aka Colek Pamor) is one of the biggest waterfalls in Bali, and it’s also one of my favorites.
It’s a short, easy hike on a path that follows a river in the jungle. The path is lined with little shops selling handmade souvenirs. Some of the items are nice, but some of the sellers are pushy. Then you reach a twin waterfall with 2 tiers, crashing down on the rocks below.
It’s hard to get an idea of how big this waterfall is until you’re up close and feel the thundering mist. This is a huge waterfall.
There’s a small pagoda you can hide under if it starts raining, which is what happened when we visited. After the rain cleared, I was able to fly the drone and get some shots of the falls from above.
We only saw 5-10 people at the waterfall in the space of 2 hours. It’s an underrated gem!
The Guide Scam
A local guide is NOT needed for this waterfall.
Some scammers in the parking lot will try to trick you by saying you need to hire a guide for 125k IDR ($9 USD) per person, to benefit the local community. Just say no thanks, and keep walking.
The waterfall is extremely easy to reach on a paved path, and it only takes 10 minutes or less. There is no benefit at all in hiring a guide unless you like the feeling of being stalked.
The only other reason to hire a guide would be as a charity to the locals. This is an extremely impoverished area of Bali, hence the guide scam, which is also done at places like Sekumpul Waterfall and Mount Batur.
There’s nothing wrong with charity and giving to people in need, but personally I’d rather give my money to honest, decent people and not scammers like these guys.
When we were leaving, my friend tipped off some tourists to the fact that a guide isn’t needed. This made the scammers really angry and they started threatening us.
Don’t give these guys money! Yes they have needs, but they should be earning money the right way, not by duping unknowing tourists.
If you keep walking down the path, the real entrance fee is 20k IDR ($1.50). Pay this and you’re good.
How To Get To GitGit Waterfall
GitGit waterfall is located in north Bali, in the Singaraja area.
It’s a 30 minute drive from Singaraja, or a 2 hour drive from Ubud.
From the parking area, cross the street and walk south on the sidewalk for about 50 yards. You will see a sign for GitGit waterfall.
The foot path to the waterfall is paved and only takes 5-10 minutes.