We have visited many waterfalls in Bali, and while some were perhaps a bit less impressive then what we had imagined, the Leke Leke Waterfall was one that took us completely by surprise. A narrow stream of water that plummets down into a small and shallow pool of blue water, surrounded by the most green and lush forestation. Having waterfalls like these to ourselves early in the morning is one of the reasons we love Bali. The Leke Leke Waterfall quickly became one of our favourite spots on this island, a place where we could have stayed for hours, to just simply sit back, relax and admire the beauty of mother nature. Thinking of visiting the Leke Leke Waterfall yourself? Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about the Leke Leke Waterfall, including where it is, how to get there and what to bring to the Leke Leke Waterfall!
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Where is the Leke Leke Waterfall
The Leke Leke Waterfall is located in the Tabanan Regency which is located North of the cities of Canggu and Ubud. From both cities it is approximately a one hour ride and is therefore best done as part of a day trip to the North in combination with some of the other sights such as the Pengempu Waterfall or Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. The road to the Leke Leke Waterfall will pass through a combination of busy streets and lush empty roads with views over green rice fields. To get a better idea where the Leke Leke Waterfall is exactly located compared to these two cities check out the map below.
How to get to the Leke Leke Waterfall
With a severe lack of public transportation in Bali there are really only two ways to get to the Leke Leke Waterfall, with our personal preference being the first option. Here are the two best ways to get to the Leke Leke Waterfall:
Rent a Scooter – Renting a scooter in Bali is one of the best ways to get around the island. Not only is it the most affordable option to get around, you will also have the benefit of bypassing lines of cars when roads are busy and to have the freedom to stay somewhere as long or as short as you like. This is our preferred way of getting around Bali, but it is not for everyone. The roads in Bali are busy an chaotic and we would not recommend riding a scooter here if you don’t feel comfortable or confident riding one. If you do decide to rent a scooter you can expect to pay around IDR 40,000 to IDR 70,000 a day, depending on the bike and the amount of days you rent your scooter for. Oh, and of course don’t forget to wear a helmet!
Get a taxi – If renting a scooter is not for you then getting a taxi might be a better idea. You will find taxi services all over the island and getting a driver for a half a day or even a full day is quite common here. Prices start around IDR 350,000 for a half day tour or IDR 500,000 – 800,000 for a full day tour. This is especially a great option if you are planning on visiting multiple sights or visiting with friends or family so you can split the cost! If you are planning on going to the Leke Leke Waterfall be sure to get a driver who will wait for you as you will have a hard time finding a taxi back to Ubud or Canggu from here.
The Leke Leke Waterfall
Once we passed the ticket booth and entered the grounds to the waterfall we were a bit surprised. A shop, a restaurant, toilets, a swing, and a set of structures to take photos on with the jungle in the background, this was unlike any waterfall we had ever seen. We walked passed all of this and followed the path down to the waterfall. The path, which is a combination of steps and sand paths, will lead you up and down for a good ten minutes until you reach the bamboo bridge. From here it will be another five minutes until you reach the beautiful Leke Leke Waterfall. While the path is well maintained be sure to watch your step as it can get a bit slippery here, especially during the rain season!
Once we arrived we were completely stunned by the beauty of the Leke Leke Waterfall. The waterfall was much higher than we expected, and in the midst of the jungle we found a calm and refreshing oasis. If you show up early enough you might even be lucky enough to have this waterfall all to yourself! We arrived down at the waterfall at 7am and spent a good hour and a half down here with our friends Stefan and Lea of Sun Chasing Travelers before anyone else showed up. While the waterfall is rather narrow, and perhaps not as spectacular as other waterfalls like the Sekumpul Waterfall, it is a great spot for photo opportunities. As there aren’t many angles to take a photo from it will be time to get creative to get that unique shot!
Leke Leke Waterfall – Know Before You Go
Facilities at the Leke Leke Waterfall – The Leke Leke Waterfall must be one of the more popular waterfalls in Bali because it has more facilities then I have ever seen at a waterfall in Bali! Right after the ticket booth, on the top of the waterfall, you will find a restaurant, a small shop and clean toilets, perfect if you want to switch clothes after a swim at the waterfall. Once you enter the path down the waterfall you might come across people selling some coconuts, but that is about it, you won’t find any facilities down at the waterfall.
Leke Leke Waterfall Entry Fee – In January 2020 the entry fee to the Leke Leke Waterfall was IDR 50,000 per person. Compared to many of the other waterfalls this is one of the more expensive waterfalls we have visited which is probably due to the facilities you will find at the entry of the waterfall.
What to bring to the Leke Leke Waterfall – Besides a camera to take some photos and some bathing suits to go for a dip in the waterall, we would highly recommend taking some mosquito spray as the jungle is absolutely full of them. If you are planning on spending a bit at the waterfall we would highly recommend to take some water and snacks as well.
Leave nothing but footprints – In the end everyone wants to be able to enjoy this beautiful waterfall, so be sure to keep it clean here. You will find trash bins at the bottom of the waterfall and back at the top, so be sure not to leave any snack wrappers or empty water bottles laying around and to leave nothing but footprints here.
Where to stay in Ubud
If you are planning on exploring the island of Bali and visiting multiple sights, but don’t feel like moving all the time to a new hotel, then we would highly recommend to stay in Ubud due to its central location. We stayed in Ubud for over three weeks and found it a great base to go and explore some of Bali’s most beautiful waterfalls, rice fields and temples. We have personally stayed at Kapu Kapu Ubud, a guesthouse located out of the centre of Ubud in a more quiet area, perfect if you are looking for a good night’s sleep. We would highly recommend this for travellers who are renting a scooter (it is a bit out of the centre) and who are on a budget. If you prefer to stay a bit more central check out the map below to find a hotel or guesthouse that suits your needs!
And there you have it, everything you need to know about visiting the Leke Leke Waterfall in Bali! Do you have any questions left? Be sure to ask them in the comment section down below. If you are planning on exploring Bali be sure to check out some of our other Bali guides filled with tips, tricks and the most beautiful places in Bali:
- Bali for first timers: 21 Things to know before you go
- The ultimate Bali bucket list: 80+ Things to do in Bali
- 16 Amazing things to do in Ubud
- Bali travel budget: How to travel Bali on 20$ a day
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