COME SEE Leke Leke Waterfall, Bali. Indonesia.
LEKE LEKE WATERFALL: THE GUIDE
REGION: Tabanan Regency, Central Bali.
ACCESSIBILITY: Open all year round | 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May through to October | 11am to 1pm for the best light.
LOCATION: 1.5 – 2 hours from Canggu | Open in Google maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 15 – 20 mins
TIME REQUIRED: 1 – 2 hours
TOURIST RATING: Not well known yet!
COST: 30,000 Rupiah (approx. AU $2.80 per person)
LEKE LEKE WATERFALL: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Zade Grilloni
The Balinese meaning for leke-leke is ‘hideaway’. And hideaway was exactly what we got, a gorgeous hidden gem amongst the jungle. Considering it was August, (which is one of Bali’s busiest months) it was the first waterfall we’ve visited and had all to ourselves. We felt like Tarzan and Jane, or Jane and Jane. It was wild!
On this day, we organized our driver, John to pick us up from our villa in Canggu and take us to 3 different waterfalls up north. If you’re looking for a driver in Bali get in touch with our man John via WhatsApp +6285 237 841. John covers most areas in Bali including Ubud, Canggu, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Uluwatu and Sanur. Let him know Jackie and Zade sent you, you will be in safe hands. Depending on the time of day, it typically takes around and 1.5 – 2 hours to get to Central Bali from Canggu but once your up there there’s only about a 30-45 min drive between falls. Out of all three falls we visited that day, Leke Leke was definitely the least busy and most beautiful. Pulling up to the parking area we noticed there were very few cars which was a relief as some of Bali’s waterfalls are very much tourist traps that can be over-crowded and hard to enjoy. You get the vibe that the owners of Leke Leke want to make it a big tourist attraction by adding a swing and photo points but hopefully it stays hidden and peaceful.
After we paid our entry ticket, we were given walking sticks to help us get back up, which was a little daunting as we weren’t sure what to expect. Luckily, the path down was quick, flat and fairly easy. It got a little slippery at some stages, which is where our sticks came in handy. Along the way we also crossed a few bamboo bridges that looked pretty unstable and bendy but we thought as long as we’re cautious, careful & have travel insurance, we should be fine! And we were. You have to risk it to get the biscuit right?
The beautiful biscuit we got. It was just us, the waterfall and our driver John. It was pure bliss. There were no signs saying you couldn’t swim down there but there also wasn’t anyone minding the falls, so if you do decide to swim, be currrrfull.
After visiting a fair few waterfalls in Bali prior to Leke Leke, we were pleasantly surprised with the peacefulness, so if you’re looking for a tucked away, non-touristy waterfall in Bali – this one’s for you.
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