To be honest, this was my first time visiting the waterfalls. It’s a shame, because I live in a country where you can find magnificent scenery such as waterfalls everywhere.
If I may be blunt, Indonesians are not very fond of travelling. I'm afraid we love buying exclusive items, spending our money on sophisticated electronic devices, or buying two cups of coffee in Starbucks whenever we get the chance. At the same time, some just don’t have enough money to go travelling. Those are the answers I usually give when a foreigner asks why we don’t enjoy our natural surroundings, or why we don’t explore our land as much as the tourists do.
To me, travel is not just about going abroad or to a faraway place. You can go on a journey even near your house. You might try to argue: what about the food and the tickets? I always take food and drink wherever I go, because I am a stingy and modest person. Don't worry about the tickets. Sometimes your destination won't even have an entrance, which means you can enter for free. If you do have to buy a ticket, the prices for locals are much better than for foreigners.
But that's enough of my short speech.
Northern Part of Bali
If you are tired of sitting on your beach towel and sunbathing, or you are tired of cycling around the same old tracks around the paddy terraces that the tourist agents offer, then it’s time to try something new - going to the waterfalls!
There's not actually much to do at the waterfalls. In these two waterfalls, you can’t even swim because the currents are too strong and the stones are so sharp that they might hurt your new tanned skin. Nevertheless, it's worth going just to see the water gushing down from a rocky ledge into a plunge pool below and feel the water splashing onto your skin. It might be able to soak away your stress.
1. Gitgit Waterfall
As you can tell from the name, this waterfall is in Gitgit Village, Singaraja.
The entrance itself is a bit hidden. If my driver hadn’t stopped there, I wouldn't have known that there was an entrance to the waterfall. I forgot that I would have to pay, but you can do better than me - you won't need to hire a guide. Simply follow the path that guides you directly to the waterfall.
2. Munduk Waterfall
Munduk is in Munduk village, also in Singaraja district. I like this waterfall more than Gitgit waterfall. I don’t know why. Perhaps it was the challenge: the path to the waterfall was horribly hard and demanded a lot of energy, concentration, agility and other things that I wasn’t used to. On the other hand, maybe it was the uniqueness of the waterfall itself.
The path was very narrow and almost vertical. On top of that, I had to share it with motorcyclists who were not very patient. As I'm not particularly fit, it took me nearly forty minutes to reach my destination. And my morale was not improved by the group of grandmas and grandpas sprinting up there effortlessly.
Unlike the first waterfall, you can walk under Munduk as the water is only ankle-deep. With the splash of water to freshen you up, I bet your journey will be worth it.