Leke Leke waterfall has to be one of the most underrated waterfalls in Bali. This waterfall makes for the perfect half-day trip away from Canggu or Ubud, as it’s only an hour away from both these popular tourist centres.
The island of Bali is truely a waterfall paradise and while you’re here, we highly suggest you make time to see at least one of them. There are dozens of waterfalls to choose from around the island and Leke Leke is definitely one of the best out there.
What we love most about coming to this waterfall is that it always makes for stunning pictures and we can be back to Canggu for brunch by 10 AM! (priorities right?) The best part is, even though it’s gained popularity on Instagram in the past year, it’s still relatively unknown compared to some other of Bali’s best waterfalls.
In our opinion, you can’t visit Bali without a visit to a waterfall or two. So lets break down everything you need to know to go out and explore this beautiful location.
How to Get to Leke Leke Waterfall
Leke Leke waterfall is located just south of the centre of Bedugul in Bali. It’s location is actually right smack in the middle of the island. As is the case for most attractions around Bali — you have two main options to get here — either with a scooter or by private car.
In either case, getting to Leke Leke is a breeze. There are signs everywhere as soon as you turn off the main road, but for your convenience we’ve pinned it on the map below.
- Ubud to Leke Leke: 1h drive / 35 kilometers
- Canggu to Leke Leke: 1h drive / 40 kilometers
- Kuta to Leke Leke: 1h30 drive (often more due to traffic) / 47 kilometers
Leke Leke Waterfall Map
How to get to Leke Leke Waterfall on a Scooter
Taking a scooter is quite simply the best way to get to Leke Leke waterfall. We always recommend the DIY option and renting a scooter in Bali is so much fun. It’s the cheapest, the most convenient and the most popular way to get around the island.
If it’s your first time visiting Bali or Southeast Asia, we know renting a scooter can be overwhelming. Luckily for you we go over all of them in this complete and comprehensive guide to renting a scooter in Bali!
Scooter rentals cost 50,000 - 70,000 Rupiah (3.50 - 5.00$ USD) per day for a standard 125cc Honda Vario. Expect to pay an additional 30,000 - 40,000 Rupiah for a full tank of petrol.
Our favorite place to rent a scooter in Bali is J & D motorbike rental in Canggu.
Although you don’t need a license to rent a scooter in Bali, you should always have an international drivers license with you. Be sure to go through your travel insurance to know if you’re properly covered before hitting the road. Check out great travel insurance options here!
How to get to Leke Leke Waterfall by Car
If you aren’t comfortable on a scooter or you’re faced with some bad weather, no need to worry! You can easily get to Leke Leke by private car. The cost of a private driver in Bali is between 600,000 - 700,000 Rupiah. Typically this is for 8 hours, including petrol.
The best way to find a reputable driver in Bali is through your accommodation. The driver will pick you up as early as you want and stop off wherever you want to go. Hiring a private driver in Bali is a great option if you’re a small group or have a young family.
What to Expect at Leke Leke Waterfall
When you arrive at Leke Leke, you’ll be greeted by the locals who own the site. After parking your scooter, you’ll pay for your ticket and head down. The employees will offer you drinks and snacks for your trip and let you know about the other activities — such as the swing and cycling tours — that you can also enjoy here.
Leke Leke Waterfall Entrance Fee (Updated 2020)
The Leke Leke waterfall entrance fee is currently set at 50,000 Rupiah per person (3.50$ USD).
The parking fee for your scooter is included in the price of your ticket.
Although this is one of the more “expensive” waterfalls to visit in Bali, the site is incredibly well maintained. The entry fee helps the locals keep the trail safe and clean, and earn a living!
The Hike Down
The walk down to the waterfall will take you between 10 and 15 minutes. The path is very well indicated making Leke Leke one of the easiest waterfalls to reach around Bali.
If it’s raining, the short hike may take a few minutes more since the path does get muddy. Although it’s only a short hike, Leke Leke is located in the thick and humid jungle, so make sure to bring lots of water!
After getting down the path, you hear the rushing water from the falls getting ever closer. Finally, after crossing a small bamboo bridge, you reach the main attraction.
Leke Leke is set back in a narrow canyon with beautiful greenery on all sides. The stairs extend all the way down to the base of the canyon making it super accessible. There’s a few large rocks which sit at the base of the pool which make for a great photo spot.
As soon as you reach the end of the footpath you feel the cool mist in the air. If you decide to get close to the waterfall itself, be warned that the water spray from the sheer power of the falls gets intense. If you have a lot of expensive camera equipment make sure to have a dry bag with you.
Opening Hours and When to Visit
Leke Leke waterfall opening hours are officially from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily. However when you’re in Bali, always take opening hours with a grain of salt!
If you do arrive before the ticket booth opens like we often do, just pay on your way out.
Like all attractions around Bali, you’ll want to get to the waterfall in the morning. Our rule is the earlier the better, but here we feel like the perfect time is around 8 A.M. If you come earlier than that may not have enough light for photos.
Now, you may be thinking this is just another huge Insta-famous Bali spot where you wait in line for your two minute window to snap a photo.
Well, guess what? There’s never been more than 5 other people there when we’ve visited. Until around 10 A.M. you can enjoy Leke Leke and it’s basically a private show!
So make sure to come early to have all the time you want to swim, relax and take pictures.
Photography Tips for Visiting Leke Leke
There are several great photography spots at Leke Leke where you can get awesome travel photos for the old IG. This waterfall seems to naturally light up the subject perfectly and the form of the canyon is a photographers dream!
Here are a few of our tips for getting the best photos at Leke Leke!
- For the best results you’ll want your subject to be wearing a brightly coloured bathing suit or dress. This will really make them pop against the dark green background.
- The point where you will be perfectly centred with the waterfall is on the right side of the largest rock in the canyon.
- If you have a tripod with you, set it up right before going down the last flight of stairs. From here, you’ll be high enough to capture the whole waterfall and perfectly centred as well.
- Make sure to wipe the mist from the waterfall off your lens every few minutes and keep your equipment dry!
We use a bag or a shirt to wrap around our camera when we take photos close to the waterfall. Check out all the camera gear we use on our travels below!
- Camera bag : Wandrd Prvke 31L Backpack + Camera Cube
- Mirrorless camera : Sony a7 III
- Extra camera batteries : RAV Power dual batteries and charger
- DSLR camera : Nikon d5600
- Favorite lens : Nikon 35mm f/1.8
- Drone : DJI Mavic Pro
- Tripod : Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod
- Flexible tripod : 5KG Gorilla pod
- Powerbank : Anker High Capacity
- Hard drive : La Cie Rugged Mini 2TB
Can you Swim in Leke Leke Waterfall?
Yes! There is a small pool of water at the base which is the perfect depth for swimming. You should totally take a dip in the cool refreshing water. Since Leke Leke isn’t a very powerful waterfall, you can even try standing underneath it!
Taking a swim is a great way to cool off after the hike down and nothing beats relaxing under a waterfall and looking up at the jungle all around.
What to pack for Leke Leke Waterfall?
- Getting to the base of the waterfall to take a swim is much easier with a good pair of water-shoes, so make sure to bring some!
- The sun gets mighty intense in Bali, so don’t forget your sunscreen!
- Bring a dry-bag with you if you plan on bringing a lot of electronics with you.
- A microfiber towel is light, portable and fits right into the seat of a scooter!
Things to do After Visiting Leke Leke Waterfall
Check out the Leke Leke Swing
The entrepreneurial folks at the waterfall have of course set up another Bali swing for you to enjoy. We endorse these swings only to encourage the local economy but to be honest, they’re a huge tourist trap and usually incredibly overpriced.
The price for the swing is set at 250,000 Rupiah. We found that this was too expensive, especially considering that the view isn’t that great.
However, we hear you can usually negotiate the first price down a little, so make sure to haggle if you want to try it out!
Visit Nungnung Waterfall
You can also visit another great waterfall after your visit to Leke Leke if you have the energy for it! Nungnung waterfall is located about a 30 further north and we’ve declared as the best waterfall to visit in all of Bali.
If you want to read all about Nungnung you can find our complete travel guide here!
Much like Leke Leke, reaching this waterfall requires another steep 15 minute walk from the parking lot.
The entrance fee at Nungnung waterfall is 20,000 Rupiah. Parking is an additional 2,000 Rupiah.
Oh and there’s a swing at Nungnung too – if that’s your thing…
Grab Brunch in Bali’s Best Cafes
If you’ve listened to our advice and have visited this waterfall first thing in the morning, you’re going to be mighty hungry!
We always grab a big breakfast at one of our favorite spots after a morning waterfall adventure.
If you can’t wait until you get back, you can always grab food at the restaurant on-site.
Check out our extensive guide on where to eat in Canggu here!
Where to Stay around Leke Leke
We’ve always chosen to come to Leke Leke as a day trip from Canggu. If you come here in the late afternoon, or want to check out other attractions North Bali (highly recommended), here are some of the best hotels to do just that!
Another great option for accommodation in Bali is Airbnb. You’ll find an incredible choice of private Villas which often have great weekly and monthly price discounts.
Bhuana Alit II Guesthouse: Located a quick 5 minute scooter ride from the heart of Ubud. This is a perfect, quiet guesthouse for couples around Ubud. Bhuana Alit has only 5 rooms in total and great amenities for the price!
Ekommunity Bali Farmstay and Yoga: Incredible glamping experience in Munduk. These glamping tents are a perfect base to explore more waterfalls in north Bali.
Bagus Agro Pelaga: A wonderful Agrotourism farm located in the jungles of Bali.