5 Must See Places in Bali for First Timers

Am I still allowed to call myself Australian if I haven’t been to Bali? Tibumana Waterfall BaliThankfully that is no longer in question as I finally booked myself on a trip over Christmas and New Years with my other half and boy, did I love it. I’ve always had these preconceived notions that Bali was the place where Aussies would escape for a boozy holiday week. Days spent under the sun with a beer in hand, questionable massage joints offering honey covered body slides, annoying cab drivers that beep at you every second and tattoo parlors on every corner. Whilst Bali is still all of these things – I’ve discovered that there is so much more to this island then what I imagined.

Instead of spending our mornings nursing hangovers with more beer, we chose to go alcohol free except for the one glass of bubbly we enjoyed on NYE in the comforts of our villa. There is just so much to see and do in Bali that we didn’t even get through a quarter of my list of things to see. For those who have never been to Bali and want to see a snapshot of what it has to offer then here is my list of top 5 places we saw during our trip.


Tibumana Waterfall Bali

1. Tibumana Waterfall

As I trolled the dreamy accounts of @doyoutravel and @gypsealust for inspiration, I came across this waterfall that I knew I had to see for myself. Ten minutes of googling later I found it and we were a 90-minute scooter ride (30 minutes from Ubud) from this small paradise. This is probably one of the only waterfalls we saw where we were the only ones there for almost half an hour before anyone else joined. You’ll find that mainly locals will visit this place which is a bonus when it comes to having the place to yourself. 

2. Kanto Lampo Waterfall Kanto Lampo Waterfall Bali

Only a five-minute drive from Tibumana this place definitely pulls a larger crowd than the last. You’re able to climb the cascading waterfalls (surprisingly easy despite what it might look like from the photos) and take some stunning shots whilst enjoying a break from the humidity and heat. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and you can walk through the canals on either side should you wish to explore. (Entrance fee of 5,000 IDR)

3. Suluban Beach 

A secluded little haven down south of Bali towards Uluwatu. This isn’t a swimming beach but what you’ll get from the picture perfect limestone cliffs and caves will make it worth the 90 minute drive down to it from Seminyak. The beach is canopied by a cliff face which is beautiful to wander out to during low tide. The walk down from the parking lot is a short 10 minutes and through a small little village where you’ll find rentals for surfboards and cafes for a fresh Bintang. Suluban Beach is approximately 34 kilometres from Denpasar. (No entrance fees but parking is 5,000 IDR for motorbikes and 15,000 IDR for cars) 

Suluban Beach Bali

Pandawa Beach Bali4. Pandawa Beach 

Less populated and incredibly clean compared to some of the other beaches in the main areas of Bali. Located in the Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula, this beach is still quite secluded but won’t remain so for very long once the golf resort currently under construction is complete. The road winding down towards the beach has been impressively cut from cliffs and there are beautiful stone statues within caved arches as you arrive at the beach. You can almost find your own private beach during low tide as you’ll be able to walk along the sand past rock formations which reveal small sand banks to set up for the day. 

5. Tegenungan Waterfall Tegenungan Waterfall Bali

Located in Gianyar (north of Bali and close to Ubud) and more touristy compared to all the places above but still worth a trip. My suggestion would always be to get to the locations early so you can still enjoy the uninterrupted beauty of it. There’s a short walk down a few steep stairs but shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes.

There are still many more waterfalls that we have yet to discover and will share with you as we head back to Bali every few months or so.

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Kanto Lampo Waterfall Bali Pandawa Beach Bali, Duskii Swimwear Tibumana Waterfall Bali

Tegenungan Waterfall Bali


Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Wow absolutely amazing! Bali is high on my list of places to visit so thank you for recommonding these picturesque spots =o)


  • Mariann Yip

    I really want to go to Bali so thank you for sharing these places! I love waterfalls and beaches so these are perfect recommendations 🙂

  • I’ve been dying to go to Bali (finally saved up the skymiles for it, so who knows), but the Kanto Lampo Waterfall is on my list!!
    Jordan xx

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    Not even being Australian I’ve had the conception that it’s a place filled with drunk Aussies, but thankfully you proved me wrong and showed us the beauty of the island that so often is forgotten! I absolutely love the pictures and your hot spots! Thanks for a great review of one of my now must visit-places! 🙂


  • christine

    I have never been to Bali but wow, these waterfalls and beaches are incredible! Bali is such a beautiful location and I definitely need to go see it for myself one of these days (along with Australia). You look stunning in all these photos and they look so editorial. What a fabulous trip! xoxo, Christine

  • Rachel Vogt (Rachel Vogt Trend

    Wow these places look so amazing. I was in Bali a few years back and didn’t see any of these place. So Bali was definitely not my favorite place to visit.
    xoxo, rachel

  • Candace

    Bali has so many gorgeous places to visit! You definitely shared an extensive list of “must visit” places while I’m there and I look so forward to going one day!


  • I want to visit Bali so badly, and even more so now that I’ve seen your amazing images and read your thoughts on your 5 must-see places! I hope I can go soon (may drag you with me when that time comes too) hehe 🙂 Have a great week Helen! Sending you lots of love from LA xoxo, sharon


  • This is so beautiful! Bali has been on my list for a long time, hope to go there soon, especially after seeing these photos.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • I’ve been wanting to visit Bali terribly, because from what I’ve seen, it’s only beautiful! These pictures just confirm that, and I especially am dying to see Pandawa Beach now! How stunning are these locations!? I’m glad you had such a nice trip!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  • Gahhh, I wish I could just drop everything and fly to Bali right now! It looks so beautiful there. Plus, what a perfect backdrop for the gram! Your waterfall photos are so on fleek babe!!

    xo, Jo

  • Visiting these spots in Bali would be a dream come true for me!! thanks for the travel guide and for sharing these gorgeous photos <333

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Bali and now that I’ve seen your pics I just want to go more! The waterfalls, the beaches, the photo opps!!! So much to do and see.

    xx Yasmin


  • These pictures are amazing and Bali is on my bucket list! I like that you have put together a few places for first timers. This is an article I’ll come back to when I go to Bali. It’ll help me narrow down my list of places to see!

    Bisous, Josie

  • Wow, Bali looks like a gorgeous place to visit. Definitely want to visit one day. The waterfalls and beaches look incredible!

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  • OMG I love Bali. I haven’t been there for maybe 6 years? You’re right – so many Aussies go there. Bali to Aussies is like Cuba to Canadians lol. I love thee shots and these spots are amazing. Great post!


  • Marcy Yu

    Yes Bali is on my bucket list will make sure to visit all these.
    Thanks for sharing babe


  • Deddeh Howard

    Omg!! I think I just found my new vacation spot!! These images are amazing, thanks for sharing.

  • Atsuna Matsui

    OMG that’s so cool that you have a YouTube channel! I never knew 🙂 I’ll definitely take a look and watch your travel vlogs on there since I’m always inspired by your photos.


  • I’m dying to visit Bali! I definitely have to check out a few of these places you mentioned <3


  • Bernice Abuan

    Oh my these locations in Bali look so picturesque and perfect for exploration!


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