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The Complete 2023 Bali Travel Guide For First-Timers

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Bali is a 95-mile-wide island located in the Indian Ocean and one of the famous islands in the Indonesian archipelago. It is blessed with lush surroundings, tropical weather, exotic temples, exciting seascapes, looming volcanoes, and a quest for more adventure, dubbing them the “Island of the Gods.”

Bali Budget Travel Guide

The island was even named “World’s Best Island in 2009” by Travel and Leisure Magazine and second place amongst the top regions at Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel in 2010.

Bali is included in the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. Over 500 reef-building coral species can be found on the island, about 7 times as many as in the entire Caribbean.

There are plenty of reasons why you should include Bali on your bucket list. First of all, the island is home to an ancient culture known for its warm hospitality. If you are a foodie and want to taste the addictive flavors of Bali, this island offers endless local food choices and signature cuisine.

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Bali is also home to active volcanoes, jungles, and beach resorts where tourists can also go surfing. Speaking of beach resorts, you can find most resorts and hotels in Bali’s famous areas, from cheap to luxurious ones.

The Balinese culture is steeped in an otherworldly tradition focusing on art and religion.

Memories of Bali

In this 2021 Travel Guide to Bali blog article, we’ll give you detailed and comprehensive budget travel tips to the island of Bali with budget tips and advice on things to do and see, Bali Itinerary, money-saving tips, best places to stay, and more.

Best Time to visit Bali

  • July to August – Peak Season
  • May to June – The best Time for visiting
  • November to April – Dry Season

How to Get There

If you want to visit Bali, the best time would be July to August. AirAsia offers direct flights to Bali, Indonesia, from Manila, Philippines. To check out the complete flight schedule, click here.

Bali is AirAsia Philippine’s international destination from Manila, with flights departing daily from NAIA Terminal 3.

AirAsia Manila to Bali Flight Schedule:

Also Read: How to get to Bali, Indonesia from Manila

Getting Around  

In the Philippines, traveling and getting around the city is more convenient and cheaper if we just rent a car. There are also buses, minibusses or bemo , and a motorbike rental if you want to wander around the city like a real tourist. Grab Taxi and Uber are also available on the island; just download the app to book a ride.

If you don’t want to drive, one of the cheapest modes of transportation on the island is hiring a GO-JEK – an app for a motorbike taxi very similar to Uber.

Bike Rental in Bali

Plus, you’d get to appreciate the city more if you decide where to go and go on impromptu trips with your friends. However, if you want an itinerary and tour around some notable spots in Bali, we suggest you book a tour package.

Top Bali Tour Packages

Tour packages offer an all-inclusive package for tourists, including hotel accommodation, transportation, and Itinerary, and most especially, this saves them bucks. And if you’re a person who is always in doubt and wants everything to turn out the way you imagine it, then you better find out some best tour packages for your next worry-free journey.

You can check out the following Bali packages via Klook .

Bali Travel and Tour Packages

Bali’s Greatest Hits (P2,127)

  • See Bali’s local craft industries, everything from art to jewelry to woodwork.
  • Take a seat at a traditional Balinese Barong and Kris performance
  • Tuck into a local lunch with views over sparklingly clear waters to Batur Volcano
  • Be cleansed of a temple’s holy waters and see royal tombs
  • Choose the Private Tour, and you can tailor the Itinerary to fit in additional gallery stops if you wish
  • Enjoy air-conditioned transport with hotel pick-up, accompanied by your friendly private guide

Bali’s Greatest Hits – A cultural introduction to Bali

Bali Safari Tour

Bali Safari and Marine Park (P2,337)

  • Visit the petting zoo and enjoy the Safari journey
  • Visit the freshwater aquarium and watch the frenzy of the piranha feeding
  • Enjoy adrenaline-pumping rides at the Fun Zone and get wet in the Water Zone
  • Enter the world of nocturnal animals at the Night Safari and enjoy a BBQ dinner
  • Leopard ticket holders enjoy Express Line entry to all attractions, plus a welcome drink and lunch, and premium seating for the nightly Balinese show

Bali Safari and Marine Park – Safari with unique and endangered animals

Nightlife in Seminyak Bali

The Heart of Bali Tour (P2,024)

  • Visit Jatiluwih rice terraces
  • Enjoy the natural volcanic hot spring Angseri located at Mount Batukaru.
  • Visit ancient temples off the beaten track with a stunning natural landscape.

The Heart of Bali Tour – Explore the natural beauty of the inner West Bali region

Pure Ubud Tour (P3,425)

Temple in Ubud Bali

  • Private tour Ubud’s best spots like Bali Bird Park, Pura Desa Batuan, Pass by some of Bali’s most stunning rice paddies and sawas, etc.

Pure Ubud Tour – Private tour of Ubud’s best spots

Bali Nature Biking (P3,113)

  • Tour run by Sobek – one of Bali’s oldest and most experienced adventure companies.
  • A 3-hour bike ride on a beginners track
  • A day filled with insight into Balinese culture
  • Hotel pick up provided from most areas in Bali
  • Buffet lunch included in the tour

Bali Nature Biking – Head up to the highlands for a bike through nature

Tour Package Prices may change  without Prior Notice. For more Bali Travel and Tour Packages, head over to www.klook.com .

Learn Some Local Lingos 

One of the most defining moments when traveling is making memories and taking photos of the tourist spots you visit but more likely, it’s the locals you meet and the language you learn. Plus! It’s such a letdown seeing a country if you couldn’t even ask and respond the local way. It’s a great experience, by the way.

Here are the basic local lingos and essential Bali words and phrases you should use and learn when you visit here:

  • selamat pagi  (good morning)
  • tolong   (please)
  • terima kasih (thank you)
  • persmisi (excuse me)
  • tidak ( no)
  • sampai jumpa (good bye)
  • kapan (when)
  • dimana (where)
  • berapa (how much/many)
  • apa kabar (how are you?)

Where to Stay in Bali

Bali has plenty of hotels to choose from, depending on your budget. Since this island is an avenue for people who want to experience retreat and culture immersion, you might suggest top hotels near some of the tourist attractions in Bali.

If this is your first time traveling to Bali, remember that it is divided into 6 main areas: South, Central, West, North, East, and Southeastern Islands.

We’ve listed here 2 recommended luxury and 2 budget hotels, depending on your preference.

Sheraton Kuta Bali

Sheraton Kuta Bali

Address: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta Bali, 80361, Indonesia ( Check Hotel Rates Here )

Experience true sanctuary in the only 5-star beachfront resort in Kuta – Sheraton Kuta Bali Resort . Kuta is a famous beach resort destination in Bali, conveniently located at nearby shopping establishments and just a few steps away from the famous Kuta Beach.

Their hotel rooms range from Deluxe Rooms to Presidential Suites and speak of luxury. One can have a breathtaking ocean view from their Ocean View rooms.

Their staff are ready to rustle up a plate of their cuisine from Balinese, Italian, and Western to their in-house restaurant.

Element by Westin Bali Ubud

Element by Westin Bali Ubud

Address: Jl. Raya Andong No.88, Petulu, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia ( Check Hotel Rates Here )

Feel like royalty and stay at the newest hotel in Ubud, in Element Westin Bali Ubud. All rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with rainforest shower, mini-refrigerator, coffee, and tea making facilities, 43″ LED Television with Remote Control, In-Room Safe, telephone, and most importantly, fast & free wifi access.

Element Ubud has two dining options – the Andong Teras All-Day Dining Restaurant and the Andong Pool Bar.  Element also has rooms perfect for holding conferences, meetings, exhibitions, and venues for special occasions.

Also Read:  Element by Westin Bali Ubud Resort Review

POP! Hotel in Kuta Beach

POP Hotel in Kuta Beach

Address: Jl. Kubu Bene, Legian, Kuta, Kuta Legian Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia ( Check Hotel Rates Here )

You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy your stay in Bali. We suggest you stay at a POP! Hotel, located at Bedung Regency in Bali.

The chain of hotels caters to all smart and eco-friendly travelers. More than just a place to sleep, it is perfect for those looking for efficient and affordable accommodation.

Their 15 sqm room is equipped with a king-size bed and a comfy “Dream Care” mattress, exclusively developed by King Koil for POP! Hotels. Also, their 100% cotton linen will give you a better “good night” sleep. Each room has a safe deposit box, bath towels, and complete bathroom amenities.

The Haven Bali Seminyak

The Haven Bali Seminyak

Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak 500, Seminyak, Bali, 80361, Indonesia ( Check Hotel Rates Here )

Located at the dynamic hub of Seminyak lies The Haven, a pioneering lifestyle resort surrounded by an array of restaurants and famous beaches.

Once you step foot in this resort, you’ll immediately feel the tropical vibe with its landscape itself. Its interior comprises a contemporary design and also houses 5-star facilities.

Like other hotels, The Haven house has bathroom amenities, a coffee and tea maker, LCD TV, in-room safety, and laundry services.

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Best Places To Eat in Bali 

Now let’s move on to the highlight of your Bali experience — EATING.

Nasi Campur Bebek

Bali has plenty of dining options, from casual brunch cafes and seafood. One of the few things you should try is looking for restaurants serving ridiculously great-tasting Bali cuisine like the ones listed below.

Balinese Babi guling or roasted suckling pig

Warung Ibu Oka

Address: Jalan Tegal Sari 2, Ubud, Bali

In the Philippines, we have lechon and crispy pata. But in Bali, ask anywhere, and there’s a Babi Guling for any occasion. In case you are wondering, Babi Guling is a Balinese suckling pig seasoned with local herbs and spices, then roasted served on rice with stewed vegetables and blood sausage.

At Warung Ibu Oka, you’re sure to taste the best Bali flavors with their signature Babi Guling. The main branch of Ibu Oka is centrally located in Ubud’s town square, across the street from the Royal Palace and just down the road from both the art market and the Museum Puri Lukisan.

Bebek Bengil

Address: Jalan Hanoman, Padangtegal, Ubud

Bebek Bengil

Another of Bali’s famous restaurants is Bebek Bengil, meaning Dirty Duck Diner, famous for serving Bebek tutu or smoked duck.

The whole menu here is almost entirely dedicated to the humble duck – crispy fried duck, duck in chili sauce, duck fried rice – but the specialty, smoked duck, has to be ordered 24 hours in advance. Smothered in Balinese spices and wrapped in betel leaves, it is slowly smoked for a whole day and is served with rice, satay, and vegetables.

Sate

Address: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

People have commended this restaurant for a time now. Café Lotus, its location itself, has lured tourists to dine and behold Bali’s beauty while eating there.

Night comes to life with performances of Balinese dancing accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. Their bestseller is the asih goa lawah (fish marinated in turmeric, lemongrass, and ginger then steamed in a banana leaf) to tuna carpaccio or the vegetarian favorite, lentil, and shitake soup.

Bebek Joni Restaurant

Nasi Campur Bebek at Joni Restaurant Ubud

Address: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia Phone: +62 361 974738

The restaurant was stunning, with a beautiful view of the nearby rice field. We sampled their Nasi Campur Bebek and Mi Goreng, which was very good. The staff is really friendly, and the place was clean too.

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Things to Do and See in Bali

Temple hopping.

Bali is surrounded by impressive temples and iconic landmarks waiting to be visited. The most frequent temple you should visit include the following:

Tanah Lot Temple Bali

  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Besakih Temple
  • Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
  • Tirta Empul Temple
  • Gunung Kawi Temple
  • Taman Ayun Temple
  • Pura Taman Temple
  • Lempuyang Temple
  • Batuan Temple
  • Vihara Dharmayana Kuta Temple

Surfing in Bali

Interestingly, the “Island of the Gods” is considered a playground by surfers around the globe. Here is the list of places to catch some great waves while in Bali.

Great Surf Spots in Bali

  • Padang Padang
  • Impossibles
  • Nusa Lembongan

Ubud Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest Street in Ubud

Ubud Monkey Forest is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions you must see. It is a natural forest sanctuary home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques.

Visit Bali’s Artistic Villages

Locals in Bali take pride in their creativity. It is a must to visit how they woodcarve, shape intricate Garuda statues, and craft gemstones into shiny, sophisticated jewelry pieces.

Visit some Ghost Time

If you’re more of a person who likes eerie and supernatural stuff, we suggest you also visit some abandoned places in Sanur Beach proper, where you can see a collection of ‘lost planes’ in some of the weirdest places and several cave-like temples.

Visit Green School in Bali

Address: Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Abiansemal, Sibang Kaja, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia Phone: +62 361 469875

Green School in Bali

Experience and see Green School in Bali. Take a glimpse of what this unique school offers to its community, students, and families. The Green School, which opened in September 2008, consists of 90 students and a tailor-made campus that emerged from the jungle and rice fields. Since then, it has grown to 400 students and is an inspiring example of education for sustainability.

Ubud is a town located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. Promoted as an arts and culture center, it has developed large tourism industry. Ubud has a population of about 30,000 people. The town’s area is made up of small farms, rice paddies, and dense forest.

Here are some of the best activities you can do in Ubud:

Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud

  • Visit Tegallalang Rice Terraces
  • Shop for local handicrafts
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Bike Tour in Ubud

Museums and Galleries in Ubud

  • Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) , Jl Pengosekan, +62 361 975742, e-mail: [email protected]. 9AM-5PM.
  • Blanco Renaissance Museum , Jl Raya Campuhan, +62 361 975502. 9AM-6PM daily.
  • Museum Puri Lukisan (Museum of Fine Arts) , Jl Raya Ubud (on the main road just west of the market), 8AM-4PM daily.
  • Museum Rudana , Jl Cok Rai Pudak 44 (on the road to Mas, about a 10 min drive south of Ubud town center), +62 361 975779, Open M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM.
  • Neka Art Museum , Jl Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, +62 361 975074, M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM.
  • Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women , Jl Sriwedari 2B, +62 361 975485. Tu-Su 9AM-5PM.

Best Places to Shop in Bali

Time to shop for your pasalubong! But do you know where? In this article, we’ve rounded up some fancy shops where you could find the coolest souvenirs.

Beachwalk Shopping Center

  • Kuta Art Market (Bazaar-like complex where you can find unique Bali souvenirs and handcraft items)
  • Jalan Pantai Kuta (go-to place of a mix of local art shops, jewelry boutiques, international surf brand outlets, and cafes)
  • Garlic Lane (Interesting home decors, art shops, DVD stores, fashion boutiques, and woodcarving galleries
  • Jalan Raya Kerobokan (Go-to destination when shopping for antiques, glassware, and statues)
  • Jalan Raya Ubud (mix of fashion boutiques, batik, antique galleries, and local art shops. )
  • Kuta Beachwalk (houses luxury brand shops and various dining areas.
  • Jalan Monkey Forest (Most are art shops with selections of assorted handicrafts, antiques, and alluring textiles from the archipelago and Bali)
  • Poppies Lane

Also Read: A Guide to Shopping in Bali, Indonesia

Bali Currency Exchange

Currency Exchange

Local Currency : Indonesian Rupiah (As of March 2018) PHP100 = IDR26,410 USD1 = IDR13,753

Money matters wherever you go. Here are the best places to change currency:

  • International Arrivals of the Ngurah Rai International Airport
  • Central Kuta (Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa, Ubud, Sanur and Bali’s capital of Denpasar.
  • Dirgahayu Valuta Prima
  • Bali Maspintjinra

Wifi and Internet Access

Do you want to post photos of your Bali travel on your social media account but don’t know where to rent pocket wifi and a sim card? Well, here is where.

  • Book a 4Gwifii Device online PHP156 / Day ( Reserve Pocketwifii here )
  • Buy 3G/4G SIM Card Online PHP 416  (Denpasar Airport Pick Up) ( buy 3G/4G SIM Card for Bali here )
  • Buy sim card Inside Bali Denpasar Airport
  • Mobile phone shops located at the main tourist streets
  • Mini markets
  • Co-working spaces
  • Free wifi at restaurants and cafes
  • 24-hour convenience stores

Money-Saving Tips

  • Always be mindful of your money. Once you arrive in Bali, arrange for shuttle services provided by your hotel or villa and only use meter taxis.
  • Ask your hotel to help you book a local driver and guide to avoid overcharging.
  • Do some research and search for free activities.
  • Learn to negotiate. Don’t buy the first souvenir you see and roam around until you compare all the prices, then negotiate nicely.
  • Most importantly, keep track of your budget for the entire Bali travel.

Bali Travel and Tour Packages

Diy bali itinerary: 4 days and 3 nights bali tour sample itinerary, day 1: airport pick up + uluwatu sunset tour.

TBA – Pick up at the airport 16:00 – Hotel Check-in / Pick up 17.00 – Visit Uluwatu Temple 17.45 – Watching Kecak Dance Performance 19.30 – Enjoy a Seafood dinner at Jimbaran Beach 20.30 – Back to the hotel 21.00 – Arrive at Hotel

Day 2: Ubud Village and Kintamani Volcano Tour

08.00 – Pick up at the hotel 09.30 – Watching Barong Dance Performance 10.30 – Visit Celuk Village ( gold/silversmith) 11.00 – Visit Batuan Village (traditional Painting art) 11.30 – Visit Batuan Temple 13.30 – Lunch at Kintamani with view Volcano 15.30 – Visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace 16.30 – Visit Ubud Monkey Forest 17.00 – Back to Hotel

Day 3: Bali Water Sports and Sunset Tanah Lot Tour

08:00 – Pick up at the hotel 09.00 – Visit Nusa Dua for Water Sports activities 14.00 – Enjoy Lunch 16.30 – Visit Taman Ayun Temple 17.00 – Visit Tanah Lot Temple with Sunset view 18.30 – Back to the hotel 19.30 – Arrive at the hotel

Day 4: Free and Easy + Airport Transfer 

TBA – Free and Easy at Hotel TBA – Hotel Check out TBA – Arrive at Airport

This is just our recommended Itinerary; you can also create your own Bali DIY Itinerary based on your interests and preferred activities.

Bali Indonesia Travel Guide Photo by Raj Eiamworakul via Unsplash

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How to Plan the Perfect Bali Itinerary (7 Days-3 Weeks)

By: Author Taylor Lorenz

Posted on Last updated: 10/25/2023

How to Plan the Perfect Bali Itinerary (7 Days-3 Weeks)

Bali is an idyllic island with a name so famous that many people often think that Bali is a country. It’s actually one of many islands that make up the incredibly diverse country of Indonesia and acts as a great jumping-off point for further travels to Lombok and Flores .

Bali is by far the most popular island, and where I called home multiple times during my travels. drawing The beaches, iconic rice terraces, jungle-covered volcanos, unique culture and heartwarming people are just a few of the Island of Gods perks.

Whether you’re a luxury traveler or a backpacker, this Bali itinerary guide will serve you well. I’ve detailed multiple options for you to pick and choose what serves your Bali vacation best. There’s no one-itinerary-fits-all here.

Planning a trip to Bali can be really daunting as there’s no set route or place or place to start. This Bali travel guide will tell you what to do in Bali, the places you must visit in Bali and the top things to do in Bali. It’s the ultimate Bali trip planner from someone who knows Bali well.

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Bali Fast Facts

Currency in Bali: Indonesia Rupiah Language:  Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) which is spoken throughout Indonesia and Balinese Population:  4.2 million Religion: Balinese Hinduism (a mix of Buddhism and Shivaism)

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Recommended Bali Tours

Skip planning your trip yourself with these top-rated tours around the country.

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Bali Itinerary

Creating a Bali itinerary can be very difficult because it really depends on what a person is looking for. Below I’ve created mini itineraries for each place recommending how long to stay and the top things to do. Unfortunately, there is no best itinerary for Bali as it really depends on what you want to do.

Bali Trip Itineraries by Length

Follow the order that each itinerary is listed in and you’ll have yourself a route! These itineraries move at a decent place so if you plan on relaxing more then drop one of the locations. If you want an itinerary for 4-5 days I recommend picking one or two spots maximum.

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7 Day Itinerary

  • Ubud (2 days)
  • Uluwatu (2 days)
  • Canggu (2 days)
  • Nusa Penida (day trip)

10 Day Itinerary

  • Ubud (3 days)
  • Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan & Nusa Penida (3 days)

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2 Week Itinerary

  • Seminyak (1 day)
  • Amed (day trip from Ubud)
  • Gili Islands (2 days)
  • Nusa Islands (3 days)

3 Week Itinerary

  • Seminyak (2 days)
  • Munduk (2 days)
  • Lovina (2 days)
  • Amed (2 days)
  • Extra day to spend wherever you like!

Breakdown of my Bali Trip Itinerary

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Ubud: 3-4 Days

Though easily a week could be spent in Ubud if you love wandering around, this cultural hub can be fully explored in just 3-4 days. Ubud is where you’ll do most of your Bali sightseeing.

DAY ONE:  Spend the day exploring around town. Hit up the Monkey Forest and make your way up Monkey Forest Road (watching out for the monkeys of course) where you can poke in and out of shops full of jewelry, souvenirs, local art and more. By the end of the road you’ll hit the Ubud Market where you can easily spend an hour or more.

After the market make sure you make it over to the Campuhan Ridge Walk for sunset over the green fields. Grab some food, there are lots of options nearby and head back to your accommodation.

DAY TWO:  Today is full of temple hopping and some waterfalls. Hire yourself a scooter, get a driver or do a tour. The first stop before it gets busy is Tirta Empul where you’ll get into the water and bless yourself under the holy water. Gunung Kawi is close by and is very Balinese with beautiful rice terraces surrounding it. Next are the stunning and most famous rice terraces on the island, Tegallalang Rice Terraces where you can spend some time taking pictures and trekking through the terraces.

After, make your way to Tibumana Waterfall, a pretty but simple waterfall that is easy to get to but not very touristy. The next waterfall, Tegenungan Waterfall, is big and powerful but touristy. On your way back to Ubud stop at Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, another temple which I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of before.

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DAY THREE: Day three is the day to spoil yourself. Get yourself into a spa where the low prices will have you getting multiple treatments. Indulge in a yoga class. The most famous yoga studio in all of Bali is located in Ubud, the Yoga Barn. I can vouch that the classes and spaces are excellent! In the morning or afternoon squeeze in a cooking class so you can try multiple dishes from traditional Balinese cuisine.

DAY FOUR:  Get up early and hike Mount Batur for sunrise . The second half of the day is either for sleeping or getting in some extra sightseeing. Some suggestions are visiting the Bali swing, stuffing your face with more great food, visiting the Bamboo Forest which is excellent for Instagram-worthy shots or watching a traditional Balinese dance.

READ MORE: 21 Incredible Things to do in Ubud &  Where to Stay in Ubud

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Canggu: 2-3 Days

Canggu is a major chill out zone but it is easy to get caught here, there’s just something about the place that makes people want to stay longer.

DAY ONE:  Do what Canggu is best known for, hang out on the beach. If you can’t sit all day then catch a surf lesson or hit up a yoga class. Spend your evening at Old’s Man, the main bar in town or party at one of the nightly hot spots. Make sure you catch sunset on the beach. Most hostels will have a schedule up of when to go to Pretty Poison, Sand Bar and more for the best party.

DAY TWO:  Hit up the beach again or check out a beach club where you can live a little luxury without spending a fortune. Eat at some of the best spots in the area (the food here seriously does not disappoint) and do a mini shopping trip at the Love Anchor Market. For sunset visit the famous Tanah Lot just outside of Canggu, but we warned it will be busy. Then catch sunset on the beach.

DAY THREE:  Another day to relax, do another surf or yoga lesson and party. Find yourself on a rooftop pool, at a spa or back at the beach. Don’t forget to catch sunset again, Canggu seriously has the best sunsets!

READ MORE: 30 Cool Things to do in Canggu & Where to Stay in Canggu

Seminyak: 1-2 Days

If you’re not planning a relaxing holiday for a week then I would move through Seminyak quickly as the luxe lifestyle here has prices that add up quickly.

DAY ONE:  Today is a fun day, basically spend your time eating your through Seminyak at all of the trendy cafes and drinking at the stylish bars. Check out Bali’s very first speakeasy bar, Baker Street Social. But if you don’t just want to eat all day (who doesn’t?) then chill out with some massages. At night you can party at Sky Garden that’s open until 5AM and is often host to world famous DJ’s.

DAY TWO: Hit the beach or a beach club. Potato Head is one of Bali’s most famous beach clubs and it is fabulous. If you’re at the beach you can try your hand at a surfing lesson. If you need some more activities while in Seminyak then try a little retail therapy or visit the escape room or Museum Art Trick 3D. End your night at another hot spot to party at and don’t forget to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach!

READ MORE: 13 of the Finest Things to do in Seminyak & Where to Stay in Seminyak

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Bukit Peninsula (Uluwatu): 2 Days

DAY ONE:  There is nothing better to do in Uluwatu than beach hop . You have so many choices, the most famous ones being Dreamland Beach, Padang Padang Beach (where a scene from Eat, Pray, Love was filmed and also some of the best parties) and Uluwatu Beach. However, my personal favourite is Melasti Beach and Nyang Nyang Beach is also awesome. Spend your evening at one of the most famous Bali attractions: Uluwatu Temple where you can see the sunset as you watch a Kecak dance, otherwise known a as a fire dance. Beware of the monkeys here.

DAY TWO:  Get active and get surfing or spend another day beach hopping. If you happen to be in Uluwatu on a Sunday then don’t miss the party at Single Fin. Even if you’re not here on a Sunday it’s worth a visit to Single Fin to watch sunset or to see the surfers during the day on the epic waves. There are also lots of pools that you can hang out at if you buy something or pay an entrance fee.

READ MORE: 10 Fantastic Things to do in Uluwatu & Where to Stay in Uluwatu

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Nusa Dua: 2-3 Days

If you’re up for a quick visit as a globetrotter, 3 days is plenty, but this little paradise could easily be where to stay for a week if you want more of a holiday.

DAY ONE:  Visit the beaches where you can also eat and drink. The top ones to check out are Nusa Dua Beach and Geger Beach. Off of Nusa Dua Beach is a great snorkelling spot. Another water activity is witnessing the water blow, where water literally blows from a rock formation. In the evening you can catch a Cirque d’Soilel like show at Devdan Show .

DAY TWO:  Day two is for exploring. If you’re a shopping lover than stop at Bali Collection for a mix of stores. If you like culture then visit  Puja Mandala, a religious monument with temples, mosques and more. Or if you want to be active then join a cycling tour. In the evening you can stroll along the Nusa Dua Promenade.

DAY THREE: Feel like a real-life pirate and visit Pirates’ Bay, get back into the water for some water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. Nusa Dua is full of entertainment! Lastly, you can check out the Surf n’ Turf park that has practice waves and instructors waiting for you.

READ MORE: 15 Awesome Things to do in Nusa Dua & Where to Stay in Nusa Dua

Nusa Islands: 1-5 Days

This group of three islands are absolutely stunning. Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan can be visited as day trips or you can choose to spend time on each island. I recommend spending more time on Nusa Penida (2-3 days) and less on Nusa Lembongan (1-2). Nusa Ceningan is so small it can be visited as part of your time on Nusa Lembongan as it’s connected by a yellow bridge which is a short walk or drive.

I have detailed itineraries for each island:

  • Nusa Lembongan (most visited)
  • Nusa Ceningan (smallest)
  • Nuda Penida (largest and most scenic)

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Kuta: 1-2 Days

Kuta is a love or hate kind of place. You either want to spend some time here or avoid it like the plague.

DAY ONE:  If you want some water entertainment for the day that doesn’t involve a beach then make your way to Waterbom Bali or Circus Waterpark. If that’s too western for you then head to Kuta Beach where you can also catch one of Bali’s best sunsets.

DAY TWO:  Day two is another day packed with entertainment. You have the option to visit Kuta Theater which has a magic show, Dream Museum Zone which has immersive life scale paintings, try the 5GX “reverse bungee’, get your surf on at Amanda Flow House, Upside Down World Bali (self-explanatory, I think), or Pandora Experience Bali.

READ MORE: 11 Entertaining Things to do in Kuta &  Where to Stay in Kuta

Munduk: 2-3 Days

Munduk is great to do as a couple day trip from Ubud or as a trip from Canggu to Ubud. There is a lot of driving involved but the scenery is beautiful! Grab a bike or a private driver and you’ll love the nature here.

DAY ONE:  You’ll spend a good chunk of today driving to the Munduk area but once there you can stop at some stunning waterfalls such as Munduk Waterfall, Gitgit Waterfall, Aling-Aling Waterfall, Banyumala Waterfall (if you only visit one, make it this one!) and Melating Waterfall. Spend the night in Munduk, trust me you’ll be tired.

DAY TWO:  If you choose to spend 3 days exploring Munduk then this is your hiking day. Get up early before the clouds roll in to see the epic views over the rolling hills and mountains. Guided tours are available.

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DAY THREE:  This is the day you head back to Ubud or move onto Ubud from Canggu. Get up early again so you can get to the hot spots before the crowds appear. Stop at the Twin Lake Wanagiri Spot (that’s the name on Google Maps) for an Instagram heaven with a swing that has a view over one of the lakes.

Next visit some beautiful gates that are really only gates to a golf course (Handara Golf & Resort Bali). They’re still awesome though. Lastly, stop at one of the most famous temples on the island, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple that sits along a lake with the mountains in the background. There are also lots of viewpoints to stop at along the drive through the lakes.

READ MORE: 8 Magical Things to do in Munduk

Amed: 2 Days

Your time in Amed really varies depending on what you want to do. If you’re not diving then 2 days in fine to explore the basics, but if you want to spend more time in the water then budget time accordingly. You can also get scuba certified here.

DAY ONE:  Amed is small to explore so spend the day in the water or along the beach. Go snorkeling or free dive at the top sites. Chill out on the beach, pop your head into the few shops or enjoy some yoga. In the evening make your way to the best viewpoint in town, Jemeluk viewpoint for sunset and a tasty dinner or a few drinks.

DAY TWO: Day two involves a mini day trip to the most Instagramable spot on the entire island:  Lempuyang Luhur Temple . It’s famous for having the ‘Gates to Heaven’ that frames Mount Agung, Bali’s tallest volcano, in the background. It will take about half the day and the second half you can do activities from day one that didn’t get to.

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Lovina: 1-2 Days

Lovina is worth a quick visit or can even be worked in as a stop on a trip to Munduk.

DAY ONE: Hangout on the black sand beach. Visit any waterfalls between Lovina and Munduk and hop into the freshwater springs or the Banjar hot springs…or both!

DAY TWO:  Go on a dolphin spotting tour , take a cooking class, visit Brahmavihara (a Buddhist temple) or spend even more time on the beach.

Best Time to Visit Bali

While Bali can be visit year-round there is definitely a best time to travel to Bali . Bali experiences only two seasons: wet season and dry season. The wet season, November to March, brings heavy rains but it never rains all day, mostly just showers for an hour or two during the day. The dry season, April to October has some rain but it is minimal and it is not uncommon to have dry days for weeks.

The temperature is consistent year-round with temperatures reaching as low as 23°C and highs of 34°C.

The busiest time of the year to visit in July and August so if you want to avoid crowds then the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons April-June and September-October. It’s a treat to visit in the spring as it’s just after the wet seasons has finished and the island is covered in lush greenery.

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Bali Trip Budget

Bali can be a budget destination or it can be a luxury destination. The island has it all and you can choose how much money you want to spend. Though I found it slightly more expensive than other countries in Southeast Asia , I found Bali to be very flexible when it came to budgeting for accommodation, food and transport.

If you want to be tight $25USD day will get you by no problem but if you’re looking to be on a budget but with some wiggle room plan for $35-45USD a day. This is if you’re staying in hostels (100,000-150,000 a night), eating local food (15,000-50,000 per meal) and using budget apps to find transport which varies widely. Activities will fit into this budget but not daily.

If you want to live more comfortably, perhaps staying in a guesthouse, a cheap villa or hotel plan to spend $60-100USD per day. Accommodation in this range will cost you 300,000-600,000 per night.

On this budget you can eat all western food and enjoy the fancier restaurants with meals ranging from 100,000-350,000. Cocktails will run you anywhere from 70,000-200,000. You can also afford to take taxis or hire private drivers. You can also afford to do activities daily.

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Activities range but typically cost between 100,000-300,000 with some costing more or else. Entering a temple is anywhere between 15,000-60,000, a yoga class is 100,000-130,000, a cooking class 300,000 and hiking Mount Batur 300,000.

Anything above $100USD a day you’ll be able to stay in hotels, resorts and enjoy the totally luxe things on the island. Though know that Bali is home to some of the most expensive hotels in the world!

How to Get to Bali

There are 3 ways to get to Bali: plane, boat and bus. The most popular way to get to Bali is by plane, flying into the Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport. There is one Bali airport (two names) that serves Bali and is located in Denpasar.

By boat is also an option with the most common route being from Java, which is a common way for travellers to travel between the two major islands. Lastly, you can take the bus from Java’s capital of Jakarta which takes 23 hours.

Travelling Around Bali

Getting around Bali is easy and you have a few options. Unfortunately, there is no public transport in Bali so you will have to rely on private drivers and apps to find you drivers or drive a scooter.

Luckily it never takes more than 2 hours to get between destinations unless you are planning on travelling far across the island which shouldn’t be the case as there is plenty to see and you’ll want to make stops and stay in more than one or two areas.

To get from the Bali airport to where you are staying

It is best to have a transfer booked ahead of time before you get to Bali. Private airport transfers are very affordable which can be booked online. Many accommodations also offer transfers too.

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To get from destination to destination

The cheapest way to move between different areas is to hire a Grab, Uber or Go-Jek (the Indonesian version of Grab/Uber). A price will be shown, however, drivers will always try and negotiate. This is normal so get your bargaining skills ready.

I recommend booking private drivers between destinations which are very affordable and less of a hassle.

The most expensive way is to hire a taxi, Blue Bird taxis are the main and trusted taxi company. Of course, if you’re comfortable driving a scooter with your baggage then you can hire a scooter and drive wherever you please.

There are some shuttles available, mostly from Ubud that are a cheaper shared option. If you’re taking a boat to the Nusa Islands, Lombok or the Gili Islands then transportation is usually organized and included in the price.

Getting around in an area

You can continue to hire cars or taxis or you can rent a scooter to scoot around to all of the highlights. Scooters cost 50,000-80,000 per day. Driving in Bali can be challenging because of traffic and I highly recommend only driving if you have experience . If you do not then either choose not to drive or practice somewhere quiet first. Through Go-Jek you can hire drivers to take you on a scooter which is a fraction of the price and extremely affordable.

READ MORE: 11 Common Southeast Asia Travel Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

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Where to Go in Bali

A quick overview in map form of where to go in Bali with more detailed descriptions of each place below.

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This is the big question and often the most difficult part of travelling in Bali for people. It’s a large island, over 5,000 sq. km and there are many places to see in Bali. Below I’ve listed the highlights of the best places to visit in Bali and where to stay in Bali to help you decide which area or places you want to spend your time in. These are listed in no particular order.

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Ubud is the most famous area in Bali and it’s here that you’ll recognize the rice fields from Eat, Pray Love . Ubud is a town located in the centre of the island and is most known for its culture and abundance of yoga studios and yoga retreats in Ubud . A stop here is in order if you want to see temples, traditional dancing and crafts and to shop. Just outside of Ubud are the most famous rice terraces and some of the islands most famous scenery.

READ MORE: 11 Best Yoga Retreats in Bali

Canggu is a digital nomad hub with lots of westerns living here permanently or spending a few months on the southern coast. Canggu has a distinct backpacker vibe as there are no resorts in the area (though it’s considered an up and coming resort area). It’s busy but also has black sand beaches and it’s easy to find a party. The areas biggest draw are its easy surfing waves, cheaper accommodation prices and Australian style cafes. It’s very common to find yoga here as well.

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Seminyak is an area on Bali’s southern coast, next to Canggu that is known for its high-end luxury Bali resorts, villas and spas. There isn’t much to do in Seminyak as it’s an area to hang out and relax in. High-end shopping, excellent restaurants, beach clubs, bars and beach sunsets are most common as it’s popular for Bali nightlife. Surfing is also popular here. But don’t forget your wallet if you plan on visiting here!

Bukit Peninsula (Uluwatu)

The southern tip of Bali, Bukit Peninsula, is often referred to just as Uluwatu which is only one area of this area. It’s different from the rest of Bali because of its dramatic cliffs that plunge into the bluest waters found on the island. The area is well-known for its world-class surf breaks and white sand beaches, in which there are plenty to choose from. Travellers here most commonly stay at higher-end resorts or villas but it’s not hard to find cheaper accommodation and places to party with a high or low budget.

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Nusa Dua is another resort area on Bali’s southern shores close to the Bukit Peninsula and opposite Uluwatu. It’s famed for its all-inclusive beach resorts which boast white sand and an 18-hole golf course. Shopping and relaxing are the main activities here but some cultural things can be done here too. It’s an excellent area for families.

Nusa Islands (Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan)

The Nusa Islands are not considered a part of Bali as they are actually three separate islands off of Bali’s southeast coast that make up the Nusa Penida District. They are extremely common to visit during a Bali trip because it takes only half an hour by speedboat to reach these stunning islands.

Nusa Penida is the largest with dramatic scenery and vibrant blue waters. Nusa Lembongan is the most popular and much smaller in size but is popular for diving and surfing. Nusa Ceningan is the smallest but is equally as beautiful.

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Kuta was Bali’s first main tourist development and has since turned into a popular spot for partying and beach resorts. Travellers of all sorts come here to be entertained and catch the easy waves that are ideal for beginners. Located in central Bali, Kuta is often looked down upon from some travellers as being too touristy but it has all of the attractions that families, backpackers and luxury travellers could ever want.

Denpasar is the islands capital and often a place skipped by visitors. It’s a packed and chaotic area where over 1 million locals call home. On the east side you’ll find Sanur beach and in the centre you’ll find a hub of politics but also authentic restaurants, shopping and parks. Denpasar is also where the airport is located.

Munduk is a spot in central Bali that often goes unnoticed in travellers Bali itinerary. This mountain village is popular for its trekking through the hills and jungle surroundings. A trip to Munduk will ensure that you see waterfalls, visit lakes and escape from the sometimes overpowering heat.

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Amed is made up of a long strip of local fishing villages along Bali’s less popular northern coast. If snorkelling and diving are you thing then make sure you check out the marine life off of Amed’s shores. Still relatively unknown, Amed is slowly making it’s spot on travellers radar, becoming more developed but still hanging onto its traditions. Stunningly clear waters, a beach, small town feels and the beginners of a yoga hub are all here.

Lovina is a very relaxed resort area in northern Bali that is too made up of a string of villages like Amed. It’s less touristy and quiet. A spot here is in order if you wish to get away from it all. Here you can spot dolphins, chill out and soak up the sun on the black sand beaches.

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How Long to Spend in Bali?

On average, people who are vacationing in Bali spend 1 week and those who are travelling spend 2 weeks in Bali. I recommend this as the bare minimum. You will not be able to see all the places listed in this guide in 2 weeks, which is fine because some places are similar.

Have fun planning your Bali trip, I hope you fall in love with the island as much as I and so many others did!

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ABOUT BALI, INDONESIA

FACTS ABOUT BALI

  • Dialing code: +62
  • Leading Telcos:  Telkomsel, XL Axiata, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, Smartfren ( get a SIM card )
  • Currency: Indonesian rupiah 
  • Official language: Indonesian

BEFORE GOING TO BALI...

  • What is Bali famous for? Bali is best known for surfing, beaches, mountainous jungle rainforest, temples, yoga, Hinduism, spirituality, scuba diving, the vibe of the island, and for being a tropical island paradise
  • Is Bali expensive to visit? Bali is Indonesia's most expensive tourist destination and one of the most expensive places to travel in Southeast Asia.
  • What month is best to visit Bali? The best time to visit is between May and August when the weather is most settled. The hottest month of the year is November with an average daily maximum of 32 C and an average low of 25 C. The coolest month of the year is August with an average daily maximum of 29 C and an average low of 24 C.
  • What should I wear in Bali? Bali is a popular backpacker destination, so casual clothes are common. Many wear shorts, t-shirts, summer dresses and trainers or sandals. Anything goes, but it's important to be respectful of the local culture, especially if you're visiting sacred sites or temples.
  • Is Bali a safe place to visit? Yes, Bali is pretty safe to visit for all sorts of travellers. The island is so well-trodden and inhabited by such friendly and helpful people, that it's one of the safest places in Southeast Asia to travel around.
  • Is Bali or Maldives cheaper? In terms of cost of Bali vs Maldives, the former easily wins in terms of cost efficiency and budget. While you may get a good deal during the off-season in Maldives, Bali is still cheaper. With a minimum budget of USD 40 per person per day, Bali is the more economical option.
  • What language is spoken in Bali? What you might not realize before you arrive in Bali is that there are actually 2 languages spoken. Bahasa Indonesia is the universal language used throughout this island nation, but Basa Bali or Balinese is most local's first language.

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TRAVEL EXPENSES

  • We booked our flight through Royal kites and Tour Agency (Biglaan lang nakita ko lang sa fb last month then nag book ako. May pa promo sila that time P8880 All In flight and hotel plus van transfer from airport to hotel)
  • Bago kami pumunta nag canvas nako ng mga driver na mag totour samin. Nag rarange sila ng 500k-800k IDR depende sa mga pupuntahan and depende sa itsura ng van.
  • Gumawa ko mg sarili kong itinerary. Lahat ng nalaman ko dito sa DIY pinagsama sama ko at pinagkasya ko ng 3 days.
  • Manila to Bali
  • Clark to Bali
  • Cebu to Bali
  • Jakarta to Bali

BALI 4D3N ITINERARY w/ Expenses

  • BEDUGUL TOUR/ 500k IDR car
  • Taman Ayun Temple 30K IDR
  • Ulundanu Temple 50K IDR
  • Wanagiri Village 40K IDR
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terrace 40K IDR
  • Tanah Lot Temple 60K IDR

Cheapest Flights and Airline Tickets Online Booking

  • LEMPUYANG&UBUD TOUR / 650k IDR car
  • Lempuyang Temple
  • Tegagalang Waterfalls
  • Batuan Temple 10K IDR
  • Coffee Plantation
  • Tirta Empul Holly Water/Tampak siring Temple 20K IDR

  • NUSA PENIDA 850k IDR/pax
  • Kelingking beach
  • Tree of love
  • Broken beach
  • Angel billabong ( Nature Infinity pool )
  • Crystal bay

  • Wakeup call 4am. Back to Manila.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

  • Recommended Bali Driver: Gus Tra (search nyo lang sa fb) with free SIM and water sa car. Or you can get a SIM via Kkday .
  • Hotel where we stayed: MaxOne Legian  (May pool at free breakfast. Kapag maaga tour nyo pwede kayo mgpa request ng maaga pra may baon kayo)  CHECK RATES
  • Where to eat: May mga parang carenderia and resto dun lakad lakad lang kayo. May malls din and fastfood like mcdonalds ang burger king.
  • Where to exchange money: Actually nakalimutan ko magpapalit kaka tingin san mas malaking rate. Nagtanong ako sa airport ang liit nagtanong ako sa labas same din, So ang ending ginamit ko un bdo ko sa ATMs nila 1php=250IDR 180php charge . Mas ok pa kung tutuusin. Pero try nyo din maghanap yung lang gnwa ko pra less hassle. Tumatanggap din sila ng mga credit cards.

OTHER BEAUTIFUL HOTELS AND RESORTS ACCOMMODATION IN BALI

  • Grand Inna Kuta - Check Rates and Availability!
  • Amnaya Resort Kuta -  Check Rates and Availability!
  • Aryaduta Bali -  Check Rates and Availability!
  • Grandmas Plus Hotel Airport -  Check Rates and Availability!
  • Holiday Inn Bali Sanur -  Check Rates and Availability!
  • Caroline Guest House -  Check Rates and Availability!
  • The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali -  Check Rates and Availability!
  • Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort & Spa by Prabhu -  Check Rates and Availability!

“SUNOG PERO WORTH IT”

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BALI TRAVEL GUIDE with Sample Itinerary & Budget

BALI TRAVEL GUIDE with Sample Itinerary & Budget

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When I think of Bali, the first word that comes to mind is “honeymoon”.

After all, in the book and movie “Eat Pray Love,” Bali represents love. And in many other films and TV shows, it is depicted as a romantic setting. Growing up, I always imagined it as a destination mainly for special celebrations. Back then, there were no direct flights from where I’m from to this Indonesian paradise. At least, no low-cost flights. A trip to Bali was a trip that you prepare for, you save a lot for. Of course, a lot has changed since.

Today, most of us know that Bali is not just a lover’s paradise. The island has something for travelers seeking nature, culture, and adventure. It is also an ideal choice for family trips, solo travels, group holidays, and even company incentive tours.

WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?

UNDERSTANDING BALI

Bali is Indonesia’s most famous tourist destination. The tourism industry is the province’s main source of income, fueled by tourism-related businesses like hotels and resorts, tour agencies and operators, etc.

Aside from making up the majority of the province’s economy, tourism also led to the development of more sophisticated arts and crafts. It also revived some of the traditional dances and customs that are otherwise left buried and forgotten. Natural attractions also abound in Bali — both on land and underwater. Rice terraces, mountains, islands, beaches, jungles, caves, waves, and marine life are the draw for the adventurous. All these and more propelled Bali to rise as one of the world’s top destinations.

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Essential Information:

  • Language: The most widely spoken languages are Indonesian/Bahasa Indonesia and Balinese. Most people understand and speak English too.
  • Religion: Over 80% of the residents practice Balinese Hinduism, which is unique in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country. It is important to be respectful of their way of life, especially when visiting spiritual sites like temples. The island also observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), which we will discuss below.
  • Time Zone: GMT+8 (Central Indonesia Time). Bali is in the same time zone as Manila, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur; and an hour ahead of Jakarta.
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR, Rp). USD 1 is around IDR 14,000; PHP 1 is around IDR 278; EUR 1 is around IDR 15,500 (as of November 2019)
  • Modes of Payment: Most of the stores and restaurants transact in Rupiah, but major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, fine-dining restaurants, and souvenir shops. I noticed that quite a number of establishments have large signs that say they prefer Mastercard. Others like Visa and American Express are accepted too.

WHERE TO STAY IN BALI

Bali Province is composed of Bali Island and other smaller islands clustered on the southeast portion, namely Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan. The city of Denpasar is the provincial capital.

Bali has the most diverse options in Indonesia when it comes to accommodations. There are guesthouses, inns ( losmens ), hostels, budget hotels, high-end hotels, resorts, and villas.

The island can be split into four regions: South, North, Central/East, and West Bali. Although it is possible to stay in other regions, the southern portion is the most popular tourist hub. The majority of the accommodations, restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping areas, and attractions are located here.

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As you can see on the map, most of the island’s tourist attractions can be found in the South. Most visitors choose to stay in the south because of the tourist-friendly services and amenities. Furthermore, it’s accessibility makes it a good base and jump-off point to other tourist destinations in Bali. For me, the most ideal places to stay in the south are the following:

  • Seminyak. Seminyak is located further north of Kuta. It is like the high-end version of Kuta. Seminyak has plenty of luxury hotels, villas, and spa resorts.
  • Legian. Legian is a suburb located between Kuta and Seminyak. It offers the best of both worlds — budget and luxury. This area is tamer compared to both Kuta and Seminyak.
  • Kuta. Kuta District in Badung Regency has the highest concentration of accommodations in Bali. Although there are high-end hotels here, the town is known for its budget- and backpacker-friendly accommodations.

But if you’re after peace of mind or a more cultural experience, Ubud in Central/East region is also a great choice. It’s not as accessible as the beach towns, but it offers a relaxing Balinese getaway.

We’ve discussed these areas in detail in a separate article: BEST AREAS TO STAY IN BALI!

Top Budget Hotels in Kuta

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  • Cara Cara Inn. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • H-Ostel Bali. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Praba Guesthouse. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Kuta Beach Stay. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Yans House Hotel. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • D Beds Hostel. Check Rates & Availability! ✅

Top Budget Hotels in Seminyak

  • Balinea Villa & Spa. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
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HOW TO GET TO BALI

The primary gateway to Bali is Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar Airport or Bali Airport. It is situated in the southern part of the island near the capital, Denpasar, and located between Kuta and Jimbaran. The airport is one of the busiest in Indonesia and connects to major cities and airports, both domestic and international.

Manila is directly connected to Bali. The travel duration between Manila and Bali is approximately four (4) hours.

Travelers arriving in Bali are requested to fill out two forms: Custom Declaration Form and the yellow Health Declaration Form . No need for Arrival Card. If you are arriving as a family, you need to fill out only one Custom Declaration Form. Our forms were given to us onboard.

Bali Airport to Kuta, Legian, Seminyak or Canggu

A majority of tourists choose these four areas as their bases: Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and Canggu. All of them are located north of the airport on the southwest coast of Bali. Estimated travel duration:

  • To Kuta – 30 minutes
  • To Legian – 1 hour
  • To Seminyak – 1 hour
  • To Canggu – 1.5 hours

Here are your options for the mode of transportation from the airport to any of these tourist areas:

  • Arranged Transport Services (Example: hotel service and tour operators)
  • Airport Taxi
  • Metered Taxi
  • Ride-sharing Apps
  • Public Transportation (Example: Angkot/Bemo and Trans Sarbagita)
  • Tourist Shuttle (Example: Kura Kura Bus and Perama Bus)
  • Online Booking

For the detailed post on how to get to Bali and its tourist centers, we created a separate article for that. You may read it here: Bali Airport to the Tourist Centers.

If you’re a group, a convenient option to consider is a private transfer. An indication that it’s one of the most trusted airport transfer options is the significant number of Klook-affiliated drivers waiting at the Arrival Lobby. All of them, wearing the orange Klook uniform, are clustered in one area. Some transfer packages on Klook also include data SIM cards.

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HOW TO GET AROUND BALI

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There are choices aplenty for the modes of transportation to get around Bali. Here are your options:

  • Joining a group tour. Most tourists prefer to join group tours to get to famous attractions. These tours are offered by hotels, travel agencies and tour operators. You can also book the tour ahead online through Klook. We will tackle more of this later on the Things to Do in Bali section of this guide.

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  • Tourist Shuttle. Well, from the name itself, this option is more tourist-friendly than the regular public buses in Bali. These shuttles cover the main tourist destinations in Bali. Kura Kura Bus and Perama Bus are popular among tourists. To contact them, you may check their official websites and social media accounts. Kura Kura Bus has a mobile app too!
  • Regular Bus. Trans Sarbagita is Bali’s bus rapid system that serves mainly Denpasar and the southern Bali area. It has fixed routes but no fixed schedule. Other regular buses normally cover long-distance routes. The fare depends on your destination. However, this is not recommended to take if you are pressed for time.
  • Bemo or Angkot. These are local minivans. They are normally open and non-airconditioned. They look like vans but they work like Philippine’s jeepneys.
  • Taxi. For short-distance travel, tourists hop on a taxi. Taxis are relatively cheap in Bali compared to other countries. The meter starts at IDR 7,000 (PHP25/USD.50/EUR.45) and IDR 6,500 (PHP24/USD.46/EUR.42) per succeeding kilometer. As a rule of thumb, always insist on using the meter.
  • Ride-Sharing App. Or a ride-hailing app. This should be the most convenient option BUT it’s a bit tricky to use ride-sharing apps like GoJek and Grab in Bali. There are certain streets that don’t allow these vehicles to pass and certain hotels that discourage their guests from hailing a ride using the app.
  • Motorcycle or Car Rental. Some travelers who like to be in total control of their time and itinerary opt to rent a car or a motorcycle. A motorcycle is the main mode of transportation used by both locals and tourists. The tourist hubs are bombarded by lots of motorcycle-for-rent ads/signboards. The rental rates range from IDR 70,000 (PHP250/USD5/EUR4.5) to IDR 150,000 (PHP540/USD11/EUR10) per day, depending on the type of motorcycle.

Learn more about the rules when driving a car or motorcycle in Bali and other important details here: HOW TO GET AROUND BALI!

POCKET WIFI RENTAL & LOCAL SIM IN BALI

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There are many available local SIM and pocket WiFi rentals in Bali. You can also get your SIM card or pocket WiFi from Klook!

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Having a reliable internet connection while traveling is beneficial. It will help you save time and money as you explore. You can access Google Maps, a language translation app, and the currency conversion app. And should you decide to book tours or private car with a driver, you can communicate with the local drivers, tour operators, and tour guides via online messaging apps.

THINGS TO DO IN BALI

The good news is, Bali has a lot to offer. A LOT. You’ll never run out of things to do and places to discover even if you stay for weeks. I have friends who are now based in Bali and they still haven’t explored many parts of the island.

The bad news is, well, Bali has a lot to offer. With so many options, it can be quite challenging to pick attractions and activities, especially if you have limited time. If you’re building a Bali itinerary, it will help to look at them as tour packages. Many tours bundle tourist sites according to proximity (attractions closer to each other) or according to your interests. You’re in Bali to see the temples? There are tours for that. Food? There are tours for that. Beaches and waterfalls? There are tours for that. Instagrammable spots? You bet there are tours for that, too!

Important! If you’re booking multiple pre-arranged tours, compare itineraries first and check if there are repetitive items. You probably don’t want to visit the same attraction twice.

Bali Instagram Tour

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For Instagrammers, Bali is the promised land. Its every nook and cranny has an Insta-worthy spot. No wonder a lot of Instagram tours have sprouted over the past few years. If you’re the type who always wants the most memorable photos from your trips, this may be for you.

Klook offers a tour that will take you to the island’s most Instagrammable spots with a professional photographer to ensure you have pictures worth sharing. The tour package includes hotel pickup and drop-off, English-speaking driver, entrance fees, parking fees, and service fee for the photographer. My only request is, take some time to appreciate each of the spots you will visit and experience them fully, not just as a backdrop.

Anyway, you can choose between BALI IG TOUR, NORTH BALI IG TOUR, and UBUD IG TOUR.

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Lempuyang Temple and East Bali Tour

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You might recognize Lempuyang Temple by its iconic, Instagram-worthy Gate of Heaven , which frames the majestic Mt. Agung in the background. But this temple, more formally called Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang, is definitely more than just a selfie spot. Standing on the slope of Mount Lempuyang, it is one of the six holiest places in Bali, which are believed to maintain the spiritual balance in the island.

If you want to take the photo at the Gate of Heaven, prepare to wait for a long time, unless you’re visiting early. You can book a private SUNRISE TOUR on Klook, which also includes a stop at Virgin Beach and Asah Hill. Sunset tour is also available.

If you’re not the early morning type, you can also book a regular DAY TOUR with stops at Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung water palaces. Join-in and private options are available for this.

Important! If you’re also going to book the BALI INSTAGRAM TOUR (see above), these tours might feel repetitive because they both make a stop at Lempuyang Temple. It’s best to choose just one.

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Ubud and Central Bali Tour

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Ubud is the heart and soul of Bali. Although it has become busier as more tourists flood in over the years, it remains the island’s cultural core. It has a lot to offer: breathtaking scenery, nature, temples, and the traditional Balinese way of life. Although it is possible to stay in Ubud, most tourists visit only on a day tour. Klook has a lot of Ubud offers, but the two with the best itineraries are the following: a join-in shuttle service and a private tour package .

JOIN-IN SHUTTLE SERVICE The shuttle service includes only the transfers for the full day, driver fee, and insurance, but NOT the entrance fees. It does not include hotel pickup or drop-off. You will need to meet up with the driver. There are meetup locations in Kuta, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Ubud, and Sanur. This is a join-in tour, so you will be sharing the vehicle with other tourists.

Here are the stops and the corresponding entrance fees (which you will need to pay for at the site).

  • Tegenungan Waterfall – IDR 15,000
  • Sacred Monkey Forest – IDR 80,000
  • Ubud Art Market or Ubud Royal Palace
  • Tegalalang Rice Terrace – IDR 20,000
  • Swing at Alas Harum – IDR 150,000 to 300,000

PRIVATE TOUR PACKAGE This is a private tour that includes hotel pick-up and drop off, transfers and driver fee, all entrance fees, and a bottled water. What’s not included is the optional swing fee. The places to be visited are the same as the shuttle service but with additional stops at Tirta Empul Holy Springs and Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah). Here are the usual stops:

  • Tegenungan Waterfall
  • Elephant Cave
  • Tirta Empul Holy Springs
  • Tegalalang Rice Terrace (optional jungle swing experience)
  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Ubud Art Market

Because it’s a private tour, the price per person depends on how many you are in the group.

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Nusa Penida Tour

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Nusa Penida is a breathtaking island off the southeastern coast of Bali. It is best known for the dinosaur-shaped Kilingking Beach, which is just one of its many spectacular sights. Nusa Penida tours are categorized into three: West, East, and South. Here are the main stops per tour:

  • West Tour: Kilingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, Crystal Bay
  • East Tour: Teletubbies Hills, Thousand Island viewpoint, Tree House, Diamond Beach, Atuh Beach
  • South Tour: Tembeling Beach, Banah Cliff

If you don’t know how to drive, you have two options. You can travel on your own to Sanur Harbor, where you’ll catch the boat to Nusa Penida. Once on the island, you can charter a private car with driver. You can book with Klook. See link below.

The second option is to join a group tour from your hotel in Kuta, Denpasar or Seminyak. They will pick you up at your hotel, transfer you to Sanur Harbor, get you on the boat to Nusa Penida, tour you around the island, and take you back to the hotel at the end of the day. It’s more expensive but hassle-free because you don’t need to worry about anything.

If you do know how to drive and you have a license, you can also rent a motorcycle or car on the island.

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Uluwatu Temple

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Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a Hindu sea temple that sits atop a cliff. It is one of the six key temples that make Bali’s spiritual pillars. The main temple is open only to worshipers. However, visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the sea from outside the temple.

The temple ground is visited by monkeys dwelling in the forest that surrounds it. These monkeys are known to snatch things from visitors so take care of your belongings, especially your accessories like sunglasses. There’s a cliffside pathway also that gives visitors different viewing points of the Indian Ocean, the tides, and the sunset. You need to wear sarong and sash to enter the temple ground. These are provided at the temple for free. The best time to go is early afternoon, just before the crowd thickens, as it is one of the best places to see the sunset on the island. In fact, the famous Kecak Dance, a Balinese art form, is performed daily starting at dusk, affording the audience to watch two beautiful masterpieces — the dance and the sunset.

At around 6 PM, Kecak (pronounced “ke-chak”) Dance is performed daily on a cliffside open-air venue within the temple grounds of Uluwatu Temple. It is based on the epic Ramayana, focusing on how Rama and his brother rescued his abducted wife, Sita, with the help of the monkey king and his troops.

Kecak Dance is characterized by the chanting and dancing of 75 men while the performers re-enact some of the scenes from the epic tale. It is recommended to go there early at least an hour ahead to secure a good spot. You can purchase your ticket in advance too.

  • Admission Fee: IDR 30,000
  • Kecak Dance Fee: IDR 100,000
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM; 24/7 for worshipers
  • Kecak Dance Schedule: Starts at 6:00 PM daily

Lines can be too long. But you can book your ticket in advance through Klook. You can also join a tour which includes a Kecak Dance ticket via Klook. The tour package includes roundtrip transfers (hotel pick up and drop off). If you’re a private group, the itinerary also includes a stop at Padang-Padang Beach .

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Ulun Danu Beratan, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, and Tanah Lot Tour

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This tour features three of Bali’s most iconic sites:

  • Ulundanu Beratan Temple. Located on the shores of Lake Bratan in Tabanan, this is a major Hindu Shaivite water temple. Just like the other water temples Uluwatu and Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu Beratan offers a dreamy tableau when the tide is high and the lake water borders the temple on all sides.
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. Bali’s map is striped by a lot of terraced hills, but this is one of the best representations of Bali’s Cultural Landscape, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Tanah Lot. One of the icons of Bali, Tanah Lot is a temple perched on an islet, 300 meters off the coast of Beraban, Kederi in Tabanan. The actual temple is open to worshipers only, but visitors can enjoy the scenic setting. Best enjoyed at sunset!

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Bali Food Tour

One of the ways to immerse yourself in the culture of the place is through the local cuisine. Indonesian food is generally spicy; Bali is not an exception. Here are some dishes to dig into when in Bali.

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  • Ayam/Bebek Betutu. This is a spicy smoked chicken or duck seasoned with bumbu betutu (spicy paste) served with mixed veggies, rice, and sambal.
  • Bebek Bengil/Goreng. This is a crispy duck marinated in Indonesian spices, then steamed, and finally fried.
  • Sate. Pork satay or chicken satay are common, but lamb satay is also available.
  • Babi Guling. This is like Philippine’s lechon . Also called Balinese suckling pig, Babi Guling is usually served with stewed vegetables, rice, crispy pork skin, and pork sausages. The pig is seasoned with local spices so it’s spicy.

You can join organized food tours not just to have a taste of Balinese food but also learn about them. There are 2 foodie tours available on Klook: a more general food tour and a street food tour.

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Other Places to Visit in Bali

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Here are other tourist attractions in Bali.

  • Seminyak. Seminyak is Kuta’s less popular but cleaner, calmer and classier seatmate. It is lined with high-end shops, chic bars, and trendy spots. Like Kuta, it is a surfer’s paradise. It’s also located along the same coast, so they share the same view of the sunset.
  • Kuta Beach. Also called Sunset Beach, it has fine cream-colored sand where tourists laze around or watch the sun go down. It’s also a popular surfing place and the epicenter of the island’s vibrant nightlife.

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  • Taman Ayun Temple. Taman Ayun means “Garden Temple in the Water”. The living legacy of the Mengwi Empire, this family temple is also one of the six royal temples in Bali. Admission Fee: IDR 20,000 Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Daily)
  • Saraswati Temple. Located in Ubud, Pura Taman Saraswati is another Hindu water temple. The most prominent feature is the foyer with lotus ponds. During the evening, a traditional dance performance is held at the open stage. Admission Fee: FREE Dance Performance: 7:30 PM, IDR 80,000/pax Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Di Kubu Strawberry. A fruit farm in Tabanan Regency, where you can pick your own strawberries. The place also has a relaxing ambiance and presents a view of the lake too. Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sukawati Art Market. Locally called Pasar Seni Sukawati, it is said to be the most established art market in the island. It is where both locals and tourists shop; locals for their everyday needs, tourists for souvenirs. Opening Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

If you want to see more places to visit or learn more about each item above, we created a separate, more detailed post for it. READ: PLACES TO VISIT IN BALI!

SAMPLE BALI ITINERARY

This is a sample 4-day 3-night Bali itinerary with budget breakdown.

As always, feel free to make necessary adjustments to match your flight schedules, hotel location, and preferences.

Easy Itinerary for 2 Pax

This is a comfortable itinerary that entails booking organized tours with Klook. It assumes you’re a group of 2 pax , splitting the cost of transportation and some tours. The costs indicated below are per person .

For this itinerary, we set the food budget to Rp 100,000 per meal per person. In reality, you can easily find dishes at a much lower price. A meal from a warung (local food stall) can go as low as Rp25,000. But we want it to be more flexible. You can use the leftover money as your budget for your snacks that day or breakfast the next day.

DAY 1 – ULUWATU TOUR 07:50 am – Arrival in Bali 09:00 am – Taxi/Grab to hotel, Rp35,000/pax 09:30 am – Baggage drop or check-in (if possible) 10:00 am – Explore Kuta Beach 12:00 pm – Lunch, Rp100,000 01:00 pm – Walk back to hotel 02:00 pm – Uluwatu Tour, Rp390,000 08:30 pm – Dinner, Rp100,000 10:00 pm – Back to hotel

DAY 2 – INSTAGRAM TOUR 04:00 am – Wake up call 05:00 am – Bali Instagram Tour, Rp605,000 + Lunch, Rp100,000 + Swing, Rp150,000 06:30 pm – Back to hotel, freshen up 07:30 pm – Dinner, Rp100,000 09:00 pm – Back to hotel

DAY 3 – NUSA PENIDA TOUR 06:00 am – Wake up call 07:00 am – Nusa Penida Tour, Rp610,000 + Lunch, Rp100,000 06:00 pm – Back to hotel, freshen up 07:00 pm – Dinner, Rp100,000 09:00 pm – Back to hotel, pack

DAY 4 – DEPARTURE 03:30 am – Wake up call 04:30 am – Hotel check out 05:00 am – Airport transfer, Rp35,000/pax 05:35 am – Flight check in 08:35 am – Fly out

If you’re able to book a twin/double room at a hotel for Rp360,000 per night, the itinerary above will cost you Rp3,300,000 (USD236, EUR213, SGD320, PHP12,000) per person, excluding airfare, travel tax and tips, but including some allowance to cover incidental expenses, future price movements, and other possible expenses we might have missed.

Note that you can significantly reduce this further if you’re part of a bigger group or if you’re willing to rent a motorcycle instead of joining tours.

Budget Itinerary for 4 Pax

This itinerary is best for friends traveling together because it assumes you’re a group of four.

If you’re traveling solo, you can form a group with other backpackers and split the cost of transportation.

For this itinerary, we lowered the food budget to only Rp70,000 per meal, which can still afford you a full meal from a warung (local food stalls) and other cheaper establishments.

DAY 1 – SEMINYAK & KUTA 07:50 am – Arrival in Bali 09:00 am – Taxi/Grab to hotel, Rp20,000/pax 09:30 am – Baggage drop or check-in (if possible) 10:00 am – Taxi to Seminyak, Rp15,000/pax 12:00 pm – Lunch, Rp70,000 02:00 pm – Continue exploring Seminyak 03:00 pm – Taxi to hotel, Rp20,000/pax 03:15 pm – Hotel check in, freshen up 04:30 pm – Explore Kuta 05:40 pm – Watch sunset from beach bar + Food & drinks budget, Rp200,000 08:30 pm – Back to hotel

DAY 2 – UBUD TOUR 07:00 am – Wake up call 08:00 am – Walk or taxi to meet up point, Rp15,000/pax 08:30 am – Ubud Sightseeing Shuttle, Rp105,000 + Lunch, Rp70,000 + Tegenungan Waterfall – Rp15,000 + Sacred Monkey Forest – Rp80,000 + Ubud Art Market or Ubud Royal Palace + Tegalalang Rice Terrace – Rp20,000 + Swing at Alas Harum – Rp150,000 06:00 pm – Back to Kuta 06:30 pm – Dinner, Rp70,000 07:30 pm – Walk back to hotel 08:00 pm – Rest

DAY 3 – EAST BALI 05:00 am – Wake up call 06:00 am – Start Private Car Tour, Rp125,000/pax 08:10 am – Lempuyang Temple, Free entrance + Sarong rental: Rp10,000/pax + Donation, Rp10,000/pax 10:30 am – Drive to Tirta Gangga 11:00 am – Tirta Gangga, Rp30,000 11:45 am – Lunch, Rp70,000 12:30 pm – Drive to Tukad Cepung Falls 02:00 pm – Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Rp10,000 04:00 pm – Drive to hotel 05:30 pm – Back to hotel + Tip driver, Rp20,000/pax 05:45 pm – Rest, freshen up 07:30 pm – Dinner, Rp70,000/pax 09:30 pm – Back to hotel, pack

DAY 4 – DEPARTURE 03:30 am – Wake up call 04:30 am – Hotel check out 05:00 am – Airport transfer, Rp20,000/pax 05:35 am – Flight check in 08:35 am – Fly out

If you are able to book a dorm bed for Rp140,000 a night, the itinerary above will set you back Rp1,900,000 (USD138, EUR125, SGD187, PHP6,900) per person, excluding airfare and travel tax, but including some allowance to cover incidental expenses, future price movements, and other possible expenses we might have missed.

MORE TIPS FOR THE POOR TRAVELER

  • Try a warung in your area for authentic and delicious but budget-friendly meals. A warung is a local food stall, usually serving traditional Indonesian cuisine. You can have a tasty dish for only Rp15,000. Some dishes are more expensive, some are cheaper.
  • When paying using credit cards, note that most have 3-5% surcharge. Always check with the restaurant or the business establishment you are transacting with.
  • Indonesians are friendly and hospitable. Most can speak and understand English, so don’t hesitate to ask if you get lost.
  • Have enough cash on hand, especially if you are traveling to remote areas or the southeastern islands. You might have a hard time finding ATMs or even transact using your credit card when you go to these far-flung places.
  • Purchase travel insurance. As we always recommend our readers, this is something you won’t need to use but you’ll be grateful you did in case something happens.
  • If you are staying in Ubud, keep in mind that some taxis will charge big because, by certain regulations, they are not permitted to pick up passengers, only drop them off. Also, ride-sharing service is not allowed in Ubud. You might want to book your airport transfer to and from Ubud through Klook.
  • Always insist on using the meter when riding a taxi.
  • It’s best to carry small bills with you should you decide to take the taxi so you can pay the exact fare and not fall for the rampant no-change excuse.
  • Wear sash and sarong inside the Hindu temples. These are normally provided by the temple management.
  • Strict observance of Nyepi Day. Nyepi Day or Day of Silence is an important public holiday in Bali, celebrated every Saka New Year. It is observed by fasting and meditating and doing less or nothing at all. The observance period is 6AM – 6AM (the next day). During this time frame, locals AND tourists are expected to follow the restrictions such as no working, no lighting of fires, no lights (or used rarely), no traveling, and no entertainment. For some, they can even go with no talking. Even Bali Airport is closed the entire day. No one is allowed outside the streets except the security people and when there’s an emergency. Nyepi Day usually happens in March.
  • Galungan. It happens twice per year (every six months). It is characterized by bamboo poles with offerings attached at the end.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BALI

When is the best time to go to bali.

The peak or high season is from July to early September. These are driest months. But it’s also the busiest, most crowded. It coincides with Australian winter, and many of them escape the cold to Bali. Late September is also a good time to visit, when the crowds start to thin.

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Christmas and New Year seasons (December-January) are also busy months for Bali. Expect airfare, hotel rates, restaurants, tours, and other services to skyrocket.

Lean months are February to June and October to November. Prices are cheaper and the tourist attractions are less crowded, but these months also record the highest rainfall.

Bali has a tropical climate; hot and humid all year round, especially in the coastal and low areas. Elevated and mountainous Central Bali area has a cooler temperature.

Do I need a visa to visit Bali?

To be sure that your country is included in the visa-exempt countries, check the website of the Indonesian Embassy where you are or contact them.

Do I need polio vaccine to visit Bali?

For travelers from the Philippines, you only need to secure a Polio Vaccination Certificate IF you are planning to stay for FOUR WEEKS or longer. If you fall under this category and you don’t have said immunization requirement, Indonesia’s Port Health Office at the port of entry will give you polio vaccination. A fee of Rp45,000 (PhP165) will be charged.

What plug type is used in Bali?

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Where can I exchange my money in Bali?

Our preferred method of securing local currency is by withdrawing from the ATM. Most ATMs, however, have a withdrawal limit of Rp2 million to 2.5 million.

For tourist hotspots like Kuta, Seminyak, and Ubud, money exchange kiosks in Bali are plenty. You can also exchange at banks. Some hotel fronts also have money exchange stalls installed.

If you transact with money changers, check their online reviews first and check the rates carefully because some establishments have records of scamming tourists.

Where can I find ATMs in Bali?

ATMs in Bali dispense Rp50,000 and/or Rp100,000 notes. The withdrawal limit is usually Rp2 million or 2.5 million.

Is it safe in Bali?

Additional words by Yosh Dimen Additional photos by Kara Santos, Glenn Ituriaga, and Klook

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Bali Itinerary: Perfect Plan For 2 Weeks in Bali, Indonesia

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When we decided to go to Bali, Indonesia for my birthday, we were intent on planning the perfect trip. Relaxation was a priority for our Bali Itinerary, but we were seeking a bit of adventure, too.

It was our first visit to Indonesia and deciding where to go in Bali was a bit overwhelming. So many places intrigued us…but we quickly identified a few spots we wanted to avoid. As we researched, our one week in Bali turned into two weeks in Bali…which turned into one month in Bali. And it was phenomenal.

Best 2 Weeks in Bali Itinerary

We understand most travelers won’t be able to spend an entire month in Bali, so we created a Bali two-week itinerary that is a condensed version of our visit. Our Bali tour itinerary includes the things we loved best about our trip: seaside relaxation, spectacular scenery, incredible food and amazing sunsets. Rather than staying in one location, our Bali travel itinerary takes visitors to multiple destinations for a broader overall experience.

How To Plan a Bali Trip

By sharing our detailed Bali Itinerary 2 Weeks, we are eliminating the hassle of all the tedious research! To create your ultimate trip itinerary for 2 Weeks in Bali, use our guide as a base. Either follow it step-by-step or make adjustments as it best suits your travel style, interests and budget. We even offer a few suggestions of alternate activities to include on your trip to Bali, Indonesia at the end of the article.

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Best Itinerary For Bali…For Who?

Our recommendations for what to do in Bali for 2 weeks covers a range of attractions and activities. This trip planner can be used for first-time visitors, Bali solo travel, families , as an outline for a surf trip to Bali or as a Bali honeymoon itinerary (it felt like a second honeymoon for us!).

Our Bali travel guide is useful to anyone interested in a beach vacation. Bali planning shouldn’t be a task; just use our day-by-day guide to help plan your trip!

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Route For Our Bali Itinerary

Visitors with 14 days in Bali can cover a lot of ground, which is good because Bali is so incredibly diverse. In fact, we didn’t realize just how big Bali is until we started planning our own route.

Our Bali travel route includes overnight stays in the following destinations: Canggu (4 nights), Uluwatu (3 nights), Nusa Lembongan (4 nights), Nusa Ceningan (2 nights), Sanur (1 night).

Destination Guide For Our 2 Week Bali Itinerary

A full two weeks allows for plenty of time to explore different Bali destinations without feeling rushed. We spent ample time carefully considering which destinations to include in our Bali tour plan. Before we dive into the day-by-day details of our Bali 2 Week Itinerary, let’s preview the destinations.

Surfers walking at sunset on Echo Beach in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Located along the west coast of southern Bali, Canggu is a town that has long stretches of beach and offers a little bit of something for everyone. Which is why it is the first destination we include in our 2 Week Itinerary Bali!

The rural setting has an old-school beach vibe with plenty of options for Canggu activities, like surfing, yoga and beach-walking. Visitors will find an array of accommodations, from boutique resorts to backpacker hostels, and a wide range of Canggu restaurants and cafes.

Top Tip: For more suggestions read our Top Things To Do in Canggu .

View of Delpi Cafe and pool from Uluwatu cliff in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Sitting atop the cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu is a surfer haven – but appeals to non-surfers, as well. Much less-developed in terms of tourism, the area is more spread out than Canggu, but still fairly easy to get around. We loved our time in Uluwatu and think it is a must see on your 2 Week Bali Itinerary!

The Uluwatu clifftops offer incredible vantage points over the sea and the small, secluded beaches are accessed by steep staircases. Travelers can choose to stay in upscale Uluwatu resorts, stylish homestays or basic, open-air rooms. 

Top Tip : For more recommendations read our Amazing Things To Do in Uluwatu .

Nusa Lembongan

Boats along the sand on Jungut Batu beach on Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Visiting the Nusa Islands is a top highlight of our 2 Weeks in Bali Itinerary. The most popular of the three Nusa Islands, Lembongan has a low-key vibe with numerous options for water activities, coastal exploration and day trips to Nusa Penida.

Many tourists visit Nusa Lembongan on a day trip from mainland Bali, but we know it’s worth spending additional time here. Even though it is a small island, there are many places to stay that fit a range of budgets. 

Top Tip : For a deeper introduction, read our Complete Guide to the Nusa Islands .

Nusa Ceningan

Swinging on swings over cliff at Ceningan Cliffs Restaurant on Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia

The smallest of the Nusa Islands, Ceningan has only recently experienced an uptick in tourism. Many travelers opt to skip it when they plan a trip to Bali, but we think it is an absolute gem! 

The stunning coastline is a major Nusa Ceningan attraction. Much of the island is rural and undeveloped, which is also a draw for those looking for a quaint and quiet slice of Bali.

On the beach at sunset in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

A seaside retreat on the southeastern shores of mainland Bali, Sanur is home to multiple international brand resorts. Sanur is the departure point for the Nusa Islands ferries and close to the Bali International Airport, which is why we include it on our Bali Itinerary. 

That said, there are other reasons to include a stop in Sanur. In addition to being well-connected to other destinations, there is a pleasant beach and numerous restaurants. Traditional boats and fishermen can be seen in the water from the inviting Sanur Beach. 

Where We Did Not Go on Our Bali, Indonesia Trip

We filled our Bali 14 Day Itinerary with top beach destinations – but purposely omitted a few places. 

Both Seminyak and Kuta were eliminated from our Bali trip itinerary for several reasons, but mostly because they seem overly touristy with too many people crammed into too little space. In our opinion, there are much better places to see on Bali in 2 weeks.

On the other hand, while visiting Ubud was at the top of our initial list, we skipped it because our focus was a Bali beach trip.

Bali Itinerary 2 Weeks: Day-by-Day

Our Bali Itinerary for 14 days is broken down into a useful day-by-day format. Essential information – like where to stay, how to get around and Bali trip expenses – are included at the end of the article.

Day 1: Arrive in Canggu

Man pushes bike up hill with line of traffic behind him in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Arrive at the Bali International Airport in Denpasar and make the journey to Canggu. Get settled into your Canggu accommodations ( recommended : Ecosfera ), then kick off your Bali vacation itinerary by heading straight for the beach! Let the ocean spray mist your face as you sink your toes into the sand at one of the three main beaches in Canggu: Echo Beach, Batu Bolong and Berawa Beach.

Bintangs On The Beach, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Grab a cold drink from one of the beach warungs (shops) and soak in the day’s last rays of sunshine on your first day in Bali. Make your way to Old Man’s – a Canggu institution – for dinner or a couple local Bintang beers. The casual beach bar is a fun place to meet fellow travelers and often has live music or DJs. 

Day 2 – Relax, You’re On a Bali Vacation!

Tourists relax on bean bags and loungers on Echo Beach in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

On Day 2 of your Bali travel plan, fully transition into vacation mode. After a leisurely breakfast, saunter down to the beach for a morning stroll. Walk along the sandy coast to the south; if you are feeling motivated, walk all the way to Seminyak. Let the ocean breeze tangle your hair and enjoy the scenic seascape.

Back in Canggu, if the surf is calm enough, jump into the waves to cool off from the walk then rent a beach chair for an afternoon of sunbathing. If the ocean is too rough, head for your hotel pool and take a refreshing dip.

Plumeria flower at spa in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Mid-afternoon go to one of the Canggu spas for an inexpensive treatment. You can get a relaxing one-hour massage for about $10 USD. A traditional Balinese massage uses acupressure and skin rolling techniques and is heavenly. A couples massage is a fabulous thing to include in a Bali Two Week Honeymoon Itinerary!

Top Tip: Want to really splurge? Treat yourself to a Bali Spa Tour ! 

End the day with a must-see Bali sunset on Echo Beach. Grab a seat in one of the colorful bean bags on the sand or get an elevated view from upscale La Brisa . Watch the surfers ride the waves as the sun goes down. After sunset, stay on the shoreline for dinner and drinks at The Lawn .

Day 3 – Bali Surf and Yoga

Tourists learn to surf on Batu Bolong Beach in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

On Day 3 of your Bali vacation itinerary, participate in one of the many popular Canggu activities, like surfing or yoga.

Beginner-level surfers can learn to ride waves at Batu Bolong Beach where conditions are ideal for novice board riders. Tourists who have never been on a surf board can hire one of the experienced coaches for a one-on-one surf lesson.  

Yoga pose on the beach in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Active travelers who want to stay on dry land can join one of the Canggu yoga classes. Numerous yoga studios in Canggu offer a range of classes – from beginner to advanced. Most classes cost $10 USD or less.

Want to stick to an activity you already know how to do? Take a long beach walk – but this time walk north. Two miles north of Canggu is the Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus Temple, a picturesque religious site occupying a rocky peninsula that seldom sees visitors.

After a great day of activities, you have no doubt worked up an appetite. Treat yourself to an indulgent Italian meal at Pizza Fabbrica or end your day on a high healthy note with a nutritious poke bowl from PokePoke .

Day 4 – Bali Temple Tour and Rice Paddies

Man walks in rice fields in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

On Day 4 of your Bali holiday, abandon the beach and explore more of the area surrounding Canggu.

Visiting ancient temples and terraced rice paddies are highlights on every Bali Must-See Itinerary – and both are easily accessible from Canggu. The iconic Hindu temple, Pura Tanah Lot, sits on a rocky outcrop just to the north and rice paddies are easily found along the main roads.

Man works in rice fields in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Tourists who rent scooters will be able to visit the temple and find the rice fields on their own. Those without transportation or who want to explore beyond the coastline can book a private tour.

A full-day, private tour includes the following sites: the most beautiful terraced rice fields near Ubud (including the famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace), one of Bali’s Luwak coffee plantations, the arts center in Ubud and the Tanah Lot temple. Find out more about this fun and cheap Bali tour!

Finish off with dinner at Warung Smile . The family-owned eatery cooks up traditional Indonesian fare. Be adventurous and order an authentic dish you haven’t yet tried!

Day 5 – Next Destination: Uluwatu, Bali

Bali umbrella at Sunset Point in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Make the short but long journey from Canggu to Uluwatu. Although the two locations are not far apart on a map, traffic congestion between the two places prohibits a speedy transfer. Make the most of the time and keep your eyes peeled on the passing scenery – local shops, tourist hubs and the unbelievable number of scooters on the road.

Peering down at the waves in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

After checking in to your Uluwatu accommodation ( recommended : D’Padang ), make your way to the cliff’s edge above Suluban Beach. Follow the crowds to Uluwatu hotspot, Single Fin , and try to find a front-row seat for sunset – or clamber down the stairs to one of the chill warungs clinging to the cliffside. For dinner, eat a delicious meal at popular La Baracca .

Day 6 – Uluwatu Beaches

Looking down on Padang-Padang Thomas Beach from staircase in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

If the tide is high in the morning, start your day at Thomas Beach (aka the real Padang-Padang Beach). Take the steep, uneven steps from the clifftop to the sandy stretch of shore. Rent a beach chair and umbrella for the day and soak in the salty sea air.

Walk to the far east end of the beach and climb over the boulders to find the small temple. If the tide is receding, explore the west end of the beach and go beyond the large rock to discover a hidden beach and cave.

Local fisherman with net at Suluban Beach in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

When the tide is low, head for Suluban Beach and descend the stairs into the cave. Spend time walking along the shore where the exposed reef reveals large tidal pools.

Take a dip in the clear, shallow water or find a spot on the sand and watch the surfers come and go. Note: If it is low tide in the morning, flip-flop your agenda for the day and go to Suluban first, then Thomas.

DJ and Party at Ulu Cliffhouse in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

In the late afternoon, check out the Ulu Cliffhouse. The beach club and resort features swings, hammocks, bean bags and incredible views. After the sun sets, head back to the main road to Nyoman Local Food , where you can feast on Indonesia cuisine for cheap.

Top Tip : For more beaches, read our article on the Best Uluwatu Beach for Your Bali Trip .

Day 7 – Another Day, Another Uluwatu Beach!

Kelly's Warung at Bingin Beach in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Spend a second day by the sea at another one of the best beaches in Uluwatu: Bingin Beach. Popular with the surfer crowd, Bingin has a laid-back vibe. Kelly’s Warung , with an elevated view of the sea and surfers, is a great place to hang. Bring a book and let an entire day slip by while relaxing beside the pale blue water.

Surfer catches air while riding wave in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

If you want to add a little culture to your experience, in the afternoon take a trip to the famous Uluwatu temple, Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Sitting on the west-facing clifftop, the temple is especially popular at sunset. Stay for the Kecak Dance; the traditional Balinese performance takes place at an outdoor theater next to the temple. You can visit on your own or book a tour .

For your last dinner in Uluwatu, choose between dining cliffside at one of the upscale resorts with sea views or at one of the popular places along the main road serving Western fare ( Suka Expresso for burgers or pasta or Bukit Café for anything else!).

Day 8 – New Destination: Nusa Lembongan

Palm tree and beach house on Jungut Batu Beach on Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Take a fast boat from mainland Bali to Lembongan Island, where you will start the second week of your Bali, Indonesia tour itinerary. One of the three islands in the Bali Sea that comprise the Nusa Islands, Lembongan is the most developed for tourism. Get situated in your Lembongan accommodations ( recommended : Chillhouse ) and then set off on foot to discover a few of the best beaches.

Start on Jungut Batu Beach and follow the coastline trail, taking in the stunning seaside vistas along the way. The walk passes through three beaches – Song Lambung, Tamarind and Secret Beach – before ending at Mushroom Bay Beach.

Beach view at sunset with Mount Agung volcano in background on Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Retrace your steps back to Jungut Batu Beach and settle into a seat at one of the beachfront restaurants for sunset. Stay for a dinner with your feet in the sand – Blue Corner (casual), Ginger & Jamu (stylish) and Ohana’s (romantic) are all good choices. 

Day 9 – Beach Club Brunch and Coastal Walks

Waves crash against the rocks near Devil's Tears on Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Spend the day on the west coast of Lembongan Island, starting at the chic Sandy Bay Beach Club . Arrive mid-morning for brunch-with-a-view and lounge around the pool. Then set off on a coastal walk to a few top Lembongan sights: Devil’s Tears and Dream Beach. The walk snakes along the craggy coastline where enormous waves crash onto the shore. 

Infinity pool at Sandy Bay Beach Club on Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Return to Sandy Bay Beach Club for a late lunch and a swim in their infinity pool overlooking the water. If visiting from November to April, stick around for sunset. Otherwise, get a ride to Ware Ware on the south end of Jungut Batu Beach and take a seat on the open rooftop deck. Enjoy the panoramic views while dining on fresh-caught seafood. 

Top Tip : Sandy Bay Beach Club offers free rides to guests, message them to book your ride in advance! 

Day 10 – Day Trip To Nusa Penida, Bali

T-Rex Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia

Penida is the largest of the three Nusa Islands, yet is relatively undeveloped. The rocky coastline seascapes are striking – and a highlight of our Bali Itinerary 14 days! Join one of the Penida, Bali land tours to see the top sights: Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, Kelingking Beach and Crystal Bay.

Sea swells into Broken Beach on Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia

Back on Lembongan, dine at Bali Eco Deli , where they specialize in clean eating and a clean environment! The flavorful meals are served in a magical tropical garden setting.

Top Tip: For more details read our review of a Day Trip to Nusa Penida .

Day 11 – Swim with the Fish on a Bali Snorkel Trip

Boats moored in pale blue sea at Jungut Batu Beach on Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

On Day 11 of your Bali itinerary, join one of the adventure tours for a morning of snorkeling. The reefs around the Nusa Islands are some of the best in Bali and promises an abundance of colorful fish. Most Lembongan snorkel tours make three stops – including a chance to swim with giant manta rays, see enormous Mola-Mola fish and view an array of other underwater sea life.

In the afternoon, take a beach stroll from Jungut Batu Beach to the Mangroves. The walk along the north side of the island provides incredible views of Mount Agung, the active volcano and highest point on mainland Bali.

Boatman uses pole to propel canoe in Mangrove Forest on Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

At Mangrove Point, visitors can rent a kayak or hop aboard a canoe for a ride around the area. On your return, stop at Agung Beach Club for a late afternoon refreshment. Consider staying for dinner or make your way back to Jungut Batu and eat at one of the popular (and almost always busy) restaurants: Pondok Baruna Warung or Lemongrass .

Day 12 – Next Destination: Nusa Ceningan

View of Yellow Bridge for pedestrians and scooters, Nusa Islands, Bali, Indonesia

Pack up your bags and cross the narrow Yellow Bridge for a short 2-night stay on Nusa Ceningan. The small island, which sits between Lembongan and Penida, has a rugged, undiscovered charm and – of the three Nusa Islands – is visited by the fewest tourists. Drop your luggage at your Nusa Ceningan accommodations ( recommended : Nusa Veranda Sunset Villas ) and start your exploration.

Palm trees over Secret Beach from viewpoint on Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia

Follow the main road to the southwest tip of the island (passing Dungki Bendega Resto on the way, stop to make reservations). At the coast, take a quick jaunt to the east to peer into Secret Beach bay from above, then follow the coastline west, all the way to the beautiful Blue Lagoon. Continue along the road to the Mahana Point beach bar, where you can cliff jump and watch sunset!

Day 13 – Ceningan Cliffs Viewpoint

Bamboo platform viewpoint at Ceningan Cliffs Restaurant on Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia

On your last day on Nusa Ceningan, set out to discover the island’s south side that sits atop steep cliffs. From the western end of the island, walk (or ride a scooter) along the southern road, passing by local residences and farms to Ceningan Cliffs restaurant.

The restaurant entertains visitors with cliffside swings, infinity pool and a lookout point made from bamboo. Retrace your steps heading west, but before returning to the main intersection, turn south on the access road to Secret Beach. Take in the viewpoint and then scurry down the steps to the beach.

Fiery sunset from Sea Breeze Bar on Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia

Spend the afternoon in a pool that overlooks the water – either at your accommodations or at the hip Sea Breeze Bar.

If you want to end your stay on the Nusa Islands with a bang, create your own warung crawl between the Yellow Bridge and the west end of the island! Start at Sea Breeze and make stops at a few fun bars, like The Island, The Sand, Ria Warung and Le Pirate. End at Next Level for a meal of satisfying tacos for dinner!

If you want a more low-key evening, watch the sunset at Twilight and then savor island fare at Blue Lagoon Resto , a traditional Indonesian establishment – or, for an intimate dinner-by-the-sea, eat at Nusa Veranda Villas!

Day 14 – Sanur, Bali

Fisherman in water at sunset in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Return to the Bali mainland via fast boat and spend your final night in Sanur. Check into your Sanur accommodations ( recommended : Sanur House ) and then make your way to the beach for a last stroll along the sea.

For dinner, choose from one of the top-rated restaurants along the main road in Sanur. The following morning, head to the airport – or, if you have a late departure, arrange for a late checkout and relax by the hotel pool for the day!

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Bali Trip Itinerary Suggestions

Shimmering sunset from Jungut Batu beach on Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Many factors will determine how many days to spend in Bali: interest, budget and time all need to be considered. Those including Bali as part of a larger Indonesia itinerary might have as little as one day, while others may be planning a Bali 3-week Itinerary. To help travelers create their best Bali DIY Itinerary, we offer a variety of sample outlines.

Bali One-Day Tour Itinerary

To be honest, we couldn’t fit everything we wanted to see into 1 week in Bali, so we can’t imagine trying to plan a Bali one-day itinerary. Yet, if one day is all you have, you should make the most of it! The easiest, hassle-free way to see Bali in one day would be to stay at an airport hotel (or a resort in nearby Sanur or Kuta). Join a highly-rated  full-day tour and let your guide take you to Bali highlights.

Bali 2 Days Itinerary

Two days in Bali is just enough time to get a peek. Stay in Canggu and completely fill your two days with the best Bali things to do. On the first day, spend time on the beach (surfing, sunbathing or walking) and in the afternoon, take a yoga class or get a spa treatment. On the second day, hire a private guide for a whirlwind tour of the highlights.

3 Day Bali Itinerary

With 3 days in Bali, you can expand your sightseeing to other parts of the island. We recommend following the above 2-Day Bali Itinerary and, on day three, hiring a private driver or joining a tour to see the dramatically different Bukit Peninsula. 

5 Days in Bali

With 5 days in Bali, you will be able to see much more of the island! Our suggested Bali itinerary for 5 days would begin with three days in Canggu, filling two days with area activities and one day on an island tour. Then, transfer to Uluwatu, where you will find a completely different vibe.  

Bali Itinerary 7 Days

There is a lot you can see with a week in Bali, depending on what kind of trip you want to have. Your Bali one-week itinerary can be spent on the mainland or the islands, whichever you prefer. We have outlined a sample One-Week Bali Itinerary for both to help you plan what to do.

Mainland Bali Itinerary 1 Week

For a one week in Bali itinerary for the mainland, we suggest following the first seven days of our 2-Week Bali Itinerary. However, combine days 3 and 4 together to open one day for a Nusa Islands tour – either snorkeling on Lembongan or a Penida Land Tour .

Bali Island Itinerary 1 Week

On a 1-Week Itinerary Bali Islands, follow days 8 through 14 on our outlined itinerary. We suggest leaving exploration of mainland Bali for a separate trip.

Bali Itinerary 10 Days

With 10 Days in Bali, we recommend splitting your time between three destinations: Canggu, Uluwatu and Nusa Lembongan. Spend 3 days in Canggu, 3 days in Uluwatu and 4 days in Lembongan. You can almost follow our outlined 2-Week Bali Itinerary from Day 1 to Day 11…but eliminate Day 3 (you can combine activities from Day 3 into Day 4).

Bali Itinerary 3 Weeks

A 3 weeks in Bali Itinerary allows you to really get a feel for the island. You can see multiple destinations without feeling rushed. For a relaxing Bali trip, we recommend following our itinerary for 2 weeks and adding days to each destination. For example, add one day in Canggu, two days in Uluwatu, two days in Lembongan and two days in Ceningan. Alternatively, use our best Bali itinerary for 2 weeks and then add a destinations – like Ubud or Gili Islands – for the 3 third week.

More Bali Things To Do

Orange ball sunset over Bali from Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia

Looking for alternative tips for things to do in Bali? Consider adding – or substituting – these activities into your Bali Itinerary. 

Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

Embark on an epic pre-dawn hike to watch the sunrise from the crater of an active volcano. Enjoy breakfast at the peak before hiking back down and immersing yourself in the waters of a natural hot spring. Read the Rave Reviews!   

Bali Cooking Class

Join a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Balinese dishes with local chefs in Seminyak. Begin at a local market where the chef will pick up ingredients needed for the class (while also pointing out local herbs and spices). After you assist the chef in preparing the meal, you enjoy the feast. Get the details!

Bali Group Tours

We’ve presented many options to help you create your absolute best Bali itinerary. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the specifics, consider a Bali Group Tour . They will sort the details so all you have to do is enjoy! 

Traffic and Getting Around Bali

Traditional Bali Boat in water at Padang-Padang Thomas Beach in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Traffic in Bali is horrendous – and we truly mean it. Many roads are only wide enough for one car, yet traffic goes both ways. Scooter drivers fearlessly slip into any open space available. The incredible number of vehicles on the road results in massive traffic jams. To make transportation matters worse, there are very limited public buses and the so-called ‘Taxi Mafia’ charge a bundle for a ride.

Bali Taxis and Ride Shares

Fares are posted at taxi stands, but there may be some room for negotiation. Agree to a price before getting in the car and have small bills.

The taxi drivers have taken a stand against any sort of ride-sharing programs, like Uber or Grab. You can use the app, but expect the driver to ask for more than is quoted. If it is too much of a risk for them to pick up passengers in a Taxi Mafia zone, they may cancel the ride or request you to walk to a non-Taxi Mafia zone.

Bali Rental Scooters

The cheapest way to get around Bali is to rent a scooter. Daily rates are incredibly cheap – about $5 USD per day, including a tank of gas. As great as that sounds, the option was problematic for us for a couple of reasons.

First, neither of us are comfortable driving a scooter. Second, we could not fathom driving in the insane traffic…on the left side of the road. We strongly encourage only skilled and confident travelers to rent a scooter in Bali.

Walking in Bali

The third option is to walk, which is what we did. We specifically chose accommodations that were within walking distance to a majority of the sights we wanted to see. 

Unlike the reviews we read from fellow travelers, we thought it was easy to get around on foot. We stayed to the side of the road, walked single file and carried a flashlight with us at night. 

Getting to Bali

Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar Bali (DPS) is the main arrival point for the island. There are no direct flights to Bali from the US, with the overwhelming majority of services originating in other Southeast Asia destinations or Australia . Before you hop on Skyscanner , be sure to read our top advice for Finding The Best Flights for Cheap !

Bali Airport Transportation

The absolute worst place to get a taxi in Bali is from the airport. The hordes of drivers descend on tourists like vultures. The unhelpful official taxi stand is supposed to have a board listing prices, but it was blank when we arrived late at night from Penang . The price they quoted for a ride to Canggu was 500,000 IDR ($32 USD), which was double what we read it should be.

We ended up negotiating a price of 200,000 IDR with an unofficial taxi driver. The overall experience was outrageously frustrating and a horrible introduction to Bali. We highly recommend coordinating an airport pick up in advance, as we did when we departed for Sydney . 

Where To Stay in Bali, Indonesia

Mahana Point on Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia

We spent hours researching the perfect places to stay during our trip. We scoured maps, looked at photos and read an endless number of online reviews. 

Our top requirements were: central location, clean and comfortable room, air conditioning, mid-range price and good value for money. A pool and included breakfast were also a priority, but not necessary. In the end, we loved every place we stayed and can highly recommend them to other travelers!

Canggu – Ecosfera Hotel

Yoga sign at the Ecosfera Hotel in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Moderately priced, the Ecosfera Hotel exudes all of the charm and style of an Indonesian boutique hotel. Our large room had a balcony overlooking the refreshing pool in a tropical setting. The on-site spa offers a variety of treatments and yoga classes are taught in the third level studio.

Additionally, the included breakfast far surpassed our expectations. The location was ideal – just a short walk to the beach as well as several restaurants and near necessities, like grocery, pharmacy and laundry.

Uluwatu – D’Padang Homestay

D'Padang Homestay pools and rooms in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

The secluded D’Padang Homestay in Uluwatu has only 16 rooms – and two pools! Our room was basic, but had plenty of space and a small patio. A cooked breakfast was included in our stay and served by the incredibly friendly staff.

The property is located along a quiet section of the main road near the Thomas Beach entrance. We walked to most places, but hopped in a cab to get to Bingin Beach.

Nusa Lembongan – Chillhouse Homestay

Patio, Chillhouse Homestay, Lembongan Island, Bali, Indonesia

We struggled to find a place in Nusa Lembongan that ticked all of the boxes. Foregoing an included breakfast, we booked a stay at Chillhouse Homestay – and we’re so happy that we did! 

Located in the heart of Jungut Batu, the clean, spacious rooms feature outdoor space and ice-cold air con. What made our stay excellent, however, was the owner, Gede. He happily helped us with anything we needed – from arranging tours to making calls to offering us rides. We felt like family at Chillhouse!

Nusa Ceningan – Nusa Veranda Sunset Villas

Infinity pool at waterfront Nusa Veranda Sunset Villas on Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia

The Nusa Veranda Sunset Villas are an absolute gem! A boutique resort above the water, each villa opens onto a private deck and the resort’s infinity pool overlooks the sea.

The villas are stylishly decorated and clean with a spacious, open-air ensuite bathrooms. The included breakfast is delicious – and our dinner-by-the-sea of fresh-caught fish was one of the most memorable meals we ate in Bali!

Sanur – Sanur House

Sanu House Pool, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Located just steps from the main street in Sanur, the Sanur House hotel is nestled in a lush garden retreat. The chic property offers a range of contemporary rooms with unique furnishings and has a superb staff.

The included breakfast is served by the pool in a relaxing environment. Even after we checked out, they allowed us to enjoy the pool and use the shower room before departing on our red-eye flight.

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Bali Trip Budget

Small temple shrine and Yellow Bridge at Sea Breeze Bar on Nusa Ceningan, Bali, Indonesia

Even though we were celebrating my milestone birthday, we wanted to keep the budget somewhat in check. I had always assumed that Bali, Indonesia budget travel would be difficult to organize, but I was wrong.

In fact, of all the places that we have visited in Southeast Asia, we think Bali offers the most value for money. We were pleasantly surprised to find affordable accommodation, inexpensive activities and excellent options for low-priced meals. 

Budget for Bali for 2 Weeks

Although not necessarily created as a Bali budget itinerary, our trip can be used by budget travelers seeking experiences at affordable prices. It can even be used as a Bali backpacking itinerary by simply substituting cheaper places to stay and renting a scooter.

Our 2 Weeks in Bali Budget

Accommodations range from very basic to incredibly luxurious – with prices to match. Hotels were the biggest cost in our Bali 2 Weeks Budget – but we never paid more than $60 USD a night and we stayed in some pretty awesome places!

Local, Indonesian fare can cost as little as $2.50 USD for scrumptious and filling meals. Western food will undoubtedly cost more, but we ate juicy burgers and wood-fired pizzas that were priced in the $6 USD range.

Transportation costs in Bali will add up if you use taxis to get around, but we remedied that by walking when we could. Many popular Bali tours have low cost options; chatting with fellow travelers and hotel staff can help reveal the current top deals. 

Bali Trip Planning: What You Will Need

Clear waters of Crystal Bay Beach on Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia

Ok, we’re certain by now that you must be ready to travel to Bali! Before you dash out the door, we have a few final packing hacks for your Bali Itinerary.

Bali Beach Essentials

Don’t forget these beach necessities for your Bali trip! You will need comfortable shoes , a swimsuit , high SPF  sunscreen , a wide-brimmed  hat  and a refillable  water bottle . If you have it, bring snorkel gear , so you won’t have to rent it. Above all, be sure to have your Best Day Pack to carry it all in!

Best Travel Camera for Bali

A proper camera is practically required for your Bali vacation! We highly recommend using an actual camera to capture the beauty of Bali on land. We shoot with a Canon Rebel and a 18-135mm lens . This set up takes amazing photos and is a great budget option for beginners, too. 

For epic underwater pics and videos, make sure to pack a  GoPro  (or similar – less-expensive – waterproof  action camera ).

Bali Travel Insurance

If you haven’t already obtained coverage to protect against lost luggage , illness and other interruptions to your trip, consider traveling protected with World Nomads .

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So you’re going to Bali Indonesia soon? You’ve come to the right blog! In this blog, I’ll tell you everything you need to know including where to stay in Bali, how to get around, best food to try, how to travel cheap and a complete Bali DIY itinerary & budget for 4 days!

Bali was my 2019 manifestation and a 2023 dream come true. I was able to validate with my own eyes the breathtaking beauty of Bali, Indonesia. Especially the countryside and its stunning islands. All I can say is this paradise is waiting for you!

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Understanding Bali, Indonesia

Bali is the most popular and a favorite go-to destination in the Indonesian archipelago. It is home to indigenous people, colorful culture, crafts and arts, rich history, breath-taking mountains and islands, Indonesian cuisine and a perfect tropical weather. As a result, Bali is rated regularly as one of the best travel destinations in the world .

  • Language – Bahasa Indonesian  is the official language in Indonesia but English is widely spoken in the country so no need to worry about language barrier. Here are a few words to learn before you visit Indonesia: Halo = Hello , Terima Kasih = Thank You .
  • People & Religion – Indonesia is a spiritually religious country. For instance,  Hinduism  and  Buddhism  are practiced up to this day with a fusion of animistic rituals and folklore. Roughly 90% of the population in Bali are identified as Balinese Hindu  —  the most predominant religion on the island.
  • Currency – the official currency in the country is  Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) . There are ATM machines and Money Changers around the country in case you need to withdraw cash.

How to Get Around Bali?

Not to scare you but with good reasons you have to know that traffic jam in Bali is really crazy. If you are city dweller, you know what I’m talking about. I even think it’s worst in Bali if you ask me because lots of tourists go to this place all year round.

Here are ways to get around Bali: (1) Gojek taxi, (2) hire a private taxi with driver and (3) rent a motorbike. The fastest and cheapest way to get to your destination is through renting a motorbike. If you don’t know how to drive a motorbike, you can book a Gojek taxi, just download the app. Word of advise, it is safer and cheaper to book a Gojek taxi compared to regular taxis. Don’t get scammed on overpriced taxis!

FAQ: what license do they accept? To legally drive in Bali, whether you’re planning to rent a motorbike (Category A) or a car (Category B),  you must possess an International Driving Permit (IDP) . But frankly speaking, it is very easy to rent a motorbike in Bali even without an IDP. Most motorbike rentals only require any Asian Driver’s License.

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Where to Stay in Bali?

Accommodations around Bali, Indonesia are relatively cheap! You can score Php250.00/each for a decent room with swimming pool, parking, wifi, free water and other facilities.

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Where to Eat in Bali?

I highly recommend Babi Guling (roast pig) in Bali! It is one of the most popular cultural dishes in Bali and you can find it almost everywhere. The price starts at IDR25,000 which includes steamed rice, fresh vegetables, and a dollop of spicy Indonesian condiment known as sambal .

You can also try Nasi Goreng – a Southeast Asian fried rice dish, usually cooked with pieces of meat, egg and vegetables.

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Sample 4 Days Bali DIY Itinerary & Budget

This itinerary is assuming that you are taking the earliest flight to and from Bali. We traveled and explored around Bali the DIY-way by renting a motorbike. For solo travelers who doesn’t know how to drive a motorbike, you have a choice to book joiners tour on Klook for a discounted rate.

Note : (1) the DIY itinerary & budget below excludes the flight and Philippine Travel Tax of PHP1,620 each and (2) the estimated budget per person depends on your spending for food, way of transportation and choice of accommodation.

Day 1: Ubud, Bali

Places to visit:

  • Tegallalang Rice Terraces & Bali Swing – a UNESCO world heritage site which comprises a cascading rice fields. The Bali swing is also available here if you want to achieve that mandatory Bali swing shot for the ‘gram .
  • Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation – explore luwak coffee and how it is made and processed at Bali Pulina. Luwak or civet cat is one of the most expensive coffee in the world
  • Pura Tirta Empul – a water temple where one can bathe in a holy spring. This complex is a place of worship for the God Indra.

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Day 2: Ubud, Bali

  • Ubud Monkey Forest – a sacred monkey forest sanctuary in the heart of Ubud, Bali. It is home to over 1260 long-tailed macaques.
  • Ubud Market – a souvenir shop located in the center of Ubud. Although take note that there are lots of shopping districts and markets in Bali. Indonesians are very artistic and creative, don’t forget to a buy a piece for your home!
  • Pura Taman Kemuda Seraswati – also known as the Ubud water palace. The Balinese Hindu temple is dedicated to the God Seraswati.
  • Goa Gajah – also known as elephant cave. The temple is said to be built in the 9th century as a meditation sanctuary for monks.
  • Tegunungan Waterfall – probably the most famous waterfalls in Ubud. It is nestled amidst the lush greenery village of Tegunungan Kemenuh, the best time to go here is early in the morning and at sunset.

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Day 3: Bedugul, Bali

Bedugul is like the Baguio City of Philippines because of its cold weather. Popular destinations includes botanical garden, strawberry farm and the famous Pura Ulun Danu Beratan.

  • Pura Ulun Danu Beratan – the temple you see in Bali postcards! It is both a picturesque landmark and a significant temple that sits on the Beratan Lake.
  • Jungle Breaks – Located about 15-20 minutes drive from Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a restaurant cafe hidden in the lush mountains of Bedugul. The location is off the beaten path which is perfect for people who wants to get an overlooking view of the Beratan Lake but with fewer crowds.
  • Handara Gate – this huge gate is located on the side of the road so it’s really hard to miss it when you’re driving around Bedugul.
  • Wanagiri Hidden Hill – another famous destination in Bedugul on top of a hill with an overlooking view of the lake. The word “wanagiri” means “forest of monkeys.” This is also one of the best spots to get a Bali swing shot because of its overlooking view.

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Day 4: Lempuyang, Bali

Lempuyang is a mountain slope and is approximately 2 hours away from Ubud.

Important note: if you are planning to drive a motorbike to Lempuyang, make sure to switch Google Maps to car route instead of motorcycle route. The route that Google Maps will show for motorcycle is very inconvenient. So make sure to use the route for cars instead. Trust me, been there done that!

  • Tirta Gangga – a water garden that is very touristy too! Lots of tourists go here as a side-trip to Lempuyang Temple.
  • Wanna Grill – Located about 5 minutes drive from Lempuyang Temple is a peaceful and quiet restaurant in a rice field with Mt. Agung view. I highly recommend this place for lunch!
  • Lempuyang Temple – it is not only the most popular gate in Bali but it is also one of the oldest and venerated temples in Bali. The legendary temple is also known as the “Gates of Heaven.”

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BUDGET FOR 4 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS (GROUP OF 2): PHP7,190.00 EACH excluding other personal miscellaneous fees, flights and Philippine travel tax.

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Day 5: Nusa Penida

If you have another day to spare , I highly recommend a day tour in Nusa Penida island. But if you only have 4 days in Bali, you can choose to either change Day 3 or Day 4 to a trip to Nusa Penida. Bali is incomplete without going to Nusa Penida! Below are helpful guides to Nusa Penida:

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Important Reminders & Tips From Joan’s Footprints

  • Use a sarong to cover up your body when entering temples and maintain a quiet and peaceful atmosphere within the temple grounds. Drones are not allowed within the temple grounds.
  • Avoid touching any religious offerings or artifacts inside the temples.
  • Women during menstruation period are prohibited to enter the temples.
  • Souvenir shops are literally everywhere. A word of advise, Indonesians love to bargain so don’t be shy and feel free to negotiate as low as you can. At times, sellers will start to give us IDR700,000 for 2 pieces of clothing, we haggled the price down to IDR50,000 and they gave it.
  • Important applications to download: Gojek, Klook, Google Maps, Google Translate
  • For cheap hotels, look for OYO hotels around Bali.
  • Don’t forget to try local foods like Babi Guling and Nasi Goreng.
  • For ATM withdrawals, always double check with your bank if international withdrawal is turned on.

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BALI Itinerary • EVERYTHING you need to Know (2024)

Bali is a famously awesome place to visit – it’s a stunning Indonesian Island with a diverse natural landscape and awesome culture. This paradise is filled with interesting places to explore and sights to see.

This Bali itinerary will help you make the most of your Balinese experience. Amongst many other things, you’ll get to hike up a volcano, step inside ancient temples, snorkel with tropical fish, hang out with monkeys, and watch some amazing traditional Balinese dancing. Whether you’re looking for what to do in Bali for 3 days or 24 hours , you’ve come to the right place.

From the crisp beaches of the South to the volcanic landscapes in the North, and the dense jungle that lies between, Bali is diverse and ripe for exploration!

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So when is the ideal time to visit or backpack Bali? Bali is really close to the equator, which means temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the year and it’s pretty much always warm.

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The heat in Bali is sometimes unbearable though the average temperature is between 26°C (79°F) and 28°C (82°F) year-round. It also helps that when it’s hot in Bali, you’re never too far from a great swimming spot!

Even so, after visiting in March during a particularly wet rainy season and rarely encountering sunshine, I strongly believe the best time to visit Bali is during the dry season from June-September.

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There are many awesome places to stay in Bali , and it’s small enough that most spots on the island can be reached in a couple of hours from wherever you’re staying. Many of Bali’s tourist attractions and activities are located around the town of Ubud, but the Southern beach villages are very popular too.

Located in the central Balinese highlands, Ubud is considered the cultural capital of Bali and is one of the most popular places to stay. It’s a gorgeous and vibrant town, nestled deep in the jungle, with friendly people and plenty to see.

We suggest using Ubud as a base for your time in Bali – most of Bali’s best attractions are close by, and it’s really well connected in terms of transport. It’s also peaceful, unlike some of the other tourist towns and villages. There are also plenty of cool backpacker hostels in Ubud , and they’re the perfect place for meeting fellow budget travelers to team up with.

Canggu is a small beach village on the Southwest shores of the island. It’s an up and coming tourist destination but is still relatively underdeveloped and quieter than the more popular tourist spots. There is lots to do in Canggu and is a hotspot for interesting young travelers and digital nomads alike. That being said, the town still has a really relaxed vibe.

Canggu has black sand beaches and good surf, and although it isn’t that well connected for transport, it’s close enough to places that are. Canggu would be a great place to stay once you’ve ticked off the Central and Northern Balinese attractions. Book a hostel in Canggu and spend time chilling on the beach and enjoying a mellow lifestyle.

If you’re looking for somewhere with a roaring nightlife, you could stay in a  party hostel in Kuta or Legian, and if you want to stay somewhere upmarket and classy, try Seminyak. All of these places are beach villages situated close to Canggu on the Southwest Beaches.

Best Hostel in Bali – Tribal Bali

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Best Airbnb in Bali – Kubu Bingin

Kubu Bingin in Uluwatu

The 1 bedroom bungalow has a beautiful thatched roof and wooden interior with plush furnishings – perfect for a surfer, yogi or someone who wants a relaxed escape. Watch the sunrise over the cliffs and catch an incredible sunset on the horizon, from its seafront position with a sunny terrace you have a front row seat to the scenic landscape. 

Best Luxury Hotel in Bali – Bisma Eight

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If you’re looking for luxury accommodation, we think Bisma Eight is a fantastic option. Tucked away in dense jungle greenery, yet still only a few minutes from central Ubud, this hotel is gorgeous. Relax in the infinity pool that spills over into the jungle abyss below, and enjoy being fully immersed in the sounds and scenes of nature.

Best Boutique Hotel in Bali – Taman Nauli Boutique Rooms

Taman Nauli Boutique Rooms

A tranquil hideout in the middle of Canggu with a 180 degrees view of rice fields and greenery, a truly unique and romantic place to stay. With a mixed Asian and Western restaurant in house, damn good coffee, and daily yoga classes (and coconut oil making classes) to keep you active. Hands down it’s one of the best location boutique guesthouses in Canggu and a great choice for a romantic holiday in Bali.

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The roads in Bali aren’t great – they’re chaotic and badly maintained. However, despite the road quality, there are many options for getting around, all of which are really affordable.

You can choose to take control of your own transport by renting a car or moped, which will give you great freedom in your explorations. This is particular useful if you intend on traveling between the different areas of Bali regularly . However, if you go down this route, just be sure you’re that a confident driver and comfortable on the hectic roads and that you take rental insurance!

If you’d prefer having someone with a bit more local experience navigate the chaos for you, you can always hop in a taxi, or jump on a bus. You can generally catch an Uber (or local equivalent: Go-jek or Grab)  on the Island for cheaper than a taxi, but it is frowned upon by the local taxi drivers.

Check out this taxi price list to get an idea of the taxi prices in Bali. Try to make sure you’re getting a fair price – don’t be afraid to negotiate !

There’s also an option to make use of private car charter services, such as Klook , where you’ll have the best of both worlds; full freedom and a local driver!

For shorter distances in and around town, you could rent a bicycle. It’s really affordable and a great way to explore.

Lastly, some of the smaller islands scattered around Bali are accessible by boat from most of the coastal towns and villages. You can usually take a speed boat to maximize exploration time and excitement, or take a slower cruise type boat if you want a chilled out boat ride in the sun.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces | Goa Gajah | Tegenungan Waterfall | Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary | Jalan Raya Ubud | Ubud Traditional Spa  

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Stop 1 – Tegalalang Rice Terraces

  • Why it’s awesome: Stunning and serene, Tegallalang is a great place to experience the famous Balinese rice terraces, and absorb the gorgeous natural surroundings!
  • Cost: $0.71 (Rp10,000)
  • Food recommendation: Kampung Cafe has great food and amazing jungle views from the outdoor dining areas.

If you’ve looked up pictures of Bali, it’s likely that you’ve seen a picture of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. They’re one of Bali’s most popular tourist attractions, and it’s easy to see why. It is essential that you add Tegalalang Rice Terraces to your Bali itinerary.

A series of step-like platforms cut into the hills appear to be stacked on top of one another, wrapping the slopes and winding through beautiful Balinese countryside. The rice terraces are beautiful, and offer insight into the lives of rural Balinese farmers.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Go as early as possible to beat the crowds and take advantage of the cooler morning air. The sun will also be less intense, and the terraces will be at their most tranquil. Also, enjoy the swings with spectacular views and take pictures as you’re taking it all in.

Insider Tip: The small entrance fee is fixed, but every so often you may come across locals asking for donations. This is pretty customary, and it’s generally advised that you oblige.

Day 1 / Stop 2 – Goa Gajah

  • Why it’s awesome: Slip inside an ancient cave with incredible stone carvings, set in a patch of beautiful Balinese jungle!
  • Cost: $1.15 (Rp15,000)
  • Food recommendation: Layana Warung is a quaint vegetarian-friendly restaurant, only a few hundred meters from Goa Gajah. Enjoy good food, friendly service, and amazing views of a waterfall.

Goa Gajah or ‘Elephant cave’, is an ancient man-made cave that lies around 1.2 miles from central Ubud (and a short drive from Tegallalang). Its exact origin is unknown, but it is thought to date back at least to the 11th century, crafted as a Hindu place of worship and meditation. Goa Gajah’s significance was formally recognized in 1995 when it became a UNESCO world heritage site, so make sure that you add this sacred place to visit to your Bali itinerary.

Goa Gajah Bali

Visitors to Goa Gajah enter through the mouth of an ornately carved demon, and the inside of the cave is dark and mysterious. It is surrounded by ancient bathing pools and relics, and there are several ancient Hindu temples in the area. Inside the cave, you will find a statue of Ganesh, the son of Shiva. Being set amongst luscious jungle vegetation only enhances the mystical experience!

Take a walk around on the surrounding old stone pathways amongst the ancient sights and moss covered rocks, soaking up the beauty of this archaic site.

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Tegenungan Waterfall

  • Why it’s awesome: Experience a beautiful waterfall and swimming spot surrounded by nature!
  • Food recommendation: Pekandelan Warung is right by the waterfall, in a tranquil setting with great food!

You can’t go to Bali and not see a waterfall so don’t forget to add Tegenungan Waterfall to your Bali itinerary. The island is famous for waterfalls, they’re magnificent, and there are plenty of them to see and explore.

Tegenungan Waterfall Bali

Surrounded by dense Balinese greenery and palm trees, Tegenungan waterfall is an awesome spectacle of nature. It flows into a natural pool where you can cool off and hang out in the crisp fresh water after your morning of walking around. Make your way under the thunderous waterfall to get a real sense of its power – it’s quite literally a breathtaking experience!

The waterfall is pretty accessible and well set up for tourists visiting Bali, just don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and a towel.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

  • Why it’s awesome: Hang out with hundreds of monkeys roaming free in a forest sanctuary!
  • Cost: ± $3.50 for adults and $2.80 for kids
  • Food recommendation: IBU SUSU bar & kitchen is just a short walk from the Monkey Forest. They serve great local and international food, as well as some awesome cocktails!

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a must-do in Bali and we highly recommend that you include it to your Bali itinerary.

Around 750 Balinese long-tailed Macaques live in the Monkey forest sanctuary . Spend time wandering through the beautiful biodiverse forest, enjoying the scenery and watching the monkeys play.

Walk along the stunning wooden walkways that weave amid the forest foliage and over a ravine. You can even get the monkeys to climb on you, which is loads of fun and makes for great pictures ! That being said, be careful – they can bite and steal your stuff. Follow the instructions and stay vigilant.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

The primary mission of the sanctuary is to conserve the plant and animal species of the forest, and offer an environment for educational research. So while you’re hanging with the monkeys, you’re also supporting a good cause.

The forest also has a stream flowing through it, and three 14th century Hindu Temples! Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed inside the temples, but they’re very much worth seeing from the outside.

Day 1 / Stop 5 – Jalan Raya Ubud

  • Why it’s awesome: Ubud’s bustling main street – visit museums, temples, and the royal palace!
  • Cost: ± $3.50 in entrance fees
  • Food recommendation: Enjoy some delicious Barbecue style Indonesian food at ARANG state bar , before indulging in the acclaimed coconut ice cream at Tukies Coconut Shop.

Jalan Raya Ubud is the main street in Ubud – it’s vibrant and packed with interesting places to see. Take some time to walk along and explore, but be sure to stop at the following places.

Check out the beautiful Saraswati Temple – a water temple surrounded by gorgeous gardens and tranquil lotus-covered ponds. The architecture is stunning, and the detail in the ornate carvings is staggering!

Visit the Blanco Renaissance museum , the former residence of the flamboyant late painter Don Antonio Blanco. The museum showcases some of his best work, including many stylised paintings of his favorite subject; nude Balinese women.

Jalan Raya Ubud, Bali

After exploring Raya Ubud and stopping at the places mentioned above, it’s time to visit the Puri Saren Royal Palace. The former residence of the Balinese royal family, the Royal Palace features striking architecture and stunning surrounds.

As the day turns to dusk, it will be time to watch the nightly traditional dancing spectacle which takes place right at the Royal Palace. The show features exotic Gamelan music and amazing traditional Balinese dancing.

Insider Tip: As with all Temples in Bali, it is customary and imperative that you dress and act appropriately . If you have one, be sure to bring a sarong to cover your legs. If you don’t have one, you can generally find one to rent or borrow outside of most temples.

Day 1 / Stop 6 – Ubud Traditional Spa

  • Why it’s awesome: Wind down with an awesome, relaxing, traditional Balinese massage after a long day of walking around.
  • Cost: ± $13 for 60 minutes, ± $17 for 90 minutes
  • Food recommendation: Extend your traditional Balinese experience with some awesome local food from Balinese Home Cooking – just a walk down the road from the spa.

There’s just something about a Balinese massage that really compliments a day of exploration on the island. The good news is, massages in Bali are not only amazing, but they’re really affordable too! Even in this high-end Ubud Traditional Spa , the massages are very reasonably priced.

This spa offers a truly authentic experience, with traditional Balinese furnishings and reclaimed wood from fishing boats. The massages are performed by expertly trained massage therapists, who are skilled in Balinese massage techniques and are the perfect way to wind down from a busy day.

The spa is located a few Kilometers west of Ubud and comes highly recommended. It has a great wooden deck with awesome views where you can sit and relax before or after your massage. The grounds and garden are gorgeous too!

Pssst: Interested in a Fitness or Yoga retreat in Bali? Check out our ‘ Top Fitness Retreats in Bali ‘ Guide! 

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Campuhan Ridge Walk | Bali swing | Ubud traditional art market | Canggu Surf | Seminyak  | Waterbom Bali | Uluwatu beaches | Uluwatu Temple

Bali Itinerary 2

Stop 1 – Campuhan Ridge Walk

  • Why it’s awesome: Get a real sense of the central Balinese landscape, and enjoy its beauty
  • Food recommendation: After the walk, sit back and enjoy some breakfast or just a cup coffee at R.A.K Coffee , which is close to the start point (also the end point) of the walk.

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a stunning trek in Ubud that meanders along the top of a ridge through the town’s gorgeous surrounding vistas. The path is paved, and the walk is pretty easy going, so is appropriate for the whole family! It’s not far from central Ubud – just take a look at these directions on getting to the start.

Campuhan Ridge Walk Bali

In total, the walk should take around 2 hours. It’s definitely worth the time, but you can also cut it short at any point by stopping and turning around. There are no water points on the walk, so be sure to bring your own water.

The ridge walk is best enjoyed as early in the morning as possible. Try to be at the start between 6 am and 7:30 am. Shortly after the sun comes up, the light is soft, the air is cool, and there will be very few people on the walk. This is also an incredibly peaceful time, as the sounds of nature begin waking up into a new day.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Bali swing

  • Why it’s awesome: Get your adrenaline flowing by swinging out over the jungle or cuddle up in a giant hanging love nest.
  • Cost: ± $35 for unlimited swinging
  • Food recommendation: Checkout The Plantation Restaurant nearby for some great food and awesome views!

Bali swing offers a number of swings, all varying in length, so you can choose how extreme you want your swing experience to be. The views are great, and having your feet dangle freely high above the ground is an exhilarating experience. Don’t worry, you’ll be harnessed in, so it’s all completely safe.

Bali swing in Bali

There are single swings, and couple swings if you want to go with a friend, family member, or partner. You can also cuddle up with your partner in one of the love nests that dangle over the edge. They’re comfortable, cozy, and a great place to hang out for a bit.

Bali swing is also a great place to get some action shots of you enjoying your Balinese adventure!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – Ubud traditional art market

  • Why it’s awesome: Browse through and buy locally handcrafted Balinese items.
  • Cost: Pay only for what you buy.
  • Food recommendation: Grab a Bintang and some great Indonesian food at OOPS restaurant , right next to the market.

If you want to find a special gift or souvenir to take back home, the Ubud Art Market is a great place to go. Known locally as Pasar Seni Ubud, this artisanal market offers a vast range of locally handcrafted items.

Ubud traditional art market Bali

Wander through the aisles checking out the plethora local handicrafts, and stop to buy when the right thing comes along! Don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price , it’s customary and a part of Balinese culture.

Day 2 / Stop 4 – Seminyak

  • Why it’s awesome: Plenty of great shopping, restaurants and bars, all close to a great beach front!
  • Food recommendation: Have a pizza on the awesome leafy deck at Potato Head Beach Club’s Pizza Garden.

After the art market, it’s time to pack up and head down to the Southern beaches! The drive from Ubud to Seminyak is a little over an hour.

Seminyak

Take a walk along Seminyak Beach to settle into the beach side of the Balinese lifestyle. Stop at one of the Beach Clubs on your walk for some poolside chilling and a cocktail. Potato Head Beach Club  and Ku De Ta are both great and are very popular beach bar options.

There is also a vast array of shops in Seminyak, from premium international designers to local Balinese craft. Spend some time wandering between them, enjoying the atmosphere, and shopping for whatever feels right!

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Canggu Surf

  • Why it’s awesome: Surfing is one of Bali’s great attractions, and Canggu is a cool place to do it
  • Cost: Surf lessons start around $45, board rental at around $4 (2 hours)
  • Food recommendation: Enjoy some awesome food in the quaint dining garden at MyWarung

Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a complete novice, you can enjoy Bali’s amazing surf right from Echo beach in Canggu.

SandBar offer reasonably priced board rentals for experienced surfers to go out and enjoy the waves. They can even keep your valuables safe while you’re in the water.

Canggu Surf

If you’re a beginner or less experienced surfer and would like to have someone show you the ropes, In Da Surf offers some great surf lessons with experienced trainers. You’ll be up and surfing in no time.

For those who don’t want to jump in the surf, SandBar also serves awesome cocktails and has seating looking out over the waves. Relax and enjoy watching your friends or family playing in the surf!

Day 2 / Stop 6 – Waterbom Bali

  • Why it’s awesome: Find amazing thrills and loads of fun at this epic water park!
  • Cost: Prices start from around $25 for a day pass
  • Food recommendation: There are many places to eat in Waterbom . Chill out at The Shack, a Caribbean inspired restaurant, with great food and wooden deck seating with a view! Alternatively, check out the Italian Thai blend at Thaitalian.

You’ll be heading further South for the rest of the day. On your way down, make a stop at Waterbom Bali in Kuta.

Waterbom Bali was crowned the best water park in Asia, in the 2018 Tripadvisor travelers choice awards. A well-deserved title, in our opinion. The park is covered in gorgeous tropical greenery, which makes you feel like you’re sliding right through the middle of a jungle.

Waterbom Bali

There are 16 awesome experiences and rides in the park. Feel a surge of adrenaline (and 2.5Gs of force) as the floor drops away beneath you on ‘Climax’ – the most extreme ride in the park. For those with a little less bravery, have a float along the amazing, foliage-filled lazy river.

There’s plenty to do and see at Waterbom Bali, and it’s great fun no matter your age.

Insider Tip: There are plenty of great restaurants, bars, and cafes on site, but don’t worry about getting your cash wet on the rides – the park has a great cashless payment system!

Day 2 / Stop 7 – Uluwatu beaches

  • Why it’s awesome: Experience a beach with a network of caves!
  • Cost: Rp10,000 – Rp15,000 for parking
  • Food Recommendation: The Loft in Uluwatu has great food and an awesome atmosphere.

Take a short drive further down south to see Uluwatu’s fantastic beaches and a couple extra awesome sites!

Situated at the bottom of a long meandering concrete staircase, Suluban Beach is famous for its amazing hidden caves and rock structures. It’s a great place to watch surfers or surf for yourself, but this break is only for experienced surfers. The combination of white sand, caves, and crystal blue water make Suluban one of the most interesting beaches on the island.

Uluwatu beaches

Striking rock formations loom over sections of beach, creating a network of underground beach caves with jagged rock walls and sandy beach floors. It’s a mystical experience, and it also means there’s always a shady spot if you want to get out of the sun, and plenty of interesting pockets and cavities to explore.

This beach is at the bottom of a 10-minute long staircase down to the bottom of a cliff, so may not be accessible for some.

Insider Tip: After a long walk down the stairs, go grab an ice cold Bintang from one of the stalls at the bottom, and take it with you as you explore!

Day 2 / Stop 8 – Uluwatu Temple

  • Why it’s awesome: Explore a 1000-year-old temple that sits on the edge of a cliff.
  • Cost: ± $2 for the Temple and $5 for the fire dance.
  • Food Recommendation: Warung Bejana is a great restaurant about a ¼ mile (400m) from the temple.

Make the short journey from Suluban beach to Uluwatu temple (10 minute drive). Whilst there was likely a smaller temple in its place before, Uluwatu temple in its current form has origins in the 11th century. It’s a gorgeous ancient temple, and the location makes for an extra-special experience. The architecture is stunning.

The temple sits atop a 230-foot (70-meter) high cliff, with a sheer drop off down into the sea. It’s a striking site, and the views are seriously out of this world.

Remember the Macaque monkeys from the monkey forest? Some of those little guys live at the Uluwatu temple too. The Uluwatu monkeys are a bit sneakier though – they’re known to be skilled little pickpockets, with a keen eye for your personal belongings . Keep your valuables close to you and apply basic precautions and you will be just fine.

uluwatu temple

Get an adrenaline rush and an amazing view by standing close to the edge of the cliff – not too close though, your safety is most important!

At 6pm, as the day turns to dusk, you’ll get to experience one of Bali’s famous and amazing Kecak fire dance performances, set at the cliff top outdoor amphitheater right near Uluwatu Temple!

Tari Kecak, as the locals call it, is a form of Balinese dance-drama that has been around since the 1930s. Men use their voices rather than instruments to create the sounds of traditional Gamelan music, while the awesome fire dance takes place! The dance tells the story of a prince exiled to a monkey forest.

If you don’t want to visit the temple, then consider another of our other top things to do in Uluwatu  instead!

Luckily, some of the best Airbnbs in Bali can be found in Uluwatu, so you’ll find plenty of places to rest and recharge before starting a new adventure on our Day 3 itinerary.

Insider Tip: If the monkeys do steal any of your stuff, you can usually trade whatever they stole back for a piece of fruit. Although this can help you get your stuff back, it also encourages them to steal more!

the pool area at Tribal Hostel, Bali

Tribal Bali

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  • Huge Coworking Area
  • Massive Infinity Pool

Pura Besakih | Hot springs | Tanah Lot Temple | Sunset Drinks on the Beach

If you’re lucky enough to be spending more than 2 days in Bali, the island has plenty more to offer. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites below. If you’re wondering how long to spend in Bali, we think a week is ideal, but it can be done in fewer.

Pura Besakih

  • Around $1 entrance, or $70 for a guided tour (which includes a hotel pickup and other great stops).
  • Explore the largest temple in Bali and marvel at the stunning surroundings!
  • Lots of stairs and walking – not accessible for some.

Pura Besakih is a temple complex situated in Besakih village in North East Bali. Also known as ‘Bali’s Mother Temple’, Besakih temple is the largest (and holiest) on the island. It sits on the slopes of Mount Agung, 1000 meters above sea level!

The temple complex is vast, intricate, and gorgeous. Walk between the 23 separate but related temples, and explore the quaint but impressive village of Besakih. The surrounding natural landscape is magnificent as well – with dense vegetation and mountain views, there couldn’t be a better setting for this temple complex.

The site is thought to have been a place of worship since ancient times, with some parts of the complex dating back about 2000 years. Exploring the complex is a fascinating journey back in time and an interesting exploration of Balinese religion.

Pura Besakih

Besakih is a bit far out from most of the tourist accommodation areas – around a 1.5-hour drive from Ubud. But if you have the time, it’s a journey worth making.

There are often scammers in Besakih looking to take advantage of tourists, so it’s generally best to go there as part of a tour, with a guide who can help you navigate and deal with scammers.

If you’re confident you can handle the ambush of locals looking to make a quick buck, and have experience with Balinese scammers, feel free to visit the temple complex on your own. Don’t forget to dress and act appropriately in and around the temples though, as mentioned previously.

Hot springs

  • Roughly $14 per person.
  • Beautiful volcano and lake views!
  • A nice way to relax after the Mount Batur hike.

Situated right next to Lake Batur, the biggest lake in Bali, Batur Natural Hot spring offers a series of warm and inviting naturally heated pools. It is literally one of the most important things to do during your time in Bali. The pools are perched on the edge of the lake, with awesome views of Mount Batur, an active volcano!

Batur Natural Hot spring

Perhaps not worth the long trip by themselves (1 hour from Ubud), these hot springs are best enjoyed after a sunrise hike up Mount Batur itself, which we’ll talk about in more detail during the ‘Day Trips’ section of this Bali itinerary. Take all the weight off your feet and float in the soothing warm water, whilst soaking up some stellar views.

Tanah Lot Temple

  • About $4.20 for adults and $2.10 for kids.
  • Witness a magnificent sea temple perched above the sea!
  • About a half hour drive from Canggu.

Tanah Lot (meaning ‘land in the sea’) is an ancient Hindu sea temple, and is one of Bali’s best-known landmarks. The temple lies on an outcropping piece of land, extending out into the sea. It’s centuries old and is an awe-inspiring sight. The architecture is beautiful, and the natural surroundings are spectacular.

Tanah Lot Temple

The most popular time to visit Tanah Lot is in the evening because the sunset views are famously impressive. We recommend heading there for a sunset session, or early in the morning if you’d prefer to avoid crowds.

There are also multiple other temples in the surrounding area, which you could explore if you have the time; Pura Enjung Galuh, Pura Batu Bolong, Pura Pekendungan, Pura Pura Batu Mejan, and Jero Kandang.

Insider tip: Tanah Lot is not accessible during high tide as the causeway connecting it’s perch to the mainland is covered by the sea. Be sure to check the tides on the day you want to see it!

Sunset Drinks on the Beach

  • Pay only for any drinks you purchase.
  • Witness one of Bali’s famous sunsets.
  • Comfortable seating on the beach with a great evening atmosphere.

Bali’s west coast is famous for its incredible sunsets ! Each night, the sun plunges down into the shimmering ocean and fills the sky with color while tourists and locals alike gather to watch.

There’s no better way to experience one of these sunsets than sitting right on the beach, in a comfortable seat with a drink in your hand. The air is a great temperature around sunset, and the heat of the day is still baked into the sand.

La Plancha beach bar in Seminyak brings this experience to life, with their delicious cocktails and amazingly comfortable bean bag seats right on the beach. They have soft and beautiful multicolored lighting under beach umbrellas too, so you can continue to soak up the good vibes once the sun has dropped below the horizon.

Bali is relatively safe on the whole, but there are a few things you should be aware of in order to stay safe while you’re on the island.

If you decide to rent a moped or motorbike, be very careful . The roads are unforgiving, and your safety is a top priority. Be sure to wear a helmet at all times, primarily for safety reasons but also to avoid fines. Also, be cautious when navigating the streets on foot.

Hawkers can be a big annoyance in Bali – constantly asking for you to buy things or use their services. When you inevitably encounter these hawkers, don’t react or make eye contact, just get on with your business until they leave you alone.

Whatever you do, don’t try to carry or smuggle illicit drugs. The Balinese officials take drug laws very seriously, and even a small amount of an illicit substance can result in large fines and several-year prison sentences. Smuggling drugs across the border can even be punishable with the death sentence. So don’t take any chances.

While we’re on the subject of substances; avoid Arak , a locally produced alcoholic drink, unless it’s from a trustworthy bar or restaurant. There have been cases of this booze being bulked out with harmful chemicals.

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Day trips in and around Bali are extremely popular. There is so much to see and do on this large and diverse island, and it’s often worth taking a day to enjoy some of the incredible sites and experiences it has to offer.

Mount Batur Sunrise Hike

Mount Batur Sunrise Hike

More a night trip than a day trip, but all the more awesome for it; the Mount Batur sunrise trek is an epic adventure! It’s surely the most popular hike in Bali .

You’ll be picked up around 2 am (depending on where you’re staying) and shuttled to the base of this active volcano. We really recommend that you add Mount Batur to your Bali itinerary.

The hike up is a few hours, and once you’re at the top, the sky will burst into color with the sunrise, welcoming a new day in Bali. The views include three other volcanoes and Lake Batur on the descent. It’s a magical experience and a great way to get some physical activity on your vacation.

Snorkeling Day Trip

Snorkeling Day Trip

Bali and its surrounding islands are not only beautiful on land, but they also have an incredibly beautiful and biodiverse underwater landscape, too! We think that exploring this underwater world is a must do on any Bali trip long enough to accommodate it.

This day trip shuttles you off from your accommodation, across the sea to absolutely amazing spots that offer the best snorking experience in the area!

The tour makes snorkeling stops in three different locations around other small islands, one of the them is the famous blue lagoon. You’ll see a plethora of tropical fish, sea turtles, eels, and potentially even manta rays, all set to the backdrop of vibrantly colored coral!

Nusa Penida Full Day-Tour

Nusa Penida Full Day Tour

Nusa Penida is a strikingly beautiful island destination to visit. It’s famous for its dramatic landscapes, with large vegetation covered rock towers jutting out from the sea! The sand is pure white, the water is crystal blue, and the cliffs are incredible.

This tour includes an accommodation pickup and fast boat shuttle to the island. Once there, you’ll get to relax on some stunning hidden beaches, swim in natural rock pools, explore the highlights of Nusa Penida, and enjoy the amazing natural beauty of this small island.

Countryside Cycling Tour

Countryside Cycling Tour

Bali has a lot more to offer than just the main tourist hotspots and attractions – there is a rich and vibrant culture and plenty of natural beauty throughout! This cycle tour offers you the chance to see ‘the real Bali’.

Cycling is an awesome way to explore rural Bali. You’ll cruise through picturesque traditional villages and a bamboo forest, interact with the locals, and stop by some amazing temples. The tour also stops at a Balinese home for where you’ll get an insight to the local culture and way of life. Enjoy a pickup from your accommodation in an air-conditioned minibus.

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

If you want to have a blast with one of the Airbnb Experiences, this is the right one for you! Go WHite Water Rafting in the heart of Ubud. The river Ayung offers an incredible amount of fun (if you sit in a rafting boat of course) and an incredible amount of adrenaline.

You’ll meet your host and guide at the Pertiwi Rafting Location where you’ll be welcomed with an orange juice and a life-jacket. After a short walk to the river, where the rafting tour will start. You’ll get to see amazing waterfalls, swim in crystal clear water and get to enjoy the Balinese river paradise. A lunch buffet afterwards is also included.

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Bali itinerary.

How much time is enough for Bali?

Allow at least 1 week for Bali to make the most of this awesome destination.

What should you include on a 2 week Bali itinerary?

Don’t miss out on these Bali highlights: – Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – Campuhan Ridge Walk – Seminyak – Uluwatu Temple

Where is the best place to stay in Bali?

Ubud is the ideal base for your time in Bali, offering many cultural attractions and easy transport further afield. Canggu is a popular and quieter alternative, however is less well connected to other areas.

How much does a trip to Bali cost?

A daily budget of around $30 will cover food, accommodation, and experiences. Of course, there’s always room to spend less (or more) if you wish!

Bali is a magical place with an incredible amount to offer.

Whether you’re looking for what to do in Bali in 3 days, 24 hours or a month, this Bali itinerary offers you a great blueprint for your Balinese adventure.

We’ve packed in all of the best sites and activities, and we think that if you follow this guide, you’ll have an awesome, exploratory, action-packed holiday! If you’re planning a trip to Bali, this is the guide for you.

Be sure to pack for the weather in Bali , and include temple-appropriate attire. Remember how to travel safe and be prepared to negotiate on prices.  Soak up the culture, sights, and beautiful festivals ; Bali is a really unique island and you’ll want to keep it in your memory bank long after you return home.

Most of all, be prepared to enjoy an amazing adventure! This journey will take you to some amazing places, and some of the experiences are truly once in a lifetime.

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10 Days in Bali: The Perfect 10 Day Bali Itinerary For Your First Visit

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Heading to Indonesia and looking for the best Bali itinerary out there? Well, my island-loving, sunset chasing friends, I’ve cooked up just the thing – the perfect 10 days in Bali to help plan your trip!

Don’t miss this ridiculously-detailed Bali travel blog! You may wanna grab a notebook and pencil – this thing is jam packed with necessary information (just saying).

Bali is full of lush, green jungle. Palm trees swaying in the wind. All the tropical fruit you want and large, inexpensive coconuts (with the most delicious coconut water).

Trendy beach clubs and cafes. Idyllic sunsets. Impressive infinity pools. I could go on and on. Bali’s a living postcard. That ultimate Indonesian fantasy-land you’ve been dreaming about for oh so long. And plus, you get a lot for your money, too!

2 Weeks in Bali | The PERFECT Bali Itinerary you should steal!

I knew Bali was special (hey, there’s a reason why people go and never return). I just didn’t realize how special it was until I visited the island (and it’s surroundings) myself.

It seems as if every other travel blogger/instagrammer to walk the earth has already spent considerable time in the area, and I was determined to find out why everyone raves about it so dearly.

*I was also a tad worried the entire island would be overrun with “influencers” taking photo after photo of themselves for hours on end (it’s got a bad rep for that), but I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, I encountered a few groups of this, but thankfully there is just SO much to explore on the island it’s easy to escape the intense mobs of photo takers.

Heading to Indonesia and looking for the best Bali itinerary out there? Well, my island-loving, sunset chasing friends, I’ve cooked up just the thing - the perfect 10 days in Bali to help plan your trip! Don’t miss this ridiculously-detailed Bali travel blog!

So with that being said, if you’re planning your own trip to Bali, you’re in for a real treat.

And if you don’t wanna plan it yourself (truuuust me, there’s TONS to do and a crazy amount of places to see it all gets overwhelming in approximately .23 seconds), feel free to use my (ridiculously-detailed) Bali itinerary below.

It’s the exact one we followed this past July, and quite honestly, other than wishing we had a few more days, there’s nothing I would change. 

Got a bit less time? This 10 day Bali itinerary can easily be modified for a well-rounded 7 days in Bali if you’ve only got yourself a week. Sadly, take out the few days in the Gili islands and you’ve got yourself a 7 day Bali itinerary.

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Have longer than 10 days in Bali? Well, lucky you! We had a little more than 2 weeks in Indonesia, so snuck in a few days over at Komodo National Park to see the dragons, bask on a pink sand beach, and snorkel with manta rays and sea turtles. I’ll be writing allllll about that experience soon, so keep your eyes peeled! EDIT: Read for the most amazing trip to Komodo.

But first, a pre-travel guide to Bali to learn a bit about the island and what to expect when you’re there.

MAIN REGIONS VISITED ON THIS ITINERARY:

  • Ubud (3 days)
  • Jimbaran/Uluwatu (2 days)
  • Gili Islands (3 days)
  • Seminyak/Canggu (2 days)

This Bali itinerary starts in Ubud (the farthest spot from the international airport – on purpose), heads south to Jimbaran/Uluwatu, a quick boat ride east to the Gili Islands (technically not part of Bali, but a wonderful addition to any Bali itinerary), and ends in Seminyak/Canggu.

There are so many different areas on the island to explore, but this 10 day Bali itinerary is a great mix of lush, jungly Ubud, trendy Canggu cafes, fire culture in Uluwatu, and a good amount of beach/pool time in Jimbaran and Gili .

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Where in the world is Bali anyways, you ask?

Not to sound all textbook-ey, but Bali is an island located in the Indonesian archipelago, to the west of Lombok and east of Java. And nope, although many think it is, Bali is actually NOT a country – it’s part of Indonesia!

Many visitors who visit Indonesia only make it to Bali, so the whole country/island thing is kiiiinda understandable. But geography is important, so just remember that Bali is in fact NOT a separate country! 🙂

Heading to Indonesia and looking for the best Bali itinerary out there? Well, my island-loving, sunset chasing friends, I’ve cooked up just the thing - the perfect 10 days in Bali to help plan your trip! Don’t miss this ridiculously-detailed Bali travel blog!

Currency and Exchange Rates in Bali and Indonesia in General

Bali (and Indonesia in general) uses the Indonesian Rupiah, with the exchange rate being approximately 15,600IDR = ~$1USD – or, which is even more confusing, 1IDR = ~$0.000066USD (as of February 2024).

I recommend using a currency converter (such as XE Currency on your cell phone or a currency converter on the web) to get the most up to date currency exchanges for all forms of currency. 

Converting prices in our head was confusing to say the least, but after a few days we got the hang of it quite quickly. I found it easy to think in 150,000s, since that’s approximately equivalent to ~$10USD (so therefore, 75,000 rupiah = ~$5USD).

You will notice that many locals/shop owners/restaurant menus simply leave off the thousand, and speak in hundreds. For example, 100,000 rupiah would be spoken/written as 100 (so if you see a meal of mie goreng for 75 rupiah, you won’t be paying 5cents, but $5.) 

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Note that you may find that many ATMs are broken/don’t accept your bank card. Don’t fret – there are rows of ATMs from different companies in order to compensate for this. You’ll be able to find tons of ATMs in Bali’s most populated areas, and I bet at least one of them will work!

I read online to use caution when using the ATMs as some can be untrustworthy, but we had no issues with our bank cards.

Some restaurants and higher-end stores/shops take credit cards, but it’s wise to always have some cash available for market shopping, eating at local warungs, getting that spontaneous $7 massage on the street, etc.

How to get the best exchange rate: I always suggest you take out local currency at ATMs upon arrival and never ever through an exchange desk or beforehand in your home country. ATMs provide the best exchange rate, always.

I always take out cash at an ATM at the airport upon arrival in the new country I’m visiting. And if you want to avoid those pesky ATM fees every time you take out cash, simply look into a no-fee debit card, such as through Charles Schwab (which I have and love).

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Language in Bali/Indonesia

First things first, English is widely spoken in Bali. We were surprised at just how many locals knew an impressive amount of English, and thus we didn’t need to use any Indonesian/Balinese during our 10 days in Bali at all.

Of course, since tourism is so prevalent, it’s understandable for Balinese to speak a level of English to communicate with tourists, but so many spoke rather advanced English as well. Coming from someone who only knows one language, I was quite impressed!

We met a few drivers who were keen on practicing their English, so you might run into some extra chatty ones!

Just so you’re aware, the national language is Indonesian, with many locals living on Bali speaking Balinese (and yes, they’re separately languages!). 

WHEN TO VISIT BALI:

Before planning a trip to Bali, it’s important to understand its weather patterns. Bali experiences two distinct seasons, the dry season (April to October) and the rainy season (November to March).

And since Bali is oh so close to the equator, you’ll find day time temperatures relatively constant year round, between the mid-80s and low-90s, making for decent sightseeing temps no matter the season.

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If you’re looking for comfortable temperatures and little to no rain, I highly suggest you visit during the dry season, which is actually Bali’s winter. Don’t be put off by “winter”, as the temperatures are still in the 80s (and clear and sunny) almost every day!

However, this picture-perfect weather is high season (for good reason), causing hotel prices to rise, especially during July and August. For slight discounts on accommodations, try visiting just before/after high season in May-June/September-October.

And just for the record, my research states that Bali encounters a tremendous amount of rain during its rainy season, bringing high humidity and unrelenting mosquitos. My advice – just visit during Bali’s dry season and you’re good to go. 🙂

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Top Tip #1: Regardless of the month you’re planning to embark on your 10 or 7 day Bali itinerary, the sun will set around 6-6:30pm. Since the island is so close to the equator, both sunrise and sunset times don’t vary much.

Because of this, plan to wake up early to take full advantage of the daylight. One benefit to an early sunset – you’ve got no excuse not to watch it every single night (which is oh so different to visiting Norway in the summer with sunsets past 10pm)!

Top Tip #2: If you’re planning on visiting other countries nearby, do keep in mind that the dry season is quite opposite from other Southeast Asian countries. Do your research ahead of time to avoid unpleasant wetness (with possible monsoons) in other areas.

Health and Safety in Bali

HEALTH : 

Water : Do note that you absolutely cannot drink the water in Bali; you’ll find that all hotels/restaurants provide fresh drinking water (either bottled or from large treated water jugs). Because of the unsafe water, Bali belly is quite common – which is just a fancy name for food poisoning.

I encountered some minor gastro issues during our trip (bloating, frequent bathroom visits – hey, just being real!), but it thankfully cleared up without any medication in 1-2 days.

You may want to ask your doctor for a prescription of Ciprofloxacin for serious travelers diarrhea in case you find yourself with any disturbing stomach issues. We always pack immodium as well, just in case.

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Vaccinations : The CDC states that all travelers to Indonesia should be up to date on routine vaccines (MMR, tetanus, chickenpox, pollo, flu shot). In addition, it’s also wise to get the Hep A, Hep B, and typhoid vaccination as well (some of these are good for years, so if you plan to do a lot of traveling to other undeveloped countries, you’ll probably need them there – might as well get them now and keep yourself protected always).

As always, talk to your doctor.

Malaria : Thankfully there’s no worry for malaria in Bali, but if you’re visiting Komodo National Park (like we did later on during our trip), you’ll need to consider taking malaria pills. Talk to your doctor about this first of course.

Travel insurance : Yes, you need this. I always recommend purchasing travel insurance before your trip. You never know what might happen (flight delays, lost baggage, illness), and travel insurance definitely helps with all of those unfortunate unexpectancies.

I highly recommend the company SafetyWing (which thankfully includes pandemic coverage) and ALWAYS buy a short term plan (depending on how many days/weeks we’ll be away) before we leave for any trip!

Even if you don’t end up using it, peace of mind is 100% worth it in my opinion. Find plan options and pricing here (and at only a few bucks a day, there’s no excuse not to!) I always say, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford your trip. It’s that easy.

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Not convinced you should be using travel insurance? Check THIS out, I explain it in much more detail over there.

SAFETY : 

We felt safe the entire duration of our stay in Bali, and used the typical precautions we normally do (no flashing expensive items/electronics, stayed together at night, knew about possible scams). 

And while we’re talking about staying safe, keep in mind that driving in Bali is kinda crazy to say the least, so don’t plan on renting a scooter unless you’re extra confident and can call yourself an expert bike driver.

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No visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Bali (and Indonesia in general) as long as a valid tourist passport and proof of onward travel is in possession, and you’re traveling to the country for 30 days or less.

How to Get to Bali

Most international flights arrive in southern Bali at Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport, airport code DPS), many with layovers in neighboring/nearby countries.

Our flight stopped in Taipei, Taiwan, which we would have decided to make into an extra long layover to explore the city if we hadn’t already done that on our previous trip to Thailand . Why not get some time in another country if you’re already there, am I right?

I like using Skyscanner and Google Flights to check for prices. For reference, we chose to fly premium economy (between regular economy and business class), and paid around $1,500 per person on China Airlines round trip from the West Coast USA during Bali’s prime season of July.

If your dates are more flexible (and your husband will put up with standard economy class) you can surely find cheaper airfare, although we did not have this luxury. For reference, I commonly see roundtrip economy flights from San Francisco for around $800, with flights as cheap as $550 occasionally! 

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How to Get Around Bali

Although the island isn’t toooo large, it’ll still take a decent amount of time to get from place to place. What I initially didn’t realize is that there aren’t many roads from east to west on some parts of the island, so although two spots look relatively close on a map, you may need to first travel south in order to actually get north. 

And boy oh boy is that Bali traffic a thing – a few miles will mostly take the good portion of a half hour (or hour!), so plan accordingly and leave extra time if you have reservations anywhere/need to get somewhere at a certain time.

I’ll explain in more detail as I go day by day on our exact Bali itinerary below. However, if you’re on a bike/scooter you can bypass some of this traffic.

We originally thought we’d be able to use Grab (similar to Uber), and downloaded it ahead of time planning to use it to get around (between areas and within towns as well).

HOWEVER, we ended up only using the Grab app ONCE our entire trip, from the airport to Ubud (for about $28) our first day. Since it didn’t work in multiple areas (specifically within Ubud and Canggu), private drivers through WhatsApp were our saving grace.

We were able to use taxi stands on the street (bargain for a reasonable rate) when we didn’t have any numbers and/or just wanted to go short-ish distances. Do not rely solely on Grab as you’ll be thoroughly disappointed and frustrated. 

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ELECTRICITY :

Bali uses a different type of electrical outlet as found in the USA – the round two-pin plug (type C/F), commonly found in parts of Europe. Get your worldwide travel plug adapter here (which you can use on other trips around the world as well).

It’s also important to understand that the amount of voltage is different and you’ll need a converter (different than an electrical adapter) to change the amount of electricity pushed to each device if you plan on bringing anything which uses an excessive amount of power (including hair dryers, curling irons, and/or straightening irons). 

If you don’t want to worry about this, I suggest you invest in dual-voltage devices made especially for travel like this dual-voltage blow dryer , dual-voltage mini straightener , and this dual-voltage curling iron .

WHERE TO STAY IN BALI: (MORE INFO ON EACH ONE THROUGHOUT ITINERARY BELOW)

Ubud : Komeneka at Tanggayuda and/or Maya Ubud Resort and Spa ( we stayed at both )

Jimbaran : Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

Gili Air : PinkCoco Gili Air

Seminyak : The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel

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A note on Bali hotels, resorts, and hospitality in general: Bali is the place to go all out, because you can likely afford it here. While there’s accommodation of all price points, we found 5-star hotels for ~$250-300 a night, which is the same price we paid for a 3-star hotel night in Boston just a few weeks prior.

Many of these luxurious resorts include a whole slew of extras, making the price more than worth it (free breakfast, infinity pools, complimentary afternoon tea time, shuttle service, private plunge pools, etc). And oh, the people! Never in all our travels have we experienced such wonderful hospitality anywhere else in the world.

The authenticity and graciousness of those in Bali was an unexpected surprise, as we found everyone we encountered to be extra helpful, overly polite, and always cheerful with a smile on their face. 

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WIFI AND STAYING CONNECTED

Although you will most likely have wifi at your accommodation, it’s a good idea to bring along a pocket-sized personal WiFi hotspot , to keep you connected during your time in Bali. WiFi hotspots are a cost effective option to ensure you can use GPS apps like Google Maps, check your emails, and catch up with friends and family while away.

With this portable device , you’ll have WiFi wherever you go (even if your phone doesn’t have service), unlimited internet (on up to five devices at a time!!!), and it’s fast and reliable. At less than $9 a day, this device can’t really be beat.

Note that some cell phone plans allow for international use, but many of these are costly. I accidentally turned on my phone service for LESS THAN 2 MINUTES and got charged $150 by my phone carrier! I desperately wished I had a personal WiFi hotspot with me then!

Find more information and plan options here . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED especially when you don’t speak the native language of the country you’re visiting. A true life saver.

Foods to try in Bali:

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  • snake fruit: kinda like an appley-tasting fruit, quite good!
  • Balinese steamed cakes: made out of rice flour with a wide array of fillings, wrapped in a banana leaf 
  • Mie Goreng : A classic Indonesian dish consisting of fried noodles, served with your choice of vegetables, chicken, shrimp or pork.
  • Nasi Goreng: very similar to Mie Goreng, but fried rice instead of noodles.
  • Sate : meat skewers, including chicken sate, fish, lamb. All with their famous peanut sauce (my favorite)
  • Nasi Campur : mixed rice dish that comes with a simple selection of steamed rice and side dishes including steamed Long beans, meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs, and fried-shrimp krupuk

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  • Balinese coffee: it’s quite strong and usually drank black!
  • Babi Guling: suckling pig; a combination of crispy pork skin, pork blood sausage, pork roll, and fried pork meat and has a reputation for being Bali’s national dish.
  • Bebek Bengil: crispy pig, literally translated to “dirty duck”, deep fried to a crispy finish.
  • Prawn crackers : not my favorite, but they’ll be served at every meal so you’re bound to run into them on more than one occasion 
  • Lemongrass and ginger drinks 
  • Allll the fresh juices 
  • Whole fresh coconuts : I had the best coconut water in Bali, in the largest coconuts I’ve ever seen, for the cheapest price (way larger than those I got in Panama, and for ⅓ the price!)

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WHAT TO BRING TO BALI:

  • Because of its hot, sticky climate, you’ll want light, airy clothing.
  • Appropriate clothing for temples: Long pants, shoulder covered shirts, shawls. Do note that sarongs/shawls are provided (either for rent or for free) at all the temples we visited. Feel free to bring your own if you wish, although FYI, you still may be required to use one from the site.
  • Comfy footwear- you’ll be walking ALOT! We both got basic black canvas tevas before our trip, and although I didn’t wear them much (husband wore them a lot), I can say when I did put them to use my feet were always well-protected and comfortable (I even went hiking in them in Komodo once on some pretty rough terrain [post coming soon]).
  • Sandals/bathing suits for the islands
  • Personal WiFi HotSpot Device

10 Day Bali Itinerary

In a nutshell: Ubud (3 days) → Jimbaran/Uluwatu (2 days) → Gili Islands (3 days) → OPTIONAL: Komodo National Park (3 days) → Seminyak/Canggu (2 days) → departure from DPS

This itinerary will supply a full 10 days in Bali, meaning that it’ll start on your first FULL day in Bali. Do note that for a full 10 days, you’ll most likely need a good 12 days or so for your trip, as the flight is quite long and you’ll be going over the international date line if you’re coming from the states. 

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First off, FLY TO BALI (DPS)! 

The airport you’re looking for is Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport, airport code DPS). The flight is long from most parts of the world (a whopping 18 hours or so of flight time from the West Coast USA, and a bit less around 12-17 hours from Europe, depending where you’re flying from) without many inexpensive direct flights, but I promise you, a trip to Bali is well worth it! 

Psst – check out Skyscanner and set up price alerts to snag the best deal.

Do note that you’ll be crossing the international date line if you’re traveling west (USA to Bali), which means you’ll lose a full day, besides travel time (we actually lost the Fourth of July on our flight!). But dontchu worry – this just means you’ll arrive home the same day you depart when headed back home at the end of your trip, even with all those hours of travel.

Part I: 3 DAYS IN UBUD

*Where we stayed in Ubud: Komaneka at Tanggayuda and Maya Ubud Resort and Spa

There’s a million and 5 places to stay in Ubud – and each one looks amazing. Talk about difficulty choosing just one (and I’m already an indecisive gal)! Because of this, we decided to split our time in Ubud (4 nights) at two different hotels (at different locations near/around Ubud) for 2 nights each. And this ended up being the perfect decision.

Plus, I kinda thought staying at the same hotel for 4 nights would get kinda monotonous when there were so many others to check out. We adored both for different reasons, which I’ll share below:

Komaneka at Tanggayuda : To make things short and sweet, we loved absolutely EVERYTHING about this 5* boutique hotel. From breakfast overlooking the absolutely gorgeous infinity pool and complimentary afternoon tea, to the lush grounds of the resort and tropical fruit trees found just about everywhere, there’s not much we would change.

Upon first glance the resort doesn’t look to be all that, but trust me, as soon as you start wandering around you’ll see what I mean.

We opted for the 1 bedroom villa with a private pool and valley view which cost us roughly $300 per night (an absolute bargain for the place – you’ll see).

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To be completely honest, we kind of wished we had stayed an extra night at the Komaneka as we didn’t allow for enough time to fully enjoy the resort (as we were out and about each day).

Do note that this luxe resort is located roughly 25 minutes north of Ubud center, so you’ll need to arrange for a driver/taxi if you want to head into town (which is why we chose to stay closer to town the next few nights, at Maya Ubud – more details below).

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Also note that you’ll find other hotels within the Komaneka brand in other places near Ubud, so be careful when booking if you want to stay exactly where I did. I cannot speak to the service or grounds of the others (as we did not stay elsewhere), but if they’re on par with Tanggayuda, I bet they’re top-notch as well. Read reviews and check prices here.

Maya Ubud Resort and Spa : The Maya Ubud had suuuuch a different vibe than the Komenaka (not a good or bad thing, it was just different). For starters, it was oh so much larger, but also (possibly because of this) a bit more standard-hotel feely, but still wonderful nonetheless.

The gardens were magnificent, the infinity pools impressive, and the service impeccable. We were generously upgraded to a private pool villa (not exactly sure how that happened, but thanks!), and to say I enjoyed our private outside space at Maya Ubud is an understatement. 

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Since the Maya Ubud is pretty close to Ubud Town (a tad east), there’s a complementary shared shuttle running throughout the day to the center of town (taking roughly 10 minutes or so).

We used it quite a bunch and found the service very convenient. If you miss the shuttle or don’t feel like waiting, the walk to Ubud Town is only about 20-25 minutes – but remember it’ll be hot out!

Although we loved most aspects of the hotel, the spa (and flower bath in particular) really did it for me. Imagine soaking in a tub full of rose and frangipani flowers with calming river views… I was obsessed after 5 minutes.

I’ll explain my experience in a bit more detail during the itinerary, but just know that I highly encourage any bath lover to give it a try! Read reviews and check prices here.

Day 0 | Arrival into Bali, and head to Ubud

Use this first day for arrival into Bali, as it’s very possible that you’ll arrive a bit later on in the day (depending on where you’re coming from of course). 

And if you decide to follow this Bali itinerary to a T (all heavily researched and 100% tested by us!), you’ll be heading straight to Ubud from the airport!

Thankfully we were easily able to use the Grab app to hire a driver/car to drive us straight to the Komaneka at Tanggayuda (where we stayed first near Ubud), which cost us roughly $28 for the 2 hour drive.

Since we didn’t land until 3pm-ish, and with a bit of that infamous Bali traffic, we arrived to our hotel near Ubud around 5:45pm or so. If you are lucky to have an earlier flight, I highly recommend hanging by the pool for a bit, watching your first Bali sunset, and enjoying dinner at the Komaneka.

I wouldn’t suggest heading into Ubud Town your first night if you’re staying where we did, as you’ll most likely be especially tired (and the food at the Komaneka is quite tasty!).

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Where we slept: Komaneka at Tanggayuda 

Important Note on Day 1 and 2 : The traffic in and around Ubud (and Bali in general) can be horrendous. As you’ll notice on Day 2 of this Bali itinerary, we actually didn’t make it to all of our intended spots due to crazy amounts of unforeseen traffic.

Don’t be upset – it’s all wonderful and no reason to ruin your entire day/trip over. Just understand that you may need to be a bit more go-with-the-flow than normal.

→ Read Next: The Perfect 3 Days in Ubud

Day 1 | Day Trip to East Bali

It’s your first full day in Bali, so it’s time to wake up and explore! Use the jetlag to your advantage and plan for an early morning wake-up call (5AM to be exact) to head out to the eastern parts of Bali.

We chose to hire a private driver to take us to Lempuyang Temple, Taman Tirta Gangga, Tibumana waterfall, and Pura Tita Empul (in that order).

Note that we chose to book through AirBnB experiences , and were able to choose exactly where we wanted to go. Our guide took great photos of us and we had the best time with him.

And psst – if you sign up for AirBnB through my link , you’ll get $15 off any experience of at least $50 (so if two people go that discount will work!). If you choose the same spots as we did, just know that you’ll need to pay all entrance fees as they are not included (roughly $10 per person).

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If you don’t feel like signing up for AirBnB (it’s not that difficult I promise), this tour is very similar and takes you to the famous Lempuyang Temple, water palace, a waterfall, rice fields, and ends with the famous Bali swing.

We got picked up by our driver before the sun even rose, getting an early start of 5AM. And since we traveled to the furthest stop first (roughly 2 hours away), we were able to sleep/rest a bit in the car!

Perrrrfect! I have to admit, it was oh so nice having a local drive us around, especially considering the roads seemed a bit confusing. We didn’t have to worry about a thing – and we loved it!

Oh right, breakfast! Since the Komaneka at Tanggayuda includes breakfast, they boxed up a to-go breakfast for us to enjoy on our tour to East Bali. We ate it during our time at Lempuyang Temple, while our guide waited on line for us (more info on that below).

Stop #1) Lempuyang Temple

First stop – Lempuyang Temple! I guarantee you’ve seen numerous photos of this Hindu temple, primarily due to it’s famous gates, the Gates of Heaven, with perfectly framed views of the Agung Volcano. It’s pretty iconic of Bali, and it’s absolutely gorgeous (especially with that early morning light).

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The Lempuyang complex is actually comprised of 7 different temples (with TONS of steps), so just plan on doing the first and most popular one if you don’t plan on spending all day there. 

Lempuyang Temple, also known as Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang (yes, it’s a mouthful), is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples in the entire country. Please be respectful and read below.

  • Once you arrive, you’ll need to rent a sarong to wear (yes, no matter if you’re already wearing a long skirt or pants). Since Pura Lempuyang is a sacred place, sarongs are custom, so just wear one willingly and be respectful. Covering your shoulders is also required, so plan on bringing along an extra shawl, cardigan, or simply, just wear a tee shirt like I did.
  • No kissing or close physical touch is allowed at the temple. My husband kept forgetting and I had to literally shoo him away! 

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I’ll let you in on a little secret – the reflection is fake. Yup, those photos you see (here and elsewhere)- one lie after another. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t get the obligatory photo for ourselves – of course we did.

We’re just happy we didn’t actually wait on the horrendously long line (our guide thankfully did while we were off exploring other parts of the temple/eating our breakfast boxes).

Just another reason to take a tour; I’m guessing most tour guides stand in line for their guests. If you need to wait for yourself and arrive at the temple around 7am or so like we did, just know the line will probably take at least an hour. Plan accordingly. 🙂

*Note: Pura means temple. 🙂

Stop #2) Taman Tirta Gangga (water palace)

Tiered fountains. Stone sculptures of mythical creatures. Giant lily pads. Girls in flowy dresses. And all the hungry koi fish you can think of. Yes, we’re talking about Bali’s water palace – Taman Tirta Gangga. This former royal palace is one of East Bali’s most famous sights, and breathtaking it is.

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Make sure to buy some fish food at one of the little stalls before the ponds (5,000IDR). 

Although we overall enjoyed this stop, it was pretty crowded already when we got there, and taking decent flattering photos without tons of other in the frame proved relatively difficult.

You’ll see what I mean with the stepping stones and people going opposite directions when you visit. Lots of people here to get that instagram shot.

Stop #3) Tukad Cepung Waterfall – or – Tibumana Waterfall 

Put on your bathing suit, because it’s waterfall time! There are a whole slew of waterfalls in and around Ubud, so you’ve definitely got a few to choose from.

I had originally wanted to head to Tukad Cepung, which I heard is really cool with sunbeams shining through a cave, but our guide warned us that it’d be exceptionally crowded.

He instead suggested Tibumana, which was actually on my list as well (for another day), so we agreed and are so thankful for his honesty! 

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After an easy walk down on some bamboo bridges and stairs (took about 10-15 minutes or so), we were greeted with not only a beautiful swimming spot, but a crashing waterfall amongst so much lush greenery. And hardly any people, which makes sense considering it’s deep in the jungle. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:

Stop #4) Pura Tita Empul (water temple) 

Not to be confused with the Water Palace, Pura Tita Empul (also known as the Water Temple), is a completely different thing, so don’t miss it during your 10 days in Bali! Being one of the largest and busiest water temples in all of Indonesia, you’ll want to do your part in being respectful by wearing a provided sarong within the complex. 

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Forget about selfies here – take it all in, observe the rituals, and do yourself a favor and just watch. By visiting this Hindu Balinese water temple, you get to experience the culture firsthand by watching Hindu devotees purify themselves in a bathing ritual. And boy were the holy springs a sight to be seen. 

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Visitors can bathe as well (and we saw a few do so), but since we are not believers of Hinduism, we didn’t feel right participating in the cleansing ritual. Note that there’s an additional charge for this as well, and you’ll need to be dressed from head to toe so bring an additional change of clothes if you plan to bathe in the holy waters.

Our guide showed us around the complex — it’s actually quite large; the purification pools are just one part!  We also saw a koi pond, the inner courtyard, and tons of Hindu shrines.

Back to the Komaneka (or your hotel of choice)

We got back to the Komaneka around 3ish or so, giving us a few hours of sunlight to enjoy the hotel’s luxurious infinity pools, have a late lunch and complimentary tea and snacks, and just relax from our first day of activities.

Remember, the sun sets around 6pm (every night no matter the season), so if you want some pool time, be sure not to cram in toooo much on this first day. We had some dinner before heading to the spa for our first (of many) Balinese massages.

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Day 2 | Day trip to North Bali

Psst (logistics tip): If you’re following this itinerary exactly to a T (or switching hotels tonight like we did), be sure to put things in the trunk of your private car so you don’t need to go back to hotel #1 just to move your bags to hotel #2. We kept everything we brought to Indonesia with us in the trunk for the entire day and felt completely safe doing so.

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Today’s another busy day, so wake up, grab some coffee and breakfast at the hotel, and hit the road! We decided to hire another private driver for the day to experience northern Bali (through the same AirBnB experience as the day before), and it was a great decision!

This Northern Bali private tour takes you to a bunch of the same spots if AirBnB’s just not your thing. 

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Although we didn’t get to visit all our intended spots (that traffic I tell ya, it’s the worst!), I’ll list them all out for you below. Hopefully you have better luck than we did!

Stop #1) Tegalalang rice terraces and Bali swing, coffee/tea tasting 

There’s a reason everyone visits Ubud , and the rice terraces are it. Ridiculously scenic, this terraced hillside is covered in rice paddies among rice paddies, as far as the eye can see. Do not miss it. I repeat – do not miss it.

As soon as we arrived, we couldn’t stop admiring all the greens – we were just wowed the entire time. Being surrounded by lush green rice terraces on all sides of you is just something you don’t forget. Ever. Our guide took us wandering throughout the fields, while explaining a bit about the process of harvesting the rice as well. 

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Choose to visit early in the morning, as not only will the lighting be better for photos, but you’ll beat the crowds – there was hardly anyone else there when we visited around 8:30am! I honestly couldn’t believe it! 

We opted to do the famous Bali swing over here too, costly roughly $15 for fantastic views of the rice fields. There were other options to do the swings over near the area we stopped for coffee, which seemed much more crowded and I’m guessing costly.

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We were unfortunately unable to visit the following due to Bali’s mad traffic, but here’s a bit of info I had researched ahead of time.

Stop #2) Lake Beratan Temple (Ulun Danu) 

This temple is located on an island completely surrounded by water, which makes it quite picturesque, especially with it’s manicured gardens nearby. And if you’re up for it, you can even take a boat out and view the temple directly from the water (I’ll be doing that next time I head to Bali). 

However, do note that since the lake is considered holy, you cannot swim in it (although renting a boat is fine). Some people say it’s kinda a tourist trap and filled with swarms of visitors, so research a bit more to decide for yourself if you wanna stop.

Stop #3) Handara Gate (Balour Balinese Gate of Handara)

It’s a gate you guys – a gigantic, exotic looking traditional Balinese gate, with lush, smoky green hills as it’s backdrop.

As such, it’s one of the most iconic photos you’ll see of Bali, with special thanks to instagram. Because of this, it gets rather crowded, so you’ll most likely need to wait in line to get THE photo.

Not many people realize this, but this gate, dubbed the pathway to serenity, is actually the entrance to a golf course! Yes, a golf course – the Handara Golf & Resort Bali to be exact! 

Stop #4) Banyumala Twin Waterfall

Like it’s name suggests, this ain’t just one stream of water – it’s a whole slew of falls in one. Girls we had met later on during our trip said the short hike down to Banyumala (10-15 minutes) was most definitely worth it, so be sure to add it to your Bali itinerary.

And make sure to wear/bring a bathing suit as you’ll most likely want to take a dip in the falls. We unfortunately missed out on this one! 

Stop #5) Wanagiri Hidden Hills

Yes, this stop at Hidden Hills is primarilyyyy for the cheesy IG photos, BUT if you’re following this day’s itinerary you’ll already be in the area – so might as well make a quick(ish) stop.

There are different sections within Wanagiri Hidden Hills, with each area having different set prices with different attractions. Most include a nest, a swing, and another type of bamboo lookout, with the bird cage and boat viewing post some of the more popular ones.

Once you’ve paid your entrance fee, you’re free to hang around for as long as you want taking photo after photo. Kinda cheesy, but hey, you’re in Bali – might as well take advantage and get some of those typical IG shots. And plus our tourism dollars help the locals make a living.

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HOWEVER, you’ll find some of these photo opps at other attractions near Ubud. We saw a bunch earlier in the day at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces (where the above photo was taken) and then again at Leke Leke Waterfall, so don’t feel like you neeeed to stop at Hidden Hills if you’re not especially into it.

Because the traffic was SO bad, we didn’t make it to Lake Beratan, the Hadara Gate, Banyumala Twin Waterfall, and Hidden Hills. Yuuup, basically the rest on my itinerary.

We did however find a waterfall trek to do instead (Leke-Leke), which was a blessing since it got us outta the car for a while.

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Since we missed out on so much of what the north has to offer, that’s definitely an area I’ll be visiting on my next trip to Bali (oh you better believe there’ll be a next time).

And I’d absolutely love to stay at Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort , which looks absolutely insane and beautiful all at once. Note that you can visit for lunch as long as you purchase a day pass in advance, but guests are not allowed on property otherwise.

If you have more time in the north, the Aling-Aling waterfall and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces all look worthy of your time. 

We spent the remainder of the day blissing out in our private pool at the Maya Ubud (after checking in of course) and stuffing our faces with fresh fruit juice and Balinese snacks.

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Since we hadn’t checked out the restaurant scene in Ubud just yet (we had only really feasted at the Komaneka), we took the free shuttle into town and somehow got a table quite quickly at Hujan Locale for some innovative, modern Indonesian food.

So good and highly recommended, although it’s probably best to make a reservation in advance, as it was crowded and the restaurant is getting popular.

Where we slept: Maya Ubud

Day 3 | Wander around Ubud Town and Surroundings

Finally, a day to actually explore Ubud! After venturing east and then north, it’s about time we plant our feet and stick to the actual town!

Here’s how our day went – and I suggest you do the same as we hit up all the top places (IMO) in/near Ubud Town:

1) Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

I have to admit, after walking ⅞ of the way there, I almost backed out of visiting the Monkey Forest. You see, we came across monkeys in town before even getting to the sanctuary. Who knew the monkeys were everywhere surrounding the area?!

They were climbing on power lines above us, running on the sidewalk next to shops/restaurants, and were just waaaay too close for comfort in my opinion. But I faced my fears, kept on going, and in we went.

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The actual experience (after calming myself down and giving myself a short pep talk) was a positive one, as the monkeys were thankfully very interested in their food and each other, and not us humans. And the babies! Quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve seen to date.

Keep your eyes wandering, as you’ll see monkeys above you in trees, running at your feet, jumping from here to there, etc. I was definitely on watch the entire time, constantly looking in all directions in order to keep myself aware of any nearby monkeys, as they just run around where they please.

Be sure to get past the beginning and into the actual forest – the grounds are so lush and beautiful, with a giant banyan tree over the river. Thankfully we didn’t see any monkeys jumping on people like I had heard about, but people we had met later on during this 10 day Bali itinerary said they lost sunglasses and hats, so be extra careful.

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A few precautions when entering the monkey forest, as yes, they are wild animals and yes, there are a few ground rules to be aware of to protect yourself and everyone around you (including the monkeys):

  • Leave your accessories behind; this includes sunglasses, hats, large earrings, etc. You never know – the monkey’s may snatch them!
  • And on that note, if a monkey takes something of yours, its theirs to keep – aka, don’t attempt in getting it back. Monkeys will bite if they feel threatened.
  • Forget feeding the monkeys, let alone bringing any food/water bottles into the park in general. The monkeys can smell food and will even open up bags/backpacks and go searching/stealing! 
  • Never make eye contact with a monkey. They see this as a form of aggression, so never stare directly into a monkey’s eyes.
  • Do not sit anywhere there are monkeys present. You’ll most likely find yourself with a monkey climbing on your shoulders (which I most definitely wouldn’t want).
  • The baby monkeys are exceptionally cute; but just remember, wherever you see a baby, there’ll be a mama monkey nearby. Therefore, don’t get too close to the babies, as mamas may attack to protect their young. 

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I was glad to learn that the Ubud Monkey Forest is more than just a tourist attraction. Apparently there’s tons of research (and conservation efforts) going on within the forest, mostly regarding the monkeys behavior and social interactions.

However, I’ve also read that some of the staff use possibly inhumane techniques in order to stop the monkeys from any bad behavior. Do your research ahead of time.

After congratulating myself for not getting eaten by a monkey, we made a pit stop at Habitat Cafe (so cute and trendy) for some well-deserved fresh juices and relaxation time.  

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2) Ubud Traditional Art Market 

Color, clatter, commotion, chaos. That’s the market experience for ya! Anything you want to buy in Ubud, you’ll find at the market, that’s for sure.

The market specializes in traditional art and handicrafts, and I loved exploring the stalls tucked away in the little alleyways (get away from the main strip). Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, just wander and browse for a bit – it’s an experience (albeit rather crowded) in and of itself!

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Although it’s quite chaotic, the alleyways of the Ubud market make for a fun time. Just be sure to haggle/bargain before purchasing! Even though I’m sure we paid a bit too much on several occasions, we would typically be able to get the shop owner to agree to less than half of their original asking price.

If they don’t agree to your price, just walk away, and they’ll quickly quote you less! They want your business – trust me , as there’s probably the same/similar items in the shop next door.

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If you have an idea you’ll be buying a few items, it’s always cheaper to buy from the same stall – they’ll typically give you a multi-item discount. I say, browse a bit before buying anything, decide what in fact you want to buy, and find a stall that has everything you want. You’ll get the cheapest possible price that way.

I couldn’t leave the market without buying one of those trendy straw/rattan Bali basket bags – you know, the round ones you see all the influencers promoting on instagram?

Yup, the online companies sell them for $75-$85, but I got mine in Bali for $8. Can’t beat that. And another gorgeous handheld bamboo bag for $15ish (which I could have probably haggled down more).

But I always like to remember – the locals in the market make a living selling the products. An extra dollar or two (USD) doesn’t mean much to me, but it could get their family an extra meal or two. 

Things to buy: cotton sarongs, bamboo straws, the famous Bali bags, dream catchers, wood carvings, straw hats, crochet tops/bikinis, stackable storage boxes

LUNCH! We hit up Locavore To-Go for some meat sandwiches (a must!), Acai Queen for, you guessed it, acai bowls, and Frozen Yogi for a chilled dessert. We were on vacation – don’t judge us! 

3) Saraswati Lotus Temple, Ubud Centre

Next up, a quick stop at Saraswati Lotus Temple! We stopped by this temple for a few minutes, took a few pictures, and moved on with the show. It should be noted that tourists are not allowed to enter the temple, but it’s the stunning grounds that are the biggest draw for the crowds.

The main walkway was filled with lily pads on either side, although there were unfortunately no lotus flowers in the pond (which I heard there typically are).

4) Campuhan Ridge Walk at Sunset

After spending all day in the busy centre of Ubud, get outta there and into some nature! The Campuhan Ridge Walk is arguably Ubud’s best known trek, as it offers sweeping hilltop views and minimal crowds.

And plus, it’s not difficult at all – it’s more of a walk than a hike (I guess that’s why it’s called a ridge walk …). Anyone can do this lush, scenic trail, although there were a few steep steps at the very beginning and end.

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If you aren’t planning on eating at The Sayan House (which you 100% should), I recommend walking the ridge walk just before sunset, which I believe would be absolutely gorgeous. We visited around 4:30, so the sun was already low in the sky making for some beautiful photos. And plus, it’ll be too hot to enjoy during the day.

Soooo we had a bit of trouble finding this place as we deliberately followed Google Maps like we always do – which got us to the general area, just a bit too far. We asked a worker in a nearby shop/hotel (I forgot) and they were able to direct us to the entrance – there’s no signs and the entrance is quite inconspicuous, so I’m not sure how others found it without help.

Sorry I can’t be of more assistance, 😉 But I promise, once you find it, it’s worth the hassle. It was about a 20 minute walk or so from the center of Ubud Town.

5) Dinner at The Sayan House 

This Japanese/Latin Fusion Restaurant is absolutely perfect for a date night (and ya gotta add in a few special nights to any Bali itinerary). :p 

Yes, it’s a little annoying to get to as it’s located a few minutes outta town (and not very walkable), but 110% worth it in my opinion. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the lush valley below, along with innovative cocktails, fresh fruit juices, and unusual dishes with unique flavor combinations.

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Make a reservation for this place ahead of time (and ask for a table facing the sunset) because boy, it’s a showstopper. It’s wise to remember that the sun sets on the earlier side in Bali, so if you actually want to catch the sunset, you’ll need to arrive before/around 6pm.

We made a reservation for 6pm and ended up heading over early for sunset drinks at the bar area with breathtaking views of the rice terraces below as the sun was setting. Absolute perfection if you ask me.

6) Foot massages or Balinese Performance in town 

After getting massages in Thailand every single damn day, we made it our mission to repeat that in Bali. And while we didn’t meet the goal of alllll the days, we came pretty close. After dinner we ended up at Kristina Ubud Spa in town, and got foot massages for 80,000/ hr (which comes out to roughly $5.50USD). Can’t beat that price!

Note that you can opt to watch a traditional Balinese performance at the Royal Palace (Puri Saren) in Ubud Town if massages aren’t your thing (who are you?).

Since we were already planning on heading to Uluwatu Temple later on in the trip to see the Kecak Fire Dance, we skipped the performance in Ubud. (Starts at 7:30pm, costs 100,000IDR pp, length of 1 ½ hours).

Part II: 2 DAYS IN JIMBARAN/ULUWATU + (OPTIONAL) Day Trip to NUSA

*Where we stayed in Jimbaran: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

I had originally wanted to spend our nights in Uluwatu (to take advantage of South Bali’s trendy beach clubs), but after booking ourselves at the Ayana , I’m glad we did.

Located in Jimbaran, about a half hour north of Uluwatu, it’s a bit more central to other spots in Bali and honestly, we didn’t need to leave the resort if we really didn’t want to.

The Ayana Bali has 4 pools (Ocean Beach Pool, River Pool, Upper Pool, and Lower Pool), numerous spots for sunset drinks, a whole slew of restaurants (albeit overpriced of course), a luxurious spa, and it’s own private beach club – Kubu Beach (which you need to take a gondola down to reach!).

I’ll explain in more detail below, since we happily spent a great deal of time at the resort. 🙂

Day 4 | Early Morning in Ubud, off to Jimbaran!

Teeeechnically you can head back into Ubud Town to finish exploring this morning if there’s more you wanna see, but we chose to enjoy some activities at Maya Ubud. 

Flower Bath at Maya Ubud

After a private breakfast by our pool, I headed to the spa for my flower bath. It seemed like the ultimate Bali thing to do, so I knew I couldn’t miss it during my 10 days in Bali. Yup, 30 whole minutes of pure serenity and relaxation, all with rose and frangipani flowers floating around me.

The flower bath was everything and then some – I could have stayed in there all day (minus the fact that my fingers were turning into a prune of course!). I honestly thought girls just did flower baths for the ‘gram, but I have to say, I left feeling super relaxed, hydrated, and tranquil. Didn’t hurt that I got a few cute pics outta it too. 🙂

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Note that you can also make reservations ahead of time at Karsa Spa located near the Campuhan Ridge Walk if you want a flower bath experience and aren’t staying at Maya Ubud, which I definitely want to experience next time!

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That morning, since my husband wasn’t participating in the flower bath, he headed to an early morning yoga class and then relaxed by the pool. If you’re staying closer to town, you can head to a class at the Yoga Barn which is apparently rather popular (although a bit overpriced I heard).

Head South to Jimbaran

After breakfast and activities at the resort (yoga, pool, spa), off to Jimbaran we went! Since we had taken a few taxi rides the previous day in Ubud, we managed to acquire a few WhatsApp #’s so scheduled for a pickup from Maya Ubud to take us to our next hotel – The Ayana Bali!

I don’t think Grab will work (the app didn’t work at all in Ubud at all), so definitely don’t count on that like we originally did. The trip took roughly 2 hours or so if I remember correctly, so plan to rest a bit in the car.

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We had originally wanted to stop at Bambu Indah for some lunch after reading some rave reviews, but I wasn’t feeling too hot (remnants of Bali belly, perhaps), so we went straight to The Ayana.

If you end up going, lemme know how it is! Bambu Indah is actually hotel known for its interesting architectural designs, completely made out of bamboo. Maybe next time we’ll decide to stay there!

Hang at Hotel/Sunset Drinks at Rock Bar

After an easy check-in process, go explore for a bit then head on down to Rock Bar for sunset drinks (psst – you’ll need to take the cliff-side gondola to get down)! Overlooking the Indian Ocean with the waves crashing onto the rocks, there’s really no better view for sunset, and because of this, it does get quite busy!

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People who are not staying at the hotel are allowed to visit Rock Bar (with advance reservations), but if you’re a hotel guest of the Ayana , you’re VIP baby (you should get in just fine – no reservations needed)!

We headed down around 5pm for a 6:15ish sunset, got a bunch of drinks and appetizers, and just watched the sun set into the rolling ocean waves. I can see it being the perfect place for a romantic night out, especially if you snag one of the large plush beds like we did. 

If the Rock Bar doesn’t excite you (and ohhh, it should), I heard that Single Fin in Uluwatu is also great for sunset cocktails and dinner (but it’s 40 minutes away by car, so probably just easier to stay at the resort).

Where we slept: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

Day 5 | Uluwatu/Jimbaran -or- Day Trip to Nusa Penida

Today’s choice day! Depending how you anticipate to be feeling (and if you booked yourself at a resort like the Ayana with tons to do), you can either:

→ 1) spend ½ day at the resort (beach/pool time) with a ½ day trip to Uluwatu Temple -or- 

→ 2) take a verrrry long day trip to Nusa Penida

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If you think you’ll want a more relaxing day (after a few nonstop days of go-go-go), then trust me, take advantage of the resort pools and beach club, and leave Nusa for another trip.

However, if you can’t fathom coming all this way and not seeing Kelingking Beach, suck it up and head to Nusa Penida (I heard it’s gorgeous, yet the climb down/up is excruciating, especially in the heat). We had originally planned for the long day trip to Nusa (and even signed up for a tour ahead of time), but with my stomach acting up a bit and already feeling utterly exhausted, we desperately craved a beach day.

Use your judgement and think about what would be best for you. And if you’ve got an extra day, you could easily do both!

Choice 1: Resort Pool Day and Uluwatu Temple + Kecak Fire Dance

Pool + Beach Time

As mentioned, if you’re staying at a luxurious resort like the Ayana Bali, I can promise you’ll never find yourself bored. We got an early morning start at the Ocean Beach Pool, had breakfast overlooking the ocean, and loveddd the fact that no kids are allowed (sorry, kiddos, there’s other pools for you).

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We then made our way to Kubu, Ayana’s private beach club for some more loungin’, before heading back to the room to get ready for our trip to Uluwatu Temple! You can also schedule some time at the spa for a treatment, play a bit of golf, or visit the ultra secluded (and hardly crowded during the day) River Pool, located near the private villas.

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Trip to Uluwatu Temple

It’s not the temple itself per say that makes this place absolutely remarkable, it’s the magnificent location high up on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. The dramatic coastline of the Bukit Peninsula sure is something else. We could have stared at those rolling waves all day long. But you’re not just here for the views – you’ve got the Kecak Fire Dance awaiting you as well!

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Since Uluwatu Temple is roughly 45 minutes away – without traffic, you’ll want to get picked up via private driver around 3:30pm to get there in time to purchase tickets and look around. Tickets to the Kecak Fire Dance performance go on sale at 5pm, and it gets crazy busy around this time.

Our driver graciously waited on line for us in order to get us tickets to the show so we could walk around the temple and admire the ocean and all those crazy waves. 

Do note that others have seen cheeky monkey’s at the temple – so just like in Ubud, be careful with your things as they are known to steal loose items from unsuspecting guests! We were surprised that we didn’t see a single monkey, especially considering how many people told us to watch out for them. But nevertheless, you’ve been warned!

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Now, what is the Kecak Fire Dance you ask? Oh, it’s a whole lotta fun – with a huge cast of dancers and chanters interpreting the Hindu history in Bali, the show is quite funny (but I won’t give away any spoilers). I hiiiighly recommend reading the informational paper they hand out, as you’ll be wildly confused otherwise. 

This traditional Balinese dance show is performed every night at Uluwatu Temple as the sun is setting (at 6pm), which makes for an absolutely breathtaking evening. Since the temple is on a cliff directly facing the sun setting into the ocean, you can only imagine what a sight it’ll be.

And just FYI – the temple and performance area gets exceptionally crowded; don’t be one of the last to get seated or you’ll wind up sitting on the hard concrete floor (and trust me, they squeeze in as many people who buy tickets…).

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*Note that if you hire a driver, make sure they stay during the show to take you back to your accommodation afterwards (you’ll have a hard time finding a ride otherwise). For reference, if I remember correctly, we paid 400,000 rupiah roundtrip for the two of us (excluding tickets to temple and show, which came out to be an additional 150,000 rupiah per person).

If you want to have it all planned out ahead of time, there’s a bunch of organized tours you can book before you land in Bali . If you don’t mind winging it a bit and leaving your luck up to chance, hire a private driver once you arrive (the day of or the day before).

Since we changed our plans last minute since I wasn’t feeling so hot, we didn’t have the option of booking in advance. Thankfully we had met a gal at lunch the day before who gave us her drivers WhatsApp number. If we didn’t have this number we probably would have unfortunately had to take an overpriced taxi from the hotel, and I would have wished we had booked an organized tour ahead of time. Check out private tours to Uluwatu and the Fire Dance here.

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Choice 2: DAY TRIP TO NUSA

If you have your heart set on heading to Nusa Penida, today’s the best day on this Bali itinerary to do it! Just know it’ll be a verryyyyy long day regardless of who you book with, as you’ll first need to make your way to Sanur and then take a fast boat to the island.

Get ready for some rocky, bumpy roads, and possibly a sore back, as the roads are exceptionally treacherous on the island of Nusa Penida. 

But alas, the natural landscapes look breathtaking and I’ve heard the beaches are to die for (although you’ll have to work aka hike down…and then back up, for some of them)! However, coconut trees, sandy beaches, and turquoise blue water awaits!

On a day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali, you’ll visit the following spots: Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Crystal Bay, and Sampalan Beach. All tours are very similar and visit the most popular spots. We booked a tour very similar to this one , although as mentioned, decided to cancel it. The tour does hotel pickup, brings you to the fast boat, then hooks you up with a private driver on Nusa Penida for the rest of the day.

Since we unfortunately missed this day trip, I’m thinking we’ll spend a few days on the Nusa Islands (there’s 3 in total!) to really get a feel for the islands next time we visit Bali (sooner than later, fingers crossed)!

Part III: 3 DAYS ON THE GILI ISLANDS

The Gili islands are full of white sandy beaches, curious sea turtles, coconut palms, and more puka shells you’ve ever seen; it’s absolute paradise and then some. And being so close to Bali, you’d be crazy to miss out on these little islands during your stay in Indonesia, which is why I included it on this 10 day Bali itinerary!

I promise you – after a few busy days in Bali, the Gili’s will feel like a breath of fresh air since you don’t have to do much to have a good ole time here. Think pool, beach, snorkeling, fresh fish, lots of cheap Bintangs, and 1 hour massages for $7.

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*You’ll need to decide which island you want to base yourself on (outta 3 main ones). We chose Gili Air, and loved our decision. For reference, there’s Gili Trawangan (commonly called Gili T), which is the largest, liveliest, and most developed island, with tons of late-night beachside parties and lots of drinking (apparently).

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Gili Air, where we stayed, is a bit more low-key, but there’s still a whole slew of restaurants, bars, and relaxed nightlife (think listening to live music on the beach in some bean bag chairs while sipping some Bintangs – the local beer).

And finally there’s Gili Meno, the smallest of the islands, for those who just wanna get away from it all (it’s by far the quietest of the bunch without much nightlife).

Read Next: The Complete Guide to Gili Air (everything you need to know before visiting)

Where we stayed: PinkCoco Gili Air

To say we fell in love with the Pink Coco is a huge understatement. There’s just something about it that we found ourselves drawn to immediately. From all the pink accents to the breakfast overlooking the beach, it was the perfect place to rest our heads while on Gili Air.

And plus – all the staff were especially helpful and accommodating (when we had a mishap with our bags). It didn’t hurt that our room was just steps from the scenic pool, which was covered in palm trees and where we spent the bulk of our time while on the islands.

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Day 6 | Jimbaran in early morning, then off to the Gili Islands!

Hey, it’s your last day at The Ayana Bali , so take fulllll advantage!

We decided to hit up the instagram famous River Pool, where electronics (yes, including phones, cameras, etc) are not allowed between the hours of 9am – 5pm (which they’re surprisingly crazy strict about – there’s even lockers for your phone at the entrance to the pool)…. Hence the need to go early to snap a few photos, of course!

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I must admit that this was not my proudest moment, queueing up in the pool for a bunch of photos, but the water was warm and thankfully not tons of people were out when we arrived at 7:30am. By 8:30am, the place was swarming with instagrammers getting their perfect shot – and that was our cue to head on off to breakfast! 

Transfer to Gili Air 

Finish that hearty breakfast, because it’s time to pack up — we’re heading to the Gili Islands! Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Gili’s are not techhhhnically part of Bali, but since they’re so close (near the northwest coast of Lombok), it’d be an absolute shame to miss out on them. 

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There are a few different boat/ferry companies to take you to the Gili Islands, but I highly encourage you to book with Blue Water Express . They are a very reputable company, and after experiencing some pretty rough seas (I still can’t believe we went out – those swells were insane), I’m sooo glad we didn’t take the public boat.

Yes, Blue Water Express is obviously more expensive, but so worth it to me for the 2-3 hour boat ride (plus free pickup at your hotel if I recall).

Although there’s usually an early morning option, I’d opt for the later one around 11am, so you don’t need to rush for checkout (and plus, you’ll have enough time on the Gili’s if you follow this Bali itinerary, I promise). 

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Arrival in Gili (around 2pm-ish)

Our first few hours in Gili were spent relaxing by the pool, wandering the cute little town, and taking photos at the famous swings (located all over the island and also at the PinkCoco – where we stayed), which are just perfect for your instagram feed.

Remember that the sun sets around 6pm, so you don’t have tonssss of daylight on this first day in Gili, but much of the appeal of Gili is to slow down and relax, so you’re fine. Make sure to find some live music, order a few fresh juices and/or Bintangs, and plop yourself down on a beach-side bean bag chair and just chillax. That’s the life right there.

Remember, I wrote a full detailed guide on all things Gili Air , so be sure to check that out!

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Day 7 | Snorkeling the Gili Islands  

No trip to the Gili’s would be complete without exploring its vast underwater world, so today we’re off snorkeling! You can either pre-book or book once you get to the island (we were spontaneous and booked the day before while walking to our hotel).

Book ahead here if you’d like to ensure a spot and not get jammed in on a beat up boat like we were (with janky masks and snorkels as well).

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Most snorkel tours visit Turtle Point (for you guessed it, turtle spotting), near Gili Meno to see the underwater statues, and another spot or two with coral gardens to see a wide array of tropical fish. I saw a few turtles (my favorite) as well as tons of colorful fish.

A quick note on turtles and underwater life in general: NEVER attempt to chase/touch/pet/feed turtles, as human contact can give them diseases and make them sick. Admire these beauties, (and get your photos), but NEVER at the expense of the animal. PLEASE keep wildlife WILD. 

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The area near the statues was unbelievably crowded, as there were quite a few boats there when we were. However, if you know how to free dive (dive below the water without your snorkel), you can easily escape some of the crowds on the water’s surface.

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Our boat left around 9:30am or so for snorkeling, stopped on Gili Meno for some lunch, and we returned back to Gili Air at our hotel around 3ish or so.

We spent the rest of the day at the Pink Coco pool, indulging in apps and drinks, and come night time, grabbed dinner on the beach and some lovely foot massages at a stand near our hotel (which we did every day while in Gili Air).

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Where we stayed: Pink Coco Gili Air

Day 8 | Wednesday, July 17: Gili Islands, then transfer back to Bali!

Psst: Today’s mostly a travel day. But the Gilis are worth the hassle, I promise you!

Morning in Gili Islands

It’s your last (partial) day in Gili, so either take advantage of the island, or do absolutely nothing – your choice!

There are a few cooking classes in town, which usually happen before lunch, so you can definitely squeeze this in if that’s up your alley, get a massage (either at Slow Spa which I heard is marvelous for a Balinese massage or a simple one from a beach-side stand), spend time at the beach and/or pool, and head into town for breakfast and/or lunch!

We especially loved the smoothie bowls at Gili Bliss Gili Air, and enjoyed a hearty breakfast with some specialty coffee at Coffee and Thyme.

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Back to Bali!

Time’s up on Gili Air unfortunately, and it’s time to head back to Bali! Again, like heading to Gili Air, I highly recommend you book with Blue Water Express ! We chose the 2:30pm sailing to Serangan Marina (east coast of Bali and closest to our next stop of Seminyak), which came out to about 870k rupiah per person (or approximately $60).

The sailing took a few hours and because there was crazy traffic upon arrival in Bali (hotel transfer included in our booking), we didn’t get to our hotel in Seminyak until roughly 7/8pm or so. It’s safe to say we passed out riiiiiight after dinner that night. No shame!

Where we slept: The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel

Part IV: 2 DAYS IN SEMINYAK/CANGGU + Go Home 🙁

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Where we slept in Seminyak: The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel

This boutique villa was the perfect spot to end our time in Bali, as we had our own private villa (bigger than our 3-bedroom condo I may add)! This stylish property is tucked away on a quiet street in busy, busy Seminyak, making you feel like you’re away from it all, when in reality, you’re only a few minutes walk to the hustle and bustle of town! 

The first-class attention to detail was phenomenal, food outstanding, public and private pools utterly fantastic, and our massages at the full-service spa were much needed. 

And because there are only 28 villas total at the resort (ALL with private pools), it never feels crowded in the common spaces, making for a very intimate, private experience. To say The Elysian is everything and then some is a complete understatement. 

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I partially chose this location for our last stop in Bali as the Elysian is pretty close to the airport, (20 minutes or so without traffic), so I knew we’d be able to enjoy the hotel up until the last possible minute!

Book a few months in advance if traveling during the high season as this place books up fast (especially due to the small number of rooms).

Day 9 | Spend the day in Canggu

Relaxed Morning by the Pool

Because, well, we were utterly tired at this point and you probably will be too! Not to mention, the pool was absolutely beautiful and hardly crowded (we were actually the only ones taking advantage of it while we were there…. possibly because everyone has their own private pools, but it was also 9am when most were still sleeping).

We had our breakfast overlooking the pool, then brought the rest (they give you a whoooole lot, trust me) to nosh on at the pool.

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Shopping and Cafe Hopping

Although we chose to sleep in Seminyak (one photo of the Elysian and I fell in love), we decided to spend part of the day in Canggu, only 30 minutes or so away.

Canggu is a super hip, trendy surf town, with tons of cute boutiques and countless colorful cafes, making it the perfect day trip from Seminyak. And all those hipster smoothie bowls and instagram photos? Yeahhh, they’re probably taken in Canggu.

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After finding a taxi on the side of the road (again, we couldn’t get a Grab driver), we had him drop us off at Cafe Cinta on Pantai Batu Bolong Road. We used this as a drop-off spot so we could easily walk down this main road in Canggu to find local boutiques, well-known surf shops, and colorful hipster cafes.

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If I were you I’d plan on hanging out Batu Bolong Road, getting lunch at The Loft (the poke dish was oh so good), grabbing ice cream at Mad Pops, exploring Love Anchor Canggu (a flea market type area with tons of stalls), and going shopping in the local boutiques and surf shops.

And whenever we got hungry/thirsty, there was always a coconut ready for drinking!

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Sunset Drinks and Dinner

Once you’ve had your fair share of coconuts, fresh fruit juices, and smoothie bowls around town, head on over to The Lawn for some sunset drinks. Besides the fact that this beach lounge is located directly on and above the black sand beach of Canggu, there’s a pool. A POOL! So if you plan on hanging here for a while, be sure to bring your suit to go for a swim.

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Do note that there are different sections at The Lawn, with a beach area, upper deck spot, day bed area, and small table/umbrella area on the actual lawn. If you want a specific spot, you definitely need to either reserve in advance or put your name down.

We enjoyed the lawn area and our cocktails, as it had such a fun vibe and we could feel the breeze from the beach.

Hungry?! I highly recommend heading to Fishbone Local for dinner afterwards as it’s right near The Lawn. We tried the beer-battered fish, fish tacos, and mini tuna tostadas, and loved them all! The garden in the back is so pretty – there’s string lights that just add to the overall ambiance.

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Oh, and once we arrived back at The Elysian, we treated ourselves to 1-hour Balinese massages (which were just heavenly and the best way to -almost- end our trip).

Day 10 | Brunch in Seminyak; fly home!

Pink Walls and Chill Vibes at KYND Community

It probably definitely sounds extra millennial, but did you really go to Bali if you didn’t have brunch at Kynd Community? You know all those photos of girls holding up their gold-encrusted pineapple spoons about to indulge in a perfectly crafted acai bowl with BALI spelled out in fruit?

Yea, that’s the place. And I wasn’t ashamed one teeny bit to have this last Bali meal for myself (even if the photos are a bit cringe-worthy as everyone and their 235423 best friends have the same insta-worthy shot). :p 

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The food? It was pretty damn good, as was the cool, tropical pink decor (there’s a reason why it’s so popular with instagrammers and bloggers). Psst: the place is vegetarian, just FYI, so don’t expect to find your regular bacon hamburgers on the menu.

We got there pretty early (around 8:30ish) and didn’t have to wait at all, but expect a line if you get there later, especially if you want to sit by the instafamous pink wall.

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Extra Time Before Your Flight?

We had to get ready for our flight, but if you’ve got more time in Seminyak, there’s tons more to do. Other foodie spots to check out if your flight is a bit later: Sea Circus Bali, known to be the most colorful restaurant in all of Bali, and Motel Mexicola, which I’ve heard has absolutely scrumptious Mexican specialities and cocktails (not your average taqueria, that’s for sure).

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Itching for one last massage? Head on over to Jari Menari for a new massage technique that you’ve probably never had before. Some even claim it’s the best massage you’ll have! I’ll have to be the judge of that next time I’m visiting Bali!

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Bali Travel Guide 2019 (Budget + Itinerary)

by thepinay solobackpacker | Jan 2, 2019 | Bali , Indonesia , Travel Guide | 47 comments

The mere mention of Bali connotes images of serene, tropical paradise clad in exotic culture and  maidens walking on evergreen rice paddies.  But once you arrive in downtown Denpasar , you will be greeted by a lively, crowded strip of souvenir shops, flashy malls, deafening all-night clubs, restaurants and resorts for all types of budget.

Don’t fret, because once you start exploring outside the tourist strip of Kuta – where Bali tourism started – you will probably agree that those picturesque images of Bali are indeed real!

Here is a travel guide for first time visitors in Bali who want to have a glimpse of the famous Balinese culture and arts .

TRAVEL BLOG CONTENTS

BALI TRAVEL GUIDE  with Itinerary + Budget

Best months to visit bali.

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When is the best month to visit Bali?

July to August – Peak Season

May to June – A good month for visiting, the annual rains have stopped

April – Dry Season

November to March – Rainy Season

MONEY EXCHANGE

Bring US dollars because Philippine peso has terrible exchange rate based on my experience. You can also withdraw from ATMs at the airport or in downtown Denpasar.   Bali uses Indonesian rupiah (IDR) as currency.  Current rate is around   PHP 50 = IDR 13,264 (USD 1/ SGD 1.37)

BALI WI-FI/ INTERNET

Stay connected in Bali, Indonesia by renting a pocket Wi-Fi. You can RENT A POCKET WI-FI HERE , good for 7days and can connect up to 5 devices at once.     Just pick it up at Bali airport upon your arrival.

Alternatively, you can also use a simcard.  You can BUY SIMCARD HERE   Pick up at Bali Airport.

HOW TO GET TO BALI FROM MANILA (PHILIPPINES)

Philippine Passport Holders are entitled to a visa-free entry to Indonesia for 30 days.

Several airlines fly from Manila to Bali, but some of them have a lay over at Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia .   Philippine Airlines and  Cebu Pacific  have direct flights to Bali from Manila.

HOW TO GET TO BALI FROM BALI AIRPORT

At Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai Airport) you can take a cab to your hotel or  it’s cheaper if you   book Bali airport transport here

If you are staying in Ubud, you can arrange a pick up with your hotel, or rent a car. You can   book for Bali private car here

IMPORTANT: There is a toll fee from airport to downtown Bali. Prepare around IDR 11,000 (PHP 41/ USD 0.82/ SGD 1)

GETTING AROUND BALI, INDONESIA

By car rental.

Whether you are traveling alone or with a group of friends, you can save  if you hire a car when touring Bali.  Pick the destinations that you want to see and create your own itinerary. You can see my sample itinerary below.

RENT A CAR HERE

By tour package.

For solo travelers or couples, getting a tour package is a wise idea.  Tours Bali are quite cheap and usually include hotel-pick up and drop-off, English speaking guide, entrance fees and lunch.

Here’s some of the must-do tours for first-timers in Bali:

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Visit Bali’s top attractions including Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Tirta Empul Temple & Holy Springs, Gunung Kawi Royal Monument. Witness how local artisans make gold & silver jewelries in Celuk Village and get awed by the talented sculptures of Mas Village, known for the best wood carving in Bali. Get awed by Barong Dance Performance,a traditional Balinese dance. And indulge on a Kintamani lunch with a stunning view of Mt.Batur.  You can   BOOK THE BALI TOUR HERE

ULUWATU TEMPLE TOUR AND KECAK DANCE

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The best surfing in Bali is arguably found on Uluwatu , at the southeastern coast.  Uluwatu has a world-famous surfing break that produces consistent, great swell of all sizes. It has about seven surf peaks that are perfect for advanced and expert surfers.  Just south of the surfing spot, a cliff is crowned by another famed landmark – Uluwatu Temple , one of the oldest and most important temples to the spirit of the sea in Bali.  During the 10 th century, Empu Kuturan, a Javanese priest, established the first temple here.  During the 15 th century, the founder of the Hindu-Dharma religion reportedly spent his last days here when he attained moksa (oneness with the godhead).

For the uninitiated, Ulu Watu Temple is notorious for its naughty monkeys that snatch sunglasses, drinks, handbags, hats or just about anything that they can reach.

While you are here, don’t miss the renowned Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple during sunset .  It is one of my favorite activities in Bali. Before the show I met the friendly performers backstage, and I got to talk to them about their practice and preparations.

The Kecak Dance is unique among Balinese dances as it is not accompanied by a gamelan, instead, a group of barechested men wearing checkered cloth around their waist chanting rhythmic chak-a-chak-chak while their arms are raised, swaying back and fort. The Kecak Fire Dance actually depicts a scene from Ramayana, the story of Prince Rama and Princess Sita.

You can  BOOK THE ULUWATU SUNSET TOUR WITH KECAK DANCE HERE  The private tour includes entrance fees, English speaking guide and hotel pick-up and drop-off.

While you are in the area, have dinner at one of the beachfront restaurants along Jimbaran Beach that serves delicious seafood dishes!

BALI TRAVEL - UBUD

If you are looking to immerse in Bali culture, head to Ubud, the cultural, arts and culinary capital of Bali.  Although this can be done as a day trip from South Bali, staying here is also a great idea to  get a taste of the traditional Balinese  life and explore the surrounding areas.

You can   BOOK THE UBUD TOUR HERE . Tour already includes a visit to Bali Bird Park, Batuan Village, Pura Desa Batuan, Lunch at Bebek Bengil Restaurant, Ubud market, Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Pura Penataran Sasih. This Ubud Tour is inclusive of hotel pick-up and drop off, English speaking guide and entrance fees.

TANAH LOT SUNSET TOUR

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While in Ubud, it is recommended to see Tanah Lot and its postcard worthy temples.  The rock formations here are known for its Balinese temples facing the sea.  The best time to visit, especially for photography enthusiasts, is during sunset.  You can  BOOK TANAH LOT SUNSET TOUR HERE

BALI/UBUD COOKING CLASS

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Discover the secrets of the tasteful Balinese cuisines through a Bali cooking class. There are several places that offer cooking courses especially in Ubud, Bali’s culinary capital, most of them start with a visit to a local market to buy the fresh ingredients and spices  needed for cooking.

You can  BOOK A BALI COOKING CLASS HERE  , the tour includes learn how to make traditional medicine using locally sourced ingredients.

BALI DAY / SIDE TRIPS

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BALI SIDE TRIP

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If you are traveling in groups, I suggest you hire a car so you can pick the tourist attractions that you wish to visit. You can   book for Bali private car here

BY TOURIST SHUTTLE BUS

Tourist Shuttle Bus is a popular option for tourists traveling to Lombok Island. They also connect to the main tourist centers on Bali. The most established is Perama Bus .

BY MOTORBIKE

You can hire a motorbike in Bali. Check with your guesthouse or hotel or travel agents. Make sure you have an international driver’s license.  Some motorbike rentals offer delivery and pick-up service, motorbike insurance, pocket Wi-Fi, GoPro Hero4 Silver and 24/7 roadside assistance.

BY BEMO OR BUS

The main form of public transportation in Bali is the bemo (a van or minibus).  Fares are fixed, however, tourists are usually overcharged. Bear in mind that the bemo won’t leave until full.  I will only recommend this if you are with a local who speaks Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Bali.

Buses have fixed rate and they leave at the same terminal as bemos .  Only set fares are available, so if you are getting off halfway, you still have to pay for the full price.

BALI TOP ATTRACTIONS

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Address: Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Open Hours: Anytime

Entrance Fee: Free

SEMINYAK BEACH

Address: Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

CANGGU BEACH

Address: Canggu Beach, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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  ULUWATU TEMPLE AND KECAK DANCE

Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Entrance Fee: IDR 20,000 (PHP72/USD 1.49/SGD 2)

Kecak Dance Fee: IDR 100,000 (PHP 377/USD 7/ SGD 10)

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BARONG DANCE

Barong Dance Fee: IDR 100,000 (PHP 377/USD 7/ SGD 10)

MAS VILLAGE

Address: MAS, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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MONKEY FOREST UBUD

Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Open Hours: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Entrance Fee:

Adult – IDR 50,000 (PHP 188/ USD 5/SGD 4)

Children – IDR 40,000 (PHP 141/ USD 3/ SGD 4)

UBUD TRADITIONAL ART MARKET

Address: Jalan Raya Ubud No.35, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM Entrance Fee: Free

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TEGALALANG RICE TERRACES

Address: Jalan Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entrance Fee: IDR 10,000 (PHP 38/ USD 0.75 / SGD 1)

TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE AND HOLY SPRINGS

Address: Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Adult – IDR 15,000 (PHP 57/USD 1/ SGD 2)

Children – IDR 7,500 (PHP 28/ USD 0.56/ SGD 0.77)

JATIWULUH RICE TERRACES

Address: Jalan Jatiluwih Kangin No. 2, Desa Jatiluwih, Penebel, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia

Entrance Fee: IDR 15,000 (PHP 57/USD 1/ SGD 2)

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TAMAN AYUN TEMPLE

Address: Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Open Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Foreigner: IDR 20,000 (PHP 75 / USD 1.49/ SGD 2)

Indonesian Citizen: IDR 10,000 (PHP 38/ USD 0.75 / SGD 1)

ULUN DANU TEMPLE

Address: Jl. Bedugul – Singaraja, Candikuning, Baturiti, Candikuning, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali Open Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Entrance Fee: IDR 30,000 (PHP 113/ USD 2/ SGD 3)

TANAH LOT TEMPLE

Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Entrance Fee: IDR 60,000 (PHP 227/USD 4/ SGD 6)

WHERE TO STAY IN BALI

First timers in Bali often stay in Kuta (I am guilty) and Legian, honeycombed with narrow lanes fringed by surf shops, money exchange, cheap cafes and souvenir shops, not to mention ceaseless motorbikes.

While top end hotels like Mercure Bali and Hard Rock Hotel Bali seem to dominate the area fronting Kuta Beach, there a good number of budget sleeps (called losmen ) tucked in narrow lanes like Poppies Lane I, JI Benesari and Gang Bedugus. 

Legian on the other hand, beckons slightly older crowd and families on a mid-range budget. You can find pretty comfortable and reasonably-priced rooms along JI Padma and JI Melasti , or in areas in between as well as along Jl Pura Bagus Taruna .

For high-end tourists, Tuban , Seminyak and northern Legian are the place to be.

Pondok Denayu Homestay

Kubu Anyar Street Gang Kingkong 1 No. 4B, Kuta, Kuta, Bali

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

Buddha’s Guest House Jalan. Kartika Plaza, gang Pandawa No. 4, Kuta, Bali

EDEN Hotel Kuta Bali – Managed by Tauzia Jalan Kartika Plaza 42 Kuta, Kuta, Bali,

Bintang Kuta Hotel

Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Kuta, Bali,

Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Jalan Pantai, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali,

Mercure Hotel Kuta

(We stayed here during our  Bali trip).

Jalan Raya Pantai Kuta No. 10X, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

WHERE TO EAT IN BALI

Indonesian foods are generally Chinese influenced, but if you want to try authentic Balinese or Indonesian dishes, head to a warung or food carts.  Many Balinese dishes require sometime to cook, two of the must-try food here is babi guling (spit-roasted suckling pig) and betutu bebek (duck roasted in banana leaves).

Bali food_3

Bebek Tepi Sawah i n Ubud serves really good roasted duck!  If you want to taste them, Ubud has restaurants by the rice paddies that serve such dishes.  On the other hand, Potato Head Beach Club is the place to be for sipping cocktails at sunset.

Bebek Tepi Sawah

Jl. Raya Goa Gajah

Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Daily

(Roasted duck – betutu bebek)

Temple Hill Studios Jl. Wanagiri 18

Jimbaran, Bali

Open Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM Daily

(Italian dishes)  

Potato Head Beach Club

Jl. Petitenget N0.51B

Seminyak, Kuta

(Cocktails at sun

BALI ITINERARY AND BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES

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Here’s my sample Bali Itinerary for 4 days 3 nigh to help you plan your trip. Day 1 and Day 3:  For BALI CAR RENTAL, BOOK HERE. Day 2: For BALI TOUR, BOOK HERE.

Feel free to modify this depending on your trip schedule and budget.

BALI BUDGET

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He’re a list of possible expenses in Bali. Of course, hotels, tours and food expenses will depend on your choices, can be lower or higher.

BALI HELPFUL TIPS FOR FIRST-TIMERS

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Dress and act modestly when visiting temples. A sarong or a scarf is handy to cover up; however, the most-visited ones like Uluwatu usually have them for visitors to borrow.

Take off your shoes when entering a house.

Always have a sarong with you in Bali as most temples require you to wear one both male or female.

Do not step on the offerings at doorsteps and gates which are usually small fragrant parcels made of palm leaves, incense and flowers

Avoid touching a person’s head. The Balinese believe that the head is the most sacred part of the body.

Always use your right hand when eating, receiving or giving something.  Using the left hand is believed to be disrespectful.

There were reports of motorcycle-riding thieves in Seminyak and Kuta area. So please be careful with your phones and handbags. Be mindful of your things and surroundings while walking.

ALSO READ: 

YOGYAKARTA ITINERARY + BUDGET

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47 comments.

Liz

Hi, I’m planning a solo trip to Bali too. may I know how much is your total expenses for your trip?

thepinay solobackpacker

will update this guide soon

Sanjeev gupta

It was a pleasure reading your interesting blog. We are planning a tour to bali around end of may/1st week of june 2017. We will be coming from new delhi. All the flight have a long layover at kuala lumper,around 9-10 hrs. How can we make use of this long lay over both time while going to bali and and then going back to delhi.

Grash

Hi, do they require visa if less than 30 days stay? Thanks 😊

No visa for PH passport holders

Jean

Hi! I am planning my trip to bali. May i know how much is your total expenses? Thank you! 😊

Tess

Hello.. Is it best to.join group tours in Bali? Where area to stay if I’m will be joining group tours? Thanks.

Gene

Hi, just want to ask, the first picture on this blog, where was that taken? thanks 😀

Len

Thank you for the tips. I am excited to go there in two months! 👌

Ands

Thank you for this article. Will go to Bali next month. Would you recommend to withdraw from ATM rather than php to usd to idr or php to idr?

Lee

Hi, i’m planning to visit Bali in October. I need you advice regarding the weather there. Thank you 🙂

Lois

Hi! Which hotel did you stay in at Bali? Was the accomodation already included with the tours?

Hanalea13

Hi.. I am scheduled to go to Bali on the 8th of October and I will stay there for 2 weeks, my trip was actually sponsored by my bf and we’re going to meet there so I will be travelling alone. I just wonder if I will have problems at the immigration? I am employed and I already have return ticket but I’m just worried that I’ll be offloaded or something. This is my second time travelling by the way (I went to HK last June). Hope you could help me… Thank you very much!

yen

hi kabayan…

thanks for sharing your travel experiences. i wanna ask what do you suggest for means of transpo? is there uber there or better to hire private tourist/driver?

many thanks

Ayiee

thanks for the complete guide =) Im gonna visit Bali on March 2018 for the first time.

eacel

Hi, Your post in your Bali tour is incredibly comprehensive,informative and well it’s budget friendly 🙂 I learned a lot of info and I’m really grateful. I’m planning to explore Bali with my daughter hopefully this coming December. Thank you very much.

Eunice

Thanks for such an informative post! Planning to go to Bali next year and booked flights already. Just a bit worried that despite the “promo” it is still kinda expensive. Have you purchases promo RT tix or regular ones? I was wondering what the regular RT costs are from MNL to Bali. :/

Saur

Hi! How much was your plane ticket for your Bali trip?

Nikki

Awwsome Post! Your Photos are very inspiring.

Charity Taganajan

Hi Ma’am. Just wanna know if DAY 1 includes swimming ? Also, DAY 2?

Ruwantha Arukwatta

This is soo helpful. Me and my wife is visiting Bali for the first time this April and my, this was so informative.. Thank you so much. 🙂

Welcome. Have fun! 🙂

Apple Sante

Hi! Me and my family will go to Bali this May. If we follow your itinerary, is it advisable to stay in 1 accommodation? Or is it better to book different accommodations for different destinations?

You can stay in one accomodation in Bali na lang. Kaya naman explore if you rent a car. 🙂

Cole

Uh oh.. I’m a lefty. Lol

Sou

Awesome post, thank you so much for sharing this!

welcome! enjoy!

Miguela Trinidad

We will be in Bali this coming July and this will serve as our guide. Thank you and more blessings and guidance of our Lord in your next tour.

welcome. have fun!

B

Hi! We’re going to Bali this June. Question, with the Uluwatu tour, since they’re mostly beaches, are there any washrooms or changing areas in those places? 🙂

Eliana

Would it work for me to go around with usd? whats the most common currency used for street markets and stuff?

Indonesian Rupiah

cristine

its great reading about your tips,very helpful…

welcome. enjoy!

@Patty_uh

so happy I came across your site a few weeks before going to Bali. I must say, your blog cared the most for first timer budget conscious travelers! cheers!

Jemimah Reyes

Hi, in this trip is it possible to vsit the nusa penida?

Marian

Hi. How much did u spend for the flight ticket? Also, my boyfriend and I are planning to go there in October to November, will it be raining? And are there halal restaurants? Thanks!

Cesur Gezgin

Awsome place and awsome guide will share it!

Sh6ruti

Thank you for sharing such an informative article

Nikki

Hi! can you check in anytime at the hotels? Based on your itinerary, you checked in @ 9:30 AM. Thanks 🙂

Depends on the hotel, you can request or pay extra.

Rox - iTravelRox

Which is better? Buy an Indonesian Rupee from the bank of the Philippines? Bring USD and where to convert? or withdraw money from ATM? Thanks. I’ll be in Bali in a few weeks. 🙂

Not sure if my IDR sa mga banks in PH but usually USD dala ko. Then I withdraw sa ATM dun, mas okay rate sa ATM. Enjoy Bali

Eric Wilson

Brilliant Thoughts!

Grahame

wow, cant wait to get there. Thanks for the excellent info.

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DIY Itinerary and Travel Guide: 6D5N in Bali, Indonesia

LOVE. This is how Bali was portrayed in the movie Eat. Pray. Love. where the main character embarking on few months of spiritual travel to find herself. But what if you don’t have the luxury of time and only given a limited time in Bali? Here’s a week-long Bali itinerary you could consider to relish the island’s activities and experiences.

bali itinerary kecak and fire dance

Bali is one of the bigger islands of Indonesia and also the most visited one with around five million tourist arrivals in 2016. The results are congested roads especially in Kuta, entrance fees on every attraction, and more Western restaurants than local ones. Major signs of mass tourism. Nonetheless, I enjoyed our six-day stay in the most congested island of Indonesia.

bali itinerary tirta empul temple

There are tons of places to see and things to do in Bali that staying a week will drain your energy and budget. A week is not enough if you want to cover every part of the island. From temples, local dances, heritage sites, coffee plantations, to dealing with aggressive monkeys. Kindly take note that this Bali itinerary and travel guide is only focused on the central part of the island.

THINGS BEFORE YOU GO

Philippines is included in the 140+ countries that can enter Indonesia for a maximum stay of 30 days. Just bring your passport having a minimum six months validity and few pages to spare. No hotel reservations and return tickets were asked during our arrival.

Dry season in Bali is from April to September and would entail more expensive accommodations and crowded tourist attractions. October to March is considered as the rainy season when the sea is rougher and beaches can be quite dirty due to debris being washed onto the shores.

Currency Exchange

Currency in Indonesia is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). IDR100,000 is around USD7.5.

bali itinerary currency

HOW TO GO TO BALI, INDONESIA

Airlines in the Philippines offer direct flights to Denpasar International Airport from Ninoy Aquino International Airport for about 4 hours of travel. Another option is to take a flight either to Changi Airport (Singapore) or Kuala Lumpur Intl’ Airport (Malaysia) and take another flight to Bali.

HOW TO GET OUT OF NGURAH RAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DENPASAR)

We landed in Bali around 9 in the evening and it was already late and tiring to look for a public transportation. We searched for the taxi rates prior to arrival but we were surprised that rates already went high compared to the rates we’ve seen online. Our accommodation was in the center of Denpasar and we paid IDR200,000 (~USD14). The airport is known to be managed by taxi mafias, hence the price.

I couldn’t find a detailed way of commuting from the airport to specific destinations in Bali. With that, if you’ll be traveling in groups, you can book an airport pick-up via Klook for as low as Php340, depending on your destination.

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BALI ITINERARY AND TRAVEL GUIDE

Day 1 arrival.

If you’ll be arriving early in the morning, good for you. You can wait till check-in on your booked accommodation and start exploring nearby places. If it was already late to start a tour, I suggest to just relax and just prepare for a tiring day ahead. Go around your place and look for restaurants to have your meals during your stay.

bali itinerary Bajra Sandhi Monument

While looking for a tour guide and car service for our tours, I decided to visit the Bajra Sandhi Monument which is a 10-minute drive from our hotel. Located adjacent the Bali Governor’s office, the landmark depicts the hardships of the Balinese people throughout history. The remarkable landmark is built with the Tri Mandala architectural principle. The center of the monument is surrounded by an inner courtyard and another outer courtyard. Details and designs of Bajra Sandhi Monument on all sides are similar providing same view on all sides.

DAY 2 East Bali Tour

We hired a personal tour guide and van service on our second day to visit destinations on the east side of Bali. We started as early as 8 in the morning for us to witness the earliest performance time for Barong and Kasik Dance , a Balinese dance narrating the conflict of mythological characters barong the good evil spirit triumphing over rangda , the evil witch. A friend who joined me said that the dance is a tourist trap for the IDR100,000 (~7.5USD) entrance fee. But for me, it was a great show to get to know the Balinese people; their folklore, music, and arts.

bali itinerary barong and kasik dance

We were supposed to drop by Sukawati Art Market but decided to continue to Batuan Temple . Everyone is required to wear a sarong when entering the temple. There’s a complex across the road where you can borrow the garment. No fees were collected just donations. Batuan Temple is a temple complex in Bali with few pavilions with thatched-roof and beams engraved with Balinese arts. A five-tiered gate is heavily carved with Balinese figures.

bali itinerary batuan temple

After a short lunch of chicken curry and a fresh coconut, we went straight to Goa Gajah . Goa Gajah is known as the elephant cave. A pool, with several Hindu figures holding vases that serve as water spouts, welcomes everyone going down the temple. The elephant cave has a massive mural of stone carvings depicting a head of a creature with the mouth as the cave entrance. The cave is not that deep and only a few stone idols can be found inside. The environment that surrounds the temple is really serene and relaxing with the river and few rice paddies.

bali itinerary goa gajah

Gunung Kawi Temple , on the northeast side of Ubud, is one of Bali’s most interesting archaeological sites. It is actually a funerary complex with massive stone walls and rock-cut shrines carved few meters from the ground. Before you reach the temple, you need to walk down the stairs flanked by locals offering items for souvenir. Similar to Goa Gajah, one can also appreciate the lush surroundings of Gunung Kawi Temple.

bali itinerary tirta empul temple

Last on our list that day was Tirta Empul Temple which literally means “holy water” in the Balinese language. The temple complex comprised of few courtyards. Jaba Tengah, located in the inner courtyard, is where locals and tourists go down the purification pool, submerged themselves in a very cold stream of water, and dip themselves on around a dozen of waterspouts. Locals also ask bathers to buy Balinese canang offerings to offer the gods during their purification process.

DAY 3 Kuta Beach and Uluwatu Sunset Tour

The third day was a little relaxed compared to our tiring first day of touring around the east side of Bali. We spent the entire morning in Kuta Beach watching surfers ride the waves and some tourists lazing on their beds under colorful umbrellas.

bali itinerary surfing kuta beach

Around three in the afternoon when our guide from Bali Golden Tours fetched us for the Uluwatu Temple and Jimbiran Bay tour. Kecak and Fire Dance is an iconic art performance and one of the things why tourists visit Uluwatu Temple . Few minutes before the start of the dance, we roamed on the side of the temple, near the cliff, offering an endless view of the Indian Ocean. We could’ve stayed longer if not for the aggressive monkeys stealing items from tourists.

bali itinerary uluwatu temple

Kecak and Fire Dance is really a different one compared to Barong Dance. The dance is usually held during sunset where half-naked Balinese men chant the word Kecak, pronounced as “ke-chak” , in different rhythms and tempo. The sound they produce serves as the musical accompaniment of another dance-drama to behold. Costumes and performances are really spectacular add to that the stunning landscape that surrounds the venue. When the sun disappears from the horizon, an element of fire will be introduced in the dance that will surely leave everyone in awe.

bali itinerary kecak and fire dance uluwatu temple

Before we headed back to Kuta Beach, we went to Jimbiran Bay , a fishing village in southern Bali famous for the line of restaurants along Jimbiran beach. The tour we availed from Bali Golden Tours had a seafood dinner with a plate filled with crab, fried squid, baked clams, lobster, and grilled fish. It was a perfect way to end a slow day in Bali.

bali itinerary jimbiran seafood dinner

DAY 4 UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour

Fourth day, the weather was really good and we already claimed that it will be a good one. It was scheduled for the UNESCO Heritage sites on the west side of the island. First stop was Taman Ayun Temple , part of the cultural landscape of Bali inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Similar to other temple complexes in Bali, Taman Ayun has several courtyards with the innermost one only accessible during festivals and rituals. Nonetheless, you can still roam around on a path to marvel at the multi-tiered meru towers.

bali itinerary taman ayun temple

Bali Coffee Plantation is along the way and since it started to drizzle, a nice coffee tasting experience is perfect as per our guide. There is a quick tour around the plantation and demo of how the coffee luwak (civet) and other types of coffee are produced. At the end of the tour is a coffee taste test with several versions like ginseng, ginger, and Bali coffee among others. The view of the terraces on the background adds a Banaue-like feel to the experience. We also tried the civet coffee, for IDR50,000 (~USD3.5), brewed in a special brewing machine. The plantation also has a souvenir shop where you can buy bags of coffee beans, granules, or powder.

bali itinerary bali coffee plantation

Rain finally befriended us when we arrived in Pura Ulun Danu Bratan area. The rain was persistent that we decided to have an Indonesian buffet first (part of our tour from Bali Golden Tours) to try some delectable Balinese meal. The rain subsided a little so we instantly made ourselves through the main gate. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a water temple on the banks of Lake Bratan. If it could’ve been a sunny day, the temple would be complemented with a panoramic view of the mountains.

bali itinerary Pura Ulun Danu Bratan bedugul

Our guide mentioned that the water in the lake flows to smaller temples down the mountain and even supply water to Jatiluwah Rice Terraces , another UNESCO World Heritage destination. It’s not the harvest season so the terraces were not that green so we only stayed for a while watching a carefree group of local kids playing on water canals.

bali itinerary Jatiluwah Rice Terraces

Sunset will be in Tanah Lot , our driver-cum-guide mentioned once we boarded our van service. Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the mainland and serves as a pilgrimage site for the Balinese people. If you’re an Amazing Race fanatic, Season 28 had Tanah Lot as one of its locations during the challenge. The place is indeed stunning during sunset.

bali itinerary tanah lot

DAY 5 Ubud Walking Tour

From Kuta Beach, we transferred to Ubud to continue our Bali experience. As much as we wanted to stay in a villa, our budget only allowed us to book two nights in a Puji Bungalows. It’s a hostel, not a villa, but it has its own pool with rice fields on the side, not bad for PHP450 a night.

bali itinerary ubud monkey forest

Ubud is famous for the Monkey Forest where monkeys can freely roam around the park and nearby establishment. Just a reminder to secure all loose items and articles in your body because these monkeys can be aggressive and would snatch anything from you. But the fact that these animals have the freedom to go around makes you appreciate the nature park.

bali itinerary ubud art market

If you’re walking around Ubud, it’s hard to miss the art galleries and stalls comprising the Ubud Art Market . You can find tons of art pieces from figures to paintings and other home decors. Ubud Palace and Pura Taman Saraswati , not far from each other, are also attractions to explore during your walking tour. If you still have the energy to spare, continue to Campuhan Ridge Walk , famous for its grass hillside, hiking trails, and lush surrounding. I continued until the end of the road and passed by some villa accommodations and small villages bordered by rice paddies and terraces.

bali itinerary campuhan ridge walk

DAY 6 Departure

Last day in Bali, if you have time, you can still spend the few hours left by visiting Ubud Art Market for last minute shopping fix. If you’re heading somewhere in Indonesia like we did (we went to Lombok!), it’s better to find and book your bus or boat trip in advance.

WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT

Since Indonesia is the first leg of my tour around Southeast Asia, I rarely eat at fancy restaurants. Most of our meals in Indonesia were at random restaurants and usually Balinese or Indonesian meal, we love Ayam Penyet so much! We also had a limited time to chill because most days were spent discovering temples and natural landscapes of Bali.

bali itinerary what to eat where to eat

WHERE TO STAY

Finding a place to stay in Bali is not difficult as long as you know your budget and its corresponding worth for the accommodations. If you’re on a budget, hostels and budget hotels are everywhere. We stayed in Pop Hotels , a chain of hotels in Indonesia similar to Go Hotels, during our stay in Denpasar and Kuta Beach. For Ubud, if you want to experience luxury villas , you can check Airbnb for options or avail the services of luxury hotels.

bali itinerary where to stay in ubud

For a list of recommended hostels in Bali, Indonesia from TripAdvisor, you can check here.

Bali Travel Tips

  • Public transportation in Bali is not that established compared to other Southeast Asia cities. If you’re pessimistic about riding motorcycles in touring around, it is recommended to avail a service van. A whole day rental usually starts from IDR500,000 (~USD36) and that includes the van services, the driver, and the gas. You still need to pay for parking and entrance fee to temples and parks. It works best for groups of more than three for greater savings.
  • If not, better to avail the services of tour agencies like Bali Golden Tour who can handle your tours from the van service, driver and guide, food (depends on the tour), temple entrances, and other fees.
  • Don’t forget to try Teh Botol. I usually have one bottle every meal.
  • Uber and Grab is prohibited in Ubud area so don’t be shocked if no one picks you up in Ubud.
  • Check your base. On our case, we stayed two nights in each area: Denpasar, Kuta, and Ubud. This made us accessible to our itinerary. According to our guide, traveling from Ubud to Kuta Beach sometimes takes around two hours if traffic is really worse.
  • Monitor proper dress code. If you can enter temples in Thailand with your shorts and sleeveless shirts, Balinese people are really respectful to their shrines and temples, and as a tourist, you should too. Always bring a sarong with you.
  • You’ll be a millionaire in instant. Your USD75 will be converted to a whopping one million Indonesia rupiah.
  • Tips are not expected by guides and restaurant crews. But if you think they went beyond your expectations, it is fine to reward them.

BALI ITINERARY: Sample Expenses

TOTAL EXPENSES: IDR2,893,000 (~ PHP10,950 or USD210) Tours, food, entrance fees, and transportation: IDR2,268,000 5-night accommodation: IDR625,000

bali itinerary sample expenses

12 COMMENTS

Thank you RJ for sharing a budget friendly Itinerary!

I am thinking of a country to go to for my first solo exploration. Is it safe to travel alone there?.

Bali is safe for solo travelers but might be costly if you’ll be availing tours on your own. However, you could check Bali Tours from Klook 🙂

You are a life saver! I’ll be on my first ever solo travel next month so I’m kind of anxious right now. I’ve got my plane ticket & hotel booked but no itinerary as of yet…then I saw this!

Hello! Anyone here, who will go in Bali this coming July? I’m looking for a buddy I can share expenses with in booking tours. Solo traveler here! Thank you. ?

Hello princess! Have u been to Bali yet? Im planning on going on June and im also a solo traveler! But i just saw your comment and i might be a little late.. hehe please let me know ?

Hello kuya, Any itenerary suggestions for a 4 day trip in Bali. Thank you.

Hi rj.. Can you also share to me your accommodations? Thanks.

We stayed in Pop Hotels Kuta Beach https://goo.gl/w57eaC and Puji Bungalows in Ubud https://goo.gl/m3Z15A

Hello RJ! Question – did you book online for Bali Golden Tours or this is being offered in the airport/hotel?

Hi Ja, we booked our tours with them online on their website http://www.baligoldentour.com/

Hi may i ask if di po ba strict ang Immigration pag mag tour nag Bali Indo? Lalo na kung student palang .Thank u po

I want to visit an island of Bali. Any recommendation? I actually want a place where i can have peace of mind. And i prefer an island..

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The Best of Bali – Indonesia in 9 Days | Travel Itinerary + Guide

The Best of Bali – Indonesia in 9 Days | Travel Itinerary + Guide

Unveil the enchanting allure of Bali , where vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and culinary delights converge to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our meticulously crafted 9-day Bali travel itinerary , covering some of the best places to visit in Bali and the best things to do in Bali , invites you to immerse yourself in the heart of this Indonesian gem, exploring diverse locales that range from the cultural haven of Ubud to the beachside bliss of Seminyak .

Indulge in exhilarating outdoor adventures, savour authentic Balinese and international cuisine, and bask in the island’s natural beauty. Whether you’re trekking at dawn to witness the sunrise from the majestic Mount Batur , relishing the laid-back island vibes of Gili Trawangan , or catching waves during a surfing lesson on Kuta Beach , Bali promises an extraordinary journey filled with unforgettable moments.

Join us as we guide you through the best sights, activities, and dining experiences that Bali has to offer, ensuring that your Bali getaway is not just a vacation but a remarkable odyssey. Discover why Bali is often referred to as the “ Island of the Gods ” as you explore its wonders day by day in this 9 Day Bali Trip Itinerary.

Welcome to your Bali adventure of a lifetime!

PS – Before you head to Bali and discover the beauty of the Top Sights and Attractions in Bali , during your 9 Day Bali Travel Itinerary , as  listed below, check out these 20+ Travel Hacks and Resources , that will help you plan better for a trip and ultimately elevate your Travel experience to a different level all together.

Day 1 – Arrival | Dive into the Culture in Ubud

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  • Morning: After landing at Bali Airport, make your way to Ubud. You can download GRAB or GoJek – the best travel planning mobile apps in South East Asia, and book your cheap taxi to Ubud from Bali Airport. After checking into your Ubud Hotel, you can Begin your Balinese adventure at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary . Wander among ancient temples and lush jungle while curious monkeys play around you.
  • Afternoon: Dive into the heart of Ubud’s cultural scene by exploring its traditional markets, including the Ubud Art Market . Pick up unique handcrafted souvenirs and immerse yourself in the vibrant local atmosphere.
  • Evening: As the sun sets, head to the Ubud Palace for a mesmerising traditional Balinese dance performance.

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Traditional Balinese Dance Performance at Ubud Palace ☑️

  • Morning: Explore the breathtaking Tegallalang Rice Terraces . Stand in awe of the emerald green stepped fields that are iconic to Bali, and tick off the famous Bali Swing photoshoot here. Then make your way to a Coffee Plantation and try over 12 varieties of Coffee and Tea, including the World’s Most Expensive Coffee – Luwak Coffee, also known as cat poo coffee. You’ll also learn the different steps followed in the production of Luwak Coffee. The next stop will be for Brunch in Kintamani Bali overlooking the majestic Mount Kintamani Volcano.
  • Afternoon: Post brunch, its time to feel the wind in your hair as you embark on a Bali Countryside Cycling Tour . Pedal through charming villages, lush rice fields, bamboo forests and meet friendly locals along the way. You will even get the chance to visit the village of Penglipuran , which has been rated as one of the Cleanest Villages in the World.
  • Evening: Relish some free time for relaxation or choose to explore more of Ubud, perhaps visiting an art gallery or enjoying a spa treatment.

Bali Swing Insta

Get clicked at the Insta Famous Bali Swings ☑️

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Bali Countryside Cycling Tour with a visit to Penglipuran Village and Bamboo Forest ☑️

The Village of Penglipuran

  • Early Morning: Begin your day with an adrenaline-pumping adventure – the famous Mt Batur Sunrise Trek . Watch as the sun paints the sky with vibrant hues while enjoying breakfast with a view.
  • Late Morning: Descend from the volcano hike and return to your Ubud hotel for a well-deserved rest.
  • Afternoon: If you’re up for more adventure, explore nearby attractions like the natural hot springs at Toya Devasya or go on the Tirta Empul Temple Tour by GetYourGuide.
  • Evening: Head to the popular club – Cretya Ubud for an epic Sundowner and reflect on your incredible sunrise experience while enjoying a tranquil evening in Ubud.

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Witness a glorious Sunrise from Mt Batur ☑️

  • Morning: Travel from Ubud to Gili Trawangan by speedboat, where paradise awaits.
  • Afternoon: On arrival in Gili Trawangan , make your way to your Gili Trawangan hotel, such as Gili Beachfront Suites , by walking or by hopping onto a cidmo *horse – drawn carriage). Post check in, take your time to soak in the beauty of Gili Trawangan. You can choose to just relax by the beach, or even jump into the crystal clear waters for a quick swim.
  • Evening: Experience the island’s laid-back charm, vibrant night life and diverse cuisine at the Gili Trawangan night market or at any of the numerous lively Gili T bars and restaurants.

PS – The island of Gili Trawangan, is known as the Party Island, so be prepared to let yourself loose, and just party the night away.

Gili Islands Vibes

Chill by the beach in Gili Trawangan overlooking pristine blue waters ☑️

Indonesian Chicken Curry with Rice

Try out local Indonesian delicacies ☑️

  • Morning: After a leisure breakfast go Scuba Diving in Gili Trawangan or hop on to a boat for the popular 3 island Snorkelling Tour . Don’t forget to check out the famous BASK Nest – the Gili Meno Underwater Statues.
  • Afternoon: Explore the island’s charms on a bicycle, Indulge in more beach time or head towards the west side of Gili Trawangan for the best sunset vibes.
  • Evening: Enjoy the vibrant nightlife on Gili Trawangan. Dance under the stars and make new friends from around the world.

Scuba Diving in Gili

Scuba Diving in Gili Islands ☑️ | Finding Nemo ☑️

Gili Sunsets

Sundowner in Gili Trawangan ☑️ | Shopping at Gili T Night Market ☑️

  • Morning: Return to Bali by speedboat and head from Padang Bai to your Bali hotel in Seminyak/Kuta. Post check in, head to the beach and sink your toes into the golden sands and relax to the sound of the waves.
  • Late Afternoon and Evening: Head to any of the popular and famous beach clubs of Bali such as Potato Head Beach Club. Soak into the vibes, enjoy the delectable dishes and craft fully concocted cocktails, as you enjoy a beautiful Bali Sunset. Post sundowner, the atmosphere of Potato Head Beach Club completely transforms, and becomes even more lively, making this one of the best things to do in Bali.

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Sundowner at Potato Head Beach Club ☑️

  • Morning: Get transferred from your hotel in Seminyak/Kuta to Sanur to embark on a thrilling ferry ride to Nusa Penida for the Nusa Penida Day Trip .
  • Day Trip Highlights: Explore Angel’s Billabong – a natural infinity pool, Broken Beach – a surreal coastal formation, the mesmerising Kelingking Beach with its T-Rex shaped cliffs. and relax at Crystal Bay.
  • Evening: Take the speedboat ferry back from Nusa Penida to Sanur, and Return to Seminyak/Kuta to enjoy a leisurely evening. Or you can head to the Seminyak Flea Market or the Kuta Beach Street to indulge in some shopping therapy.

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Visit Kelingking Beach and other highlights of Nusa Penida ☑️

  • Morning: Ride the waves with a surfing lesson at Kuta Beach . Bali is renowned for its surf culture, and Kuta is a fantastic place for beginners to catch their first waves.
  • Afternoon and Evening: Use this time to just soak in the Bali vibes by the beach. Later in the afternoon head to another famous beach club of Bali – Finns Beach Club , for a couple of drinks and an epic Bali sunset. Party the night away on the last day of this Epic 9 Day Bali Travel Itinerary, whilst enjoying the sumptuous food, and artisanal cocktails.

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Party at Finns Beach Club – The Best Beach Club in Bali ☑️ | Photo by shawnanggg on Unsplash

  • Morning: Depending on your flight time, consider some last-minute shopping for souvenirs or relaxing at the beach.
  • Afternoon: Check out of your Bali hotel and head to the Bali Airport for your departure from this enchanting island.

After 9 beautiful days in paradise, this 9 Day Bali Travel Itinerary comes to an end. And it’s time to bid adieu to Bali, and fly out with with bucketloads of memories.

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  • Uluwatu Temple: Explore this clifftop temple with dramatic views and attend the Kecak Fire Dance at sunset.
  • Tanah Lot Temple: If time permits, do visit this iconic sea temple during low tide and add it to your Bali Travel Itinerary.
  • Ubud Art Market: Browse art, textiles, and handicrafts made by local artisans.
  • Tegenungan Waterfall: Take a refreshing dip in the pools beneath this beautiful waterfall near Ubud.
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terraces: Explore another stunning rice terrace area, known for its UNESCO World Heritage status.
  • Besakih Temple: Known as the Mother Temple of Bali , it’s the largest and holiest temple on the island, and should definitely find a spot on your 9 day Bali Travel Itinerary.
  • Ulun Danu Beratan Temple – The iconic temple on the shores of Lake Beratan.

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The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple – One of the Most Iconic Attractions of Bali | Photo by Guillaume Marques on Unsplash

Bali offers a diverse and flavourful culinary scene that combines traditional Indonesian dishes with international influences. And while you can get delectable dishes from International Cuisines, easily in Bali, in this Bali Travel Guide and 9 Day Bali Travel Itinerary , we recommend you that you try the local Indonesian cuisine as well, and appreciate the local flavours and culture even more.

To make your life easy, here are some local dishes and delicacies you can relish in Bali, as experimenting local dishes is one of the Best Things to do in Bali :

1. Nasi Goreng (Balinese Fried Rice): Nasi Goreng is a popular Indonesian dish consisting of fried rice mixed with vegetables, egg, and a choice of chicken, shrimp, or seafood. It’s often garnished with prawn crackers and a fried egg. (Vegetarian option available.)

2. Mie Goreng (Balinese Fried Noodles): Mie Goreng is a delightful stir-fried noodle dish that includes vegetables, soy sauce, and your choice of protein. It’s a flavourful alternative to fried rice. (Vegetarian option available.)

3. Nasi Campur (Balinese Mixed Rice): Nasi Campur features a small serving of steamed rice accompanied by an array of side dishes, including vegetables, peanuts, eggs, and a protein of your choice. Presentation can vary widely. (Vegetarian option available.)

4. Ayam Betutu (Balinese Stuffed Chicken): Ayam Betutu is a Balinese specialty that involves stuffing chicken with a blend of traditional herbs and spices, wrapping it in banana leaves, and slow-cooking it to perfection.

5. Bebek Betutu (Balinese Stuffed Duck): Similar to Ayam Betutu, but duck is the star of this dish. It’s seasoned, marinated, and slow-cooked to create a rich and flavorful dish.

6. Nasi Padang (Sumatran Feast): While originally from Sumatra, you can find Nasi Padang restaurants in Bali. It’s a hearty meal consisting of rice served with a variety of small dishes, including meats, vegetables, and curries.

7. Sate (Balinese Skewers): Sate are skewered and grilled meats, often served with a delectable peanut sauce. Varieties include Sate Ayam (chicken), Sate Babi (pork), and Sate Lilit (minced seafood).

8. Lawar (Balinese Vegetable Mix): Lawar is a traditional Balinese dish featuring finely chopped vegetables, coconut, and minced meat or fish. It’s seasoned with aromatic herbs and spices, creating a burst of flavors.

9. Babi Guling (Balinese Roast Pig): Babi Guling is a Balinese-style roast pig, usually reserved for special occasions. The pig is marinated with turmeric and spices, resulting in a flavorful and crispy skin.

10. Pisang Goreng (Balinese Banana Fritters): Pisang Goreng is a beloved snack made from deep-fried banana fritters, often dusted with sugar for an extra touch of sweetness. (Vegetarian)

11. Dadar Gulung (Balinese Green Pancakes): Dadar Gulung is a delightful dessert comprising green crepes rolled around a sweet coconut and palm sugar filling. It’s a visually appealing and delicious treat.(Vegetarian)

12. Kopi Tubruk (Balinese Coffee): Enjoy Balinese coffee, often served with palm sugar, known for its robust flavor and aroma, making it a must-try for coffee aficionados.

13. Es Campur (Balinese Mixed Ice): Satisfy your sweet tooth with Es Campur, a refreshing dessert that combines crushed ice with a medley of fruits, jellies, and sweet syrup.

Indulge in these mouthwatering Balinese dishes to savour the diverse and delectable flavours of this Indonesian paradise. Bali’s culinary scene offers a delightful blend of tastes and textures that cater to a wide range of palates.

Bali Traditional Food Plating | Photo by Ludo Poire on Unsplash

Experiment with Local Flavours of Bali ☑️

Bali Chicken Curry with Rice

Bali, which is one of the best solo trip destinations in South East Asia , is known for its rich culture and craftsmanship, making it a fantastic destination for souvenir shopping.

Here are some of the best souvenirs to buy from Bali, that we recommend in this Bali Travel Itinerary and 9 Day Bali trip guide:

  • Balinese Handicrafts: Bali is famous for its intricate woodcarvings, stone carvings, and silver work. You can find beautifully carved masks, statues, and figurines that represent Balinese culture and mythology.
  • Batik Fabric: Batik is a traditional Indonesian art of dyeing fabric. You can purchase batik clothing, sarongs, scarves, and tablecloths in vibrant colours and patterns.
  • Jewellery : Bali is renowned for its silver jewellery. You can find exquisite silver necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings often featuring Balinese motifs and intricate designs.
  • Traditional Balinese Paintings: Balinese artists create vibrant and colorful paintings that depict scenes from Balinese mythology, landscapes, and daily life. These make for beautiful wall art and souvenirs.
  • Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppets): Wayang Kulit are traditional Indonesian shadow puppets made of intricately carved leather. They are used in traditional performances and can be a unique and decorative souvenir.
  • Traditional Masks: Balinese masks are not only beautiful but also have cultural significance. They are used in dances and ceremonies. A Balinese mask can be a striking decorative piece for your home.
  • Luwak Coffee: Bali is known for its coffee, and Luwak coffee is a specialty. It’s made from beans that have been eaten and excreted by civet cats. The unique processing gives it a distinctive flavor.
  • Spices and Seasonings: Balinese spices and seasonings, such as vanilla beans, cloves, and nutmeg, are of high quality and make excellent souvenirs for food enthusiasts.
  • Traditional Balinese Textiles: Apart from batik, Bali also produces ikat and songket textiles. These can be purchased as fabric or in the form of clothing, bags, or accessories.
  • Bali Fragrances: Bali is known for its fragrances, including incense, essential oils, and aromatic soaps. You can find unique scents like frangipani and sandalwood.
  • Bali Coffee and Tea: Alongside Luwak coffee, you can buy a variety of locally grown coffee and tea as souvenirs. These come in attractive packaging and make for great gifts.
  • Bali Bamboo Products: Bali is known for its sustainable bamboo products, including homeware, utensils, and even bamboo straws, which are eco-friendly and stylish.

When shopping for souvenirs in Bali, consider visiting local markets, art shops, and galleries to find authentic and high-quality items. Bargaining is common in markets, so don’t hesitate to negotiate the price to get the best deal.

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Shopping in Bali ☑️

Bali Travel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Answered

Travellers from India often have specific questions when planning a trip to Bali, given the cultural differences, visa requirements, and other considerations.

Here are some common FAQs related to Bali specially for Indian travellers:

Indian citizens can visit Bali with a Visa on Arrival for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. If you plan to stay longer, you may need to apply for a visa extension. You don’t need to show any documentation, you simply have to hand over your Passport along with the Bali Visa on Arrival (VoA) fees of 35 USD, at the Bali Immigration Counter.

Bali’s dry season, from April to September, is considered the best time to visit, with pleasant weather and lower chances of rain. However, Bali is a year-round destination, so the choice of when to visit depends on your preferences.

Pack lightweight clothing, swimwear, sunscreen, a universal power adapter, mosquito repellent, and comfortable walking shoes.

Bali is a tropical destination, so lightweight and comfortable clothing is recommended. Modest clothing is appreciated when visiting temples, and it’s important to pack swimwear for beach activities.

Bali is generally safe for tourists. Exercise the same caution as you would in any other tourist destination, such as safeguarding your belongings and avoiding poorly lit areas at night.

The currency used in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). You can exchange money at airports, banks, or currency exchange offices in tourist areas.

Bali offers numerous attractions, including the Ubud Monkey Forest, Tegallalang Rice Terraces , Uluwatu Temple, and stunning beaches like Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach. Check here for more of the Best Sights and Attractions in Bali.

It’s best to drink bottled water to avoid any potential stomach issues. Bottled water is readily available and affordable.

The official language is Bahasa Indonesia, but many Balinese people working in the tourism industry speak English. Learning a few basic Indonesian phrases can be helpful and appreciated.

When traveling to Bali, it’s helpful to know some common terms and phrases in the local language, which is Bahasa Indonesia. While many people in Bali also speak English, using a few local phrases can enhance your travel experience and show respect for the local culture. Here are some common terms and phrases:

  • Selamat Pagi (seh-LAH-maht PAH-gee) – Good morning.
  • Selamat Siang (seh-LAH-maht SEE-ahng) – Good afternoon.
  • Selamat Sore (seh-LAH-maht SOH-ray) – Good evening.
  • Selamat Malam (seh-LAH-maht MAH-lahm) – Good night.
  • Apa Kabar? (AH-pah KAH-bar) – How are you?
  • Baik (BAH-eek) – Good, fine.
  • Terima Kasih (tuh-REE-mah KAH-see) – Thank you.
  • Sama Sama (SAH-mah SAH-mah) – You’re welcome.
  • Permisi (pehr-MEE-see) – Excuse me.
  • Maaf (MAH-ahf) – Sorry.
  • Tidak (TEE-dahk) – No.
  • Ya (YAH) – Yes.
  • Tolong (TOH-lohng) – Please.
  • Sampai Jumpa (SAHM-pahy JOOM-pah) – Goodbye.
  • Saya (SAH-yah) – I, me.
  • Nama Saya (NAH-mah SAH-yah) – My name is…
  • Bisa bicara Bahasa Inggris? (BEE-sah BEE-CHAHR-ah BAH-hah-sah ING-griss?) – Can you speak English?
  • Di mana…? (DEE MAH-nah) – Where is…?
  • Berapa harganya? (BEH-rah-pah HAR-gah-nyah?) – How much is it?
  • Tolong bantu saya (TOH-lohng BAHN-too SAH-yah) – Please help me.
  • Ini enak (EE-nee EH-nahk) – This is delicious.
  • Boleh minta bon? (BOH-leh MEEN-tah bohn?) – Can I have the bill/check?

Learning and using these basic phrases can enhance your interactions with locals and make your trip to Bali more enjoyable. Indonesians generally appreciate when travellers make an effort to speak their language, even if it’s just a few words.

Yes, Bali offers a wide range of vegetarian and vegan restaurants and menu options, especially in popular tourist areas like Ubud and Seminyak.

Travellers can find a variety of Indian restaurants in Bali, including in popular areas like Kuta, Seminyak, and Ubud. Indian cuisine is widely available, and many restaurants offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Here are our recommendations about The Best Indian Restaurants  in Bali – 

Ubud – Queen’s of India | Warung Ganesha | Ganesha Ek Sanskriti

Gili Trawangan – Pesona Lounge

Seminyak / Kuta – Indian Delites | Queen’s Tandoor | Kailash Parbat | Gateway of India | Spice Mantraa

Balinese culture values politeness and respect. It’s important to dress modestly when visiting temples, remove your shoes before entering someone’s home, and be mindful of local customs and traditions.

Bali is one of the most popular budget travel destinations in the World, and is quite affordable, specially for Indian travellers, especially when compared to some other international destinations. Accommodation, food, and transportation options vary, so budget-conscious travellers can find suitable options.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Bali, especially in tourist areas. However, it’s a good idea to carry some cash, especially for small purchases or in more remote areas.

Transportation options in Bali include taxis, ride-sharing apps, rental scooters, and private drivers. Be sure to negotiate taxi fares before starting your journey. We recommend you to download the best travel planning app in Bali – GRAB or GoJek.

Bali has medical facilities, but it’s advisable to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses. In case of an emergency, contact your embassy or consulate for assistance.

We hope that the FAQs, shared here in this Bali Travel Itinerary, should help everyone, specially Indian travellers plan a smoother and more enjoyable trip to Bali. It’s always a good idea to stay updated on travel advisories and guidelines, especially in light of changing conditions.

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The Beauty of Tegallalang Rice Fields in Ubud | Photo by Frans Daniels on Unsplash

✴️ Day 1 – Arrival in Bali | Airport transfer from Bali Airport to Ubud | Check In at Ubud Hotel | Visit Monkey Forest Ubud and explore the traditional markets of Ubud including the Ubud Art Market

✴️ Day 2 – Visit Tegallalang Rice fields and tick off the Bali Swing experience | Enjoy brunch at Kintamani Bali overlooking the Kintamani Volcano | Bali Countryside Cycle Tour | Leisure time in Ubud

✴️ Day 3 –  Wake up at 2 AM to get picked up for the Mt Batur Sunrise Trek | Relax at the Ubud hotel | Optional visit to Tirta Empul temple | Sundowner at Cretya Ubud

✴️ Day 4 – Transfer from Ubud to Padang Bai Harbour | Speedboat transfer from Padang Bai to Gili Trawangan | Check in at hotel in Gili Trawangan | Day at leisure | Chase the famous Gili sunsets and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Gili T

✴️ Day 5 – Go Scuba Diving in Gili Islands or do the 3 island Snorkelling Tour | Day at Leisure | Sundowner by the Beach | Visit the Gili Trawangan Night Market for local dinner.

✴️ Day 6 – Speedboat transfer from Gili T to Padang Bai harbour | Transfer from Padang Bai to your Bali hotel in Seminyak/Kuta | Check in at Hotel in Seminyak/Kuta | Day at leisure | Sundowner at Potato Head Beach Club

✴️ Day 7 – Transfer to Sanur from hotel | Speedboat from Sanur to Nusa Penida | Nusa Penida Day Trip | Return to Sanur and evening at leisure | Shopping at Seminyak Flea Market / Kuta Beach Road

✴️ Day 8 – Surfing lesson at Kuta Beach | Day at leisure | Evening at Finns Beach Club

✴️ Day 9 – Transfer from Seminyak/Kuta to Bali Airport | Departure from Bali by flight

This meticulously designed Bali trip itinerary combines cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, and beachside bliss to make your Bali experience truly magical. Let Bali’s charm enchant you, leaving you with lasting impressions of this remarkable destination. Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on the adventure of a lifetime – Bali awaits your arrival!

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How to Plan the Perfect 5-Day Bali Itinerary

Bali is a different place to many people: a spiritual wonderland, a dream honeymoon destination, a place to reconnect with nature, a bucket list island adventure, a luxury escape with endless fine dining options, and the list goes on. That is what is so remarkable about this island amongst 17,000 others in Indonesia’s archipelago; it is incredibly diverse in its scenery, activities and destinations, allowing each person to experience a 5-day Bali itinerary in their own unique way.

For some, trekking at dawn to the top of a volcano or diving with friendly turtles might be top of the list, or perhaps you’d rather hit up the most revered beach clubs or tap into your ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ side at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud . Whatever you decide, Bali is guaranteed to make a lasting impact on your soul.

If it is your first time, planning a 5-day Bali itinerary may seem overwhelming with so many wonderful experiences on offer – and that’s before you’ve even had a peek at the authentic, unique experiences our Local Designers weave into our itineraries. Luckily, we’ve put together this helpful guide to planning your own itinerary to explore Bali in 5 days. 

We’ve even included a ready-made itinerary designed by our local experts on the ground! Let’s dive in. 

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First Things First, Is 5 Days in Bali Enough?

By private car/self-drive, by public transport/taxi, day 1: check into your seminyak hotel , day 2: ubud tour, rice terraces, volcano sightseeing and travel to sidemen, planning your bali travel itinerary, day 3: temple and beach touring , day 4: tegenungan waterfall, uluwatu cliff temple & kecak fire dance, day 5: explore the beaches of the bukit peninsula, want to see what’s included, planning your 5 days in bali trip, 8-day bali itinerary, 2-week bali itinerary, 2-week bali, lombok and gili islands itinerary, weather in bali and choosing when to go, top tips from travellers like you, now it’s time to design your 5-day bali itinerary with a local.

You could spend months in Bali and still not explore every corner of this jungle-clad island, hence the vast swathes of travellers who have made it their permanent home in recent years. However, due to the size of the island, you can explore and stay in multiple places on your 5-day Bali island tour without feeling stretched. That’s the beauty of it – everything can be reached within a couple of hours and getting around the island is easy, especially if you choose private transport (highly recommended but we’ll get to that shortly).

The best places to visit in Bali in 5 days largely depend on the type of traveller you are and what interests you most. As previously mentioned, Bali is incredibly diverse so tours can be tailored to suit a variety of activity levels, budgets and interests. 

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Getting Around on Your 5-Day Trip to Bali

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Getting around by scooter in Bali is one of the most commonly used modes of transport by tourists. You can rent a scooter for as little as US$3.50 a day. However, the roads can be hairy, traffic is often overwhelming in the busy spots and you must only consider driving a scooter if you feel confident. 

In addition, you’ll need to make sure you have an international driving permit as it is likely you will be stopped by authorities and asked for this. Under no circumstances should you drive without a helmet, although you may see plenty of others doing so. Appropriate travel insurance (with motorbike cover) is vital!

All this said, when done right, exploring Bali on a scooter with the wind in your face and the sun on your back is a wonderful way to get around. If you like the idea of a scooter tour but don’t feel confident enough to drive, consider hiring a driver and a bike to get around through our Local Designers in Indonesia . 

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If you speak to anyone who’s been in Bali, they will most likely enthuse over the benefits of having a private driver and car to get around. Whilst it not only protects you from the fierce sun and intense heat, but you’ll also be able to sit back and relax whilst your driver –who is often a local guide too packed with knowledge– delivers you from one destination to another. 

For longer distances and day tours, it is highly recommended that you find a local driver and car to get around like on our customisable 10-day Bali holiday itinerary .

Like scooters, there’s also the option to drive yourself by hiring a car, as long as you have the right license and insurance. However, this can be more expensive than hiring a driver and private car and doesn’t come with the added benefit of a local guide. 

Another easy option is taxis which can be booked through apps such as Go-Jek, the Indonesian version of Uber. Through this app, you can book private cars and taxi motorbikes to zip you from one destination to another. Whilst there are also local taxis with meters, this option is recommended so that you have an agreed rate before setting off. However, be aware that you are not able to use app taxis in some places in Bali including Kuta, Canggu and Ubud. 

Top Tip: Make sure you buy a local sim card or have international roaming so that you can book a taxi easily.

The Perfect 5-Day Bali Itinerary For First-Timers

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As promised, we’re here to deliver the best Bali itinerary for 5 days for those visiting the island for the first time! 

If you simply cannot wait and want to explore this trip in full now and see how you can customise it to suit your budget, travel style and activity interests with our expert Local Designers in Indonesia, then tap here to design your own Bali tour !

Top Experience of the Day: Relaxing with a Balinese Massage

As you fly in over the lush greenery of the island fringed by beautiful beaches and crashing turquoise waves, you’ll know you’ve arrived on the Island of Gods! Your driver will meet you at the airport and before escorting you to your hotel in the cosmopolitan district of Seminyak. The rest of the day will be dedicated to lounging by the pool or on the beach and being treated to a Balinese massage – an absolute must after a long flight!

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Top Experience of the Day: Taking in Bali’s Emerald Green Beauty at Tegagalang Rice Terraces

After yesterday’s slow introduction to Bali’s tropical climate, today, you’ll venture into the lush interior of the island to explore. Beginning in Ubud , Bali’s spiritual heart, you’ll stroll through the famous Sacred Monkey Forest, marvel at the stunning UNESCO-listed Tegelalang Rice Terraces, and then head into the Kintamani Highlands to witness the mighty active volcano, Mount Batur and the beautiful crater lake that sits beside it. Whilst it’s been an extraordinary day already, your journey isn’t over as you make your way through the enchanting enchanting valleys and paddy fields to the sleepy village of Sidemen. Here, you’ll check into your five-star accommodation complete with an infinity pool to take in the view of the rice terraces and relax. 

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Top Experience of the Day: Snapping Photos at the Iconic Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Today, you’ll set out to explore the eastern side of the island. As you leave Ubud , you’ll make your way to the pristine beach of Bias Tugel, where you’ll take a refreshing dip. Your afternoon will be filled with iconic temples, many of which are included in the best places to visit in Bali in 5 days. Built by the legendary King of Karangasem, the water temples of Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung Royal Palace feature sprawling parks with cascading fountains and ponds, all set out amongst lush greenery. Snapping photos here is sure to be a highlight of the day. Moving on, you’ll end the day at one of the most important Hindu temples in Bali, the temple of a thousand stairs, Pura Lempuyang.

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Top Experience of the Day: Witnessing the Magical Kecak Fire Dance

For the penultimate day of your 5-day Bali itinerary, you’ll say goodbye to your serene Sidemen bungalow and head south to Nusa Dua. Driving south, you’ll stop at Tegenungan Waterfall, a beautiful scene of emerald green wildlife and cascading water. You’ll then stop at the scared Uluwatu Cliff Temple where you’ll share the paths with hundreds of monkeys and be greeted by incredible views of the ocean and island from its vertigo-inducing cliffs. Before arriving at your five-star beachfront hotel, you’ll witness a magical traditional Balinese dance performance: the Kecak fire dance. After checking into your hotel, what better way to end your trip than with a seafood dinner on the beach at Jimbaran Bay?

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Top Experience of the Day: Touring the Iconic Beaches of South Bali

Even though it’s your last day, the beauty of this 5-day Bali is that every day holds something special. Today, after a delicious breakfast, you’ll head out to explore the island’s white-sand beaches, the most special of which are south in the south. Be prepared to hike up and down some steps to reach these beaches but they are all completely worth it!

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This 5-day Bali itinerary is full of unique experiences, all whilst being accompanied by an expert local guide so that whenever you have a question or would like to deviate from the plan to explore something you spot on the way! Check it out in full below:

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More Days to Spend in Bali?

Lucky you! If you have more time to spend in Bali, then check out these itineraries below for more inspiration on just how amazing your experience could be if our Local Designers build it for you.

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Explore the four paradise islands of Indonesia on this 14-day Bali, Lombok, Nusa Lembongan and Gili Air tour. 

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Top Tips for Bali Travel

Don’t get caught out; before you get stuck into designing your Bali itinerary with our trusted Local Designers in Bali, check out these top tips!

Year-round, the temperature in Bali oscillates around 30 degrees celsius. However, there are two main seasons to consider when planning your Bali itinerary which could make a world of difference depending on what you are looking to do. 

The rainy season spans from November to March and whilst Bali’s downpours tend to be big bursts in the afternoon sandwiched by sunshine, this time of year can make touring Bali’s beaches, diving and exploring temples a little tricky!

On the flip side, the dry season is the other half of the year and is when you’ll feel the full power of Bali’s tropical, humid climate. Other times of the year to consider are Christmas, Easter, July and August as these are the high season months when accommodation prices will be at their highest and places at their most crowded. 

The sweet spot is between April and June and between September and October when it is less crowded but you still have the benefits of the dry season. 

Our team of travel experts have provided a wealth of information that can help you when planning your Bali itinerary which you can check out below!

  • Keen wave-rider? Check out our Bali surfing guide .
  • Want to see what treasures lie beneath the surface? Our Bali diving guide is for you. 
  • Try and learn a bit of the local Balinese dialect.  “Matur Suksma” is Balinese for Thank you, and will be very well received!
  • Ready to explore more of Indonesia? These Indonesia experiences will have you booking in no time!
  • Is the rest of Indonesia calling? Find out all you need to know about Bali and beyond in our Indonesia travel guide . 

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When it comes to planning a unique travel experience that you won’t find anywhere else, our Local Designers do it better than anyone else. Better yet, our Local Designers in Indonesia know their country better than most and will use their local insight to work with you to design the trip that is right for you.  Explore our gallery of customisable Bali tours here to plan your 5-day Bali itinerary or if you’re looking to go beyond the Island of Gods, check out what the rest of Indonesia has to offer in our gallery of fully-customisable Indonesia tours !

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Looking for a 10 day Bali itinerary for 2024? Look no further. If you’re planning a Bali trip here is an in-depth step-by-step itinerary to help you plan an amazing trip. Don’t miss a thing. From monkey spotting in Ubud to dolphin watching in Lovina, we have included all of the highlights Bali has to offer. In this itinerary we have included breathtaking waterfalls, ancient temples, hidden gems, culture & amazing food.

We absolutely love Bali. We find more amazing things to do every time we visit – and we are very excited to share some of our favorite bits with you in this itinerary. 

In this article we will walk you through all of the best things to do and show you how to do it. Our aim is to pull it all together – everything you need to plan your Bali trip in one place. We have included prices, maps, locations and top tips.

In this 10 day Bali itinerary we do use affiliate links for tours and hotels. Please book through our links as this allows us to earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. We really hope you have a truly amazing Bali trip. 

Looking to splash out? Don’t miss these AMAZING dreamy luxury resorts in Bali

Summary of 10 day Bali itinerary

Day 1 kuta beach, water bom bali & markets.

Day 2 Ubud Palace, Saraswati temple, Monkey Forest & Markets 

Day 3 Tegenungan waterfall, butterfly park & Goa Gajah temple 

Day 4 cooking class, tibumana waterfall & taman sari waterfall, day 5 tegalalang rice terrace, tirta empul, coffee plantations & penglipuran village, day 6 mount batur coffee, hot springs & glamping, day 7 dolphin watching & explore lovina, day 8 banjar hot spring, golden valley waterfall & brahmavihara-arama temple, day 9 ulun danu temple, botanical gardens & strawberry plantations, day 10 seminyak beach & kuta beach walk shopping centre .

If you only have 1 week in Bali you can still see many of Bali’s amazing attractions. Don’t miss our 7 day Bali itinerary .

10 day Bali itinerary map

Why follow this itinerary? 

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This 10 day Bali itinerary is designed to help you make the most of your time in Bali. By following this itinerary you can make sure you see ALL of the BEST bits, find some amazing hidden gems in Bali and maximize your time. 

We have designed this itinerary to save you time planning. We have tried to include everything you need to know here – no need to look elsewhere. We have included prices, top tips, transport info, places to stay, recommended trips and more. Following this itinerary saves you big bucks. If you pre-book a Bali holiday this can cost thousands of dollars. In contrast our itinerary can cost as little as £260 or $300 all in. 

Our 10 day Bali itinerary is action packed and high paced. If you’re just looking for a chilled beach holiday you could book a luxury beach hotel and just chill on your resort. Or why not head over to the Gili islands and relax there? However, if you’re looking for plenty of unique experiences and adventure – then keep reading.

Why visit Bali?

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Bali is one of our favourite islands in southeast Asia . It is cheap, beautiful, packed with amazing food and epic things to do. Bali is a tropical paradise that has so much to offer. Whether you love pristine beaches, stunning temples, lush greenery or vibrant culture, Bali has it all. One of the main reasons to visit Bali is its breathtaking natural beauty. From the lush rice paddies of Ubud to the stunning beaches of Seminyak and Nusa Dua, Bali has a range of landscapes to explore. You can hike to the top of a volcano, scuba dive in crystal clear waters, or just chill on a white sandy beach. 

Apart from its natural beauty, Bali is also known for its unique and vibrant culture. The people are genuinely kind, hopsitable and warm. The island is dotted with ancient temples and historic landmarks, offering a glimpse into the island’s rich history and heritage. Bali also offers a range of activities for adventure enthusiasts, such as surfing, hiking, and white water rafting. 

In this article we will show you how to make the most of 10 days in Bali and not miss any of the BEST things to do. We have also thrown in some hidden gems to give you an amazing experience. 

Cost of this 10 day Bali itinerary

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Activities: If you follow this itinerary expect to pay around £70 for activities ($100)

Accommodation: Ranges in price from £10 – £200 per night ($12 – $250)

Food and drink: Ranges between £1 – £5 per meal ($1.20 – $6)

Transportation: Expect to pay around £60 – £160 on transportation depending how you travel ($80 – $200)

When you add these expenses this 10 day Bali itinerary is likely to cost £260 – £2,400 (this is roughly $300 – $3,000).

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You will notice that the biggest chunk of your budget is accommodation. So if you’re looking for an affordable trip it’s important to find the best budget hotels & guest houses in Bali. The great news is, you don’t need to compromise on location. You can find some beautiful simple budget guest houses in wonderful locations. We recommend eating local street food such as Nasi Jinggo and Nasi Champur. For transportation we recommend using bike rental and cheap shared minibus journeys and taxis for short journeys. 

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On the expensive end of this budget, you can afford private luxury 5 star villas with private pools . Rent a car to get around. You can eat freely and well including international food for around £15 per day. If you’re a luxury traveler we think you will be impressed how far your money goes in Bali. 

What day trips can you pre-book in Bali? 

Here are some of our TOP PICK day trips in Bali:

What hotels do you need to pre-book for this 10 day Bali itinerary?

Amazing places to stay in kuta.

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Don’t miss our full guide: The best hotels in Kuta

Kupu Kupu 39 – Great budget option

Magani Hotel and Spa – Great mid range hotel in Kuta

Bandha Hotel & Suites – Awesome luxury hotel in Kuta

Abia Villas – Amazing luxury villas in Kuta (pictured above)

Epic hotels in Ubud

Viceroy Bali Luxury 5 star hotels in Ubud

Don’t miss our article: Amazing 5 star hotels in Ubud

Poshtel Ubud – Great budget hostel with dorms

Yoga’s house – Affordable guest house with private rooms

Blu Mango – Great mid-range guest house

Tanah Gajah – Stunning 5 star hotel loads of character

Viceroy Ubud – Amazing luxury resort with villas and private pools (pictured above)

Awesome places to stay around Batur

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The Panorama Batur Camp – amazing budget glamping overlook Batur lake, amazing views

Volcano Guest House – Awesome cheap guest house next to Batur lake with small hotspring

Kubah Bali Glamping – Glamping overlooking Batur lake with inflatable dome tent 

Tira Vilagna – Luxury hotel & spa in Kintamali with great facilities and spacious suites

Great places to stay in Lovina

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Don’t miss our guide: The best hotels in Lovina

Murni’s Guest house – Awesome budget guest house in Lovina

Binaria Museum – beautiful & excellent location – mid range hotel

Munduk Moding – located in the hills near Lovina – stunning resort and coffee plantation (pictured above)

(don’t miss our in depth review of Munduk Moding )

Fantastic places to stay in Bedugul

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Bali Treehouse Pelangi – beautiful & affordable tree house property (pictured above)

The Blooms Villas – beautiful and luxurious teepees 

The first day of this 10 day Bali itinerary starts in Kuta, which serves as an ideal base to start and end your trip due to its proximity to the airport. This is a perfect opportunity to unwind after your travels and spend a leisurely day at the beach. Don’t miss our FULL GUIDE on the best things to do in Kuta .

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Waterbom Bali

If you are looking for an exciting and active adventure, visit WaterBom Bali . This epic waterpark is located in Kuta. There is a variety of slides and attractions. This is a great activity for families, WaterBom has activities suitable for all ages.

Don’t miss out on The Climax waterslide, which is a thrilling 19-meter slide with a vertical drop section, reaching speeds of 70 kilometers per hour that will give you an adrenaline rush. Another exciting ride to try is Smashdown 2.0, which features a 26-meter vertical drop. You can also enjoy a lazy river, a wave pool, a kids’ area with miniature slides and fountains, and various food outlets and souvenir shops at Water Bom. The park is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm and offers a park credit system to pay for lockers and purchase food and drinks. You can book your tickets on Klook for around £25 – £30 or $30 – $35.

Kuta nightlife

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In the evening, take a stroll around Kuta and explore the night markets located near the beach. We also highly recommend trying out Crumb & Coaster cafe, a charming boutique cafe that serves fresh and delicious food throughout the day and into the evening.

Day 2 Ubud Palace, Saraswati temple, Monkey Forest & Markets  

On the second day of this 10 day Bali itinerary you travel to Ubud and explore some of the attractions around town. If possible get an early start and request an early check in at your hotel. 

In the morning travel from Kuta to Ubud. You can take this trip by shared minibus, taxi (use grab for the best prices) or by bike rental or car rental. This is a relaxing day in Ubud. Explore, find your feet and if you need a bike to explore, there are plenty of rental shops around town. 

Check out Saraswati temple, Ubud Palace & the art market

Saraswati temple Ubud Bali

Check out Ubud Palace, Saraswati temple and the Ubud Art Market (they are all very close together – around 5 minutes walk away from each other). Ubud Palace and Saraswati temple are relatively small attractions and they are free to enter. Ubud Palace has some beautiful buildings and gardens to explore. Saraswati temple is a beautiful temple with lotus ponds – this is a great spot for photography. You can also explore the art markets in the area. The art markets sell artwork, statues, sculptures and clothes. 

Explore the Ubud Monkey Forest

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After this check out Ubud Monkey Forest which is one of the most iconic and popular attractions in the area. This forest reserve has temples, statues, and is home to hundreds of playful long-tailed Macaque monkeys. Although they are familiar with humans, be cautious as the monkeys can sometimes snatch visitors’ belongings.

Ubud monkey forest temple

We recommend leaving your bags and other valuables in the lockers provided at the entrance. You can purchase tickets at the office upon arrival, with the price varying depending on the day of the week. On weekdays, adult tickets cost 80,000 IDR (around £4) and children’s tickets cost 60,000 IDR (around £3). On weekends, adult tickets cost 100,000 IDR (around £5) and children’s tickets cost 80,000 IDR (around £4) for children aged 3 to 12 years old. Children under 3 years old enter for free. The opening hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. You can also pre-purchase monkey forest tickets on Klook .

The third day of this 10 day Bali itinerary involves exploring some attractions to the south of Ubud town. There are several ways to get around. You could use Grab taxis to get from place to place. Alternatively you can rent a bike – this is a cheap, fun and convenient way to explore. However, always ride carefully and use a helmet. 

Visit the Tegenungan waterfall

Tegenungan waterfall and the Omma day club

Start your day with a visit to the stunning Tegenungan Waterfall , where a powerful cascade flows into a large river. To reach the waterfall, you’ll need to walk down a steep path and steps. Be cautious near the waterfall as the water can be deep in some areas, and the strong currents make it unsafe to swim. For the best photo opportunity, head to a small island located in the river at the waterfall’s base.

Tegenungan waterfall close

Purchase your entrance ticket for Tegenungan Waterfall at the small ticket booth located at the entrance. There is also a free car park available. The entrance fee costs 20,000 IDR for adults (around £1 or $1.20) and 10,000 IDR for children (around £0.50 or $0.60). The Tegenungan Waterfall is open from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm.

Stop by the Butterfly park

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If you’re interested in seeing more beautiful creatures, visit the nearby Kemenuh Butterfly Park. This is right next to the waterfall. This park is home to a wide variety of colorful tropical butterflies and insects. The admission fee is 100,000 IDR for adults and 50,000 IDR for children, and the park is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Explore Goa Gajah Cave Temple

Goa Gajah with kids

After the butterfly park, head to the breathtaking Goa Gajah temple . This small yet beautiful temple boasts impressive carvings and a small cave surrounded by an impressive entrance. Visitors can enter the cave, but it is not very large. We recommend allowing around 30 to 45 minutes to explore the Goa Gajah cave area. Remember to wear a sarong, which is available to borrow for free at the temple entrance. The entrance fee costs 50,000 IDR for adults (around £3 or $3.50) and 25,000 IDR for children (around £1.50 or $1.75), and sarongs are also available for free at the entrance.

The fourth day of this 10 day Bali itinerary is a little more chilled out and relaxed. We recommend doing a cooking course in the morning & then either exploring some more waterfalls or going to a spa for a massage. You could switch this day around and do the cooking class in the afternoon and the waterfalls in the morning. 

Take a cooking class

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A great way to connect with the beautiful Balinese culture & cuisine is to take a Bali cooking class . There are many cooking classes in Ubud. They normally include hotel pick up and they may include a visit to local markets. Most cooking schools offer morning and afternoon classes. 

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We highly recommend Ketut’s cooking class . Conveniently located only 3 km northeast of Ubud, this class offers a range of hands-on activities. You’ll learn how to prepare several dishes and enjoy plenty of delicious food by the end of the class. This class also includes a market tour, pick-up and drop-off services within the Ubud area, and the chance to prepare and savor eight dishes.

Mee goreng cooking bali

Some of the dishes that you might prepare include Ayam Bumbu Bali (Balinese Fried Chicken), Soup Ayam (Chicken Soup), Pepes Ikan (Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf), Sate Ayam Sauce Kacang (Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce), and Mie Goreng (Fried Noodle). While the menu is subject to change, you can expect to have a unique and fulfilling cooking experience with Ketut. The class usually costs around £20 or $25 (350,000 IDR).  The class takes around 4 hours. You can book Ketut’s cooking class on Klook .

Explore some waterfalls

In the afternoon you could take the chance to visit some more epic waterfalls in the area: Tibumana Waterfall (the entrance fee is 15,000IDR, which is around $1 or £0.80) and Taman Sari Waterfall is a lovely waterfall and a popular spot for swimming. There are toilets and lockers available here too. This waterfall also costs 15,000IDR ($1 or £0.80).

If you’re looking for something more relaxing and therapeutic why not head to one of the beautiful spas in Ubud. You can find spas in luxurious resorts but be aware that these can be quite expensive. For a luxurious spa experience, expect to pay around £50 – £100 (roughly $70 – $120) for a massage. Don’t miss the stunning Kamandalu forest spa. Alternatively, you can find small independent spas scattered around Ubud town. 

This is one of the more intense and busy days of the itinerary exploring some of the epic attractions to the north of Ubud. You can either take taxis, use car or motorbike rental or arrange a tour that includes some of these attractions. 

Visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace

The backpacking family walking in the Rice terraces Bali

Start your day early by heading to the tranquil Tegalalang Rice Terrace , a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site that’s at its most peaceful and uncrowded around 6 am. The lush green valley is one of the most stunning and popular attractions in the area, with several laybys for parking and easy access to the rice terraces. While it’s a great place for trekking, be aware that the trails can be steep and muddy.

rice terrace sunrise

You can also relax with a drink at one of the many cafes or take advantage of the photo opportunities with the massive swings located around the terraces, such as the nests and giant swing at Uma Ceking Resto & Swings. Expect to pay around 150,000IDR – 300,000IDR (roughly £8 – £16 or $10 – $20) for the swings, and they may offer packages that include photography or access to other photo points like love heart frames.

Explore Tirta Empul temple

Tirta empul temple Bali

After the rice terraces, head north to Tirta Empul temple . This is one of Bali’s most prestigious temples, with a large ceremonial bathing pool open to the public. If you want to bathe you can rent a bathing sarong. Explore the beautiful artistic Balinese gates, statues, courtyard area, gardens, and fish pond. We recommend allowing around an hour to fully appreciate Tirta Empul. There are changing rooms, toilets, and lockers available, and entrance costs 50,000IDR for adults and 25,000IDR for children aged 5 to 11. The temple is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm, and you can borrow or rent sarongs at the entrance.

Visit the coffee plantations

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After Tirta Empul we recommend a visit to the coffee plantations. There are some fantastic coffee plantations in Bali . For example, check out Segara Windhu Coffee plantation located a few kilometers north of Tirta Empul. Explore the plantations, learn about coffee growth and production, and sample local teas and coffee. This is also a great chance to try Kopi Luwak for around 50,000IDR (roughly £2 – £3 or $2.50 – $3.50).

Check out Penglipuran Village

Finally if you have time, head to the picturesque Penglipuran Village. This traditional village derives its name from the Balinese term for “a place to remember ancestors.” The village has a unique layout with narrow streets lined with traditional Balinese bamboo and wood houses, known for their distinct architectural style and intricately carved wooden doors and windows, as well as tiled roofs. The village is also home to a traditional village temple dedicated to the Hindu gods, an important center for local religious ceremonies and festivals. Explore the village, learn about its rich culture and traditions, and interact with friendly locals. Entry costs 25,000IDR for adults and 15,000I DR for children.

On the sixth day of this 10 day Bali itinerary, travel to Mount Batur; you could either do a sunrise trek here, or just enjoy some of the hotels near the lake and take in the scenery. 

Trek up mount Batur

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If you are looking for a challenging and exhilarating experience we highly recommend a sunrise trek up Mount Batur. This stunning volcano is located in the northeast region of Bali, and the trek typically begins around 3am to ensure reaching the summit in time for sunrise. Batur is an impressive 1,717m tall (over 5,000ft). Some mornings, the mountaintop may be shrouded in clouds, while on other days, low clouds in the valley offer breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful landscape. While the conditions are hard to predict, we still recommend attempting the trek if you have the chance. 

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Bring some water and a light day bag, and your guide may be able to provide water and a head torch (check when you book). It’s recommended to wear good hiking shoes and bring a warm layer for the top. If trekking isn’t your style, there are also jeep taxis and mud bike taxi options available. The trek is moderately challenging, with some steep sections. The total route is approximately 3 km each way and takes around 1-2 hours.

You can book a sunrise trek up Mount Batur on Klook .

A guided sunrise trek up Mount Batur is likely to cost around 500,000 IDR (approximately £30 or $35). However, booking directly with a local guide may offer slightly cheaper options at around 450,000 IDR per person, which typically includes a guide, breakfast, and hotel pick-up. 

Explore some other attractions in the area

Kubah Bali glamping dome

If trekking up a volcano isn’t for you, we highly recommend some other things in the area. For example, if you have ever dreamed of staying in an inflatable dome tent then check out Kubah Bali Glamping . They offer a very competitive price for glamping. There are also a number of hot springs located along the edge of Batur lake. We absolutely loved bathing in geothermal water overlooking a volcanic lake. 

Don’t miss our FULL GUIDE to glamping in Bali

Hotspring by Batur Lake

There are some lovely cafes in this area. Don’t miss Mahen Cafe located high on the ridge overlooking Batur lake – with amazing views of mount Batur. This is a lovely cafe serving hot drinks, cold drinks and a range of food including western and Asian dishes. 

Swimming with wild dolphins is definitely one of the highlights of this 10 day Bali itinerary. Typically, these tours start early in the morning around 6am – 7am, and breakfast may or may not be included, so it’s a good idea to check with your guide beforehand. We recommend having some breakfast prepared beforehand, whether you purchase it from a shop the day before your tour or ask your guest house for an early breakfast.

Take a dolphin tour in Lovina

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We highly recommend a dolphin tour in Lovina . During the tour, you will spend the first hour or so following pods of dolphins in the bay, but be aware that there will likely be many boats out, so don’t expect to have the experience yourself. If conditions allow, you may get the chance to swim with the dolphins later on in the morning. The way it works is that you hold onto a bar hanging off the side of the boat while the driver follows the dolphins, and it’s an incredible experience seeing these wild creatures swimming underwater.

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After the dolphin encounter, many tours take you to a beautiful section of coral reef a few kilometers off the coast of Lovina, where you can explore the Lovina Sea sculpture park, a collection of underwater statues in the area. However, be aware that the currents in the area can be strong, so it’s recommended to wear fins and a lifejacket in the water, especially if you’re not a strong swimmer. Most tour boats provide snorkels, masks, fins, and life jackets.

How to arrange your dolphin tour

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You can get some of the best prices for dolphin tours by booking on Klook. This may be cheaper than trying to book your tour locally.

Dolphin tours typically cost around 75,000IDR – 300,000IDR per person (approximately $5 – $20 or £3.50 – £16), and private boat trips are available for around 700,000IDR (around £40 or $45) with a maximum capacity of 6 – 8 people on the boat.

Underwater dolphin sculpture bali

It may be more affordable to book your dolphin watching tour online in advance. It’s worth noting that dolphin tours can be canceled at short notice due to bad weather, so be prepared for a last-minute change of plans. 

Dolphin watching tours typically finish by midday. After the tour, we recommend planning a relaxing, low-key afternoon.

We recommend using this day to travel from Lovina to Bedugul. This is a long journey that is likely to take a couple of hours. The roads are steep, narrow and bendy. Along the way there are several attractions to stop at. 

Take a dip at the Banjar hot spring

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Begin your day with a visit to the Banjar Hot Spring , a hidden gem nestled on the north coast of Bali. This secluded jungle hot spring is surrounded by lush greenery and boasts exquisite Balinese carvings. Facilities such as changing rooms, lockers, and toilets are available on-site for your convenience.

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Admission to Banjar Hot Spring is just 20,000IDR (approximately £1 or $1.20) with a small additional fee for lockers and toilets. The hot spring is open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm. If you have time, consider a visit to the nearby Brahmavihara-Arama temple, a unique Buddhist temple with strong Hindu influences.

Visit the Golden Valley waterfall

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After your visit to the hot spring, continue your journey to the Golden Valley waterfall . This adventurous waterfall is located in a remote jungle valley in the hills, approximately 25km south of the Banjar Hot Spring. The waterfall is characterized by a large and impressive cascade. To access the waterfall, park your vehicle on the road and hike down the path for approximately 10 minutes.

Trekking to golden valley waterfall

Please note that the path is steep and can be slippery in places, and is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. The Golden Valley waterfall is free to visit, and there are some good parking spots along the road with a sign indicating the start of the trail.

Travel to Bedugul

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It may be worth continuing your journey to Bedugul to stay overnight. On your way to Bedugul don’t miss the impressive Handara Gate; this is an impressive traditional Balinese gate with a backdrop of jungle mountains. 

We recommend spending this day exploring some of the attractions around Bedugul. You could use the afternoon or evening to travel back to the south of Bali to complete this 10 day Bali itinerary where you started. 

Visit the Ulun Danu lake temple

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The Ulun Danu Lake Temple is one of Bali’s most iconic and breathtaking temples. Located on the shores of Lake Bratan, The Ulun Danu Lake Temple is surrounded by lush flower gardens, green mountains, and a calm, mirror-like lake, creating an unforgettable, postcard-perfect scene. Ulun Danu Lake Temple is located in the Bedugul area of Central Bali, Indonesia. The temple is approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Denpasar, the capital city of Bali, and 22 kilometers (14 miles) southwest of Singaraja. Entrance to Ulun Danu costs 75,000 IDR (around £4 or $5). 

Explore the Bali Botanical Gardens

Close to Ulun Danu you can also visit the Bali Botanical Gardens. As you explore you can see tropical plants, statues, traditional Bali gates, fountains and conservatories. Sadly some areas have fallen into disrepair and need maintenance. The botanical gardens are around 1 mile in length. It is likely to take a couple of hours to explore the whole area. There is a small entrance fee for the botanical gardens. It costs 25,000IDR on weekdays and 35,000IDR on weekends. 

Visit the strawberry plantations

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Finally, there are several strawberry plantations located near Beratan lake. You can learn about strawberry production, pick your own strawberries and sample tasty strawberry products such as strawberry wine. Entry costs 10,000IDR (roughly £0.50 or $0.60). 

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The final day of this 10 day Bali itinerary is a chilled day in Seminyak or Kuta. If you still have the energy why not take a surf lesson at 27 Surf school . If you love surfing don’t miss our full guide on surfing in Bali .

Lessons cost around 150,000IDR for 1.5 hours (around £8 or $10) and include equipment, rash guard, instruction and photography. You can rent a surfboard for 50,000IDR for an hour (around £3 or $3.50). Alternatively, why not check out the Beach Walk Shopping Centre in Kuta. 

Where next?

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After you have completed your 10 day Bali itinerary you may want to work out what to do next. What about taking a trip to the Gili islands ? You can get to the Gili islands by boat and there are loads of epic things to do in the Gili islands . We loved taking a snorkeling trip on Gili Trawangan – seeing amazing sea sculptures and swimming with sea turtles. You do need at least 3-4 days to make the most of the Gili islands. 

How do you get around in Bali?

Want to get your ducks in a row nice and early? Book private transfers around Bali on Klook

The challenges of getting around in Bali

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Getting around in Bali can be quite challenging. This 10 day Bali itinerary covers a route that is over 200km in length. Bali is a large island and it can take several hours to travel between towns. If you rent a car or bike in Bali be aware that some areas have awkward one way systems – especially in Kuta, Denpasar and Ubud. Roadside parking is generally fine – but in some areas parking space is limited (e.g. Ubud). Many attractions do have car parks as well. 

What’s more, some areas can get quite congested (especially in the south). Also Bali doesn’t have a good public transport system so you do need to plan your transport options in Bali. 

Here are the BEST ways to get around in Bali: 

1 Rent a motorbike – cheap and fun

Don’t miss our FULL GUIDE on renting a motorbike in Bali

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Motorbike rental is a fun, cheap and flexible way to travel around. Bike rentals cost around 100,000IDR – 200,000 IDR (around £5 – £10 or $6 – $12) per day. You can barter for cheaper deals if you rent for longer. You can find motorbike rental shops all around Bali. When you rent a motorbike, always check the contract carefully, take pictures of any damage on the bike and check the petrol level. Make sure you exchange details with your rental dealer and that you understand your responsibilities (e.g. you are normally responsible for flat tyres or damage incurred by use). Always wear a helmet and ride carefully. 

Don’t miss our FULL GUIDE on Bali by bike – 4 epic motorbike itineraries in Bali

2 Take a taxi – convenient 

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Taxi is a convenient and comfortable way to get around in Bali. Use the Grab taxi app for fair prices. The Grab taxi app is a free app that you can download on your mobile phone. Make sure you have a SIM card with local data and you can order taxis anywhere any time. Drivers are generally pretty quick to respond in Bali. For a short taxi journey expect to pay around 20,000IDR (roughly £1 or $1.20). For a longer journey expect to pay 200,000IDR – 500,000IDR (roughly £10 – £30 or $12 – $40).

Don’t miss our full guide to Grab in Bali

3 Use shared minibus transfers

Bali shuttle bus

Another way to get around in Bali is to use shared minibus transfers. Minibus transfers around Bali typically cost in the range of 100,000IDR – 250,000IDR per person (roughly £5 – £14 or $6 – $16). There are several companies that offer shared minibus transfers around Bali. For example, check out Perama Tour. Shared buses are pretty cheap – but always check against the cost of a taxi – especially if you’re traveling with others. In some cases a long distance taxi may be cheaper than a shared mini-bus. 

4 Use car rental – fun, flexible & great for families

Intrepid road trip

Another great way to get around Bali is car rental. You can get great car rental deals in Denpasar, Kuta and Ubud. Make a deal with a local company. Always check the contract carefully. Car rental companies may ask you to leave a deposit. A car rental in Bali should cost around 200,000 – 400,000IDR per day for a good deal (around £10 – £20 or $12 – $24). We recommend using an international license and check the insurance policy on your rental.

5 Join a guided tour – fun and stress free

A fun and convenient way to get around in Bali is book trips and tours in advance. Most tours in Bali include hotel pick up and drop off. You can find some awesome tours on Klook . We have been very impressed by the prices and range of tours on Klook. Booking is very easy and convenient and Klook gives you a great picture of what you’re booking.  

What is the best time of year to visit Bali?

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Bali experiences two main seasons throughout the year: the dry season (April to September) and the wet season (October to March). However, the island’s tropical climate means that it’s generally warm and humid throughout the year, with average temperatures ranging between 26°C and 29°C (79°F and 84°F).

Dry Season (April to September)

The dry season is widely considered the best time to visit Bali. In the dry season you can enjoy plenty of sunshine, warm temperatures, and low humidity. This season is perfect for outdoor activities such as sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and exploring the island’s beautiful landscapes. However, there are a few disadvantages of visiting Bali in the dry season. As it’s the peak tourist season, expect larger crowds at popular attractions and higher prices for accommodation. Also it is worth knowing that it can rain any time of the year in Bali. 

TOP TIP: To avoid the busiest months, consider planning your trip during April, May, or September, when the weather is still pleasant, and tourist numbers are lower.

Wet Season (October to March)

The wet season in Bali has frequent rainfall and higher humidity levels. Despite the rain, there are several advantages to visiting Bali during this time of year. The wet season is low season for tourism, which means fewer crowds and more affordable prices for accommodation. 

The island’s lush landscapes are also more vibrant during this period. The waterfalls are also more impressive in the dry season. December is often the most stormy month in Bali. On the other hand, the wet season’s weather can be unpredictable, with sudden downpours and occasional thunderstorms. This may impact outdoor activities, such as beach days, dolphin watching and hiking trips. The rain in Bali typically falls in short bursts. 

Other things to do in Bali if you have longer

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If you have more time to explore Bali, there are plenty of other amazing activities and attractions to check out. Here are some of our top picks:

Take a day trip to Nusa Penida Island: Located off the southeast coast of Bali, Nusa Penida Island is home to stunning beaches and viewpoints, including Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Crystal Bay Beach, and the Thousand Islands Viewpoint.

Explore Pura Luhur Uluwatu: This Hindu temple perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean in southern Bali is one of the six most important temples on the island and offers stunning sunset views.

Visit Sekumpul Waterfall: Located in the northern part of Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall is one of Bali’s most beautiful waterfalls, surrounded by lush greenery and offering an unforgettable natural experience.

See the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces: Located in the central part of Bali, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces offer breathtaking views of the rice fields and surrounding mountains. These terraces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are well worth a visit.

Try a Bali Swing: For an adrenaline rush, head to one of the many Bali Swing locations, where you can swing high above the rice fields and jungle.

Visit Tanah Lot Temple: One of Bali’s most famous temples, Tanah Lot is located on a rock formation in the middle of the ocean. It’s a great place to watch the sunset and take in the beauty of Bali’s coastline.

Trek up Mount Agung: If you’re up for a challenging hike, consider climbing Bali’s highest mountain, Mount Agung. The trek takes about 6 – 7 hours and offers stunning views of Bali from the top. Keep in mind that this trek is quite challenging, so you need to be fit and determined. A guide is required, and we don’t recommend going solo.

Suggested Packing list – 7 day Bali itinerary 

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Here is a super helpful packing list to help you prepare for your trip to Bali: 

  • Lightweight and breathable clothing (shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, etc.)
  • Swimwear and a travel towel
  • Comfortable walking shoes (especially if you’re planning to trek)
  • Sunscreen and a hat or umbrella
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • A lightweight rain jacket 
  • A small backpack or daypack for carrying essentials while out and about
  • Dry sack to keep valuables safe and dry
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
  • Travel adapter for charging electronic devices

Keep in mind that Bali is a warm and tropical destination, so you won’t need to pack heavy or bulky items. Light layers and comfortable clothing are key for staying cool and comfortable.

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A PERFECT 10-Day Bali Itinerary: Epic 2024 Travel Guide

If you are looking for a comprehensive Bali itinerary for 10 days, then you are in the right place. Today, we’ll be sharing with you one of our favorite places in the world (that we sometimes call our second home), and how you can get the most out of Bali in 10 days.

Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia known for its breathtaking turquoise water, dreamy white sand beaches, incredible Balinese culture, and electrifying beach clubs . 

Most travelers come to Bali for a few weeks, exploring the hidden gems of North Bali and fully embracing the relaxing Bali vibes. However, not every one of us can afford to take a long vacation. Some people might just have 5 days to travel, some might have 10 days. 

For that reason, I have written this 10-day Bali itinerary, for those who want to see the best of Bali without having to spend weeks or months there.

So let’s find out which Balinese temples you’ll visit, waterfalls you’ll chase, and most importantly, the beaches you’ll swim in on your 10 days in Bali itinerary!

Planning A Trip To Bali Last Minute?

Make sure you book your tours, places to stay, and airport transfers ahead of time to ensure availability!

Absolute necessities in Bali:

  • Private Airport Transfer from Bali Airport To City (Super affordable!)
  • 4G Sim Card Delivery to YOUR Hotel (Must have)
  • Private Car Charter (Design your own itinerary!)
  • Scooter Rental In Bali (Delivered to your hotel!)
  • Our Favorite Travel Insurance (5% Off w/ our link!)

Our recommended tours in Bali:

  • Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour (Perfect for social media!)
  • Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring (Must-have experience!)

Our recommended places to stay in Bali:

  • Kastara Resort (Hotel w/ beautiful view in Ubud!)
  • Blossom Eco Luxe Villas by Ekosistem (STUNNING pool villa in Canggu!)

Bali Itinerary Overview And Map

The Bali sightseeing map is the map we will follow for our 10-day Bali itinerary. Click on the star next to the name of the map and you can save it to your own personal device. This will help you as you go from one attraction in Bali to another.

Each color means a different area of Bali. We have a total of 5 colors for 5 different areas

  • Sanur (Day 1)
  • Nusa Penida (Day 2 -3)
  • Ubud (Day 4 – 6)
  • Canggu (Day 7 – 8)
  • Seminyak (Day 9 – 10)

Each color also has recommended activities for where you will stay in Bali, such as trying a Babi Guling (suckling pig) restaurant or visiting a waterfall. 

Is Kuta Worth Visiting?

You might have noticed we skipped Kuta in our 10 days in Bali itinerary. Why?

Kuta is the closest area to Depensar, where the Bali International Airport is located. Naturally, a lot of visitors’ first stop in Bali is Kuta. But honestly, I spent months in Bali and I regretted every moment I was in Kuta.

Spending time in Kuta is a frequent  mistake for first-timers in Bali .

Ugly, dirty, noisy, and filled with traffic and drunk tourists chugging Bintangs (a local Indonesian beer), Kuta is not what Bali is meant to be. It is not the paradise that we see on the internet. It is not the trendy stylish cafes. And it is definitely not the turquoise water and white sand beaches.

More overcrowded than an NYC subway during rush hour, I highly recommend skipping over Kuta when planning a trip to Bali.

How to Get Around Bali

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The most convenient and easiest option to travel around Bali is to rent a scooter . If you rent one, make sure you know how to drive it properly. There are way too many tourists getting into motorcycle accidents in Bali. 

While there is no Uber in Bali , there are Uber alternatives such as GoJek and Grab. Install both apps before you go to Bali. These apps are generally reliable except for some places in Bali that have a taxi mafia, meaning that GoJek or Grab is not allowed to pick up passengers there.

📖 Note: It is required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) to legally drive a scooter in Bali. However, it is not required to rent one as scooter rental companies won’t ask to see yours.

It is highly recommended to get a Sim Card when you first arrive in Bali. Without internet service, it’ll be nearly impossible to get around Bali because you won’t be able to order Grab or GoJek.

2. Chartering A Car In Bali

Another great option to get around Bali is to charter a car, aka rent a car and a driver . Some of the attractions in Bali, especially the ones in Ubud, are spaced out.

To be able to get from one attraction to another, you’ll need to spend a lot on taxis, well, unless you charter your own car. You can organize your own itinerary and hire the driver and car for 8-10 hours and take you to as many sights as possible. It is the most economical way to see all of the sights in a short amount of time.

If you are on a honeymoon in Bali or traveling with family (especially with kids), renting your own car and driver is going to save you all the headaches!

Getting From Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) To The City

Getting from Bali International Airport ( Ngurah Rai International Airport ) can be quite tricky if it’s your first time in Bali, especially if you don’t want to pay tourist prices.

The easiest way but the most expensive wau is just to take one of the overpriced airport taxis to the main tourist areas of the island.

However, expect to pay 4 to 5 times the price.

💪 Pro Tip: If someone comes up to you says “taxi, taxi, Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud”, or anything similar, they are most likely working for the airport taxi monopoly (which will overcharge you).

If you don’t want to pay that much, there are ways to avoid it.

Getting A Bluebird Taxi

Bali BLuebird Taxi

Our favorite way to get from Bali’s airport to the anywhere on the island is bygoing to the arrivals terminal and hopping in one of the official Bluebird taxis that were used to get to the airport.

All Bluebird taxis are metered and have GPS-tracking, which ensures passengers are safe and not scammed. Bluebird taxis are blue and will say “Blue bird” on the side of the car. You wont see any Bluebird taxis because they are not allowed to go to the departures terminal and pick up people, but you can usually do so at the arrivals terminal.

Ordering A Grab At The Official Grab Lounge

As of 2020, the taxi-hailing app Grab has an official GrabCar Airport that takes passengers from the Grab Lounge of the domestic arrivals terminal of Bali’s Airport to anywhere on the island. Before, Grab and GoJek were not allowed to pick up anyone inside the airport.

To use this service, you’ll need to connect to the airport’s WiFi or get a sim card, order a Grab, and wait for it at the Grab Lounge.

Unfortunately, part of the agreement with the taxi drivers of Bali is that the price of the GrabCar Airport is significantly higher than usual. You’ll still get a better deal than using the airport taxis, but not by much.

Airport Shuttle Transfer

Our favorite way to get from Ngurah Rai International Airport to the city is pre-arranging an airport shuttle via Klook. Not only is this the most affordable way to go from the airport, but it is also very convenient.

Your driver will wait for you with a sign with your name, and then he’ll take you to the minivan or car, which is usually very modern and comfortable.

This avoids the issue with using Bluebird taxis, as the traffic in Bali is horrendous and can easily rack up the meter.

The Perfect 10 Days in Bali Itinerary

Our Bali itinerary for 10 days is by no means a perfect one, but it is definitely one that lets you sample some of the best things Bali is famous for – from rice terraces to waterfalls, beaches, and cuisine!

Day 1: Sanur, The Calm Beautiful Port City

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Alternatively, consider a visit to Uluwatu Temple . Though this is a bit further away, this Balinese sea temple is perched over the dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu. Not only can you get a splash of Balinese culture, but your eyes and camera can feast on the surreal landscape at Uluwatu Temple. If you are in that area, make sure you check out some of the beach clubs in Uluwatu as well!

3. Sunset At Jimbaran Beach

Experience your first sunset in Bali at Jimbaran Beach . The end of Jimbaran Beach is lined with some of the best seafood restaurants in Bali. Enjoy a lovely sunset seafood dinner on the sand of Jimbaran beach as you watch the sun fade under the horizon.

When the sun sets, the restaurants will bring candles to light up your table. It is a very romantic moment and perfect for anyone in Bali on his or her honeymoon.

After you enjoy your seafood dinner, feel free to walk along the Jimbaran beach to one of the bars for a drink. Don’t get too drunk tonight though because you will need to wake up early tomorrow!

Where to Stay in Sanur

Best Hostel in Sanur –  Suwardika Homestay & Dormitory

Hostels Sanur

An affordable homestay that features dormitory beds, Suwardika Homestay & Dormitory is the best hostel in Sanur. With a quiet environment and comfortable beds, guests can have a good night’s sleep here. Wake up every morning with a delicious and nutritious breakfast before tackling on your day!

Best Luxury Hotel in Sanur –   Hyatt Regency Bali

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Hyatt Regency Bali is hand-down one of my favorite luxurious and boutique hotels in all of Bali. Enjoy a different level of extravagance with its 3 outdoor pools and 3 dining establishments in this 5-star hotel. With wooden furnishings throughout the property, guests can immerse themselves in the rustic vibes that Bali is known for.

Each room is elegantly designed, and for the rooms with a balcony, a day bed is provided. The Hyatt Regency also has extensive wellness facilities, such as a fitness room sauna and spa.

You cannot go wrong with this hotel, especially if you are on your honeymoon in Bali.

Day 2-3: Nusa Penida Island, The Hidden Gem of Our 10-Day Bali Itinerary

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Nuansa Penida is by far the best hostel in Nusa Penida. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool area with lounge chairs, guests can relax under the beautiful Indonesia sun.

The hostel also has a bar and a restaurant, both serving amazing food and drinks at an affordable price. Their common area is also a great social place to meet other travelers.

Best Airbnb in Nusa Penida –  Penida Bambu Green Villas

Where To Stay In Nusa Penida Bali

As a unique eco-friendly accommodation on Nusa Penida, the Penida Bambu Green Villas are made using local bamboo, thus boasting a rustic charm that is fitting of Nusa Penida. Their unique villas are located on top of a hill surrounded by the renowned landscapes of Nusa Penida. When you are not indulging in your private bamboo bungalow, soak in the beautiful infinity pool, go for a traditional Balinese massage or dine in their onsite restaurant!

Best Luxury Hotel in Nusa Penida –   Daphila Cottage

Best Area To Stay In Nusa Penida

Daphila Cottage is one of the best luxury hotels in Nusa Penida. Featuring an amazing swimming pool where you can have a sweeping view of the sea, guests will surely have an unforgettable time here.

Daphila Cottage is more than just a scenic hotel. It also features an on-site restaurant and friendly staff that can help you with getting around the island!

Day 4-6: Ubud

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The Ubud Art Market, sometimes also known as Ubud Traditional Art Market, is conveniently located in the center of Ubud. A traditional craft market with many different items, you can spend hours wandering down the narrow alleys shopping for some unique souvenirs from Bali .

There are many artisanal goods that are unique to the Ubud region and reflect the rich culture and artistic heritage of Bali. Without a doubt, Ubud Art Market is one of the best places to do shopping in Bali!

  • Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.35, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM Daily

💪 Pro Tip: If you are doing any shopping at Ubud Art Market, make sure you bargain. If you don’t bargain, you can easily pay more than twice the amount.

3. Campuhan Ridge Walk

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Taman Tirta Gangga is the former royal palace of the Karangasem Empire, one of the nine Hindu Majapahit empires located on the island of Bali. The kingdom played an essential role in the island’s cultural, religious, and architectural development.

As one of the best attractions in Eastern Bali, a visit to Taman Tirta Ganga will show you the traditional side of Bali. Come check out the beautiful gardens with swimming pools, fountains, stepping stones, and fish ponds at Taman Tirta Gangga.

  • Address: Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat, Ababi, Kec. Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem
  • Entrance Fee: 50k IDR

7. Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Ceking Rice Terrace )

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Hiking Mount Batur is a must-do activity in Bali, no many how many days in Bali you have. Mount Batur is an active volcano located 1,717 meters, or 5,633 feet, above sea level, and it takes about 2 hours to get to the top.

What makes the Mt. Batur hike so special is that you start before sunrise so you can catch the sunrise at the top. When you are trekking through complete darkness (only with a flashlight), it is an absolutely surreal feeling. Near the top of the mountain, wild monkeys live there but you don’t see them until the sun has risen!

This unique Bali experience is only available through a guided tour so you are in safe hands!

There are many amazing  activities to do in Ubud , I could literally sit here all day listing them.

Some of the other notable ones include:

  • Yoga Barn – One of the best yoga studios in Bali
  • Tirta Empul Temple – Visitors can experience a holy water cleaning experience.
  • Ulun Danu Beratan – the Mera Pagoda temple on Beratan Lake is incredibly scenic
  • Taking a cooking class – Balinese cuisine is incredibly rich and this is the best way to experience it!

Ubud is also known for a famous Balinese dish called Babi Guling (suckling pig). Anthony Bourdain himself has personally tried Babi Guling and gave it two thumbs up.

The best restaurant in Ubud to try Babi Guling is  Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3 . 

Where to Stay in Ubud, Bali

Best Hostel in Ubud –   Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

Best Hostel in Ubud

Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel is one of the best hostels in Ubud. With daily activities as well as free massages , Puri Garden is the proper way to relax and meet other travelers. Whether you are chilling in the pool or participating in their free yoga class, there will never be a dull moment in this hostel.

Best Airbnb in Ubud –   CAHAYA Skai Joglo

Best Airbnbs In Ubud Bali

(Images Courtesy of Airbnb) No Bali vacation is complete without staying in one of  Bali’s best private pool villas .

Luckily for you, Ubud is home to some of the most gorgeous ones such as CAHAYA Skai Joglo. This Bali treehouse villa is nestled in some of the finest greenery in Ubud. With 100+ year-old wood as a construction material, the rustic charm of this villa is deniable. However, its most iconic feature is the edge-side private pool. Not only is that a great location to relax after a long day, but it is also an excellent photo opportunity! Just be careful of the unguarded sides!

Best Luxury Hotel in Ubud –   Natya Resort Ubud

Luxury Resort in Bali

If you want a luxurious resort in Ubud, look no further. The Natya Resort Ubud is one of the best hotels in Ubud, and definitely a great spot for anyone looking for something romantic. Located inside the jungle of Ubud, guests can enjoy absolute tranquility, especially when staying in their private infinity pool. Guests can also enjoy its delicious on-site restaurant and a relaxing spa. Natya Resort Ubud is an absolute paradise in Ubud.

Day 7-8: Canggu

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Situated minutes away from Pererenan Beach, Tribal Bali Hostel is the perfect place to stay while you explore Canggu and its famed beaches.

Not only does this hostel boast private rooms and dormitory rooms for a good night’s rest, but it also has a massive co-working space where travelers and backpackers can get together, do some work, exchange ideas, and meet some new friends.

When you want to take a break, you have the option to relax by the gorgeous influencer-style pool or enjoy some delicious local and international cuisine at their restaurant!

Best Luxury Hotel in Canggu –   The Haven Suites Bali Berawa

Fancy Hotel in Canggu

Located right on the Berawa beach, staying at Haven Suites Bali is guaranteed to turn your Bali 10 days trip into a heavenly beach paradise. The staff at this luxury hotel in Canggu will go out of their way to assist you and make sure you have a pleasant stay. The design of the rooms is immaculate and my favorite part has to be the iconic bathtub in the rooms, a popular photo location for Instagram.

Day 9-10: Seminyak

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Seminyak will be the last stop on your Bali 10 days itinerary. Seminyak is a high-end resort area located directly south of Canggu.

In an area with fancy restaurants, posh nightclubs, and extravagant hotels , expect to pay as much as you would in Western Europe or the United States in Seminyak.

Not as busy and crowded as Kuta in the south, many travelers come to Seminyak to enjoy a relaxing time on the chill beaches, shop at the fancy shopping malls, and try out the trendy cafes.

I have to be honest, Seminyak is almost overtaken by foreigners because the prices are so high around here. Clubs such as Lafavela and Mexicola have also started targeting foreign audiences, with a shot of tequila costing 14 USD.

If you are looking for an authentic Balinese experience, you will hardly find any in Seminyak. 

Things to Do in Seminyak, Bali

There are plenty of things to do in Seminyak, here are some of our favorite!

1. Chill Out at the Double Six Beach

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If you didn’t get a chance to try Babi Guling in one of the warungs (local restaurants) in Ubud, worry not. Seminyak is also home to one of the best restaurants for this Balinese delicacy, namely  Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen .

4. Visit the Trendy Cafes and Restaurants!

Seminyak is renowned for its vibrant food scene, with an array of trendy cafes and restaurants that offer a unique dining experience. Here are some of our favorite ones:

  • KYND Community : KYND is a plant-based cafe known for its vibrant smoothie bowls, vegan ice creams, and commitment to kindness and sustainability
  • Sisterfields Cafe : Known as one of the pioneers in Bali’s cafe scene, Sisterfields serves all-day breakfast and lunch.They offer a modern Australian menu that includes everything from refreshing smoothie bowls to hearty burgers
  • Pison Coffee : Pison is known for its excellent coffee and delicious food options, including their famous avocado toast and espresso chicken

Where to Stay in Seminyak, Bali

Best Hostel in Seminyak –   Socialista Lifestyle Hostel

Socialista Hostel Seminyak

A chic hostel with a gorgeous swimming pool, Socialista Lifestyle Hostel is one of my favorite places to stay in Bali. With comfortable beds that offer lots of privacy, guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep. Guests that want to socialize can meet other travelers in the bar and restaurants or at their daily events! 

Best Airbnb in Seminyak –   Loft Style Villa w/Pool

Best Airbnb In Seminyak Bali

There are numerous incredible  Airbnbs in Bali , but arguably none as spectacular as this Loft Style Villa. Inspired by a mixture of architectural styles, guests can find brick, wood and steel finishes mixed in with traditional Balinese decor.

Though the decor is incredible, its most iconic feature is the massive swimming pool. Big enough for guests to do laps in, this pool is the jewel of the Airbnb. No need to go to Seminyak Beach when you are staying in this villa!

After refreshing laps, lay in the sun lounging area and soak in the heart-warming sun. 

This Seminyak Airbnb has a total of 3 bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests!

Best Luxury Hotel in Seminyak –   Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak

Honeymoon Villas Seminyak

Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak is one of the most high-end hotels you can stay in Seminyak. A classy rooftop cocktail bar with views of the Double Six Beach and the Indian Ocean, it is one of the best places to watch the sunset with a delicious cocktail in your hands.

Their attentive staff will make sure you have a good time and go the extra mile if you have a special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, or honeymoons. Along with their massive pool and state-of-the-art gym, guests can properly relax at Double-Six Luxury Hotel.

When is The Best Time to Visit Bali?

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The best time to visit Bali is between April and October. This is the dry season for Bali so visitors can enjoy amazing weather on Bali’s pristine beaches!

Just try to avoid visiting Bali during the summer months (May to August). During this time, the island is super crowded with tourists from every part of the world. This means everything from accommodations to tours will be a lot more expensive!

November and December are also good months to avoid in Bali for the same reason. Plus, December to March is considered the wet season, so December is certainly not a good time to visit if you have the choice!

📚 Read More: Bali Budget – Is Bali Cheap or Expensive?

Is Bali Safe?

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Bali is one of the safest destinations in Indonesia, especially since it is so touristy. However, there are a few dangers and situations that visitors should be aware of, such as:

  • Scams – Locals trying to scam tourists are way too common in Bali. Whether that would be things like a taxi ride or buying souvenirs, local vendors typically try to get as much money out of the tourists as possible.
  • Pickpockets – This is a little bit more common in nightclubs and bars, where intoxicated tourists become easy targets for pickpockets and thieves.
  • Corrupt Police and Bribery – Police in Bali are not well-treated, which means some have to resort to corrupt methods to bring enough money home. I was personally stopped in Bali by police with a fake badge, demanding that we pay him this amount of money for driving a scooter. I only found out he was fake after speaking with my local friends.
  • Mosquitos – Mosquitos are rampant in Bali. Though they have very low chances of carrying malaria, they do carry other diseases such as Dengue Fever and the Zika Virus.
  • Natural Disasters – Bali is situated in the Ring of Fire , meaning that there is lots of volcanic activity. This can lead to lots of tsunamis, earthquakes, and of course, volcanic eruptions.
  • Scooter Accidents – As we mentioned, scooter accidents in Bali are common, especially among tourists. Since it is the easiest way to get around Bali, many tourists hire a scooter in Bali without knowing how to ride one.

When you are visiting Bali, we highly recommend that you get some travel insurance, just so you can have peace of mind and enjoy your trip wholeheartedly.

We have also written a complete safety guide on Bali here , so make sure you check it out before you go!

Bali Packing List

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When packing for Bali, it’s important to take into account the tropical climate, the local customs, and the activities you’re planning to do. Here are some of the essential you should take with you, regardless on when you plan on visiting and whether you are staying for 10 days or a month!

  • Clothing : Light, breathable clothing is a must due to Bali’s tropical climate. This includes swimsuits, sundresses, lightweight shirts, and shorts. A sarong can be handy for sun protection and is required in some Hindu temples for both men and women. If you plan on visiting temples, pack clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.
  • Footwear : Comfortable walking shoes or sandals suitable for warm weather are essential. Water shoes might also be useful if you plan on visiting waterfalls or beaches.
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray – Though you can buy items like suncreen and bug spray in Bali, they are a lot more expensive and usually not as good quality.
  • Medication : It’s always a good idea to pack a basic first aid kit when you travel. This could include items like Imodium, bandaids, paracetamol, antiseptic cream, and antihistamines. We also recommend some motion sickness pills with you for the speedboat to Nusa Penida from Bali.

💪 Pro Tip: We recommend leaving expensive jewelry or flashy items because that could make you a target for thieves.

Visiting Bali Itinerary FAQs

How many days is enough for bali.

If you want to get a good idea of what Bali is about, we recommend spending at least 7 days in Bali. However, don’t hesitate to spend more time in Bali, as there are plenty of nearby places to visit such as the Nusa Islands and the Gili Islands. If you want to relax more on your vacation, then we recommend staying around 2 weeks.

Is Bali Expensive for Backpackers?

Generally speaking, Bali is not too expensive for backpackers. While Bali does have places where you can spend 20 USD a meal, there are also places (warungs) where you can spend 3 USD a meal. There are hotels that will charge 500 USD a night, but there are also hostels that will charge 10 USD a night.

Can I See North Bali In 10 Days?

Yes, 10 days is plenty of time to visit North Bali and visit the region’s top attractions, such as Lovina, Gitgit and Sekumpul waterfalls, and the iconic water temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan on Lake Bratan.

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You can directly arrange a shuttle from Seminyak back to Bali’s airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport). You can also use apps like Grab or GoJek.

I hope this 10 days Bali itinerary has helped you plan your exciting Bali trip.

Any questions? Leave them in the comments!

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Bali is a great first international trip for families! Just beware of the horrible traffic, especially since you’ll most likely be taking a car instead of a scooter. Enjoy!

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Eat, Pray, Love: 6 Days Itinerary in Bali

Bali is one of my absolute favorite destinations in Southeast Asia. I went here with my boyfriend Hali and after our trip, I understood how it helped Elizabeth Gilbert find herself in her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, and why it’s one of the most visited places in Indonesia.

Here’s our 6 days itinerary in Bali which you can use as a guide when you visit here.

For the essential info such as How to Get Around, Places to Explore, Things to Do, you can read our Essential Guide to Bali .

An overview of Bali

Upon arrival.

  • 6 Days Itinerary in Bali

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Bedugul tour, uluwatu tour, ubud tour (self-tour / walking tour), seminyak tour (self-tour / walking tour), nusa penida tour, reminders on tours, our recommended tour guides, where to stay in bali, where to eat, our personal tips for your trip to bali, budget and expenses, what to read next:.

Bali is also called the “Island of the Gods”. As said above, it’s one of the most visited places in Indonesia. Some say that Bali is too touristy, but most would agree that it’s worth visiting.

The majority of the population in Bali follow Balinese Hinduism. In Bali, you can find culture everywhere: in temples, markets, even residential areas. It has amazing sights including rice paddies, jungles, and beaches. The food is delicious and you can find amazing massages especially in Ubud.

The main regions of Bali are Ubud, Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Nusa Dua and Sanur. Aside from these, there are other islands you can visit such as Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan and Nusa Penida islands.

How to get here

Currently, Bali only has one international airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport , which is located in Denpasar.

  • Most tourists don’t need a visa when traveling to Bali if the stay is 30 days or less . This is also true for Philippine passport holders.
  • If you’re staying longer than 30 days, you can pay for an extendable visa on arrival ($35) or get a 60-day visa.
  • Buy a local sim card to avoid roaming charges. Telkomsel is a good brand with reliable signal throughout the island.
  • From the airport, it’s easy to get to your destination in Bali. If you have arranged accommodation or guide, you can ask them for pickup. One of the cheapest pickup services you can book is via Klook .

So without further ado, here’s our 6 days itinerary in Bali, Indonesia. Consider this a rough guide only .

Here are some things I’d like to note:

  • We booked for 6 days, which I initially thought was long. As you know, us Filipinos are known for taking short trips abroad. It turned out that 6 days is just enough to visit the basic must-see spots in Bali. If I’ll go back here again, I will probably schedule for 1-2 weeks.
  • You can explore Bali by renting a scooter or booking a tour service. We booked tours, since we find the rate reasonable: 550,000 – 700,000 IDR / P2000-2500 / $40-50 for a day trip to a specific location, good up to 4 people. Booking a tour is easy and comfortable, especially since some destinations are 2-3 hours apart.
  • Ubud is one of the top places to visit in Bali. As such, we stayed here for 3-4 nights and then toured for 2 days. Believe me, it still isn’t enough.

Day Tours in Bali

These are the day tours available in Bali. There are no standard rates for tours, so you can look around for the best price.

These tours include private car transport (good up to 4 people). Your tour guide/driver usually has a list of places to see in one area, so if you want to include other attractions just let them know in advance.

As the heart of Bali, exploring Ubud is a must-do. Here you can explore Tegallalang Rice Terraces , one of the most beautiful nature attractions in the island. Just walking distance from the rice terraces is the Uma Pakel Swing, where you can ride a huge swing facing the mountain and enjoy local coffee/tea tasting, including luwak coffee (the “cat poop coffee”).

You can also drop by the Batik Making area, to witness the actual process of making batik (both handmade and pressed) and shop for batik products.

Places to see:

  • Batik Making tour/workshop (optional)
  • Legong and Barong Waksirsa cultural dance (optional)
  • Uma Pakel Swing
  • Tegallalang rice terraces
  • Kintamani Volcano
  • Tegenungan Waterfall
  • Batuan Temple

Tegallalang Rice Terraces.

This is a laid-back tour exploring some of the temples in Bali. Here you can visit Lempuyang Temple , which is one of the most photographed spots in Bali. It’s one of the oldest temples and believed to predate other Hindu temples in the island. By that way, if you’re wondering how to get the famous shots in Lempuyang Temple, you’ll be amazed to know that it involves a simple trick: you need to place a small mirror at the bottom of your camera to create a reflection! We didn’t know about that before we visited.

  • Lempuyang Temple (Heaven’s Gate)
  • Abang Rice Terraces
  • Tirta Gangga
  • Tenganan Village
  • Goa Lawah Temple

Lempuyang Temple in Bali

Bedugul Tour takes you to some of the iconic spots in Bali, such as Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is a rock formation home to an ancient pilgrimage temple called Pura Tanah Lot.

  • Ulun Danu Temple
  • Taman Ayun Temple
  • Bali Handara Gulf
  • Wanagiri Hidden Hill
  • Tanah Lot Temple

Ulun Danu Temple in Bedugul, Bali

Uluwatu Tour takes you to some of the best beaches in Bali.

  • Nusa Dua beach watersport (optional)
  • Pandawa Beach
  • Dreamland Beach
  • Padang Padang Beach
  • Uluwatu Temple and Kecak and Fire Dance

Cliff view from Uluwatu Temple

If you’re staying in Ubud, you can explore the town attractions which are mostly walking distance from each other.

In particular, I recommend visiting the Ubud Art Market, which is open from early morning up to 6PM only. Shopping for local goods and souvenirs is one of the highlights in our trip. We loved looking at flowy dresses, pants, wooden crafts and paintings, statues, Boho print bags and more.

TIP : Haggle down when shopping because vendors expect it and will quote high prices at first.

  • Sacred Monkey Forest
  • Ubud Royal Palace
  • Suraswati Temple
  • Ubud Art Market

Monkey in Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest

Seminyak can be explored by foot. Here you can find lots of great cafes and restaurants, shop for souvenirs or luxury items at boutique shops or bum at the beach.

Here are some of the must-see attractions in Seminyak:

  • Kynd Community / Nalu Bowls
  • Motel Mexicola
  • La Plancha Beach

Beach in Seminyak, Bali

Nusa Penida is a breath-taking side trip if you’re visiting Bali. Here you can find the often-photographed Kelingking Beach and other beaches where you can swim and snorkel.

A lot of people I know come to Nusa Penida for a day only, but I highly recommend spending at least 2 days so you can also see Atuh Beach and Thounsand Beach. There are very few tourists here. In fact, we were alone in our visit to Atuh Beach. If you’re into out-of-this-world cliff views, make sure to include Nusa Penida in your itinerary.

Here’s our Travel Guide to Nusa Penida .

Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida

Take note that a day trip to Nusa Penida does not include a snorkeling tour.

  • Snorkeling (Manta Bay, Gamat Point, Buddha’s Underwater Temple, GT Point)
  • Kelingking Beach
  • Angel Billabong
  • Broken Beach
  • Crystal Beach
  • Atuh Beach and Cliff
  • Thousand Beach/Tree House
  • Teletubbies Hill
  • Goa Giri Putri Temple

Here are some reminders for exploring Bali:

  • Make sure to bring pocket money for lunch and entrance fees . Entrance fees are usually around 10,000 IDR (P40 / $1). Temples will usually require you to wear sarong, which you can rent at around 5000 IDR (P20 / $0.5). If you don’t want to pay extra every time, you can bring your own sarong as long as it reaches past the knee. I bought my own and most of the time this was accepted in temples.
  • The cheapest way to explore Bali is by renting a scooter . Just take note that the main areas in Bali are usually 2-3 hours apart, not counting the traffic. Consider the duration of travel if you decide to get a scooter. Also, we don’t recommend renting a scooter in Nusa Penida as there’s a lot of rough roads and some of them are very steep.

Here are our tour guides during our stay in Bali. Please say Hello from us (Katherine & Hali)!

  • For tours in Bali, our tour guide is Ngakan. Contact : Facebook .
  • For Nusa Penida, our tour guide is Lindra Nyoman. He offers very reasonable rates. We customized the package so we can include a snorkeling tour (to see the manta rays and the Underwater Buddha Temple), as this isn’t always included in the tours. Contact : email [email protected].

There are tons of accommodations in Bali, for all budgets.

  • There are cheap homestays starting at 160,000 IDR (P600 / $10) or luxury villas starting at 800,000 IDR (P3000 / $50-60). You can get a room in the middle of rice paddies, jungle or beachside (if you’re anywhere in Seminyak or Kuta).
  • You can find private villas with pool for as low as $150 per night. This is a great option for couples or groups who want to enjoy relaxing indoors.
  • You can stay anywhere in Bali even if you’re exploring various locations such as Lempuyang.

Valka Bali, Seminyak

As for us, we opted to stay in Ubud for 3-4 nights before we spent the rest of our trip in Nusa Penida. Our accommodation in Ubud is Liyer House , which is the house of Ketut in Eat, Pray, Love. (Excuse me, while I scream in my fan girl persona.) Ketut has already passed away, but his son has taken over fortune telling. Unfortunately, I have read that his practice isn’t as legit, so we skipped it.

For discounted rates of accommodation in Bali, you can book using our referral link in Agoda .

We love the food in Bali! I’m not going to list every restaurant one by one because there’s a lot and it’s not enough to put in one article. However, we compiled this Guide on the Best Restaurants in Bali , as suggested by bloggers who’d been here as well.

  • If you’re on a budget or you want to taste what the locals eat, you can easily find warungs (local eateries) offering Indonesian dishes.
  • Aside from local restaurants, there are restaurants offering different cuisines from all over the world. For instance, you can find pizzerias in Seminyak that are said to rival those in Naples.
  • Bali is also a haven for vegetarians and vegans. Even at local eateries, cooks will be happy to whip you something meat free. One of our favorite restaurants in Ubud called Bali Buda has an extensive vegetarian menu.

Nalu Bowls and Shelter, Seminyak

Here are some of our personal tips.

  • The best tip I can give you is don’t scrimp yourself . I know that for some people, budgeting is a lifestyle but I can tell you that every penny spent in Bali is worth it. Book a nice resort in a beach or mountainside, indulge in local dishes, and shop in art markets and boutique stores.
  • Spend at least 6-7 days in Bali or longer if you can . Again, Bali is absolutely gorgeous and there are lots of activities to fill your time. You can also spend your days on a personal retreat.
  • Enjoy a heavenly massage . Ubud has several spas offering full-body massage and flower bath . Again, this is one of our splurges in Bali. Not only is it relaxing, it’s also perfect for your feed. A 1-hour massage and flower bath typically costs about 250,000-300,000 IDR (P900-1100 / $20) per person. Some popular ones include Karsa Spa and Ubud Botanical Spa . Resorts oftentimes also offer their own spa services, which can be cheaper than the ones outside. TIP : If booking in a popular spa, make sure to reserve weeks or days in advance. We were lucky to get a spot on the same day in 2 different spa locations, but we looked everywhere else and the ones with flower baths were all fully booked.

Flower bath in Ubud, Bali

We have also written a separate article on Useful Tips When Visiting Bali .

Your budget depends largely on your accommodation, tours, and other expenses such as food.

Here are the current rates ( Updated as of 2020 ):

Hali and I took this trip in 2018 and we spent about 4.7M IDR (P18,000 / $350) per person, excluding flight fares. We weren’t doing a budget trip: we booked mid-range accommodation, splurged on food (about 200,000 IDR / P700 / $13-15 per meal for 2 people), went to spa at least twice and shopped for personal items. So our budget went a long way.

Teletubbies Hill, Nusa Penida

In general, for 6 days trip for 2 people, a safe budget would be P20,000 ($400) per person, excluding airfare .

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Going to Bali soon? Here are other articles you might be interested in!

  • Travel Guide to Bali: What You Need to Know
  • Useful Travel Tips to Bali
  • Bali Food Guide: Best Restaurants in Bali

Other destinations near Bali:

  • Travel Guide to Nusa Penida

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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).

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If there is ever a peaceful island on the planet, it’s Bali for sure. The sweet blows of wind put a rush in your mind and your day becomes fuller. In case you are planning a trip with your soulmate, Bali has to be on your list.

Very helpful blog!! Thank you so much!!!!!!

Katherine Cortes

Aba. Salamat Shei!!!

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Hi! Helpful blog post! I will be going to Bali next month and your itinerary seemed to be the closest one to check all the things i wanted to do in Nusa Penida. May i ask which tour provider you hired?

Living in Bali, I feel like no time is ever enough to explore all the stunning scenery of this island – but looks like you hit up the highlights 😉 thanks for sharing your post and amazing photos! The spa treatment looks divine!

You live there? Omg that’s my dream.

Thanks for sharing the great tips of Bali! Appreciate the details in what you did. We’re heading there at the end of the month and can’t wait to visit. Nusa Penida has beautiful views.

Nice…iniisip ko nga din magBali hahaha dami mong tips

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A Fabulous 3-Day Bali Itinerary

Last Updated on August 13, 2022 by Soumya

This ultimate Bali itinerary is a guest post by Catalin Geangos who has traveled extensively on the island.

Bali is one of those beautiful places in the world that most people want to visit.  It is well known for its pretty beaches, large beautiful forests, amazing waterfalls and breath-taking landscapes.  Balinese traditions and culture are well intertwined with tourist experiences to give anyone who visits, the best experience. 

The Ultimate Bali Itinerary for 3 Days

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Well, I got the opportunity to travel to Bali and grabbed it very fast even though it was only for three days. I used the three days in Bali to explore as much as I could and appreciate its cultural heritage. If you are planning to visit Bali just for a few days, well, here is the ultimate three day Bali travel itinerary just for you. If you are still wondering how many days in Bali, then this 3-day Bali guide will help you get started. So, let’s prepare you for your Bali trip.

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Best time to visit Bali

In essence, the best time to visit Bali is in the summer season. This is usually within June, July and August. At this time the weather is dry and mostly sunny creating the perfect weather for the trip. 

However, it is the time when most people visit, so expect large crowds and high accommodation rates too.  For the best rates and to experience slightly fair weather that is tolerable is around April, May, October and November. The other months in the year are usually wet seasons and this may not be the best time to experience Bali.

Terraced rice fields in Bali Indonesia

What to pack for your Bali trip?

When planning to visit Bali, it is important to know what you need to pack for the trip. Bali is close to the equator, so the weather does not fluctuate that much. My best recommendation on what to pack when visiting Bali is; 

  • Light, breathable clothing and comfortable shoes. 
  • Shorts and shirts are the best recommendations due to the hot weather. 
  • A few light sweaters or jackets and trousers in case you are planning to go hiking in the mountains or volcanoes.
  • When travelling, never forget to pack your charger and an adaptor to charge your phone. Your phone has to have enough battery power so as to make it easier getting around by using Google Maps and communication through translation apps.
  • Swim wears, summer dresses or shorts for the gentlemen since Bali has beautiful beaches that you cannot resist to visit.
  • A scarf for ladies to cover their heads when visiting Bali’s temples or a hairband to tie your hair at the back. For the men, you may also need a piece of clothing to tie around your waist during the visit to religious attractions.
  • Do not forget to pack sunscreen so as to protect your skin from the hot sun when exploring Bali. 
  • Mosquito repellant is also essential to pack when visiting Bali, especially creams that offer protection for a long time. 
  • Lastly, it is important to have a loaded credit card to make payment easier. In addition, it is also necessary to exchange your money to Bali currency and have a little cash with you.

Getting around Bali

Once you arrive in Bali, you will realize the best way to experience the most and travel around Bali is in three ways.

1st Option: Rent a scooter

The first way is renting a scooter starting $5 USD per day. The hotel or guesthouse that is offering you accommodation can easily arrange for scooters. This option is best for someone who knows Bali quite well, is not covering long distances from their place of accommodation, and is not visiting for the first time.

2nd Option: Hire a driver

The second way is hiring a driver for about $35USD for an entire day. The driver will take you to different tourist sites that you would like to visit. This definitely helps to get around Bali easily. However, you need to have a list of the places you want to visit since the driver only drops you to the place and waits for you outside. This is a great option, but if the days are limited like mine, then you may end up not experiencing much unless you have conducted your research well and have a great driver.  

3rd Option: Hire a tour guide

The last and third option is hiring a tour guide for around $40USD – $50 USD for the whole day. This is the best option as a good tour guide helps you get around each and every destination and helps you experience them to the fullest. Most tour guides know the best places to visit, the entrance fee if any, way around the tourist sites, and even where to get the best food in Bali. My tour guide was the best because he ensured I got to experience the most of Bali in just three days. We actually became good friends and “travel buddies” by the end of the trip.

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The ultimate 3-day bali itinerary, bali itinerary day 1: a relaxing day at the beaches.

Ocean in Bali

The first day can be used for more chilling activities to get your energy back.  Get your breakfast and head to Berawa Beach in Canggu to catch the early morning waves. An outstanding and precious thing in Canggu is that, it is styled traditionally and it’s mostly referred to as the ‘ancient village’. Most of its natural sites have been maintained over the years. It has a typical rural lifestyle that is simple. A visit to Canggu will make you appreciate the heritage and rural architecture of Bali.

Another great place to chill is the Berawa Beach. It is also a wonderful spot for beginners to learn how to surf. I tried my luck in surfing and let us just say I need extra time in Bali to be an expert. For those who are great and experienced in surfing, Echo Beach is the perfect place for you. You will be able to catch bigger waves and get to have an amazing time surfing. 

If you are keen to learn surfing, check out our extensive Sri Lankan beach guide that includes wonderful surf beaches.

More beaches and some temples in Uluwatu, Bali

In case you have enough time, then head to Uluwatu, one of the best places to visit in Bali. Uluwatu is the beach capital in Bali. It has several beaches such as Balangan, Karma, Bingin, Padang and Sundays Beach Club.  Most of these beaches have amazing blue waters and cliffs that may be the best for the surfer tourist. The beaches in Uluwatu are perfect to just sit and maybe even have a swim. If you get bored of sitting then take the opportunity to check out Omnia, a day club located on top of a cliff, that overlooks the sea. The views from the top are breath taking. 

While in Uluwatu, visit the Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of the most famous temples of Bali . Here, you will get a great chance to learn the religious background of Bali. The temple is built on a rock and has amazing views. You may also watch the Kecak fire dance show in Pura Luhur. It is one of the famous traditional dances in Bali. As the day comes to an end, get yourself a tradition Thai and Bali body massage in one of the spas in Uluwatu and relax your body muscles ready for the next day.

Click here to book your trip to Uluwatu, get mesmerized by a Kecak performance, and enjoy a barbecue dinner by the Jimbaran bay.

Bali itinerary day 2: An amazing Nusa Island itinerary

Nusa Penida Beach Bali Indonesia

On the second day, take your time and visit Nusa island. We have Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan which are twin islands in Bali. The best way to get around in Nusa Island is on a bike because the roads are not that great. Explore this charming island and enjoy dinner as you catch the beautiful sunset at Mahana Point. 

At Nusa islands, you can also visit some of the best beaches in Bali if you haven’t had enough of them already. Who has enough of beaches, anyway! There are the Dream Beach, Sunday Bay, and Mushroom Bay. There are plenty of activities you can do in these beaches such as walking on the sand, sunbathing, and so much more. You can also visit the Blue Lagoon cliff jump if you are brave enough and need some adrenaline rush. 

Bali itinerary day 3: Experience Bali’s beautiful nature and exciting culture

The dance of Sita in a Balinese Kecak Fire Dance

On this day, I got to visit yet another amazing place in Bali called Ubud. Ubud is at the centre of Bali and often referred to as Bali’s cultural heart. It has beautiful cafes, waterfalls, gorgeous nature and  picturesque rice fields. Ubud is filled with numerous souvenir markets and you get a chance to appreciate art in Bali, for instance, at the Setia Darma Art & Puppet Museum . It also has lotus pools and palaces that will get you hooked. You will learn about the local legends as well as traditional Balinese practices . To top it up, you also get a chance to visit the famous Monkey Forest to see the Balinese long-tailed monkeys. 

Visit the Tegalalang rice terraces and enjoy Indonesian cuisine

Another place you can have a good time at are the stunning Tegalalang rice terraces. While here, take a quiet walk among the rice fields. This gives you the perfect opportunity to appreciate nature as you take a breath of fresh air amidst the swaying crops. Get a chance to try the jungle swing and enjoy a perfectly-memorable sunset.

If you are a lover of new recipes, then no better place to try some than in Bali. Join a cooking class and learn how to cook delicious Indonesian food. You can visit a local market, pick fresh ingredients for the meals you are going to prepare and later have an exciting experience of blending different spices as well as learning their local names and nutritional values. Definitely, after the class, it is an entire feast of celebration as you appreciate the Indonesian flavors and tastes.

Click here to book your cooking class at Bali and plan for an amazing trip.

Bali is an incredible travel destination. It has gained much popularity in the last few years due its mix of amazing culture, tasty food, stunning beaches, and wonderful nature. Even if you are here for a short while, this compact and all-inclusive 3-Day Bali itinerary will help make your trip memorable. So, don’t forget to grab it!

About the Author, Catalin Geangos

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Catalin Geangos is the Founder and Editor of TravelTrained and a travel blogger who mainly focuses on nightlife, pub crawls and party experiences while travelling in Southeast Asia. He moved from Romania to the UK 6 years ago and since then he travelled in over 30 countries.

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4 thoughts on “ A Fabulous 3-Day Bali Itinerary ”

Was looking for a 3 day itinerary for Bali and this is super helpful! Thank you. Can you also help with the guides a little more? Are there any specific recommendations?

Hi Remy. Sure, we took the services of one of the highest rates guides on Viator who also acted as a driver. You can check the same tour guide and cab service here . If you’re looking for specific group/private tours, then I highly recommend looking at Get Your Guide tours here . They have amazing tours with great ratings and the best part is you can cancel for free before 24 hours. We always use tours on Get Your Guide and Viator whenever we travel.

Bali is one of the best places for Indian tourists because there are lots of Hindu religious temples. I have read your article and I’m impressed with your article and you give full information for Bali.

Thank you Nisha. I am glad you found the article helpful.

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Stay safe, stay on budget and experience Southeast Asia solo at these welcoming destinations Jackyenjoyphotography / Getty Images

One day you're staring at waterfalls; the next, skyscrapers. As one of the smaller subregions in the world, Southeast Asia is incredible, with diverse cultures and landscapes that stand vividly distinct once you cross borders.

For the solo traveler – both aspiring and seasoned – the region has all the appealing hallmarks of a satisfying destination. Firstly, there's all that life-changing food. From the invigorating kick of tom yum soup to the alluring wok-y smokiness of char kway teow (stir-fried thick noodles), each day is already a win with delicious eats.

Then, a dense network of flights, trains and buses gives you access to the smallest of provinces, encouraging free-spirited exploration. Sometimes luxurious, other times rickety, it all adds to the checkerboard experiences that make trips memorable. 

And while expenses and safety are often concerns for solo travelers, Southeast Asia proves to be welcoming in those aspects. It's not difficult to find single rooms in boutique hotels to save on costs, especially for hot spots like Thailand and Vietnam. Hostels are also plentiful and provide a great way to meet people and share activities with. Local transportation and street food remain affordable, and crime rates are low in most cities. More often than not, it is the feeling of unfamiliarity that travelers confuse as being unsafe.

Admittedly, with so many cities to choose from, narrowing down your options can be a challenge. Bearing in mind the cornerstones to successful solo travel – reliable wi-fi, ease of communication, and accessible transportation – here are the best places to travel solo in Southeast Asia.

A path lined with palm trees leads to a golden domed mosque

1. Singapore

Best for first-time solo travelers

With skyscrapers that kiss the clouds and gardens that seem AI generated, the island state of Singapore is commonly relegated as a layover "bucket list" destination in Southeast Asia, famous for its magnificent attractions but also eye-watering price tag . 

Ignore the latter. One can circumvent this deliciously by dining at its hawker centers , where the UNESCO-approved heritage comes in the form of savory Hainanese chicken rice, peppery Bak Kut Teh (pork spare rib soup) and other local delights. Travel anywhere around the island on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and expect to pay S$2 for an average trip. And while it's easy to dismiss the country as just a place to eat and shop, the country's trading hub history means cultural remnants are sprinkled everywhere, including in some of its busiest, modern zones.

Thian Hock Keng , the oldest Chinese temple, sits right at the fringes of the business district, an everyday sight for the suits passing by. Just two streets from the golden dome of the Sultan Mosque , is the gothic Parkview Square tower and chart-topping lobby bar, Atlas . The best part – these places are free to visit. This stark contrast combined with easy accessibility is what makes Singapore compelling for solo travelers who want to ease themselves into the region, supported by outstanding infrastructure and safety, English-speaking locals and densely-packed easy-to-reach attractions.

A hawker prepares a noodle dish in a wok at a street food market

2. Penang, Malaysia

Best for vibrant street food and creative local culture 

Penang itself is divided into two parts – that of the mainland and Penang Island. The latter is where the UNESCO-listed streets of George Town reside, a treasure trove of decorated pre-war shophouses and clanhouses intermixed with cute cafes and a street art scene that adds whimsy to the sleepy city. And because of its humble appeal, operators accept smaller numbers, which means individual travelers will find it easier to be confirmed for activities such as cooking classes and walking tours.

The relaxed atmosphere is only happily disrupted by one thing – the street vendors. The meal-centric hawkers often operate for short hours only, with some showing up for breakfast, and others for dinner. These seasoned masters will quickly whip up a bowl of wonton (dumpling) noodles or Penang Laksa (spicy noodles) for hungry diners. Popular venues include New Lane, Kimberly St and Chulia St. Solo diners can enjoy budget meals as low as RM10, and the makeshift seatings encourage tables to be shared, so it's a great opportunity for some chat with fellow diners. 

Other than its melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, the Peranakan culture is also evident in the city, with a museum and hotels such as Cheong Fatt Sze and the Edison George Town capitalizing on its intricate designs. While there are no single rooms, with rooms starting from under RM600, those into affordable luxury can consider these a heritage treat. Just a few steps away, the new the George Penang offers the same but in a more colonial setting.This, when stacked next to the random murals and weekend maker markets, such as Hin Bus Depot , give Penang an artsy vibe and endearing appeal. For the solo visitor who loves serendipitous street discoveries, the city rewards with its pretty (and delicious) surprises.

A long sandy beach, with a solo figure walking along, shrouded in mist

3. Danang, Vietnam

Best for an idyllic coastal escape and gateway to varied experiences

Danang 's graceful arc of a coastline is as stunning as they come, punctuated at the end by the majestic Lady Buddha statue on the Son Tra peninsula. The hotels by the bay recognize this, often maximizing room views with large windows, balconies and infinity pools. Gazing out to the endless blue is therapy on its own. Solo travelers on a budget needn't worry about missing out as rooms here average 1,000,000d.

As the gateway to the more bucolic central Vietnam , the city is far less hectic than the two other "capitals". For those unused to the country's hectic moped culture, this can be a lifesaver, as the traffic here is easier for pedestrians to navigate. And for moving about, the Grab app offers motorbike and car options, with fares as low as 20,000d.

The beaches are free of touts and particularly good for hassle-free solo strolls. It's also a great stretch for people watching, with the odd chance to witness live catches by local fishers. Solo travelers who love to connect with locals will find them especially amenable to sharing their stories here – and sometimes even their bounty. Otherwise, the southern stretch invites one to linger with its food trucks and photogenic spots.

It's easy to take a break with the amount of cafes in town, serving up excellent Vietnamese coffee and fruit juices. And when one needs to connect home or check on some emails, they act as ideal hot spots for the roving traveler or digital nomad.

But when one wants to switch it up, there's the quaint town of Hoi An with its old-style architecture an hour away south, and the ancient imperial fortress complex of Hue less than two hours to the north. You can even opt in for some cooler weather (and some spectacular cable car rides) by heading up Bana Hills, a French colonial resort that's been integrated into a theme park.

Large stone heads line a walkway towards an ancient gateway

4. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Best for intimate small city vibes and ethical tourism

The fame of Angkor Wat , and other temples like Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei , can sometimes eclipse what Siem Reap is all about. Past the world-famous sites, the humble city, in its small craft markets and leisurely street-side dining, offers an authentic look at its people who have lived in the heritage site's shadow.

When shopkeepers or tuk-tuk drivers hawk their services in Cambodia , it is often a gentle invite that can be easily declined. Often clustered in the town's Old Market, this means the solo traveler can comfortably pick and choose any of these services and be spontaneous in their planning. And when you wish to connect with other travelers, Pub St's many eateries and bars are a great place to hang out, with tourists gathering after a day of temple-hopping. 

If conscientious travel is a priority, then Siem Reap offers plenty of opportunities to give back to the community. Phare Circus funds education for underprivileged children and Haven restaurant provides free training for young adults to boost their job prospects, while Lotus Farm offers employment and fair wages to local women and farmers.

Tourists walk along a street lined with neon signs

5. Bangkok, Thailand

Best for inclusivity

If diversity is what you crave, then Bangkok is the place to visit – and the capital doesn't hold back in the slightest. As you stroll down the streets, you'll be met with constant human and vehicle traffic, waylaid by vendors selling anything from fresh-cut fruits to cheeky slogan tees. Behind them, gleaming malls tempt you in for some air-conditioned relief.

And yet, this doesn't feel chaotic at the least, which is perhaps the magic of Bangkok. In its kaleidoscope of people and attractions, it balances itself out. The riotous Khao San Rd is met with tranquil temples like Wat Pho and Wat Arun. The frayed nerves from catching a ride on a moped is easily soothed by a massage. And after being soaked with perspiration from a steaming tom yam hotpot, an elegant rooftop bar and its fancy cocktails welcome you just the same. With its evocative platter of offerings, spontaneous solo travelers who hate to plan can still easily fill their itinerary in this city.

The popular destination has seen intense competition from operators, so expect to find rooms at a steal and without single supplements. Hostels are sprinkled all about town, and although many are concentrated around Khao San Rd, the noise and crowds can be overwhelming. Instead, head to Chinatown or Silom for more relaxed vibes, with options like Silom Space Hostel , Kinnon Hostel , and Prince Theatre Heritage Stay offering themed experiences at incredible value.

Having just legalized same-sex marriage, the city continues to be the region's leading champion in LGBTIQ+ rights. The secret, perhaps, lies with the country's warm people, easily felt through their easy smiles and open spirit. This tolerant and inclusive atmosphere makes Bangkok an undeniably electric destination for all travelers, regardless of their background or identity, whether they're traveling alone or as part of a group.

People walk over a red bridge leading to a temple on a lake

6. Hanoi, Vietnam

Best for its unpretentious vibes

Despite decades of attention from tourists, Hanoi is one of the few cities in the region that has remained relatively unchanged by its popularity. Sure, certain cafes may have gotten a fresh coat of paint, and hotels took the chance from the pandemic to renovate, but by and large, most of the businesses remain the same, speaking to the resilience of the Vietnamese and their slow but steady ways.

More importantly, the city isn't trying to be something it's not. Locals go about their daily lives with a genuine, unpretentious spirit that keeps Hanoi feeling refreshingly authentic; which to casual observers might seem aloof, but is largely not personal. It is this unvarnished appeal that has won it fans, including from the late Anthony Bourdain .

Once you've mastered the traffic crossings (pro-tip: when the traffic thins, walk at an even pace and the vehicles will avoid you), the city opens up for easy exploration. Wander through the enchanting Old Quarter, a colorful maze of narrow streets lined with shops and street food stalls. Take a break at one of the local cafes and order a strong coffee with condensed milk, best enjoyed on a short stool as you watch the world go by. Or hover around Hoan Kiem Lake , especially on the weekends, when the roads close and residents spill into the streets, letting visitors witness buskers, dancing troops and impromptu skipping groups as a slice of local recreation. Feel free join in anytime – Vietnamese people are a sociable lot, and solo travelers will find themselves making transient connections easily. Don't be surprised if you're approached by local youths when walking about – they often just wish to practice their English skills and are more than happy to make recommendations. 

Hanoi also serves as a springboard for neighboring attractions in northern Vietnam. Sail between the dramatic limestone pillars of Halong Bay , or opt for the less crowded beauty of Lan Ha Bay , an emerging sister site. Ninh Binh 's picturesque mountains and hidden caves are similar to Halong's but on land. And for those who love to trek, Sapa 's cooler climate, breathtaking rice terraces, and local ethnic groups like the Hmong, will certainly add to a fuller Vietnam experience.

People in a standing tree pose at an outdoors yoga class

7. Bali, Indonesia

Best for wellness, beaches and digital nomads

Depending who you speak to, Bali 's transformation from small spiritual island to global mecca for alternative therapies is as much a curse as it is a gift. After both Eat, Pray, Love , both the book and 2010-movie, highlighted the destination, its popularity has seen rapid developments from an international set, adding beach clubs and pool villas stretching northwards from Kuta Beach .  

But despite what some might think, the "Island of the Gods" remains a paradise for nature lovers and spiritual seekers. The opportunity to trek through lush rice paddies in Ubud , relax on pristine beaches in South Kuta, or climb Mount Batur to witness a breathtaking sunrise are still entrancing, and Bali's rich Hindu culture is very much present in its ornate temples and daily shopfront offerings.

For solo travelers seeking like-minded individuals, meet them easily through the many activities, including ubiquitous wellness retreats and yoga classes. Furthermore, the demographic has also evolved into one welcoming of digital nomads – often clustered in the Canggu area – so those wishing to network with others can easily form connections and friendships at a local business, while sipping on cocktails or tucking into a vegan poke bowl.

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10 Most Unique Restaurants And Food Spots You Need To Try In Indonesia

  • Warmindo Abang Adek is a popular street food spot in Jakarta known for its spicy noodles, customizable to diners' desired level of heat.
  • Lara Djonggrang is a unique restaurant in Central Jakarta that offers Indonesian cuisine inspired by a royal expedition, housed in a former Dutch mansion.
  • Bandar Djakarta Seafood Restaurant in Jakarta serves fresh seafood in a stunning indoor setting, perfect for special occasions or casual dining.

Indonesia is a gem in Asia with a thriving cultural scene and tourism industry. Food is an important element of its culture, and no true Indonesian travel experience is complete without it. Visitors will be stunned by the abundant culinary delights Indonesia has to offer in its unique restaurants and street food spots. Some of these restaurants are themed, and some are not.

However, one thing is certain: travelers will embark on an unforgettable culinary journey with the variety of meals they offer. Without further ado, here are the most unique restaurants and food spots to check out when visiting Indonesia.

Warmindo Abang Adek

A food adventure in Indonesia is incomplete without noodles, and the Warmindo Abang Adek represents this category. This street food spot is in the back alleys of West Jakarta and is populated by students and locals, but that does not make it any less appealing.

This food spot has a global reputation for making some of the world's spiciest noodles. Here, Chili is added according to the requests of diners, so they have as much heat as they want.

  • Address: Jl. Mandala Utara No. 22, RW.6, Kec. Grogol Petamburan, Jakarta

Lara Djonggrang

Lara Djonggrang is a unique restaurant in the Menteng area of Central Jakarta. Everything about this restaurant is different. First, it is housed in a former Dutch mansion and doubles as a restaurant and museum. Also, the concept of its creation was inspired by an Indonesian folklore of a princess. Hence, guests receive royal treatment from the minute they enter the restaurant.

The cuisine here is inspired by the royal expedition of a Majapahit king in the 14th century. When it comes to food, Lara Djonggrang offers a wide range of Indonesian food options from Satay to shrimp, and more. It also has vegetarian-friendly meals .

  • Location: Jl. Cik Ditiro No. 4, Menteng, Jakarta

Gulai Tikungan

Gulai Tikungan is one of the busiest street scenes in Jakarta, where food is abundant. The area is filled with open-air restaurants and several food stalls that converge on the intersection between Bulungan and Mahakam streets.

However, the street is renowned for its gulai or beef curry. This particular delicacy is the main draw to this area as it is tasty, spicy, and addictive. People throng the street and sometimes have to wait in line due to the rush.

  • Location: South Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

Warteg Warmo

Warteg Warmo is one of Jakarta's popular street food spots, boasting a diverse menu with sensational dishes. It is a street food hangout for people of all classes and ages, united for a single reason — to get some of the city's best dishes at cheap prices.

While Jakarta hosts thousands of wartegs (food streets), Warteg warmo stands out and a single bite of the food offered here combined with the scenery can leave any first-time visitor hooked. Foods offered in Warteg Warmo include deep-fried potato fritters known as Perkedel, ayam rica-rica (chicken chili sauce), and paru goreng (fried cow lung).

  • Location: Jalan Tebet Timur Raya No. 1D, Tebet, South Jakarta

Bandar Djakarta Seafood Restaurant

Bandar Djakarta is a foremost restaurant in the Indonesian capital that serves some of the city's freshest seafood. The menu mostly consists of fish which is served fresh. It's an ideal spot for family and friends' special moments, couple dinners, and for lone travelers.

While the seafood on the menu is exceptional and classy, the restaurant itself is a small paradise. Its interiors are furnished to the taste and contemporary standards, making the indoor aura spectacular.

  • Address: Pintu Timur Taman Impian Jaya Ancol Jakarta - 14430
  • Visit the Bandar Djarkata Seafood Restaurant website for more information

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Mozaic Bali

Mozaic Bali is a top-tier restaurant that complies with Michelin-star standards with fine, exquisite dining and a charming environment. This one-of-a-kind restaurant features a dining room surrounded by lush gardens and a pool, making the ambiance as sensational as the meals.

The dining room is home to seasonal and vegetarian menus, courtesy of seasoned chefs. There's a tasting room to sample various dishes, and visitors can choose to dine indoors or outdoors as the mood leads them.

  • Location: Ubud, Bali
  • Visit the Mozaic website for more information

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Gianyar Night Market

The Gianyar Street Night Market is one of the finest street destinations to taste the culture of Bali and Indonesia at large. The market opens at 5 pm and from a distance, visitors will be welcomed with the aroma of delicious street food.

Across the stretch of the street are vibrant food stalls offering a wide variety of regional and Indonesian dishes. Locals love to dine here and for visitors, it's beyond street food, but an immersion into the culture of the friendly Balinese people.

  • Location: Jalan Ngurah, Near Ubud, Bali

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Koral Restaurant, Bali

Koral Restaurant at the Apurva Kempinski in Bali is one of Indonesia's most outstanding dining spots. The restaurant is dipped in the ocean and features magnificent scenery that combines with its superlative delicacies.

With fishes and other aquatic wildlife roaming around and peeping in, the restaurant promises an incredible underwater dining experience. Dining here feels extraordinary, and turning up earlier can give visitors a chance to tour the restaurant, starting from the impressive Apurva Kempinski Bali resort that houses it.

  • Address: The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, 80361, Indonesia
  • Visit the Koral Restaurant website for more information

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Keramas Aero Park

When it comes to uniqueness, the Keramas Aero Park restaurant leads in Bali. This restaurant is situated inside an abandoned plane amid the paddy fields. An abandoned plane might sound odd, but the interiors have been refined to look elegant, comfortable, and suitable for dining.

The restaurant is also close to Keramas Beach, where visitors can bask in its beauty, soak in the sun and return to nourish their stomachs. Some of the best meals on the menu here include Mozarella kitchen steak, Carbonara pizza, and Bolognese spaghetti.

  • Location: Jl. By Pass Prof. Ida Bagus Mantra KM 28, Keramas, Gianyar, Bali
  • Visit the Keramas Aero Park website for more information

Merah Putih

Merah Putih is one of the most famous restaurants in Bali City and for a good reason. It is a charming restaurant with transparent roofs and glass walls that reflect the surroundings.

This interior and exterior elegance is complemented by outstanding cuisine from its kitchen, which has since become a favorite for tourists and locals. The menu here is rich with Indonesian signature meals and international options for visitors.

  • Address: Jalan Petitenget No. 100x, Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia 80361
  • Visit the Merah Putih website for more information

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Kali ini, AirAsia Travel Fair 2024 Hadir di Medan , tepatnya di Centre Point Medan pada 12 hingga 14 Juli 2024. AATF 2024 Medan menghadirkan berbagai penawaran istimewa bagi yang ingin terbang menggunakan maskapai berbiaya hemat terbaik dunia versi Skytrax.

"Kita terus berkomitmen dalam memfasilitasi seluruh penumpang untuk bepergian melalui moda transportasi udara dengan harga yang terjangkau. Di AATF 2024 Medan, kita menggandeng PermataBank untuk menghadirkan beragam keuntungan bagi penumpang yang ingin membeli tiket penerbangan secara langsung selama acara," kata Head of Indonesia Affairs and Policy Indonesia AirAsia , Eddy Krismeidi, Jumat (12/7/2024).

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Kehadiran PermataBank di AATF 2024 Medan selain menghadirkan berbagai keuntungan dalam bentuk cashback, rewards, installment, dan potongan harga, juga merupakan komitmen untuk senantiasa memperluas segmen.

Tidak hanya itu, lanjutnya, juga memperdalam hubungan dengan mitra strategis serta nasabah dalam memberikan value terbaik.

"Diharapkan kolaborasi ini akan memberikan manfaat dalam mendorong pertumbuhan sektor pariwisata di Indonesia," ujarnya.

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Tingginya animo permintaan penerbangan dari Medan juga menarik perhatian agen perjalanan untuk mengikuti AATF 2024 Medan , begitupun dengan badan pariwisata dari beberapa negara.

Diharapkan tidak hanya wisatawan dari Indonesia saja yang berkunjung ke negara lain, tetapi juga menarik wisatawan mancanegara dari berbagai negara untuk mengunjungi keindahan pariwisata Indonesia.

Terkait hal itu, bisa mencapai target yang telah ditentukan oleh Kementerian Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif sebanyak 17 juta kunjungan wisatawan mancanegara di tahun 2024, serta memberikan kontribusi positif baik di sektor pariwisata maupun perekonomian Indonesia .

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