3 Day Itinerary: Making the most of your Time
Do you only have 3 days to explore this majestic island and are a bit worried that you won’t be able to visit all that it has to offer? Well, don’t worry because we got you covered! We’ve packed a 3-day itinerary filled with beaches, culture, and soothing green paddy fields for your trip since we’re here to help you make the most of your vacation.
Airport - Uluwatu - Kuta - Seminyak
Arriving at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, we would recommend renting out a private car from the transportation company at the airport and bargaining the price, in the beginning, to make sure there are no additional costs.
Head to Uluwatu, which is a 30-minute drive from the airport, and try to make a stop at Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park to spot the iconic landmark boasting the tallest statue in Indonesia.
The next stop would be enjoying the many hidden beaches of Uluwatu such as Padang Padang (where the movie "Eat Pray Love" was filmed), Tebing Pantai Balangan (with its spectacular cliff views), and Pantai Tegal Wangi (which hides a cave) which are all worth visiting.
End the first day in either Kuta or Seminyak (which are a walking distance from one another) and enjoy a nice dinner - there are a bunch of options from high-end restaurants, cafes, to traditional street food or a simple stroll around the area and explore the nightlife.
Rise and shine for the 2nd day! It’s time to feel your inner Zen in the North of Ubud.
Feast your eyes on the spectacular Tegalalang Rice Terraces, a lovely Instagrammable site.
Take photos of the beautiful sunrise, walk across the rice paddies, and sample free coffee. Pura Taman Saraswati, an elegant Hindu temple known for its water garden and lotus pond, is a must-see.
Lunch alternatives include Sweet Orange Warung, Mandapa's Sawah Terrace, Warung Lemongrass, and the famous Bebek Tepi Sawah, which is the classic Balinese take on dirty duck. Take a glimpse of the Ubud Royal Palace's Balinese art and architecture before you go rafting on the Ayung River, and pick up some souvenirs at the Ubud Art Market to wrap up your day in Ubud.
Start your day bright and early in Canggu cus it’s time for a mandatory surf lesson in Batu Bolong beach, it doesn’t cost much to hire a surf instructor and it’s worth every penny.
After a fun surf lesson, why not explore Canggu and discover your next favorite cafes - there is a selection of delicious and healthy cafes to opt from that would fit your dietary needs from pescetarian to vegan.
To commemorate your last day in Bali, explore the beautiful art markets that Canggu has to offer and pick up some handcrafted goods.
Until next time, have a safe flight & Om Swastiastu.
1 Week: First time in Bali? Here’s where you should go
This 7-day Bali itinerary will let you experience and do everything that Bali has to offer. From lively marketplaces, local hangouts, and ancient temples to pristine beaches, lush jade-colored jungles, and dreamy islands just a short boat ride away!
Kuta - Seminyak
You'll be arriving at the one international airport in Bali: Ngurah Rai International Airport in Kuta, and while you could stay in Kuta for the night, we suggest heading directly to the Canggu or Seminyak area.
There are several lovely villas and hotels in the area, and you can spend your days lounging by the beach, sampling the local cuisine, surfing, or getting a traditional massage at one of the spas which are highly recommended.
Seminyak - Canggu
The second day should be filled with relaxation, stroll around the streets of Seminyak and explore the cute shops and restaurants. Another thing both Seminyak and Canggu have in common is amazing beach clubs.
Seminyak is commonly known as a more upscale area compared to Canggu which has a more relaxed vibe and is filled to the brim with a huge digital nomad community.
Some must-visit beach clubs include Finn's beach club, Potato Head, Ku De Ta, Mrs. Sippy, the Lawn, La Brisa, and Woo Bar.
Day 3 - 4
The Ubud Art Market is a great place to start your Ubud travel itinerary and get a glimpse of unique local handicrafts.
After exploring the Art Market head to Campuhan Ridge Walk, a 45-minute hike that offers sweeping views over lush hilltops and gorgeous rice fields and is just a short walk from Cafe Lotus, one of Ubud's greatest eateries. It's the perfect area for a morning jog or a casual stroll.
Another must-visit is The Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana or Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, which is a Hindi temple complex surrounded by lush greenery and tall ancient trees. There are three temples in the complex, as well as numerous small walks and roads to explore.
Next up on the list of places to visit in Ubud is Pura Tirta Empul, a majestic Hindi water temple known for its holy water that is often used for cleansing ceremonies.
There's also a large koi pond, a boiling hot springs pond, and a plethora of intriguing statuary strewn over the grounds. Remember to dress modestly and cover up before visiting the premises, as you would at other sacred sites in Bali. You can also rent a sarong and sash at the temple's entryway.
Take a day trip to Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is the ideal day trip from Bali, with blue waters teeming with colorful marine life. The beautiful island is only a 30-minute quick boat journey from Sanur and is the ideal place to learn about Indonesia's rich biodiversity and pristine landscape.
There's plenty to do on the island in addition to the wonderful snorkeling! Devil's Tears, Panorama Point, and Dream beach are just a few of the attractions. Don't forget to bring your camera since you'll want to shoot a lot of shots!
A trip to Sekumpul waterfall
If you're looking for a taste of nature away from the city, the Sekumpal waterfalls in Bali's mountains are the most stunning (and highest) of the island's waterfalls.
There are several waterfalls in Bali, each of which is special in its own right, but if you only have time to visit one, I recommend this one. If you're feeling very daring, hire a native guide to accompany you on your hike to the falls. Both Seminyak and Ubud are around a 2- to 3-hour drive away (the earlier you arrive the better).
Finish your journey on the beach in Bali's south-western area, relaxing in one of the island's well-known beach resort towns. Uluwatu is the ideal combination of elegance, relaxation, and modern Balinese living.
OMNIA is a great place to spend the day. Bali: OMNIA is unquestionably Bali's most opulent beach club and a must-visit destination. From its large cliff-side infinity pool, this internationally-known facility offers breathtaking views of the ocean. Their poolside dining buffet and separate sushi restaurant will keep you satiated all day as you relax by the poolside, and at night, world-famous DJs will bring the dance floor to life.
If you want a more cultural experience, go to the Uluwatu Temple: This sacred place, perched on a high cliff about 70 meters above sea level, offers breathtaking views of Bali's coastline as well as a fascinating Kecak dance spectacle every day at dusk.
A sight to behold before your flight out of Bali.
2 Week Bali Itinerary: Off the beaten Path and Hidden Gems
From the colorful offerings and Canang-filled streets to the lush green horizon of rice fields and palm trees, the turquoise blue ocean with the spectacular underwater world, the Indonesian hospitality, stunning temples, and intricate architectures, and the beautiful smiles on local people's faces, there is something awe-inspiring about the island of Bali.
Here, we’re going to delve into what you can do for 14 days in this island paradise with your Travel buddies.
Jimbaran & Uluwatu
Let's start with the classic, after arriving at Ngurah Rai International you can book a private car that is available from the numerous transport companies stationed in the airport or if you’re more into public transport - there will be a bus near the domestic arrival parking lot to take you around the island.
Another option is to take an online taxi such as Indonesia’s very own Gojek, at times Gojek drivers are only allowed to pick up passengers outside of the airport so expect to take a short walk outside.
What to do if you arrive in Bali in the morning:
Explore the beaches of course! Take out your sunnies and sunblock and let's go on an adventure in Paradise:
- Pandawa Beach, a gorgeous and tranquil beach with sound pillowy sand and dazzling turquoise waves, is one of the must-visit beaches. There are a few beach clubs around the area if you choose to relax there instead.
- Suluban Beach, another beautiful beach, is situated beneath towering coves and is known for its underground caverns, which can be accessed through stairs. It's a great area to take photos.
Don’t forget to bring an extra bottle of water since those stairs can be quite brutal.
- Tegal Wangi Beach, near Jimbaran, just outside of Uluwatu, is known for its "natural jacuzzi" holes, where you can sit and get massaged by the waves. This beach is close to Ayana Resort & Spa's Rock Bar.
What to do if you arrive in Bali during the afternoon/evening:
After getting the transportation you should head directly to Uluwatu temple: it is a magnificent temple standing 70m above the Indian ocean which dates back all the way to the 10th century, you can also catch a glimpse of the Kecak Fire Dance, a traditional dance ceremony that depicts the legend of Ramayana.
We would recommend booking the tickets online to avoid any inconvenience.
What to do if you arrive in Bali in the evening/Night:
Go to Rock Bar for sunset drinks:
The iconic Rock Bar at the Ayana hotel is the most popular site in Bali to watch the sunset while sipping refreshing cocktails or nibbling on decadent appetizers. The Rock Bar is perched atop a rock with breathtaking views of the ocean. Because space is limited, we would suggest following the smart attire dress code.
Candlelight seafood dinner in Jimbaran
Jimbaran has a wide array of seafood cafes selection for you and your travel buddy to choose from and all of them are famous for their Jimbaran style grilled fish, although the base flavor of these dishes are the same – each cafe has a unique take on it.
Some might be a little bit more on the spicier side, tangier, or even sweeter. Expect to arrive in a beachside eatery with musicians serenading you and a walk on the beach afterward.
Our personal favorite every time we visit is to get the roasted corn from the beach vendors (they’re quite noticeable with their cart filled with roasted corn) and to always order the grilled clams.
Day 2 - 3 Explore Seminyak
The first two days of your Bali itinerary are dedicated to settling in and getting a feel for the island. Eating delicious food, relaxing at chic bars, lying on fantastic beaches, watching magnificent sunsets, and participating in adrenaline-pumping activities are just a few of the exciting activities available in Seminyak, Bali's hippest area.
Here are some suggestions to try out in Seminyak:
Chill in double six beach
The beach is known for having gentle and calm waves that are perfect if you’re learning how to surf or on a sunset stroll, there are a bunch of cozy beach clubs that you can sit at or just grab a coconut at the local stalls.
One of the most popular spots on the beach is called “La Planca” you might’ve noticed the colorful beanbags from miles away dotting the eatery, be sure to come in early and save yourself a spot before sunset.
A local favorite would be “Bakso Gerobak Biru” which directly translates to “Blue cart meatballs” a popular meatball cart that serves Indonesian traditional meatballs with a rich broth.
Try a Balinese cooking class
One of the most wholesome ways to get to know a country’s culture is through food and Seminyak is not in shortage of amazing eateries but why not try cooking class to learn a new skill set to take home? It’s also a fun way to get to know more people.
Now you’ll have another chance to impress your guest at the next dinner party!
Visit Tanah lot temple
Tanah Lot, a 30-minute drive from Seminyak is located in the outskirts of Canggu, is one of Bali's most beautiful temples. It's easy to see why the Hindu temple is a popular destination for a plethora of visitors either for religious purposes, chasing sunsets, or even Instagrammers since Tanah Lot temple is perched atop a jutting out of the sea rock, that provides an amazing view of the Indian ocean.
You'll have to pay a little admission fee to enter the shrine, but it'll be well worth it just to see the breathtaking vistas. If you want to visit the temple, make sure to check the tidal schedule because you can only go inside during low tide.
Walk and shop
Seminyak's main pedestrian strip is called Jalan Laksmana, where you'll find a diverse range of clothing boutiques from international and local designers, as well as art galleries, stylish restaurants, and cafes.
Take advantage of some of Seminyak's best yoga studios:
Yoga Shala, which also has a terrific raw-vegan cafe on site, and Olop Iyengar Studio, which is set in a traditional Balinese home and garden are two popular yoga studios in Bali.
Nightlife in Seminyak
As one of the best areas for nightlife in Bali, Seminyak is definitely where you want to be if dancing all night getting a hangover brunch is your idea of a good night out. We would definitely recommend these clubs: ShiShi, Mirror, La Favela (it can have a super long queue so the earlier you arrive the better), OMNIA (a 30-minute drive from Seminyak)
Day 4 - 5 Ubud
The next leg of your journey takes you away from the beaches and into the jungle. Ubud is known for being the place to go if you want to find inner peace, and the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" brilliantly encapsulates the zen paradise of this region of the island.
Whereas Seminyak and Canggu are vibrant and energetic, Ubud will provide you peace and serenity in a stunning lush green location.
If you googled Bali, one of the pictures that pop up would be a picture of a temple, the temple itself is called the Lampuyang Hindu Temple in the eastern part of Bali. The temple became a super popular photo spot thanks to the locals who figured out an incredible trick to take a picture in front of the gate of the temple which is now dubbed as the “Gates of Heaven”.
And what is the trick you might ask? Angling a mirror underneath the camera lens to create a water-like effect.
It is a 2-3 hour drive from Seminyak/ Canggu and you would want to arrive early to beat the queue.
Day 7 - 9
On the 7th day, it’s time to explore a whole new island: The Gili Islands, Gili is technically a part of Lombok which is Bali’s equally beautiful sister island that boasts pristine beaches and one of the only 14 pink beaches in the world!
We would recommend staying at least 2 days in the Gili Islands and exploring the surrounding islands (Gili). Take a fast boat from Sanur to Gili Islands which would roughly take 2 hours or more to reach.
The Gili Islands, which are located on Lombok's northern coast, are made up of three small islands: Gili Air, Meno, and Gili Trawangan. While each island has its own personality, they are all breathtakingly lovely! Expect crystal blue water teeming with gems, isolated white beaches bordered by swaying palm trees, and a plethora of trendy beach bars to pass the time.
What's the best part? Vehicles such as cars and motorbikes are not allowed on the island, making it very calm! You can rent a bike, stroll, or use a cidomo (horse-drawn carriage) to go around! Using a Cidomo is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Canggu is Bali's most popular tourist destination, attracting digital nomads, surfers, skateboarders, yogis, foodies, and visitors from all over the world. It's safe to say that Canggu is a must-see on your trip to the Island of the Gods.
It has everything a traveler needs such as healthy cafés, an array of yoga studios, gyms, co-working spaces, bars, nightclubs, skateparks, tattoo studios, world-class surf beaches, music venues, local markets, hostels, beach resorts, and the list goes on and on!
What to do in Canggu?
Spend the day at Finn's Beach Club and Finn's VIP:
Finn's Beach Club and Finn's VIP are two of Bali's most popular beach clubs/pool bars. It's posh without being stuffy, and the enormous venue is situated on the shore, offering spectacular views all day and night. There are various pools and eating options, as well as premium amenities including a champagne bar and full-service penthouses at Finn's VIP.
Breakfast in Bettlenut café
A charming café that serves smoothies, coffee, healthy meals, and delectable sweets.
Brunch in Crate Cafe:
An ultra-hipster coffee shop with vibrant murals and industrial-chic design that provides delicious meals at a fair price with a view of the rice paddies.
Day 12 - 13
Nusa Penida Day Trip
One of the most popular day trips from Bali is to Nusa Penida Island, which is known for its dinosaur shape. Beautiful secret coves and panoramic views can be found all across the island, and a series of steep steps provide incredible photo opportunities.
Here are some of the must-visit beaches in Nusa Penida:
We would recommend staying at least a night in Nusa Penida to avoid the hoards of people visiting for a day trip to the island, it’s one of those locations in the world where nature can make you feel small. You can also hike down to the beach below, it can be a rough trek down so prepare yourself and definitely take a pair of shoes with you.
Another Nusa Penida beauty is Angel's Billabong, a natural infinity pool formed between massive rocks. Be extremely cautious if you really want to swim there because powerful tides might be unpredictable.
Located directly across the street from Angel's Billabong, the name of the place comes from an arch carved out at the cove's edge.
The last day in paradise should be spent revisiting your favorite spots on the island and maybe trying out some local dishes here and there. A staple dish that you should try is the Babi Guling (Balinese Traditional suckling pig) which is a crowd favorite.
Followed by shopping around in the art market of Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta to take something back home as a souvenir.
And that wraps up your 2 weeks holiday in Bali, although we do wish you can stay longer :)
Thank you & Om Swastiastu