Bali Itinerary – Plan Your Perfect Bali Trip

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Updated September 17th, 2018.

Looking for the perfect Bali itinerary? Let us help you!

In this article, we’ll look at three options for the perfect 2-Week Itinerary in Bali, as well as a classic 10-Day Bali Itinerary, The 7 days in Bali Itinerary, and if you’re very tight on time, a jam-packed 4-Day Bali Itinerary!

The Truth about Bali

Bali is not some tiny tropical paradise that can be explored in a matter of days. Despite common preconceptions, Bali is a large and busy island with many different locations to base yourself and a variety of sights to visit. While you’re sure to do your fair share of lying on the beach, Bali offers hundreds of activities and adventures for those who want to stray from their sun lounger…

From the crowded beaches of the south to the rice fields of the centre, the rugged eastern coast and the little-visited north, there’s a lot to think about when planning your Bali trip.

Where should you base yourself? Which places should you avoid and which sights should you skip? With so many contrasting opinions online, not to mention hundreds of hotels and travel companies vying for your attention, working out the best Bali itinerary 2 weeks can provide you with can be overwhelming!

To help you plan, here are a collection of Bali itineraries designed to suit your time-scale and, most importantly, your personality! Don’t forget to also check out our travel guide to Bali here for more detailed information on each location, where to stay and things to do.

Bali, Indonesia
Catching an amazing sunset in Bali is unavoidable whichever Bali travel itinerary you choose!

Our three recommended Bali Itineraries:

  • The Classic: This is the most popular Bali Backpacking Itinerary.
  • The Adventure Junkie: If lazing on the beach is your idea of hell!
  • The Beach Bum: If you want to chill and visit Bali’s best beaches!

For more inspiration check out our detailed Bali Travel Guide here.

2 Week Bali Itinerary – 3 Options…

Plan your perfect Bali Itinerary!

Bali 2 Weeks: THE CLASSIC ITINERARY

If you’re looking for the perfect fortnight in Bali that mixes beaches and countryside with a sprinkling of culture, the “Classic Bali Itinerary” is for you!

Bali Itinerary "The Classic"

Days 1-3: Canggu

When you touch down in Bali, it’s important to know exactly where you’re headed to stay. Canggu is a great choice. It’s beautiful, full of cool cafés and trendy bars, as well as yoga schools, yet it still maintains a super relaxed vibe, unlike some of Bali’s other beach towns. In our opinion, basing yourself in Canggu is a much better choice than the popular party beach town of Kuta, which was actually voted the worst place in Southeast Asia in our recent readers poll! (That said, Kuta is a great place for a day or two’s surf lesson!)

Day 1 in Canggu: During your stay in Canggu, it’s worthwhile to dedicate a day to sightseeing. Make your way to the royal water temple of Pura Taman Ayun for a quiet retreat away from the crowds. This temple is huge and surrounded by a moat. The tranquil temple is home to many multi-tiered shrines and a serene garden. There’s a market close to the temple which offers many simple options for lunch after your visit.

Another place to visit on your day of sightseeing is the famous Tanah Lot Temple. This is a good option for the latter half of your day, as it is one of the most popular places to catch the sunset in Bali. Pura Tanah Lot is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple and is super well-known as an ideal spot for photography.

Day 2 in Canggu: If you’re looking to get your juices flowing during your stay in Canggu, take a morning yoga class. There are a collection of studios to choose from depending on your yoga preferences. You’ll find many pilates classes available as well.

You’ll probably work up an appetite at your yoga or pilates class, so why not take yourself to a cooking class to follow it up? Take the time to learn the ancient recipes using traditional and indigenous techniques and ingredients, and of course, you get to eat the finished products!

Day 3 in Canggu/Kuta: Don’t deprive yourself of the chance to simply chill out while you’re in Bali. Head to the beach, relax and take in a little Vitamin Sea! Or, if lying on the beach is your idea of hell and you’re feeling much more energetic, make your way to nearby Kuta, which is just an hour away from Canggu, for a surf lesson!

Make it back to Canggu just in time to watch the sunset and hang out in the area’s trendy bars in the evening. 

Days 4-6: Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida

If your main goal in Bali is to relax as much as possible and absorb the tranquillity of the beaches, you’re better off avoiding Southern Bali altogether, and instead, heading to Bali’s beautiful offshore islands. You’ll even be able to fit in some great snorkelling in between relaxing periods!

You can visit the tiny nearby island of Nusa Lembongan for a day trip or an overnight stay. Just take the 45-minute ferry from Bali’s Sanur Beach. Nusa Lembongan is home to a few gorgeous beaches, is great for exploring and snorkelling (as well as diving), not to mention the popular sunset spot Devil’s Tears. 

For the beach vibe with more of an adventurous edge, head to rugged and off the beaten track, Nusa Penida. The best way to get around the various beaches on the island is by hiring a motorbike. The beaches are wild and full of untamed nature to explore. Make sure you take the time to visit the island’s waterfalls which are out of this world.

Days 7-10: Ubud

When you make your way to the Ubud, one of the first thing’s you want to do is to enjoy the amazing Campuhan Ridge Walk. This free and easy trek in nature leads you through nine kilometres of beautiful, lush hills and will remind you why you came to Bali in the first place.

If eating and walking are two of your favourite things, check out this self-guided food walking tour of Ubud.

One of the most popular and famous tourist attractions in Bali, the Teggalang Rice Terraces are not to be missed. You’ll get an up-close look at the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system and take in the beautiful Indonesian scenery. Whether you’re a painter or simply enjoy taking photos, this spot will not disappoint. There are many art kiosks and cafes near the ledge too.

Ubud offers many choices when it comes to activities that will keep you entertained and leave you with memories from your trip. You can take a traditional cooking class, visit the Yoga Barn for a refreshing yoga or meditation class, or check out the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Just be sure to wear mosquito repellant, don’t take any snacks with you and don’t feed the monkeys!

Another expedition to take during your time in Ubud is a day trip to the Tibumana Waterfall. One of Bali’s best-kept secrets, this waterfall is 15 kilometres from Ubud in the village of Apuan. Keep your eyes peeled during the journey to the waterfall, as this is what makes the trip worthwhile. You’ll pass through quaint villages surrounded by temples, banana trees, coconut palms, and rice fields. There’s a changing room near the waterfall if you’re up for a swim!

Waterfall in Bali, Indonesia.
Travellers visit Tibumana Waterfall on an 18-Day Bali Adventure with Tru Travels.

While you’re spending time in Ubud, why not rent a motorbike and explore the area on your own. You can take a short trip just 16 kilometres away to the beautiful village Sebatu and experience authentic local village life.

Days 11-13: Amed

As the end of your trip nears, treat yourself to some time along the chilled out coast of East Bali. You will find yourself surrounded by beaches with unusual black sand and many charming fishing villages. To make your stay as pleasant as possible, stay at the wonderful Geria Giri Shanti Bungalows. The bungalows are spacious, clean, and air-conditioned. Enjoy the friendly staff, tasty breakfast, and unlimited juice.

If you’re an experienced diver or looking to try it out for the first time, you can venture out to the awesome Liberty Shipwreck. This spot is the most popular diving spot in Bali thanks to its healthy coral growth and abundance of underwater life. You’ll enjoy the rainbow of colours from coral and tropical fish. No need to worry if diving isn’t your thing, it is also possible to snorkel around the shipwreck at low tide.

Day 14: Kuta

For your final day in Bali, welcome the party vibes in Kuta. Celebrate the memories you’ve made in Bali in this tacky but fun area. You can visit the quirky Upside Down World, enjoy a waterpark, and stop by a number of other touristy attractions. Keep the drinks flowing throughout the day and finish your Bali adventure with a bang!

After the ‘Classic Itinerary’ where to go next? 

If you have more time left on your Bali travel itinerary, why not make your way to the Gili Islands next? These three tiny tropical islands offer something different for every type of traveller. Check out our guides to the Gili Islands here…

Bali 2 Weeks: THE ADVENTURE JUNKIE

If lazing on the beach is your idea of hell, this adrenalin-pumping itinerary is for you!

Surfing at Sanur, Bali.

Day 1: Kuta

Start your adventurous journey in Bali in Kuta. Although the town is a bit tacky and has a notorious party scene, it’s still a great place to catch some surf for a day or two! If you’re a beginner, take a surf lesson and learn to catch your first wave!

Days 2-3: Sanur

When you first arrive in Sanur, you may not understand what this town has to do with adventure. Nicknamed ‘Snore,’ there really isn’t much to do here. However, what you’re looking for is the abandoned water park of Taman Festival! The completely derelict park does not attract locals because of the spirits said to roam the grounds, yet urban explorers will delight at the rusting attractions and deteriorating grounds, which make for alternative Instagram photos! If you like the feel of haunted houses, this is not an experience you want to miss out on. However, watch out for the rumoured man-eating crocodiles!

When you’re feeling hungry in Sanur, why not grab a bike and hit the Foodie Cycling Tour. You’ll spend half the day exploring the Sanur area, visiting the exotic traditional market, and tasting a variety of delicious dishes.

Days 4-6: Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a must-visit destination for experienced surfers. Unfortunately, the breaks are too rough for beginners. Even if you don’t surf, you will enjoy the scenery and what many people say are some of the most beautiful beaches in Bali.

If you’re looking to join in on the adventurous spirit but don’t have surfing skills, try snorkelling. You’re sure to see some unique sights as you explore beneath the water’s surface.

Make sure you don’t leave Nusa Lembongan without diving with the manta rays at the famous Manta Point. The best time to see the rays is in July and August. You’ll swim with the current among fish and turtles as you patiently await the spectacular and unbelievably huge manta rays.

Day 7: Nusa Penida

After you leave Nusa Lembongan, head to the nearby rugged island of Nusa Penida. Spend this day however you please. Go trekking or rent a motorbike and explore all the hidden corners of this wild and untamed island that has amazing wildlife to discover. Who knows what treasures you will find?

Days 8-10: Ubud City Center

Head back to Ubud City Center and integrate with the crowds. You will find that you are presented with a wide range of adventure opportunities during your stay in Ubud. If you’re in the mood for a trek, you can climb Mount Batur for a 1-day sunrise trip or 2-day camping trip. The trek to the top of the active volcano will take about 2 hours for a fit hiker.

One thing you don’t want to miss when you’re in Ubud is the gorgeous scenery at the Teggalang Rice Terraces. Rent a motorbike and make your way there to observe the Balinese irrigation system and browse the art kiosks. Keep your camera at the ready!

Block out a good amount of time to fully take in the Campuhan Ridge Walk. This free trek takes you up and into the central highlands of Ubud. Wear good hiking shoes and breathe in the fresh air along the nine-kilometre walk. Plan to take this trek either early in the morning for the sunrise or in the late afternoon for the sunset when the temperature is cool.

Days 11-14: Amed or Padangbai

Whether you decide to visit Amed or Padangbai, you will have excellent diving options. In Amed, you can dive the Liberty Shipwreck and feast your eyes on the colourful coral growth and thriving underwater life. If you’re not a diver, you can also go snorkelling around the Shipwreck at Low Tide.

If you find yourself in Padangbai, visit the Blue Lagoon Beach for diving or snorkelling. To see rare species of fish and crustaceans that hide during the day, dive the Blue Lagoon at night. You may even see sharks up close and personal!

To wrap up your adventurous trip to Bali, spend some time chilling on the gorgeous black sandy beaches of Bali’s east coast.

Where does the adventure junkie go next? 

As you’re relaxing and getting ready to leave Bali, plan your next move to the nearby island Lombok, Bali’s less-visited little sister. Here, you can climb the epic Mount Rinjani on a 2-day trek if you’ve still got any energy left! You can catch the boat to Lombok right from Padangbai.

Bali 2 Weeks: THE BEACH BUM

This itinerary is the one for you if you want to spend your two weeks getting plenty of beach action and working on your tan!

Beach life in Bali on the Bali Itinerary for Beach Bums

Days 1-3: Canggu

If beautiful scenery, the smell of the ocean, and swimming are what you’re after on your trip to Bali, start in Canggu. As soon as you land, you will feel like you’ve been transported to another time and land where all there is to do is relax!

Take advantage of the beautiful beaches, do some yoga in between swims, while away hours at cool cafés and meet other people who are enjoying their downtime just as much as you.

Insert yourself into Canggu’s social life by spending time at the trendy bars in the area. What vibe do the bars in Canggu have? Relaxed, of course!

Day 4: Kuta

For more sun, sand, and waves, spend a day in Kuta. Treat yourself to a surfing lesson. There are even options for total beginners. You’ll want to head out in the early morning or as the sun starts to set. Maybe make your way back to Canggu for a relaxed nightcap.

Days 5-7: Nusa Lembongan

If you thought that Canggu was relaxed, just wait until you set foot on the beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan! This island is less crowded than Bali’s busy southern shores and home to a collection of breathtaking beaches, some say the best in Bali. Wear your best bikini (or board shorts!), bring a good book, and let the hours pass as the sun kisses your skin.

For a change of pace, you can go snorkelling or diving. One of the most popular spots for beautiful snorkelling and diving on Nusa Lembongan is Crystal Bay. The secluded cove is home to an array of colourful fish and coral and is the spot to look for the famous Mola Mola or Sunfish (only for divers as these fish hang out in deep waters). The current can be very strong and pull downward, so Crystal Bay is best suited to experienced divers.

Day 8: Nusa Penida

Spend a day on this gorgeous untamed island and let your inner explorer run wild. Rent a motorbike and let the island amaze you with its hidden nooks and crannies filled with rugged wildlife. This is nature at its best!

Days 9-10: Seminyak

For a taste of the grander things that Bali has to offer, head to the trendy Seminyak for a couple of days. This beach resort area is home to many luxury hotels, villas, and spas, and offers high-end shopping and dining.

Seminyak is a great place to go if you’re looking for the flashpacker experience for a couple of days. Enjoy the world-class cuisine and put on your best clothes for a night out on the town! You’re likely to meet up with many other people from around the world who have stopped into Bali’s most stylish area for a night or two.

Days 11-14: West Bali or the Gili Islands

As your trip to Bali winds down, you can choose to head to the West coast of Bali or hop on over to the Gili Islands.

The beaches on the west coast of Bali are pretty deserted, making for a very relaxed and pure experience. You’ll find a collection of low-key Bali resorts to stay in.

Where does the adventure junkie go next? 

If you’re not interested in the west coast of Bali, head to the Gili Islands for the last few days of your trip or for another week or two! Choose between Gili Trawangan (the best for backpacker) Gili Meno (the couples island) or Gili Air (a bit of both!) These beautiful tropical islands have something to offer everyone, plus amazing snorkelling right from the beach! See if you can spot any sea turtles which are very common in the seas around the Gilis.

10 Day Itinerary Bali

There’s no need to despair if you will only be in Bali for a week and a half. You can simply shorten one of the above itineraries by spending less time in each place or removing one spot altogether. You could also follow this Bali 10 Day Itinerary… (See above for more detail on each location).

Ubud, Bali Rice fields

Days 1-2: Canggu

Canggu is a great place to base yourself with lots of cool cafés, yoga classes and a relaxed vibe. From here, you can check out the most popular sights of Bali, including the famous Tanah Lot Temple. Relax at the area’s trendy bars in the evening.

Days 3-5: Ubud

Pack as much as you can into your 3 days in beautiful Ubud. Take a cooking class, visit the Teggalang Rice Terraces, and check out the Holy Spring Temple. Try to squeeze in some time at the waterfalls and Monkey Forest, as well.

Days 6-7: Kuta

Head to Kuta for a day learning how to surf. For beginners, the waves are small and manageable and even if you don’t even manage to stand up on your board, your day is guaranteed to be a lot of fun!

Days 8-10: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

Split your last few days in Bali between these two beautiful off-shore islands. Enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches and explore the rugged nature of the islands by rented motorbike.

If you’re looking to explore Bali and meet like-minded people, why not take a group tour. This 10-Day Bali Experience with our buddies, Tru Travels, is one of the best Bali group tours around!

Bali Itinerary 7 Days

To get the most of the week that you plan to spend in Bali, you can trim down the previous itinerary by cutting a day or two spent in each spot or, you could leave out one location altogether. Or, even better, why not try this 1 week Bali itinerary? (See above for more detail on each location).

Rice Fields of Ubud, Bali
The incredible rice fields of Ubud, Bali.

Days 1-3: Canggu

Start your holiday by diving deep into a relaxed state. Spend time on gorgeous beaches and breathe in the fresh air. Visit the popular tourist attractions including the temples. Why not hop over to Nusa Lembongan for a 1-day snorkelling trip?

Day 4-6: Ubud

Spend 3 days in Ubud City Center and take advantage of a large number of excursions and adventures available to you. Be sure to join in on a cooking class, visit Telumban Waterfall and visit the Teggalang Rice Terraces.

Day 7: Kuta

Leave Bali on a high note. Head to Kuta on your last day for a memorable surfing lesson, then enjoy the area’s notorious nightlife and celebrate the time you’ve enjoyed in Bali.

4 Day Bali Itinerary

When you’re on a long weekend break and are lucky enough to have the opportunity to hop over to the ‘Island of the Gods’, check out this Bali 4 day itinerary. (See above for more detail on each location).

If you only have four days to spend here, our suggestion is to base yourself in one place instead of moving around and take advantage of the vast number of day trips on offer. We feel that Canggu is the best location to plant yourself to have easy access to the sights and absorb the most of Bali whilst staying in calm surroundings. Without further ado, we present the best 4 day itinerary Bali has to offer!

Canggu Beach, Bali
The quieter Canggu Beach, Bali.
  • Day 1: Explore the Tanah Lot Temple. The beautiful temple will help you clear your mind and fill your camera!
  • Day 2: Head to the offshore island of Nusa Lembongan for a one day snorkelling day trip.
  • Day 3: Take a trip to Kuta for a fun and inspiring surfing lesson. Beginners are welcome!
  • Day 4: Spend your last day in Bali winding down in Canggu. Soak up the sun on the beach, take a yoga class, get a massage, and eat delicious local food. You’ll leave Bali feeling like a new person!

Bali is a beautiful island that has something to offer people with all types of personalities. Find the itinerary that speaks to you and start planning your trip!

If you have any more suggestions for the perfect 2-Week, 10 Days or 7 Days Bali Itinerary, we’d love you to write them in the comments below…

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