We receive daily emails requesting a suggested itinerary for a Bali visit. I have created this page to help Bali travelers who want to know the ideal time to go to Bali and what to do when you're there. My answer is, any time you can get to Bali, GO! However, Bali is a long way for most travelers so I suggest ideally 7-14 days.
Here is a suggested 10 day Itinerary. The cost depends upon what your budget is and what hotel you stay at. *Please note Bali Advisor can arrange transport and guides for our suggested outings.
Day 1) Arrive in Bali. Go to your hotel and immediately get a massage.
I recommend going to the beach upon arrival in Bali. This gives you time to acclimate and get over jet lag. Which beach you ask. Depends upon your interests, budget and life style. 4 DAYS
Nusa Dua Beach: 1/2 hour from the airport. The Nusa Dua area isolated from the rest of the island is at the Eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula at Southern tip of Bali. The beaches are beautiful long white sand and safe for swimming and the hotels are among the best in Bali. Nusa Dua is very secure as there are 3 man gates checking ID's of anyone entering the area. I prefer this area if you are bringing children to Bali. Water sports activities are plentiful here from diving, snorkeling, fishing, banana boat riding and parasailing.
Sanur Beach: 1/2 hour from the airport. Sheltered by a coral reef, the grand mountains of central Bali compose a superb view east across the bay. The yellow sand beach is safe and numerous water sports - swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, outrigger sailing and windsurfing - are available.
Kuta Beach: 45minutes from the airport, but traffic can be slower. The popular holiday areas of Kuta, Tuban (south Kuta) and Legian front a gentle curve of coastline just north of the airport. These beaches are among the most beautiful in Bali, famous for great waves, sunsets, and night life. These beaches are for the younger and more active tourist who come to Bali to party.
Seminyak and Canggu: 45minutes to 1 hour from the airport (depends upon time of day). Seminyak is like the Beverly Hills of Bali with mostly upscale and luxury accommodation and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars. It is famous for great waves and stunning sunsets. If you like style and luxury and like to be in with the fashion and in crowd this beach is perfect for you.
NOW YOU HAVE YOUR HOME BASED PICKED OUT FOR THE FIRST 4 NIGHTS HERE ARE SOME ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN DO FROM YOUR HOTEL WHEN NOT ON THE BEACH OR IN THE SPA.
Day 2) I recommend relaxing at the hotel pool and beach and spa. Your hotel will probably have a spa, but some can be expensive. If you want the Spa experience, but not pay the hotel prices, I recommend Bali Orchid Spa. They will pick you up at your hotel.
Day 3) Snorkel trip to Nusa Lembongan. These two islands just off Bali's east coast offer drift-diving in mild to strong currents. The water is cold but often startlingly clear, with gorgeous corals, prolific fish, some turtles, reef sharks and, from July to mid-November, Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish).
Day 4) Visit Tanah Lot Temple. The temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Go at sunset to see the beautiful sunset. This temple is 1.5 hours from Nusa Dua and Sanur Beach, and 1 Hour from Kuta and Legian beach, and 45 minutes from Seminyak and Canggu. Or, try >Horseback Riding. We highly recommend Island Horse as the best and only horseback riding company in Bali that meets our standards. Their stables are located near the quiet Seaside village of Yeh Gangga, just west of the most photographed and sacred temples in Bali called Tanah Lot.
These are just a few island activities that you can enjoy from which ever beach you choose. Remember to take some time slow down and enjoy the beach.
Day 5) Move to Ubud. Unless you're devoted to the beach, I suggest you spend 4 nights in Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. Ubud is now one of the major tourist destinations in Bali. Ubud is 1 hour and 30 minutes from the airport. It is the epicenter for music and dance and a mecca for dining and shopping.
See our Ubud hotel page for accommodations in Ubud. Accommodations in Ubud range from Luxury Villas to Home stays. We will be glad to assist you in choosing your place to stay.
Day 6) Ubud Market place: Early morning visit to see the market over flow with sellers and buyers. You can combine this visit with a Cooking Class and in the afternoon visit the Monkey Forest. The Monkey Forest of Ubud is a very sacred Balinese Hindu site with a Balinese temple; one of the most popular tourist spots in Ubud.
Day 7) Central Bali's Water temples and ancient ruins. If you are interested in Bali's temples and culture I highly suggesting taking this tour. Or if you're into more adventure, Rafting, Volcano Climbing and Biking are tours that you can take from Ubud.
Day 8) Walks in the Ubud area are some of my favorite in Bali. That eve go to a Balinese Dance performance. The core of Balinese culture is dance and drama, which is traditionally performed during temple festivals, however there is a dance performance almost every night in Bali. My favorite group is Gamelan Semara Ratih.
Day 9) Return to the beach for your last night. It's always nice to return to the beach for your last night in Bali and have a romantic dinner on the beach. To mix it up I would suggest staying at a different beach than the one you first stayed at. See beach descriptions above.
Day 10) Final Massage before flying home.
FOR THOSE STAYING 14 DAYS: I suggest traveling to EAST or NORTH Bali. You can spend 3-4 days easily exploring these parts of the Island. Contact us for recommendation for places to stay and transport.
EAST BALI: My suggested outings:
The Mother Temple and King's Water Palace
NORTH BALI: My suggested outings:
Bali's North Coast and Holy Mountains