Bali Trip Plan – Looking for the perfect Bali itinerary? Let us help you! 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…
The Truth about Bali
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 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!
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!
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.
What’s 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!
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.
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!
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! Let’s Do More after Eat, Pray Love…..