10 Days in Bali is a perfect amount of time to appreciate all this beautiful island has to offer. And if you’re here looking for the best 10 Day Bali itinerary, you’ll be pleased to know you’ve come to the right place. We’ve spent close to 4 months in Bali over the years, which is why it’s easy for me to suggest itineraries for 1 week, 10 days or even a month. But as most people are visiting Bali for a holiday, I decided to make this a Bali itinerary for 10 days. In this Bali Itinerary, I’ll be sharing all the best places to visit, where to eat, sleep, & party, as well as all of our top tips for travelling this stunning location in Indonesia.
Bali is, without doubt, one of the most visited destinations in South East Asia. Famed for its steaming jungles, pristine beaches, majestic waterfalls, lush rice terraces, smouldering volcanoes, incredible food, and rich culture, it’s not too difficult to see why. One of the first questions we get asked by Bali virgins is ‘is Bali worth all the hype’? So I’ll kick off by saying, ‘absolutely yes’.
Truth be told, we were unsure about visiting Bali at first. We too were under the impression that it was incredibly touristic. While that is true to an extent, there is an undeniable charm and authenticity to Bali that thankfully, hasn’t been tainted by tourism. Despite our reservations, we fell hopelessly in love with Bali, and have no doubts that you will too.
Naturally, there are some areas of Bali that, in our opinion, need to be avoided altogether. Ultimately, that’s the purpose of this 10 Day Bali Itinerary. To show you all the magnificent gems of the island, while filtering out all the bad stuff. And of course, we’ll be eating smoothie bowls and having a hell of a good time along the way.
So let’s get to it… here’s the best Bali Itinerary for 10 Days.
10 Days in Bali – The Best Bali Itinerary
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Is 10 Days Enough in Bali?
While Bali isn’t exactly a huge island, there’s a hell of a lot to see and do. It’s impossible to experience it all in 10-days, so we encourage you to plan your Bali itinerary wisely, prioritising what you want from your trip.
Thankfully, as Bali is a relatively small island, it’s quick and easy to move around from place to place. Meaning, you can split your Bali itinerary between 3 or 4 locations and experience the diversity that Bali has to offer.
As a guideline, the South of Bali is a favourite amongst the beach worshippers, partygoers, and backpacker crowd. While the northern region is more cultural, laidback, and green. Then, of course, you have the islands off the coast of Bali, such as the Gilis and the Nusas.
I’m under no illusion that everybody reading this is going to have wildly varied interests. So that’s why I had the idea to put together two different Bali Itineraries for 10 days. Itinerary 1 will capture the laidback & artistic side to Bali – think beaches, temples, and shopping. Whereas, Itinerary 2 will explore the more adventurous side to Bali – such as climbing volcanoes, chasing waterfalls, and underwater adventures.
Follow our Bali itineraries as they are, or mix and match them for your own personalised 10 Day Bali Itinerary. Either way, you are guaranteed to love what this magical island has to offer.
The Best of Bali in 10 Days
We have a lot to cover in this comprehensive 10 Day Bali Itinerary, so if you’re short for time, here are some of the highlights you can enjoy over your 10 Days in Bali.
- Explore the pristine beaches in Uluwatu
- Ignore TLC and chase Waterfalls near Ubud
- Learn to Surf in Bali
- Go snorkelling in Amed
- Visit Bukit Cinta – Mount Agung Viewpoint
- Check out a traditional Balinese Temple
- Experience paradise on the Gili Islands
- Hike Mount Batur for Sunrise
- Marvel the rice fields during golden hour
- Try all the best smoothie bowls in Canggu
- Explore the lesser-known region of North Bali
- Get adventurous on the Nusa Islands
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10 Day Bali Itinerary #1
Beaches, Temples & Shopping
- Days 1-2: Surfing, beach clubs, and sunsets in Uluwatu
- Days 3-4: Beaches, smoothie bowls, and yoga in Canggu
- Days 5-6: Temples, Nature and Shopping in Ubud
- Days 7-10: Paradise beaches and snorkelling on the Gili Islands
Days 1-2: Uluwatu
This 10 Day Bali Itinerary kicks off in the very South of Bali. Uluwatu is arguably the coolest spot on the island – And don’t worry, I realise how completely uncool I probably sound saying that. Here you will find some of the best beaches in Bali. Famous for their azure waters and towering limestone cliffs. Furthermore, the world-class surf breaks attract surfers from all over the world.
You can also find a trendy party scene in Uluwatu. With lavish beach clubs such as Omnia and The Cliffhouse, it reminded us a little bit of Ibiza. We loved that we could have the best of both worlds here. Relax in the day and party at night. And that is why Uluwatu is an essential addition to your Bali Itinerary.
Top Things to do in Uluwatu
Here are some of the highlights when exploring Uluwatu, but for a more comprehensive list see this article: 18 Unmissable Things to do in Uluwatu.
1. Explore the Beaches
Uluwatu has many breathtaking beaches, but which to choose will depend on your interests. Here are some of our favourites along with a short description of what to expect. Hopefully, this will help you determine the best beach for you.
Relax & Sunbathe – Thomas Beach – This beach is one of the most beautiful in Uluwatu, thanks to its azure turquoise waters and pristine white sand. It’s a bit of a trek to get down to the beach itself, but once you’re down there, it’s a great place to chill for the day. There are some beach bars selling drinks and surf lessons, but other than that it’s a very quiet spot.
*Tip – The best time to visit is at high tide. See Bali tide timetable.
Surfing Spot – Suluban Beach – This is one of the most popular surf spots in Bali, but even if you’re not a surfer, I think you’d enjoy checking it out anyway. The beach sits nestled among a cove and has a shipwreck; so it’s really cool to see. But the best spot to watch the surfers is from one of the bars up above.
Sunset Beach – Pantai Tegal Wangi – If you are looking for a beach to watch the sunset, Pantai Tegal Wangi is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. Most will stay at the top to enjoy the view; however, the beach below is worth the short hike down. Here you will find some cool rock pools and caves, which make for a great sunset shot.
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2. Check Out Uluwatu Temple
Considered one of the most significant cultural sites in Bali, impressive Uluwatu Temple is a must-visit during your time in the South. The temples date back as early as the 11th century, and we, for one, were mesmerised by the intricate and ornate details of the ancient architecture. What’s more, perched upon a 70-metre cliff, the vistas along the coastline are truly breathtaking.
*Tip – Visit the temple during the late afternoon, watch the sunset and stick around to watch the mesmerising Kecak Fire Performance.
3. Karang Boma Cliff (Uluwatu Cliff)
Karang Boma Cliff is one of our favourite spots in Bali to watch the sunset. The 70m limestone cliff looks right out over the ocean and allows you a beautiful view of the southern coastline. If you’re scared of heights, you probably shouldn’t get too close to the edge. With a sheer drop to the ocean and rocks below, it’s not a place you want to get wobbly.
Unless you’re scared of heights, it’s inevitable to want the iconic cliff-edge shot (yep that’s the one below). By all means, go for it. It’s a reasonably safe spot, and I don’t have to tell you not to get too close to the edge now, do I?
4. Omnia Beach Club
Omnia Beach Club is reasonably new to the Uluwatu party scene, but it’s already making quite a name for itself. Not only does the club host world-class DJs such as Martin Garrix and Above Beyond. But no expense has been spared in the lavish design of the open-air club.
The sky bar is the centrepiece of the club. And seemingly floating over the Indian Ocean, it’s designed to be a show stopper. It’s certainly not a cheap place to hang out for the day, but if you have the budget, the views and atmosphere are incredible.
Where to Eat in Uluwatu
Brunch Spot – The Loft – One of our favourite cafes in Bali. The food at The Loft is like having a cheat meal, but healthier. Delicious, nutritious, and exciting!
Healthy Eating – Cashew Tree – The perfect spot for the health-conscious. Buddha bowls, smoothie bowls, and all that other healthy deliciousness.
Dinner and Drinks – Single Fin – This iconic surfer bar is the perfect spot to enjoy sunset drinks and food.
Where to Stay in Uluwatu
Hostel – Pecatu Guesthouse and Hostel – Boasting an outdoor pool and huge garden area, Pecatu Guesthouse and Hostel is a great choice in Uluwatu. It’s particularly popular among the surfer crowd and there is often some kind of party every night.
Budget – Uluwatu Made Guesthouse – For those looking for budget private rooms in Uluwatu, we loved Uluwatu Made Guesthouse. Facilities include an outdoor pool, garden area, and comfortable air-conditioned rooms.
Mid-Range – Padang Padang Inn – Located just a short walk from Padang Padang Beach, this mid-range property is one of our top picks in Uluwatu. Boasting an outdoor swimming pool and a laidback holiday vibe, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing time.
For more places to stay in Uluwatu, you can check the latest prices here.
Days 3-4: Canggu
Located no more than a 90-minute drive from the airport in Kuta, Canggu is the perfect place to ease yourself into the Bali lifestyle. This part of the island is famous for three things – Great surf, better food, and an ideal location for digital nomads. Surrounded by lush rice fields, it’s also incredibly beautiful.
The vibe in Canggu is super laid back, and we can understand why so many nomads look to settle here long term. From the hipster cafes and trendy restaurants to great nightlife and boutique stores, it feels like a charming little community. You’ll probably want to live here too after you’ve seen all it has to offer.
Top Things to do in Canggu
Here are some of the highlights when exploring Canggu, but for a more comprehensive list see this article: 13 Things to do in Canggu
1. Check out the Beaches
Some of the best beaches in Bali can be found in Canggu. Although, they aren’t the white sand and azure waters that you might expect. What makes the beaches in Canggu unique, is the surf culture and generally relaxed vibe. As mentioned above, it feels like a community here, and the beaches are a great spot to get in amongst it all.
Batu Bolong, Berawa and Echo Beach are the 3 main beaches in Canggu; although technically, they are a continuation of the same stretch of coast. All of them are a popular spot for surfers, and all make for a great sunset spot too.
2. Take part in a Yoga or Fitness Class
If you fancy a work-out during your holiday, there are plenty of places you can do so in Canggu. Fitness classes and health retreats are all the rage in this area of Bali. You can find fitness centres, cross-fit, yoga, swimming pools – the list goes on. Check out this Health and Fitness Guide to Canggu for more info!
3. Visit the Rice Fields during Golden Hour
After spending 10 days in Bali, you will forever remember the island for its sweeping rice fields. The famous rice terraces are located in Ubud; however, there are countless others to be discovered all across the island.
Canggu is home to some incredible spots, and you’re never further than a stone’s throw away. We recommend visiting in the early morning or late afternoon, for a truly magical setting at the rice fields.
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Places to Eat in Canggu
Healthy Eating – Nude – Healthy eating is made easy with Nudes delicious and colourful menu. Located in the heart of Canggu, it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Local Food – Warung Bu Mi – The local food is often overlooked in Canggu; however, you won’t regret a visit to Warung Bu Mi. Not only is the food delicious, but it’s unbelievably cheap too. Alternatively, you can check out this article to find the best Nasi Campur in Canggu.
Where to Stay in Canggu
Hostel – Matra Bali Surf Camp – If you are in the Seminyak or Canggu area to surf or learn to surf then Matra Bali Surf Camp is a top pick for you. Boasting a swimming pool and views of the rice fields, guests can benefit from the excellent location close to the beach.
Budget Private – Serenity Eco Guesthouse – For a relaxing experience in the area Serenity Eco Guesthouse is the perfect tranquil retreat. Boasting a swimming pool, yoga classes, and permaculture garden, you are guaranteed a zen time at this eco-friendly guesthouse.
Luxury – Villa Verano – If you are on holiday with your friends and seek a touch of luxury then the luxury Villa Verano on Echo beach is an unrivalled choice. This beachfront property has it’s own private pool, 4 master bedrooms, and is located in the best-rated area in Canggu.
For other places to stay in Canggu you can check the latest prices here.
Days 5-6: Ubud
Ubud is the cultural and creative hub of Bali. It’s the place we like to spend most of our time when we are on the island. It’s one of the most touristic places in Bali but at the same time one of the most authentic. Ubud represents the true Balinese culture – sacred and healing. That’s why many tourists come here to connect spiritually through yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature.
In addition to its culture, Ubud is famous for its unique and verdant nature. Steaming jungles, sweeping rice paddies, and majestic waterfalls, all help to create a beautiful wonderland. To experience the true essence of Bali, Ubud is an essential addition to your 10 Days in Bali Itinerary.
Top Things to do in Ubud
Here are some of the highlights when exploring Ubud, but for a more comprehensive list see our Perfect 3 Day Ubud Itinerary.
1. Chase some Waterfalls
Bali is famous for having some of the best Waterfalls in Asia, and in Ubud, you’re never too far away from one. Some of our personal favourites are around an hours drive from Ubud, so we recommend renting a scooter or hiring a driver for the day. Here’s a list of the waterfalls you can cover in one day. For a full list, see our blog post on the 7 Best Waterfalls near Ubud.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall – Located within a cave, this waterfall is unlike any others in Bali. When the morning sunlight hits the cave, it creates magical sunbeams on the falls. A short hike to the bottom leads you to the cave. From there you’ll have to wade through the river and around some rocks to discover the waterfall.
Tibumana Waterfall – Another one of our personal favourites, Tibumana Waterfall is as beautiful as they come. You can expect a bit of a walk down to this one; however, it’s worth it for the promise of a swim at the bottom.
Nungnung Waterfall – This waterfall is one of the most powerful you will come across in Ubud. It’s quite a trek down to reach the waterfall, but it’s worth the hike. You can expect quite a splashback from these falls, so be sure to keep your phone and camera safe in a waterproof bag.
Leke Leke Waterfall – Leke Leke is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Bali. The perfectly framed cove is as if it was made just for Instagram. There is no swimming here, but it’s a pretty hike down and well worth a visit.
2. Go Shopping at Ubud Market
If you’re only spending 10 Days in Bali, you will want to take some souvenirs home to remember your time. Ubud Market is one of our favourite places to shop, as many of the items are locally produced. It’s nice to give something back to the community, but don’t be afraid to haggle if you feel you’re being overcharged.
A traditional Balinese souvenir would be locally made silver jewellery or wood carvings. Or perhaps a handmade Bali Sarong or Batik. But you can also find some beautiful clothes and home decor – it’s easy to get carried away.
3. Visit some Balinese Temples
The cultural centre-point of Bali, naturally, Ubud has temples and historical sites aplenty. Some such as the Saraswati Temple and Puru Gunung Lebeh are easily accessible when meandering Ubud Centre. Others are further afield, however, the ornate detail of Goa Gajah and Tirta Empul are worth the short trip out of town.
*Tip – Most temples require that you wear the customary Bali sarong to enter. They usually supply them at the temple, but it’s worth having your own just in case.
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Places to Eat in Ubud
Date Night – Watercress – A fine dining experience in the heart of Ubud. Delicious food, incredible cocktails, and live music at the weekends.
Pizza Night – Milk & Madu – Famous for having the best pizza in Bali. And after trying the 4 Cheese Pizza, we would have to agree!
Mexican Food – Taco Casa – One of our favourite restaurants in Bali. We have never actually been to the restaurant itself. But we would order take out every week when we lived in Ubud.
Where to Stay in Ubud
Hostel – Puji Hostel and Bungalow – Set just a short 10-minute walk away from Ubud market, Puji Hostel and Bungalow offer comfortable dorm-style rooms in a picturesque location. The onsite swimming pool overlooks sweeping rice fields, while guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant and common area.
Budget Private – Gatra Ubud Inn – Located in the heart of Ubud, Gatra Ubud Inn is a traditional Balinese style property boasting a beautiful garden and comfortable rooms. All rooms are equipped with a private room and wifi is available throughout the property.
Luxury – Element by Westin Bali – After spending 4 nights at Element Westin Bali, we can highly recommend this stunning hotel Ubud if you seek a touch of luxury.
For more places to stay in Ubud you can check the latest prices here.
Days 7 -10: The Gili Islands
From Ubud, you can organise a transfer to Padang Bai in Eastern Bali where you will catch the ferry to the Gili Islands. Geographically, the Gili Islands aren’t actually in Bali. Instead, belonging to Bali’s neighbouring island Lombok. Nonetheless, the three tiny islands, tend to make their way onto many Bali itineraries. Mostly down to their palm-fringed beaches, azure waters, and world-class diving opportunities. Not to mention the chance of seeing sea turtles, which often frequent the waters just metres out from the bay.
It’s safe to say that each of the Gili Islands is the epitome of paradise. That said, you’ll want to choose which of the 3 islands you visit wisely – as each offer a completely different vibe. Gili Trawangan is considered the party island and is where most of the action happens. Gili Meno, on the other hand, is almost remote and provides an idyllic paradise getaway. Then you have Gili Air, which is a fine balance between the 2.
Would you believe that out of all the time we’ve spent in Bali, we’ve shamefully never made it over to the Gili Islands. It’s not out of not wanting to; it’s just never worked out. But we aren’t too worried, as we will know we will be back to Bali in the near future. In the meantime, you can check out this ultimate guide to the Gilis, to help plan your trip.
10 Bali Day Itinerary #2
Volcanoes, Waterfalls, and Underwater Adventures
- Days 1-3: Climbing volcanoes and chasing waterfalls in North Bali
- Days 4-5: Diving and scooter adventures in Amed, East Bali
- Days 6-8: Breathtaking landscapes and hiking adventures on Nusa Penida
- Days 9-10: Cliff jumping and surfing on Nusa Lembongan/Ceningan
Days 1-3 – North Bali
This adventurous 10-day Bali itinerary will kick off in the very Northern region of Bali. Despite being one of the most picturesque locations in Bali, many visitors travelling Bali miss the North off their itinerary. The volcanic coastline of Northern Bali and even the mountainous jungles of Munduk are admittedly pretty far from the typical tourist hubs down South. But in our opinion, it’s worth the journey.
There are a ton of cool things to do in the North of Bali. From chasing waterfalls and climbing volcanoes, to cruising along some of the most picturesque landscapes on the island. Everything about the North screams adventure. Not only that, but it’s considerably less crowded than the South of Bali. Which, in our opinion, makes exploring a far more enjoyable experience.
Top Things to do in North Bali
Here are some of the highlights when exploring the North of Bali, but for a more comprehensive list see our article: 18 Unmissable Things to do in North Bali.
1. Chase the North Bali Waterfalls
Some of the best waterfalls in Bali are in the North, and heading out on a motorbike adventure to find them all is an epic way to spend the day. Cruising through the lush mountainous regions of the island is an experience all of its own. Bali is home to some unique and breathtaking nature. With far fewer developments than in the South, there’s no better place to experience it.
You can easily spend the entire day chasing waterfalls in North Bali and still not cover them all. But to help you narrow them down, here’s a list of of our favourites with a short description of what to expect:
Aling Aling Waterfall – A series of waterfalls and pools set within a real jungle environment. This spot is particularly popular thanks to its cliff jumps, natural rock pools, and hiking opportunities.
Sekumpul & Fiji Waterfall – Often referred to as the best waterfall in Bali, and there’s no denying its magnificence. These falls feel like a scene straight out of Avatar. Water cascades down 80-metres into the lagoon below, while dense green vines cling to the cliff face – nature at it’s finest.
Gitgit Waterfall – One of the more touristic waterfalls in North Bali because of its ease of access, but worth a visit all the same. An ideal spot for swimming and relaxing amid nature.
2. Visit Bali’s Black Sand Beaches
Many visitors are surprised to learn there are black sand beaches in Bali, but it’s actually pretty common on volcanic islands. There are three volcanoes in the Northern and Eastern regions of Bali, and consequently, all the beaches in these parts consist of shimmery black sand.
While the black sand beaches might not be the pristine sand and azure waters you’d expect in Bali, they are still picturesque in their own right. Composed of volcanic minerals and lava fragments, you can often see the volcanoes looming in the distance of each black sand beach. To be in the heart of all the action, head to Lovina beach for diving, snorkelling, and watersport activities.
3. Hike Mount Batur for Sunrise
There’s nothing quite like accomplishing something while most people are still in bed. So how about summiting a 1700 metre high active volcano for sunrise? That’s precisely what we suggest you do during your time in North Bali, and I guarantee it will be a highlight of your 10 Day Bali itinerary.
I have to admit, getting out of bed to make our way to base camp at 2 am was less than appealing. However, the enchanting moment of experiencing sunrise atop an active volcano is the ultimate reward. If you are to drag yourself out of bed for only one sunrise during your time in Bali, I strongly recommend it be this one.
If you have any concerns regarding safety or difficulty, check out our blog post: Hiking Mount Batur with Bali Sunrise Trekking.
Where to Stay in North Bali
Lovina: Lovina is the main tourist town in the North of Bali, famous for black sand beaches and dolphin spotting. You’ll find many types of hotels in Lovina, ranging from budget hostels to high-end resorts.
Check rates and availability for accommodation in Lovina here.
Munduk: If you consider yourself more of a jungle lover than the beach, Munduk is an ideal choice in Northern Bali. Set around 45-minutes South of Lovina, the area is lush, green, and quiet, boasting some of Bali’s most beautiful hotels.
Check rates and availability for accommodation in Munduk here.
Days 4-5: Amed
When you talk about Bali, Amed is not a place you hear come up very often; however, it’s come to be one of our favourite spots on the island. Here you can enjoy incredible snorkelling and diving, which isn’t so easy to find on mainland Bali.
Another thing we love about Amed is the volcanic black sand beach. With Mount Agung towering over the town, it creates a unique and mysterious vibe – Worlds apart from the beaches found elsewhere in Bali. If you are looking for something a little bit different in Bali, Amed is a well worthy addition to your itinerary.
Top Things to do in Amed
Here are some of the highlights when exploring Amed in Bali, but for a more comprehensive list see our article: 14 Adventurous Things to do in Amed & East Bali
1. Snorkelling & Diving
The ocean surrounding Amed is an underwater playground, and while we didn’t dive, we experienced some incredible snorkelling here. Not only did we encounter an abundance of marine life such as starfish and sea turtles, but the coral reef was healthy and bountiful. Some friends of ours even spotted reef sharks just off Jemeluk Bay!
Another great thing about snorkelling in Amed is that you can access the coral reefs and marine life just metres out from the bay. There is no need to spend a fortune on expensive boat trips to enjoy it. Some of the best snorkelling spots in Amed include Jemeluk Bay and Lipah Bay. Although, there are many others along the 14km coastline.
*Tip – Snorkelling equipment is available to rent in the town or along the beach for 50,000 IDR – includes mask, snorkel and fins.
See Full Blog Post: Jemeluk Bay Amed – A Beach & Snorkelling Hotspot
2. Watch the sunset at Sunset Point
Sunset Point is a bar located at one of the highest points in Amed. After a long day spent in the water, it’s a great place to unwind at the end of the day. Overlooking Amed Bay, the sunsets here are always quite dramatic. It’s quite amazing watching the sun sink behind the prodigious Mount Agung.
For the best seats in the house, it’s recommended to arrive at the bar early. Have a few Bintangs as the sun sets before heading into town for dinner.
*Tip – If you don’t want to pay for drinks, find a quiet spot along the cliff to watch the sunset. Alternatively, you can head to Amed Beach.
3. Watch the Sunrise at Bukit Cinta – Mount Agung Viewpoint
If you only drag yourself out of bed for one sunrise when you are in Bali, make it this one.
The Bukit Cinta viewpoint is spectacular at any time of day, but to watch the sun project a golden glow onto Mount Agung is magical. At that moment, it is clear why the locals consider the volcanoes a sacred site in Bali.
Not only that, but visiting at sunrise offers a rare opportunity to see an authentic side of Bali come to life. We watched on as farmers started their day on the surrounding fields and rice paddies. It was a special morning, and one we will never forget.
See Full Blog Post: Bukit Cinta & Mount Agung Viewpoint
Where to Eat in Amed
Local Food – Warung Enak – A modest local restaurant in the heart of Amed. Amazing local food, all at an affordable price.
Dinner with a View – Blue Earth – Delicious food with an incredible view over Jemeluk Bay and Mount Agung.
Where to Stay in Amed
Hostel – Black Sand Hostel – Boasting epic views of Mount Agung, Black Sand Hostel is the best pick of a small bunch in Amed. The dorms are simple but comfortable and you get a free breakfast included with your stay.
Budget – Ocean Resort Amed – A stunning beachfront property in the heart of Amed, Ocean Resort is incredible value for money. Boasting an outdoor swimming pool and ocean views, what more could you ask for on a budget.
Mid-Range – Oasis – For a touch of luxury in Amed, Oasis is great value for money. The property itself is beautiful, boasting a garden, outdoor pool, and restaurant. Furthermore, you’re not far from Ameds top attraction.
For more places to stay in Amed, you can check the latest prices here.
Days 6-8: Nusa Penida
From Amed, you can take the short transfer to Padang Bai port where it’s possible to get a ferry to Nusa Penida Island. We put together a blog post on how to travel from Bali to Nusa Penida here, so give that a read, so you know how and what to prepare.
As far as adventure goes, Nusa Penida is as adventurous as it gets. Until a few years ago, very few had even heard of the island. Oblivious to the wonder and beauty, that now makes Nusa Penida one of the most Instagrammed locations in Indonesia.
Don’t let that deter you, however. Sketchy roads and little tourist infrastructure mean that a lot of the island remains untouched. Leaving it to the real pioneers to get their hands dirty and be rewarded in unparalleled beauty in return.
Top Things to do on Nusa Penida
Here are some of the highlights when exploring Nusa Penida. I’m yet to put together our guide; however, nobody has travelled the island more extensively than Jackson at Journey Era. Check out his article for the full low down here: 27 Awesome Things to do on Nusa Penida.
1. Kelingking T-Rex Beach
Without a doubt, the most touristic spot on Nusa Penida, but not without good reason. We seriously contemplated not visiting this beach after seeing the famous t-rex head countless times on Instagram; however, we were grateful we took the time to go. It is by far one of the most extraordinary landscapes I’ve ever laid my eyes on, and far more impressive in person than any photo could ever portray.
The best time to visit Kelingking Beach is towards the end of the day so you can catch the sunset from atop the cliffs there. I guarantee it will be one of the most memorable sunsets of your 10 Days in Bali. But don’t forget to allow yourself enough time for the sketchy hike down to the beach if you’re hoping to check out the infamous shore-break swell.
2. Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach is another spot that’s made quite a name for itself, thanks to its dramatic cliffscape, crystalised waters, and immaculate sand. The jaw-dropping beach earned its name thanks to the diamond-shaped rock that protrudes from the sea.
Until a couple of years ago, it was impossible to access the beach other the view from above. Now, locals have engineered a staircase into the cliff face, allowing easy access to the bay below. Sadly, the fate of this beach is now heading the same way as several other Bali hotspots, with a swing and photography platform installed for the Instagrammers. But despite the gimmicks, I’d still say Diamond Beach is worth a visit.
3. Peguyangan Waterfall Trek
I promised you some hidden gems on Nusa Penida, and the Peguyangan Waterfall trek is one of our favourites. Although, this spot is way more than just a waterfall. In fact, it’s less of a waterfall and more of a sacred temple located at the bottom of what must be a 40-metre cliff. Don’t quote me on that though as I’m useless at gaging heights.
Anyway, I digress. To reach the sacred temple, you must first hike down a bright blue 700-step staircase engineered into the rock face. I should warn you; the hike is probably not for the faint-hearted. Not because it’s necessarily unsafe as such. But the sheer drop that’s foreseeable through the gap of each step is enough to set the heart rate soaring. It’s also pretty steep so is quite a workout – especially on the way back up.
At the bottom, you’ll find a series of shrines, rock pools, and water rituals that complete the sacred water temple. With the waves crashing just metres away, it all feels somewhat mysterious. It may be one of the more bizarre temple experiences I’ve had, but one I recommend nonetheless.
Where to Eat Nusa Penida
Penida Colada: Other than a handful of local warungs, decent restaurants are sparse on Nusa Penida. That is except Penida Colada – an idyllic beachfront restaurant serving up a variety of fayre from breakfast through dinner. We shamefully ate here twice a day during our stay in Penida and fell in love with both the food & the owners. Do not miss it!
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Where to Stay on Nusa Penida
Hostel – Nuansa Penida Hostel – If you’re looking for a decent hostel on Nusa Penida, then Nuansa Penida is it. Each of the dorms, set within a series of bungalows, look out to the swimming pool and surrounding nature. With several other quirks such as continental breakfast and outdoor bathrooms, this is an ideal choice for backpackers on a budget.
Budget Private – Deva Devi – After spending four nights at Deva Devi during our time on Penida, we would happily recommend to those who want a private budget room. The rooms were simple but comfortable, and the location is close to the main town, which is convenient for accessing the main attractions.
Luxury – Penida Bambu Green – If you’re looking for that touch of luxury, Penida Bambu Green is a perfect choice. The sustainable resort built almost entirely from bamboo combines simple island living with modern comforts. Each of the luxurious bungalows is set on stilts, allowing unrivalled views over the surrounding landscapes. And there’s an epic swimming pool which is the ideal spot for chilling out after a day exploring.
For more Accommodation in Nusa Penida, you can check the latest prices here.
Days 9-10: Nusa Lembongan/Nusa Ceningan
In comparison to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan is far more developed. Just a 10-minute boat ride from Penida, it boasts an extensive selection of hotels, restaurants, and other touristy perks. It was the first of the Nusa islands to attract tourism, thanks to its epic surf and quickly became a favourite for those seeking hidden gems in Bali.
Naturally, as with most places in Bali, nothing stays a secret for long. Located just a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland, Nusa Lembongan now finds its way on to most Bali itineraries. The landscapes are similar and just as epic as Nusa Penida, but more geared towards tourists, getting around and doing stuff is a far less sketchy ordeal.
If you get tired of the beaches and surfing on Nusa Lembongan, you can take a day trip to the smallest island of the Nusa Trio – Nusa Ceningan. An iconic yellow bridge connects Ceningan to Lembongan so you can easily rent a scooter and take as much time as you want there. Boasting some epic beaches and daring cliff jumps, intrepid travellers are in for a treat!
Need more information regarding the Nusas? Check out this comprehensive guide to the Nusa Islands.
10 Days in Bali – Budget
Despite its popularity, Bali is suitable for all budgets. And if you are sensible with your cash you can comfortably live on £20/25$ a day. Decent hostels can be found for as little as £5/7$ and often include breakfast (Balinese pancakes – yum!), while budget private rooms are available for £10-20/15-25$.
Food can also be pretty cheap in Bali. You can eat for as little as $2 if you stick to the local warungs. However, if you eat at the trendy cafes, meals are usually between $5-8. There are also plenty of fine dining options in the major tourists’ hubs such as Canggu, Ubud, or Uluwatu.
Entry prices for attractions will heavily depend on your interests. Unfortunately, all things come with a price tag in Bali, ranging from $2-5 to access a waterfall, $10-15 for a Balinese Massage, and $50-60 for excursions. Choose your itinerary wisely so as not to max out your budget.
One of the biggest expenses to consider in Bali is transport. With no local bus network or tourist coaches, you will have to organise taxis to travel across the island. We use Grab Taxis in Bali as the local taxi services charge extortionate rates.
Alcohol in Bali is accessibly cheap, so long as you stick to the local brands. The local beer is Bintang and local wine is called Arak – both pack a punch!
Top Tips for Backpacking Bali
Here are some useful tips that I hope will enhance your travel experience in Bali
Best Time to Visit Bali
The best time to visit Bali depends on several factors. While many of us are familiar with the four seasons, Bali really only has two – the wet season and the dry season. Naturally, the dry season is most popular, as you are likely to experience dry and sunny days. However, the wet season often only sees short downpours. So if you don’t mind a few showers, it can sometimes be the best time to go!
Being close to the equator, Bali experiences warm, tropical conditions all year round. However, personally, we love visiting Bali during the rainy season, which runs from October to March. Prices are lower, there are fewer tourists, and the lush Balinese nature is at its peak. The only downside is the humidity, which can be abundant during this time of the year.
Dry seasons runs from April to late September. While there is always a chance of the odd rainy day, during this time you have the best chance of bright and sunny days. June to August is the high season in Bali, and the island gets incredibly busy during this time. With that comes inflated prices, congested roads, and crowded beaches, so we suggest avoiding this time if you can.
Getting Around in Bali
The best way to get around in Bali is on two wheels. Being able to ride a motorbike in Bali is a valuable skill. Not only will you save some serious cash, but you’ll get to experience a sense of freedom that’s hard to achieve without one.
If you’ve never driven a scooter before, I don’t suggest trying it out for the first time in Bali. The roads are in good condition, but the Bali traffic can be intimidating to even the most experienced of drivers.
On the other hand, if you are a safe and confident driver, cruising the scenic roads of Bali is an adventure all on its own. To rent a scooter in Bali will set you back around 60,000 IDR per day. And it is usually possible to negotiate a discount if you rent for more extended periods.
Of course, we advise exercising caution when driving in Bali. Always wear your helmet, and carry an international license should you be pulled over by the local police.
If renting a scooter isn’t an option, you can opt to use GoJek or Grab which work in the same way as Uber. You can even get motorbike taxis in Bali, which is a great way to avoid the inevitable traffic.
Alternatively, if you need a driver for the whole day, this offer for a Private Car or Minibus Charter is highly competitive relative to local transport companies. Click the link to read thousands of positive reviews, check the latest prices, and to make a booking.
There are a lot of fun activities to do in and around Bali; however, with adventure always comes risk. With this in mind, you will want to have adequate travel insurance that covers you for any tricky situations.
We always recommend World Nomads for travel insurance, as they are affordable, offer a variety of packages and add ons, and allow you to make amendments to your policy while travelling. Say, for example, you go scuba diving or hiking a mountain, World Nomads will amend your plan accordingly. It’s a super handy feature that we’ve used numerous times including the time we trekked to Annapurna Base Camp.
If you need further convincing, read our article on why you need travel insurance. Or get an on-the-spot quote from World Nomads using the form below.
Staying Connected in Bali
If, like us, you rely on the internet when you travel (let’s face it, who doesn’t anymore), we have the perfect solution. After coming home to too many hefty phone bills and buying countless international sim cards, we were desperate for an affordable solution. That’s when we discovered TravelWifi. TravelWifi’s portable pocket wifi allows us to quickly and securely connect when we need it the most. Click the link for more information on coverage, packages, and the latest offers.
As travellers, it should always be a top priority to travel responsibly. We already leave a substantial carbon footprint just by flying to our travel destinations, so that’s even more reason to make a positive impact when we get there. There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible traveller. Read our guide on eco-travel to learn more and Trip Savvy has some great advice on social etiquette in Bali.
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Charlotte & Natalie x
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