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Oh Bali – where do I start?! As most of you know, Bali is like second home for us. We’ve spent a few months here every year for the past few years. We come here to enjoy a slow pace of life, take advantage of its wellness retreats and healthy cafés, and of course fast wifi! But Bali is a popular holiday destination in its own right. We get so many queries and questions about Bali on a daily basis, so we’ve decided to put together The Ultimate Two Week Itinerary For Bali – based on everything we’ve learnt from all the months (years?) we’ve spent staying here. Let’s go!

 

Where in Bali Should I go and what should I avoid?

Bali has plenty of gorgeous areas. If you enjoy scenic beaches, then you should definitely consider staying at Uluwatu. If you want a mix of beaches and hip cafés by the dozen, then choose Canggu. If you love yoga or want a wellness getaway, then choose Ubud. If you want to stay in the midst of nature and love really quiet and offbeat places, then choose Sidemen.

The two areas of Bali we don’t like at all are Kuta and Seminyak. They are commercial, crowded, and in our opinion, quite unsavoury! If you’re visiting to enjoy partying or nightlife in Kuta or Seminyak, then we’d highly recommend choosing a different destination – like Koh Phangan (Thailand) – instead!! Having said that, both Kuta and Seminyak have some great hotels that work like sanctuaries of peace – so you could choose a nice hotel if you’d like to stay in either of those areas.

 

Which hotels and villas should I book?

Once you’ve shortlisted the areas where you want to stay, you can start narrowing down the hotels you want to spend your time at. Now if you’re spending less than 3 days in 1 area or you’re in Bali on your honeymoon, then we’d recommend choosing a gorgeous hotel (we’ve left the names of our favourites below!).

But if you’re staying in a place for longer than 4 days, then we’d highly recommend renting a private villa in Bali on AirBnB. Of all the places we’ve visited, Bali is one that offers some of the most scenic and experiential villas and apartment stays – you can choose one based on your budget and preferences. They start from as little as $20 per night. However make sure you go via a reputed website instead of individual villa websites as there are a lot of scams floating around. If you are new to renting apartments and want some help, check out our guide to renting apartments while travelling here:

 

Should I rent a car or scooter in Bali?

Should I rent a car in Bali? The answer to that is a resounding no! Lanes are narrow, hard to navigate, and it can take a long time to reach from one place to another if you’re using a car. Rent a scooter (costs anywhere between $3-$7 per day) for daily explorations.

For transfers from the airport, day trips, and excursions, just rent a car with a driver. This costs anywhere between $30-$50 per day depending on where you’re going. We usually rent a car with driver (including airport transfers) from Wayan or Bali Bliss Tours. Both are safe and reliable and we’ve been using their services for more than 3 years now.

 

What’s the best time to visit Bali?

Bali is truly an year round destination. However prices and crowds go up during July, August, and Christmas-New Year. We’d recommend avoiding these peak times for both those reasons. The end of September and October is a great time to visit because paddy fields are in full bloom and sunsets are gorgeous.

Other than that, most other months work too. Of course summer months get quite hot, January and February can get quite wet, and all the rice fields are barren during the end of August and first two weeks of September. But these little niggles shouldn’t stop you from visiting the island – there are always plenty of things to see and do even during those months.

 

Shopping in Bali

We have a detailed video on shopping in Bali  – here you will find all information including our favourite shops, how much to pay for items, where to bargain and where not to bargain, and what snacks to pick for friends and family back home. Here it is:

 

 

An itinerary for 2 weeks in Bali

Now that the logistics are out of the way, here is our itinerary for a week in Bali. You can modify it based on your preferences.

Day 1 Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and drive to Uluwatu

All flights to Bali arrive at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. Pre-book a transfer so that your cab is waiting at the airport when you get there. Drive to Uluwatu, your first stop in Bali.

Welcome to Bali – gorgeous rice fields everywhere!

 

Days 1-3 Relax in peaceful Uluwatu

Uluwatu provides access to some of the most scenic beaches and panoramas in Bali. Relish the peace and explore the area in your first 3 days in Bali. Some of the things you must check out in the area include

  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Rent a scooter and explore the beaches especially Pandawa Beach, Dreamland Beach and Suluban Beach (aka Blue Point Beach)
  • Attend the Saturday party at Padang Padang Beach
  • Drop by Single Finn Club for a drink and an amazing view of Uluwatu Beach

There is no dearth of accommodation in Uluwatu. We would recommend booking a beach-facing apartment or villa on Air BnB. If you’re in the mood for a splurge, then book a stay at The Edge (they have the most gorgeous infinity pool) or Alila Villas (the best in classic luxury!)

Ready for tropical breakfasts? Welcome to Bali!

 

Days 3-6 Explore hip Canggu

It’s time to explore one of the most hep areas of Bali. Canggu boasts of some of the most instagrammable smoothie bars, yoga studios, and hipster cafés in Bali. It is also one of the prime surfing hubs in Bali. If that is not your thing, you can easily skip Canguu as your stay in Uluwatu would have given you enough time at the beaches of Bali. If you DO choose to visit Canguu, then make sure you

  • Witness sunset at Batu Bolong Beach
  • Stop by a weekend market such as Love Anchor Market or Samadi Central Market
  • Take a trip to Tanah Lot Temple – the iconic temple is always crowded but worth a visit
  • Grab a smoothie bowl or vegan brunch at a cafe such as Nalu Bowls, Avocado Cafe, or In the Raw

Once again we would recommend booking a scenic apartment or villa on Air BnB. If you’re on a special holiday in Bali, then book a stay at Como Uma Canggu.

 

Sunset at Tanah Lot temple, an easy day trip from Canggu

 

Days 6-9 Rejuvinate in Ubud

My heart beats that little bit fast upon hearing the word Ubud. This little area of Bali, packed with smoothie bars, wellness retreats, and spas – has my heart. Here is some stuff you must tick off your list in Ubud

  • Indulge in a bit of bohemian street shopping
  • Take a day trip to North Bali – Witness sunrise at Ulan Danu Bratan temple and combine that with a visit to ‘selfie’ spots at Wanagiri Hidden Hill and Banyumala Waterfall
  • Rent a scooter and drive to Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • Make friends with monkeys at Monkey forest
  • Explore waterfalls such as Tegenungan Waterfall, Tibumana Waterfall, Pengempu Waterfall, and Kanto Lampo Waterfall
  • Book a decadent spa session. Follow it up with a Balinese flower bath. You’ll find all our favourites and (un)favourites spas to suit all budgets in our detailed guide to Ubud linked below.

We usually rent a villa on a monthly basis in Ubud via AirBnB. However Ubud has a number of experiential hotels with gorgeous rooms. If you’re on a honeymoon check out Kayon Resort. It has gorgeous villas with private pools and you can dine by a waterfall here. You could also check out Desa Visesa, which is surrounded by paddy fields and offers private pools, floating breakfasts and a scrumptious picnic by paddy fields. Maya Ubud is another good option with spacious rooms, private pools, and a stunning spa overlooking a flowing river. Most luxury hotels in Ubud have similar layouts and comparable amenities, so we would suggest comparing prices for the dates you have in mind and booking the most cost-effective option instead of narrowing down on one hotel in advance.

If you’re going to spend time in Ubud, then you have to read our detailed guide to Ubud here (opens in new tab) for our favourite spas, restaurants, and cafés.

 

Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud
Sunrise at Ulu Danu Bratan in North Bali day trip from Ubud
Beautiful light at Ulu Danu Bratan
The Tegenungan waterfall Ubud Bali
Morning walks at The Tegenungan waterfall in Ubud
Bali swing at wanagiri hill near Danu Bratan
One of the many “selfie” spots in Wanagiri Hill area in North Bali
Pengempu Waterfall – not yet discovered by too many tourists 🙂
Waking up amidst paddy fields in Ubud 🙂

 

Days 9-12 Go offbeat in Sidemen

Sidemen is one of the least crowded and least touristy parts of Bali and boy, it’s gorgeous! If you enjoy peace and quiet, we would highly recommend staying here for at least 2-3 days on your trip to Bali. Here’s what you should be doing in Sidemen

  • No need to rent a scooter here but do explore the rice terraces around your hotel.
  • Book a day trip or two. We highly recommend a sunrise trek to Mount Batur if you like a bit of activity on holiday
  • Another day trip we would recommend is to Lempuyang Temple
  • Marvel at the views of Mt. Agung, a majestic active volcano that you can see from a number of places in Sidemen
  • Spend a morning at Tukad Cepung waterfalls and prepare to be amazed by the dazzling sunbeams. Go around 9 a.m. for the best lighting.

There is a paucity of good hotels in the Sidemen area as it is still up and coming. We have two suggestions depending on what you’re after:

  1. If you want a luxurious stay in Sidemen, then we would highly recommend Wapa Di Ume Sidemen. This is actually one of our favourite hotels in all of Bali. The scenic hotel is located in the middle of rice paddies. Rooms are spacious and they are equipped with bath tubs, indulgent toiletries, and large balconies. Some of them even have private pools, But it is the little touches such as cotton bathrobes to beat the heat, a yoga studio overlooking the hills, a scenic spa, and restaurants overlooking the rice paddies that make Wapa di Ume special. You can compare prices and book here.
  2. Villa Sidemen – If you want to go the private villa route, then here’s a villa run by a family. Search for Villa Sidemen on AirBnB and you’ll spot it right there. The villa itself is spacious but quite basic in terms of furnishing – nothing fancy. However the pièce de résistence here is the infinity pool overlooking Mt. Agung. If you’re willing to pay a premium for the view, then this is a good option. However you must book Villa Sidemen well in advance as it tends to get booked out quickly.
Ume Suite at Wapa Di Ume Sidemen
Luxurious rooms at Wapa Di Ume Sidemen
Pool with view at Wapa Di Ume Sidement
We spent most of our time here 🙂 Look at that view
View at Villa Sidemen
A sunrise trek to the top of Mount Batur is exciting
A visit to Lempuyang Temple at sunrise, with Mt. Agung in the backdrop

 

Days 12-14 Optional Kuta/Seminyak/Gili Islands

Your last couple of  days in Bali could be spent in a place that suits your taste best. If you enjoy beaches and you’re craving some more beach time, we’d recommend escaping to the Gili Islands for a few days or Nusa Penida for a day. If all you want is a bit of partying and shopping, then book a stay at Kuta or Seminyak before you fly out of Bali.

Bali two week itinerary sunset
Hope you have the best time in Bali. Enjoy it’s fiery sunsets

 

That’s it! A perfect itinerary for 2 weeks in Bali. We’ve tried to answer all your questions in this article. But if you have any other questions or comments, do leave them down below. We love hearing from you 🙂

72 thoughts on “Two Week Bali Itinerary – Tips For Planning A Trip To The Island Of Gods

  1. It always makes my heart happy when you guys return to Bali 💜 love this itinerary a lot because it seems to capture most everything! If I get a chance to follow it the only thing I’d change is adding more time to stay in Ubud 😜

      1. Hey Savi and Vid !
        I’m planning a family vacation to Bali end of July for 7-10 days it’s a special occasion as 3 birthdays falls during this time.I work with Marriott group of hotels so have decent discounts on accommodation, but I’m very tempted to book Air B&bs instead. My parents and my two younger siblings are joining me in this trip, since we belong to Uttrakhand, we get enough dosage of lush green mountains so I prefer to add more beaches to our itinerary, well this is a little background note for you to understand my query. I went through your blog, If I follow it shall I end the trip in Ubud? So that will be our 10 days in Bali? Any suggestions and tips from your end is highly appreciated. (Apologies for lengthy text) Looking forward to hearing from you 😘

        1. Hi Chetna,

          You could spend a week in Uluwatu (beach area and not very crowded as compared to Kuta or Sanur or Seminyak) and then spend the last 3 days in Ubud. You can find amazing AirBnB accommodations in both places. Use this link to get a good discount off your first booking: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/c/viditt

    1. Yes it is safe. Everyone rents them. Yes, sometimes the police might stop you but it’s all good if you have your licence and helmets in place 🙂

      1. Really loved this article.. Me and my husband are planning for visit to bali this July.. but we’ll be going for 7-8 days only.. can you suggest how can we plan our visit to bali for such days.. as your article is for 2 weeks.. pls suggest what places can we go for 7-8 days..

        1. Hi Shreya,

          Our article is just a guide/idea. Since you know your personal preferences and choices better, just pick those places that tickle your fancy from this list 🙂

    1. Hey it’s perfectly ok to visit during that time but you might have to stay indoors when it’s raining a lot. You can take a call depending on that 🙂

  2. Hi Savi & Vid
    We are travelling to bali next week .
    Please let us know the must try desert places , local food and drinks if any we should should definately try

  3. hey…so in your section when to visit bali you mentioned end of aug, start of sep all the rice fields are barren, but in the same section you mentioned sept to be the best time as rice field is in full bloom..isnt it contradictory.? or i misunderstood something..if seeing rice field in full bloom is the main agenda whats teh best time to visit bali?
    thanks in advance.

    1. Hey the rice fields start blooming towards the end of September. Hope that clears it up. PS Rice is harvested 4 times a year, so these times keep varying a bit from year to year 🙂

  4. hi,
    Could u plz make a blog with budgeting… so it will more convenient for the budget traveler and one more thing I just want to know how much Bali trip cost including flight, stay and sightseeing for a couple…<3

    1. Hey Guys, such an amazing and thoughtful itinerary for BALI. We are a young family with a five year old. Do you think with kids recreation in mind we are better off staying in a nice 5 star hotels / resorts in Kuta or Seminyak and do day trips to Ubud, sideman and ulawatu? Or we could split the stays at different places may be. Kindly provide your thoughts. Appreciate your help thanks

  5. Hello guys,

    Absolutely love the article. We are looking at Bali for our honeymoon this year in June; however we need a bit of help from you other than what’s written here. My boyfriend(for now 😉 ) sucks at 2-wheeler driving (great at car thankfully) and I can’t take anyone as pillion passenger. Since you mention car is a strict no-no for Bali, is biking or any other option recommended?

    Thanks in advance for any response.

    1. Hey in that case, would suggest renting a car with a driver in that case. Cycles aren’t really an option in most places in Bali 🙂

  6. Hey

    We are planning our honeymoon for 6nights, 7 days in Bali. We would like to stay at two places – one being a less crowded, peaceful and beach place- would you recommend Uluwatu or Sideman and the second place to get a taste of the nightlife.. should we consider Canggu or Semiyak?

  7. Hey Savi & Vid,

    Would you recommend me to travel with my 1.5 years old kid to Bali??? Or should I do it later???would you recommend any other destination (beaches we love)

  8. Hey,

    What would be a good base to explore southern Bali? You suggested staying at Canggu, but I read about issues with Taxi mafias in Canggu. So to get outside Canggu one has to hire local taxi which would be expensive. We plan to stay in the south for 3 nights and then 4 nights at Ubud. Would staying at Canggu make sense or is there any other option?

  9. Hello Guys!

    Thank you for creating and running such a fabulous website.
    This is amazing for an individual who likes to plan their trip themselves.
    Kuddos!
    Also, I’d really appreciate if you could suggest an itinerary for me to visit with my friends in May 2019?

    Thanks much

    1. Thank you Sahiba 🙂

      Not quite sure what you mean – this article is all about a detailed itinerary for Bali 🙂

  10. Hey!!

    Everything about your trip looks so magical

    I’m planning a trip to Bali in a couple of months and this itinerary is one of the best, most complete ones I’ve found online!

    Thank you!

    -Claudia

  11. Hi,

    Loved your itinerary, would follow the same.
    But in case we dont want to rent a bike are there other means of transport that we can use?

    Thanks

    1. Yes you can rent a driver with a car for a day or even rent a self-drive car (although we’d suggest not to rent a self-drive car – traffic is a big problem!)

  12. what is the best time to visit bali ??????? July and August are good ???? I don’t want rain when i am traveling. Please suggest.

  13. Hey Savi/Vid,

    Husband and I planing to visit Bali for a week, we def staying in Ubud. Apart from that for beach area what do you suggest Canggu or Uluwatu??

  14. Hi, Is it okay to travel with a 1.5 year old to Bali ? We will of course look to pace out activities and take it slow. Thanks!

  15. Hey..we are going on honeymoon in June to Bali.. planning to stay 2 nights in uluwatu and 4 nights in ubud. Is it worth to take a complete day to Nusa Penida during stay at uluwatu? And do you prefer the kintamani tour in Ubud?

    Please help me with this 🙂

    1. From what we heard, a day trip to Nusa penida might not be worth it and very tiring. We’d say skip that and instead go for the Mt. Bature sunrise trek 🙂 (and on your way back from there you can explore the coffee plantations in Kintamani).

      Hope that helps

  16. Hi Savi,
    We are going to bali with my 3 year old daughter in June for a week. This is the first time that she will be visiting a beach so we want to stay near the water. Request you to let me know top two places where u recomment staying with kids

    1. Hi Isha,

      Nusa Dua and Seminyak might be nice. We always stay in Ubud so honestly not the best people to ask 🙂

  17. Hey Savi and Vid,
    Your blog has been really helpful! I am planning for a quick trip (4 days) and based on your insights decided to spend time in Canggu and Ubud. Just one question to ask, is Bali safe for a solo women traveller?
    PS: Love your content and dreamy images 🙂

        1. Congratulations! All our suggestions are listed here – just pick whatever tickles your fancy and what you can fit into 5 days 🙂 Enjoy your trip

    1. Hi Akanksha,

      If you’re a big group then it might make more sense to rent via AirBnB 🙂 Otherwise a few good hotels in Ubud area are Wapa Di Ume, Kayon Resort, Maya Ubud or if you want to stay close to denpasar then there is Conrad Bali

  18. Hey Savi and Vid,

    i really in love with all of your trips and you both too…. i have recently started following you guys in Insta. and i make sure i go through all your post.

    i am planning a trip to Bali with my In laws and my parents. i want to know which city shall i go for keeping them in mind.

  19. Hi Savi and Vid,

    You guys are my goals ❤️

    This October me and my husband are travelling to Bali. We are planning to cover Ubud and Uluwatu. Can you please let me know which is the best way we can do the internal transfer to these places? I can see both are around 50kms apart..

    Thanks for inspiring 😊

    1. Hi thanks for your message 🙂 All details for who can help with transportation and transfers is in the post itself (under “Should I rent a car or scooter in Bali”)

      All the best for your trip to Bali 🙂

  20. Hey Savi and Vid,
    Thank you so much for the detailed blog.Really awesome!
    Just a quick info can you provide a little more details on the selfie spots where you have captured some beautiful pictures in north bali.
    You mentioned its off beat in your video but did not provide much details. Could you please help?

    Many Thanks!
    Bijoya

    1. Hey Bijoya,

      Thanks for your kind words 🙂 The name of the place is clearly mentioned in the article and is highlighted in the video as well – it’s called Wanagiri Hill

      Hope that helps!!

  21. Heyy guys

    Thanks for your itinerary and hotel tip. I am dropping the plan to take a travel package by an agent just because of you people as I feel I can plan it much better now. However I would like to know about cruise dinner and candle light dinner options available in Bali as offered by all tour operators. Are they worth it or do u have any idea regarding that ?

    1. Hi Saurabh,

      You’ll have a great time, don’t worry 🙂 As for the dinner settings you mentioned, not quite sure about those. Perhaps you could check with your hotel staff when you check-in?

      Have a great trip to Bali

  22. Hi Savi,

    Thank you so much for this blog. It is really helpful.

    I just had a query that would renting a bike during February be a good option at it is the rainy season in Bali.

    Regards,
    Seema

  23. Hey Savi & Vid, firstly I would like to thank you two for creating such an amazing platform for all of us. I must say that you guys are major ‘Couple Goals’, especially for those who love to travel. Our trip to Vietnam was very successful because of your blog, that was so informative and helpful. We are planning to go to Bali this December on our first Wedding Anniversary for 8N9D. Please suggest us what all places to cover and the ones we can skip. Though we are very tempted with this 2 week itinerary, but unfortunately we have less days in hand.

    1. Hey Radhika – you can just skip a segment from the above itinerary based on your interests and tailor it accordingly. Eg you can skip Uluwatu if you don’t enjoy very quiet beaches. Have fun in Bali

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