If you’re one of the lucky ones who can escape the daily grind, consider spending two weeks in Bali! You heard right – 2 weeks on this gorgeous Indonesian island with plenty of non-stop adventures, beautiful temples, jaw-dropping waterfalls, serene nature, and pure relaxation opportunities to fulfill your wanderlust. These are already good reasons to hop on a plane and head to this island now!
After visiting Bali twice – the first time in 4 days and a second time for 11 days, we’ve put together this incredible Bali 2 week itinerary to highlight the best attractions to visit on the island and also included trips to neighboring islands. The schedule is staying on the mainland for 8 days, heading to Nusa Islands for 4 days, and returning to the mainland for 2 days.
Since you’re in paradise, feel free to pick a few attractions to visit each day and enjoy your time off. You don’t want to feel burned out from visiting too many attractions each day.
To be honest, we’re scratching the surface of what you can do in Bali in two weeks. You can spend 1 month on the island and still have not enough time to see everything.
Best Time to Visit Bali
Anytime is a fabulous time to visit Bali as it’s hot and humid. There are two seasons to consider – dry and wet season. The dry season is from April to September, while the wet season is October to March. The wet, rainy season isn’t too bad. Even during the rainy season, the rain doesn’t last too long. Showers can be short as a few minutes or longer up to an hour. We’ve traveled to Bali in February and June and the majority of the time had sunshine with occasional rains. The benefit of rainy season is slightly cooler temperatures.
Tip: Since the weather is humid, don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink lots of water (or coconuts).
How to Get to Bali
If you’re traveling domestically in Indonesia or internationally to get to Bali, your plane will land at the Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport (airport code: DPS). The airport is conveniently located towards the southern area of the island so will need to get transportation to travel to other parts of Bali.
Tip: We suggest that you have your transportation prepared in advance when you exit the airport. Otherwise, you’ll be swarmed by drivers asking you where you’re heading. More information on transportation options is below.
How to Travel Around Bali
Different transportation options are available depending on your budget.
1. By Motorbike
This is the easiest and fastest way to travel around the island. Motorbikes are slender enough to squeeze between the cars. The motorbike drivers are more aggressive compared to the drivers in cars. Expect to pay 60,000 IDR to 300,000 IDR ($4.00 – $20.10 USD) per day for a rental. If you have two people, you’ll need to decide if each person will drive their own motorbike or you’ll share one. Some accommodations will have rentals available on site. Book a motorbike and check out options here.
2. By Car
For more flexibility with your schedule, you can rent a car. Prices range from 200,000 IDR to 300,000 IDR ($13.40 – $20.10) per day. If you’re coming from the U.S, the driver seat is reversed as it’s on the right-hand side. Remember to get extra car insurance for damages and incidentals.
3. By Car with driver
Don’t want to worry about navigation and traffic? Hiring a driver is a great solution! Some of the roads are hilly, narrow, and can be congested with traffic. Rather than stressing out on the road, consider hiring a driver who knows the island. Drivers range from 500,000 IDR to 650,000 IDR ($34.00-$44.00). Book a driver here.
We had a driver during our time in Bali and loved him! He is safe on the roads and such a nice person to hang out with. Plus, he charges a fair amount based on what your itinerary is for the day. Contact us if you want to get our driver’s contact information.
4. By taxis or ride-hailing.
Finding a taxi is easy to do when you’re around the Denpasar area. The Bluebird Taxis are the recommended taxis due to service. You can’t miss them since the color of the car is blue. You will need to negotiate a price for the fare or insist that the driver use the meter. The taxis are known to rip off the tourists, so you’re better off getting a driver in advance.
Tip: Beware of the copycat taxis that are also blue and have a similar name to Bluebird Taxi.
As for the ride-hailing opportunities, you can use Grab or Go-Jek, Southeast Asia’s versions of Uber. You’ll need to purchase a SIM card at the airport to use the data functions. Or, you can sign up for Google Project Fi phone service (if you’re based in the U.S.) and have free data coverage in 200+ countries. (We use Google Fi everywhere).
There is a war between taxis and Grab and many attractions will not allow Grab drivers to park on the premises. Watch out for the “No Grab” signs in certain areas.
5. By tours.
Map of Where to Go in Bali in 2 Weeks
Day 1: Arrival and Beaches in Bandung Regency
On your first day of arrival, head to the beachside in the Bandung Regency area via taxi or by a driver. It’s a short car ride away from the Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Airport – about 10 to 20 minutes depending on traffic. The popular locations include Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu. Each area is very different so it depends on what you are comfortable staying at.
We suggest that you focus on one area since you’re probably tired from long travels. As a heads up, we plan to stay overnight in Seminyak on the 8th day of this itinerary so we’ll skip that area for now.
What to Do in Bandung Regency
1. Visit Kuta as an introduction to Bali.
This area is known for the beaches, such as Kuta Beach, Pantai Jerman Beach, and Pantai Segara Beach, shopping centers, and nightlife. If you love watching airplanes arrive or depart from the tarmac, walk to the end of the Pantai Jerman Beach to see the planes. Kuta tends to have the most tourists due to the easy access from the airport and is only a 10-minute ride away by car. Otherwise, it’s not necessary to spend the whole day there unless you want to party all night long.
2. Canggu is another area to explore in Bandung Regency.
It’s more catered to the digital nomads as there are tons of cafes to work from. If you prefer beach time, stop by Batu Bolong Beach or Echo Beach. These two areas are awesome surfing spots and known for the good waves. Beginners can also learn how to surf.
Or, you can visit the neighboring beach bars for a drink and food and watch the sunset. Street art is also another highlight of Canggu where you can wander around on foot to see colorful artwork on buildings. Lastly, stop by the top markets for fresh produce and unique souvenirs. To get to Canggu, it’s 13 kilometers (8 miles) away from Kuta.
3. See the sunset at Tanah Lot.
This popular Balinese temple is also known as “Land in the Sea” to explore. It’s one of the top places to see the sunset with the cliffside viewpoints, which is why we’re ending your first day in Bali here.
Tanah Lot was built in the 16th century and has a unique setting as it’s in the ocean and 300 meters from the mainland. If the tides are lower, visitors have the opportunity to walk up the temple. Otherwise, you’ll need to see the temple area from the mainland. Don’t stray too far from the mainland as the waves can be rough and the Security guard will blow his whistle at you.
You’ll need to have transportation to visit the temple as it’s 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from Kuta or 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from Canggu. Or, you can visit on a tour.
Tip: You do not need to wear a sarong for this temple, but other temples in Bali require a sarong.
Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82121, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm
Admission Cost: 60,000 IDR ($4.20) adults, 30,000 IDR ($2.10) children
Where to Stay in Bandung Regency
Bandung Regency is an affordable area to stay as there are cheap guesthouses and hotels. There are plenty of resorts available for a more luxurious option. We decided to head to Ubud for the evening instead of staying in this area.
Days 2-4: Ubud
Ubud is our favorite area to stay in Bali. It’s a quieter area with lots of opportunities to explore nature and wildlife. If you practice yoga, there are tons of classes and retreats in this area. Three days in Ubud is the perfect amount of time to explore and see the Ubud attractions. To get to Ubud from Kuta or Canggu, allocate at least 1 hour for transportation.
What to Do in Ubud
1. Walk through the main street of Jl. Raya Ubud to shop and eat.
There are so many restaurants and cafes to choose from depending on your preference including many vegan options. Feel free to go through the smaller side streets for more local Indonesian cuisine and cheaper eats.
2. Visit Ubud Palace.
You can’t miss this place as it’s in the central area of the main walking street. It’s a former accommodation of the royal family. Visitors are welcome to browse around the small area of the palace for free. It does get crowded so you should come early to avoid the crowds. In the evenings, they have a dance performance and tickets can be purchased in front of the palace.
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
3. Use your bargaining skills at Ubud Art Market.
Find the perfect souvenirs such as sarongs, handcrafted jewelry, or the popular rattan bags for your friends and family at Ubud Art Market. Check out the multi-level building or the side street to find souvenirs. Sellers will call you to get your attention but they aren’t aggressive. Many of the items sold will be similar so you can do some price comparison. We suggest that you combine a visit with the Ubud Palace since they’re across from each other.
Address: Jalan Raya Ubud No.35, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm
4. Explore the rice fields.
Kajeng Rice Fields and Juwuk Manis Rice Fields which is off of the Ubud main street is a fabulous introduction to see the luscious rice fields. It’s free to walk along the path and enjoy the peaceful area. You’ll see adorable ducks hanging out in the rice fields. Please do not walk into the rice fields as these are private properties
Address: Jl. Kajeng No.88, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
If you have transportation, head to Tegalalang Rice Terraces. It’s the ultimate spot to see massive rice terraces and palm trees. You’ll want to spend a couple of hours walking around the green rice terraces and taking photos of the impressive landscape. It’s easy to walk around, but you’re more than welcome to take a tour.
As a heads up, some rice terraces will ask for a donation to cross their rice fields. It’s up to you whether you want to donate or not. If you want to ride the Bali swing, several vendors offer this service. The starting price is 150,000 IDR ($10.10) for two people.
Address: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm
Admission Cost: 10,000 IDR ($.70)
5. Beware of the mischievous monkeys at Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary).
While the monkeys are adorable and can wander around freely, they will go after any bright and shiny objects and food. Hide your sunglasses, hats, and any food from these burglars.
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm (Last entry at 5:30pm)
Admission Cost: 80,000 IDR ($5.40) adults, 60,000 IDR ($4.00) children
6. Check out Goa Gajah.
Head to Goa Gajah, also referred to as Elephant Caves, to see this historical archaeological site and one of the top caves to visit in Asia. As a former site used for meditation over 1,100 years ago, you get the chance to walk through the opening mouth of the spiritual creature. At the end of this cave, you’ll see a small area for praying so please be respectful. Otherwise, you can venture through other areas of the temple grounds and see Buddhist temples and pools.
Address: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah No.99, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Admission Cost: 50,000 IDR ($3.50), includes sarong
7. Stroll through Campuhan Ridge.
Take an early morning or late afternoon walk along Campuhan Ridge. You have the opportunity to walk along a paved path and get some fresh air and see the green landscapes. Wear a hat since the path isn’t shaded. Don’t forget to bring water or you can purchase drinks at one of the local kiosks along the way.
Address: Kelusa, Payangan, Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
8. Hike Mount Batur to see the sunrise.
Start the morning with a sunrise trek on Mount Batur. It’s an unforgettable experience to hike up this inactive volcano and see the sunrise at 1,717 m (5,633 ft). While you can visit Mount Batur on your own, it’s recommended to have a tour guide to help you navigate the trails in the dark. You will have an early morning pick-up at 2:00am, yet, the experience is worth it.
Read our Mount Batur sunrise trek guide for helpful tips on this hike.
9. Take a class to improve your skills.
If you like getting crafty or want to expand upon your skills, check out some of these classes to take. You’ll learn new skills and also get to keep your item as a memorable souvenir.
- Take a cooking class and learn how to make Balinese food.
- Make silver jewelry
- Take a traditional painting class
- Master your wood carving skills
10. Enjoy a massage.
You’re on a vacation so you deserve to pamper yourself. Check out this 2-hour massage option with a riverside view.
11. Take a tour of Ubud and surrounding areas.
While you can walk around on your own, you may want to take a group tour of Ubud and other areas. Here are some suggested ones to register for:
- Take an all-day private tour of Ubud.
- Explore Bali including rice terraces, Mount Batur, temples, and more.
- Visit Ubud including waterfalls and Bali swings.
Places to Stay in Ubud
Ubud has a variety of affordable to luxury accommodations to choose from. If you prefer to pamper yourself, check out these incredible resort options. We recommend that you stay close to the main walking street so you’ll be close to restaurants.
We stayed at Element by Westin Bali Ubud which is off the main walking street. It’s a nice hotel under the Marriott brand that offers amenities such as a pool, restaurant, 24×7 gym, free yoga classes, and round-trip shuttle transportation to the Monkey Forest. Otherwise, you can walk to the main area in 30-40 minutes. We used hotel points and stayed here for a few days and enjoyed the stay. The cost of the room is $100-$130 per night for 2 person occupancy.
Day 5-6: North Bali
North Bali is next on the itinerary for your fifth and sixth day. There are so many incredible North Bali attractions that you’ll need a few days to explore a portion of it. It’s up to you whether you want to be based in the Ubud area or stay overnight in North Bali. We did day trips from Ubud with our driver and didn’t have any issues with the back and forth travels.
From Ubud to North Bali, you’ll need to drive around 2 hours by car.
What to Do in North Bali
1. Check out the breathtaking waterfalls.
Sekumpul Waterfall is a bucket list waterfall to visit in Asia. It does require a hike down to the base of the waterfall, but it’s worth the effort to see the 80 meters (260 feet) high cascading falls. Plus, you’re in the middle of the green jungle and the view is gorgeous. You can also pair a visit to the neighboring Fiji Waterfall. The driving path to Sekumpul Waterfall is very windy and narrow so drive carefully.
Read our Sekumpul Waterfall guide for more details.
Address: Sekumpul, Sawan, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia
Admission Cost: 20,000 IDR ($1.40)
Other waterfalls in the area include Gitgit, Aling Aling, Tukad Cepung, and Banyumala. Check out our Bali waterfalls post for more information on these incredible waterfalls.
2. Take a photo with the Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes.
When leaving Banyumala Waterfalls, you’ll drive along the main road and will come across the Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes. It’s known as the Twin Lakes. Stop by to take a photo of the lakes. There is a platform overlooking the area and is free to access.
Address: Jl. Raya Pancasari/JI. Munduk Wanagiri Road
3. Fill your Instagram with photos from Hidden Hills Wanagiri.
If you’ve seen photos on social media of people sitting on Bali swings and floating egg nests, then head to Hidden Hills Wanagiri. The setting is beautiful with Lake Buyan in the backdrop. We haven’t been to this place but heard that it can get crowded as people wait in long queues for each of the sitting areas.
Address: Jalan Munduk – Wanagiri, Wanagiri, Sukasada, Pancasari, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 6:30am-7:00pm
Admission Cost: 100,000 IDR ($6.70)
4. Take a photo with the Handara Gate.
The Handara Gate is a part of the Handara Golf and Resort. It’s another famous photo spot in Bali of a gate entrance. It’s recommended to get there early since there will be a long queue of people waiting for the perfect shot. Otherwise, you can skip since you need to pay a fee to take the photo.
Address: Jl. Raya Singaraja-Denpasar, Pancasari, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161, Indonesia
Admission Cost: 30,000 IDR ($2.00)
5. Explore more rice fields.
We can never get enough of the rice fields in Bali. Sideman is south of Besakih and has many hiking paths next to the rice fields. You can also explore the village as it’s more rural than the neighboring Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.
Jatiluwih deserves its recognition for its impressive rice terraces. It’s one of the major sites that utilize the subak systems (effective water irrigation) and is recognized as a UNESCO site in Indonesia. You can easily walk around and explore the fields or by electric bike.
Address: Jalan Jatiluwih No No.Desa, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia
Admission Cost: 40,000 IDR ($2.80)
6. Kayak around Pura Ulun Danu Beratan.
One of the unique Hindu temples is Pura Ulun Danu Beratan. It’s a small temple area in Lake Beratan. The photogenic water temple is Lingga Petak which you can see from the mainland. Since you cannot access the temple as it’s in the lake, the next best thing is to hire a kayak to travel around it. It would be a fabulous spot to see the sunset.
If you don’t want to kayak, you can see the temple from the mainland. You’ll still get the same view of the stunning water temple.
Address: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm
Admission Cost: 75,000 IDR ($5.20) adults, 50,000 IDR ($3.50) children
7. Check out Bali’s Buddhist monastery, Brahma Vihara Arana.
Brahma Vihara Arana is a hidden gem as this Buddhist monastery is tucked in the mountains. Check out the Balinese and Tibetan architecture stupas, pagodas, and Buddha statues. The center of the monastery has a mini replica of the Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Java, Indonesia.
Address: Gg. Sahadewa, Banjar Tegeha, Kec. Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81152, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm
Admission Cost: 20,000 IDR ($1.40)
8. If you’re interested in taking a tour of North Bali, here are some options to consider:
- Full day tour of Banyumala Waterfall Trek, Bedugul and Lake Beratan
- North Bali Tour which includes a sunrise view, Handara Gate, and Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes
- Full day tour of Ulun Danu Beratan, Tanah Lot, and Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
Places to Stay in North Bali
Two areas with accommodations in North Bali are Lovina or Singaraja. Both areas are along the coastline so you’ll have access to beaches.
One place that is luxurious and worthy of a splurge is the Munduk Moding Plantation. It’s an eco-friendly resort with photogenic spots of the infinity pools against the rolling green hills. This place is on our bucket list of places to stay.
Day 7: East Bali
East Bali is an undiscovered area of Bali that has so many incredible things to do. From visiting waterfalls to exploring the temples, you won’t have any issues with finding something to do. You can visit East Bali either from your accommodations in North Bali or from Ubud.
Since we were based in Ubud, we’re only including one day in East Bali on our seventh day of the Bali 2 weeks itinerary. It’s easy to visit as a day trip, yet we think two days would be even better to explore. If you want to stay for two days, you’re more than welcome to as our last day of this itinerary (day 14) is free. You can shift the itinerary over for 2 days in East Bali.
From Ubud to East Bali, allocate 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours one-way for travel time via car.
Check out our East Bali guide to see the full list of attractions to visit.
What to Do in East Bali
1. Stop by Pura Lempuyang.
One of the most popular temples to visit is Lempuyang Temple (Pura Lempuyang). It’s a spiritual place to visit as you get the opportunity to travel to seven temples. While the first temple, “Gateway to Heaven” is the photogenic spot that overlooks Mount Agung, the other smaller temples are worth the trek up the mountain. You’ll need to allocate a couple of hours to travel up the mountain as there are many steps to conquer.
Read more about what to expect at Lempuyang Temple here.
Address: Jl. Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang, Tri Buana, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Admission Cost: Free to visit but a donation is welcome.
2. Stop by the Tirta Gangga Water Garden.
Interested in seeing a water garden? Tirta Gangga Water Garden is the perfect spot to walk through a pond with guardian statues and stepping stones. You’ll see huge koi fish swimming around the stepping stones and they’ll swim around your stone if you stop and hover over them. (They think you have food in your hands.) While this place isn’t large, it’s beautiful to browse around and take photos.
Address: Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat, Ababi, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Admission Cost: 30,000 IDR ($2.10)
3. End the day at Besakih Temple.
Pura Agung Besakih, also known as the “Mother Temple” is the biggest and most sacred temple in Bali. You’ll see Mount Agung in the backdrop on a clear day. You’ll need a tour guide to explore this temple as there are over 80 small temples to go through. Since the temple area is on a hill, there will be steps involved. Your guide will share with you the history and show you the best photo spots around the complex. Many people pilgrimage to Besakih from all over Bali for celebrations, burial ceremonies, and other occasions.
Address: Jl. Gunung Mas No.Ds, Besakih, Rendang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80863, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm
Admission Cost: 60,000 IDR ($4.20), includes a guide, one-way motorbike ride to the entrance, and sarong rental
Places to Stay in East Bali
Check out the areas that you can stay in East Bali such as Candidasa and Amed, which is known to have black beaches.
Day 8: Travel Day & Seminyak
On your eighth day in Bali, you’ll depart from either Ubud or East Bali accommodation and head to the Seminyak area. As we mentioned on the first day of arrival, it’s a beach area between Kuta and Canggu (close to the Denpasar International Airport).
We’re using Seminyak as a stopover so we can stay overnight before heading to Nusa Lembongan the next day. Nusa Lembongan is a part of the larger Nusa Islands, including Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. These islands are south of Bali and easy to get to. Since you’ll need to take a speedboat from Bali to Nusa Lembongan, the speed boat agency will pick you up from your accommodation from Seminyak (other locations include Kuta and some areas of Ubud) before heading to the docks at Sanur.
From Ubud to Seminyak, you’ll need about an hour by car. On your way to Seminyak, stop by Tegenungan Waterfall or go canyoning at Hidden Canyon for additional adventures during your trip.
If you’re coming from East Bali, you’ll need a few hours to get to Seminyak. Therefore, this day is very flexible with what you want to do when you arrive at Seminyak.
What to Do in Seminyak
1. Eat all the good foods.
From cafes to small local shops, there are so many delicious foods to try in the Seminyak area. We loved eating at Tamade Cafeteria for the Indo-Chinese cuisine and Gusto Gelato for unique flavors of gelato (ie: sambal and ginger.)
2. Learn how to surf.
If you didn’t get the chance to learn how to surf on your first day in Canggu, you can take lessons in Seminyak.
3. Pamper yourself with another massage.
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Places to Stay in Seminyak
Seminyak has a variety of guesthouses and affordable accommodations if you’re on a budget. Plus, they are close or next to the beaches so you’ll have easy access to them.
We stayed at the CR Tris Homestay which is a perfect location for our one night stay. The room was spacious, clean, and had an enclosed bathroom. Plus, we could sit outside on the balcony to get some fresh air. We enjoyed the location as it was only a couple of minutes from the main street with restaurants, cafes, and shopping. The owners are also friendly and can answer any questions that you have. Click here to reserve a room at CR Tris Homestay.
Days 9-12: Nusa Islands
After spending over a week on Bali, you may be itching to explore a new place. Head to Nusa Islands for a few days. Ironically, nusa means island in Malay and Indonesian. Nusa Islands comprises three islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida. Penida is the largest island while Ceningan is the smallest.
We suggest that you spend four days on Nusa Islands – two days on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and two days on Nusa Penida. While you can do a day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali, there are too many awesome things to do on these islands.
You will need to have transportation to travel around the islands. If you’re able to drive a motorbike, it’s easy to travel around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Nusa Penida is more challenging due to the terrible road quality and hills. Read our Nusa Penida motorbiking tips to determine if you want to drive one. Otherwise, hire a driver.
Top Things to Do on Nusa Islands
See gorgeous views at Nusa Lembongan.
This island tends to have more crowds due to the direct route via speedboat from Bali yet it has some incredible places to visit. The top tourist attractions include visiting Devil’s Tear to see the large splashes against the cliffs, going on a tour of the mangroves in the Mangrove Forest, and hanging out at the numerous beaches. You’ll love seeing the gorgeous views along the cliffside with the blue waters.
Explore Nusa Ceningan for a few hours.
Since this island is the smallest out of the three, all you need is a couple of hours here. Just cross the yellow bridge from Nusa Lembongan and you’re already at Nusa Ceningan. The main highlight is seeing the Blue Lagoon. It’s a photogenic spot with gorgeous blue waters. You can also jump off from the cliff at Mahana Point for an additional adrenaline rush. Otherwise, there are a few spots where surfers go to practice their surfing skills.
Check out the beautiful landscapes and beaches on Nusa Penida.
To get to Nusa Penida from Lembongan, you’ll need to take a small boat ride from the yellow bridge area. The highlights of Nusa Penida include visiting the gorgeous beaches such as Atuh Beach, Diamond Beach, Broken Beach, and Kelingking Beach. Kelingking is the iconic cliffside that looks like the back of a T-Rex and has a secluded beach when you walk to the bottom of the mountain. Those who are seeking an adventure can snorkel with the manta rays or learn how to dive here. You can also visit waterfalls (although the ones on Bali have larger cascades) and temples. Our Nusa Penida itinerary has more details on other places to visit.
Places to Stay on Nusa Islands
Between Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, it’s recommended to stay on Nusa Lembongan. Since the island is larger, you’ll have more guesthouses and resort options. Plus, you’ll be closer to a variety of restaurants.
We stayed at D’Tegal which is a small guesthouse that is about a 10-minute walk from the port area. It was the perfect place for us as it was tucked in a residential street so it was quiet. There were plenty of warungs and local restaurants within walking distance. As a heads up, you can easily miss this place in the evenings as there aren’t a lot of street lights on the main road. The room is $18 per night for a 2 person occupancy.
As with Nusa Penida, you’ll have plenty of accommodations to choose from. One of the best things about staying on Nusa Penida is that you can have a private bungalow for a few days.
We stayed at Nusa Penida Pudak Nature Bungalow which is a 5-minute motorbike ride from the main port area. The host, Ketut, was such a joy to meet. He greeted us on arrival and gave us tips on what to do in the area. We had a private bungalow and an enclosed bathroom. The bathroom is very tight so that was the only negative for us. The front of our bungalow had a patio so we could enjoy our breakfast and see the view of the garden. The room is $30 per night for a 2 person occupancy.
Day 13: Uluwatu
After four days on Nusa Islands, it’s time to head back to the Bali mainland. If you’re departing from Nusa Penida, take a short boat ride to Nusa Lembongan and then head to the dock to take another boat to go back to Bali’s Sanur area. Or, you could have booked a boat ride that goes directly to the Bali mainland. You’ll most likely leave in the morning so you’ll arrive in Sanur by mid-morning.
Once you’re in Sanur, your boat company may provide transportation to your next destination, Uluwatu. Otherwise, you’ll need a taxi or a driver to get to Uluwatu. It’ll take 1 hour by car.
What to Do in Uluwatu
1. Visit Uluwatu Temple & see the Kecak show.
Uluwatu Temple, also referred to as Pura Uluwatu, is the main attraction in the area. This temple stands 70 meters (230 feet) on a cliff and has a lovely view of the ocean. It’s one of the best spots to see the sunset.
It’s recommended that you visit in the late afternoon/sunset time so you can watch the 1-hour Kecak Fire Show. The performance depicts a traditional story of the battle of Ramayana. Since the theater is outside, you’ll also have the view of the sunset in the background.
Purchase tickets in front of the theater area between 4:30pm-5:30pm. The show starts at 6:00pm. If you get to the theater, early you’ll have a better viewing spot. The show will fit as many people as possible so you’ll be very close to your neighbor.
You can also visit Uluwatu Temple via a tour with beaches and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Admission Cost: Uluwatu Temple: 30,000 IDR ($2.00); Kecak Show: 100,000 IDR ($6.75)
Opening Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm
2. Have a seafood dinner at Jimbaran Beach.
Our driver recommended having dinner at Jimbaran Beach. You can choose your seafood and how you want it prepared and enjoy the beach setting. It would be perfect for the sunset setting.
From Uluwatu Temple to Jimbaran Beach, it’s about a 30-minute ride. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to try the seafood as we decided to stay locally for dinner after viewing Uluwatu Temple’s Kecak show.
3. Check out the beaches.
Uluwatu has plenty of beaches to check out. Nyang Nyang has a short climb down to the beach and is one of the beaches with fewer crowds. The other beaches along the coast have mixed reviews due to crowds and garbage build up. We didn’t get a chance to check them out but these are the popular ones – Padang Padang, Bingin Beach, and Dreamland Beach.
Places to Stay in Uluwatu
Uluwatu has plenty of guesthouses and hotels available, especially along the beachside. Otherwise, you can travel around via motorbike.
We stayed at Olas Homestay. It’s a small guesthouse that has private rooms and enclosed bathrooms for guests. If you need to rent a motorbike, they have them available. We enjoyed the location as it is close to restaurants and a short motorbike ride away from Uluwatu Temple. The room is $30 per night for 2 person occupancy.
Day 14: Free Day
It’s the end of your 2 weeks in Bali itinerary. On this final day, you’re welcome to do whatever you’d like. Here are some ideas for you to consider if you decide to spend the day in another location or are heading back home.
1. Explore another area of Bali such as Nusa Dua.
2. Head back to the Denpasar area for last-minute beach time or shopping.
You may also consider visiting the abandoned planes in South Kuta and get a chance to walk through them.
3. Depart to go home.
If you’re heading back home or to your next destination in Indonesia (we recommend a trip to Komodo Islands to see the Komodo dragons), have a safe trip! We hope you made some incredible memories from your vacation and that you’ll want to revisit again.
Whew! Your time in Bali has come to an end. You managed to see plenty of attractions during your two weeks in Bali. Hope you had a fantastic time on this island and made some new memories from this trip.
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