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Ultimate Indonesia 10 Days Travel Itinerary – best places to visit in Indonesia with chill and adventure (on 3 islands!)

Explore the best places to visit in Indonesia and make the most of your stay with this Indonesia 10-day travel itinerary covering the adventurous activities in Java, the lush greenery of Bali, and relaxing beaches in Gili islands.

Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary, best places to visit in Indonesia

Indonesia is a diverse country. It has exciting activities for adventure lovers, stunning temples for every architecture fan, and everyone looking for a relaxing time will find it by the sea. If you want to combine the colorful marine life, lush jungles, rich culture of Bali, and pristine beaches of Gili Islands, together with climbing an active volcano and discovering the hardest job in the world – this Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary is just for you. If you are wondering where to stay in Bali , I have you covered.

The map with the exact locations of the places at the bottom of the post.

Swings in Gili Air, Indonesia

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Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary – best places to visit in indonesia.

There are a lot of places to visit in Indonesia in 10 days, and below I cover the best ones. 

Day 1 – arriving in Bali

I recommend starting or ending in Bali – even with many tourists, the island is always worth visiting. To get the most out of the short time in Bali, I recommend taking some 2 or 3-day tours, that would take care of all the transport and logistics, such as this one “Three Day Island Tour “, covering the main attractions.

If you have a bit more time and energy to organize things on your own, I share my tips below.

Depending on where in the world you come from, the flight to Bali might be a long and exhausting one. Spend the first day relaxing and getting your energy back. A good option is to visit the white sand beaches of Jimbaran and try the best seafood. The place gets very busy in the evening and the top tables with a romantic view can get booked very quickly.

Tip: If you come around lunchtime, you will have the whole beach for yourself and plenty of restaurants to choose from.

This day tour covers the main points on the south coast of Bali, including a seafood dinner in Jimbaran. See the island’s most iconic temple, Tanah Lot, admire Suluban Beach’s picturesque caves, and enjoy an optional Kecak show – check the tour here .

You can find nice accommodation in the area or, like us, move closer to Ubud, where you can enjoy the freshness of the jungle. Deciding on where to stay in Ubud might be a bit challenging, because of different areas and your interests, but here are a few suggestions.

Where to stay in Ubud:

  • Luxury: Alila Ubud – a beautiful hotel located in the middle of the jungle with a wonderful infinity pool. We stayed there for my birthday in a traditional bungalow and loved it! Check availability and the best prices here.
  • Mid-range: Villa D’Bisma – hotel with outdoor pool, overlooking the rice terraces, located close to the Ubud Monkey Forest. We even had a visit from monkeys there.
  • Budget:  – bungalows with terraces as a budget option in Ubud Sila Urip Guest House (dormitory beds) – lush garden and relaxing terrace, great to mingle with other travelers Bali Backpackers Hostel (dormitory beds) – the best value for money, comfy beds, and friendly staff

Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary - Jimbaran beach Bali

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Day 2 – get a bali feel.

Explore Ubud town and its surroundings. You can rent a motorbike, get a driver, walk around the places in town, or take a highly rated small group guided tour, including Ubud, and Tanah Lot .

In the evening make sure to go to the traditional Bali dance performance, it’s so worth it. 

Before that, book a next-day trip to the Gili islands. This can be easily done by one of the many tour providers, whose offices are located on the main street in Ubud. Walk around and compare prices. We got our return trip from Ubud to Gili Air for 500k IDR.

For more luxury trips, including a night at a beachfront resort, you can take a private 2-day tour from Bali and explore all 3 Gili Islands on a private boat cruise with time to swim and snorkel.

Balinese dance performance - Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary

Day 3 – time for Gili islands

Spend your morning walking around Ubud market and some beautiful temples. Have breakfast by Pura Taman Saraswati, a temple overlooking the pond with lilies, before the bus departure to the Gili islands. The van will take you to Padang Bai, where the speedboats to Gili Islands leave from. You will arrive at Gili Island in the afternoon. We chose to stay on the peaceful Gili Air, but the boat goes to all three of the islands, so you can choose a different one. In the evening, have a leisurely dinner by the beach and watch a stunning sunset.

Where to stay in Gili Air:

  • Luxury: PinkCoco Gili Air – exceptional resort located just by the beach. The view of the sea from the rooms and pink accents in the stylish interior. Check the best prices here.
  • Midrange: Nanas Homestay – beautiful cottages with your own terrace, hammock, and yummy Indonesian breakfast. Check availability.
  • Budget:  Beranda Ecolodge – a beautiful hostel with a traditional Indonesian setting, outdoor swimming pools, and a garden. Bunk beds in shared rooms and all the rooms have a balcony or terrace. Check availability here.

Pura Taman Saraswati - best places to visit in Indonesia - Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary

Day 4 – explore the underwater paradise

I recommend you wake up early enough to catch the best sunrise, that you can possibly imagine. The views over to Lombok’s highest volcano – Mt. Rinjani, mist rising from the valleys, and pink fluffy clouds covering the sky, will take your breath away.

After sunrise, you can get a typical Indonesian breakfast in one of the cafes or if you’re staying in the Airbnb/hostel, it would normally be included in the price.

A great way to spend the rest of the morning is to go on a snorkeling trip – swimming with turtles and admiring the colorful fish and coral. The boats usually depart by 10:00 am and are back by 14:30 pm. They will take you to all three Gili islands and the best snorkeling spots, including Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno, where you can have lunch by the sea.  The price for the trip (not including lunch) is around 100k IDR per person.

There are also private tours that you can take from Bali, that include private snorkeling tour from the boat, such as this one “Private 3-Day Gili Islands Tour with Snorkeling”.

After returning, you can catch a yoga session or chill by the beach. The island is tiny, so it’s great just to walk around it, trying to find all the famous (and highly Instagrammable) swings. If you are lucky you can even spot the huge lizards, that belong to the same family as famous Komodo dragons.

Don’t miss the interior of the island, as this is where the local people live. Try some local street food called “Bakso” – meatballs with spicy sauce. In the evening treat yourself to a cocktail by the beach under the stars.

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Day 5 – back to Bali

You can spend your last morning in Gili Air snorkeling by the shore or enjoying the beautiful views from the beach before jumping on a speedboat, that will take you back to Bali. If you have more time, you can spend it around Padang Bai and go to the Blue Lagoon.

From there you can head north-east towards Amed and finish the Bali loop by going to Pemuteran on the north (our days 6 & 7), or head back to Ubud and take your way from there. You can also try some other interesting experiences in Bali.

Initially, we had plans to go to Amed, but because of the high risk of the volcano eruption the whole area was closed off, so we needed to change our plans.

If you decide to go back to Ubud, the driver might drop you off close to the Monkey forest , so you can visit it on the way. With a bit more time, it’s a good idea to include a Campuhan Ridge Walk, which boasts gorgeous hillside views. This walking tour includes the Ubud Monkey Forest, a Campuhan Ridge Walk, the water temple of Saraswati, and Ubud Palace.

In the evening, organize your next-day trip to Munduk with a trip through some must-see places in Bali. The driver with a drop-off in Munduk cost us 650k IDR per car for 2 people, which seemed like a reasonable price. Make sure you agree on the exact stops before.

Two monkeys in the Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary

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Day 6 – bali interior.

Be prepared for an exciting day full of sightseeing and ever-changing scenery.

If you would like to visit all the major sites in one day but come back to the same location afterward, this tour lasts 10 hours and includes temples, rice fields, and Bali’s best sunset.

Below was our plan for this day, leaving at 7 a.m .

  • Bali Rice terraces  – beautiful green terraces with growing rice. 
  • Pura Gunung Kawi  – a temple with stone carvings 
  • Pura Tirta Empul – the holy w ater temple
  • Geopark Global UNESCO Batur – View the Mount Batur v olcano and stop for lunch. We also visited the geological institute in town. If you have one more day you could extend your stay in the area and go down the villages around the volcano and Lake Batur or climb the mountain in the morning for the sunrise.
  • Pura Tegeh Kahuripan (Pura Puncak Penulisan) – a local temple located on top of the highest hill. To get to the top you need to walk several flights of stairs, but it’s worth it!
  • The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple   – a picturesque temple complex of significant importance, located by the lake  – is the one that you can see on all the postcards and guidebook covers.
  • Twin Lakes and the viewpoints – handmade platforms, swings, nests, and many more, where you can take the perfect Instagram picture 😉 W e were a couple of minutes late and the platforms were closed, so if you want to take those cool photos, make sure to get there a bit earlier.
  • Entry gate to the golf course – because it’s cool! The famous gate is the Handara Golf Course gate – an entrance to the Resort and Golf Course.
  • Munduk – a green village in the hills with beautiful waterfalls nearby, that’s where you can experience real Bali countryside

Where to stay in Bali, Munduk:

  • Luxury: Nadira Bali Resort & Villa – an outdoor pool and beautiful villas with an amazing views. Check availability.
  • Midrange: Lesong Hotel and Restaurant – this hotel has an incredible location, in the middle of the rice fields. You will feel a real Bali spirit while staying there. Check availability.
  • Budget: Made Oka Homestay and Warung – amazing view of the valley and the hills around. Great breakfast (included). Check availability here.

Rice terraces, Bali - Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary

Day 7 – Munduk waterfalls

In the morning visit the stunning Munduk waterfalls. The hike should take you around 2-3 hours and you can visit a few nice places. Leave early to have them all to yourself. Entry to waterfalls is 10k IDR. 

Arrange the car to go to Pemuteran with a few stops on the way. The price for the car is set by the local tourist agency and is 350k IDR (for the end of 2017).

On the way we visited:

  • Banjar hot springs  – Holy hot springs, Entrance 20k IDR
  • Brahmavihara-Arama – the only Buddhist temple in Bali, Free entrance

Arrive at Pemuteran, and go afternoon snorkeling just off the beach. Visit Turtle Hatchery in Pemuteran with cute baby turtles.

In the evening take a walk or a ride (we hitch-hiked) to the nearby Pura Pabean temple for the sunset with monkeys and wonderful views of Java. 

Where to stay in Pemuteran:

  • Suka Sari cottages – an outdoor bathroom, private terrace, and swimming pool. Close to the beach. Check availability here.

Munduk view to the hills around, Bali - Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary

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Day 8 – pemuteran, black beach, and off to java.

Spend the morning at the beach, snorkeling in the famous Reef project.

In the afternoon take a bemo (local bus) to Gilimanuk to catch the ferry to East Java. The ferry doesn’t take long, but may sometimes wait on the water for an extended period (ours did).

In Java, you will arrive in Banyuwangi, which is a base for climbing the Ijen volcano . Check out the best way to do the Ijen hike with or without a tour and travel to the volcano for the sunrise. We were planning to just get a driver and do a climb ourselves, but we met an Indonesian guy who offered us the whole package (including the guide, masks, and visit to the waterfall and coffee plantations) for a much better price. Go to sleep early so you can wake up for the hike! 

In case you want to go back to Bali and do Ijen as a day tour , this overnight trip from Bali to Mount Ijen has great reviews .

Sunrise in Pemuteran, black beach - Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary

Day 9 – Ijen, the blue flames, and the most dangerous job in the world

Wake up in the middle of the night to get to the Ijen volcano around 1-2 a.m. The earlier the better, but you might have a hard time convincing the drivers to depart early, especially with other passengers.

Climb the Ijen volcano (75 minutes one way), and go down the crater (30 minutes ) to watch the famous blue flames. Watch the sunrise and talk to the miners who work in the active sulfur mine carrying 90 kg up the crater and down the mountain, sometimes only in flip-flops! This place is a real eye-opener and it’s very worth seeing. More details, together with the full guide to the Ijen hike here .

After the climb, we went to visit the nearby waterfall and coffee plantations as a part of the tour. After that, go back to town, catch a few hours of sleep, and get an afternoon train to Probolinggo (I recommend booking in advance).

Ijen Blue flames - Indonesia 10 days travel itinerary

Day 10 – climbing the active volcano

Wake up early and find a bus going from Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang, which is the base of Mount Bromo – an active volcano. The journey takes a couple of hours and the bemos only leave when they are full (or if you pay for the empty seats).

After arriving in Cemoro Lawang, you can go and explore the area. We climbed the Bromo crater in the afternoon with no crowds and no need to pay for it. For more details about the Mount Bromo hike click here .

Go to sleep early as you need to wake up at night in time for another sunrise.

Are you looking to do this trip but from Bali? This Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater’s Blue Fire 3-Day Tour covers both volcanoes and then brings you back to Bali.

Bromo volcano, East Java - best places to visit in Indonesia

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*Day 11 – Sunrise above Bromo and departure

Wake up around 1 a.m. and walk to one of the viewing points. That’s a way of watching Mount Bromo sunrise for free, instead of the organized tour – and I highly recommend this way. The number of cars that were going to one spot chosen by the tour companies was INSANE. There are several viewing spots and they get crowded, so try to arrive there early. You can read more about Mount Bromo hike with no crowds here.

After the sunrise, go back to the hotel and catch a bus back to Probolinggo. From there get a train to Surabaya.

In Surabaya make your way to the airport where you can fly to Jakarta and catch the flight back home (or to the next destination). 

*The 11th day can be skipped and the sunrise can be done on the previous day if you catch the morning train from  Banyuwangi (Ijen base) to Probolinggo instead of the afternoon one. It requires less sleeping time, but it’s doable.

Sunrise Bromo - best places to visit in Indonesia

What to pack for the Indonesia trip

  • Suncream – I use this suncream as it has great protection, good skincare, and is perfect for kids and adults on the face and body. It is also reef-safe!
  • Sunglasses – The sun in Indonesia is strong and you need to protect your eyes. Check UV sunglasses at a good price here.
  • Hat or a scarf for sun protection – you don’t want to get headaches from too much sun. Check prices and models here.
  • Hiking shoes for volcanoes–  Merrell   has good hiking shoes.   Check the price and models here.
  • Reusable water bottle or Filter bottle– save plastic and fill in the small reusable bottle from bigger water bottles. I often use insulated bottles like this one to keep the drink hot or cold for a long time. If you don’t have access to refilling water, then you can use a water bottle with a filter like LifeStraw to have clean water on the go. Check the price here .
  • Small  day backpack
  • Camera with landscape lens – I use  Fuji X-E1   and  Samyang 12mm , which I used to capture photos in this post.
  • Waterproof action camera – I don’t have GoPro, but a cheaper version of it, and it does a good job – AKASO EK7000 . Great for underwater shots and anything adventure-related – Check price.
  • Light jacket/jumper 

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Posted: 2018, Updated: 2023

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40 thoughts on “ Ultimate Indonesia 10 Days Travel Itinerary – best places to visit in Indonesia with chill and adventure (on 3 islands!) ”

Thanks for a very detailed guide! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to have the opportunity to travel to different countries more! So far I have only been to 3! I guess that’s more than most 🙂 Indonesia looks beautiful! I will refer to this post when I visit!

3 is definitely a good start, and the numbers don’t matter anyway, you can travel in your own country and be happy about it and this is what matters the most 🙂 Indonesia is worth a visit though, so maybe you can do it yours 4th 😉

This is so informative & would be so helpful for those traveling around Indonesia! Great post!

Thanks, Dani!

Bali has been number one on my bucket list for so long – I have finally arrived in Australia so I am so so close to Bali hopefully I can tick it off by the end of the year!! So many beautiful images, The Ijen volcano looks incredible, Indonesia looks like an amazing adventure!!

Bali is great, but I highly recommend going a bit beyond it too and explore other islands in Indonesia, they all have so much to offer! I hope you’ll be able to visit it 🙂

So useful! I’m going to Indonesia in 3 weeks and have a few unscheduled days! The Ijen volcano trip looks so interesting… I need to figure out if that’s feasible for me!

Have fun! I’m sure you’re gonna love it 🙂

Fantastic guide! Definitely pinning it for later when I actually find time to go there.

Thank you! I hope you will find time soon – it’s worth it!

Such beautiful photos! I went to Indonesia and really hated Denpasar but I LOVED Ubud and would go back there in a heartbeat. I should add a few more of these places for the next time I go back!

I avoided Denpasar and Kuta, because of those reasons, and I had really good time in Bali 🙂

Great itinerary and such gorgeous photos! Would love to explore more of Indonesia, so far we’ve only made it to Bali. Pinning for a future trip!

Thank you! Those are places that can be visited on short trips from Bali too, so worth giving them a go 🙂

I am a first time Indonesian traveler. I love this itinerary but I had questions about traveling around the country. How did you get around bali? Also, is it affordable to take taxis from place to place or would you recommend another method to get around that’s affordable?

Also, I was looking into a day trip to Komodo Island do you know if it is possible to add a day to this itinerary for an 11 day trip? Or do you have any recommendations to make a day trip to komodo island possible?

I love your blog! Thanks so much for your help.

Hi Scarlett, thanks for coming by! To go around Bali, there are several options, with the most popular being motorbikes (only if you know how to drive) and taxis or even cheaper Uber/Grab (an Asian Uber). We decided to get a car with a driver, as in our itinerary we were not coming back to the same location, but going north and then to East Java instead. It worked out the best for us. So it depends on your plans, you can try motorbike or Uber/Grab as those are the cheapest. The public transport exists but it’s not very reliable and to cover bigger distances you’d need to change several times. We used it to go from Pemuteran to the ferry for example – it’s written in the post.

We were thinking about Komodo island too, but in my opinion, 1 day is not enough, as there is so much to see in the area. You’d need to fly out in the evening to be ready for the boat for the next morning and then schedule your return after you come back from the trip. It is doable but rushed and expensive. You could skip Gili islands/East Java and do it instead, but it’s up to you (and cheap flight tickets ;)). We also saw massive lizards from Komodo family on Gili Air 🙂

Good luck and enjoy!

Thank you so much for responding! And for being so informative. One last question, I was considering a private driver too where did you go to hire one? Or are there any websites you would recommend for a driver? Thanks so much again.

We found one in Ubud, we were just going around and asking in the tourist offices and taxi drivers. They have different prices and you often need to negotiate 😉 But I’m sure you will find someone even last minute. I had some contacts to another driver from my friend but it was hard to reach him, so we decided to go with someone we found on the street – it’s also good to meet the driver before the trip, so you can see how well his English is and agree on the details 🙂 Good luck!

A really informative post! Just curious as to why you decided to skip Lombok?

Thanks, we didn’t have time for Lombok unfortunately and we decided it was not worth it going there just for 1 or 2 days, as there is so much to see. I’d love to climb the volcano there though 🙂

It’s such a bummer you missed out on Amed. I live in Bali and my partner is from Amed. I was in Amed at th time when people were evacuated from the volcano TO Amed. The roads were never closed to Amed and we found out that the drivers in Ubud and other areas were telling people the roads were closed even though they weren’t (we presumed to keep them spending in their areas/ or possibly misinformation).

Oh no, that’s a shame. Hopefully, I’ll make it there next time!

As I read the itinerary I was wondering if there any day trips/ tours available from gili air to different sites in lombok?

I think there is a boat from Gili Air to Lombok and I am sure that there are some excursions organized too. But I don’t know more details, as we didn’t have time for it, so we didn’t look 🙂

You just Amazing. Thank’s for write this. i hope you can be my travelmates one day here in Indonesia.

Glad you like it! 😉

Look like you spend a lot of time bringing this guide up. Indonesia is one in travel list. Great story.

We just came back from Bali 🙂 For our next trip we want to visit the Volcano like you did!

Thanks for this post!

I can highly recommend it 🙂

Do you have an idea of the daily expenses on a low budget profile? And was there any cool beach good for surfing along the way on your itinerary? Thanks

Hi, If you use public transport (tricky in Bali though), eat street food and stay in hostels, then you can travel on very low budget. Street food costs from $0.5-$3 and it’s very filling. You can find local hostels from as low as $2 – you can find a lot of them on booking, just sort by price: I don’t surf, so I am not sure about the exact spots, but I know that south of Bali is popular for surfing and the waves in Jimbaran beach were very strong, when I was there.

Wow! This looks like an amazing Intenerary and perfect for a solo traveler.

Thanks, Marie!

Your literary is so informative, do u think you can mail it to me plz. Amazing photos, i wonder who took your pics!!! ?

Thank you! You can get itinerary in pdf when you sign up on the newsletter – sign up is in the post 🙂

I am trying to plan a trip to Indonesia and was wondering how much your trip cost for the 10 days doing all the activities, food, stay, travel, etc. cost!

Hi Sarah, It’s hard to estimate the general cost as everyone has a different travelling style – you can do it on the cheap staying in the hostels, eating local food in small street food stands and not taking any organized tours, or you can spend a lot of money staying in the resorts, eating in the restaurants with the best view and traveling in a private car. So it really depends 🙂 Good luck!

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The Ultimate 10 Day Indonesia Itinerary – Island Hopping Edition

10 day Indonesia itinerary

Indonesia is great for so many reasons.  It’s home to some of the world’s premier diving spots.  You can explore over 17,000 islands (but good luck even scratching the surface!).  And you can visit for history and temples.  There are also tons of adventures you can have across the country from hiking volcanoes to canyoning, and rock climbing!  If you’re planning a trip to Indonesia, it can be difficult to know where to start.  This 10 day Indonesia itinerary focuses solely on island hopping.  It’s a great itinerary for your first time to Indonesia!

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Is 10 days enough for indonesia.

Realistically you could spend months in Indonesia and not even scratch the surface.  However, I think that 10-days is a good starting place for exploring the country.  If you have the time to stay longer, I would recommend it as Indonesia is an incredible country.  But if you’re limited on time, yes, 10 days is enough time to visit Indonesia and do some island hopping!

Cost of Visiting Indonesia for 10 Days

The great thing about Indonesia is that it can be what you want it to be.  There are amazing luxury hotels and experiences you can have, but there are equally as many amazing hostels and cheap experiences you can have.  I consider myself a “middle of the road” traveler and would say that you can expect to spend $50-$100/day including your hotel stay.  However, I would budget so that you’re able to stay in a luxury hotel in Bali before you leave the country.  Bali has some truly amazing hotels and for me, this is the cherry on top of an Indonesia itinerary.

How to Get to Indonesia

Indonesia has over 600 airports throughout the country, however most don’t accept major international flights.  Chances are, if you fly to Indonesia you will at least connect in Jakarta, Bali, or East Java (the three biggest airports in Indonesia).   Depending on where you’re flying from, you might also expect to connect in a larger city in Southeast Asia such as Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok or in the Middle East such as Dubai or Doha before arriving to Indonesia.

In this itinerary, you’ll be flying in and out of Denpasar in Bali.

Day 1 – Arrive to Bali

indonesia travel itinerary 10 days


How to get from the airport to ubud.

I highly recommend booking a driver ahead of time to get you from the airport to Ubud.  The airport can be pretty crazy and if you reserve a driver ahead of time, they will be waiting with a sign that says your name.  You can reserve an English speaking driver here ahead of time; or you can request that your hotel sends someone.

The drive from the Denpasar Airport (DPS) – also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport – to Ubud is about 1-2 hours depending on traffic.


Where to stay in ubud.

When looking for a hotel in Ubud the main question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to be away from the crowds or closer to the action.  If you want to be away from the crowds, do you feel comfortable renting a motorbike to get around?  Or are you okay hiring a driver to drive you around?  Personally, I like to be within walking distance of cafes and restaurants which is why I chose to stay at Vitasha Supala Ubud .  This hotel was affordable and very central – I would highly recommend it!

Other hotels in Ubud that I would recommend include…

  • Bisma Eight
  • Arya Arkananta Resort & Spa
  • Kastara Resort & Spa


Spending the morning in bali.

Start your morning early with the goal to be at Scared Monkey Forest Sanctuary by the time it opens (at 0900) to avoid the crowds that come by 1000.  But before going to Monkey Forest, head to one of the many cafes in Ubud and start your day with a delicious breakfast!  I suggest Pison Ubud , Sunday Field , or Ivy Cafe .  From any of these cafes you can then walk to Monkey Forest.

As I mentioned earlier, I would highly recommend arriving to Monkey Forest at the time that they open – 0900.  The cost to enter is 80,000 IDR during the week and 100,000 IDR on the weekend (for adults).  Make sure you’re not wearing any flashy or big jewelry as the monkey’s are known to climb on people at times and pull on jewelry.  You can expect to spend around an hour walking around.

After leaving Monkey Forest, walk down Monkey Forest Road where you’ll find tons of quaint boutique shops and cafes.  If you need a morning coffee, I enjoyed stopping at Watercress Ubud !


As for the afternoon, I would recommend visiting one of the famous Hindu temples in Ubud.  Continue to walk down Monkey Forest Road where you’ll come to Ubud Palace (this palace is free to enter and nothing special, but if you’re nearby you might as well check it out).  You’ll also be near the Ubud Art Market which is fun to check out!  From here, make a left and head to Ubud Water Palace.  To enter, it costs 50,000 IDR and the water palace is absolutely beautiful, but aside from walking around there isn’t much else going on.  While I appreciated the architecture, if you don’t want to spend the money – you aren’t missing out.  (Also, the price of your ticket includes appropriate dress so you don’t need to come prepared ahead of time).

The real highlight of your afternoon in Ubud (and why I recommend comfortable shoes) is to walk the “Sweet Orange Walk Trail” through rice fields until you reach Sweet Orange Warung for lunch.  To get to Sweet Orange Walk Trail leave Ubud Water Palace and turn left where you’ll walk through the Prianka Ubud Art Market.  After about 15 minutes of walking, you’ll climb a pretty steep hill where you’ll then reach a more serene area of rice paddies and palm trees.  From there you’ll notice signs that say “Sweet Orange” and if you don’t simply put “Sweet Orange Warung” into your phone to reach the cafe.


As far as spending the evening in Ubud, head back down to Monkey Forest Road and stop at Belle Wine Bar & Grazing Boards for wine and cheese before dinner.  For dinner suggestions, I have two places that I would highly recommend.  The first is Plant Bistro – a gorgeous, plant based restaurant in the hills of Ubud.  If you’re plant based or vegan or you’re interested in exploring these foods – I highly recommend making a reservation here.  Otherwise, I absolutely loved the Greek restaurant Nostimo Greek Grill Ubud .  It’s fun, lively, and has amazing Greek food!

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Day 2 – Bali

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On your second day in Ubud, I suggest going on a tour or hiring a driver to take you north to some of the lesser known waterfalls.  Here are some tours/activities I’d recommend…

  • Take a yoga class at The Yoga Barn
  • Visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace
  • Take a private Balinese cooking class
  • Visit the waterfalls
  • ATV ride + Gorilla Cave + waterfall
  • ATV ride & white water rafting
  • Visit water temples and rice terraces

Day 3 – Travel from Bali to Gili Air

Highlights of day 3:  exploring gili air, how to get to gili air.

From Bali, you can take a ferry to Gili Air.  The boat will take around 4-5 hours depending on how many stops it makes.  Your best bet is to leave from Padang Bai harbor (less congested) or the Sanur port (very crowded).  Depending on traffic it will take you about an hour to get to each ferry port.

To purchase a ticket, you can ask your hotel to help you (there will usually be a small fee for this) or you can book online here or here .

Once you arrive to Gili Air, depending on where you’re staying on the island and how much luggage you have, you can either walk or there will be horse-driven carriages available at the port.


Where to stay in gili air.

When deciding where to stay in Gili Air, there are a few things to consider.  First, do you want something quiet?  Head north.  Do you want to step out on the beach each morning?  Make sure to book a beachside property.  Do you want to be around the action?  Stay in the south.

I stayed at Jago Gili Air and would absolutely recommend it to anyone staying on Gili Air.  The rooms are comfortable, clean, the wifi works well, and I loved that I was near tons of restaurants and it was easy walking distance to the beach.  I also stayed in the north one night at Ardi Beltza Gili Air .  It was a bit more rustic and the wifi was spotty, but if you want something more quiet and off the beaten path it’s also a great choice.

If the above choices are full or don’t suite you, here are some other properties I was eyeing…

  • Hani Hideaway
  • The KOHO Air Hotel
  • PinkCoco Gili Air

Of note, Indonesia is a Muslim country and there is a mosque in the middle of Gili Air.  Because of this, you might hear the call to prayer throughout the day/night.  Just something to be aware of and something to pay attention to when reading reviews about the hotels on the island.


Spending the afternoon in gili air.

Once you arrive to Gili Air and check into your hotel, I recommend renting a bike (this should cost around 50,000 IDR/day) and riding around the island.  Stop for lunch at Gili Coffee Roasters or Pachamama Organic Cafe before heading to the beach!

Something that I really enjoyed about Gili Air was not only is there plenty of space to just lie on the sand, but I like that there are many lounge chairs and umbrellas to enjoy without needing to pay.  It is expected that you purchase food/drink when you use the lounge chairs, but there is no minimum spend and no extra charge for the chair itself.

My two favorite places to lounge under an umbrella are the areas around Scallywag and Gili Lambing Bungalows and Bar .  For a more chill experience (with shade but no official lounge chairs) head northwest between Camilla Beach Club and Hakuna Matata.


Once evening hits, make sure to watch the sunset from one of the beach restaurants/bars.  For the best sunset views, you’ll want to visit the northwest of the island.  If you land somewhere between Camilla Beach Club  and Island View Bar & Bungalow , you’ll get the best sunset views.  If you want to have dinner on the beach, I recommend heading to Hakuna Matata , which is also a great place to watch the sunset.  On a clear day, you can actually see Bali from Hakuna Matata which is pretty cool!

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Day 4 – Gili Air

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HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 4:  Snorkeling the Gili Islands

Spending the morning in gili air.

Get up early to enjoy your only full day in Gili Air.  I recommend starting your day with breakfast at Kopi Susu – a beautiful and delicious cafe where you can make your own breakfast board.  Make sure to go early because the snorkeling tours start around 1000 am!

If you want to get some movement in, you can also start your day with yoga at H20 Yoga or Flowers and Fire Yoga Garden.  Or you could visit The Gym Gili Air where you’ll have access to cardio machines and weights.

One of the highlights of the Gili islands are snorkeling/diving in the pristine waters.  If you don’t dive, I highly recommend going on a snorkeling tour around the three Gili islands – Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili T.  You’ll see tons of stands around the island advertising snorkeling tours; the tours cost 50,000 IDR/person and last from 1000-1500.  Around 1300 you’ll be dropped off on Gili Meno for lunch.

For dinner, I recommend grabbing cocktails on the beach for sunset at Mowie’s Gili Air Bar and having dinner at ITALY Pizza & Cucina .  If you’re craving local food, Shendy’s Food & Better Drinks is incredible.

If you’re up for it, you might even be able to catch a movie on the beach at Lagoon Beach Club & Resto or Ombak Paradise .

Day 5 – Travel from Gili Air to Nusa Penida

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HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 5:  Pandan Beach

How to get to nusa penida.

From Gili Air, the easiest way to get a ticket to Nusa Penida is to ask the men at the ticket counter near the port.  Know that you must reserve your spot a day in advance, so don’t wait for the last minute to do this!  The boat ride should be around 3-4 hours depending on how many stops there are along the way.

To get to your hotel from the port, I recommend booking a taxi with your hotel ahead of time.  If you wait, the drivers at the port charge a LOT of money (for reasons unknown to me).  For example, my hotel charged 150,000 IDR from the port to my hotel and the drivers at the port wanted to charge me more than double that (350,000 IDR).

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida

I stayed at Meket Bungalows in the west of the island and would highly recommend it.  These no-fuss bungalows are incredibly charming and the hotel staff were so kind.  Plus you have an incredible view of the jungle and on a clear day you can see the ocean.  You can rent motorbikes from here or one of the staff members can drop you off and pick you up from Crystal Bay for free.  However, other than that there are limited things to do near the hotel and if you aren’t comfortable driving a motorbike, that limits your options (especially at night).  More hotels that I was eyeing in Nusa Penida include…

  • Santen Beach Bungalows
  • Merta Beach Bungalow by Bukit Vista
  • Surya Chandra Beach Bungalow
  • MAUA Nusa Penida
  • Sea La Vie Resort


Spending the afternoon in nusa penida.

Once you arrive to Nusa Penida and check into your hotel and head straight to Crystal Bay.  However, don’t stop there!  Instead continue to Pandan Beach.  To reach Pandan, once you’ve arrived to Crystal Bay and you’re on the sand and looking out at the ocean, you’ll turn left and when you come to the cliffside you’ll notice a set of stairs leading up.  The hike is around 15 minutes and isn’t too hard (you’ll go up for a while, walk along a flat path, then descend down).  I do suggest bringing water as it can get very hot!

The reason I recommend Pandan Beach over Crystal Bay is because it is so much smaller, quieter, and less crowded.  Plus the beach and water is stunning with cliffs on both sides of you.  It’s truly a hidden gem!

Once you arrive you will have the option to purchase lounge chairs with an umbrella (100,000 IDR for a set of two), fresh coconuts, and around lunchtime you can purchase chips and other drinks.

By the way, I do recommend coming with water shoes (depending on the tide, there are rocks) and a lightweight towel .


For cocktails at sunset and a delicious dinner, head to AMARTA Penida.  This restaurant is beautiful and also has a pool overlooking the bay and Nusa Lembongan.  It’s also a good option for the day if you don’t quite feel like heading to the beach but instead want to enjoy lunch and a pool swim.

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Day 6 – Nusa Penida

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HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 6:  Kelingking Beach & Diamond Beach

Spending the morning in nusa penida.

On your only full day in Nusa Penida I recommend starting your day early so you can explore the highlights of Nusa Penida before spending the afternoon at one of the beach clubs.  To start, if you don’t feel comfortable on a motorbike, you’ll want to hire a driver to take you around.  I used Ketut (his WhatsApp is – +62 812-3670-269) and would recommend him!  If he is busy for the day, here are some more options…

  • West part of the island
  • East part of the island
  • “Instagram” tour of island
  • Customizable tour of island

If you’re able to hire Ketut, make sure you tell him you want to start your day early and be at Kelingking Beach by 0700.  I recommend this because by 0900 Kelingking gets unbearably crowded with day trippers.  While I loved viewing Kelingking from the above, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend climbing down to the beach.  Not only are there hundreds of steps but at times it isn’t recommend to get in the water due to the currents.  To park at Kelingking, you’ll need to pay 10,000 IDR.

After Kelingking, make your way to Nusa Penida’s second most popular attractions – Diamond Beach.  Again, I personally don’t think it’s worth it to hike down to the bottom, but instead I’d recommend viewing Diamond Beach from above.  Diamond Beach does not get as crowded as Kelingking Beach (I think this is because it’s on the east side of the island so it’s harder for day-trippers to get to) but it can still draw a crowd – especially in the afternoon.  To enter, you’ll need to pay a fee of 35,000 IDR/person and you’ll get a small bottle of water (although I recommend bringing more if you plan to hike down to the beach).

The reason I don’t recommend hiking down to Diamond Beach is because it’s very dangerous once you pass the stairs; you’re required to essentially rock climb and use ropes to reach the beach.  And getting down isn’t the hard part, it’s getting back up.  Not to mention, once you reach the beach you aren’t “allowed” to swim (of course you can get in, but there are locals there that whistle if you go too far) because of the dangerous currents and sea rocks.  If you’re still set on going down, please wear sturdy tennis shoes and go very slowly.

Once you’ve seen Nusa Penida’s most popular attractions, spend the rest of your day lounging at one of the beach clubs!  Some beach clubs that I recommend include…

  • Cactus Beach Club & Restaurant
  • NOME Beach Club
  • Penida Colada

If you’ve hired Ketut for the day, he should be able to wait for you and take you home once you’re done.  However, if you’re planning on staying well into the night, you might want to discuss this with him ahead of time.

If you’re at one of the beach clubs, I suggest staying in the area (most of the beach clubs are in the north) for dinner.  In the northern part of the island you’ll have tons of restaurants to choose from!

Day 7 – Travel from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan

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HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 7:  Exploring Nusa Lembongan

How to get to nusa lembongan.

The boat from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan is very short, only about 15-minutes.  I would ask your hotel to help set you up with a ticket as this will be the easiest way!

Once you arrive to Nusa Lembongan, make sure you’ve asked your hotel to have a taxi waiting for you upon arrival.  The ride to your hotel should not cost more than 150,000 IDR.

Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan

Where you stay in Nusa Lembongan depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for.  If you want to be near the beach, I recommend booking a hotel near Dream Beach or Mushroom Bay Beach.  If you want to be walking distance from the Main Street in town with tons of bars and restaurants, you want to be near Jl. Jungutbatu street/Jungutbatu Beach.  And, the southern part of the island that faces Nusa Ceningan has particularly beautiful views!  Lastly, I would also recommend the eastern side of Nusa Ceningan.

Here are some hotels I’d recommend…

  • Nusa Veranda Sunset Villas
  • Aurora Beach View
  • Water Blow Huts
  • Sunset Coin Lembongan
  • Helly’s Secret Garden Cottage


Spending the afternoon in nusa lembongan.

After checking into your hotel, head to Dream Beach for a quick dip in the ocean.  Dream Beach was quieter than some of the other beaches, a bit more hidden, and felt secluded as small cliffs were on both sides of you.  There are not any beach chairs to rent at Dream Beach but you can pay 50,000 IDR to the hotel near the beach and use their chairs and swimming pool.


When you leave Dream Beach, head straight to Sandy Bay Beach Club for sunset cocktails and dinner!  Depending on what time it is, you can also use the pool here (which looks out over the ocean).

For more information on visiting Nusa Lembongan, don’t miss…

  • Is Nusa Lembongan Worth Visiting?  A Complete Guide!

Day 8 – Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

Highlights of day 8:  beach clubs + nusa ceningan.

I do recommend having a motorbike for this day so that you’re able to explore all around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan!  The cost should be around 80,000 IDR/day.


For your first morning in Nusa Lembongan, head for breakfast at Let’s Bake – French Bakery .  From there, drive your motorbike across the yellow bridge which connects Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.  I recommend driving around Nusa Ceningan (in my opinion, the views are the most beautiful from this island) before making your way to Suku Beach Club .

Suku Beach Club was one of the most stunning beach clubs I visited!  It’s located in Nusa Ceningan, however the only downside is that there is a minimum spend of 250,000/person and a 3-hour time limit.  If you stay over 3 hours, you have to spend 250,000 again for another 3 hours.

I recommend showing up around 1300 for lunch and then staying your allotted 3 hours.  Once your time is up, head to The Island Ceningan Beach Bar .  The Island is located just north of Suku, also on Nusa Ceningan.  Not only is there no minimum spend here, but the views are beautiful and you’re able to get into the ocean from here.  Not to mention, this is probably one of the best sunset spots on the island.

After you watch the sunset, get back on your motorbike, drive back to Nusa Lembongan to have dinner at Curry Traders – an Indian restaurant in Nusa Lembongan.

Day 9 – Travel from Nusa Lembongan to Bali

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HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 9:  Luxury Hotel Stay

How to get to bali.

From Nusa Lembongan, the boat ride back to Bali is only 15-30 minutes.  You can purchase a ticket online here or here .  And don’t forget to book a ticket that will allow you to arrive to the ferry port closest to your hotel in Bali!


Because it’s your last day in Bali before leaving, I recommend checking into a luxury hotel to enjoy some downtime before returning home.  I love ending my trip with a nice hotel because one, it gives me something to look forward to even though it’s my last day on vacation.  And two, Bali has some incredible luxury hotel stays.  You should definitely treat yourself to one!

I stayed at Nirjhara located in the Tabanan neighborhood and would highly recommend this 5-star, luxury resort.  Not only is it a good choice because of the property itself, but it’s only about an hour drive from the Sanur ferry port and a hour drive to the airport.

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Staying at nirjhara bali – what you need to know.

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Day 10 – Depart Bali

As your last day in Bali, check out of your hotel and head back to the airport.  (If you have time to kill before your flight and you want to squeeze in one last activity in Bali, make sure to check out this list of the tours I recommend!).

If your trip isn’t over and you’re heading to another country in Southeast Asia, don’t miss my guides to Vietnam , Cambodia , Laos , Thailand , and Malaysia !

Indonesia Essentials – What You Need & Need to Know About Visiting Indonesia

Traveling through indonesia.

  • The easiest way to book bus tickets in Indonesia is through Bookaway or 12Go
  • Download Grab to get a taxi or motorbike
  • Indonesia does require a visa, you can purchase one through iVisa or at the airport upon arrival (this option is cheaper but the wait can be long)
  • I highly recommend travel insurance when traveling through Indonesia – I use and recommend SafetyWing
  • If you want an English speaking driver waiting to pick you up at the airport, use Welcome Pickups (select cities only)
  • If you need a SIM card, aloSIM for an easy and affordable e-SIM – use code “KYLEE5” for a discount


  • To easiest way to book hotels in Indonesia is through or Expedia
  • The easiest way to book rentals in Indonesia is through VRBO


  • For tours and activities in Indonesia, I recommend using Viator
  • For cooking classes in Indonesia, I recommend using Cookly


  • Don’t forget a Indonesia guide book to help plan your travels
  • You’ll need a power plug adapter (Indonesia uses Type C)
  • I recommend bringing a reusable water bottle to keep your water cold on hot days and to cut down on plastic waste
  • Don’t forget to travel with bug spray and sunscreen ( face , body )
  • My favorite luggage is Calpak
  • My favorite travel backpack is Nordace
  • I recommend bringing an eye mask for long flights and to adjust to jet lag

I hope that this 10 day Indonesia itinerary helps guide your travels and provides a good jumping off point for exploring the country!  If you have any questions about visiting Indonesia, let me know in a comment below!

For more information on things to see and do in Indonesia, make sure to check out my Instagram page/highlight reel by searching “#ppinindonesia” or under my highlights for “Indonesia”; alternatively, head to my TikTok and search for the saved “Indonesia” highlight

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Kylee is a NICU nurse passionate about making travel affordable and accessible to nurses. Inspiring nurses to travel both near and far, Kylee began Passports and Preemies in 2017 while volunteering in Skopje, North Macedonia as a way to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee has been a NICU nurse for 9 years and a travel nurse for 7 years. Since starting her career in travel nursing, she’s worked in six different states, 10 different hospitals, volunteered as a nurse in North Macedonia, worked as a nurse in Saudi Arabia, and has traveled to 45+ countries. Her favorite travel nurse assignment was in Seattle and her favorite destination is Georgia (the country). Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – a vacation geared towards nurses who aim to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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Plan Your Ideal Indonesia Itinerary 10 Days: Unforgettable Journey

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Are you looking for an adventure-filled vacation that will leave you with unforgettable memories? Look no further than Indonesia, the sprawling archipelago known for its stunning natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and mouthwatering cuisine. With a 10-day Indonesia itinerary, you can explore some of the best places this country has to offer.

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a beach bum, Indonesia has something for everyone. In this 10-day Indonesia travel plan , you’ll discover must-see attractions, hidden gems, and essential tips for making the most of your time. So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

As you plan your 10-day Indonesia vacation plan , keep in mind that this country is vast and diverse. From the bustling capital city of Jakarta to the secluded beaches of Raja Ampat, each region has its unique charm. With this 10-day Indonesia travel guide , you’ll get a taste of the best of Indonesia.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive into the beautiful and diverse country of Indonesia!

Exploring Jakarta: The Capital City

If you’re starting your 10-day Indonesia itinerary in Jakarta, you’re in for a treat. There’s so much to see and do in this vibrant capital city.

Things to Do in Jakarta

First on your list should be the National Monument , or Monas as it’s locally known. This iconic tower stands at 132 meters tall and offers stunning views of the city from the top. While you’re there, be sure to visit the National History Museum housed in the base of the monument.

No trip to Jakarta would be complete without a visit to the Istiqlal Mosque . It’s the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and can hold up to 120,000 people. Take a guided tour to learn about the rich history and unique architecture of this beautiful mosque.

For a taste of the city’s history, head to the Old Town or Kota Tua. This charming area was once the center of Dutch colonialism in Jakarta and is now a popular tourist destination. Stroll along the narrow streets and take in the stunning colonial architecture.

If you’re a fan of museums, don’t miss the Museum Bank Indonesia . It houses a vast collection of artifacts, including old banknotes, coins, and other financial memorabilia. You can also learn about the role of the central bank in the country’s economic development.

Jakarta Attractions Map

Use this map to help plan your Jakarta itinerary . Each attraction is located in a different part of the city, so plan accordingly. You can easily spend a few days exploring Jakarta, but if you’re short on time, these are the must-see attractions. Search Flights Image

With so many things to do in Jakarta , it’s easy to see why it’s a popular destination for travelers to Indonesia. Don’t forget to taste the delicious local cuisine while you’re there!

Jakarta attractions

Embracing Nature: Yogyakarta and Borobudur

Yogyakarta, an ancient city in Java, is your next stop on this 10-day Indonesian journey, known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes. A must-visit attraction when in Yogyakarta is the magnificent Borobudur Temple , a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. This temple complex consists of nine stacked platforms adorned with intricate carvings and 504 Buddha statues.

Borobudur temple

Watching the sunrise from Borobudur is an unforgettable experience that you should not miss. Take an early morning tour to witness the spectacular view of the sun rising over the temple’s domes and stupas, casting a warm orange glow over the entire area.

Aside from Borobudur, Yogyakarta boasts many other attractions, such as the Kraton Yogyakarta, a royal palace that showcases Javanese architecture and culture. The palace is still used as a residence by the Sultan of Yogyakarta, and you can observe the daily lives of the royal family by taking a guided tour.

Take a stroll around the traditional markets of Yogyakarta, Pasar Beringharjo, and Pasar Malioboro, which offer unique handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs. You can also explore the grand Taman Sari Water Palace, built as a tranquil retreat for the former sultan’s wives and concubines.

If you have time, take a day trip to the nearby Prambanan Temple , another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia. The temple complex consists of 240 temples, with the highest reaching 47 meters tall. Prambanan Temple is dedicated to the Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma and is a stunning example of ancient Javanese architecture.

Paradise in Bali: Ubud and Surroundings

When it comes to experiencing the natural beauty of Indonesia, Bali is the perfect destination. And in Bali, Ubud stands out as a must-visit location. With its picturesque rice terraces, sacred temples, and thriving arts scene, Ubud is a feast for the senses.

Start your day with a walk through the emerald green rice paddies and experience the serenity of Bali’s countryside. Then, head to the Tirta Empul temple to discover the spiritual side of Bali and experience a traditional purification ritual.

If you’re an art enthusiast, the Ubud Art Market is a great place to find unique handicrafts and souvenirs. The market offers a variety of items including beautiful hand-woven baskets, colorful paintings, and intricate wood carvings.

Ubud Rice Paddies

For a cultural experience, visit the Pura Saraswati temple and watch a traditional Balinese dance performance. The intricate costumes and mesmerizing moves will leave you spellbound.

Culinary enthusiasts will love Ubud’s thriving food scene. From delicious street food to high-end restaurants, there’s something for every taste. Be sure to try the famous Balinese suckling pig, which is usually served with rice and a side of chili sauce.

Other Attractions Around Ubud

If you have extra time, there are several other attractions around Ubud that are worth exploring.

Ubud and its surroundings offer a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary experiences. During your 10-day trip to Indonesia, make sure to include this paradise destination in your itinerary.

Island Hopping: Gili Islands and Lombok

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking islands, and the Gili Islands and Lombok are no exception. A short boat ride away from Bali, these islands offer pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling, diving, or simply relaxing.

Things to Do in Gili Islands

  • Snorkel with sea turtles at Turtle Point
  • Watch the sunset from the swings on the beach at Gili Trawangan
  • Visit the Gili Meno Bird Park
  • Take a cooking class and learn to make traditional Indonesian dishes

Lombok Attractions

Lombok is a hidden gem that is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Bali. However, this island has plenty to offer visitors, including:

Experience the best of both worlds by island hopping between the Gili Islands and Lombok. Explore their unique attractions and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of these islands.

Gili Islands itinerary

Cultural Richness: Solo and Prambanan

As you continue your 10-day journey through Indonesia, make sure to include Solo, also known as Surakarta, on your list. This city embodies Javanese culture, which is steeped in tradition and history. The Kraton Surakarta is a royal palace that is an integral part of the city’s identity.

One of the must-see attractions in Solo is the Prambanan Temple , dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The temple boasts intricate stonework and stunning architecture, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site that should not be missed.

Aside from the sights, there are plenty of things to do in Solo . Make sure to catch a traditional Javanese shadow puppet theater show, which is a unique and mesmerizing experience. With local markets teeming with handicrafts, Solo is also a great place to pick up some authentic souvenirs.

Table: Top Things to Do in Solo

Whether you’re interested in art, history, or just soaking up the local culture, Solo is a city that has something for everyone. Plan your Solo itinerary with Prambanan temple and don’t miss the chance to experience the unique traditions of this Javanese gem.

Solo itinerary, Prambanan temple

Marvels of Nature: Mount Bromo and Ijen Plateau

Embark on an adventurous journey to Mount Bromo and the Ijen Plateau, two of the most breathtaking natural wonders in Indonesia.

Mount Bromo is an active volcano located in East Java, surrounded by a sea of sand and a spectacular caldera. Start your day early and hike to the viewpoint to witness a sunrise that will take your breath away. The view from the top is truly mesmerizing, with colors changing from orange to pink to purple as the sun rises and the clouds dance around the peaks.

After admiring the stunning views of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, visit the Ijen Plateau, a volcanic crater in Banyuwangi, East Java. The main attraction of this natural wonder is the blue flames at the Ijen Crater, created by the burning sulfuric gases that emerge from the ground. The hike to the crater is challenging but definitely worth it.

Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, warm clothes, and a gas mask as the sulfur fumes can be intense. At the top, soak in the panoramic views of the turquoise lake and the surrounding landscape. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the famous sulfur miners, who carry up to 80 kilograms of sulfur on their shoulders.

Mount Bromo and Ijen Plateau

Table: Comparison of Mount Bromo and Ijen Plateau

Visiting Mount Bromo and Ijen Plateau is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss. Make sure to add them to your Indonesia itinerary for an unforgettable adventure in nature. Make sure you pack your camera to capture the stunning views and memories.

Cultural Melting Pot: Malang and Batu

As you continue your 10-day journey through Indonesia, make sure to stop by the charming city of Malang and its neighboring town, Batu. Together, they offer a fascinating mix of cultural heritage, scenic landscapes, and delicious local cuisine.

Things to do in Malang

Malang is known for its colonial architecture, and the best way to explore it is on foot. Take a stroll along Jalan Ijen, where you can marvel at the historic buildings and old Dutch houses. Stop by Kampung Warna-Warni, a colorful village filled with vibrant murals and street art. For a taste of local delicacies, head to Semarang street food market, where you can sample Indonesian snacks, desserts, and beverages.

Batu Attractions

Just 20 minutes away from Malang, Batu is a popular tourist destination known for its picturesque landscapes and family-friendly attractions. Visit Jatim Park, a theme park featuring a museum, a zoo, and various rides. Taman Safari Indonesia is another must-visit destination, where you can see exotic animals and enjoy the stunning scenery. For a unique experience, head to the Batu Night Spectacular, a nighttime theme park with dazzling light shows and festive performances.

Malang Itinerary

Here is an example itinerary for exploring Malang and Batu:

With so much to see and do, Malang and Batu are a must-visit destination on your Indonesia itinerary. Make sure to add them to your travel plans for a truly unforgettable journey.

Malang Itinerary

Seminyak and Kuta: Beach Bliss

After exploring the cultural and natural wonders of Indonesia, it’s time to relax and unwind on the stunning beaches of Seminyak and Kuta. These neighboring towns, located in the southern part of Bali, offer a perfect blend of vibrant nightlife, delicious cuisine, and picturesque scenery.

Start your day with a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, followed by a leisurely stroll on a white sand beach. Watch surfers catch some waves or simply soak up the sun and enjoy the tropical breeze.

Things to Do in Seminyak:

  • Indulge in delicious seafood and international cuisine at trendy beach clubs and restaurants like Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club.
  • Shop for unique souvenirs and trendy fashion items at Seminyak’s bustling markets and designer boutiques.
  • Experience the vibrant nightlife scene at beachfront bars and clubs like La Favela and Motel Mexicola.
  • Pamper yourself at luxurious spas and wellness centers like Bodyworks and Amo Spa.

Kuta Attractions:

  • Visit Waterbom Bali, one of the largest waterparks in Asia, for a day of fun and excitement with family and friends.
  • Explore the local arts and crafts scene and visit galleries and museums like the 3D Dream Museum Zone Bali and the Kain Kasa Gallery.
  • Take a surfing lesson and ride the waves at Kuta Beach, one of the most popular surf spots in Bali.
  • Watch a traditional Balinese dance performance at Kuta Theater.

Beach in Seminyak

Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a fun-filled vacation with friends, Seminyak and Kuta have something for everyone. Make sure to catch a breathtaking sunset over the Indian Ocean before heading back home, and treasure the memories of your unforgettable 10-day journey through Indonesia.

Untouched Paradise: Raja Ampat

Escape to Raja Ampat, an untouched paradise that boasts stunning beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life. Nestled in the heart of Indonesia, this remote archipelago is the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful and tranquil getaway.

With so much to see and do, here are some of the must-include activities in your Raja Ampat itinerary :

  • Snorkel or dive in the crystal-clear waters and witness the breathtaking underwater landscapes.
  • Explore the stunning Wayag Islands, famous for their iconic limestone formations.
  • Experience the unique local culture by visiting the villages and meeting the friendly locals.
  • Relax on the secluded beaches, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty.

When planning your Raja Ampat itinerary , make sure to include stops at:

Make sure to pack sunscreen, comfortable clothes for warm weather, and snorkeling gear to make the most of your Raja Ampat trip.

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most stunning natural landscapes, and Raja Ampat is no exception. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life, this untouched paradise is a must-visit for anyone seeking a peaceful and tranquil getaway.

Cultural Heritage: Medan and Lake Toba

Welcome to Medan, the gateway to North Sumatra, where cultural heritage meets modern charm. With a well-planned itinerary, you can experience both the old and the new in this vibrant city.

Medan Itinerary

Whether you’re interested in history, shopping, or food, Medan has something for everyone. Here’s a sample itinerary for a day in Medan:

Lake Toba Attractions

Just a few hours away from Medan is Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world. Here are some must-see attractions around the lake:

  • Samosir Island: Located in the middle of Lake Toba, Samosir Island offers a unique cultural experience with its traditional Batak villages, dances, and music.
  • Sipiso-piso Waterfall: Take a scenic drive to this stunning waterfall, where you can witness the water cascading down from a height of 120 meters.
  • Berastagi: This picturesque town is known for its majestic volcanoes, hot springs, and fruit markets.

With its rich cultural heritage and scenic natural beauty, Medan and Lake Toba are must-visit destinations on your Indonesian itinerary.

Lake Toba

Hidden Gem: Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is a breathtaking natural wonder that should not be missed during your 10-day itinerary in Indonesia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famous Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizards. This remote park is made up of three main islands: Komodo, Rinca, and Padar.

Things to Do in Komodo National Park

  • Take a guided tour to see the Komodo dragons in their natural habitat
  • Hike to the top of Padar Island for panoramic views of the surrounding islands
  • Snorkel or dive in the vibrant coral gardens to see colorful fish and other marine life
  • Visit the Pink Beach, one of the few pink sand beaches in the world
  • Explore the Batu Cermin Cave and see its unique stalactites and stalagmites

Komodo National Park Itinerary

To make the most of your time in Komodo National Park, a three-day itinerary is recommended. Here is a sample itinerary:

Pro tip: Hire a local guide to accompany you on your tours for a more immersive experience and to learn more about the park’s history and wildlife.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this hidden gem of Indonesia. With its unique wildlife, stunning natural landscapes, and crystal-clear waters, Komodo National Park is a true paradise for nature lovers.

Bandung Itinerary: A Cultural Capital

As you near the end of your 10-day Indonesian adventure, make sure to visit Bandung, the cultural capital of the country. Located in West Java, Bandung is known for its mix of architectural styles, art deco buildings, and rich history. Here are some of the top things to do during your visit:

Explore the City’s Architecture

Take a stroll through Bandung and admire the city’s unique architecture. From Dutch colonial buildings and Art Deco structures to traditional Indonesian influences, Bandung’s buildings are a testament to its diverse history. Don’t miss the Gedung Sate, a government building that combines Dutch and Indonesian styles.

Visit the Trans Studio Theme Park

If you’re traveling with kids, or just enjoy amusement parks, make sure to visit the Trans Studio Bandung theme park. This indoor park boasts a wide range of attractions, from thrill rides to live performances, and is sure to provide a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Shop at the Factory Outlets

Bandung is also known as a shopper’s paradise, especially for those looking for affordable fashion finds. Head to the factory outlets to shop for trendy clothes and accessories at a fraction of the price you’d pay elsewhere.

Taste the Local Cuisine

No trip to Bandung is complete without indulging in the local cuisine. Try Nasi Timbel, a traditional Sundanese dish consisting of steamed rice wrapped in a banana leaf, served with chicken or fish, grilled tofu, and tempeh. Wash it down with Bandung’s famous sweet and creamy drink, Es Dawet.

“Bandung is a city with a rich history and diverse architecture, making it a unique destination in Indonesia. Whether you’re exploring the city’s buildings, shopping for fashion, or trying the local cuisine, Bandung is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. “

Now that you have explored the diverse and beautiful country of Indonesia, it’s time to wrap up your unforgettable journey. You have discovered the vibrant city of Jakarta, the rich Javanese heritage in Yogyakarta and Solo, the natural beauty of Bali, the pristine islands of Gili and Lombok, the volcanic landscapes of Mount Bromo and Ijen Plateau, the charming city of Malang, the stunning beaches of Seminyak and Kuta, the remote paradise of Raja Ampat, the cultural heritage of Medan and Lake Toba, the wonders of Komodo National Park, and the cultural capital of Bandung.

Congratulations on making the most of your 10-day Indonesia vacation plan and experiencing the best attractions this country has to offer. We hope our Indonesia itinerary 10 days guide has assisted you in planning your ideal trip to this diverse and incredible country.

Now, it’s time to share your unforgettable journey with your family and friends, and inspire them to plan their own adventure in Indonesia. Go ahead and start planning your next trip to this stunning country, and create new memories that will last a lifetime!

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Heading to Indonesia and looking for the best Bali itinerary out there? Well, my island-loving, sunset chasing friends, I’ve cooked up just the thing – the perfect 10 days in Bali to help plan your trip!

Don’t miss this ridiculously-detailed Bali travel blog! You may wanna grab a notebook and pencil – this thing is jam packed with necessary information (just saying).

Bali is full of lush, green jungle. Palm trees swaying in the wind. All the tropical fruit you want and large, inexpensive coconuts (with the most delicious coconut water).

Trendy beach clubs and cafes. Idyllic sunsets. Impressive infinity pools. I could go on and on. Bali’s a living postcard. That ultimate Indonesian fantasy-land you’ve been dreaming about for oh so long. And plus, you get a lot for your money, too!

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I knew Bali was special (hey, there’s a reason why people go and never return). I just didn’t realize how special it was until I visited the island (and it’s surroundings) myself.

It seems as if every other travel blogger/instagrammer to walk the earth has already spent considerable time in the area, and I was determined to find out why everyone raves about it so dearly.

*I was also a tad worried the entire island would be overrun with “influencers” taking photo after photo of themselves for hours on end (it’s got a bad rep for that), but I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, I encountered a few groups of this, but thankfully there is just SO much to explore on the island it’s easy to escape the intense mobs of photo takers.

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So with that being said, if you’re planning your own trip to Bali, you’re in for a real treat.

And if you don’t wanna plan it yourself (truuuust me, there’s TONS to do and a crazy amount of places to see it all gets overwhelming in approximately .23 seconds), feel free to use my (ridiculously-detailed) Bali itinerary below.

It’s the exact one we followed this past July, and quite honestly, other than wishing we had a few more days, there’s nothing I would change. 

Got a bit less time? This 10 day Bali itinerary can easily be modified for a well-rounded 7 days in Bali if you’ve only got yourself a week. Sadly, take out the few days in the Gili islands and you’ve got yourself a 7 day Bali itinerary.

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Have longer than 10 days in Bali? Well, lucky you! We had a little more than 2 weeks in Indonesia, so snuck in a few days over at Komodo National Park to see the dragons, bask on a pink sand beach, and snorkel with manta rays and sea turtles. I’ll be writing allllll about that experience soon, so keep your eyes peeled! EDIT: Read for the most amazing trip to Komodo.

But first, a pre-travel guide to Bali to learn a bit about the island and what to expect when you’re there.


  • Ubud (3 days)
  • Jimbaran/Uluwatu (2 days)
  • Gili Islands (3 days)
  • Seminyak/Canggu (2 days)

This Bali itinerary starts in Ubud (the farthest spot from the international airport – on purpose), heads south to Jimbaran/Uluwatu, a quick boat ride east to the Gili Islands (technically not part of Bali, but a wonderful addition to any Bali itinerary), and ends in Seminyak/Canggu.

There are so many different areas on the island to explore, but this 10 day Bali itinerary is a great mix of lush, jungly Ubud, trendy Canggu cafes, fire culture in Uluwatu, and a good amount of beach/pool time in Jimbaran and Gili .

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Where in the world is Bali anyways, you ask?

Not to sound all textbook-ey, but Bali is an island located in the Indonesian archipelago, to the west of Lombok and east of Java. And nope, although many think it is, Bali is actually NOT a country – it’s part of Indonesia!

Many visitors who visit Indonesia only make it to Bali, so the whole country/island thing is kiiiinda understandable. But geography is important, so just remember that Bali is in fact NOT a separate country! 🙂

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Currency and Exchange Rates in Bali and Indonesia in General

Bali (and Indonesia in general) uses the Indonesian Rupiah, with the exchange rate being approximately 15,600IDR = ~$1USD – or, which is even more confusing, 1IDR = ~$0.000066USD (as of February 2024).

I recommend using a currency converter (such as XE Currency on your cell phone or a currency converter on the web) to get the most up to date currency exchanges for all forms of currency. 

Converting prices in our head was confusing to say the least, but after a few days we got the hang of it quite quickly. I found it easy to think in 150,000s, since that’s approximately equivalent to ~$10USD (so therefore, 75,000 rupiah = ~$5USD).

You will notice that many locals/shop owners/restaurant menus simply leave off the thousand, and speak in hundreds. For example, 100,000 rupiah would be spoken/written as 100 (so if you see a meal of mie goreng for 75 rupiah, you won’t be paying 5cents, but $5.) 

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Note that you may find that many ATMs are broken/don’t accept your bank card. Don’t fret – there are rows of ATMs from different companies in order to compensate for this. You’ll be able to find tons of ATMs in Bali’s most populated areas, and I bet at least one of them will work!

I read online to use caution when using the ATMs as some can be untrustworthy, but we had no issues with our bank cards.

Some restaurants and higher-end stores/shops take credit cards, but it’s wise to always have some cash available for market shopping, eating at local warungs, getting that spontaneous $7 massage on the street, etc.

How to get the best exchange rate: I always suggest you take out local currency at ATMs upon arrival and never ever through an exchange desk or beforehand in your home country. ATMs provide the best exchange rate, always.

I always take out cash at an ATM at the airport upon arrival in the new country I’m visiting. And if you want to avoid those pesky ATM fees every time you take out cash, simply look into a no-fee debit card, such as through Charles Schwab (which I have and love).

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Language in Bali/Indonesia

First things first, English is widely spoken in Bali. We were surprised at just how many locals knew an impressive amount of English, and thus we didn’t need to use any Indonesian/Balinese during our 10 days in Bali at all.

Of course, since tourism is so prevalent, it’s understandable for Balinese to speak a level of English to communicate with tourists, but so many spoke rather advanced English as well. Coming from someone who only knows one language, I was quite impressed!

We met a few drivers who were keen on practicing their English, so you might run into some extra chatty ones!

Just so you’re aware, the national language is Indonesian, with many locals living on Bali speaking Balinese (and yes, they’re separately languages!). 


Before planning a trip to Bali, it’s important to understand its weather patterns. Bali experiences two distinct seasons, the dry season (April to October) and the rainy season (November to March).

And since Bali is oh so close to the equator, you’ll find day time temperatures relatively constant year round, between the mid-80s and low-90s, making for decent sightseeing temps no matter the season.

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If you’re looking for comfortable temperatures and little to no rain, I highly suggest you visit during the dry season, which is actually Bali’s winter. Don’t be put off by “winter”, as the temperatures are still in the 80s (and clear and sunny) almost every day!

However, this picture-perfect weather is high season (for good reason), causing hotel prices to rise, especially during July and August. For slight discounts on accommodations, try visiting just before/after high season in May-June/September-October.

And just for the record, my research states that Bali encounters a tremendous amount of rain during its rainy season, bringing high humidity and unrelenting mosquitos. My advice – just visit during Bali’s dry season and you’re good to go. 🙂

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Top Tip #1: Regardless of the month you’re planning to embark on your 10 or 7 day Bali itinerary, the sun will set around 6-6:30pm. Since the island is so close to the equator, both sunrise and sunset times don’t vary much.

Because of this, plan to wake up early to take full advantage of the daylight. One benefit to an early sunset – you’ve got no excuse not to watch it every single night (which is oh so different to visiting Norway in the summer with sunsets past 10pm)!

Top Tip #2: If you’re planning on visiting other countries nearby, do keep in mind that the dry season is quite opposite from other Southeast Asian countries. Do your research ahead of time to avoid unpleasant wetness (with possible monsoons) in other areas.

Health and Safety in Bali


Water : Do note that you absolutely cannot drink the water in Bali; you’ll find that all hotels/restaurants provide fresh drinking water (either bottled or from large treated water jugs). Because of the unsafe water, Bali belly is quite common – which is just a fancy name for food poisoning.

I encountered some minor gastro issues during our trip (bloating, frequent bathroom visits – hey, just being real!), but it thankfully cleared up without any medication in 1-2 days.

You may want to ask your doctor for a prescription of Ciprofloxacin for serious travelers diarrhea in case you find yourself with any disturbing stomach issues. We always pack immodium as well, just in case.

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Vaccinations : The CDC states that all travelers to Indonesia should be up to date on routine vaccines (MMR, tetanus, chickenpox, pollo, flu shot). In addition, it’s also wise to get the Hep A, Hep B, and typhoid vaccination as well (some of these are good for years, so if you plan to do a lot of traveling to other undeveloped countries, you’ll probably need them there – might as well get them now and keep yourself protected always).

As always, talk to your doctor.

Malaria : Thankfully there’s no worry for malaria in Bali, but if you’re visiting Komodo National Park (like we did later on during our trip), you’ll need to consider taking malaria pills. Talk to your doctor about this first of course.

Travel insurance : Yes, you need this. I always recommend purchasing travel insurance before your trip. You never know what might happen (flight delays, lost baggage, illness), and travel insurance definitely helps with all of those unfortunate unexpectancies.

I highly recommend the company SafetyWing (which thankfully includes pandemic coverage) and ALWAYS buy a short term plan (depending on how many days/weeks we’ll be away) before we leave for any trip!

Even if you don’t end up using it, peace of mind is 100% worth it in my opinion. Find plan options and pricing here (and at only a few bucks a day, there’s no excuse not to!) I always say, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford your trip. It’s that easy.

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Not convinced you should be using travel insurance? Check THIS out, I explain it in much more detail over there.


We felt safe the entire duration of our stay in Bali, and used the typical precautions we normally do (no flashing expensive items/electronics, stayed together at night, knew about possible scams). 

And while we’re talking about staying safe, keep in mind that driving in Bali is kinda crazy to say the least, so don’t plan on renting a scooter unless you’re extra confident and can call yourself an expert bike driver.

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No visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Bali (and Indonesia in general) as long as a valid tourist passport and proof of onward travel is in possession, and you’re traveling to the country for 30 days or less.

How to Get to Bali

Most international flights arrive in southern Bali at Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport, airport code DPS), many with layovers in neighboring/nearby countries.

Our flight stopped in Taipei, Taiwan, which we would have decided to make into an extra long layover to explore the city if we hadn’t already done that on our previous trip to Thailand . Why not get some time in another country if you’re already there, am I right?

I like using Skyscanner and Google Flights to check for prices. For reference, we chose to fly premium economy (between regular economy and business class), and paid around $1,500 per person on China Airlines round trip from the West Coast USA during Bali’s prime season of July.

If your dates are more flexible (and your husband will put up with standard economy class) you can surely find cheaper airfare, although we did not have this luxury. For reference, I commonly see roundtrip economy flights from San Francisco for around $800, with flights as cheap as $550 occasionally! 

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How to Get Around Bali

Although the island isn’t toooo large, it’ll still take a decent amount of time to get from place to place. What I initially didn’t realize is that there aren’t many roads from east to west on some parts of the island, so although two spots look relatively close on a map, you may need to first travel south in order to actually get north. 

And boy oh boy is that Bali traffic a thing – a few miles will mostly take the good portion of a half hour (or hour!), so plan accordingly and leave extra time if you have reservations anywhere/need to get somewhere at a certain time.

I’ll explain in more detail as I go day by day on our exact Bali itinerary below. However, if you’re on a bike/scooter you can bypass some of this traffic.

We originally thought we’d be able to use Grab (similar to Uber), and downloaded it ahead of time planning to use it to get around (between areas and within towns as well).

HOWEVER, we ended up only using the Grab app ONCE our entire trip, from the airport to Ubud (for about $28) our first day. Since it didn’t work in multiple areas (specifically within Ubud and Canggu), private drivers through WhatsApp were our saving grace.

We were able to use taxi stands on the street (bargain for a reasonable rate) when we didn’t have any numbers and/or just wanted to go short-ish distances. Do not rely solely on Grab as you’ll be thoroughly disappointed and frustrated. 

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Bali uses a different type of electrical outlet as found in the USA – the round two-pin plug (type C/F), commonly found in parts of Europe. Get your worldwide travel plug adapter here (which you can use on other trips around the world as well).

It’s also important to understand that the amount of voltage is different and you’ll need a converter (different than an electrical adapter) to change the amount of electricity pushed to each device if you plan on bringing anything which uses an excessive amount of power (including hair dryers, curling irons, and/or straightening irons). 

If you don’t want to worry about this, I suggest you invest in dual-voltage devices made especially for travel like this dual-voltage blow dryer , dual-voltage mini straightener , and this dual-voltage curling iron .


Ubud : Komeneka at Tanggayuda and/or Maya Ubud Resort and Spa ( we stayed at both )

Jimbaran : Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

Gili Air : PinkCoco Gili Air

Seminyak : The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel

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A note on Bali hotels, resorts, and hospitality in general: Bali is the place to go all out, because you can likely afford it here. While there’s accommodation of all price points, we found 5-star hotels for ~$250-300 a night, which is the same price we paid for a 3-star hotel night in Boston just a few weeks prior.

Many of these luxurious resorts include a whole slew of extras, making the price more than worth it (free breakfast, infinity pools, complimentary afternoon tea time, shuttle service, private plunge pools, etc). And oh, the people! Never in all our travels have we experienced such wonderful hospitality anywhere else in the world.

The authenticity and graciousness of those in Bali was an unexpected surprise, as we found everyone we encountered to be extra helpful, overly polite, and always cheerful with a smile on their face. 

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Although you will most likely have wifi at your accommodation, it’s a good idea to bring along a pocket-sized personal WiFi hotspot , to keep you connected during your time in Bali. WiFi hotspots are a cost effective option to ensure you can use GPS apps like Google Maps, check your emails, and catch up with friends and family while away.

With this portable device , you’ll have WiFi wherever you go (even if your phone doesn’t have service), unlimited internet (on up to five devices at a time!!!), and it’s fast and reliable. At less than $9 a day, this device can’t really be beat.

Note that some cell phone plans allow for international use, but many of these are costly. I accidentally turned on my phone service for LESS THAN 2 MINUTES and got charged $150 by my phone carrier! I desperately wished I had a personal WiFi hotspot with me then!

Find more information and plan options here . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED especially when you don’t speak the native language of the country you’re visiting. A true life saver.

Foods to try in Bali:

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  • snake fruit: kinda like an appley-tasting fruit, quite good!
  • Balinese steamed cakes: made out of rice flour with a wide array of fillings, wrapped in a banana leaf 
  • Mie Goreng : A classic Indonesian dish consisting of fried noodles, served with your choice of vegetables, chicken, shrimp or pork.
  • Nasi Goreng: very similar to Mie Goreng, but fried rice instead of noodles.
  • Sate : meat skewers, including chicken sate, fish, lamb. All with their famous peanut sauce (my favorite)
  • Nasi Campur : mixed rice dish that comes with a simple selection of steamed rice and side dishes including steamed Long beans, meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs, and fried-shrimp krupuk

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  • Balinese coffee: it’s quite strong and usually drank black!
  • Babi Guling: suckling pig; a combination of crispy pork skin, pork blood sausage, pork roll, and fried pork meat and has a reputation for being Bali’s national dish.
  • Bebek Bengil: crispy pig, literally translated to “dirty duck”, deep fried to a crispy finish.
  • Prawn crackers : not my favorite, but they’ll be served at every meal so you’re bound to run into them on more than one occasion 
  • Lemongrass and ginger drinks 
  • Allll the fresh juices 
  • Whole fresh coconuts : I had the best coconut water in Bali, in the largest coconuts I’ve ever seen, for the cheapest price (way larger than those I got in Panama, and for ⅓ the price!)

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  • Because of its hot, sticky climate, you’ll want light, airy clothing.
  • Appropriate clothing for temples: Long pants, shoulder covered shirts, shawls. Do note that sarongs/shawls are provided (either for rent or for free) at all the temples we visited. Feel free to bring your own if you wish, although FYI, you still may be required to use one from the site.
  • Comfy footwear- you’ll be walking ALOT! We both got basic black canvas tevas before our trip, and although I didn’t wear them much (husband wore them a lot), I can say when I did put them to use my feet were always well-protected and comfortable (I even went hiking in them in Komodo once on some pretty rough terrain [post coming soon]).
  • Sandals/bathing suits for the islands
  • Personal WiFi HotSpot Device

10 Day Bali Itinerary

In a nutshell: Ubud (3 days) → Jimbaran/Uluwatu (2 days) → Gili Islands (3 days) → OPTIONAL: Komodo National Park (3 days) → Seminyak/Canggu (2 days) → departure from DPS

This itinerary will supply a full 10 days in Bali, meaning that it’ll start on your first FULL day in Bali. Do note that for a full 10 days, you’ll most likely need a good 12 days or so for your trip, as the flight is quite long and you’ll be going over the international date line if you’re coming from the states. 

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First off, FLY TO BALI (DPS)! 

The airport you’re looking for is Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport, airport code DPS). The flight is long from most parts of the world (a whopping 18 hours or so of flight time from the West Coast USA, and a bit less around 12-17 hours from Europe, depending where you’re flying from) without many inexpensive direct flights, but I promise you, a trip to Bali is well worth it! 

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Do note that you’ll be crossing the international date line if you’re traveling west (USA to Bali), which means you’ll lose a full day, besides travel time (we actually lost the Fourth of July on our flight!). But dontchu worry – this just means you’ll arrive home the same day you depart when headed back home at the end of your trip, even with all those hours of travel.


*Where we stayed in Ubud: Komaneka at Tanggayuda and Maya Ubud Resort and Spa

There’s a million and 5 places to stay in Ubud – and each one looks amazing. Talk about difficulty choosing just one (and I’m already an indecisive gal)! Because of this, we decided to split our time in Ubud (4 nights) at two different hotels (at different locations near/around Ubud) for 2 nights each. And this ended up being the perfect decision.

Plus, I kinda thought staying at the same hotel for 4 nights would get kinda monotonous when there were so many others to check out. We adored both for different reasons, which I’ll share below:

Komaneka at Tanggayuda : To make things short and sweet, we loved absolutely EVERYTHING about this 5* boutique hotel. From breakfast overlooking the absolutely gorgeous infinity pool and complimentary afternoon tea, to the lush grounds of the resort and tropical fruit trees found just about everywhere, there’s not much we would change.

Upon first glance the resort doesn’t look to be all that, but trust me, as soon as you start wandering around you’ll see what I mean.

We opted for the 1 bedroom villa with a private pool and valley view which cost us roughly $300 per night (an absolute bargain for the place – you’ll see).

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To be completely honest, we kind of wished we had stayed an extra night at the Komaneka as we didn’t allow for enough time to fully enjoy the resort (as we were out and about each day).

Do note that this luxe resort is located roughly 25 minutes north of Ubud center, so you’ll need to arrange for a driver/taxi if you want to head into town (which is why we chose to stay closer to town the next few nights, at Maya Ubud – more details below).

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Also note that you’ll find other hotels within the Komaneka brand in other places near Ubud, so be careful when booking if you want to stay exactly where I did. I cannot speak to the service or grounds of the others (as we did not stay elsewhere), but if they’re on par with Tanggayuda, I bet they’re top-notch as well. Read reviews and check prices here.

Maya Ubud Resort and Spa : The Maya Ubud had suuuuch a different vibe than the Komenaka (not a good or bad thing, it was just different). For starters, it was oh so much larger, but also (possibly because of this) a bit more standard-hotel feely, but still wonderful nonetheless.

The gardens were magnificent, the infinity pools impressive, and the service impeccable. We were generously upgraded to a private pool villa (not exactly sure how that happened, but thanks!), and to say I enjoyed our private outside space at Maya Ubud is an understatement. 

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Since the Maya Ubud is pretty close to Ubud Town (a tad east), there’s a complementary shared shuttle running throughout the day to the center of town (taking roughly 10 minutes or so).

We used it quite a bunch and found the service very convenient. If you miss the shuttle or don’t feel like waiting, the walk to Ubud Town is only about 20-25 minutes – but remember it’ll be hot out!

Although we loved most aspects of the hotel, the spa (and flower bath in particular) really did it for me. Imagine soaking in a tub full of rose and frangipani flowers with calming river views… I was obsessed after 5 minutes.

I’ll explain my experience in a bit more detail during the itinerary, but just know that I highly encourage any bath lover to give it a try! Read reviews and check prices here.

Day 0 | Arrival into Bali, and head to Ubud

Use this first day for arrival into Bali, as it’s very possible that you’ll arrive a bit later on in the day (depending on where you’re coming from of course). 

And if you decide to follow this Bali itinerary to a T (all heavily researched and 100% tested by us!), you’ll be heading straight to Ubud from the airport!

Thankfully we were easily able to use the Grab app to hire a driver/car to drive us straight to the Komaneka at Tanggayuda (where we stayed first near Ubud), which cost us roughly $28 for the 2 hour drive.

Since we didn’t land until 3pm-ish, and with a bit of that infamous Bali traffic, we arrived to our hotel near Ubud around 5:45pm or so. If you are lucky to have an earlier flight, I highly recommend hanging by the pool for a bit, watching your first Bali sunset, and enjoying dinner at the Komaneka.

I wouldn’t suggest heading into Ubud Town your first night if you’re staying where we did, as you’ll most likely be especially tired (and the food at the Komaneka is quite tasty!).

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Where we slept: Komaneka at Tanggayuda 

Important Note on Day 1 and 2 : The traffic in and around Ubud (and Bali in general) can be horrendous. As you’ll notice on Day 2 of this Bali itinerary, we actually didn’t make it to all of our intended spots due to crazy amounts of unforeseen traffic.

Don’t be upset – it’s all wonderful and no reason to ruin your entire day/trip over. Just understand that you may need to be a bit more go-with-the-flow than normal.

→ Read Next: The Perfect 3 Days in Ubud

Day 1 | Day Trip to East Bali

It’s your first full day in Bali, so it’s time to wake up and explore! Use the jetlag to your advantage and plan for an early morning wake-up call (5AM to be exact) to head out to the eastern parts of Bali.

We chose to hire a private driver to take us to Lempuyang Temple, Taman Tirta Gangga, Tibumana waterfall, and Pura Tita Empul (in that order).

Note that we chose to book through AirBnB experiences , and were able to choose exactly where we wanted to go. Our guide took great photos of us and we had the best time with him.

And psst – if you sign up for AirBnB through my link , you’ll get $15 off any experience of at least $50 (so if two people go that discount will work!). If you choose the same spots as we did, just know that you’ll need to pay all entrance fees as they are not included (roughly $10 per person).

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If you don’t feel like signing up for AirBnB (it’s not that difficult I promise), this tour is very similar and takes you to the famous Lempuyang Temple, water palace, a waterfall, rice fields, and ends with the famous Bali swing.

We got picked up by our driver before the sun even rose, getting an early start of 5AM. And since we traveled to the furthest stop first (roughly 2 hours away), we were able to sleep/rest a bit in the car!

Perrrrfect! I have to admit, it was oh so nice having a local drive us around, especially considering the roads seemed a bit confusing. We didn’t have to worry about a thing – and we loved it!

Oh right, breakfast! Since the Komaneka at Tanggayuda includes breakfast, they boxed up a to-go breakfast for us to enjoy on our tour to East Bali. We ate it during our time at Lempuyang Temple, while our guide waited on line for us (more info on that below).

Stop #1) Lempuyang Temple

First stop – Lempuyang Temple! I guarantee you’ve seen numerous photos of this Hindu temple, primarily due to it’s famous gates, the Gates of Heaven, with perfectly framed views of the Agung Volcano. It’s pretty iconic of Bali, and it’s absolutely gorgeous (especially with that early morning light).

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The Lempuyang complex is actually comprised of 7 different temples (with TONS of steps), so just plan on doing the first and most popular one if you don’t plan on spending all day there. 

Lempuyang Temple, also known as Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang (yes, it’s a mouthful), is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples in the entire country. Please be respectful and read below.

  • Once you arrive, you’ll need to rent a sarong to wear (yes, no matter if you’re already wearing a long skirt or pants). Since Pura Lempuyang is a sacred place, sarongs are custom, so just wear one willingly and be respectful. Covering your shoulders is also required, so plan on bringing along an extra shawl, cardigan, or simply, just wear a tee shirt like I did.
  • No kissing or close physical touch is allowed at the temple. My husband kept forgetting and I had to literally shoo him away! 

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I’ll let you in on a little secret – the reflection is fake. Yup, those photos you see (here and elsewhere)- one lie after another. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t get the obligatory photo for ourselves – of course we did.

We’re just happy we didn’t actually wait on the horrendously long line (our guide thankfully did while we were off exploring other parts of the temple/eating our breakfast boxes).

Just another reason to take a tour; I’m guessing most tour guides stand in line for their guests. If you need to wait for yourself and arrive at the temple around 7am or so like we did, just know the line will probably take at least an hour. Plan accordingly. 🙂

*Note: Pura means temple. 🙂

Stop #2) Taman Tirta Gangga (water palace)

Tiered fountains. Stone sculptures of mythical creatures. Giant lily pads. Girls in flowy dresses. And all the hungry koi fish you can think of. Yes, we’re talking about Bali’s water palace – Taman Tirta Gangga. This former royal palace is one of East Bali’s most famous sights, and breathtaking it is.

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Make sure to buy some fish food at one of the little stalls before the ponds (5,000IDR). 

Although we overall enjoyed this stop, it was pretty crowded already when we got there, and taking decent flattering photos without tons of other in the frame proved relatively difficult.

You’ll see what I mean with the stepping stones and people going opposite directions when you visit. Lots of people here to get that instagram shot.

Stop #3) Tukad Cepung Waterfall – or – Tibumana Waterfall 

Put on your bathing suit, because it’s waterfall time! There are a whole slew of waterfalls in and around Ubud, so you’ve definitely got a few to choose from.

I had originally wanted to head to Tukad Cepung, which I heard is really cool with sunbeams shining through a cave, but our guide warned us that it’d be exceptionally crowded.

He instead suggested Tibumana, which was actually on my list as well (for another day), so we agreed and are so thankful for his honesty! 

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After an easy walk down on some bamboo bridges and stairs (took about 10-15 minutes or so), we were greeted with not only a beautiful swimming spot, but a crashing waterfall amongst so much lush greenery. And hardly any people, which makes sense considering it’s deep in the jungle. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:

Stop #4) Pura Tita Empul (water temple) 

Not to be confused with the Water Palace, Pura Tita Empul (also known as the Water Temple), is a completely different thing, so don’t miss it during your 10 days in Bali! Being one of the largest and busiest water temples in all of Indonesia, you’ll want to do your part in being respectful by wearing a provided sarong within the complex. 

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Forget about selfies here – take it all in, observe the rituals, and do yourself a favor and just watch. By visiting this Hindu Balinese water temple, you get to experience the culture firsthand by watching Hindu devotees purify themselves in a bathing ritual. And boy were the holy springs a sight to be seen. 

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Visitors can bathe as well (and we saw a few do so), but since we are not believers of Hinduism, we didn’t feel right participating in the cleansing ritual. Note that there’s an additional charge for this as well, and you’ll need to be dressed from head to toe so bring an additional change of clothes if you plan to bathe in the holy waters.

Our guide showed us around the complex — it’s actually quite large; the purification pools are just one part!  We also saw a koi pond, the inner courtyard, and tons of Hindu shrines.

Back to the Komaneka (or your hotel of choice)

We got back to the Komaneka around 3ish or so, giving us a few hours of sunlight to enjoy the hotel’s luxurious infinity pools, have a late lunch and complimentary tea and snacks, and just relax from our first day of activities.

Remember, the sun sets around 6pm (every night no matter the season), so if you want some pool time, be sure not to cram in toooo much on this first day. We had some dinner before heading to the spa for our first (of many) Balinese massages.

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Day 2 | Day trip to North Bali

Psst (logistics tip): If you’re following this itinerary exactly to a T (or switching hotels tonight like we did), be sure to put things in the trunk of your private car so you don’t need to go back to hotel #1 just to move your bags to hotel #2. We kept everything we brought to Indonesia with us in the trunk for the entire day and felt completely safe doing so.

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Today’s another busy day, so wake up, grab some coffee and breakfast at the hotel, and hit the road! We decided to hire another private driver for the day to experience northern Bali (through the same AirBnB experience as the day before), and it was a great decision!

This Northern Bali private tour takes you to a bunch of the same spots if AirBnB’s just not your thing. 

→ Using AirBnB? Remember to sign up via this link to save $$$ off your first activity!

Although we didn’t get to visit all our intended spots (that traffic I tell ya, it’s the worst!), I’ll list them all out for you below. Hopefully you have better luck than we did!

Stop #1) Tegalalang rice terraces and Bali swing, coffee/tea tasting 

There’s a reason everyone visits Ubud , and the rice terraces are it. Ridiculously scenic, this terraced hillside is covered in rice paddies among rice paddies, as far as the eye can see. Do not miss it. I repeat – do not miss it.

As soon as we arrived, we couldn’t stop admiring all the greens – we were just wowed the entire time. Being surrounded by lush green rice terraces on all sides of you is just something you don’t forget. Ever. Our guide took us wandering throughout the fields, while explaining a bit about the process of harvesting the rice as well. 

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Choose to visit early in the morning, as not only will the lighting be better for photos, but you’ll beat the crowds – there was hardly anyone else there when we visited around 8:30am! I honestly couldn’t believe it! 

We opted to do the famous Bali swing over here too, costly roughly $15 for fantastic views of the rice fields. There were other options to do the swings over near the area we stopped for coffee, which seemed much more crowded and I’m guessing costly.

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We were unfortunately unable to visit the following due to Bali’s mad traffic, but here’s a bit of info I had researched ahead of time.

Stop #2) Lake Beratan Temple (Ulun Danu) 

This temple is located on an island completely surrounded by water, which makes it quite picturesque, especially with it’s manicured gardens nearby. And if you’re up for it, you can even take a boat out and view the temple directly from the water (I’ll be doing that next time I head to Bali). 

However, do note that since the lake is considered holy, you cannot swim in it (although renting a boat is fine). Some people say it’s kinda a tourist trap and filled with swarms of visitors, so research a bit more to decide for yourself if you wanna stop.

Stop #3) Handara Gate (Balour Balinese Gate of Handara)

It’s a gate you guys – a gigantic, exotic looking traditional Balinese gate, with lush, smoky green hills as it’s backdrop.

As such, it’s one of the most iconic photos you’ll see of Bali, with special thanks to instagram. Because of this, it gets rather crowded, so you’ll most likely need to wait in line to get THE photo.

Not many people realize this, but this gate, dubbed the pathway to serenity, is actually the entrance to a golf course! Yes, a golf course – the Handara Golf & Resort Bali to be exact! 

Stop #4) Banyumala Twin Waterfall

Like it’s name suggests, this ain’t just one stream of water – it’s a whole slew of falls in one. Girls we had met later on during our trip said the short hike down to Banyumala (10-15 minutes) was most definitely worth it, so be sure to add it to your Bali itinerary.

And make sure to wear/bring a bathing suit as you’ll most likely want to take a dip in the falls. We unfortunately missed out on this one! 

Stop #5) Wanagiri Hidden Hills

Yes, this stop at Hidden Hills is primarilyyyy for the cheesy IG photos, BUT if you’re following this day’s itinerary you’ll already be in the area – so might as well make a quick(ish) stop.

There are different sections within Wanagiri Hidden Hills, with each area having different set prices with different attractions. Most include a nest, a swing, and another type of bamboo lookout, with the bird cage and boat viewing post some of the more popular ones.

Once you’ve paid your entrance fee, you’re free to hang around for as long as you want taking photo after photo. Kinda cheesy, but hey, you’re in Bali – might as well take advantage and get some of those typical IG shots. And plus our tourism dollars help the locals make a living.

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HOWEVER, you’ll find some of these photo opps at other attractions near Ubud. We saw a bunch earlier in the day at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces (where the above photo was taken) and then again at Leke Leke Waterfall, so don’t feel like you neeeed to stop at Hidden Hills if you’re not especially into it.

Because the traffic was SO bad, we didn’t make it to Lake Beratan, the Hadara Gate, Banyumala Twin Waterfall, and Hidden Hills. Yuuup, basically the rest on my itinerary.

We did however find a waterfall trek to do instead (Leke-Leke), which was a blessing since it got us outta the car for a while.

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Since we missed out on so much of what the north has to offer, that’s definitely an area I’ll be visiting on my next trip to Bali (oh you better believe there’ll be a next time).

And I’d absolutely love to stay at Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort , which looks absolutely insane and beautiful all at once. Note that you can visit for lunch as long as you purchase a day pass in advance, but guests are not allowed on property otherwise.

If you have more time in the north, the Aling-Aling waterfall and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces all look worthy of your time. 

We spent the remainder of the day blissing out in our private pool at the Maya Ubud (after checking in of course) and stuffing our faces with fresh fruit juice and Balinese snacks.

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Since we hadn’t checked out the restaurant scene in Ubud just yet (we had only really feasted at the Komaneka), we took the free shuttle into town and somehow got a table quite quickly at Hujan Locale for some innovative, modern Indonesian food.

So good and highly recommended, although it’s probably best to make a reservation in advance, as it was crowded and the restaurant is getting popular.

Where we slept: Maya Ubud

Day 3 | Wander around Ubud Town and Surroundings

Finally, a day to actually explore Ubud! After venturing east and then north, it’s about time we plant our feet and stick to the actual town!

Here’s how our day went – and I suggest you do the same as we hit up all the top places (IMO) in/near Ubud Town:

1) Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

I have to admit, after walking ⅞ of the way there, I almost backed out of visiting the Monkey Forest. You see, we came across monkeys in town before even getting to the sanctuary. Who knew the monkeys were everywhere surrounding the area?!

They were climbing on power lines above us, running on the sidewalk next to shops/restaurants, and were just waaaay too close for comfort in my opinion. But I faced my fears, kept on going, and in we went.

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The actual experience (after calming myself down and giving myself a short pep talk) was a positive one, as the monkeys were thankfully very interested in their food and each other, and not us humans. And the babies! Quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve seen to date.

Keep your eyes wandering, as you’ll see monkeys above you in trees, running at your feet, jumping from here to there, etc. I was definitely on watch the entire time, constantly looking in all directions in order to keep myself aware of any nearby monkeys, as they just run around where they please.

Be sure to get past the beginning and into the actual forest – the grounds are so lush and beautiful, with a giant banyan tree over the river. Thankfully we didn’t see any monkeys jumping on people like I had heard about, but people we had met later on during this 10 day Bali itinerary said they lost sunglasses and hats, so be extra careful.

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A few precautions when entering the monkey forest, as yes, they are wild animals and yes, there are a few ground rules to be aware of to protect yourself and everyone around you (including the monkeys):

  • Leave your accessories behind; this includes sunglasses, hats, large earrings, etc. You never know – the monkey’s may snatch them!
  • And on that note, if a monkey takes something of yours, its theirs to keep – aka, don’t attempt in getting it back. Monkeys will bite if they feel threatened.
  • Forget feeding the monkeys, let alone bringing any food/water bottles into the park in general. The monkeys can smell food and will even open up bags/backpacks and go searching/stealing! 
  • Never make eye contact with a monkey. They see this as a form of aggression, so never stare directly into a monkey’s eyes.
  • Do not sit anywhere there are monkeys present. You’ll most likely find yourself with a monkey climbing on your shoulders (which I most definitely wouldn’t want).
  • The baby monkeys are exceptionally cute; but just remember, wherever you see a baby, there’ll be a mama monkey nearby. Therefore, don’t get too close to the babies, as mamas may attack to protect their young. 

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I was glad to learn that the Ubud Monkey Forest is more than just a tourist attraction. Apparently there’s tons of research (and conservation efforts) going on within the forest, mostly regarding the monkeys behavior and social interactions.

However, I’ve also read that some of the staff use possibly inhumane techniques in order to stop the monkeys from any bad behavior. Do your research ahead of time.

After congratulating myself for not getting eaten by a monkey, we made a pit stop at Habitat Cafe (so cute and trendy) for some well-deserved fresh juices and relaxation time.  

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2) Ubud Traditional Art Market 

Color, clatter, commotion, chaos. That’s the market experience for ya! Anything you want to buy in Ubud, you’ll find at the market, that’s for sure.

The market specializes in traditional art and handicrafts, and I loved exploring the stalls tucked away in the little alleyways (get away from the main strip). Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, just wander and browse for a bit – it’s an experience (albeit rather crowded) in and of itself!

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Although it’s quite chaotic, the alleyways of the Ubud market make for a fun time. Just be sure to haggle/bargain before purchasing! Even though I’m sure we paid a bit too much on several occasions, we would typically be able to get the shop owner to agree to less than half of their original asking price.

If they don’t agree to your price, just walk away, and they’ll quickly quote you less! They want your business – trust me , as there’s probably the same/similar items in the shop next door.

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If you have an idea you’ll be buying a few items, it’s always cheaper to buy from the same stall – they’ll typically give you a multi-item discount. I say, browse a bit before buying anything, decide what in fact you want to buy, and find a stall that has everything you want. You’ll get the cheapest possible price that way.

I couldn’t leave the market without buying one of those trendy straw/rattan Bali basket bags – you know, the round ones you see all the influencers promoting on instagram?

Yup, the online companies sell them for $75-$85, but I got mine in Bali for $8. Can’t beat that. And another gorgeous handheld bamboo bag for $15ish (which I could have probably haggled down more).

But I always like to remember – the locals in the market make a living selling the products. An extra dollar or two (USD) doesn’t mean much to me, but it could get their family an extra meal or two. 

Things to buy: cotton sarongs, bamboo straws, the famous Bali bags, dream catchers, wood carvings, straw hats, crochet tops/bikinis, stackable storage boxes

LUNCH! We hit up Locavore To-Go for some meat sandwiches (a must!), Acai Queen for, you guessed it, acai bowls, and Frozen Yogi for a chilled dessert. We were on vacation – don’t judge us! 

3) Saraswati Lotus Temple, Ubud Centre

Next up, a quick stop at Saraswati Lotus Temple! We stopped by this temple for a few minutes, took a few pictures, and moved on with the show. It should be noted that tourists are not allowed to enter the temple, but it’s the stunning grounds that are the biggest draw for the crowds.

The main walkway was filled with lily pads on either side, although there were unfortunately no lotus flowers in the pond (which I heard there typically are).

4) Campuhan Ridge Walk at Sunset

After spending all day in the busy centre of Ubud, get outta there and into some nature! The Campuhan Ridge Walk is arguably Ubud’s best known trek, as it offers sweeping hilltop views and minimal crowds.

And plus, it’s not difficult at all – it’s more of a walk than a hike (I guess that’s why it’s called a ridge walk …). Anyone can do this lush, scenic trail, although there were a few steep steps at the very beginning and end.

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If you aren’t planning on eating at The Sayan House (which you 100% should), I recommend walking the ridge walk just before sunset, which I believe would be absolutely gorgeous. We visited around 4:30, so the sun was already low in the sky making for some beautiful photos. And plus, it’ll be too hot to enjoy during the day.

Soooo we had a bit of trouble finding this place as we deliberately followed Google Maps like we always do – which got us to the general area, just a bit too far. We asked a worker in a nearby shop/hotel (I forgot) and they were able to direct us to the entrance – there’s no signs and the entrance is quite inconspicuous, so I’m not sure how others found it without help.

Sorry I can’t be of more assistance, 😉 But I promise, once you find it, it’s worth the hassle. It was about a 20 minute walk or so from the center of Ubud Town.

5) Dinner at The Sayan House 

This Japanese/Latin Fusion Restaurant is absolutely perfect for a date night (and ya gotta add in a few special nights to any Bali itinerary). :p 

Yes, it’s a little annoying to get to as it’s located a few minutes outta town (and not very walkable), but 110% worth it in my opinion. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the lush valley below, along with innovative cocktails, fresh fruit juices, and unusual dishes with unique flavor combinations.

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Make a reservation for this place ahead of time (and ask for a table facing the sunset) because boy, it’s a showstopper. It’s wise to remember that the sun sets on the earlier side in Bali, so if you actually want to catch the sunset, you’ll need to arrive before/around 6pm.

We made a reservation for 6pm and ended up heading over early for sunset drinks at the bar area with breathtaking views of the rice terraces below as the sun was setting. Absolute perfection if you ask me.

6) Foot massages or Balinese Performance in town 

After getting massages in Thailand every single damn day, we made it our mission to repeat that in Bali. And while we didn’t meet the goal of alllll the days, we came pretty close. After dinner we ended up at Kristina Ubud Spa in town, and got foot massages for 80,000/ hr (which comes out to roughly $5.50USD). Can’t beat that price!

Note that you can opt to watch a traditional Balinese performance at the Royal Palace (Puri Saren) in Ubud Town if massages aren’t your thing (who are you?).

Since we were already planning on heading to Uluwatu Temple later on in the trip to see the Kecak Fire Dance, we skipped the performance in Ubud. (Starts at 7:30pm, costs 100,000IDR pp, length of 1 ½ hours).


*Where we stayed in Jimbaran: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

I had originally wanted to spend our nights in Uluwatu (to take advantage of South Bali’s trendy beach clubs), but after booking ourselves at the Ayana , I’m glad we did.

Located in Jimbaran, about a half hour north of Uluwatu, it’s a bit more central to other spots in Bali and honestly, we didn’t need to leave the resort if we really didn’t want to.

The Ayana Bali has 4 pools (Ocean Beach Pool, River Pool, Upper Pool, and Lower Pool), numerous spots for sunset drinks, a whole slew of restaurants (albeit overpriced of course), a luxurious spa, and it’s own private beach club – Kubu Beach (which you need to take a gondola down to reach!).

I’ll explain in more detail below, since we happily spent a great deal of time at the resort. 🙂

Day 4 | Early Morning in Ubud, off to Jimbaran!

Teeeechnically you can head back into Ubud Town to finish exploring this morning if there’s more you wanna see, but we chose to enjoy some activities at Maya Ubud. 

Flower Bath at Maya Ubud

After a private breakfast by our pool, I headed to the spa for my flower bath. It seemed like the ultimate Bali thing to do, so I knew I couldn’t miss it during my 10 days in Bali. Yup, 30 whole minutes of pure serenity and relaxation, all with rose and frangipani flowers floating around me.

The flower bath was everything and then some – I could have stayed in there all day (minus the fact that my fingers were turning into a prune of course!). I honestly thought girls just did flower baths for the ‘gram, but I have to say, I left feeling super relaxed, hydrated, and tranquil. Didn’t hurt that I got a few cute pics outta it too. 🙂

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Note that you can also make reservations ahead of time at Karsa Spa located near the Campuhan Ridge Walk if you want a flower bath experience and aren’t staying at Maya Ubud, which I definitely want to experience next time!

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That morning, since my husband wasn’t participating in the flower bath, he headed to an early morning yoga class and then relaxed by the pool. If you’re staying closer to town, you can head to a class at the Yoga Barn which is apparently rather popular (although a bit overpriced I heard).

Head South to Jimbaran

After breakfast and activities at the resort (yoga, pool, spa), off to Jimbaran we went! Since we had taken a few taxi rides the previous day in Ubud, we managed to acquire a few WhatsApp #’s so scheduled for a pickup from Maya Ubud to take us to our next hotel – The Ayana Bali!

I don’t think Grab will work (the app didn’t work at all in Ubud at all), so definitely don’t count on that like we originally did. The trip took roughly 2 hours or so if I remember correctly, so plan to rest a bit in the car.

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We had originally wanted to stop at Bambu Indah for some lunch after reading some rave reviews, but I wasn’t feeling too hot (remnants of Bali belly, perhaps), so we went straight to The Ayana.

If you end up going, lemme know how it is! Bambu Indah is actually hotel known for its interesting architectural designs, completely made out of bamboo. Maybe next time we’ll decide to stay there!

Hang at Hotel/Sunset Drinks at Rock Bar

After an easy check-in process, go explore for a bit then head on down to Rock Bar for sunset drinks (psst – you’ll need to take the cliff-side gondola to get down)! Overlooking the Indian Ocean with the waves crashing onto the rocks, there’s really no better view for sunset, and because of this, it does get quite busy!

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People who are not staying at the hotel are allowed to visit Rock Bar (with advance reservations), but if you’re a hotel guest of the Ayana , you’re VIP baby (you should get in just fine – no reservations needed)!

We headed down around 5pm for a 6:15ish sunset, got a bunch of drinks and appetizers, and just watched the sun set into the rolling ocean waves. I can see it being the perfect place for a romantic night out, especially if you snag one of the large plush beds like we did. 

If the Rock Bar doesn’t excite you (and ohhh, it should), I heard that Single Fin in Uluwatu is also great for sunset cocktails and dinner (but it’s 40 minutes away by car, so probably just easier to stay at the resort).

Where we slept: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

Day 5 | Uluwatu/Jimbaran -or- Day Trip to Nusa Penida

Today’s choice day! Depending how you anticipate to be feeling (and if you booked yourself at a resort like the Ayana with tons to do), you can either:

→ 1) spend ½ day at the resort (beach/pool time) with a ½ day trip to Uluwatu Temple -or- 

→ 2) take a verrrry long day trip to Nusa Penida

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If you think you’ll want a more relaxing day (after a few nonstop days of go-go-go), then trust me, take advantage of the resort pools and beach club, and leave Nusa for another trip.

However, if you can’t fathom coming all this way and not seeing Kelingking Beach, suck it up and head to Nusa Penida (I heard it’s gorgeous, yet the climb down/up is excruciating, especially in the heat). We had originally planned for the long day trip to Nusa (and even signed up for a tour ahead of time), but with my stomach acting up a bit and already feeling utterly exhausted, we desperately craved a beach day.

Use your judgement and think about what would be best for you. And if you’ve got an extra day, you could easily do both!

Choice 1: Resort Pool Day and Uluwatu Temple + Kecak Fire Dance

Pool + Beach Time

As mentioned, if you’re staying at a luxurious resort like the Ayana Bali, I can promise you’ll never find yourself bored. We got an early morning start at the Ocean Beach Pool, had breakfast overlooking the ocean, and loveddd the fact that no kids are allowed (sorry, kiddos, there’s other pools for you).

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We then made our way to Kubu, Ayana’s private beach club for some more loungin’, before heading back to the room to get ready for our trip to Uluwatu Temple! You can also schedule some time at the spa for a treatment, play a bit of golf, or visit the ultra secluded (and hardly crowded during the day) River Pool, located near the private villas.

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Trip to Uluwatu Temple

It’s not the temple itself per say that makes this place absolutely remarkable, it’s the magnificent location high up on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. The dramatic coastline of the Bukit Peninsula sure is something else. We could have stared at those rolling waves all day long. But you’re not just here for the views – you’ve got the Kecak Fire Dance awaiting you as well!

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Since Uluwatu Temple is roughly 45 minutes away – without traffic, you’ll want to get picked up via private driver around 3:30pm to get there in time to purchase tickets and look around. Tickets to the Kecak Fire Dance performance go on sale at 5pm, and it gets crazy busy around this time.

Our driver graciously waited on line for us in order to get us tickets to the show so we could walk around the temple and admire the ocean and all those crazy waves. 

Do note that others have seen cheeky monkey’s at the temple – so just like in Ubud, be careful with your things as they are known to steal loose items from unsuspecting guests! We were surprised that we didn’t see a single monkey, especially considering how many people told us to watch out for them. But nevertheless, you’ve been warned!

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Now, what is the Kecak Fire Dance you ask? Oh, it’s a whole lotta fun – with a huge cast of dancers and chanters interpreting the Hindu history in Bali, the show is quite funny (but I won’t give away any spoilers). I hiiiighly recommend reading the informational paper they hand out, as you’ll be wildly confused otherwise. 

This traditional Balinese dance show is performed every night at Uluwatu Temple as the sun is setting (at 6pm), which makes for an absolutely breathtaking evening. Since the temple is on a cliff directly facing the sun setting into the ocean, you can only imagine what a sight it’ll be.

And just FYI – the temple and performance area gets exceptionally crowded; don’t be one of the last to get seated or you’ll wind up sitting on the hard concrete floor (and trust me, they squeeze in as many people who buy tickets…).

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*Note that if you hire a driver, make sure they stay during the show to take you back to your accommodation afterwards (you’ll have a hard time finding a ride otherwise). For reference, if I remember correctly, we paid 400,000 rupiah roundtrip for the two of us (excluding tickets to temple and show, which came out to be an additional 150,000 rupiah per person).

If you want to have it all planned out ahead of time, there’s a bunch of organized tours you can book before you land in Bali . If you don’t mind winging it a bit and leaving your luck up to chance, hire a private driver once you arrive (the day of or the day before).

Since we changed our plans last minute since I wasn’t feeling so hot, we didn’t have the option of booking in advance. Thankfully we had met a gal at lunch the day before who gave us her drivers WhatsApp number. If we didn’t have this number we probably would have unfortunately had to take an overpriced taxi from the hotel, and I would have wished we had booked an organized tour ahead of time. Check out private tours to Uluwatu and the Fire Dance here.

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If you have your heart set on heading to Nusa Penida, today’s the best day on this Bali itinerary to do it! Just know it’ll be a verryyyyy long day regardless of who you book with, as you’ll first need to make your way to Sanur and then take a fast boat to the island.

Get ready for some rocky, bumpy roads, and possibly a sore back, as the roads are exceptionally treacherous on the island of Nusa Penida. 

But alas, the natural landscapes look breathtaking and I’ve heard the beaches are to die for (although you’ll have to work aka hike down…and then back up, for some of them)! However, coconut trees, sandy beaches, and turquoise blue water awaits!

On a day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali, you’ll visit the following spots: Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Crystal Bay, and Sampalan Beach. All tours are very similar and visit the most popular spots. We booked a tour very similar to this one , although as mentioned, decided to cancel it. The tour does hotel pickup, brings you to the fast boat, then hooks you up with a private driver on Nusa Penida for the rest of the day.

Since we unfortunately missed this day trip, I’m thinking we’ll spend a few days on the Nusa Islands (there’s 3 in total!) to really get a feel for the islands next time we visit Bali (sooner than later, fingers crossed)!


The Gili islands are full of white sandy beaches, curious sea turtles, coconut palms, and more puka shells you’ve ever seen; it’s absolute paradise and then some. And being so close to Bali, you’d be crazy to miss out on these little islands during your stay in Indonesia, which is why I included it on this 10 day Bali itinerary!

I promise you – after a few busy days in Bali, the Gili’s will feel like a breath of fresh air since you don’t have to do much to have a good ole time here. Think pool, beach, snorkeling, fresh fish, lots of cheap Bintangs, and 1 hour massages for $7.

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*You’ll need to decide which island you want to base yourself on (outta 3 main ones). We chose Gili Air, and loved our decision. For reference, there’s Gili Trawangan (commonly called Gili T), which is the largest, liveliest, and most developed island, with tons of late-night beachside parties and lots of drinking (apparently).

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Gili Air, where we stayed, is a bit more low-key, but there’s still a whole slew of restaurants, bars, and relaxed nightlife (think listening to live music on the beach in some bean bag chairs while sipping some Bintangs – the local beer).

And finally there’s Gili Meno, the smallest of the islands, for those who just wanna get away from it all (it’s by far the quietest of the bunch without much nightlife).

Read Next: The Complete Guide to Gili Air (everything you need to know before visiting)

Where we stayed: PinkCoco Gili Air

To say we fell in love with the Pink Coco is a huge understatement. There’s just something about it that we found ourselves drawn to immediately. From all the pink accents to the breakfast overlooking the beach, it was the perfect place to rest our heads while on Gili Air.

And plus – all the staff were especially helpful and accommodating (when we had a mishap with our bags). It didn’t hurt that our room was just steps from the scenic pool, which was covered in palm trees and where we spent the bulk of our time while on the islands.

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Day 6 | Jimbaran in early morning, then off to the Gili Islands!

Hey, it’s your last day at The Ayana Bali , so take fulllll advantage!

We decided to hit up the instagram famous River Pool, where electronics (yes, including phones, cameras, etc) are not allowed between the hours of 9am – 5pm (which they’re surprisingly crazy strict about – there’s even lockers for your phone at the entrance to the pool)…. Hence the need to go early to snap a few photos, of course!

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I must admit that this was not my proudest moment, queueing up in the pool for a bunch of photos, but the water was warm and thankfully not tons of people were out when we arrived at 7:30am. By 8:30am, the place was swarming with instagrammers getting their perfect shot – and that was our cue to head on off to breakfast! 

Transfer to Gili Air 

Finish that hearty breakfast, because it’s time to pack up — we’re heading to the Gili Islands! Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Gili’s are not techhhhnically part of Bali, but since they’re so close (near the northwest coast of Lombok), it’d be an absolute shame to miss out on them. 

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There are a few different boat/ferry companies to take you to the Gili Islands, but I highly encourage you to book with Blue Water Express . They are a very reputable company, and after experiencing some pretty rough seas (I still can’t believe we went out – those swells were insane), I’m sooo glad we didn’t take the public boat.

Yes, Blue Water Express is obviously more expensive, but so worth it to me for the 2-3 hour boat ride (plus free pickup at your hotel if I recall).

Although there’s usually an early morning option, I’d opt for the later one around 11am, so you don’t need to rush for checkout (and plus, you’ll have enough time on the Gili’s if you follow this Bali itinerary, I promise). 

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Arrival in Gili (around 2pm-ish)

Our first few hours in Gili were spent relaxing by the pool, wandering the cute little town, and taking photos at the famous swings (located all over the island and also at the PinkCoco – where we stayed), which are just perfect for your instagram feed.

Remember that the sun sets around 6pm, so you don’t have tonssss of daylight on this first day in Gili, but much of the appeal of Gili is to slow down and relax, so you’re fine. Make sure to find some live music, order a few fresh juices and/or Bintangs, and plop yourself down on a beach-side bean bag chair and just chillax. That’s the life right there.

Remember, I wrote a full detailed guide on all things Gili Air , so be sure to check that out!

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Day 7 | Snorkeling the Gili Islands  

No trip to the Gili’s would be complete without exploring its vast underwater world, so today we’re off snorkeling! You can either pre-book or book once you get to the island (we were spontaneous and booked the day before while walking to our hotel).

Book ahead here if you’d like to ensure a spot and not get jammed in on a beat up boat like we were (with janky masks and snorkels as well).

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Most snorkel tours visit Turtle Point (for you guessed it, turtle spotting), near Gili Meno to see the underwater statues, and another spot or two with coral gardens to see a wide array of tropical fish. I saw a few turtles (my favorite) as well as tons of colorful fish.

A quick note on turtles and underwater life in general: NEVER attempt to chase/touch/pet/feed turtles, as human contact can give them diseases and make them sick. Admire these beauties, (and get your photos), but NEVER at the expense of the animal. PLEASE keep wildlife WILD. 

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The area near the statues was unbelievably crowded, as there were quite a few boats there when we were. However, if you know how to free dive (dive below the water without your snorkel), you can easily escape some of the crowds on the water’s surface.

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Our boat left around 9:30am or so for snorkeling, stopped on Gili Meno for some lunch, and we returned back to Gili Air at our hotel around 3ish or so.

We spent the rest of the day at the Pink Coco pool, indulging in apps and drinks, and come night time, grabbed dinner on the beach and some lovely foot massages at a stand near our hotel (which we did every day while in Gili Air).

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Where we stayed: Pink Coco Gili Air

Day 8 | Wednesday, July 17: Gili Islands, then transfer back to Bali!

Psst: Today’s mostly a travel day. But the Gilis are worth the hassle, I promise you!

Morning in Gili Islands

It’s your last (partial) day in Gili, so either take advantage of the island, or do absolutely nothing – your choice!

There are a few cooking classes in town, which usually happen before lunch, so you can definitely squeeze this in if that’s up your alley, get a massage (either at Slow Spa which I heard is marvelous for a Balinese massage or a simple one from a beach-side stand), spend time at the beach and/or pool, and head into town for breakfast and/or lunch!

We especially loved the smoothie bowls at Gili Bliss Gili Air, and enjoyed a hearty breakfast with some specialty coffee at Coffee and Thyme.

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Back to Bali!

Time’s up on Gili Air unfortunately, and it’s time to head back to Bali! Again, like heading to Gili Air, I highly recommend you book with Blue Water Express ! We chose the 2:30pm sailing to Serangan Marina (east coast of Bali and closest to our next stop of Seminyak), which came out to about 870k rupiah per person (or approximately $60).

The sailing took a few hours and because there was crazy traffic upon arrival in Bali (hotel transfer included in our booking), we didn’t get to our hotel in Seminyak until roughly 7/8pm or so. It’s safe to say we passed out riiiiiight after dinner that night. No shame!

Where we slept: The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel


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Where we slept in Seminyak: The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel

This boutique villa was the perfect spot to end our time in Bali, as we had our own private villa (bigger than our 3-bedroom condo I may add)! This stylish property is tucked away on a quiet street in busy, busy Seminyak, making you feel like you’re away from it all, when in reality, you’re only a few minutes walk to the hustle and bustle of town! 

The first-class attention to detail was phenomenal, food outstanding, public and private pools utterly fantastic, and our massages at the full-service spa were much needed. 

And because there are only 28 villas total at the resort (ALL with private pools), it never feels crowded in the common spaces, making for a very intimate, private experience. To say The Elysian is everything and then some is a complete understatement. 

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I partially chose this location for our last stop in Bali as the Elysian is pretty close to the airport, (20 minutes or so without traffic), so I knew we’d be able to enjoy the hotel up until the last possible minute!

Book a few months in advance if traveling during the high season as this place books up fast (especially due to the small number of rooms).

Day 9 | Spend the day in Canggu

Relaxed Morning by the Pool

Because, well, we were utterly tired at this point and you probably will be too! Not to mention, the pool was absolutely beautiful and hardly crowded (we were actually the only ones taking advantage of it while we were there…. possibly because everyone has their own private pools, but it was also 9am when most were still sleeping).

We had our breakfast overlooking the pool, then brought the rest (they give you a whoooole lot, trust me) to nosh on at the pool.

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Shopping and Cafe Hopping

Although we chose to sleep in Seminyak (one photo of the Elysian and I fell in love), we decided to spend part of the day in Canggu, only 30 minutes or so away.

Canggu is a super hip, trendy surf town, with tons of cute boutiques and countless colorful cafes, making it the perfect day trip from Seminyak. And all those hipster smoothie bowls and instagram photos? Yeahhh, they’re probably taken in Canggu.

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After finding a taxi on the side of the road (again, we couldn’t get a Grab driver), we had him drop us off at Cafe Cinta on Pantai Batu Bolong Road. We used this as a drop-off spot so we could easily walk down this main road in Canggu to find local boutiques, well-known surf shops, and colorful hipster cafes.

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If I were you I’d plan on hanging out Batu Bolong Road, getting lunch at The Loft (the poke dish was oh so good), grabbing ice cream at Mad Pops, exploring Love Anchor Canggu (a flea market type area with tons of stalls), and going shopping in the local boutiques and surf shops.

And whenever we got hungry/thirsty, there was always a coconut ready for drinking!

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Sunset Drinks and Dinner

Once you’ve had your fair share of coconuts, fresh fruit juices, and smoothie bowls around town, head on over to The Lawn for some sunset drinks. Besides the fact that this beach lounge is located directly on and above the black sand beach of Canggu, there’s a pool. A POOL! So if you plan on hanging here for a while, be sure to bring your suit to go for a swim.

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Do note that there are different sections at The Lawn, with a beach area, upper deck spot, day bed area, and small table/umbrella area on the actual lawn. If you want a specific spot, you definitely need to either reserve in advance or put your name down.

We enjoyed the lawn area and our cocktails, as it had such a fun vibe and we could feel the breeze from the beach.

Hungry?! I highly recommend heading to Fishbone Local for dinner afterwards as it’s right near The Lawn. We tried the beer-battered fish, fish tacos, and mini tuna tostadas, and loved them all! The garden in the back is so pretty – there’s string lights that just add to the overall ambiance.

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Oh, and once we arrived back at The Elysian, we treated ourselves to 1-hour Balinese massages (which were just heavenly and the best way to -almost- end our trip).

Day 10 | Brunch in Seminyak; fly home!

Pink Walls and Chill Vibes at KYND Community

It probably definitely sounds extra millennial, but did you really go to Bali if you didn’t have brunch at Kynd Community? You know all those photos of girls holding up their gold-encrusted pineapple spoons about to indulge in a perfectly crafted acai bowl with BALI spelled out in fruit?

Yea, that’s the place. And I wasn’t ashamed one teeny bit to have this last Bali meal for myself (even if the photos are a bit cringe-worthy as everyone and their 235423 best friends have the same insta-worthy shot). :p 

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The food? It was pretty damn good, as was the cool, tropical pink decor (there’s a reason why it’s so popular with instagrammers and bloggers). Psst: the place is vegetarian, just FYI, so don’t expect to find your regular bacon hamburgers on the menu.

We got there pretty early (around 8:30ish) and didn’t have to wait at all, but expect a line if you get there later, especially if you want to sit by the instafamous pink wall.

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Extra Time Before Your Flight?

We had to get ready for our flight, but if you’ve got more time in Seminyak, there’s tons more to do. Other foodie spots to check out if your flight is a bit later: Sea Circus Bali, known to be the most colorful restaurant in all of Bali, and Motel Mexicola, which I’ve heard has absolutely scrumptious Mexican specialities and cocktails (not your average taqueria, that’s for sure).

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Itching for one last massage? Head on over to Jari Menari for a new massage technique that you’ve probably never had before. Some even claim it’s the best massage you’ll have! I’ll have to be the judge of that next time I’m visiting Bali!

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August 7, 2020 at 5:28 pm

literally looking at bali next year for my bday cause of this haha !

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OMG Bali is incredible – it would perfect for a birthday! I can't wait to go back!

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Planning my third trip to Bali and although I've been there twice already I have to say Thank You, I learned a lot from this guide to look forward to for trip #3. I've had my eye on Ayana Resort for a while as it's a bit out of my budget but it looks worth it and it's good to see you recommend it too!

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November 23, 2020 at 6:07 am

Bali is one of the best places for Indian tourists because there are lots of Hindu religious temples. I have read your article and I’m impressed with your article and you give full information for Bali.

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This guide was sooo very usefuly! Thank you so so much. Just booked our anniversary flight to Bali in September and it’ll be 10 days excluding 4 days of travel! Really excited and can’t wait!

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We are definitely going to follow this itinerary- thanks so much for sharing! I had a question for you – our flight arrives in Bali at midnight. Any recommendations on what we should do the first day? Thanks so much!!

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Indonesia Travel Guide: The Ultimate Itinerary to Bali, Java & Flores

Indonesia Travel Guide: The Ultimate Itinerary to Bali, Java & Flores

Indonesia, an immense country existing out of 17.000+ islands. A 3-week Indonesia route shows you the stunning diversity of this country. Waterfalls , volcanoes, stunning beaches, architecture, cultures, and delicious food. Feel welcomed by the open-minded Indonesian people. These are the highlights you should see on a 3-week Indonesia trip.

A 3-week Indonesia Travel Guide

This 3-week itinerary through Indonesia is a day-by-day route taking you to the highlights of East Java , Bali , and Flores. Feel free to add more days if you have the time, and note that each day includes a link to a detailed article about that location.

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Day 1 – 2: Yogyakarta, Java

The hippest city of Java, Yogyakarta, is a great start to your route through Indonesia. Visit Indonesia’s largest Hindu complex, Prambanan, the underground mosque, and Borobudur. Yogyakarta has an international airport and is connected to many transit airports like Kuala Lumpur and Singapore . Discover all the best things to do in Yogyakarta here .

Where to Stay in Yogyakarta

The guesthouses and hotels in Yogyakarta are available in all kinds of price ranges. Hostels go anywhere from 5 USD – 30 USD per night. Where guesthouses and hotels in Yogyakarta will start from 12 USD a night, including breakfast.

Hotels in Yogyakarta 😴


Day 3: Train to Malang

Take the early morning express train from Yogyakarta to Malang. It is an 8-hour comfortable train ride that takes you on a scenic route along with small villages & vast rice fields. The express train to Malang is the best way to travel between these cities.

More about: Train from Yogyakarta to Malang

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Day 4 – 5: Malang, Java

The higher located city of Malang has a much more comfortable climate. Malang is one of the more surprising locations on your Indonesia route due to its beautiful waterfalls like Coban Putri, Coban Rondo, and Tumpak Sewu , green tea plantations, and the rainbow city Jodipan in Malang , which is a former slum area painted to attract visitors.

About Malang: Things to do in Malang

Where to Stay in Malang

Malang offers hotels and guesthouses in any kind of price category. But the only place we really can recommend to everyone is Griyo Sultan Agung Guest House. The train station is a 3-minute walk away, and the colored village is just 5 minutes.

Hotels in Malang 😴

Griyo Sultan Agung

Day 6: Bromo, Java

Start day 6 with an incredible sunrise over the active Bromo Volcano . Now, don’t forget to bring something warm because it will be freezing cold before sunrise. Luckily, this is the only cold place on your Indonesia route.

Indonesia Travel Guide: The Ultimate Itinerary to Bali, Java & Flores

To get there, you could either leave Malang in the afternoon of day 5 and stay in Bromo village or get out back at midnight on day 6 and drive from Malang. Bromo hotel recommendation:  Pagupon Hotel

Must Read: Bromo and IJen tour

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Day 7: Ijen Crater, Java

Visit the Ijen crater in the middle of the night to see the ‘blue fire’ and the sunrise over the aqua blue crater lake. The hike to the top is pretty steep, which makes it quite challenging; however, the view on the crater makes it up to you!

Read more about: Ijen Crater tour

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It’s time to follow your Indonesia route to the island of gods; Bali! From the Ijen crater, it is 30 minutes to the harbor where the ferry is waiting for you. Once in Bali, it takes 3 hours to reach Canggu.

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Day 8 – 10: Seminyak or Canggu

Seminyak and Canggu are two fantastic towns popular for its surfing, beach clubs, and an incredible choice of restaurants. Take a day to relax and recover because you just did two sunrise mornings on Java. The beach, a coconut, delicious food, and the nearby rice fields will make sure you recover well.

Read: Things to do in Seminyak or Canggu Guide

Where to Stay in Canggu and Seminyak

For Canggu, the most central places are Batu Bolong and Berawa, where there are loads of great cafes, restaurants, and beach clubs close by, as well as great surf spots.

Hotels in Canggu 😴

Amar Boutique Hotel

In Seminyak, stay around Jalan Kayu Aya, also known as ‘Eat Street’, for its great variety of restaurants. This street is also just a 10-minute walk from the beach.

Hotels in Seminyak 😴

The Legian

Day 11 – 14: Ubud, Bali

Next up is the art village Ubud. The area is popular because of the surrounding rice fields, waterfalls, yoga retreats, and Ubud Art Market. Both Tegalalang rice fields and the Monkey Forest in Ubud are things you have to see on your Bali Route .

See: Best Things To Do in Ubud, Bali

Where to Stay in Ubud

Stay in the center of Ubud, where you are close to all the main tourist spots, shops, and restaurants. If you are looking for something a little more rural, there are some great accommodation options close to the rice terraces.

Hotels in Ubud 😴

Kayon Jungle Resort

Day 15 – 16: Nusa Penida, Bali

Incredible white sandy beaches and 200-meter high cliff drops; Nusa Penida is one of the most stunning places on your route through Indonesia. Visit the T-Rex head Kelingking and hike down to one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches: Diamond Beach . Nusa Penida is stunning!

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Arrange a taxi + boat transfer from Ubud. It takes about two to three hours to reach Penida Island. On your last night, make your way back to Kuta, Bali, and spend the night near the airport. Book a return flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo tomorrow you are heading to Komodo National Park .

Read: Nusa Penida Trip

Where to Stay on Nusa Penida

The accommodations on Nusa Penida vary from homestays and guesthouses to beautiful bungalows. You can stay anywhere on the island as it only takes an hour to cross from one side to the other.

Hotels in Nusa Penida 😴

Ped Cottage

Day 17: Labuan Bajo, Flores

Labuan Bajo is a little port town on Flores island. It is the entrance to UNESCO labeled Komodo National Park , home of the Komodo Dragon. Labuan Bajo itself has not much to offer so use it as a stopover before you head on a boat into the park. The flight to Labuan Bajo from Bali only takes 45 minutes.

Things to do Komodo Islands

Where to Stay in Labuan Bajo

There are lots of things to do in Labuan Bajo, so aim to spend at least one night here if you can. It’s a small town, and you are able to walk around in 30 minutes, which means most accommodation options will locate you close to all the main bars and cafes. Alternatively, choose one of the relaxing beach resorts which are a bit further out of the center.

Hotels in Labuan Bajo 😴

Elang Hillside Bamboo Villas

Day 18 – 20: Komodo Islands, the highlight of your route through Indonesia

Close-off your 3 weeks in Indonesia with the best part; a 3-day boat trip in Komodo National Park. The park is world-famous for diving and snorkeling where you can expect to see manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins, small sharks, and millions of colorful fish. The hiking paths are mind-blowing and don’t forget about the pink beaches, yes pink!

Komodo Islands trip

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Day 21: Back to Bali – Fly out

Fly back to Bali and spend your last day along the Bali coastline. We recommend you to spend this time either in Canggu or Uluwatu .

Canggu hotel recommendation: Calmtree Bungalows

Getting around Indonesia

The islands in this Indonesia Route, Bali, Java, and Komodo National Park, are all well connected. Travel easily with a backpack or suitcase via trains, planes, or car. In populated areas, you can also use transport services like Go-Jek.

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You can easily arrange transport from your current location in Indonesia. However, we recommend booking your flights in advance.

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Contact our friend Yande below if you are looking for car transport and make sure to tell him you found him through our Salt in our Hair.

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When to visit Indonesia

May until October are the best months to visit Indonesia. There is a year-round temperature of 28°C, and although the wet season is between October & April, it can feel a lot warmer. The wet season is not as bad as it sounds. It is a daily heavy and short rainfall, some days cloudy but some days beautiful weather.

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How much does Indonesia cost?

Your budget for a 3-week Indonesia route depends on where you stay and eat. A stay at a guesthouse ranges from 6 – 35 USD a night, depending on the popularity of your location. This is similar for eating; Indonesian food ranges from 1 – 3 USD per meal, whereas Western food can go anywhere from 3 – 15 USD per meal.

Costs of Traveling in Indonesia

Travel on a budget in Indonesia, from $220 − $290 USD weekly per person, mid-range $400 − $590 USD, and high-end from $570 − $850 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here

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This is a great blog post, thanks for putting it together!

We are planning to go to Indonesia between 1st and 18th of June, where we want to visit Malang, Yogyakarta, Ubud, Gilli Air and The Komodo Island. This will be a an active holiday, where we will be moving every few days.

Can I ask you what is the best travel route between Malang -> Ubud ->Gilli Air -> Komodo -> Back to Bali Airport?

I have been researching this and all the travel options seem very complicated, especially between the islands.

Any thoughts are welcomed!

Thanks in advance!

Hi Bogdan! So exciting you’re planning to travel Indonesia. In terms of the best route, the one you have set out works very well. From Malang you can decide whether you want to see Mt. Bromo and/or the Ijen Crater and then hop on a train/bus + ferry (or travel with a a private driver ) to get to Bali. From Ubud, you can travel to Amed or Padangbai to boat to Gili Air. The Gili islands, as well as Lombok both offer tours throughout the Komodo Islands, which typically end in Labuan Bajo. From there, you can easily fly back to Bali. Hope that helps!

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Bali Itinerary 10 Days – Perfect For First Timers

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Are you looking to experience the ultimate Bali vacation? Then this 10-day Bali itinerary is perfect for you! From exploring beautiful beaches and lush jungles, to sampling delicious cuisine and taking part in traditional ceremonies, this trip has it all.

Best Bali itinerary for 10 days

You’ll start by visiting some of the most popular tourist spots on the island before heading off into more remote areas where you can truly get a sense of local life. Of course, no visit to Bali would be complete without indulging in its amazing food culture – so make sure to leave room for dessert! Along the way, we’ll show you how to enjoy all that Bali has to offer while staying safe and mindful of cultural customs.

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Where is Bali?

There is a lot of confusion out there about whether or not Bali is a country. The answer is no, Bali is not a country but one of many islands that make up the southeast Asian country of Indonesia. Bali stands out above the other Indonesian islands because of its stunning landscapes, luxurious accommodations, international influence, and warm welcoming people.

How To Get to Bali?

With Bali being an island, you will most likely need to take a plane to get there unless you’re coming from one of the neighboring islands or a cruise ship. Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) is the main airport and it accepts flights from all over the world.

Bali 10 day itinerary for first timers.

If you’re coming from the United States there are no direct flights available unless you are coming direct from Hawaii and the flight options are few and far between. Most connections will occur in Jakarta, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, and Manila Philippines.

There are direct flights from many other major cities in the world, but it is also possible to fly indirectly from anywhere.

Things To Know Before You Go

Before we jump into the Ultimate Bali itinerary 10 days, there are some things to know that will help you plan and make the most out of your trip.

There are two official languages spoken in Bali, Bahasa Indonesian and Balinese. Balinese is only spoken on the island of Bali while Bahasa Indonesian is the national language and spoken all over Indonesia. Most locals that you meet in Bali will speak both.

But, the big question Do they speak English in Bali? While English is not the main language spoken, you can find many people who speak it throughout the island, especially in the tourism industry. We currently live here in Bali and only speak a little Bahasa and we get along just fine using mainly only English.

The currency used in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). And let me tell you they use a lot of zeros! For example, 1 million Rupiah is currently worth about 67.00 USD.

ATMs are available all over the island, and it’s generally recommended to use them rather than exchanging money at a currency exchange as you usually will get a better rate and it’s much more convenient. Credit cards are accepted in most major establishments though be aware when using foreign cards there may be transaction fees associated typically 2-3%.

Unlike the rest of Indonesia where Muslim is the majority, Bali is predominately Hindu and its culture is deeply intertwined with the religion. You will find temples all over, in homes and businesses, even on the sides of roads!

10 day Bali itinerary to experience Balinese culture.

The Balinese people are incredibly welcoming to those that visit their island but much like visiting any country, it’s important to respect their beliefs and traditions when you’re here.

The climate in Bali is tropical and the temperature stays pretty consistent year-round averaging around 82°F (27°C). The dry season runs from April to October while the wet season runs from November to March. During the rainier months, you can expect late-night showers but usually will have clear skies during the day. See Bali weather by month for the best time to visit.

Is Bali Safe to Visit?

Yes. Bali is considered very safe for tourists to visit and has a low crime rate. You should take the same precautions as you normally would when traveling to any foreign country like not leaving your valuables unattended, especially in public places.

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There are areas of Bali that you won’t be able to access due to safety reasons and government restrictions but don’t worry, these areas are far away from the main tourist spots and won’t affect your trip. As long as you use common sense, you should be more than safe during your stay in Bali.

Do You Need a Visa For Bali?

US passport holders as well as 80+ other passports do not need to apply for a Visa before arriving in Bali. A Visa On Arrival (VOA) is available for purchase once you arrive at the airport. The cost is 500,000 Rupiah or about 35 USD.

Each person including children will need a VOA. It can be extended one time for a total of 60 days before you will need to exit the country. Also, it’s a requirement to have at least 6 months left before your passport expires.

How To Get Around Bali

Bali has no mass transit system or train lines, so the best way to get around is by car. Self-drive car rentals are fairly cheap and widely available throughout Bali. If you’d rather not drive, a very popular option is to h ire a private driver for the day or multiple days, which will take you wherever you need to go.

You can also take a Grab (which is a ridesharing service like Uber) or GoJek for a motorbike ride. These services are widely available all over Bali. Be sure to download these apps before arriving and add payment details.

Another popular option if you’re traveling solo or as a couple is to rent scooters or motorbikes. The traffic can be quite bad and scooters are a much quicker way to get around. However, I would caution that it’s not advisable if you don’t have experience riding them as the roads can be chaotic and a bit confusing to navigate.

Book scooter rental through your hotel, Airbnb host, or our favorite Bikag o.

How Many Days Do You Need in Bali

Bali is not a place where you can do a quick weekend trip, so the longer you can stay, the better! Generally, for a first-time visit, I recommend at least 7 days but preferably 10 to be able to explore multiple areas. This will give you enough time to check out a few of the popular locations and still have some downtime to relax on the beach or poolside.

If you really want to get off the beaten path, I recommend at least 14 days to explore more remote areas that aren’t as frequented by tourists.

Where to Book Hotels and Accommodations

One of the great things about Bali is the wide range of accommodations available for any budget. You’ll find everything from super cheap hostel stays to luxurious 5-star resorts and everything in between.

For large groups, we recommend checking out Airbnb. For budget solo or couple travelers, look into these cheap hostels.

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Bali Itinerary 10 Days Overview

Since we have lived here in Bali for quite some time we’ve been able to experience a lot of what Bali has to offer. This 10 day Bali itinerary includes our favorite destinations, top attractions, and best foods to try and is perfect for solo, couples, and family travelers or even for a Bali honeymoon .

Here is the Bali Itinerary 10 Days at-a-glance :

Day 0: Travel Day: Arrive in Bali / Canggu or Seminyak

Day 1: Canggu

Day 2: Canggu – Uluwatu

Day 3: Uluwatu

Day 4: UIuwatu – Nusa Penida

Day 5: Nusa Penida

Day 6: Nusa Penida – Ubud

Day 7: Ubud – North Bali

Day 8: Amed – East Bali

Day 9: Amed – East Bali

Day 10: Travel Day: Leave Bali

Bali Itinerary 10 Days Introduction

We’ve designed this 10-day Bali Itinerary starting at Day 0 which will be the day that you arrive at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar Bali to Day 10 the day that you fly out.

Bali Itinerary Day 0: Travel Day – Arrive in Bali

If you’re coming from the west coast of the U.S. either from San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle you more than likely will have logged 20-25 hours of travel time and be quite exhausted and ready to relax especially by the time you get through immigration, and customs.

Head straight to the hotel in either Seminyak or Canggu. No matter what time your plane arrives you’ll be looking for a little rest.

[Before you leave the airport grab yourself a prepaid sim card for your mobile phone. We like the Telkomsel service and it runs about 80k ($5.25 USD) for about 15 gigs.]

Looking for the best hotels in Seminyak and Canggu? Here are some of our favorites:

  • Luxury – Como Uma Canggu
  • Mid – Grun Resorts Treehouse Hotel
  • Budget – Sedasa
  • Luxury – Double Six
  • Mid – Aksari
  • Budget – Lotus Tirta

Is it better to stay in Seminyak or Canggu?

Both are great options, but they are different in culture. Canggu has more of a cool trendy surf town vibe while Seminyak offers luxurious upscale accommodations and a more active nightlife.

Bali Itinerary Day 1: Canggu

Start the first official day of your 10-day Bali itinerary with breakfast at Crate Cafe. Crate is the hottest breakfast spot in Canggu and is well-known for their delicious acai bowls, french toast, country breakfasts, and coffee. After breakfast, wander around the streets of Canggu to check out some of the local shops and art galleries.

In the afternoon, head to Echo Beach which is one of Bali’s most surfed beaches. Enjoy watching all the experienced surfers or take a lesson yourself. Here is a list of the best Canggu beaches.

10 day Bali itinerary that includes Canggu.

If you’re not interested in surfing, spend the afternoon visiting Tanah Lot or Pura Tanah Lot in Indonesian. It’s one of the most iconic temples in Bali, located on top of a rock that is surrounded by the ocean.

Continue with dinner at La Brisa, located right on Echo Beach. La Brisa has one of the coolest boho-themed beach club vibes complete with cabanas and pools! It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset and enjoy some delicious food and drinks!

Canggu bali 10 day itinerary

La Brisa is always busy so make sure to make reservations before arriving though they usually always can fit you in if you just show up.

After the sun goes down check out one of Canggu’s live music bars like Old Man’s, The Lawn, or Finn’s. If you’re staying in Seminyak La Favela is always hopping.

Bali Itinerary Day 2: Uluwatu

Get your last taste of Canggu by hitting up Sensorium for breakfast before heading down south to Uluwatu. Sensorium is a trendy cafe with some of the most delicious fusion food you’ll find in Bali.

The next stop is Uluwatu which is known for its rugged coastline and stunning sunsets. Having lived in Hawaii for some time we call Uluwatu the Hawaii of Bali. The white sand and turquoise waters remind us so much of the island of Oahu.

Bali itinerary including Uluwatu.

When you arrive in Uluwatu your first stop should be Dreamland Beach which is a great spot for surfing or swimming and also offers some breathtaking views. If you’re looking for a value stay look at Klapa Resort (it’s located right next to Dreamland).

In the afternoon, head over to Bingin Beach, a secluded beach with crystal-clear waters and soft white sand perfect for relaxing.

Best 10 day Bali itinerary for beginners.

Finish up your day with an evening at the Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Fire Dance Show. This famous performance will give you an authentic taste of Balinese culture. Make sure to make ticket arrangements for the show through your hotel or plan to arrive early as this show does sell out every night.

Bali Itinerary Day 3: More Uluwatu

If your Uluwatu resort or hotel does not offer breakfast or if you’re looking to try something different head over to Waffle Hut Uluwatu for some of the most unique waffles on the island.

Uluwatu 10 days itinerary

Next up visit Suluban Beach for a beautiful cave-like structure that opens up beautifully to the turquoise blue waters. The view from the cliff above is striking enough for many but if you’re adventurous and don’t mind a few steps head down into the cave.

10 day bali beach itinerary

After you fill up your phone with photos at Suluban the next stop is Karang Boma Cliff -probably the most majestical cliff in all of Bali! Just be aware if you have small children or are not comfortable with heights the cliffs are steep!

Time to grab some eats at The Cashew Tree . The Cashew Tree offers a variety of different food options from healthy vegan to not-so-healthy but delicious desserts. There is something for everybody and they have a fun playground area for the kids. For reference, they serve breakfast lunch, and dinner all day.

After you’ve fueled up it’s time to hit Melasti Beach. Melasti is beautifully surrounded by impressive cliffs and probably has the best infrastructure of any of the beaches down in the Uluwatu area. The access is friendly, food/drink choices are solid and showers and bathrooms are available.

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After you get your beach on it’s time to get your groove on at Sunday’s Beach Club. Sunday’s is one of the most well-known beach clubs in South Bali if not the entire island! Its relaxed waterfront dining, music, and beach bonfires will help you finish out your 2 days in Uluwatu on a high note!

What are the best Hotels in Uluwatu?

  • Luxury – The Ungasan
  • Mid – Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort
  • Budget – Klapa Resort

Bali Itinerary Day 4: Nusa Penida

Check out of your hotel in Uluwatu and cruise over to the Sanur Port to catch the earliest fast boat to Nusa Penida. It’s about 45 minutes boat ride and it’s best to leave early to avoid the rough waters of the afternoon. We recommend booking your fast boat to Nusa Penida through   Angkal Fast Boat  or  Maruti Fast Boat.

10 day Bali itinerary including Nusa Penida

Once you get settled into your accommodation head over to Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong. These two natural wonders are located side-by-side and offer stunning views of the ocean and cliffs.  

Next up Kelingking Beach lookout. It’s probably the most Instagrammable spots on the entire island! This is a must-see. If you’re the adventurous type and have a little extra time you can hike down to the beach itself. Be warned it’s not for the faint of heart-it’s steep, kind of sketchy, and totally exposed to the sun.

Bali itinerary 10 days including Kelingking Beach.

Towards the evening make your way over to Amok Sunset for dinner. This restaurant offers a great view of the sun setting over Nusa Penida and the parts of Bali on the mainland. Amok Sunset is famous for its grilled seafood dishes but also offers a variety of Southeast Asian cuisine that won’t disappoint.

Favorite Nusa Penida Tours

Bali Itinerary Day 5: Nusa Penida – Ubud

For your last day in Nusa Penida make sure to get a snorkel tour booked through Komodo Adventure. This is one of the best companies on the island and they offer tours to swim with manta rays at Manta Point. The tour also stops off at Crystal Bay, Diamond Beach, and Turtle Bay so you can get a half day of snorkeling in.

10 day Bali itinerary including Nusa Penida and Diamond Beach.

If you’re traveling with kids, here is a good resource for things to do on Nusa Penida.

Make sure to catch the afternoon boat back to mainland Bali-it usually leaves Nusa Penida around 4 pm. Next stop Ubud!

Best Places to Stay on Nusa Penida

  • Luxury – Adiwana Warnakali
  • Mid – Angkal Resort
  • Budget – Sunset Hill Cottage

Bali Itinerary Day 6: Ubud

Welcome to the jungle! First on the to-do list is Sacred Monkey Forest. Located in the heart of Ubud, Sacred Monkey Forest is home to hundreds of Balinese long-tailed monkeys. Make sure not to have any loose items or plastic bags of any kind-these monkeys love these shiny objects and can be a bit aggressive if you have food.

Bali 10 day itinerary including monkey forest Ubud.

After you’ve had your fill of primates it’s time to check out Ubud Art Market. This traditional market has everything from handmade souvenirs and unique gifts to fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure you have some bargaining skills with you-haggling is part of the experience!

For dinner don’t miss Locavore -it’s the talk of the town in Ubud. This award-winning eatery is renowned for its modern and creative twists on traditional Balinese dishes. The atmosphere at Locavore is perfect for a cozy evening, with the outdoor patio bathed in warm lighting and rustic decor.

Or if you’re after some of the best traditional Indonesian food go for Sun Sun Warung.

Finish up your day in Ubud by taking a stroll through Campuhan Ridge Walk which offers stunning views of the lush jungle landscape. It’s an easy hike and perfect for those looking to get an authentic taste of the Bali jungle.

Bali Itinerary Day 7: Ubud and North Bali

Grab a quick breakfast at Ely’s Kitchen and put on your trekking shoes-it’s time to go waterfall chasing in North Bali. Tell the driver to take you to Banyumala Waterfall first. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all Bali. With its multiple tiers and emerald green waters, it’s no wonder why it’s so popular with tourists and locals alike.

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It’s about a 2-hour but very scenic drive-even passing the famous Bali Handara Gate and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. Take some quick pics and keep heading north to Banyumala Waterfall.

Once you arrive at the Banyumala parking it is about a moderate 15-minute walk down to the base of the falls. Bring your swimmers if you want the full experience.

When you’ve had your fill of Banyumala, make your way over to Sekumpul Waterfall which consists of 7 separate tiers of cascading water.

10 day itinerary including Sekumpul waterfall.

It’s about an hour’s drive from Banyumala, so plan accordingly! This is the most impressive waterfall that I have ever seen! There are three different waterfalls you can visit but you will probably only have time for the main Sekumpul attractions before you need to head back to Ubud for the night.

For more details, check out our complete guide to all of the best waterfalls in Bali.

Best Places to Stay in Ubud

Luxury – Mandapa

Mid – Bisma Eight

Budget – Ketut’s Place

Bali Itinerary Day 8: Ubud and East Bali

At this point, you’ve been going hard hitting all of the main highlights in Bali, it’s time for a little slower pace. So pack your bags because Amed is your next stop and the best-kept secret on the island. Maybe try to catch some zzz’s on the drive since it’s about 2-hours from Ubud.

Popular 10 day Bali itinerary Amed

Amed is located in the East of Bali and is known for its laid-back atmosphere, stunning beaches, breathtaking landscapes, snorkeling, and world-class diving. Once you arrive, kick back at the pool and enjoy the scenery or head to one of the many volcanic black sand beaches located in the area.

If you’re still raring to go see the many things to do in Amed.

Once you have your legs under you again head to our favorite beach and snorkeling location- Jemeluk Bay. This beach has a panoramic view of the sea, gentle waves, and plenty of colorful marine life. The popular underwater temple also known as the “post office” is located in the middle of the bay and marked with a black buoy.

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*Note. Amed is also a popular Bali destination for scuba diving. With plenty of unique dive sites like the U.S.S. Liberty and a Japanese shipwreck, this is a must-see area for all divers.

For dinner, head to Warung Asri for some of the most delicious seafood in Bali. The restaurant has an incredible view overlooking Lipah beach and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

Bali Itinerary Day 9: Amed and East Bali

Start your last full day off by visiting Tirta Gangga Water Palace. This beautiful Balinese water palace was built in 1948 and is a perfect example of Balinese architecture.

10 day Bali itinerary including Tirta Gangga.

Tirta Gangga consists of three separate pools with lush vegetation and statues throughout the grounds. Be sure to bring your camera, this place is a must-see!

Next head over to Pura Lempuyang which is home to the famous Gates of Heaven. This Hindu temple complex is located in the shadow of Mount Agung and consists of seven levels leading up to a sacred gate with breathtaking views.

Bali 10 day itinerary with Pura Lempuyang.

After you have finished exploring Pura Lempuyang, take some time to relax on Amed beach and watch the beautiful sunset.

For dinner make sure to check out Warung Enak. This beach-side restaurant offers western as well as local dishes with fresh seafood options.

After dinner, you can end your evening at Jemulek viewpoint.

Best Places to Stay in Amed

Luxury – Mathis Lodge

Mid – Aquaterrace

Budget – Bali Sari Homestay

Bali Itinerary Day 10: Amed and Travel Day

Last day, boo! Depending on what time your flight leaves you may want to just hang out at the resort or squeeze any missed items from the list.

For more detailed information on other things to do check out our Things to do in Amed Travel Guide.

Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to make it back to the airport because the traffic can be a bear sometimes.

Tips For Visiting Bali

Now that we’ve covered the complete Bali Itinerary 10 Days , it’s time to go over a few tips that you should know to help get the most out of your Bali trip!

Avoid Bali Belly

Bali Belly is no joke! Make sure to wash your hands regularly and avoid eating at stalls that aren’t turning over food quickly. And for heaven’s sake Don’t drink the tap water in Bali.

For a more detailed scoop see Bali belly: How to Avoid and Treat.

Indulge in the Balinese Cuisine

Enjoy the incredible Balinese cuisine options. One of the great perks of Bali is the incredible international food selection. From street food to fine dining, Bali has something for everyone.

Make sure to try the traditional Indonesian sampler platter known as Nasi Campur. It’s the best way to try a variety of authentic dishes all at once! Nasi Goreng or “fried rice” is also a popular choice that you’ll find available at nearly every Indonesian restaurant or warung.

Respect Local Customs in Bali

Living here in Bali, unfortunately, we have seen too many tourists disregarding local customs and traditions. Remember that you are a guest in this beautiful country and should respect the culture by dressing conservatively when visiting temples (no shorts, tank tops, or tight clothing), being mindful of your actions, and making sure to never take anything from any of the Balinese temples.

Go Early to Beat the Crowds

Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and can get quite crowded at some of the more popular sites. To beat the crowds, make sure to go early in the morning or late in the evening and avoid going during peak tourist times (over Christmas/New Year’s).

Traffic is also a problem in Bali so limiting your travel time to early in the mornings or late in the evenings will allow you to spend more time exploring and less time in traffic.

Learn a Few Words

Bahasa Indonesian is the national language spoken by most of the locals in Bali. Make sure to learn a few words in Bahasa before you leave. Here are a few to get you started:

Terimakasih – Thank you

Sama Sama – You’re welcome

Selamat datang – Welcome

Ya – Yes

Tidak – No

Sampai Jumpa – Goodbye

Be Careful Around the Monkeys

Monkeys are everywhere in Bali and they are super cute but don’t be fooled – they can get aggressive. Make sure to always keep your food away from them and never try to touch or feed one!

Have Cash On Hand

While most larger restaurants and hotels accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand. Many smaller shops and markets still only accept cash as payment so make sure you have some Indonesian Rupiah in your wallet!

How much money should you bring to Bali for 10 days?

What To Pack For 10 Days in Bali

There are only two seasons in Bali: wet and dry. Check the Bali weather by month before you go to get a good idea about how much rain you can expect. But, no matter when you visit Bali you can expect the temperatures to average in the low to mid-80s Fahrenheit.

Here is a quick list of items you should make sure to pack for your 10 days in Bali:

  • Light, breathable clothing
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A hat or visor
  • Comfortable sandals
  • Swimsuit (maybe 2 or 3)
  • Sarong – great for temple visits!
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Water bottle

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Wrap-Up: Bali Itinerary 10 Days

Bali is a beautiful destination to explore and with the right preparation, you can make sure your 10 days in Bali are full of fun, adventure, and relaxation. From avoiding Bali belly to indulging in traditional Balinese cuisine and respecting local customs, there’s plenty for visitors to do while exploring this amazing place. Make sure to go early or late to beat the crowds, learn some words in Bahasa Indonesian before visiting, be careful around monkeys, have cash on hand at all times, and pack appropriately so that you’re ready for whatever comes your way! With these tips under your belt you’ll surely have an unforgettable experience during your time here.

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Bali 10 Day Itinerary: Complete Guide To 10 Days In Bali

Are you planning 10 days in Bali? Great! You’ve come to the right place. This beautiful Indonesian island is full of incredible sights and activities – from breathtaking temples to amazing adventurous outdoor experiences, there’s something for everyone here. You can explore all the highlights of Bali in 10 days, on an unforgettable vacation!

To help you make the most of your trip to Bali, we’ve put together this comprehensive Bali 10 Day Itinerary. It’s designed to give you a great mix of experiences – from cultural highlights to some wild adventures – so that you can truly appreciate all that Bali has to offer.

I’m a massive fan of south-east Asia and I can wholeheartedly vouch that this Indonesian gem is well worth a visit. If you’re a first-timer to the country then this 10 days in Bali itinerary is for you.

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This 10 day Bali itinerary article is divided into sections. The first part covers what to see in Bali during this trip as well as a day-by-day overview and essential information to know before you go.

The second section goes into detail about each day and includes what to visit in each area and insider tips for your visit.

Finally, there’s an FAQ section that answers any other questions you might have about planning your Bali itinerary for 10 days. You can also download this free checklist, map, and information sheet straight to your inbox.

  • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
  • Tegalalang Rice Terrace
  • The Clifftop Uluwatu Temple
  • Pura Tirta Empul Water Temple
  • Photo The Gate at Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang Temple
  • Tanah Lot Temple
  • Tirta Gangga Temple
  • Watch the Sunrise at Mount Batur
  • Tegenungan Waterfall
  • Snorkelling with Manta Rays
  • Pura Ulun Danu Batur Temple

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10 Day Bali Itinerary – Useful Information

With 10 days in Bali, you’ll have enough time to see the highlights as well as give you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your time there. This is your vacation after all.

Feel free to chop and change this 10 days Bali itinerary where you see fit. Most people arrive in Bali at Ngurah Rai International Airport near Denpasar on the south of the island, so I’ve used that as my start and endpoint. If you’re entering the island from somewhere else, then tweak the itinerary to fit.

10 Days In Bali Itinerary Day-by-day Breakdown

Here’s how your 10 days itinerary for Bali will pan out. It covers all the best things to see in Bali , as well as leaving enough time for relaxation. Here’s my suggestion on what to do in Bali in 10 days:

Day 1 & 2 – Ubud

  • Day 3: Mt. Batur
  • Day 4: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and then chase waterfalls
  • Day 5 & 6: Canggu, Seminyak and Tanah Lot
  • Day 7, 8 & 9: Nusa Islands 
  • Day 10 – Uluwatu 

Bali Itinerary Map

This map shows the locations of all the Bali highlights I just mentioned above. You can also download the map for offline viewing.

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Best Way to Get to Bali

Bali has one main airport for international flights. This is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), which is more commonly known as Denpasar Airport. It’s located about 13km south of Denpasar.

If you’re starting from one of the other Indonesian islands, you can also arrive in Bali by boat. There are several ferry routes connecting Bali to nearby islands.

Transport From Denpasar to Bali

There are a few options to get from Denpasar Airport to various destinations around Bali. The cheapest way is by public bus, however, this is also the most time-consuming option and can be tedious if you’ve got lots of luggage.

Alternatively, you can book your airport transfer directly to take you from Denpasar Airport to your hotel. Booking in advance saves you both the hassle and avoids the hefty inflated fees from the taxi firms at the airport.

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Getting Around Bali

The best way to get around Bali is by renting a scooter , motorcycle or car. For 10 days in Bali, you will have time to explore different parts of the island and touring with your own vehicle gives you flexibility.

This also allows you to stop at various attractions along the way, as well as escape from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist sites. Although it can be intimidating for first-time riders, local drivers are usually very patient and helpful if needed!

Additionally, consider taking public buses or taxis for shorter distances (confirm the fare before you take any taxi ride). In some places, you can hire a bicycle.

Organised Small Group Tours of Bali

If you don’t want to drive or use public transport, then the best way to visit Bali is on a small group guided tour that will take care of getting between each location.

Most group tours cover similar attractions so you won’t have to worry about ticketing everything off your Bali bucket list . Most small group tours are done with a mini-van and will have accommodation included in the price, allowing you to see the island fuss-free.

If you want to enjoy Bali in the most efficient way, why not check out these small group tours:

8 Day Classic Bali Tour

Includes the beach in Candidasa, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, the Ulun Danu temple visit (Lake Bratan), the Highlands of Kintamani, Mt Batur viewing point, Kerta Gosa and Ubud

Find out more about what’s included in this Classic Bali small group tour here.

9 Day Bali and Gili Islands Tour

Includes beaches of Kuta, Kubutambahan village to do a Balinese cooking lesson, Ubud temples and Sacred Monkey Forest, catch a boat to Gili Trawangan

Find out more about what’s included in this Bali and Gili Islands small group tour here.

A woman is walking at Pura Taman Saraswati, which features a pond with fishes and statues.

1. Research your destination: Take some time to read up on Bali’s culture, local customs and etiquette, and there are rules to going inside the temples.

2. Visit temples and other cultural sites: Bali is a great place to learn about the island’s history and culture. The most practised religion in Bali is Hinduism, so make sure to visit some of the ancient temples and cultural sites.

3. Get off the beaten path: If you want to experience Bali like a local, try to find time to explore away from the tourist-filled spots and venture into areas that have a more traditional feel. The best way to do this is to hire a scooter .

4. Stay safe : Bali is generally quite safe, but it’s still wise to take precautions such as avoiding walking alone at night or carrying large amounts of cash. Use an anti-theft backpack to keep everything safe.

5. Interact with the locals : The Balinese people are very friendly and helpful so I 100% recommend taking time to speak with the locals. They are proud of their culture, and country so will often give you insider knowledge of things to see and where to eat.

6. You can not drink tap water in Bali : and the world does not need any more plastic waste to take a water purification filter bottle with you.

The Complete 10 Days In Bali Itinerary

This is the best Bali itinerary for seeing a lot in a short space of time. Although full-on, it’s the perfect way to experience some of the country’s most iconic landmarks and attractions. Read on to discover all the details about where to visit in Bali in 10 days.

Ubud is the cultural centre of Bali. Explore the arts and crafts markets, mystical temples and iconic rice fields. Spend two days here exploring the local area.

Ubud still has plenty of charm and authenticity about it compared to lots of towns on the southern coast of Bali. However, since its appearance in the Hollywood 2010 film starring Julia Roberts ‘Eat Pray Love‘, the town has had a massive tourist boom, especially with tourists looking to ‘find’ themselves.

On the first day, start with a visit to Pura Taman Saraswati. The Balinese Hindu temple is also known as the Ubud Water Palace due to the two large lotus ponds inside the grounds. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Sarasvati. It’s located right in the centre of Ubud, so it feels like a little piece of paradise away from the bustling streets. 

From here, head into the arts and crafts markets. The vibrant market sells everything from knock-off designerwear (yeah, skip those) to super cute and colourful carved masks, handwoven bags and batik-printed textiles. There are lots of little markets dotted about, however, one of the better ones is ‘Pasar Seni Ubud‘ which is located opposite the Royal Palace in Ubud.

A man in a pink shirt is taking a rest after carrying goods at the Rice Paddy Fields near Ubud

No trip to Ubud would be complete without a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest. You could walk there (it’s about 2km) or catch a taxi. Spend a couple of hours here wandering about the forest and Hindu temples. Most of the site is under the trees, so it’s lovely and cool in the heat of the afternoon.

The resident macaques live here. Overly confident and opportunistic, if you have anything loose, they WILL steal it. You can buy bananas at various stalls throughout the forest to feed the monkeys. This is a must-do for your Bali bucket list .

Whilst you are near this side of town, it’s worth checking out Goa Gajah temple. This quirky little temple dubbed ‘the elephant cave’ is famed for its stone carvings of Hindu gods outside of a cave entrance and dates back to around the 9th century. 

For day 2 of your 10 days in Bali itinerary, you will need some form of transport to explore a few places further away from Ubud centre. If you’re feeling confident, then hire a scooter to get around Bali and drive yourself.

Alternatively, hire a driver for a full day from Ubud and give them your itinerary. Both are inexpensive options, start early, there’s a lot to see today.

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People taking a bath at the Sacred bathing pools in Pura Tirta Empul

Get a head start before the crowds and before it gets too hot and head out to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces . If you have longer to spend in Ubud, then the Campuhan Ridge Walk is a great option if you enjoy hiking. The trail takes you through rice paddies and the traditional landscapes of Balinese farmland.

The ridge walk starts near Ubud centre and does eventually connect up to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, however, with only 10 days in Bali, there isn’t time to do this (just keep it as a good reason to come back one day). 

From the rice fields, head to Pura Tirta Empul. This Hindu Balinese temple has sacred bathing pools used for rituals and purification. You’ll see several fountains spurting water and a queue of people in front of each. The idea is you work your way along to be blessed by the Holy Spring Water. 

Your next stop is Besakih Temple situated on the slopes of Mount Agung. This temple is considered the holiest temple of the Hindu religion in Bali. It’s also the largest temple complex, made up of 23 temples. An iconic split gateway (called a candi bentar) marks the entrance to the main gateway of Pura Penataran Agung.

Goa Gajah 'Elephant Cave' features a stone-carved demon's look-like mouth served as the entrance onto the Cave

Next, head towards the picturesque gardens of Tirta Gangga. The name translates to ‘Water of the Ganges’, (the Hinduism Holy river). The gardens are stunning and filled with stone sculptures and tiered fountains. 

The final stop for today is Penataran Lempuyang Luhur. This is where that iconic image that’s all over Instagram, of the split gateway against the backdrop of a volcano, over the top of a lake. For starters, the lake is fake, that’s a camera trick that the touts do by placing a reflective surface under the camera. The rest of this iconic place is real though.

Penataran Lempuyang temples get busy. There’s usually a queue to have your photo taken here, however, it’s a numbered ticket system so you can go off and explore and come back later on. 

If you have time on the journey back to Ubud, there are a few waterfalls that you could call in at. Tukad Cepung Waterfall is one of the more iconic ones in the area, purely because it has sunlit waterfalls inside a cavern. 

Two man standing at the middle of Penataran Lempuyang offering a view of the majestic mountain in a clear blue sky

  • Pura Taman Saraswati, the Hindu Water Temple
  • Shop at the arts and crafts markets
  • Wander around Sacred Monkey Forest and see the macaques
  • The Elephant Temple of Goa Gajah
  • The Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • The Hindu Balinese temples of Pura Tirta Empul
  • Take an iconic photo at Penataran Lempuyang Luhur

Best Tours from Ubud

If you don’t fancy driving, then there is an abundance of organised tour options leaving from Ubud. You might be interested in these.

Tips on Visiting Ubud Monkey Forest

If you’re planning on visiting Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, here are some useful tips to know before you go. For a start, I wish I knew how feisty the monkeys were! This is one of the most visited attractions near Ubud, so it gets busy with people making the day trip here from all over the island.

  • Respect the monkeys – The monkeys in the forest are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Avoid touching or feeding them, as this can make them aggressive.
  • Keep your belongings safe – The monkeys are known to snatch items such as sunglasses, hats, and bags from visitors. Keep your belongings secure and avoid carrying food or drinks with you.
  • Dress appropriately – Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain. Be aware that the forest can get muddy after rainfall.
  • Follow the rules – There are signs throughout the forest outlining rules such as not making loud noises, running, or climbing on trees or structures. Follow these rules for your own safety and to avoid disturbing the monkeys.
  • Hire a guide – Consider hiring a local guide who can provide insights into the history of the forest and help keep you safe while exploring.
  • Visit during off-peak hours – This is one of the most popular Bali attractions. The forest can get crowded during peak hours, so consider visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowds.
  • Bring water and sunscreen – The weather in Bali can be hot and humid, so bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn.
  • Stay alert – While it’s important to respect the monkeys, be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for any potential hazards such as steep drops or slippery paths.

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Baby macaque lying on a tree with its mother at the Sacred Monkey forest

Where To Stay In Ubud

Boutique accommodation – the garcia ubud hotel and resort.

This resort has been described as an ‘amazing Resort’ and a ‘perfect escape’. The rooms are massive, there’s a large infinity pool, and some of the bungalows even have their own private pool overlooking the rice paddies. 

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Budget Accommodation – Sabana Ubud

This is the perfect option if you’re looking for budget accommodation and not willing to scrimp on comfort. This 4-star hotel is an absolute steal. The rooms are huge and there’s a large onsite pool, landscaped gardens and sun terraces.

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On the first day of your 10 days Bali itinerary, head straight to Ubud from Denpasar Airport.

Depending on the traffic, it can take anywhere between 50 minutes to 2 hours to make the 24-kilometre journey.

The cheapest way to travel from Denpasar Airport to Ubud is by bus. Buses leave the airport on a regular basis and the journey will take around 1-2 hours, depending on the traffic. Tickets can be purchased directly at the arrivals terminal.

If you’re after something more comfortable, then pre-book a meet and greet private transfer from Denpasar Airport to your hotel in Ubud.

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Day 3 – Mt. Batur

Hike up one of Bali’s active volcanos for the sunrise tour, and head back to Ubud in the afternoon for a well-deserved pampering session at a spa and infinity pool.

It’s no lie, day three of your 10 day Bali itinerary will have an unearthly feeling start. You can pretty much kiss goodbye to sleep as you’ll need to be up and out before the crack of dawn to hike Mount Batur to watch the sunrise . It’s worth it!

The reward for your efforts of being up so early AND hiking before sunrise is that you’ll get to see the first light of day cast its rays over Bali as well as the neighbouring island of Lombok. What’s more, you’ll get to eat breakfast up there too. This top experience is certainly a Bali Bucketlist must-do .

You’ll get back to Ubud in the early afternoon, so arrange for a well-deserved pampering session.

Spend the afternoon relaxing at one of the many spas or infinity pools while you gloat to yourself about what an amazing experience you had – it’s not often you can say you hiked a volcano before sunrise!  

Mount Batur at the center offers a majestic view of the village with lush green trees, plants, and houses

You can only hike Mt Batur as part of a guided tour. Tours will include pick up at your hotel, transportation and a registered guide. Because this hike starts before sunrise, it would be crazy to even attempt this hike alone and in the dark. Here are the best Mt Batur tours.

Day 4 – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan & Waterfalls

Visit Bali’s most photographed temple (it’s the one you’ll see in the lake in all the promo shots). Then chase waterfalls in the afternoon.

On day 4 of your 10 days Bali itinerary, you’ll kiss goodbye to the pretty town of Ubud. Today you are heading towards Lake Beratan, the lake on which the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan temple complex is situated. 

Bali has a lot of temples, but one, in particular, seems to get used in every publicity shot for Bali tourism.

Lingga Petak Temple is on a little island at the complex, fairly close to the shore, however, some clever camera positioning makes it look like it’s in the middle of the vast lake. There are loads of water-based activities here which are based around the lake.

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan - a temple with its tiered roofs surrounded by the serene waters of the lake and lush greenery, set against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset.

After spending time at the temple, the second part is about chasing waterfalls. I’m showing my age here, but if you remember the 90’s girl band TLC, with their song ‘Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls’, ignore them. The waterfalls here are beautiful and you’re going to spend the afternoon chasing them.

En route to the waterfalls stop off for an iconic photo at the Handara Gate. Depending on how long you want to spend at each waterfall, choose between Banyumala Twin Waterfall , Gitgit Waterfall, Aling-Aling, or Leke Leke Waterfall. They are all in the region, so are fairly close to each other and if you’re feeling ambitious, you could do all of them!

Alternatively, if you have a few extra days to play with, then stick around the area. Find out some great things to do in Munduk here.

Boutique Accommodation – Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort and Spa

This is probably THE most Instagrammable hotel in Bali. Take a look and you’ll see why. That infinity pool is amazing! The rooms are equally as phenomenal. Surrounded by the rainforest, this is like a little heaven on earth.

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Budget Accommodation – The Garuda Villa and Restaurant

With rooftop views of the lake and its location next to the jungle and waterfalls, this is a great budget option for exploring the local area.

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Day 5 & 6 – Canggu

Take in the chilled beach vibe and try the best smoothie bowls in Canggu, or learn to surf in neighbouring Seminyak. Spend an afternoon at Tanah Lot and watch the sunset.

Days 5 and 6 are all about relaxation. Have a lazy start to the day. You could spend the morning chasing any waterfalls you didn’t get a chance to see yesterday. 

Make your way down to the south coast. The south of the island is where you’ll find the largest hub of westernised living. As a rule of thumb, the closer the place is to the airport the more touristy it gets. The three main towns are Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu.

On a personal note, I hated Kuta. It was just far too loud, tacky and westernised for me. However, there is a very popular beach here called Padang Padang Beach, so if you want to lounge all day on the beach and then hit the clubs in the evening, Kuta is a great place to stay for that. However, that’s not really my scene, I stayed one night and that was enough.

Seminyak is a bit classier with lots of boutique shops and cool cafe culture, even though it’s still touristy, I enjoyed my time here.

One of the top spots to head to if you’re opting to stay here is Potato Head Beach Club. Despite the unusual name, it’s actually a pretty decent place to chill out for a day. They have infinity pools, as well as shady day beds and a pretty extensive bar. You can literally spend all day there, they open really early and close late.

Canggu Beach offers consistent waves, making it perfect for surfers, the shore is lined with lush green trees, and a view of houses nearby

The best of the three is Canggu. It’s far enough away from the bustle so it’s much more chilled, but only a short journey away if you want to be in the thick of the crowds. You could opt to stay in Seminyak and then do a full-day Bali trip to Canggu.

Make the most of the beach vibe during the day, one of the more popular spots is Echo Beach, Batu Bolong Beach which has great surf! and the black-sanded Canggu beach.

In the late afternoon head to Tanah Lot temple. This traditional Balinese temple is built on an outcrop of rock. Depending on where the tide is, it is sometimes surrounded by the sea. At low tide, a causeway goes across it. You can not actually go into the temple here.

This is a great temple to visit at sunset. Head to the outcrop of rock to the southeast to get a postcard-perfect photograph of the sun setting behind the temple. While you’re here, also check out Batu Bolong Temple to the northwest of Tanah Lot which is situated on a natural rock bridge in the sea.

Visiting Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is a great experience and a must-see in Bali. Tanah Lot is an iconic Balinese temple located on an outcrop of rock in the ocean, and it’s one of the most photographed spots in Bali.

You can visit at any time of the day, however, the best time to visit is at sunset as you can get a beautiful view of the setting sun behind the temple. This area gets insanely busy, particularly at this time of the day, so if you hate crowds, visit it earlier in the day.

There is a fee to enter the grounds, but it’s worth it for the breathtaking views. The area around Tanah Lot is also full of souvenir shops as well as nearby beaches to explore.

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Tanah Lot Temple on an iconic silhouette, standing tall on a rock formation, surrounded by the open sea during a stunning sunset.

Surfing in Canggu

Surfing is popular in Canggu and suitable for all levels of surfers. If you’re an absolute beginner, there are plenty of surf shops where you can book surf lessons . If you’re more experienced, then hire a board.

This area of Bali offers some great waves and stunning scenery to enjoy. The beaches here are perfect for both longboard and shortboard surfing, with plenty of options for different skill levels.

Plus, the laid-back atmosphere of Canggu makes it easy to relax after a day on the water!

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Yoga In Canggu

If you want something less energetic, then in the hipster and pro-healthy scene around Canggu you’ll find loads of yoga studios or fitness retreats.

Canggu is the perfect spot for a yoga retreat in Bali. Yoga studios are dotted around the town and there’s a great selection of classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Whether you practise Vinyasa, Hatha or Yin yoga, you’ll find a class that caters for you.

A woman is doing yoga in Canggu, enjoying the view of the beach on a sunny day.

Boutique Accommodation – Theanna Eco Villa and Spa

These villas offer every amenity imaginable, plus your own private pool. It’s close to the beach and free bicycles are available to guests to explore the area.

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Budget Accommodation – Villa Del Mar Canggu

These budget-friendly villas give you a little bit of luxury at a very affordable price. The rooms are modern and huge and there is an onsite pool with a spacious sun terrace and outdoor seating. The bungalows here are super cute too.

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Day 7, 8 & 9 – Nusa Islands

Base yourself on either Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan or Nusa Lembongan. Check out the top sites for snorkelling or scuba diving. Try to spot Manta Rays at Manta Point or the Mola Mola at Crystal Bay. Find yourself a secluded cove or lagoon.

Today, you’re going to be heading to the nearby Nusa islands. Regular ferry boats make the 40-minute journey from mainland Bali several times a day.

The largest of the three islands is Nusa Penida, followed by Nusa Lembongan then the smallest is Nusa Ceningan. Any of the islands is a good option to stay on, but it’s worth noting that Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are connected by a footbridge and that Nusa Penida isn’t connected to either and needs a short boat ride to get to.

There are plenty of things to do and see on all three islands. For convenience on this 10-day Bali itinerary, out of the three islands, Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan will give you the best location as they’ve got more amenities.

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Atuh Beach features turquoise water and a cliff covered with trees,

After your transfer to the islands , spend the afternoon exploring the tranquil towns. Hire a scooter to get around the islands. On Nusa Lembongan, head to Devil’s Tear or the Mangrove forests. If you head across to Nusa Penida then check out Broken Beach.

One of the top activities on these islands is diving or snorkelling. The reason? There are two pretty epic dive and snorkel spots here to see some pretty amazing stuff. There is Manta Point , and as the name suggests, gigantic Manta Rays congregate here, the waters are clear and calm making this a great place to snorkel with Manta Rays .

Then there is Crystal Bay, where there are frequent sightings of the world’s largest bony fish, the Mola Mola or Ocean Sunfish. Totally harmless to humans, an adult one can weigh in at over 1000 kg! You can visit these sites on a scuba dive for an underwater view or snorkel for a view looking down.

On this 10 day Bali itinerary you won’t have time to get fully qualified as an Open Water Diver (it takes 3 full days to do the course) BUT what you can do is a ‘Try-Dive’ where basically they strap you into a dive tank and send you down, if you don’t fancy that, then stick with the snorkelling instead.

Other things to do in the Nusa islands are to discover some of the beautiful lagoons and secluded bays dotted around Nusa Penida. Head to Atuh or Suwehan Beach or check out the stunning views from Banah Cliff Point or Thousand Islands Viewpoint. Alternatively, check out the cliffs and lagoons at Tembeling Beach and Forest.

Broken beach features a broken bridge, a natural arch leaving an opening that connects the beach to the sea

Snorkelling with Mantas on Nusa Lembongan

One of the most popular things to do on Nusa Lembongan is to snorkel with Manta Rays . If you’re a fan of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, then this is a must.

The crystal-clear, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean make for perfect conditions for swimming and observing these majestic creatures in all their glory. There are several snorkel spots around Nusa Lembongan to choose from, but Manta Point is the most famous.

The Manta Rays congregate here because of the cleaning stations – think of it as a beauty parlour for aquatic animals, where small shrimps and fish will remove parasites from the manta rays’ bodies.

So make sure you add a schedule for some snorkelling to your 10 day Bali itinerary! Or if you’d like to stay dry and watch these beautiful creatures swim by, then why not take a boat trip out to see them?

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Two manta rays swimming under the sea

Boutique Accommodation – Penida Bambu Green

This new boutique hotel is situated on a hillside, surrounded by lush green forests. Each unit is set inside a traditional Balinese hut with its own private balcony. There’s an onsite swimming pool overlooking the valley below as well as an onsite restaurant.

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Budget Accommodation – Nusa Veranda Sunset Villas

Rated top for location, you won’t find a villa closer to the sea than this. The sun deck hangs out over the sea so you’re staying just metres above it. For the price, you can’t go wrong.

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Day 10 – Uluwatu

Relax on the beaches during the day. Head to Uluwatu in the afternoon and stay to watch the Kecak Fire Dance as the sun is setting.

On the final day of your Bali 10 days itinerary, catch the ferry back over to the mainland . Head to the very south of the island. If you’re into quirky or dark tourism, then add in a quick detour to stop to see the abandoned Boeing 737, parked in the middle of nowhere. 

You could choose to spend another day catching the final rays, this southern tip of Bali boasts some of the best beaches on the island. If you want another day basking in the sun on some beautiful Bali beaches, then head to either Thomas Beach, famed for its white sands and sapphire blue waters or Suluban Beach which is a bit livelier due to the surf here.

Uluwatu Temple perched on a cliff with an overlooking views of the vast ocean

In the late afternoon, head towards one final temple. Similar to the temple at Tanah Lot, it’s got a beautiful backdrop of the sea. However, Uluwatu is perched upon a 70meter high cliff.

Arrive here in time for Golden Hour (the last hour before the sun sets) which means the temple looks vibrant. If you’re after a good vantage point for the best sunset view then head along to Uluwatu Cliff which is also known as Karang Boma Cliff.

For your final evening in Bali watch the Kecak Fire Performance in the outdoor amphitheatre close to Uluwatu temple. This is one of Bali’s most famous cultural performances and the perfect end to your 10 days in Bali. Singers and dancers in beautifully intricate costumes act out scenes from The Ramayana.

The Ramayana is one-half of the major Sanskrit of ancient India. The performers enter a trance state where they do not feel any pain from the fire and are able to walk and dance on the hot embers. 

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A crowd is watching the Kecak Fire Performance with a stunning view of the sea during sunset.

Boutique Accommodation – The Ungasan Clifftop Resort

This luxury cliff-edge Bali accommodation is perched 493 feet above the Indian Ocean. With stunning panoramic views and a private beachfront as well as onsite fitness facilities and a day spa.

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Budget Accommodation – WIRA Homestay & Spa

You get a lot for the price here. This includes your own private villa with a balcony in beautiful gardens. There is a communal swimming pool and loads of outdoor space. It’s within easy access to the beach.

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Bali In 10 Days – FAQs

So I’ve gone into details of what to see in Bali in 10 days, This section of my Bali travel guide has the answers to questions that frequently come up about the practicalities of travel in Bali as well as other useful travel tips.

How to get from Bali Airport?

The main airport for the island of Bali is Ngurah Rai International Airport. It’s also known as Denpasar International Airport. It’s located about 13km south of Denpasar.

There are several options to get from Denpasar Airport to various destinations around Bali, one of them being the public bus which is the cheapest option, but the most time-consuming. Alternatively, you can book your airport transfer directly to your hotel in advance with a VIP Meet & Greet service .

Booking in advance saves you both the hassle and avoids the hefty inflated fees from the taxi firms at the airport.

Can I Do A Small Group Tour Of Bali?

One of the most efficient ways to see the best of Bali is by joining a small group tour. These are the best option if you don’t want the hassle of driving yourself or navigating public transport, but still want to see LOADS of amazing stuff in Bali.

Take a look at these two options: 8 day Classic Bali 9 Day Itinerary Bali and Gili Islands

Is 10 days enough in Bali?

This 10 days itinerary Bali guide covers all the best things to see on the island. Of course, you could spend much longer here, and if you have the time then I highly recommend this. However, 10 days is enough to see the highlights. 

If you were wanting to do a 10 days in Indonesia itinerary instead, start on Java Island. Stay here for 3 days, visit the UNESCO sites of Borobudur and Yogyakarta. Hop over to Bali for 5 days, base yourself in Ubud and visit the highlights on day trips. Then spend the final 2 days on Flores which is the gateway to the famous Komodo Island.

What are the best small tours from Ubud?

If you don’t want to drive yourself, then the most efficient way to see things from Ubud is on an organised small group tour. Here are the most popular options.

Is Bali Safe?

YES! Overall, Bali is safe. During my time in Bali, I felt just as safe as I would feel at home in the UK. Use your common sense and you should have no problems at all. Every country has crime, even my home town! so just be aware of your surroundings, who you are with and how to get back to your accommodation if you’re out late at night.

Keep your valuables, such as your phone and money somewhere secure. You might want to invest in a money belt or an anti-theft backpack .

Do I need Travel Insurance to visit Bali?

It’s not a legal requirement, however, it’s certainly sensible to have travel insurance for your 10 day itinerary Bali trip. Two I recommend are True Traveller (although they only cover EU citizens) and if you’re on longer travel then opt for Safety Wing for the best medical coverage.

Can I drink the water in Bali?

No. You can not drink tap water in Bali. Instead of buying a fresh bottle of water every time you need a drink, invest in a water purification filter bottle .

What currency does Bali use?

The currency used in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. Bali currency is abbreviated as IDR. Approximately 1 000 IDR is equal to about 12 USD.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Bali?

Bali is a tropical destination with sunshine all year round. Bear in mind it is also a humid destination. There are two seasons in Bali, the dry season (between May to September) and the rainy season (between October to April).

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds then the best time to visit Bali is April-June or September to early October.

At these times, prices will be cheaper then, along with fewer tourists at all the main attractions.

During school holidays (July & August) as well as Christmas and New Year, Bali has the most tourists, expect crowds and hiked prices.

Is Bali a good honeymoon destination?

Yes! You’ll find Bali caters well for newlyweds. If you want to make this into a Bali honeymoon itinerary 10 days instead, then I suggest just sticking to two places for 5 nights each – I would choose one in Ubud and one on Lembongan Island.

How much do you need for 10 days in Bali?

If you’re wondering how much money this Bali travel itinerary 10 days will cost, then the answer is that it depends. Indonesia is an affordable destination, however, because of its popularity, you will find Bali is one of the more expensive places in the country.

If you’re travelling on a budget, then allow around $50 per day per person for dorm room accommodation, public transport between cities, food, and activities. Budget around $500 (excluding flights)

However, if you’re opting for upscale restaurants and high-end lodgings might quickly increase your budget to around $200 a day per person. Your 10 days in Bali budget will be around $2000 (excluding flights)

If you’re looking to extend your stay in Indonesia, then Bali is a great place to explore another island from.

The largest nearest island is Lombok, or if you fancy taking in the chilled beach vibe and visiting some of Indonesia’s top dive sites, then Gili Islands are also a great choice. Gili Air is the most tranquil of the three whereas Gili Trawangan is the most lively.

If you’re a fan of wildlife, then head to Flores which is the gateway to Komodo Island to see the famous Komodo Dragons.

How’re Your 10 Days in Bali Shaping Up?

By the end of your 10 days Bali itinerary, you will have experienced an abundance of culture and landscapes with a head full of outstanding memories.

From discovering the ancient beauty of the Hindu temples to embarking on epic scenery in the stunning rice paddies, to swimming in the crystal clear waters to watch manta rays, there’s something for everyone in this amazing country.

You can guarantee an unforgettable trip full of amazing adventures! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Bali trip now and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Welcome to Indonesia, a tropical paradise where breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures, and exotic cuisines await. This 10-day itinerary is your key to exploring the best of Indonesia, from Bali's beaches to Yogyakarta's ancient wonders. Get ready for an extraordinary journey through the Indonesian archipelago with Wanderela!

Day 1: Arrival in Bali

Morning: Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali and check into your beachfront resort.

Afternoon: Relax on the golden sands of Kuta Beach and take in the sunset.

Evening: Enjoy a seafood feast at a beachside restaurant in Jimbaran.

Day 2: Bali's Cultural Heart - Ubud

Morning: Head to Ubud, Bali's cultural center, and check into your tranquil villa.

Afternoon: Explore the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Ubud Market.

Evening: Dine at a traditional Balinese restaurant in Ubud.

Day 3: Bali's Temples and Rice Terraces

Morning: Visit the iconic Tirta Empul Temple and the lush Tegallalang Rice Terraces.

Afternoon: Explore the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave and Tegunungan Waterfall.

Evening: Relax in your villa or enjoy a Balinese dance performance.

Day 4: Flight to Yogyakarta

Morning: Fly to Yogyakarta, a city rich in Javanese culture. Check into your hotel.

Afternoon: Visit the Kraton (Sultan's Palace) and Taman Sari Water Castle.

Evening: Dine at a local Javanese restaurant in Yogyakarta.

Day 5: Borobudur and Prambanan Temples

Morning: Explore the magnificent Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Afternoon: Visit the impressive Prambanan Temple complex.

Evening: Return to Yogyakarta and savor Javanese cuisine.

Day 6: Flight to Lombok - Beach Paradise

Morning: Fly to Lombok, a tropical haven. Check into your beachfront resort.

Afternoon: Relax on the pristine beaches of Kuta, Lombok.

Evening: Dine at a beachfront restaurant in Kuta.

Day 7: Lombok's Gili Islands

Morning: Take a boat to the Gili Islands. Explore Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, or Gili Air.

Afternoon: Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy beach activities.

Evening: Return to your resort on Lombok.

Day 8: Flight to Jakarta - Capital Exploration

Morning: Fly to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Check into your city hotel.

Afternoon: Explore Jakarta's National Monument (Monas) and Merdeka Square.

Evening: Dine in a trendy Jakarta restaurant.

Google Maps Link (National Monument): National Monument

Day 9: Old Batavia and Shopping

Morning: Visit the historic district of Kota Tua (Old Batavia) and the Fatahillah Square.

Afternoon: Enjoy shopping at Plaza Indonesia or Grand Indonesia Mall.

Evening: Savor Indonesian street food at a local night market.

Day 10: Departure from Jakarta

Morning: Depending on your flight time, explore Jakarta one last time.

Afternoon: Bid farewell to Indonesia as you depart from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.


Your 10-day exploration of Indonesia has come to an end, but the memories of stunning beaches, cultural wonders, and exotic flavors will stay with you forever. Customize this itinerary to match your preferences and immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Indonesia with Wanderela!

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The following itineraries will give you a taste of everything that’s addictive about Indonesia. From the bustling streets of Jakarta to the serene beaches of Maluku, Indonesia offers an array of unforgettable experiences for every traveller. Whether you seek thrilling adventures through lush rainforests, encounters with exotic wildlife, or the tranquillity of spiritual retreats, the best Indonesia itineraries promise to immerse you in a world of natural beauty and cultural wonders. Embark on a journey filled with rich history, mouthwatering cuisine, and warm hospitality as you uncover the treasures of this tropical paradise. Let us guide you through the top itineraries that will help you make the most of your Indonesian adventure.

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Bali's Beaches and Temples

6 days  / from 830 USD

Bali's Beaches and Temples

Experience Bali's brilliant beaches and temples with this stunning trip. Marvel at ancient temples like Tanah Lot and Pura Besakih, soak in stunning sunsets, stroll bare-footed along the best beaches in Bali and haggle at local markets – experience all of this, and much more, with this unique trip!

Rest and Relaxation in Bali and Lombok

10 days  / from 1600 USD

Rest and Relaxation in Bali and Lombok

This unique trip will take you to some of Bali and Lombok's most traditional places. Look forward to driving through tropical landscapes and spending time in villages nestled in scenic spots of traditional luxury with infinity pools and stunning vistas over the ocean.

Royal Bali - Culture & Beaches

10 days  / from 2100 USD

Royal Bali - Culture & Beaches

Enjoy a luxurious stay in Bali, with hand-picked 5 Star Hotels. This trip includes privately guided tours as well as leisure time, ideal for families with kids. Highlights include sea temple Tanah Lot, Jatiluwih rice terraces and Uluwatu temple with its famous Kecak dance.

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Recommended Indonesia itineraries

Indonesia is a land of stunning natural beauty, boasting pristine beaches, lush rainforests, active volcanoes, and breathtaking rice terraces. It also offers unparalleled opportunities for adventure. You can go trekking in the lush jungles of Sumatra, scuba diving in the pristine waters of Raja Ampat, or embark on thrilling wildlife encounters in places like Komodo National Park. Surfing enthusiasts will find world-class breaks in Bali and Lombok, while food lovers can indulge in a tantalizing array of flavours from the diverse Indonesian cuisine.

If you are planning your travel to Indonesia by yourself, check out these itineraries created by our travel writers as a starting point for inspiration. Or check out the best beaches in Indonesia , find out when to go or read all about the best temples to visit in Bali .

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Indonesia Itinerary 1 - Wildlife and Nature Exploration - 3 weeks

Indonesia is a country known for its rich biodiversity and stunning natural landscapes. To fully experience the wildlife and natural wonders, it is recommended to spend at least three weeks exploring the following destinations:

  • Bali Barat National Park : Conclude your journey by exploring Bali Barat National Park, located on the northwest coast of Bali. This park offers a mix of terrestrial and marine environments, with opportunities to spot Bali starlings, deer, macaques, and snorkel among vibrant coral reefs.
  • Komodo National Park : Visit the famous Komodo National Park, home to the legendary Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards. Explore the park's islands, hike through rugged terrain, and witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Bunaken Marine National Park : Bunaken, located on Sulawesi, is an excellent staging point for diving and snorkelling trips to Bunaken Marine National Park, 15km (10 miles) offshore. The coral reefs teem with thousands of species of colourful tropical fish along steep drop-offs that plunge thousands of metres into the abyss.
  • Tanjung Puting National Park : Travel to Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo to discover Tanjung Puting National Park. Take a boat trip along the river and observe wild orangutans swinging through the trees. This park is also home to proboscis monkeys, gibbons, and a variety of bird species.
  • Gunung Leuser National Park : Head to Sumatra and explore Gunung Leuser National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trek through lush rainforests, keeping an eye out for endangered Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants, and other unique wildlife species.
  • Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater : Embark on a breathtaking adventure to Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater in East Java. Witness the dramatic sunrise over Mount Bromo's otherworldly landscape and hike to the ethereal blue flames of Ijen Crater, where sulfur miners extract the mineral.


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  • Ubud : Explore the artistic and cultural hub of Ubud, visit ancient temples, and experience the enchanting Monkey Forest. Embark on a cycling or trekking tour through picturesque rice terraces and traditional craft villages. Discover the beauty of Tegenungan Waterfall and catch a mesmerizing Balinese dance performance.
  • Nusa Penida : Hop on a short boat ride to Nusa Penida and prepare to be awed by its stunning landscapes. Marvel at the famous Kelingking Beach, Angel's Billabong, Broken Beach, and Crystal Bay. Snorkel or dive in crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life, including graceful manta rays.
  • Gili Islands : Take a fast boat from Bali to the Gili Islands and unwind on pristine white sandy beaches. Indulge in snorkeling or diving adventures amidst vibrant coral reefs and swim with gentle sea turtles. Experience the laid-back island atmosphere, relish delectable seafood, and capture breathtaking sunsets.
  • South Lombok : Explore the beautiful beaches of South Lombok, including the famous Kuta Beach, Tanjung Aan, and Mawun Beach. Engage with the local Sasak culture by visiting traditional villages like Sade and Rambitan. For thrill-seekers, consider a challenging trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani for awe-inspiring panoramic views.
  • Senaru : Visit Senaru to witness the breathtaking Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls amidst lush greenery. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Lombok, surrounded by cascading waterfalls and serene landscapes. Spend your days moments in Lombok shopping for souvenirs or unwinding on the beach before departure.

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5 Top Bali Itineraries for 10 Days 2024

With 10 days in Bali, you can leisurely explore the best of it whether you're looking for quality family time or a romantic escape.

Your Bali trip is incomplete without delving into the cultural heart of Ubud, relaxing on pristine beaches, and taking an island-hopping tour.

We've crafted five enticing itineraries for you, each tailored to specific interests. These itineraries are fully customizable to suit your preferences and the duration of your stay.

  • Itinerary #1: 10-Day Memorable Bali Tour for Couples
  • Itinerary #2: 10-Day Family Fun Trip to Bali
  • Itinerary #3: 10-Day Highlights of Bali and Java
  • Itinerary #4: 10-Day Exploration of Singapore and Bali
  • Itinerary #5: 10-Day Island Relaxation of Bali and Gili Islands

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Itinerary 1: 10-Day Memorable Bali Tour for Couples

This 10-day couple tour perfectly creates romantic moments from incredible beaches to exotic cultural interactions. You will have private intimate hours in stylish, adult-only hotels as well.

Brief itinerary:

  • 5 nights in Ubud (temples, rice terraces, and cultural experiences)
  • 4 nights in Seminyak for bustling nightlife or Uluwatu for a more serene vibe (beaches, water sports, and a day island hopping)

You can check more details below.

  • Day 1 Landing Bali and Check in Ubud

Upon arrival in Bali, you will head to Ubud, the cultural hub in Bali. Your private guide and driver will escort you to your jungle hotel with the infinity pool.

Day 2 Swing Heaven and Monkey Forest

This morning, experience thrilling adventures at Bali Swing , a theme park featuring rope swings and nests over the jungle. Navigate maze-like paths, soar through the sky on swings, and capture Instagram-perfect photos.

Next, encounter wild monkeys at the Monkey Forest Sanctuary and enjoy a scenic walk to Tegenungan Waterfall . For an extra refreshing touch, take a dip in the waterfall's invigorating waters.

Day 3 Kintamani Trekking and Barong Dance

If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you'll love today's hiking activities.

In the morning, drive to Kintamani Highland, hike to the top for an overlook of the volcanic Mt. Batur, and then take a break with a Balinese Barong Dance performance .

Then continue your journey to the centuries-old wonders of Elephant Cave . Cap off your day with the stunning Tegalalang Rice Terraces . Walk hand-in-hand amidst the emerald rice terraces and snap photos of the postcard-like scenery.

Day 4 White River Rafting and Royal Spa

Get ready for a wet and adventurous morning with Bali's most extensive white-water rafting escapade.

Then soak in a riverside flower footbath and unwind on a private full-body massage with your partner in the afternoon. You'll be treated with delectable sweets and teas.

Day 5 Visit Manggis Organic Farm and Cooking Class

Today, you will gain an insight into local life through a culinary tour. Drive to the Manggis Organic Farm, which is operated by the Manggis women's farmer group.

Pick up vegetables and herbs, cook your Balinese dishes, and taste your dishes together with your loved one.

Day 6 Transfer from Ubud to Seminyak

Enjoy a free morning in Ubud. You can create your handmade souvenirs together in the Ubud Market, admire masterpieces in celebrated art galleries, or cycle through the rice paddies.

In the late afternoon, transfer to Seminyak for the nightlife or fine dining at the beach clubs.

Day 7 Nusa Penida Adventure Cruise

In the morning, hop on a 45-minute cruise to the less-crowded Nusa Penida. You will explore the must-sees, including Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, and Angel's Billabong .

Before returning to Bali, relax on the sandy beach with snacks and cold drinks, or snorkel to see the coral reef and fish.

Day 8 Private Sunset Cruise from Jimbaran to Uluwatu

Take it easy in the morning at your hotel and on the beach—it's your time to unwind. In the afternoon, get ready for a special treat: a 2-hour private sunset cruise from Jimbaran Bay to Uluwatu Temple.

Engage in a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony of releasing a floating Canang Sari (a colorfully laden bamboo-leaf offering).

Day 9 Seminyak Free Day

Go shopping for souvenirs, relax on the beach or poolside, or indulge in a spa treatment.

  • Day 10 Farewell to Bali

Head to Denpasar Airport for your journey back home or to embark on your next exciting adventure.

If you prefer a secluded beach vacation, Uluwatu is highly suggested for its breathtaking cliffside sea views and perfect surfing conditions. Contact us to personalize your itinerary with additional surprises and exclusive activities for your partner.

Itinerary 2: 10-Day Family Fun Trip to Bali

This itinerary is tailor-made for families to spend some quality parent-child bonding time in Bali.

Similar to Itinerary 1, your family will spend 5 nights exploring the best of Ubud and then enjoy 4 nights chilling on the beaches. But we've added more cool family-oriented activities. Read further for details:

  • Day 2 Ubud temple tour with Ubud Monkey Forest, Taman Ayun Temple and Tanah Lot Sunset
  • Day 3 Exploration of local life in Ubud: two-hour cycling adventure, organic farm visit, crafting plates, and a feast with a Balinese family
  • Day 4 Ubud adventure tour with Swing Heaven and canyon tubing
  • Day 5 Free days in Ubud
  • Day 6 Ubud to Nusa Dua: chocolate-making class in Ubud, Uluwatu Temple and sunset over Jimbaran Bay.
  • Day 7 An island hopping tour to Nusa Lembongan with water sports activities
  • Day 8 Nusa Dua: a water park tour to Waterbom Bali
  • Day 9 Nusa Dua Free Day

To enhance your family interactions in Ubud, take a family photo with a stunning sunset over the scenic offshore temple, Tanah Lot Temple . To get lost in the rural scenery, take a two-hour cycling tour through rice paddies, pick up vegetables from an organic farm and chat with local family alongside a Balinese feast . A chocolate-making class and plate-crafting experience would keep your kids more excited. For a thrilling feel, go for a canyon tubing .

When it's beach time in Nusa Dua, you're in for a treat with its family-friendly resorts . Hop on a cruise to Nusa Lembongan with rich water sports and release your kids' energy at a water theme park .

Itinerary 3: 10-Day Highlights of Bali and Java

If you would like to add a more cultural touch to your Bali tour, extend your trip to the nearby island, Java. It is renowned for offering some of the finest cultural experiences in Indonesia.

You can check the following brief itinerary: 3 nights in Yogyakarta, 3 nights in Ubud and 3 nights in Uluwatu.

  • Day 1 Arrival in Yogyakarta with a private airport transfer
  • Day 2 Yogyakarta City Tour with a visit to the Sultan's Palace and the Water Castle
  • Day 3 Borobudur Sunrise & Candirejo Village
  • Day 4 Fly from Yogyakarta to Bali, and transfer to Ubud.
  • Day 5 A half-day city art tour to the Museum of Modern Balinese Arts and Ubud Market, and a private spa with loyal high tea in the afternoon
  • Day 6 Ubud exploration with an adventurous ATV ride
  • Day 7 Morning Yoga experience in a jungle retreat, and then transfer from Ubud to Uluwatu.
  • Day 8 An island hopping tour to Nusa Lembongan with water sports activities
  • Day 9 Free time in Uluwatu
  • Day 10: Depart from Bali for your next destination

To explore Java, don't miss Yogyakarta , a city known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. Beyond the Palaces and Castle, you will chase the sunrise at Borobudur , the world's largest Buddhist temple. Cycling around the village of Candirejo can get you close up to local life.

In Ubud , you'll immerse yourself in the art museums and galleries, relish yourself in a private spa & morning yoga , and traverse through the countryside on a quad bike adventure .

Wrap up your journey with tranquility in Uluwatu . Embark on a cruise to Nusa Lembongan , take a leisurely stroll through the Uluwatu Temple , and luxuriate in the infinity pool perched by the cliffside , offering unparalleled ocean views during the sunset.

Itinerary 4: 10-Day Exploration of Singapore and Bali

If you prefer exploring the vibrant cultures of Asia before your beach escape—add Singapore to your itinerary. It's a gateway to diverse experiences with excellent international flight options.

Check more details in the following itinerary: 2 nights in Singapore, 3 nights in Ubud, 1 night in Nusa Penida and 3 nights in Sanur.

  • Day 1 Arrival in Singapore
  • Day 2 A heritage tour to Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India, and a hawker food tour with wine.
  • Day 3 Fly to Bali, transfer to Ubud and refresh yourself in a private spa.
  • Day 4 Countryside exploration: two-hour cycling adventure, organic farm visit, crafting plates, and a feast with a Balinese family.
  • Day 5 Trip to Kintamani Highlands with Barong Dance performance, Elephant Cave and Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
  • Day 6: Free morning to explore the market or relaxation in your hotel, transfer to the iconic Tanah Lot for sunset views and check in Sanur.
  • Day 7 Take a 45-minute shared cruise to Nusa Penida, discover Mertasari Beach and Kelingking Beach, and stay overnight in Nusa Penida.
  • Day 8 Nusa Penida tour to Broken Beach and Crystal Bay, return to Sanur in the afternoon.
  • Day 9 Free day for self-exploration
  • Day 10: Departure from Bali

Begin your trip from Singapore , appreciate the futuristic skylines and soak in colorful cultures, particularly the hawker culture during a foodie adventure.

Next, embark on your Bali journey. You will have a classic tour in Ubud with temples, outdoor adventures to rice terraces & volcanic mountains, and interactions with locals in the countryside. Uncover hidden gems in Nusa Penida with an overnight stay for a truly immersive experience.

Insider tips: Plan to stay overnight near the port as ferry boats to Nusa Penida depart before 9 am, ensuring a more comfortable and relaxed start.

Itinerary 5: 10-Day Island Relaxation of Bali and Gili Islands

If you're seeking some off-the-beaten experience, look no further than this tour. Beyond the iconic experiences in Bali, it introduces you to the isolated island life of Gili Air , inviting you to indulge in water activities amidst the turquoise waters.

Here is an outlined itinerary for your inspiration: 4 nights in Ubud, 3 nights in Gili Air and 2 nights in Uluwatu.

  • Day 1 Arrival in Bali, transfer to Ubud
  • Day 2 Ubud Volkswagen safari tour to Gunung Kawi Sebatu, Tegalalang Rice Terrace and the village of Tohpati
  • Day 3 White water rafting tour and Swing Heaven
  • Day 4 Free day in Ubud (yoga, cooking class or market visit)
  • Day 5 Transfer to Sanur and take a ferry to the Gili Air
  • Day 6: Snorkeling trip around the Gili Islands
  • Day 7 Free Day on Gili Air
  • Day 8 Ferry to Bali, and explore Uluwatu
  • Day 9 Surfing class, Uluwatu Temple and a sunset cruise with dinner on Jimbaran Bay
  • Day 10: Leave from Bali and fly to your next destination.

Kick off your journey in Ubud with top highlights including a special Volkswagen safari tour to temples, rice terraces and the local village.

Following that, take an hour ferry boat to the car-free Gili Air. Take a snorkeling tour around the Gili Islands. You can see the bright coral reefs in Gili Air and snorkel with turtles in Gili Trawangan. During your leisure day, bike along the coastline for uninterrupted views and unwind with a cold drink at a beach bar.

The final part of your trip would be Ulwatu . You will go for an exciting surfing class, discover Uluwatu Temple and chase the best sunset on a cruise trip in Jimbaran.

Bali caters to various budgets, ranging from economical to luxury. If you're looking for worry-free travel with your partner or family, you can expect to pay a daily cost from 250 per person on a private basis, offering 30–50% off for kids under 10.

Travel with us , and you'll enjoy our customized activities just for you , stay at quality hotels at the best agent rate and explore Bali with our highly-rated guides and drivers .

Here are our two best-selling tours for your reference.

  • 10-Day Memorable Bali Honeymoon Tour : from US$2,999 per person
  • 10-Day Family Fun Trip to Bali : from US$3,299 per person

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Best Bali Itinerary 10 days (Perfect for Honeymoons, Families, or Friends)

Save time and money by using my detailed travel itineraries to top destinations around the world- full of culture, adventure, local food, relaxation, and fun! 

I’ve done all of the work for you, so just click on the links on this itinerary for Bali and book your entire trip to Bali…

This Bali vacation plan is the perfect 10 day itinerary for a honeymoon, with friends, and for family travel

Planning a trip to bali, indonesia, and looking for the perfect itinerary.

Here is everything you need to have the best vacation ever with the best places to go, things to do, food to eat, and places to stay in Bali!

Ready to experience the best of Bali and its incredible culture with this 10 day Bali travel Itinerary?

Bali was at the top of my Bucket List Travel list for years.  I finally traveled to Bali for a vacation that was beyond my expectations.  I have now had two amazing vacations in Bali.

It’s one of my favorite countries in Southeast Asia.

Like all of my travel planning, I spent days planning this 10 day Bali itinerary. I wanted to experience the best of the most popular island to visit in Indonesia. So, I set out to find the best places to visit in Bali, along with the best places to stay, the best things to do, and of course, the best places to eat local food.

Why travel to Bali?

The list is long–Beautiful beaches, lush tropical jungles, bright green rice fields, interesting wildlife (including monkeys!), friendly people, and…like most of Southeast Asia, traveling in Bali is inexpensive.

There are so many great options for where to travel in Bali, that it can get overwhelming to plan your Bali vacation itinerary.

I can help you plan an incredible trip.  Below, is my Bali travel guide and detailed Bali tour itinerary.

How many Days in Bali?

It’s best if you have 10 days in Bali, so you can see a lot, experience different parts of the island, and get lots of relaxation time in.  Use the 10 day Bali itinerary.

7 days in Bali is also great.  Use the modified 7 day Bali itinerary.

f you only have 4 or 5 days in Bali, that’s good too.  Use the 4 or 5 day Bali itinerary plan.

I have designed this Bali travel itinerary for anyone who wants to experience the best of Bali while traveling with kids, as a couple, or with friends, and it is perfect for a Bali honeymoon itinerary.  My accommodation recommendations include some of the best hotels in Bali and are in the moderate to luxury categories.

*For the Bali honeymoon itinerary, I recommend staying in luxury-level hotels.  Bali itinerary honeymoon

Find out the best places to stay in Bali and what to do and eat in this Bali itinerary 10 days

Where to go in bali.

Here are some itinerary ideas for your trip depending on how many days in Bali you have.


Bali itinerary 10 days.

10 Days in Bali itinerary:  4 days in Ubud and 2 days on Nusa Lembongan, and 4 days in Jimbaran, Seminyak, or Nusa Dua

Bali itinerary 7 days

7 days in Bali itinerary:  3 days in Ubud, 1 day on Nusa Lembongan, and 3 days in Jimbaran,  Seminyak, or Nusa Dua

Bali itinerary 5 days

5 days in Bali Itinerary:  2  days in Ubud and  3 days in Jimbaran,  Seminyak, or Nusa Dua

Bali itinerary 4 days

4 days in Bali itinerary:  2 days in Ubud and 2 days in Jimbaran,  Seminyak, or Nusa Dua

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Tirtha Empul Temple Complex

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Start your vacation in bali in ubud.

How to get to Ubud

The way to get around in Bali is to hire a driver or a tour guide.  I highly recommend lining this up in advance, especially when arriving at the airport.

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4 days in ubud itinerary, where to stay in ubud.

Stay outside of the center of busy Ubud in the beautiful (and peaceful) Penestanen area in a villa or resort.

Book a special place to stay in Ubud 

Looking for the best place to stay in Ubud? Book a top-rated hotel here:

  • Four Seasons Hotel Ubud or Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Stay in Ubud in one of the ultimate luxury resorts- the top in Southeast Asia!  Click here for the latest prices at the Four Seasons     Click here for the latest prices at the Ritz
  • Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa & Spa – Luxury villas with private pools (children must be over 12)   Click here for the latest prices
  • The Udaya Resort and Spa – Beautiful mid range resort close to the center of Ubud    Click here for the latest prices
  • The Viceroy Bali – Awarded #1 Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler in their Readers’ Choice Awards    Click here for the latest prices
  • The Kayon Resort – Breathtaking boutique resort perched atop of a hill 10 minutes outside of Ubud (children must be over 15)  Click here for the latest prices
  • Sapodilla Ubud – Beautiful budget resort   Click here for the latest prices

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What to do in Ubud

  • Walk around Ubud town, and see the Ubud Palace and Saraswati Temple. 
  • Shop at the Art Market, then have a local lunch at Sun Sun Warung. 
  • Walk by all of the shops and cafes and stop for a Bali coffee at Monkey Cave Espresso on your way to the famous…

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Sacred Monkey Forest

  • Sacred Monkey Forest.  Stroll and observe these incredible Balinese long-tailed monkeys from a distance.

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  • Hire a driver to pick you up early and take you to the beautiful grounds of the Goa Gajah Temple and make sure not to miss the sacred cave.  Free sarongs are provided to cover up your legs.   
  • Visit Uma Pakel Agro Tourism to learn about their lumak coffee and locally grown spices.  Taste their 14 types of coffees and teas (it’s free) then go on a swing here or better yet, wait for your next stop…

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  • Trek through the breathtaking Tegalalang Rice Terrace then take a ride on one of the gigantic swings.
  • Take a stroll around the most famous temples in Bali, Tirtha Empul.
  • Have a late lunch at a local warung around Ubud.

Option 1:  Head north with a driver to hike to  Sekimpul Waterfall or Aling Aling Waterfall.  Stop at a small local village for lunch

Option 2:  Take a tour that leaves very early in the morning to hike to the top of Mt. Batur volcano to watch the sunrise.

Option 3:  Skip to day 4 and repeat it the following day, the perfect day in Ubud!

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  • Set out early for the outstanding hike on the Campuhan Ridge Trail
  • Go to a yoga class at Intuitive Flow or another nearby studio

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Alchemy’s delicious salad bar and snickers pie to go along with fermented coconut water with turmeric from Wayan’s Coconut Juice

  • Have a local lunch or go for an organic raw foods lunch at a place like Alchemy
  • Relax by the pool at your villa or resort
  • Have a massage at a local spa.  We had a great experience at the budget Starchild 2 (near our villa in Penestanen)
  • Dinner at nearby Yellow Flower Restaurant

Other activities in and around Ubud you may enjoy

  • Watch a traditional Bali dance show in the evening at the Palace
  • Take a Balinese cooking class
  • Take an electric bike tour around Ubud
  • Visit the farmers market on Wednesdays or Saturdays (check to reconfirm the days and get the times)
  • For another rice terrace, visit Ceking Terrace (just north of Tegalalang Rice Terraces)  
  • Swing through the jungle at the original, Bali Swing
  • See the elephants at Mason Elephant Lodge
  • If you want to see more monkeys, visit Sangeh Monkey Forest or Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest

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The typical Balinese dish, nasi campur, at its best from Yellow Flower Restaurant

Where to eat in Ubud

Eat some local food in Ubid at some of the top-rated and most delicious restaurants and cafes.  There is a great food scene in Ubud with as many organic vegan options as there are Balinese.

Wayan’s Coconut Juice Bar & Delivery- We loved stopping in every morning for a large bottle of fresh coconut water!  The coconut yogurt, the fermented turmeric coconut water, and all of the other treats were also delicious.

Yellow Flower restaurant- My favorite local food restaurant in Penestanen that also served up one of the best breakfasts I have ever had (you must try the tropical smoothie bowl and the banana pancakes!)

Alchemy- Organic vegan and raw food amazingness!  This beautiful contemporary restaurant has some of the best food in Ubud!

Zest- More yummy local, vegetarian food

Mesari Warung- Walk out into the country on Penestanen for this great local Balinese food (don’t miss the pet owls!)

Balinese Home Cooking- The name says it all

Sun Sun Warung- A great little waring with home-cooked Balinese food in the center of Ubud

Mark Weins of Migrationology recommends Warung Kintamani for great local fish

Kafe- Healthy local eats and coffee

Bridges- A popular place to go for a nice dinner out (make a reservation)

Gaya Gelato- Locally made ice cream

Bintang Supermarket is a great place to shop for food and drinks in the Penestanen area

For a delicious and healthy breakfast, head to Yellow Flower for their amazing smoothie bowl, or to Alchemy

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Bali Travel Tip

It’s always good to learn some key phrases in the language of the country you are traveling to.  Some of the most important is “Hello” and “Thank you.”  In Balinese, say “Halo” for hello and “Terima kasih” for thank you,

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The sunrise overlooking Mushroom Beach from our bungalow at MolaMola House, Nusa Lembongan island

2 Days Nusa Lembongan Itinerary

How to get to nusa lembongan.

Take a fast ferry from Sanur. To go straight to Mushroom Beach, use the Marlin Fast Boat.  To go to the main port, use Rocky or Scoot.  These ferry companies also provide pick up and drop off to and from certain areas of Bali, for an additional fee.  However, it may take a lot more time (and not save much if any money) since you may have to pick up other passengers.

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Travel Tip:   Sanur is a fun beach town with a great walking and biking path along the beach.  You may want to get there early to have breakfast or lunch and take a stroll (with your suitcase) along the beach to the ferry station.  Be prepared to walk through the water to get onto the boat.

Where to stay on Nusa Lembongan

Best hotels in nusa lembongan.

Looking for the best place to stay in Nusa Lembongan? Book a top-rated hotel here:

  • MolaMola House – The ultimate Bali beach bungalow experience!  These bungalows, as well as the restaurant, are on the white sand ON Mushroom Beach (the Garden Bungalows are just behind).  We had a fantastic stay here.  Click here for the latest prices
  • Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Day Spa –  Excellent ocean views from the rooms and pool, great service, and a nice location near Playgrounds for surfing.  Click here for the latest prices

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Things to do on Nusa Lembongan

Top things to do Nusa Lembongan

  • Rent mopeds and ride over Yellow Bridge to Nusa Cenigan Island. Have lunch on the ocean at The Sand (then take a rest in hammocks!)  Take the optional ride along the coast to see Blue Lagoon, then back over the Yellow Bridge.  Check out Dream Beach and the treacherous Devils Tear cliff.

Moped Tip :  Helmets are challenging to find last minute and I would not recommend riding a moped without one.  Email your accommodations in advance and tell them if you would like to reserve mopeds (most hotels have them to rent) as well as helmets.

Top things to do Nusa Lembongan

  • Go snorkeling with a private guide!  There are some fantastic snorkeling spots off of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida (the other island of the trio.)  Having your own guide and boat will enable you to choose where you snorkel and how long you stay at each place.
  • Rent a foam board and surf at Playgrounds Beach.  Unless you are an advanced surfer, steer clear of nearby Lacerations!

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  • Eat on the beach at MolaMola House or at your accommodations.

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One of the best beach towns in bali to stay.

Some of the best beach towns in Bali are Jimbaran Bay, Seminyak, and Nusa Dua.  Choose one or two places to stay.

Hire a driver to pick you up in Sanur and drive you to your Bali beach town resort.

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4 Days Jimbaran Bay

The south side of Jimbaran Bay has an outstanding scenic beach with fun beginner waves and a few top resorts.

Where to Stay in Jimbaran Bay

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The view of Jimbaran Bay from the incredible rooftop bar at Movenpick Bali

Best hotels Jimbaran Bay

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  • Movenpick Jimbaran Resort and Spa – We had a fantastic stay at this new contemporary five star Swiss resort located down a quiet street from the beautiful Jimbaran Beach.  The international breakfast buffet was delicious, the four pools are the perfect place to relax, and the rooftop bar was the best we had ever seen!  This is the perfect place to stay with kids.  Click here for the latest prices
  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay –  This vast top-notch luxury property has a pool on the beach and the villas dot the hill overlooking the ocean.  It’s breathtaking!  Click here for the latest prices
  • Intercontinental Resort Bali, Jimbaran –  This resort is set amongst the plush tropical landscape and is right on Jimbaran Beach.  Click here for the latest prices

*In case you get sick these resorts have a doctor on call at all times.  Just call the front desk and the doctor will come to your room with a nurse to care for you.

Things to do in Jimbaran

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  • Relax at the beach, take a walk (or walk on your hands!), or go surfing

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Relaxing by the beautiful pool at Movenpick Bali, Jimbaran Bay

  • Sit by the pool at your resort
  • Enjoy drinks at sunset then a fresh seafood dinner on the sand at Made Bagus Cafe.  Pick out your seafood inside, then wait for it to be served after it has been barbequed to perfection over coconut husks.  If you see a cart barbequing corn nearby, you may want to try one for an appetizer (you may want to play it safe and not get the butter.)

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4 Days Seminyak

Seminyak is stylish and sophisticated, with many great cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.  This beach town has a great scene and nice waves for surfing, but it’s not the best beach for swimming.

Where to Stay in Seminyak

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  • The Seminyak Resort & Spa – WHen I returned to Bali, I stayed here.  It is the ultimate beach resort in the north part of Seminyak.      Click here for the latest prices
  • Hotel Indigo Seminyak – Just across the street from the beach, this stunning resort has nice pools and a great atmosphere.  Click here for the latest prices
  • The Legian Bali – A luxury boutique hotel with comfortable suites and villas  Click here for the latest prices
  • The One Boutique Villa – Full services luxury villas down the street from the beach   Click here for the latest prices
  • The Royal Beach Seminyak, McGallery – This luxury resort is a part of the Accor Hotel chain.  Located on the beach with lush tropical gardens.   Click here for the latest prices

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4 Days Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is a long stretch of beautiful beaches with several gated high-end resorts.  There isn’t as much culture here– but if you are looking for a relaxing, higher-end beach resort area, this may be a great option.  If you are looking for waves, stay on the opposite side (west) of the south end of Bali.

Where to Stay in Nusa Dua

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  • The Laguna, a Luxury Collection – Beatifully landscaped luxury resort with endless places to swim in their pools and lagoon   Click here for the latest prices
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  • The Ritz Carlton Bali – All suite luxury villas on the beach at with the typical outstanding service that you can expect from a Ritz Carlton Hotel!    Click here for the latest prices
  • The Westin Resort Nusa Dua – A more moderately priced huge resort on the beach    Click here for the latest prices

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  • Surf or bodysurf at Jimbaran Bay, Dreamlands, or in Seminyak
  • Watch the pro surfers ride the huge waves at Balangan Beach
  • Relax at Padang Padang beach, featured in the movie, “Eat, Pray, Love”
  • Enjoy a seafood dinner on the beach in Jimbaran at Made Bagus

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Perfect 10 days Flores itinerary in Indonesia

Published by guillem torcal garcia on 28/04/2023 28/04/2023.

The island of Flores is a long and narrow island in East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia, at the Eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago. Basically every destination we visited in Indonesia was incredible: from the more popular Bali and Nusa Penida , to the more wild  North Sumatra , going through the cultural  Yogyakarta … But Flores holds a special place in my heart. It was definitely one of the top highlights of my 6 months trip through Southeast Asia. That is why I prepared this perfect 10-days Flores itinerary!  You can use it as a template for your trip to this incredible island.

Flores has an incredible range of things to offer, from the beautiful islands and incredible wildlife of Komodo National Park or Riung , to the misty mountains and dramatic volcanoes around Bajawa , Ruteng and Moni and the unique cultural heritage of this island, it will absolutely captivate you!

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Post Contents

Structure of the post

I will try to keep this post light by only introducing each of the regions this Flores itinerary stops in. Mainly because otherwise it could be as long as a book! But I will link each section to dedicated posts for each region where I explain the best things to do, how to get there, where to stay and where to eat! I hope this Flores itinerary is helpful for your trip!

Note: this Flores itinerary can be done in both directions, since both Labuan Bajo and Ende (Moni) have airports with flights from other parts of Indonesia like Bali or Jakarta. If you extend your trip you can also fly to Maumere on the eastern part of Flores.

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Exploring the island of Flores in 10 days

Day 1-3. moni.

We’ll start this Flores itinerary in Moni, a village near the Ende airport in central Flores. This tiny mountain village at the foothills of Kelimutu volcano is truly a gem that people tend to rush through. Its main attraction is of course the tri-colored crater lakes of the Mt. Kelimutu . But its beauty doesn’t stop there! The nature surrounding this village is absolutely stunning and it is home to some unique traditional villages that will immerse you into the incredible cultural heritage of the island. Visit Moni’s authentic traditional villages and meet the tribe elders! To be able to taste all the different wonders of Moni, I suggest that you stay at least 2 nights . Discover all the great things to do in Moni in the link below:

What to do in Moni in Flores, Indonesia

mt kelimutu

Travel tip: if you have more than 10 days, you can start in Maumere instead. Maumere is a beautiful beach town on the East of Flores that is perfect to unwind and do some scuba diving without the “crowds” of Komodo NP. You can fly to Maumere and stay 1-2 nights, then drive to Moni.

Route day 3. Blue Stone Beach

On our way from Moni to Riung we stopped at the Blue Stone Beach . This volcanic sand beach is covered in pebbles from all shades of blue, which geologists still don’t agree how they were formed. Most likely volcanic. Anyway it is a beautiful place with basically no tourists and we had a delicious shrimp curry facing the beach @ Blue Stone Beach Restaurant and Guesthouse .

blue stone beach flores

Days 3-5. Riung

Riung is the odd one out in this itinerary. Many people leave it out of their Flores itinerary because of 2 reasons: 1) it is quite a bit out of the way, especially a few years back when the road was in a very bad state and 2) they were snorkeling in Komodo so it seemed redundant. I say it’s a mistake. The 17 Islands National Park may be not as spectacular as Komodo but it is still an incredible set of islands and reefs and, best of all, you’ll have it for yourself! Also, Riung is home to some of the best seafood we had in Indonesia, so there’s that.  There is not much more to do in Riung other thant the 17 Islands, but you should reserve 2 nights for Riung Read about our experience in Riung in the link below:

Discovering the 17 islands National Park in Riung: a hidden paradise in Flores, Indonesia

boat in 17 islands national park

Days 5-7. Bajawa

The next stop in this Flores itinerary is  Bajawa , the cultural center of Flores. This small mountain city is surrounded by beautiful nature, including its imposing volcano  Mt. Inerie . There are waterfalls, lush forests and hills and valleys to hike. After that, you can relax in one of its natural hot springs. And of course, there are many traditional villages scattered around the region. Visit them to learn about the Ngada tribes, their traditions, crafts and way of life. In this itinerary we include 2 nights in Bajawa, but if you want to squeeze everything there is to do you’ll have to stay longer. Discover the best things to do in Bajawa in the link below:

What to do in Bajawa in Flores, Indonesia

Travel tip: if you plan to climb Mt. Inerie and still see some of the other sights in Bajawa, I suggest that you add one more night.

mt inerie bajawa

Route day 7. Aimere and Keli

On our route from Bajawa to Ruteng , we stopped in Keli (Aimere) to visit a friend of our driver. He owned a beautiful guesthouse by the Suva sea. We had a nice cup of coffee with a view, and he taught us how they make Arrack, a local coconut flower sap liquor. Of couse we had to try a bit! (we ended up buying a bottle to bring to our Komodo boat expedition). If you’d like to visit, the guesthouse is called  Gemo Beach Cottages .

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Days 7-8. Ruteng

Ruteng is the last inland stop in this Flores itinerary. This small village is located in a valley surrounded by mountains, making it a very scenic location. While the city itself lacks the charm of smaller towns like Moni, there are a lot of amazing things to do around, such as visiting the  traditional villages of Wae Rebo and Ruteng Pu’u , view the spiderweb rice terraces in Cancar or learn about the  Homo floresiensis at the Liang Bua cave. Add to that amazing hikes and one of the best coffee in the island and we have a hit! We only stayed 1 night in Ruteng, but would have happily stayed longer. Check out all the things to do in Ruteng in the link below:

What to do in Ruteng in Flores, Indonesia

wae rebo traditional village

Days 8-10. Komodo National Park

The last stop in this Flores itinerary is Labuan Bajo, the gateway to Komodo National Park. This incredible natural reserve is home to some gorgeous islands, unique wildlife and paradise white- and pink-sand beaches. Oh, and it is heaven for anyone interested in marine life, snorkeling and scuba diving! In this itinerary we included 2 nights in Komodo National Park to allow for a day trip or an overnight boat tour and still round the tour to 10 days. However, you can easily stay as long as you want here and not run out of things to do! In fact, we stayed for 4 nights. Learn how to organize your visit to Komodo National Park on the link below:

How to visit Komodo: a quick guide to Komodo National Park and Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo to Lombok: a 4-day Komodo boat expedition in Indonesia with Wanua Adventure

komodo dragon

Got more than 10 days? Add these stops

  • Maumere:  Maumere is a beach city located towards the Eastern part of Flores. It is a great place to unwind and do some snorkeling and it has its own airport with flights from other parts of Indonesia, so you can start or end your Flores itinerary there. There are also opportunities for hikes and mountain climbs.


Mountain and sea at Maumere. Photo by Nicolas Stevan on Unsplash

  • Ende: Ende is not necessarily a touristically beautiful city. That is the reason why it’s interesting! It has a much more unfiltered lifestyle than other towns and cities in this list. It is also a culinary center for Flores. You can have an overnight stay just to walk around, interact with the locals and have some delicious food.


  • Koka Beach: located on the southern coast of Flores, east of Moni, you’ll find Koka Beach. It is considered one of the best beaches in mainland Flores.

koka beach

Aerial picture of Koka Beach. Photo by Aruka Death on Unsplash

Extending your stay in previous stops

  • Bajawa: Bajawa is one of the cities in Flores with a highest density of things to do. For that reason,  you can extend your stay in Bajawa. This is especially true if you plan to climb Mt. Inerie (which will take you the better part of a day).

climbing mount inerie

  • Ruteng: we stayed only one night in Ruteng and, while it was enough to see the main attractions, we regretted a bit not staying longer. The Ruteng area is very charming and it has an interesting lifestyle, caused by the old influence of Bajawa and the modern influence of Labuan Bajo. You can also include an overnight stay at Wae Rebo traditional village!

wae rebo village ruteng

  • Komodo: as I mentioned in the Komodo section, there is virtually no limit on how many days you should stay in Komodo National Park . I will say this, especially if you’re a snorkeler or diver, 2 days will not be enough! Also, there are other things that you can do from Labuan Bajo, like visiting Goa Rangko cave.

padar island beach

One of the beaches in Padar island

How to move around in Flores, Indonesia

It is generally a good thing (at least for me) that the touristic infrastructure of a place is not super developed. It usually means that the area has not been overrun by hoardes of tourists. However, it comes with a few complications. In the case of Flores, this means few and bad transportation methods.

Rent a motorbike or car

Renting a motorbike or a car gives you a lot of freedom when traveling around Flores. Rentals are not extremely expensive and you can stop wherever you want and change your itinerary on the go. However, to my knowledge, there are very few car rental companies that allow you to return your car in a different city, and if they do, the rental becomes wildly expensive. You will find car rental companies in most big cities, including Labuan Bajo, Ende and Maumere.

Take public transportation

For budget travelers, this will be the only option. The public buses between the main touristic places are in fact very cheap. However, they are not very frequent, they are very uncomfortable and crowded. Worst of all, they take forever to get from one place to another, being very unreliable as well. The good thing is that, if you plan it well, you’ll save a lot of money in the process.

The problem with public transportation is that it is difficult to access any attractions that are outside of the main towns and cities. For that, I suggest that you rent a motorbike for the day. They are usually very cheap in these circumstances, and it will give you the freedom to explore the area arround.

Hire a driver for your Flores itinerary

The best option, in my opinion, is to hire a driver. This takes a lot of worries out of the picture. We had a great time with our driver Gusti in our Flores trip. You can contact him through WhatsApp and get a quote in this number +62 82147244300. He is an excellent driver and, even though he will tell you he’s not a guide, he is very knowledgeable and will recommend you places to visit and help you communicate with the locals.

our driver and us after our trip in Flores

Gusti and us after our trip in Flores

Alternatively, if you’d like a driver and a guide, you can contact Sipri at [email protected].

How to get to Flores, Indonesia

There are three main airports in the island of Flores. They connect to some other airports in the country as well as some other cities such as Singapore . These are Labuan Bajo (or Komodo International Airport), which is the main airport in the west of the island; Ende , which is the main airport in central Flores; and  Maumere , the main entrance to the east of the island. Any of these is a good entry point, and you just need to adapt the sense of your Flores itinerary accordingly.

Travel tip: The island has a long and narrow shape. Therefore, it is much more convenient to enter through one airport and leave through another one.

You can also get to Flores by ferry or speedboat: either from Sumbawa in East Nusa Tenggara, docking in Labuan Bajo, or from Sumba or Timor, docking in Aimere. Of course, if you do a boat expedition, as we did with Wanua Adventure , you can arrive to Labuan Bajo from Lombok or some other island.

Where to stay in Flores, Indonesia

If you’re already planning your perfect Flores itinerary, I suggest you look at the individual posts that I wrote about the main regions: Labuan Bajo , Ruteng, Bajawa , Riung and Moni . In these posts I suggests things to do in each region, but also how to get there, where to eat and where to stay . However, if you’re too lazy to hear (read?) me blabbering about hotels, just use the map below

Closing statement

Flores is one of the most incredible islands on this planet, at least to me. It has everything to offer : paradise beaches, beautiful mountains, both warm and cool weather, unique culture and wildlife, gorgeous coral reefs, friendly locals, delicious food, low prices and not many tourists. What more can you ask for? I hope that I convinced you to visit Flores with this  very sumarized post and that you’re intrigued enough to look at the more detailed posts about each region or, even better, to book your incredible trip to Flores!

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If you have in fact decided to visit Flores, check out the individual posts: Labuan Bajo , Ruteng , Bajawa , Riung and Moni , as well as our Komodo boat expedition .

And since you’re visiting Indonesia, you’ll probably like these:

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  • Enjoy spa treatments at the resort with steam room, sauna, gym, jungle gym, and natural spring-fed pools
  • Travel around Ubud
  • Visit Borobudur temple and have afternoon coffee at Plataran Borobudur
  • Enjoy Morning Yoga session, massage & Hammam steam bath at the resort in Losari
  • Visit Keraton Royal Palace and the nearby Taman Sari royal bathing place
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Discover Indonesia's Eastern Islands

Discover Indonesia's Eastern Islands

  • Go on a 12 day adventure to Bali, Flores and Komodo Islands
  • Overnight on a boat and in the morning go on a search for the Komodo dragons
  • Climb volcanoes and relax on beaches

Wellness Bali

Wellness Bali

  • Take in the inspiring munduk waterfalls
  • Soak in a holy bath at tirta empul
  • Centre yourself with yoga overlooking the ocean
  • See the unique floating ulun danu temple
  • Cycle the unesco-protected jatiluwih rice terraces
  • Discover a traditional healing ceremony in tabanan

Bali, Lombok & Gili Islands: Hike, Bike, Raft & Snorkel

Bali, Lombok & Gili Islands: Hike, Bike, Raft & Snorkel

  • Hike through lush forests as you make the challenging full-day climb to the rim of Mt Rinjani, where spectacular views across Bali, the Gili Islands and Mt Agung reward your efforts.
  • Swim and snorkel among the colourful marine life and friendly sea turtles on a boat trip around the Gili Islands – this paradisical archipelago will steal your heart!
  • Navigate through Class 2 and Class 3 rapids on a whitewater rafting experience just outside of Ubud, against a backdrop of green rainforest, deep gorges and lush rice paddies.
  • Leave the tourist trail in Eastern Bali as you visit the lesser-known temples and villages of Tenganan Village and Pura Luhur Lempuyang. These are golden opportunities to learn about local Balinese culture.
  • Kick back and relax on the remote beaches of Amed and Gili Air with free time under the sun – the perfect places to rest your weary muscles after hiking and biking around Bali.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Coast to Coast Bali

Coast to Coast Bali

  • Packed-itinerary, exploring all Bali classic destinations
  • Introduction to Balinese culture and daily life
  • Visit Bali's iconic landmarks from East to West
  • Experience Bali must-do activities
  • Temples and beach hopping

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Balinese Love Story

  • Full day exploring the beauty of Ubud.
  • Mount Batur sunrise trekking.
  • Romantic dinner by the rice field.
  • The best of Sidemen from a scooter.
  • Day trip to Nusa Penida Island for snorkeling.
  • Sunset at Tanah Lot.

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Beautiful Bali

  • This trip will immerse you in Balinese culture; you'll eat street food, meet songket weavers, witness a traditional Kecak dance performance and visit a Hindu-Buddhist island temple.
  • A guided hike to the summit of Mt Batur will provide you with dazzling sunrise vistas that stretch across the Lombok Strait, all the way over to the peaks of Mt Rinjani.
  • The lovely, peaceful village of Undisan is nestled in the lush Balinese hills. This is the perfect place to escape the tourists, and the heat!
  • Ubud is the artistic and cultural heart of Bali, enjoy a guided walk through the lush green surrounds and gain an insight into daily village life.
  • With hiking, cycling and snorkelling, this trip is steeped in outdoor activities. But there's also plenty of time to relax; bathe in hot springs or laze on the beach.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Coral Triangle Center Foundation. Donations help expand their coral restoration project and support their educational outreach activities for local schools in Nusa Penida. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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Borneo - Sarawak & Kalimantan Endemics 2021

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  • Pygmy White-eye
  • Mountain Serpent Eagle and Bornean Leafbird.

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Borneo Wildlife Family Holiday

  • Stay at a Kinabatangan jungle lodge with jungle walks and wildlife river cruises
  • Visit Kinabalu National Park, trekking and bathing in hot springs
  • See the orangutans of Sepilok and proboscis monkeys of Labuk Bay
  • Spectacular snorkelling and relax on white-sand beaches in Tunku Abdul Marine Park

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Best of Borneo

  • Visit bidayuh tribal village
  • Explore the rainforest and caves of mulu national park
  • Cruise the kinabatangan river in search of borneo's seven primate species

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Borneo - Budget Birding 2021

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  • Bornean Bristlehead
  • Dusky Broadbill
  • Black-throated Wren-Babbler
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Borneo Adventure

Accessible Bali

Accessible Bali

  • Experience 12 days in Bali experiencing Bali-Hindu culture, temples
  • Enjoy dance performances
  • Experience cooking class
  • Walks between rice fields, volcanoes and the sea.

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Borneo & Below

Sumatra Uncovered

Sumatra Uncovered

  • Exploring bukit lawang and bat caves
  • Orangutan trekking and river tubing
  • Local village experience
  • Unique visit to shaman
  • Island hopping and turtle volunteer project

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  • Explore vibrant jakarta
  • Take the train through terraced rice fields
  • Visit a buddhist sanctuary
  • Meet the locals and learn the javanese way of life

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Essential Bali & Gili Islands

  • Float in the ocean, sunbake on the beach, and conquer a volcano at sunrise – the island landscapes of Bali make for an epic experience.
  • Bike around Gili T on a tour of the remote island, with a local leader who knows all the best recommendations – maybe spot sea turtles while snorkelling or just kick back with a good book and a cocktail (or few).
  • Wake up at 3 am and climb a mountain – this sunrise is worth it! Watching the day come alive at the top of Mt Batur is worth every minute of sleep you lose.
  • Let a local show you their favourite dishes, from nasi campur to all kinds of other delicacies during a street food tasting in Seminyak. We know you didn’t come all the way to Bali to eat spaghetti!
  • Soak up every drop of Ubud's relaxed atmosphere, from the calming jungle to the rice paddies waiting to be explored. Is this heaven or just Indonesia?

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Sumatra Adventure

  • Gunung Leuser National Park is your best chance in Indonesia to see orangutans in the wild. Hike through the jungle, home to some 300 bird species and the endangered Sumatran tiger, on a small-group camping experience.
  • Begin and end your adventure in Sumatra’s largest city: Medan. Explore the mix of Asian cultures in the city, noticeable in its colourful architecture and delicious mix of food.
  • Let your knowledgeable group leader guide you through the thickets of the jungle, past small cultural villages, and to the best places to eat around northern Sumatra.
  • Climb the Sibayak Volcano to enjoy panoramic views at its spectacular summit, then head to local hot springs for some well-earned rest and relaxation after the descent.
  • Explore Lake Toba and the villages on Samosir Island. Check out Indonesia’s highest waterfall and a take a cultural tour that includes a traditional Batak dance performance.
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The ultimate 10 day java travel itinerary.

Cazzy Magennis

Java is one of my favourite islands in Indonesia. It has so much to offer, from amazing volcanoes, beautiful beaches, surfing, stunning tea fields and country sides, epic waterfalls and much more. It’s an island that will allow you to experience a variety of amazing things to do in Indonesia, all in one epic island! We spent 10 days in Java, so I thought it would be perfect for me to write a 10 day Java Itinerary to help you plan your adventures. 

So let’s get to it! 

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Our Awesome 10 Day Java Itinerary 

bandung sightseeing

Stop 1: Jakarta: 1 night 

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta is actually the capital of Indonesia, and it’s a great place to start your Java adventures. Since it’s the capital, flights from all over the world are possible here. Plus I actually think Jakarta is a good place to start as you can pick up a sim card, and stock up on any last minute items you may need. The shopping is amazing in Jakarta! 

You’ll only be flying “into” Jakarta, you won’t need to return. You can check Skyscanner for the best flights. 

Where to stay:  Pop! Hotel

Stop 2: Bandung: 2 nights 

Bandung, Indonesia

It’s super easy to get to Bandung from Jakarta. 

You’ll be pleased to hear that Java has a very very well established train network, so getting through the whole country is easy, cheap and super convenient. As far as trains go, they are modern, comfortable and clean! (much better than the trains I experienced in India). 

We left from Gambir station in Jakarta and it took around 3.5 hours to Bandung, costing around 100,000 IDR (approx $7). 

Bandung is very different to Jakarta. It’s located in West Java, but really the charm in Bandung is once you get out of the main city and head to the highlands where it’s a colder climate which means it’s got some unique and amazing sights. 

Bandung offers beautiful tea fields, an active volcano that you can literally drive up to…..(awesome!), a pretty cool floating market, flower gardens and much much more. It’s the perfect place to rent a moped and just explore the stunning countryside of Java. There are also some really cool “glamping” spots in Bandung, which I didn’t know about before I visited, otherwise I would have stayed in one of those, so now that you know, take full advantage! 

I’ve done a whole guide on great things to do in Bandung. 

2 nights is sufficient to see Bandung, but you’ll probably have to choose between seeing the north or south, if you want both, you may need another night. However, I think north Bandung offers you more. 

tea fields bandung

Stop 3: Yogyakarta- 3 nights 

temples in yogyakarta

Next up, it’s time to visit probably the most famous backpacker destination in Java, Yogyakarta, also known as Jogjakarta. 

You can get to Yogyakarta from Bandung via train, but it does take around 8 hours. I actually found the journey to be quite pleasant, and we just watched movies and relaxed. Now we did our train journey in the day time, so we “lost” a day of sightseeing as such, but that’s included in the itinerary, however you can get an overnight train if you wish. The train costs around 260,000 IDR (approx $19)

Another option is to fly from Bandung to Yogyakarta, which will be more expensive than the train, but it’s actually quite cheap for an internal flight, so if you are short on time, that is another option. 

Yogyakarta is one of my favourite places in all of Java. It’s bursting with amazing things to see, and you’ll need a whole day just to dedicate time to seeing the amazing temples: Borobudur temple and Prambanan temple. I suggest you do a sunrise tour at the former and visiting the latter in the evening. In between you can check out some of the other sights in Yogyakarta city centre. 

You’ll definitely need another day (or more) to explore the countryside of Yogyakarta. Once you rent a moped and drive outwards you’ll discover stunning views, amazing rice paddies, beautiful mountains, beaches and so much more.

Read my guide on the best things to do in Yogyakarta for more inspiration. 

Stop 4: Malang- 3 nights 

jodipan rainbow village

Malang is the final stop on our 10 day Java itinerary. Malang is located in East Java and it’s my favorite place to visit in Java. It was amazing. 

Getting to Malang again is very easy from Yogyakarta by train. It takes around 7 hours and costs around 165,000 IDR (approx $12). You can either do an early morning train like Brad and I did, or do an overnight train (although I’m not 100% sure they’re possible!) 

When you get to Malang you’re going to be super busy! You can visit the amazing Jodpian rainbow village, and other city centre sights, but what you really want to do is rent a moped and drive to the amazing waterfalls that surround the city.

A full day is needed to explore Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, and there are many other small waterfalls, tea fields and flower gardens to the east of Malang which require a full day of sightseeing, and then you’re going to want to do an epic Mount Bromo sunrise tour. 

If you only do one thing when you go to Malang, the Mount Bromo sunrise tour should be it, trust me. You can book your tour from Malang right here! 

bromo sunrise

Read Also: Ultimate Guide On The Best Things To Do In Malang

Total: 9 nights= 10 days in Java! 

You may need to incorporate a few overnight trains into your 10 day Java itinerary, but Bradley and I managed to see it all in this time frame too, so you can too. We were exhausted by the end of it, but it was amazing to get to see and experience so many amazing things on the island of Java. 

Based on our itinerary you can fly out of Malang to your home destination, or even get a train to the city of Surabaya and fly from there.  

If you’re only looking for a 7 day Java Itinerary, then add on a Mount Ijen tour too which is known for the famous “blue crater”, this requires typically an overnight tour to visit this, so I would only suggest this if you’ve got time for 2 weeks in Java. 

mount bromo tours

Getting around Java

getting around java

I’ve actually done a post on getting around Indonesia which will help you plan your Java itinerary. However what I will discuss some of your best options for Java below:

  • ‍ Train travel: 100% the best way to get around Java is by train. It’s cheap, it’s comfortable, it’s modern, and it’s easy. Everything is electronic based too, so you can book your tickets via an app, scan the app at the train station, get your tickets then pop on the train to your chosen seats. For booking train tickets in Java, we used a website called Tiket which was modern, fast and cheap. Or you can check 12Go Asia who are also brilliant for planning your 10 day Java itinerary.  ‍
  • Bus travel: You will be able to get buses to and from different destinations around Java, but since I didn’t use a single bus, I can’t really give you any advice on the experience. I wouldn’t understand why you would choose the bus over train as it will be longer, and whilst it could be slightly cheaper, it would be less comfortable. But if you do want to travel by bus, you can get 12Go Asia to help find seats.  ‍
  • Flying : If you’re short on time, or money isn’t an option, then you could fly between destinations. All of the major cities of Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Malang all have airports, and you can fly internally within Java and to other Indonesian islands (and beyond for some airports). Of course flying like that won’t do anything for your carbon footprint, but if you’ve only got a 1 week Java Itinerary in place and want to see it all, then it is an option. Check Skyscanner for the best flights.  ‍
  • Moped : One of our initial plans was to rent a moped in Bandung and hopefully drive it all over Java, unfortunately there are laws in the individual states that prevent you from taking a moped out of a particular area, so that dream was crushed! :P But when you are in each destination, you can easily rent a moped to get around. There are places to rent mopeds in all the places I’ve listed on this 10 day Java itinerary.  ‍
  • Grab : Grab is available all over the island of Java and it’s an easy way to get around each individual area. Whether you need a lift to your hotel from the train station, or to sights within the city centre, Grab is a great choice. 

Our 10 Day route in Java

I hope you’ve found this 10 day Java Itinerary useful and hopefully it will help you plan your trip! If you’ve got any questions then please drop me a comment below.  ‍

Read Also: 26 Best Things To Do In Java

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