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The Ultimate Two-Week Bali Itinerary

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The Ultimate Two-Week Bali Itinerary

This visitor put up is by Victoria, a journey blogger and author from Germany.

Bali is a tropical paradise with idyllic seashores, lush hillsides, and loads of thrilling actions, all of that are included on this enjoyable two-week itinerary on and close to the Island of the Gods.

Hike via rice terraces, spend your days at white-sand seashores, and swim with inexperienced sea turtles on this epic journey via Bali and its neighboring islands, an excellent combination of rest and interesting issues to do — a bit of little bit of every thing.

That is the place you’ll go:

  • Canggu: 2 days
  • Nusa Lembongan: 2 days
  • Nusa Penida: 1 day
  • Gili Islands: three days
  • Ubud: three days
  • Uluwatu: three days

Canggu: 2 days

Begin your Bali journey off in Canggu, which is situated round 1.5 hours by automotive from Bali’s airport. It’s an excellent place to begin off your time in Bali, since you’ve received an excellent collection of locations to eat and good nightlife. It’s additionally the place to begin for a lot of organized group excursions. 

It was once a small seaside city fashionable amongst surfers and nature lovers. Nevertheless, it gained mass recognition lately and has now remodeled right into a busy hub for digital nomads and vacationers. 

Lots of foreigners in Bali make Canggu their everlasting residence, and site visitors can sadly be very heavy, so enable loads of time to get round. Even a brief drive that ought to usually be 10 minutes can take as much as an hour or extra in Canggu site visitors. Attempt to keep away from the Shortcut and Jalan Raya Canggu, that are a few of the busiest streets within the space.

In your first day, you possibly can give attention to stress-free and exploring if you happen to’re up for it. Head to Outdated Man’s or La Brisa on the seaside for a sundown drink, then seize dinner at one of many many eating places on the town. 

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Head to Sa’Mesa, a once-in-a-lifetime Italian dinner expertise through which you’ll dance on the tables all night time. Then it’s off to Buongiorno, the perfect bakery on the town, to get some contemporary pastries and sandwiches on your hangover. Different nice eating places embody Mason, Shelter, or for native delicacies, Casa Tua

In your second day, hop right into a Seize (an area app that works similar to Uber), or lease a scooter to go go to Tanah Lot Temple, round 30 minutes north of Canggu. 

(Lots of vacationers get round by scooter in Bali, however consider carefully earlier than you determine to lease one. The site visitors is chaotic and accidents are frequent, so solely skilled drivers ought to select this transport methodology. All the time put on a helmet and go gradual if you happen to do trip a scooter. When unsure, a taxi is the higher alternative.)

Tanah Lot is a stupendous temple on a rocky cliff over the water and is nice for taking images and studying a bit extra in regards to the distinctive Balinese tradition.

The space across the temple can also be recognized for its abandoned seashores, so if Canggu’s Batu Bolong Seashore is beginning to really feel a bit crowded, positively head to Pig Stone Seashore as a substitute, the place you gained’t be bothered by different vacationers.

Within the night, seize a couple of drinks and dinner and presumably hit a few of Canggu’s busy nightlife spots, like Sand Bar, Luigi’s, X Bar, or La Brisa.

Should you’re on the lookout for an inexpensive and social place to remain, the Tipsy Gypsy Hostel is all the time the right alternative. You’ll make pals very quickly, and the amenities are clear and comfy. 

One other nice possibility if you happen to’re on the lookout for personal rooms is the Aston Resort, which has a really central location lower than 5 minutes from the seaside.

Should you’re a solo traveler and are apprehensive about touring alone, or don’t need to spend all of your time alone, you must take into account becoming a member of a guided group tour round Bali, the members of which is able to turn into your new greatest pals and journey buddies.

Nusa Lembongan: 2 days

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Within the morning, it’s time to hop on a quick boat and head to the attractive island of Nusa Lembongan. Be certain that to stand up early, since you’ll must drive all the best way throughout southern Bali to Sanur, the place the harbor is situated. 

The ferry terminal was just lately renovated and is now trendy and environment friendly, making attending to the island simpler than ever. A ticket prices round IDR 150,000 per individual, and the trip takes solely 30–45 minutes, relying on the climate. You may both purchase tickets on arrival on the harbor, or use 12go Asia, which all the time has the perfect offers and costs.

In Nusa Lembongan, you’ll get a style of island life, which might be troublesome to search out on Bali itself. Should you’re assured sufficient to drive, you must lease a scooter, which makes getting round quite a bit simpler. In any other case, you should utilize the native truck taxis, which might take you across the island for round IDR 100,000–200,000.

It’s additionally attainable to stroll quick distances, though you must needless to say Lembongan has a number of hills and no sidewalks, so it won’t be essentially the most snug exercise. 

You positively want to go to Nusa Ceningan, the tiny island neighboring Lembongan that’s related by a slender, shiny yellow bridge. Ceningan is even smaller than Lembongan and has a wide range of oceanfront eating places and cafés you want to attempt. The views over the lagoon are completely lovely, particularly throughout sundown.

On the second day, discover Nusa Lembongan and go to Satan’s Tears, a rocky cove the place the waves create a powerful spray and the ocean currents are very sturdy. It’s a powerful place to see and the doorway payment is barely IDR 25,000 per individual. 

You may as well cease by the close by Dream Seashore, which is only a 5 minute stroll away. It is a good spot for lunch and stress-free for a couple of hours. Within the afternoon, you possibly can discover the island’s mangroves, that are utterly completely different to the sandy seashores Lembongan is thought for. 

Hire a kayak for IDR 150,000 and paddle across the mangroves for an hour or so earlier than heading again to your resort to clean up or going for a swim on the essential seaside.

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Likelihood is you’ll be fairly drained after a day of exploring. Spend the afternoon stress-free by the seaside in Nusa Lembongan, or if you happen to nonetheless have some power left, head to the Coconut Hut, which is a restaurant with a mini golf course. Their meals and drinks are scrumptious, and mini golf is the right exercise on a stupendous island.

Should you want a fairly priced resort with an excellent view in Nusa Lembongan, you must keep at Lanussa Hill Villa on the Ceningan facet of the island. It’s quiet and has lovely views of the Yellow Bridge.

Nusa Penida: 1 day

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You may simply go to both Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan on a day journey from the opposite. So, within the morning, take a ship from the Yellow Bridge on the Ceningan facet to the harbor on Nusa Penida. The trip shouldn’t take greater than 15 minutes and solely prices round IDR 30,000 per individual — you will get boat tickets on the spot, as there are all the time vessels connecting the 2 islands. (If you’d like peace of thoughts, you may as well head there the night time earlier than and get your tickets upfront.)

On Nusa Penida, you possibly can both lease a scooter if you happen to’re a really assured driver or rent an area one to take you across the island. The roads are winding and slender, so it’s positively not a good suggestion to drive your self if you happen to’re a newbie on a scooter.

A driver will take you across the island for as much as eight hours, and also you’ll pay roughly IDR 600,000–800,000, together with petrol. I’d extremely advocate this, as scooter accidents involving vacationers are quite common right here, and I’ve seen my justifiable share of individuals pushing their bikes uphill within the sizzling solar.

Yow will discover drivers or scooters on arrival on the harbor, or you possibly can verify Fb teams about Bali upfront to search out somebody who’s really helpful. 

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The hottest locations on Nusa Penida embody Kelingking Seashore, with its spectacular cliffs and white-sand seaside; Angel’s Billabong, a pure pool with ocean views; Damaged Seashore, with a singular rock formation; and Diamond Seashore, which might be one of the vital lovely I’ve ever seen.

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You may as well go to close by Atuh Seashore, which is simply as fairly and an excellent spot for lunch, since there are many small huts to select from. Only a 20-minute drive away is the Thousand Island Viewpoint, which is improbable for taking footage; and the Rumah Pohon Treehouses, a group of little huts with unimaginable views, which you’ll be able to even lease for the night time if you happen to’re up for an journey.

Simply needless to say Nusa Penida is much from a hidden secret anymore, and also you’re going to come across a number of vacationers throughout your time there. It’s really helpful to go as early within the morning as attainable to ensure you beat the crowds.

Site visitors can also be getting worse, so be affected person and ensure you have loads of time to get again to the harbor earlier than the final boat again to Lembongan leaves at sundown.

Gili Islands: three days

Rise and shine! It’s time to move to a brand-new island! Catch a quick boat early within the morning to get from Nusa Lembongan to the attractive Gili Islands. You should buy your tickets on the harbor the day earlier than, and the value needs to be round IDR 200,000 per individual.

The trip might be bumpy, so positively take some remedy if you happen to’re susceptible to seasickness. Attempt to sit in the back of the boat, which could be a lot smoother. After round two hours, you’ll attain the Gili Islands, which encompass Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.

Everybody has a favourite out of the three; I personally all the time advocate Gili Trawangan, simply because it’s the most important and there are essentially the most actions. It’s generally known as considerably of a celebration island, however there are additionally loads of quiet areas, such because the sundown facet, the place you possibly can escape the loud nightlife if that’s not one thing you get pleasure from.

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Gili Air is an alternate if you happen to’re not too positive about staying in busy Gili Trawangan with plenty of backpackers. It’s only a 20-minute boat trip away, and the seashores are simply as lovely, with crystal-clear blue waters.

Gili Air is quite a bit quieter, and the collection of bars and eating places is smaller. Should you’re attempting to flee the crowds, you would possibly get pleasure from it extra. (You may swim with inexperienced sea turtles proper on the seaside on each islands.)

There aren’t any automobiles on any of the Gili Islands, however you will get round by bike, on foot, or utilizing horse carts. Sadly, the horses are handled very badly, so supporting the carts is just not one thing try to be doing. As an alternative, lease a motorcycle on the harbor while you arrive, so you will get to your resort with out having to stroll.

A snorkeling tour is a must-do when visiting the Gili Islands. You will get a non-public one for round IDR 1,000,000 per day, or be a part of a gaggle tour, which prices IDR 150,000 per individual. It’s best to search out these excursions alongside the primary avenue, the place you possibly can select among the many many vacationer stalls and distributors. Be certain that to match a couple of so you will get the perfect worth. 

Most excursions head to Gili Meno to snorkel on the untouched reefs and the well-known Nest statues, that are extraordinarily fashionable.

Spend the remainder of your days stress-free by the seaside, biking round, and simply having fun with your self. You’re on trip in any case!

On Gili Trawangan, you must keep at Frii Resort, a stupendous place on the sundown facet of the island. Should you’re on the lookout for hostels, Mad Monkey is a enjoyable place with common occasions and events.

Ubud: three days

Time to go away the smaller islands and head again to Bali. You’re going to journey fairly a bit right now, so get loads of sleep and be ready for an early begin. Catch a quick boat again to Padang Bai, the place you’ll hop on a shuttle, which is able to take you to Ubud. Purchase your tickets on-line from 12Go Asia, or on the harbor the night time earlier than. Most fast-boat corporations embody a switch within the boat ticket, which ought to value round IDR 350,000 in whole. Anticipate the trip to take the entire day; you’ll lastly arrive in Ubud within the early night. 

After an excellent night time’s sleep, you’ll get up refreshed and able to discover Bali’s cultural heart. You shouldn’t miss the Monkey Forest, which has free-ranging monkeys and historic temples, and is the right place to spend a day. Simply be sure that to maintain your belongings shut, because the monkeys might be aggressive and steal gadgets resembling sun shades, telephones, or water bottles. Maintain a secure distance, and don’t take any meals into the park, to be secure.

The Campuhan Ridge Stroll, which is a stupendous hike greatest performed within the early morning, and the colourful Ubud artwork markets, the place you possibly can store for souvenirs and artworks, are additionally must-visit locations. Simply be sure that to haggle to get an inexpensive worth, as most vacationers are likely to overpay.

Ubud can also be changing into increasingly more fashionable amongst foodies, and there’s scrumptious delicacies you possibly can attempt. Batu Bara is a very nice steakhouse, and costs are literally fairly inexpensive. Should you’re not into meat, you must attempt Sawo Bali, an all-vegan restaurant with an IDR 50,000-all-you-can-eat buffet. 

Then there’s Nusantara by Locavore, an upscale Indonesian restaurant providing conventional dishes from throughout the nation.

Ubud is a good base for exploring extra of Bali, so positively take a day journey or two while you’re right here. You may head to Mount Batur and do the well-known dawn hike for a few of the greatest views on the island. Then there’s the mountain city of Kintamani, with its lakes and strawberry farms; and Sidemen, with loads of untouched nature and delightful waterfalls.

Nearer to Ubud, you possibly can discover the well-known Tegenungan waterfall, with its brand-new glass-bottom bridge. The Tegalalang rice terraces are additionally situated shut by and make for the right spot to take images. For round IDR 200,000, you possibly can even go for a trip on one of many well-known swings.

In Ubud, Nick’s Homestay is a good, budget-friendly lodging, with every thing you would possibly want close by. It has a pool, and the homes are inbuilt conventional Balinese model, which provides a little bit of native tradition and artwork. Should you really feel like splurging, right here’s a listing of the perfect luxurious accommodations in Ubud to select from.

Get pleasure from your days in nature, and perhaps even attempt a therapeutic massage or yoga class earlier than transferring on to the following cease of your Bali itinerary.

Uluwatu: three days

Use the Seize or Gojek apps to go from Ubud to Uluwatu. The drive ought to value round IDR 250,000, relying on the time of day, and takes between two and three hours if the site visitors is unhealthy. When you’ve made it to Uluwatu, you possibly can watch the sundown at Single Fin, a clifftop seaside membership, and have a couple of drinks earlier than going to mattress.

Spend your final days in Bali at a few of the greatest seashores on the island. Melasti, Suluban, Nyang Nyang, and Bingin are extremely really helpful and have lovely white sand with blue waters which can be good for swimming and browsing.

A surf lesson prices round IDR 300,000, which incorporates board rental and a non-public instructor. You may as well attempt paragliding or jet-skiing if you happen to’re on the lookout for an additional adrenaline rush. 

Uluwatu is thought for its gorgeous seaside golf equipment the place you possibly can spend the whole day stress-free, studying a ebook and having fun with the solar. Sundays Seashore Membership is likely one of the greatest, however you want to come early to get a seat.  Tropical Temptations is one other improbable membership, though its minimal spend is comparatively excessive for many varieties of daybeds. Should you’re up for a celebration with world-class DJs, cease by Savaya or Ulu Cliff Home, which repeatedly host giant events.

The Hideaway Residences are a stupendous villa advanced with each inexpensive and higher-end choices. Get pleasure from your final days in Bali from the consolation of your personal personal pool with a stupendous view over the hills of Uluwatu.

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Bali has a lot to supply that it’s troublesome to restrict a keep on this lovely island to simply two weeks. Positively lengthen your journey if you happen to can, or come again to Indonesia quickly to see and do much more. Subsequent time, you possibly can discover locations like Lovina, Sidemen, or Sanur, or go even additional to Lombok, which is thought for its laid-back environment and empty seashores.

Concerning the writer: Victoria is a journey blogger and author from Germany, who has lived in Bali for a number of years now. Her weblog Information Your Journey focuses on Southeast Asia and particularly Indonesia, sharing a few of the greatest recommendations on learn how to plan your journey to Bali. You may observe Victoria’s life in Bali on Instagram.

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