Bali Itinerary – 10 Days

10 Days in Bali is just what you need. Sharing our itinerary …

Bali boasts of sun laden beaches, dirt cheap spas, yoga studios,  jaw-dropping islands, warm & friendly locals, fascinating culture, magnificent waterfalls and affordable luxury.

A place where you can visit umpteen times and still can’t be bored with. Best for solo travelers, groups, family, extended families or as a couple. It just caters to everyone.

For backpackers it’s a heaven, for digital nomads it is a second home, and for the luxury enthusiast, it is a love for eternity.

Bali was on our wish list for a long time. In fact, we were supposed to fly in March but there was a last-minute change of plans and we had to postpone our trip.

Our trip to Bali had everything possible that we could fit in a time frame of 10 days  – luxury, culture, and adventure. It was one of the best trips ever. From sampling amazing food, numerous dips in infinity pools, breakfast in our deluxe private pool suite, Jacuzzi time, witnessing some epic sunsets, blissful flower baths, spa with a view,  whizzing aimlessly on our bike, soaking in the culture and endless shopping. The list just goes on …

We stayed at different places just to savor the experience in a more relaxing pace but you can choose to stay at one or two places and cover most of the places in Bali.

Grab a cup of coffee and read on if you too are planning something similar or planning a quick getaway in the near future.

Places To Visit In Bali

Sanur ( 1-3 Day )

Our first stop was Sanur. An ultra posh beachside destination which is famous for beach front luxury resorts and quirky café. Easy access to nearby islands and tons of water sports activities also makes it an ideal destination for a quick stopover before heading to nearby islands.

10 Days Bali itinerary

Sanur Beach

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At Sanur

Our first plan was to stay a day at Sanur and sneak out to Gilli T but unfortunately, due to bad weather, we had to cancel our trip. So, on our second day, we booked ourselves a day trip to Nusa Penida. It was one of the best decision ever. The island is darn stunning and less crowded than its nearby cousins. The views from the vantage points were breathtaking.

If you have more days on hand, we would highly recommend to visit the three stunning islands off the coast or stay a day or two at one of these islands and visit the other two. There are daily ferries from Sanur and islands are also well-connected with ferries. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the island from the Sanur Pier.

Nusa Penida Island

Nusa Penida Island

Sanur Beach

Sea Walking with Sea Walker

On our third day at Sanur, we went for a sea walking experience, ate our way through quirky café watching the waves crash and did some souvenir shopping.

Things To Do in Sanur:

  • Laze on the beach
  • Watersports Activities – Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Sea walking to name a few.
  • Island Hopping Trips – Sanur is a perfect base if you are planning to hop on a ferry to the picturesque islands of Nusa Lembhogan, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan or Gilli islands for day trips.
  • Dine at quirky cafe
  • Go for super long walks

 

Where To Stay: We stayed at Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, Sanur. It is a stunning beach front property and smack in the center of all the buzz.

( You can read more about our stay: Maya Sanur Resort Review )   

Ubud ( 2-3 Days)

Ubud — the cultural capital of Bali. The soul of Bali you can say. Laid back lifestyle, lush greenery, paddy fields, preened terrace fields and the art villages are synonyms for Ubud. The streets are laden with interesting café, trinkets, dresses, knickknacks, home decor items, and paintings to name a few.

We had an amazing time whizzing aimlessly on our bike, chasing waterfalls and chancing upon lesser known stunning temples and sampling street food.

Bike Rent – 30$ for a day ( Indian Driving License works )

Things to Do In Ubud

  • Nothing better to rent a bike and wander aimlessly.
  • Visit the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces
  • Ubud Palace
  • Git Git Waterfall
  • Vist Luwak Coffee Plantation – Bali Pulina
  • Temples – Saraswati Temple, Goa Gajah Temple, Pura Tirta Empul Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
  • Visit a coffee plantation and learn about the process and making of one of the costliest coffee in the world.
  • Hike for a sunrise view to Mount Batur.
  • Witness a dance performance at Ubud Palace or at Saraswati Temple as the sun sets.
  • Get a spa done. We highly recommend Spa at Maya Ubud Resort
  • Eat your way through Ubud.  Smoothie bars, vegan treats, farm to plate or just sample street food.
  • Shop for home decor items, paintings, souvenirs, cheap dresses, hats and fridge magnets.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Coffee Plantation

Luwak Coffee Plantation – Bali Pulina

Goa Gajah Temple

Ubud Palace

Saraswati Temple

Dance at Saraswati Temple

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali

Where To Stay:

We stayed at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, Ubud which is a beautiful property and quite close to the city center. The resort has won many accolades for the Spa and is one of the best luxury resort in Ubud.

( Read: Maya Ubud Resort & Spa )     

                                                                                

– Jimbaran – ( 1-2 Days) 

Our third stop was Jimbaran which is known for beautiful beaches and fancy restaurants. But one of the most important reasons for opting to stay in Jimbaran was AYANA Resort and Spa. We always wanted to stay at this beautiful property. It is one of the most popular resorts in Bali and is also visited by many on day trips. Rock Bar is also a popular spot to hang out.

 

Things To do In Jimbaran

  • Uluwatu Temple is nearby
  • Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
  • Pandawa Beach
  • Balangan Beach
  • Dreamland Beach
  • Watersports Activities like surfing and bodyboarding.
  • Sunset at Rock Bar Bali
  • Keramas Aero Park

Where To Stay: We stayed at Ayana Resort & Spa Bali and Ayana needs no introduction.

( Read: Ayana Resort – A Destination in Itself )

 – Uluwatu – ( 2-3 Days)

Our last stop was Uluwatu. It is more of a surfer’s paradise and one which is home to some of the best luxury resorts in Bali. All thanks to its cliff-side locations and the mind-boggling sunsets.

If you want to stay away from the crowd and touristy stuff, Uluwatu is a nice place to unwind and pamper yourselves.

Things To Do  in Uluwatu:

  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Padang Padang Beach
  • Hidden Beach
  • Surfing and Diving
  • Water Sports Activities – Kayaking, Snorkeling, Parasailing to name a few.
  • Explore a Cave at The Suluban Beach
  • Laze at Karma Beach at Karma Kandara
  • Green Bowl Beach
  • Nyang Nyang Beach
  • Melasti Beach (Ungasan)
  • Explore an abandoned plane in South Kuta
  • Experience Kecak Fire Dance
  • Day Trip to Ubud

 

Where To Stay: We stayed at Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa and the best part of the stay was the access to the Impossible beach and sweeping views of the Indian ocean. Perfect for a honeymoon or for a family vacation.

 ( Read: Blissful Stay at Anantara Resort Bali )

Other options to consider for stay:

 Perfect for shopping, nightlife, and beach

 For adventure/ water sports activities & Beachfront luxurious Resort

  • Nusa Dua ( You can check hotels, compare prices and book HERE )

– How To Apply for Indonesia Tourist Visa –

Since Indonesia is part of VOA countries. Getting a visa and entering Bali is super easy. You just have to fly to Denpasar or any other international airport and clear the immigration.

You will be given 30 days visa. ( no questions asked )

Visa Fee: For Indian passport holders, you don’t have to pay anything.It’s FREE.

Currency:

1 INR = 206 IDR

We usually withdraw money from ATM and use our forex card while traveling. But if you are planning to exchange currency then do it only from authorized shops not just from any random shop.

( Read: Things To do Before an International Trip )

Sim Card:

At the airport, the charges are too high so try to get one from the local market. We bought from a local shop at Sanur.

– BALI ON BUDGET –

In Bali, you can survive with minimum or can splurge. There are too many cheap accommodations to luxurious stays to choose from. You can find cafe and restaurants providing cheap eats so it all depends on your spending.

For Hotels: You can check Hotels in Bali, HERE , compare hotels and book one.

Even Airbnb has some amazing villas listed. So, don’t forget to have a look. ( Sign up and get discount on your first booking using our link )

Save on your hotel - www.hotelscombined.com

Flights: Check deals on Air Asia website or you can also compare flights on Skyscanner, Via.com or Kayak.com to name a few.

 ( Read: How to Find Cheap Accommodation and Flights )

– PACKING FOR BALI –

Packing for Bali is same as packing for any other beach destination but one thing that you cannot miss is Sarong. The sarongs are easily available at all the temples for rent or free but carrying one can save you from using a shared one. Apart from that keep enough space in luggage to shop. 🙂

Shop for your vacation in Bali or just take some inspiration on what to pack below:

Swimwear 

Hats 

Dresses

 

– Things to Remember –

Locals are super friendly so don’t forget to strike a conversation.

Be very cautious while exchanging money. We prefer withdrawing money from ATM.

Check and take pictures of bike/ car before renting.

Don’t forget to haggle while you shop, book tour or rent a car/ bike.

Carry a Sarong while visiting temples.

 Beware of monkeys.

Install My Blue Bird App/ Uber to book cabs. ( Note: Due to some ongoing issues, you might not find Uber and Blue Bird at some of the places so having your own commute would be a savior )

 Respect their culture.

You can book a Uber from airport too. It is way cheaper than pre-paid taxis.

 Carry emergency cash as cards are not accepted at all shops.

 Indian Driving license works, you don’t have to apply for International license to rent a bike or car.

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Natasha
    May 31, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I want to go to Bali sooo much! Hope to go this year at some point. I will for sure copy your itinerary. I want to go to the hotel you stayed at – just WOW!!

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    Jean
    May 31, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I’m so ashamed that I’ve never been to Bali as I’m always trying to avoid badly behaving Australians. Now looking at your photos I’m so ready to pack my bags and go. The way you describe how Bali serves all
    Types of people is oh so true. One day I’ll get there.

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    alka kaushik
    May 31, 2017 at 10:38 am

    such an elaborate post on Bali, nothing less than a guidebook.

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    Rachelle
    May 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    As usual, your pictures are absolutely stunning! Bali is one of those places that I hear a lot about, both good and bad. It’s great to see such a comprehensive travel itinerary. I love your “Things to remember” section and how you emphasize being friendly and open with the locals.

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    oursweetadventures
    May 31, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Lots of great information here about Bali. I just assumed you sat on the beach all day when in Bali. I am glad to see there are plenty of things to do while in Bali. I would be interested in the temples and hiking while there. To see the beauty from above would be amazing.

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    Ticking the Bucketlist
    June 1, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I loved the tips that you have shared at the end, esp on shopping and haggling. Wow… you saw the mantas… I have seen them in. Maldives and want to see them again. Loved Ubud the most in Bali … will spend most of my time there when I visit!

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    yukti
    June 1, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Bali looks so beautiful and romantic. Careful in Exchanging money is great tip. Swimming pool looks so exotic.

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    Jitaditya Narzary
    June 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Wow what a detailed guide on Bali. I am sure Bali deserves much more time but not everyone can afford to spend months in one place. The most interesting part seems to be the exchange rate, I INR = 206 IDR… finally a place that can make me feel rich.

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    Rhiannon
    June 1, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    It seems you got a little bit of everything in your 10 days! Nature, temples, luxury and the lot! A shame about the weather ruining your plans for Gili T, but Nusa Penida is one heck of a consolation prize!

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    Wanderlust Vegans
    June 2, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Bali looks like the ideal place for a holiday. I like all the fish you saw underwater. The beaches there are fantastic too.

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    Kristine
    June 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Bali has been on top of my bucketlist for so long! I would love to go there for a romantic vacation with my partner. Your photos are amazing! thanks for sharing these great tips and information on what to do in the different places, and what to pack and why 🙂 great post!

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    Chiara
    June 2, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Wow, this place looks so good. Thebphotos capture perfectly the beauty of this place 🙂 thanks for sharing such a wonder!

  • Reply
    divsi
    June 2, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Amazing guide! You have it all covered from beaches to spas to stay options to even what to pack! Bookmarking this for my future visit. The photographs are stunning! <3

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    Paula - Gone with the Wine
    June 3, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Bali is definitely on my bucket list! Looks fabulous! My husband has visited Bali and loved it very much. Also the sea walk looks like an amazing experience. You always have such a great pictures in your blog!

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    Kellyn
    June 4, 2017 at 7:14 am

    The sea walking seemed amazing, certainly up my alley of things to do on vacation. I knew Bali was beautiful but there’s so many different sides to this place, the beautiful sea, the traditional cultural perspectives and lush greenery. Def on my bucket list.

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    Ling Ge
    June 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I’ve been telling my wife to go to Bali and she doesn’t believe me that it’s a place that we HAVE to check out. You itinerary is pretty amazing, and though I’ve read your posts on each place you went to, I didn’t realize you did this all in JUST 10 days! So I’ll definitely be saving a lot of this when I plan my own trip. I will probably need to add my scuba dives when I go there as well, but a lot of great places and also excellent tips to prepare us when that trip comes (hopefully very soon!)

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    Only By Land
    June 4, 2017 at 10:21 am

    This is a wonderful 10 day itinerary for Bali. A 30 day free visa on entry to Indonesia is perfect and easy for tourists. Your photos are colorful and beautiful as always!

  • Reply
    Iza Abao
    June 5, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I am impressed that you were able to visit all these beautiful properties in a span of 10 days only. You look pampered and happy. Based on your photos, I like Sanur the most. The beach is breathtaking. I would love to explore the islands on a boat.

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    Jenni
    June 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    OMG these images are amazing I am super jealous of your trip. Thank you for the information about applying for a visa I always seem to forget visas until I have planned all my trip lol. How amazing to have a bath with such a view and the pools look cool too infact I might just go and look at booking a trip now.

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    Marcie
    June 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Holy moly! Your photos really capture the vivid colors of Bali! Now I’m dreaming of a vacation paradise! It looks like you stayed in some pretty fabulous resorts. It reminded me a bit of Thailand. I had no ideas the islands in Bali were so stunning! And I have to stay your beach style is on point! I really loved your multi-colored maxi dress 🙂

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    Natalie
    June 8, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Bali is impossibly beautiful! I’m drawn to lush areas. I love the feel of them, the smell, and of course the look! I also garden and find looking at lovely foliage so much fun. Sometimes I’m able to take inspiration home! My son and I have a succulent garden after seeing some really pretty ones in Hawaii. We would love to visit Bali!

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    Anete
    June 8, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Perfect post for in the right time for me. Going to Balti today an looking for fun ideas what to do there. Sanur looks amazing. I’ll definately go there. I had also heard good things about Uluwat. And if you say “surfers paradise”, then it’s exactly what I’m looking for. Great photos!!! 🙂

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    Marlies Wolters
    June 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    How awesome to read about your adventures in Bali. Bali really has something for everybody and is so diverse. The Maya Sanur Resort & Spa seems like a hidden gem, the pool and the green balconies are amazing. My travel budget is a bit different but those accommodations are stunning.

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    Natalie
    June 8, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    This is SUCH a comprehensive post that I feel like I should hop on a plane to Bali right now! I’ve wanted to go to Bali since I was in high school, but I still haven’t made the trip which is such a shame. Your photos are stunning and make me realize that I need to finally get serious about the trip to Bali!!

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    Danik
    June 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I havent been to Bali yet but this post is a good starting point. Loving all the luxury and relaxation spots. THis place looks so beautiful. Why does it have to be sooooo far away from London! 😀

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    Lois Alter Mark
    June 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Well, you just made Bali shoot to the top of my travel bucket list. Every single place looks gorgeous. I’m saving this itinerary to inspire me to start planning my trip.

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    Claudia
    June 10, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Wow you guys really got to see and do almost everything in Bali!! We were there for 1 week and didnt get to even do half of what you guys did! We only made it to Jimbaran and Ubud and visited a small town called Tabanan. But Nusa Penida is my all time dream destination in Bali

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    Anda
    June 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Wow, wow, wow, what an inspirational post! I’d love to visit Bali. I live in California and for us the Hawaiian island are closer, so we always go there, but Bali looks so gorgeous.

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    Katja
    June 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    It is just SO beautiful! Every place that you visited looks amazing. I particularly like the sound of Sanur, which just looks like paradise and the Maya Sanur Resort like my kind of hotel. It’s great that you managed to see and do so much, but that you also had time to just relax on the beach.

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    Peter Korchnak
    June 12, 2017 at 12:08 am

    “Affordable luxury” – sign me up! Beautiful pictures, I bet the place is even better IRL.

  • Reply
    Sandy N Vyjay
    June 12, 2017 at 1:23 am

    This is a pretty exhaustive and detailed itinerary. Bali is such a lovely and exotic location, that one needs to spend some leisurely time and get an immersive feel of the place. hence loved this itinerary, it is one that allows you to completely relax and rejuvenate in Bali.

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    Siddhartha Joshi
    June 12, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Gorgeous is the word that comes to mind…the place looks great and you both have me completely convinced that it’s a great romantic destination! Bookmarking it now 🙂

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    Barb
    June 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I have been to Bali twice and I visited Uluwatu and Ubud and I loved these places. I feel like I will have to return soon to visit the other two places.

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    Stefanie
    June 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Woow, this looks really amazing,
    This is really on my have to do list before i get into my 40’s

    Keep posting,
    Kind regards
    Stefanie

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    nisha
    June 13, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I have been to Bali twice and cant have enough of it. Like you say one can splurge or one can be on a shoe-string budget. Bali welcomes one and all

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    Atiya Faizy
    June 17, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Bali looks awesome!!! Lovely post, helped us a lot in planning our trip ;).
    Just love the way you write di. Keep it up!

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    Bee
    July 26, 2017 at 3:57 am

    now this is what i call a 10 days well spent. these places looks amazing and i love your photographs. I really wanted to explore more beaches in Bali, but we lucked out on the weather! I’m def going to bookmark this when i return. Thanks for sharing where you got those dresses 🙂

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    David from Travelodium
    September 25, 2017 at 2:03 am

    This is a really good article about some of the better places to see in Bali away from some of the more touristy spots.

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    India road trip
    October 8, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Beautiful travel article – very detailed and exhaustive. The photographs from Bali are great!

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    saim malik
    October 21, 2017 at 7:55 am

    wow nice itinerary and very helpful for tourists thanks

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