If you are looking for a comprehensive Bali itinerary for 10 days, then you are in the right place. Today, we’ll be sharing with you one of our favorite places in the world (that we sometimes call our second home), and how you can get the most out of Bali in 10 days.
Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia known for its breathtaking turquoise water, dreamy white sand beaches, incredible Balinese culture, and electrifying beach clubs.
Most travelers come to Bali for a few weeks, exploring the hidden gems of North Bali and fully embracing the relaxing Bali vibes. However, not every one of us can afford to take a long vacation. Some people might just have 5 days to travel, some might have 10 days.
For that reason, I have written this 10-day Bali itinerary, for those who want to see the best of Bali without having to spend weeks or months there.
So let’s find out which Balinese temples you’ll visit, waterfalls you’ll chase, and most importantly, the beaches you’ll swim in on your 10 days in Bali itinerary!
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- Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Hike and Natural Hot Spring (Must-have experience!)
Our recommended places to stay in Bali:
Bali Itinerary Overview And Map
The Bali sightseeing map is the map we will follow for our 10-day Bali itinerary. Click on the star next to the name of the map and you can save it to your own personal device. This will help you as you go from one attraction in Bali to another.
Each color means a different area of Bali. We have a total of 5 colors for 5 different areas
- Sanur (Day 1)
- Nusa Penida (Day 2 -3)
- Ubud (Day 4 – 6)
- Canggu (Day 7 – 8)
- Seminyak (Day 9 – 10)
Each color also has recommended activities for where you will stay in Bali, such as trying a Babi Guling (suckling pig) restaurant or visiting a waterfall.
Is Kuta Worth Visiting?
You might have noticed we skipped Kuta in our 10 days in Bali itinerary. Why?
Kuta is the closest area to Depensar, where the Bali International Airport is located. Naturally, a lot of visitors’ first stop in Bali is Kuta. But honestly, I spent months in Bali and I regretted every moment I was in Kuta.
Spending time in Kuta is a frequent mistake for first-timers in Bali.
Ugly, dirty, noisy, and filled with traffic and drunk tourists chugging Bintangs (a local Indonesian beer), Kuta is not what Bali is meant to be. It is not the paradise that we see on the internet. It is not the trendy stylish cafes. And it is definitely not the turquoise water and white sand beaches.
More overcrowded than an NYC subway during rush hour, I highly recommend skipping over Kuta when planning a trip to Bali.
How to Get Around Bali
Before we get started with the first thing on our perfect 10-day Bali itinerary, you need to know how to get around in Bali and the cheapest way to do so.
Bali is still very lacking in infrastructure considering the number of tourists it is getting every year.
There are no buses, no trains, and the best way to travel around is with one of the mopeds or scooters. Seldomly, you will encounter some buses but with the traffic and the narrow roads of Bali, you won’t get anywhere without wanting to pull your hair out.
1. Renting A Scooter
The most convenient and easiest option to travel around Bali is to rent a scooter. If you rent one, make sure you know how to drive it properly. There are way too many tourists getting into motorcycle accidents in Bali.
While there is no Uber in Bali, there are Uber alternatives such as GoJek and Grab. Install both apps before you go to Bali. These apps are generally reliable except for some places in Bali that have a taxi mafia, meaning that GoJek or Grab is not allowed to pick up passengers there.
📖 Note: It is required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) to legally drive a scooter in Bali. However, it is not required to rent one as scooter rental companies won’t ask to see yours.
It is highly recommended to get a Sim Card when you first arrive in Bali. Without internet service, it’ll be nearly impossible to get around Bali because you won’t be able to order Grab or GoJek.
2. Chartering A Car In Bali
Another great option to get around Bali is to charter a car, aka rent a car and a driver. Some of the attractions in Bali, especially the ones in Ubud, are spaced out.
To be able to get from one attraction to another, you’ll need to spend a lot on taxis, well, unless you charter your own car. You can organize your own itinerary and hire the driver and car for 8-10 hours and take you to as many sights as possible. It is the most economical way to see all of the sights in a short amount of time.
If you are on a honeymoon in Bali or traveling with family (especially with kids), renting your own car and driver is going to save you all the headaches!
Getting From Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) To The City
Getting from Bali International Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) can be quite tricky if it’s your first time in Bali, especially if you don’t want to pay tourist prices.
The easiest way but the most expensive wau is just to take one of the overpriced airport taxis to the main tourist areas of the island.
However, expect to pay 4 to 5 times the price.
💪 Pro Tip: If someone comes up to you says “taxi, taxi, Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud”, or anything similar, they are most likely working for the airport taxi monopoly (which will overcharge you).
If you don’t want to pay that much, there are ways to avoid it.
Getting A Bluebird Taxi
Our favorite way to get from Bali’s airport to the anywhere on the island is bygoing to the arrivals terminal and hopping in one of the official Bluebird taxis that were used to get to the airport.
All Bluebird taxis are metered and have GPS-tracking, which ensures passengers are safe and not scammed. Bluebird taxis are blue and will say “Blue bird” on the side of the car. You wont see any Bluebird taxis because they are not allowed to go to the departures terminal and pick up people, but you can usually do so at the arrivals terminal.
Ordering A Grab At The Official Grab Lounge
As of 2020, the taxi-hailing app Grab has an official GrabCar Airport that takes passengers from the Grab Lounge of the domestic arrivals terminal of Bali’s Airport to anywhere on the island. Before, Grab and GoJek were not allowed to pick up anyone inside the airport.
To use this service, you’ll need to connect to the airport’s WiFi or get a sim card, order a Grab, and wait for it at the Grab Lounge.
Unfortunately, part of the agreement with the taxi drivers of Bali is that the price of the GrabCar Airport is significantly higher than usual. You’ll still get a better deal than using the airport taxis, but not by much.
Airport Shuttle Transfer
Our favorite way to get from Ngurah Rai International Airport to the city is pre-arranging an airport shuttle via Klook. Not only is this the most affordable way to go from the airport, but it is also very convenient.
Your driver will wait for you with a sign with your name, and then he’ll take you to the minivan or car, which is usually very modern and comfortable.
This avoids the issue with using Bluebird taxis, as the traffic in Bali is horrendous and can easily rack up the meter.
The Perfect 10 Days in Bali Itinerary
Our Bali itinerary for 10 days is by no means a perfect one, but it is definitely one that lets you sample some of the best things Bali is famous for – from rice terraces to waterfalls, beaches, and cuisine!
Day 1: Sanur, The Calm Beautiful Port City
Welcome to Bali, or the locals like to call it, Balifornia!
I hope you are excited to spend 10 days in Bali! Our first destination is Sanur in the eastern part of Bali. This is a relatively quiet port city and it is the perfect starting point for your Bali trip.
Many visitors make the mistake of going straight into Kuta and getting stuck there. Don’t be one of them. Sanur is also the place where you will be taking the ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida tomorrow, which you’ll need to do early in the morning!
Things to Do in Sanur, Bali
Depending on when you arrive in Sanur, you might not have much time on your first day in Bali. Walk around the neighborhood and check out the beaches in Sanur. They are much cleaner than the ones in Kuta, Seminyak, and sometimes even Canggu.
1. Balangan Beach
If you have the time, I highly recommend you to visit Balangan Beach. A dreamy beach known for its dramatic cliffs and turquoise water, it is no surprise that there are so many pre-wedding photoshoots here.
2. Uluwatu Temple
Alternatively, consider a visit to Uluwatu Temple. Though this is a bit further away, this Balinese sea temple is perched over the dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu. Not only can you get a splash of Balinese culture, but your eyes and camera can feast on the surreal landscape at Uluwatu Temple. If you are in that area, make sure you check out some of the beach clubs in Uluwatu as well!
3. Sunset At Jimbaran Beach
Experience your first sunset in Bali at Jimbaran Beach. The end of Jimbaran Beach is lined with some of the best seafood restaurants in Bali. Enjoy a lovely sunset seafood dinner on the sand of Jimbaran beach as you watch the sun fade under the horizon.
When the sun sets, the restaurants will bring candles to light up your table. It is a very romantic moment and perfect for anyone in Bali on his or her honeymoon.
After you enjoy your seafood dinner, feel free to walk along the Jimbaran beach to one of the bars for a drink. Don’t get too drunk tonight though because you will need to wake up early tomorrow!
Where to Stay in Sanur
Best Hostel in Sanur – Suwardika Homestay & Dormitory
An affordable homestay that features dormitory beds, Suwardika Homestay & Dormitory is the best hostel in Sanur. With a quiet environment and comfortable beds, guests can have a good night’s sleep here. Wake up every morning with a delicious and nutritious breakfast before tackling on your day!
Best Luxury Hotel in Sanur – Hyatt Regency Bali
Hyatt Regency Bali is hand-down one of my favorite luxurious and boutique hotels in all of Bali. Enjoy a different level of extravagance with its 3 outdoor pools and 3 dining establishments in this 5-star hotel. With wooden furnishings throughout the property, guests can immerse themselves in the rustic vibes that Bali is known for.
Each room is elegantly designed, and for the rooms with a balcony, a day bed is provided. The Hyatt Regency also has extensive wellness facilities, such as a fitness room sauna and spa.
You cannot go wrong with this hotel, especially if you are on your honeymoon in Bali.
Day 2-3: Nusa Penida Island, The Hidden Gem of Our 10-Day Bali Itinerary
Nusa Penida is one of the three Nusa Islands located 45 minutes off the coast of Bali. Known for its jaw-dropping cliffs, amazing landscapes, lush scenery, turquoise water, and white sand beaches, Nusa Penida is a place you must visit on any Bali itinerary.
To get to there from Bali, you will take a ferry or speedboat from the Sanur port. If you stayed at Sanur the night before, it should be within walking distance from your hotel.
The first speed boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida is at 7 AM. Try to get there as early as possible. If you can catch the 7 boat, that is optimal.
💪 Pro Tip: Take the speedboat over the ferry. Though the ferry is a lot more calm, it is a lot slower, and you don’t have time to waste if you only have 10 days in Bali!
Before you go, make sure you take a lot of cash with you. Though there are ATMs on the island, they are rarely functional. If you get seasick easily, take a motion sickness pill before you go.
The best way to get around in Nusa Penida is by renting a scooter or moped. If you are renting a scooter, make sure you at somewhat competent at driving one. The roads on Nusa Penida aren’t exactly the best!
If you don’t mind spending a little bit more money, then we highly recommend you to rent a private driver and a car. The roads on Nusa Penida is worse than the ones in Bali, and for your own safety, chartering a car is the best option.
Just like in Bali, this option is quite affordable, especially if you are traveling in a group. There is also the option of getting a Nusa Penida tour from Bali if you prefer comfort and convenience!
Things to Do in Nusa Penida
Below I’ll talk about some of my favorite things to do on Nusa Penida. On your second day on Nusa Penida, you have the option to visit the nearby Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.
1. Kelingking Beach
Arguably the most famous attraction in Nusa Penida, Kelingingking Beach is the incredible T-Rex dinosaur rock formation. If you can afford the time, the hike down to the white-sand beach is rewarding!
- Address: 6FXF+R2X, Bunga Mekar, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency
- Entrance Fee: Free!
2. Peguyangan Waterfall
Peguyangan Waterfall takes you on a short hike on a blue wooden trail around the edge of the island. You will see some of the best views on the island and at the bottom is a temple that the locals visit. Don’t forget to jump in the natural pools at the bottom!
- Address: 6G99+FRR, Batukandik, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency
- Entrance Fee: Free, but you might have to pay to “rent a sarong”
3. Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach
Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach are some of the top places to visit in Nusa Penida.
Broken Beach is a distinctive rock formation, created by years of weathering and erosion. The water has created a horseshoe-shaped circular cove that lets sea water from the Indian Ocean in and out.
Angel’s Billabong is known as Nusa Penia’s natural infinity pool. The unique rock formation creates a tranquil natural pool that overlooks the vast Indian Ocean. Visit during low tide and you are rewarded with a clear shallow pool that offers excellent photo opportunities!
- Address: 7F82+R4, Sakti, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency
- Entrance Fee: 5,000 IDR
💪 Pro Tip: Think twice about swimming at Angel’s Billabong. There has been many close calls and fatalities with this famous photo spot in Nusa Penida!
4. Diamond Beach
Located on the eastern part of Nusa Penida, it is difficult to pair a visit to Diamond Beach with other attractions of Nusa Penida.
Though if you have extra time, I would highly recommend visiting Diamond Beach and its sweeping views! It is one of the most beautiful beaches on Nusa Penida but swimming is advised against because of the strong currents.
- Address: 6JFC+W3X, Pejukutan, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency
- Entrance Fee: 10k IDR
If you can fit more into your itinerary, consider:
- Crystal Bay – a nice relaxing beach perfect for snorkeling
- Manta Point – a diving point where you can enjoy scuba diving and get close to the manta rays. If you do not wish to dive, occasionally you can also see them from the surface.
- Goa Piri Putri Temple – a famous cave temple that is still in use every day.
If you head over to the other Nusa Islands such as Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, make sure you check out Devil’s Tear and the Blue Lagoon. Both of those places are some of the most beautiful places in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, respectively.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
Choosing the right accommodation in Nusa Penida is imperative for having a good stay. That is because infrastructure is really lacking and you want your accommodation to be able to supply you with all the things you need.
In general, the northern part of Nusa Penida near Tojapakeh is a better place to stay as it is closer to the harbor and has more establishments there. For more information, make sure you check out our complete guide on where to stay in Nusa Penida.
Best Hostel in Nusa Penida – Nuansa Penida
Nuansa Penida is by far the best hostel in Nusa Penida. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool area with lounge chairs, guests can relax under the beautiful Indonesia sun.
The hostel also has a bar and a restaurant, both serving amazing food and drinks at an affordable price. Their common area is also a great social place to meet other travelers.
Best Airbnb in Nusa Penida – Penida Bambu Green Villas
As a unique eco-friendly accommodation on Nusa Penida, the Penida Bambu Green Villas are made using local bamboo, thus boasting a rustic charm that is fitting of Nusa Penida. Their unique villas are located on top of a hill surrounded by the renowned landscapes of Nusa Penida.
When you are not indulging in your private bamboo bungalow, soak in the beautiful infinity pool, go for a traditional Balinese massage or dine in their onsite restaurant!
Best Luxury Hotel in Nusa Penida – Daphila Cottage
Daphila Cottage is one of the best luxury hotels in Nusa Penida. Featuring an amazing swimming pool where you can have a sweeping view of the sea, guests will surely have an unforgettable time here.
Daphila Cottage is more than just a scenic hotel. It also features an on-site restaurant and friendly staff that can help you with getting around the island!
Day 4-6: Ubud
Ubud is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bali. Located in the uplands of Bali, Ubud is surrounded by lush rainforest and terraced rice paddies. A hub for traditional craft and Balinese dance, Ubud is neighbored by some of the most amazing Balinese temples in Bali.
You will spend 3 of your 10 days in Bali in Ubud, visiting some of the best cultural attractions of Bali as well as the numerous natural wonders in the region such as waterfalls and paddy fields.
There are many attractions located within close proximity of Ubud center. However, there are also many other amazing sights away from the city that will require proper transportation to get there.
Similar to Nusa Penida, I recommend you to hire a driver for a day in Ubud and have him take you on a self-customized day trip.
Things to Do in Ubud, Bali
Below are some of my favorite things to do in Ubud. For the entire list, refer to the Google interactive map above!
1. Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
The Ubud Monkey Sanctuary is one of the top things to do in Ubud. Situated close to the town center, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary should be within walking distance to your accommodation.
Home of the Balinese long-tailed monkeys, you can see them running wild in the sanctuary. But just be careful not to bring a backpack because they will open it and steal anything edible inside! I lost a bag of Snickers that way…
- Location: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Opening Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM Daily
- Entrance Fee: 100k IDR
2. Ubud Art Market
The Ubud Art Market, sometimes also known as Ubud Traditional Art Market, is conveniently located in the center of Ubud. A traditional craft market with many different items, you can spend hours wandering down the narrow alleys shopping for some unique souvenirs from Bali.
There are many artisanal goods that are unique to the Ubud region and reflect the rich culture and artistic heritage of Bali. Without a doubt, Ubud Art Market is one of the best places to do shopping in Bali!
- Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.35, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM Daily
💪 Pro Tip: If you are doing any shopping at Ubud Art Market, make sure you bargain. If you don’t bargain, you can easily pay more than twice the amount.
3. Campuhan Ridge Walk
Campuhan Ridge Walk is a lush scenic hiking trail with beautiful views in Ubud. Because it is perched over a ridge, come at sunset and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views of Ubud.
The entire hiking trail takes about 30-45 minutes to finish but you can just go to the most popular viewing spot and turn back. You don’t need to finish the entire hiking trail. It is also a good way to get away from the busy center of Ubud and get some fresh air!
- Address: Kelusa, Payangan, Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Entrance Fee: Free
4. Bali Swing
You cannot come back from your 10-day Bali trip without a photo from the famous Bali Swing. A beautiful swing over the lush rainforest of the Ubud region, the Bali swing is a bucket list in Bali.
- Address: Jl. Dewi Saraswati No.7, Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kec. Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung
- Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM Daily
5. Lempuyang Temple
Located in the eastern part of Bali, Lempuyang Temple is one of the most Instagram-able spots in Bali. As one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bali, come to Lempuyang Temple and learn about the Balinese culture and take an awesome photo!
Lempuyang Temple is also known as the “Gates of Heaven”, thanks to the majestic Mount Agung situated in the middle of the splitting gates.
6. Taman Tirta Gangga
Taman Tirta Gangga is the former royal palace of the Karangasem Empire, one of the nine Hindu Majapahit empires located on the island of Bali. The ekingdom played an essential role in the island’s cultural, religious, and architectural development.
As one of the best attractions in Eastern Bali, a visit to Taman Tirta Ganga will show you the traditional side of Bali. Come check out the beautiful gardens with swimming pools, fountains, stepping stones, and fish ponds at Taman Tirta Gangga.
- Address: Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat, Ababi, Kec. Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem
- Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM Daily
- Entrance Fee: 50k IDR
7. Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Ceking Rice Terrace)
Tegalalang Rice Terrace, also known as Ceking Rice Terrace, is one of the most famous rice paddies in Bali. Spend a few hours walking up and down the rice terraces and observing the local farmers’ work. The layers of the rice fields are very picturesque so don’t miss Tegalalang when you are in Ubud!
If you are a photographer, make sure you come at sunrise and get one of the most iconic photos of Bali. The sun peaks over the horizon and showcases the beautiful lush rice paddies.
- Address: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Opening Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM Daily
- Entrance Fee: 10k IDR
💪 Pro Tip: Want to avoid the crowded rice terraces of Ubud? Check out Jatiluwih Rice Terraces instead. It is one of Bali’s few UNESCO World Heritage Sites and located a little over an hour from Ubud! It showcases something called a subak, a unique water management system of the region.
8. Try Luwak Coffee, Bali’s Famous Poop Coffee
Luwak Coffee is a type of coffee special to the region near Ubud. Known as Bali’s famous poop coffee, the coffee beans used are partially digested coffee cherries from Luwaks, a type of animal that looks like a long cat.
This rare type of coffee can cost many times more than the average cup of joe because the process removes the acidity from the coffee beans.
However, because of how popular Luwak coffee is with tourists, some locals are exploiting these poor animals for their own benefit. Make sure you visit a farm that is reputable and cares about the animals!
9. Visit the Beautiful Waterfalls Near Ubud
Ubud is located in the rainforest region and is home to some of the most amazing waterfalls in Bali. There are definitely way too many waterfalls to visit on a 10-day itinerary in Bali.
If you had to pick a few waterfalls in the area, here are the ones we recommend from our favorite to our least favorite:
- Nungnung Waterfall
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- Kanto Lampo Waterfall
- Tegenungan Waterfall
- Tibumana Waterfall
10. Hike Mount Batur
Hiking Mount Batur is a must-do activity in Bali, no many how many days in Bali you have. Mount Batur is an active volcano located 1,717 meters, or 5,633 feet, above sea level, and it takes about 2 hours to get to the top.
What makes the Mt. Batur hike so special is that you start before sunrise so you can catch the sunrise at the top. When you are trekking through complete darkness (only with a flashlight), it is an absolutely surreal feeling. Near the top of the mountain, wild monkeys live there but you don’t see them until the sun has risen!
This unique Bali experience is only available through a guided tour so you are in safe hands!
There are many amazing activities to do in Ubud, I could literally sit here all day listing them.
Some of the other notable ones include:
- Yoga Barn – One of the best yoga studios in Bali
- Tirta Empul Temple – Visitors can experience a holy water cleaning experience.
- Ulun Danu Beratan – the Mera Pagoda temple on Beratan Lake is incredibly scenic
- Taking a cooking class – Balinese cuisine is incredibly rich and this is the best way to experience it!
Ubud is also known for a famous Balinese dish called Babi Guling (suckling pig). Anthony Bourdain himself has personally tried Babi Guling and gave it two thumbs up.
The best restaurant in Ubud to try Babi Guling is Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3.
Where to Stay in Ubud, Bali
Best Hostel in Ubud – Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel
Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel is one of the best hostels in Ubud. With daily activities as well as free massages, Puri Garden is the proper way to relax and meet other travelers. Whether you are chilling in the pool or participating in their free yoga class, there will never be a dull moment in this hostel.
Best Airbnb in Ubud – CAHAYA Skai Joglo
(Images Courtesy of Airbnb)
No Bali vacation is complete without staying in one of Bali’s best private pool villas.
Luckily for you, Ubud is home to some of the most gorgeous ones such as CAHAYA Skai Joglo. This Bali treehouse villa is nestled in some of the finest greenery in Ubud.
With 100+ year-old wood as a construction material, the rustic charm of this villa is deniable. However, its most iconic feature is the edge-side private pool. Not only is that a great location to relax after a long day, but it is also an excellent photo opportunity! Just be careful of the unguarded sides!
Best Luxury Hotel in Ubud – Natya Resort Ubud
If you want a luxurious resort in Ubud, look no further. The Natya Resort Ubud is one of the best hotels in Ubud, and definitely a great spot for anyone looking for something romantic.
Located inside the jungle of Ubud, guests can enjoy absolute tranquility, especially when staying in their private infinity pool. Guests can also enjoy its delicious on-site restaurant and a relaxing spa. Natya Resort Ubud is an absolute paradise in Ubud.
Day 7-8: Canggu
Canggu is a resort village surrounded by jaw-dropping beaches and scenic rice terraces. Home to many digital nomads, yogis, and surfers, Canggu is one of the most popular destinations in Canggu.
Relaxing beach clubs, beginner and expert waves for surfers, and healthy hippie restaurants and cafes, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Canggu.
It is the chill vibe that defines Canggu. Canggu feels like a proper vacation town, especially after so much sightseeing in Ubud.
Come to Canggu, stay at a uniquely designed villa, catch some waves, or just walk along the beach and have some amazing food. Canggu is the proper place to relax in Bali.
Things to Do in Canggu, Bali
Here are some of our favorite attractions in Canggu.
1. Take a Trip to Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most iconic and photographed temples in Bali. Perched over a rock approximately 20 meters from the coast, Tanah Lot Temple appears to be its own island floating on the water during high tide.
Come here and learn about the complicated history of the Tanah Lot Temple, which translates to land and sea temple in English
Though the perfect place to catch a lovely sunset, especially with your partner, there is a myth around Tanah Lot that might make you think twice!
- Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82121, Indonesia
- Opening Hours: 6 AM – 7 PM Daily
- Entrance Fee: 60k IDR
2. Spend an Afternoon at La Brisa Beachclub
Located on the popular Echo Beach, La Brisa is one of the coolest beach clubs to hang out in Bali. Featuring hand-crafted wooden decor, relaxing bean chairs, and locally-grown food, La Brisa is an absolute paradise to spend the afternoon in.
- Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
- Opening Hours: 10 AM – 11 PM Daily
3. The Lawn
Canggu is home to some of the most amazing beach clubs in Bali and The Lawn is no exception. Amazing food, great vibes, and a beautiful infinity pool facing the ocean, you will undoubtedly have a good time at The Lawn.
It is one of the best places in Canggu to watch the sunset. As one of the black sand beaches in Bali, the dark colors contrasts with the vibrant colors of the sunset to create a spectacular sight.
- Address: Jl. Pura Dalem, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
- Opening Hours: 12 AM – 10 PM Daily
4. Go Surfing (or Learn to Surf)
The beaches in Canggu are beginner-friendly for surfing, which makes them the perfect place to learn how to surf! You won’t have any difficulty finding surf shops or instructors in Canggu because they are literally around every corner!
5. Party at Finns Beach Club or Old Man’s
If you want a proper night out, head over to Finns Beach Club, arguably the fanciest beach club in Canggu.
There isn’t really a minimum spending at Finns Beach Club but expect to spend a lot of money. Their drinks are as pricey as the ones you will find in New York City. As a result, Finns Beach Club attracts high-end customers.
If you want a more relaxing time meeting locals and other travelers in Canggu, head over to Old Man’s. An affordable bar located next to Batu Bolong Beach, Old Man’s is usually packed and the atmosphere is social and inviting. The drinks are also much more affordable at Old Man’s.
Read More: Is Canggu Worth Visiting Now?
Where to Stay in Canggu, Bali
Best Hostel in Canggu – Tribal Bali
Situated minutes away from Pererenan Beach, Tribal Bali Hostel is the perfect place to stay while you explore Canggu and its famed beaches.
Not only does this hostel boast private rooms and dormitory rooms for a good night’s rest, but it also has a massive co-working space where travelers and backpackers can get together, do some work, exchange ideas, and meet some new friends.
When you want to take a break, you have the option to relax by the gorgeous influencer-style pool or enjoy some delicious local and international cuisine at their restaurant!
Best Luxury Hotel in Canggu – The Haven Suites Bali Berawa
Located right on the Berawa beach, staying at Haven Suites Bali is guaranteed to turn your Bali 10 days trip into a heavenly beach paradise.
The staff at this luxury hotel in Canggu will go out of their way to assist you and make sure you have a pleasant stay. The design of the rooms is immaculate and my favorite part has to be the iconic bathtub in the rooms, a popular photo location for Instagram.
Day 9-10: Seminyak
Seminyak will be the last stop on your Bali 10 days itinerary. Seminyak is a high-end resort area located directly south of Canggu.
In an area with fancy restaurants, posh nightclubs, and extravagant hotels, expect to pay as much as you would in Western Europe or the United States in Seminyak.
Not as busy and crowded as Kuta in the south, many travelers come to Seminyak to enjoy a relaxing time on the chill beaches, shop at the fancy shopping malls, and try out the trendy cafes.
I have to be honest, Seminyak is almost overtaken by foreigners because the prices are so high around here. Clubs such as Lafavela and Mexicola have also started targeting foreign audiences, with a shot of tequila costing 14 USD.
If you are looking for an authentic Balinese experience, you will hardly find any in Seminyak.
Things to Do in Seminyak, Bali
There are plenty of things to do in Seminyak, here are some of our favorite!
1. Chill Out at the Double Six Beach
Grab your friends and head out to the most famous beach in Seminyak, Double Six Beach. Lounge in one of the bean bags, eat some Bakso (Balinese fish balls), and chuck a cold beer or coconut. Surfers can also catch some waves at the Double Six Beach.
2. Visit The World-Famous Potato Head Beach Club
You cannot spend 10 days in Bali and not visit the famous Potato Head Beach Club. With two infinity pools, a swim-up bar, and numerous palm trees to give off the vacation vibes, Potato Head Beach Club is the perfect spot to relax for a day.
Close your eyes as you lay on their sun sunbeds and listen to the sounds of the waves.
- Address: Petitenget St No.51B, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Badung Regency
- Opening Hours: 10 AM – 12 AM Daily, except Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at 2 AM
3. Try Balinese Cusine Such as Babi Guling (Suckling Pig)
If you didn’t get a chance to try Babi Guling in one of the warungs (local restaurants) in Ubud, worry not. Seminyak is also home to one of the best restaurants for this Balinese delicacy, namely Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen.
4. Visit the Trendy Cafes and Restaurants!
Seminyak is renowned for its vibrant food scene, with an array of trendy cafes and restaurants that offer a unique dining experience. Here are some of our favorite ones:
- KYND Community: KYND is a plant-based cafe known for its vibrant smoothie bowls, vegan ice creams, and commitment to kindness and sustainability
- Sisterfields Cafe: Known as one of the pioneers in Bali’s cafe scene, Sisterfields serves all-day breakfast and lunch.They offer a modern Australian menu that includes everything from refreshing smoothie bowls to hearty burgers
- Pison Coffee: Pison is known for its excellent coffee and delicious food options, including their famous avocado toast and espresso chicken
Where to Stay in Seminyak, Bali
Best Hostel in Seminyak – Socialista Lifestyle Hostel
A chic hostel with a gorgeous swimming pool, Socialista Lifestyle Hostel is one of my favorite places to stay in Bali. With comfortable beds that offer lots of privacy, guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep. Guests that want to socialize can meet other travelers in the bar and restaurants or at their daily events!
Best Airbnb in Seminyak – Loft Style Villa w/Pool
There are numerous incredible Airbnbs in Bali, but arguably none as spectacular as this Loft Style Villa. Inspired by a mixture of architectural styles, guests can find brick, wood and steel finishes mixed in with traditional Balinese decor.
Though the decor is incredible, its most iconic feature is the massive swimming pool. Big enough for guests to do laps in, this pool is the jewel of the Airbnb. No need to go to Seminyak Beach when you are staying in this villa!
After refreshing laps, lay in the sun lounging area and soak in the heart-warming sun.
This Seminyak Airbnb has a total of 3 bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests!
Best Luxury Hotel in Seminyak – Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak
Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak is one of the most high-end hotels you can stay in Seminyak. A classy rooftop cocktail bar with views of the Double Six Beach and the Indian Ocean, it is one of the best places to watch the sunset with a delicious cocktail in your hands.
Their attentive staff will make sure you have a good time and go the extra mile if you have a special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, or honeymoons. Along with their massive pool and state-of-the-art gym, guests can properly relax at Double-Six Luxury Hotel.
When is The Best Time to Visit Bali?
The best time to visit Bali is between April and October. This is the dry season for Bali so visitors can enjoy amazing weather on Bali’s pristine beaches!
Just try to avoid visiting Bali during the summer months (May to August). During this time, the island is super crowded with tourists from every part of the world. This means everything from accommodations to tours will be a lot more expensive!
November and December are also good months to avoid in Bali for the same reason. Plus, December to March is considered the wet season, so December is certainly not a good time to visit if you have the choice!
📚 Read More: Bali Budget – Is Bali Cheap or Expensive?
Is Bali Safe?
Bali is one of the safest destinations in Indonesia, especially since it is so touristy. However, there are a few dangers and situations that visitors should be aware of, such as:
- Scams – Locals trying to scam tourists are way too common in Bali. Whether that would be things like a taxi ride or buying souvenirs, local vendors typically try to get as much money out of the tourists as possible.
- Pickpockets – This is a little bit more common in nightclubs and bars, where intoxicated tourists become easy targets for pickpockets and thieves.
- Corrupt Police and Bribery – Police in Bali are not well-treated, which means some have to resort to corrupt methods to bring enough money home. I was personally stopped in Bali by police with a fake badge, demanding that we pay him this amount of money for driving a scooter. I only found out he was fake after speaking with my local friends.
- Mosquitos – Mosquitos are rampant in Bali. Though they have very low chances of carrying malaria, they do carry other diseases such as Dengue Fever and the Zika Virus.
- Natural Disasters – Bali is situated in the Ring of Fire, meaning that there is lots of volcanic activity. This can lead to lots of tsunamis, earthquakes, and of course, volcanic eruptions.
- Scooter Accidents – As we mentioned, scooter accidents in Bali are common, especially among tourists. Since it is the easiest way to get around Bali, many tourists hire a scooter in Bali without knowing how to ride one.
When you are visiting Bali, we highly recommend that you get some travel insurance, just so you can have peace of mind and enjoy your trip wholeheartedly.
We have also written a complete safety guide on Bali here, so make sure you check it out before you go!
Bali Packing List
When packing for Bali, it’s important to take into account the tropical climate, the local customs, and the activities you’re planning to do. Here are some of the essential you should take with you, regardless on when you plan on visiting and whether you are staying for 10 days or a month!
- : Light, breathable clothing is a must due to Bali’s tropical climate. This includes swimsuits, sundresses, lightweight shirts, and shorts. A sarong can be handy for sun protection and is required in some Hindu temples for both men and women. If you plan on visiting temples, pack clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.
- : Comfortable walking shoes or sandals suitable for warm weather are essential. Water shoes might also be useful if you plan on visiting waterfalls or beaches.
- Sunscreen and Bug Spray – Though you can buy items like suncreen and bug spray in Bali, they are a lot more expensive and usually not as good quality.
- : It’s always a good idea to pack a basic first aid kit when you travel. This could include items like Imodium, bandaids, paracetamol, antiseptic cream, and antihistamines. We also recommend some motion sickness pills with you for the speedboat to Nusa Penida from Bali.
💪 Pro Tip: We recommend leaving expensive jewelry or flashy items because that could make you a target for thieves.
Visiting Bali Itinerary FAQs
How Many Days Is Enough for Bali?
If you want to get a good idea of what Bali is about, we recommend spending at least 7 days in Bali. However, don’t hesitate to spend more time in Bali, as there are plenty of nearby places to visit such as the Nusa Islands and the Gili Islands. If you want to relax more on your vacation, then we recommend staying around 2 weeks.
Is Bali Expensive for Backpackers?
Generally speaking, Bali is not too expensive for backpackers. While Bali does have places where you can spend 20 USD a meal, there are also places (warungs) where you can spend 3 USD a meal. There are hotels that will charge 500 USD a night, but there are also hostels that will charge 10 USD a night.
Can I See North Bali In 10 Days?
Yes, 10 days is plenty of time to visit North Bali and visit the region’s top attractions, such as Lovina, Gitgit and Sekumpul waterfalls, and the iconic water temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan on Lake Bratan.
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You can directly arrange a shuttle from Seminyak back to Bali’s airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport). You can also use apps like Grab or GoJek.
I hope this 10 days Bali itinerary has helped you plan your exciting Bali trip.
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