Bali, a popular travel destination in Southeast Asia, is known for its beautiful blue water, perfect white sand beaches, and entertaining beach clubs.
Most travelers come to Bali for a few weeks, backpacking through the hidden gems of Bali in the north and relaxing with the 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 in a short period amount of time.
So let’s find out the Balinese temples you’ll visit, the waterfalls you’ll chase, and most importantly, the beaches you’ll swim in your 10 days in Bali.
Bali Attractions Map
The Bali sightseeing map is the map we will follow for our 10-day Bali itinerary. Click on the toggle on the top left corner of the map to see all the attractions we will be seeing in Bali.
Each color means a different area of Bali. We have a total of 5 colors for 5 different areas: Canggu, Seminyak, Ubud, Nusa Penida, and Sanur.
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.
If you have any questions on how to use this interactive map, leave a comment down below.
Should You Visit Kuta?
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 airport is located. Naturally, a lot of visitors’ first stop in Bali is Kuta. But honestly, I spent more than a month 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, traffic, and filled with drunk tourists chugging Bintangs, 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.
How To Get Around in 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 in doing 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.
The most convenient and easiest option to travel around Bali is by renting 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.
Uber-like services are also available in Bali through apps like 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.
It is recommended to get a Sim Card when you first arrive in Bali. They are cheap and abundant throughout Bali.
Find out how you can get a sim card the moment you arrive at Bali’s Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport)
Another great option is to rent a car and a driver. Some of the attractions in Bali, especially the ones in Ubud, are spaced out. It is actually wise and recommended to rent a driver and a car for 8-10 hours and take you to as many sights as possible. They are also not as expensive as you think.
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!
The Perfect 10 Days in Bali Itinerary
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! You will be arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, a small and easily-navigated airport. If you go out and grab an airport taxi to your accommodation in Sanur, you will be overcharged 4 to 5 times.
This is why I told you to install GoJek and Grab before your arrival. Use the airport Wi-Fi and use GoJek or Grab to get yourself a taxi to Sanur.
If you cannot use the app for some reason, walk outside of the airport area and grab a Bluebird taxi. Those taxis are the local taxi and will be just affordable as the ones through the apps. They are blue and say the word “Bluebird” on the side.
Our first destination is in the eastern part of Bali. Sanur, a relatively quiet port city, is a great 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!
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.
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.
Experience your first sunset in Bali at Jimbaran Beach. The end of the 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 on Bali for 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 – Ning Homestay
An affordable homestay that features dormitory beds, Ning Homestay is the best hostel in Sanur. With a quiet environment and comfortable beds, guests can have a good night’s sleep here. If you want to be social and meet friends, you can also do so in their beautiful backyard!
Best Airbnb in Sanur – Bamboo Guesthouse w/ Pool & Garden
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Staying in an Airbnb is an excellent way to find a homey accommodation and give back to the local community. This Bamboo Guesthouse Airbnb in Sanur offers your own private pool and a tropical garden for guests to indulge in.
Guests can enjoy the beautiful open-air living area, soak in the hot tub, or go for a relaxing show in the rain shower after a long exhausting day in Sanur. Want to cook something? Knock yourself out with their fully-equipped kitchen!
Best Luxury Hotel in Sanur – Parigata Villas Resort
Paraigata Villas Resort is hand-down one of my favorite luxurious and boutique hotels in all of Bali. Each spacious villa has its own private garden and individual swimming pool in the back, lounge chairs where you can relax, and a designated place for yoga. If you are on your honeymoon in Bali, look no further. This is the place for you.
Day 2-3: Nusa Penida Island, The Hidden Gem of Our 10-Day Bali Itinerary
Nusa Penida is a small island of paradise 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 Nusa Penida from Bali, you will take a ferry from the Sanur port. If you stayed at Sanur the night before, it should be within walking distance from your hotel. The first boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida is at 7:30 AM. Try to get there as early as possible. If you can catch the 7:30 ferry, that is optimal.
Before you go to Nusa Penida, 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. Always travel with a multi-purpose medicine kit.
The best way to get around in Nusa Penida is by renting and a scooter or moped. If you are not experienced, you also have the option to rent a private driver and a car. Just like in Bali, this option is quite affordable, especially if you are traveling in a group.
Because it might be difficult to travel in Nusa Penida, getting a Nusa Penida tour beforehand is not a bad option!
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!
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!
3. Angel’s Billabong / Broken Beach
Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach are some of the top places to visit in Nusa Penida.
Broken Beach is a little cove on the side of a very beautiful archway that lets sea water in and out. Angel’s Billabong is known as Nusa Penia’s natural infinity pool. Visit during low tide and you are rewarded with a clear shallow pool that offers excellent photo opportunities!
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.
Other notable attractions in Nusa Penida are Crystal Bay, Manta Point, Atuh Beach and the Goa Giri Putri Temple.
Crystal Bay is a nice relaxing beach where visitors can snorkel around. Manta Point is 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 is the famous cave temple in Nusa Penida.
If you head over to 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 place to stay 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 is better to stay as it is closer to the harbor and has more establishments there. Here’s a 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
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As a unique eco-friendly accommodation on Nusa Penida, the Penida Bambu Green Villas are made using local bamboo, thus boasting a rustic charming that is fitting of Nusa Penida. Their unique vills 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
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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 will assist you on your adventures in Nusa Penida.
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 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 of the region such as waterfalls.
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 to as many attractions as possible. If you don’t want to hire a driver, check out this recommended tour!
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…
2. Ubud Market
The Ubud 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.
Don’t miss your chance to do some shopping here!
3. Campuhan Ridge Walk
Campuhan Ridge Walk is a lush scenic hiking trail with beautiful views. Come at sunset for some of the best views of Ubud. You don’t need to finish the entire hiking trail.
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 item in Bali.
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! The Lempuyang Temple is included in the “Best of Bali” tour.
6. Taman Tirta Gangga
Taman Tirta Gangga is the former royal palace of the Karangasem empire.
As one of the best attractions in Eastern Bali, a visit to Taman Tirta Ganga will show you the luxurious traditional side of Bali. Come check out the beautiful gardens with swimming pools, fountains, stepping stones, and fish ponds at Taman Tirta Gangga.
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7. Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang 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 paddies are very picturesque so don’t miss Tegalalang when you are in Ubud!
8. Try Luwak Coffee (Poop Coffee)!
Luwak Coffee is a type of coffee special to the region near Ubud. Known as poop coffee, the coffee beans used are partially digested coffee cherries by Luwaks. 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.
9. Visit the Beautiful Waterfalls near Ubud (Nungnung, Tekad Cepung, Kanto Lampo, Tibumana, Tegenungan)
There are many amazing activities to do in Ubud. If the list of things above is not enough, consider visiting Yoga Barn for a nice yoga experience. Ubud is the best place in Bali for yoga.
Visit Tirta Empul Temple for a holy water cleansing experience. As a Hindu Balinese Temple, it is one of the best sacred attractions in Bali.
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 participate in their free yoga class, there will never be a dull moment in this hostel.
Best Airbnb in Ubud – CAHAYA Skai Joglo
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No Bali vacation is complete without staying in one of Bali’s best private pool villa. Luckily for you, Ubud is home to some of the most gorgeous ones. This Airbnb private pool villa is a treehouse nestled in some of the finest greenery in Ubud.
With 100+ year-old wood as 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 on their honeymoon.
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
1. Take a Trip to Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most iconic and photographed temples in Bali. Due to its location on top of a rock around 20 meters from the edge of the coast, the 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 you might not want to bring your partner because of the myth around Tanah Lot.
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.
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 in The Lawn. It is one of the best places in Canggu to watch the sunset, as the black-sanded beach contrasts with the vibrant colors of a Balinese sunset.
4. Go Surfing (or Learn to Surf)
The beaches in Canggu are beginner-friendly. Take advantage and 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, arguable 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 Balong 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.
Where to Stay in Canggu, Bali
Best Hostel in Canggu – Kos One Hostel
Kos One Hostel has the facilities and decor of a 5-star villa but the price and atmosphere of a hostel. From the sun terrace area to the restaurant, everything in Koz One Hostel is so well-decorated. The beds are also very comfortable and spacious for a hostel. With my common areas to socialize, this hostel is very easy to make friends.
Best Airbnb in Canggu – Designer Luxury Bali Villa
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If you want a luxurious experience at one of the best villas in Bali, then consider this Designer Villa Airbnb.
Start your day off with a refreshing swim in your spacious private pool. Dry up with the glorious Balinese sun as you lay in the sun lounging area. Finish your day off by admiring the sunset from your own private rooftop lounging area.
The luxurious amenities of this Canggu Airbnb can be comfortably enjoyed by up to 7 guests, perfect for anyone traveling to Bali as a family.
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 are 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 in 10 days itinerary. Seminyak is a high-end resort area located directly south of Canggu. 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 that in Seminyak.
Things to Do in Seminyak, Bali
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. 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 as you listen to the sounds of the waves.
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.
5. Visit the Trendy Cafes and Restaurants!
Seminyak is concentrated with trendy cafes and very aesthetic restaurants. My favorite ones are Nalu Bowls, Sea Circus, KYND Comunity, and Cafe Organic!
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
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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 goes 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.
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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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