Hello there! I’m excited to know you’re planning a trip to Bali, you’re making the right choice! Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and exhilarating activities that this tropical paradise has to offer. In this blog post, I’ll show you the best Bali itinerary for 10 days – carefully curated to ensure you make the most out of your time on the island of Gods 😉
Day 1: Deep Dive into Balinese Culture
Let’s kick off this epic journey with a day dedicated to exploring the vibrant Balinese culture. Start your morning by visiting Ubud Palace, also known as Puri Saren Royal Palace. This architectural gem not only showcases stunning traditional Balinese craftsmanship but also serves as a cultural hub where you can witness traditional dance performances.
Next stop – Monkey Forest Sanctuary! This sacred forest is not only a sanctuary for our primate friends but also offers serene pathways leading to ancient temples and majestic banyan trees. However, just remember to be careful with monkeys! They are after plastic bottles, food or anything shiny. So make sure you secure your belongings in the locker by the entrance or leave everything at your hotel. Even if your backpack is empty, the monkeys will want to check it out and they might bite you until they get it. I’ve been bitten quite badly because I didn’t know that before, however, monkeys are vaccinated against rabies. Going with a guide could be a good idea if you are worried. For example, you could check out this tour which includes Monkey Forest, rice terraces and other spots.
Recommended accommodation options in Ubud:
- For affordable options: consider Merthayasa 2 Bungalows.
- For a mid-range budget: Anumana is worth considering.
- For a more luxurious experience: Kebun Indah is an excellent choice.
Check out this blog post for more places to stay for female solo travellers in Ubud 🛏️
Day 2: Tirta Empul and Mount Batur Hike
On day two, prepare for a spiritual awakening at Tirta Empul, one of Bali’s holiest water temples. Immerse yourself in the healing waters of its sacred springs and partake in a cleansing ritual believed to purify both body and soul. If you happen to have a sahari with you that’s good otherwise you can rent one there by the entrance.
In the afternoon, get ready for an exhilarating Mount Batur hike. As dawn breaks, embark on a trek up this active volcano and witness a breathtaking sunrise from its summit. The panoramic views of Lake Batur and the surrounding volcanic landscape will leave you awe-struck. Again, this hike needs to be done with a guide, I found this one for you to check out. Some hikes are during sunset and some would cover the sunrise, you can pick and choose!
Day 3: Tegallalang Rice Fields, Yoga Barn, and Campuhan Ridge
Today is all about rejuvenation and reconnecting with nature. Begin with a visit to the iconic Tegallalang Rice Fields, where vibrant green terraces cascade down the hillsides. Take a leisurely walk through this picturesque landscape and capture some Instagram-worthy shots.
For an afternoon of relaxation and self-care, head over to Yoga Barn in Ubud. Indulge in invigorating yoga classes, pamper yourself with a soothing massage, or just relax in the peaceful surroundings.
Before the day ends, embark on a scenic hike along Campuhan Ridge. The view from Campuhan Ridge is stunning, so don’t forget to bring your camera! On top of all that, you may even be lucky enough to see some wild monkeys or other wildlife during your hike
Day 4: Snorkeling Trip to Nusa Penida
It’s time for some underwater exploration! Hop on a boat and set sail to Nusa Penida – a neighbouring island renowned for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life. Dive into the turquoise sea and discover an underwater paradise while snorkelling around stunning coral reefs teeming with colourful fish. When choosing a snorkelling tour, ensure it includes the Blue Lagoon – a hidden spot loved by divers and photographers. Discover native fish species and diverse coral formations. Explore underwater caves and sunken ships. Continue your journey around Nusa Penida for even more surprises! I went on this tour and loved it!
I would suggest staying overnight in Sanur since you’ll need to take the ferry the following day, it’s the most convenient place to stay over when you’re planning a few boat trips from Bali. It’s also a lovely place with delicious restaurants and a relaxing beach ideal for swimming.
Recommended accommodation options in Sanur:
- For affordable options: consider Frog Homestay Sanur
- For a mid-range budget: The Alantara Sanur is a great choice.
- For a more luxurious experience: Tandjung Sari Hotel is highly recommended.
Day 5: Trip to Gili Islands
No visit to Bali would be complete without experiencing the idyllic Gili Islands. Catch a fast boat from Bali to the Gili Trawangan and get ready to be amazed by its incredible beauty. There are no cars or motorbikes here, only bikes and horses!
Spend your day sunbathing on white sandy beaches, swimming in turquoise waters, and indulging in delicious beachside seafood feasts. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a snorkel and explore the vibrant underwater world that surrounds this blissful island. You could even rent a bike and cycle around, it’s definitely the best way to explore! A bike for one day could be around $5 and you can normally get one from your accommodation or nearby.
For your first evening in Gili Trawangan, indulge in a local culinary adventure by dining at Sumi Sate. This hidden gem is a beloved local hotspot, untouched by tourist crowds. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you sample an array of delectable treats from the food stalls. Take a seat at one of the charming tables and savour every bite of your meal.
Recommended accommodation options in Gili Trawangan:
- For affordable options: consider Gili Divers Hotel
- For a mid-range budget: Belukar
- For a more luxurious experience: Pondok Santi Estate
Day 6: Snorkeling in Gili Air and Meno
Continue your exploration of the Gili Islands with a day dedicated to snorkelling around Gili Air and Gili Meno. Dive into the clear waters once again to discover an abundance of colourful coral reefs and exotic marine life. Swim alongside sea turtles, encounter playful clownfish darting in and out of anemones, and marvel at the kaleidoscope of colours beneath the surface. The tranquillity of these islands will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
I would suggest this tour that will depart from Gili Trawangan and take you to both Gili Air and Gili Meno for a day of snorkelling.
Day 7: Discover Uluwatu
Once you’ve returned from Gili Trawangan, catch a ferry back to Bali and head to Uluwatu, where you’ll be based for the rest of your trip. Uluwatu is renowned for its vibrant surfing scene, breathtaking beaches, and magnificent temples. During your time in Uluwatu, make sure to visit Bingin Beach, an idyllic spot perfect for swimming and observing surfers in action! If you want to try surfing in Uluwatu and beyond, check out this blog post.
In the evening, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the incredible Kecak dance at the Uluwatu temple, staying until dusk to fully immerse yourself in the quintessential Balinese atmosphere. Be aware of monkeys here, they are really naughty! I would suggest this tour just to make sure you have a guide from start to finish.
Recommended accommodation options in Uluwatu:
- Low price range-> Bagus Ink Surf Camp
- Medium price range-> Boho Bingin
- High price range-> Radisson Blue
For more accommodation options in Uluwatu, check out this blog post 🛏️
Day 8: Surf in Padang Padang
Calling all surf enthusiasts! Today is your chance to catch some waves at Padang Padang Beach, a surfer’s paradise renowned for its world-class breaks. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to riding the waves, there are waves suitable for all levels here. Grab your board, paddle out into the azure waters, and experience the thrill of catching that perfect wave. If you want to take a surf class just head to the beach, there is a surf school there available to help you get started and you can also rent your board at the same place.
Visit the Impossible beach in the afternoon for some relaxation and sunbathing, or take a hike to the nearby Uluwatu Beach for more stunning views of the coastline. No matter what you choose to do, your day will be filled with adventure and excitement in this beautiful part of Bali.
Head to Single Fin to watch the sunset. This popular spot is known for its amazing views, delicious food, and lively atmosphere. Take in the breathtaking sunset while enjoying a refreshing drink or two with your new friends. Don’t forget to capture some photos of this unforgettable moment.
Day 9: Canggu
As your Bali adventure draws to a close, spend a relaxing day exploring Canggu‘s laid-back vibes. Discover the allure of Bali’s renowned beach clubs in Canggu, such as Potato Head or The Lawn. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and indulge in the ultimate beachside experience. Soak up the sun, sip on a tropical cocktail, and indulge in some delicious local cuisine while taking in the stunning ocean views. This is the perfect way to end your trip and reflect on all of the amazing experiences you’ve had in Bali.
An alternative could be to visit Nusa Dua for a day of luxury and pampering. Check out the upscale resorts and spas, or spend some time at the beautiful Geger Beach.
Day 10: Tanah Lot Temple and offering class
On your final day in Bali, visit the iconic Tanah Lot Temple. This sacred Hindu temple sits perched on a rocky outcrop amidst crashing waves, creating a dramatic and mystical sight. Take in the breathtaking sunset views as you bid farewell to this magical island that has captured your heart. I would suggest this tour as a fitting end to any trip to Bali. The tour guide will explain the cultural history of the temple and its significance, creating an unforgettable experience that you’ll want to return to time and time again.
In the afternoon you could go for an exciting offering-making class. It’s a lot of fun to attend this class and learn how to make offerings. Plus, the class is really informative and you can learn about different cultures around the world who use offerings in their spiritual practices. So why not give it a try?
Best Time to Visit Bali
When: November to March
Pros: Experience nature at its best, with intense scents and vibrant colours. It is also a more budget-friendly option compared to the dry season.
Cons: It is the wet season, meaning there may be daily rain showers, although they are usually brief. For instance, this year it rained briefly around lunchtime and cleared up quickly.
When: April to October
Pros: If you are not fond of insects, this is the ideal time for you. There are very few mosquitoes, frogs, and geckos. You can comfortably plan snorkelling trips as the weather is mostly sunny.
Cons: The dry season tends to be more crowded and expensive.
Getting Around Bali
Taxi: Only use a car taxi when you have luggage as there is a high chance of encountering long traffic delays. It’s advisable to request your hotel to arrange a driver to pick you up from the airport. The cost is reasonable. The fare from the airport to Ubud is approximately IDR 300k ($19). Once you find a reliable driver, save their contact details and request their services for your subsequent destinations.
Scooter taxi: This is the most convenient method to navigate the island and avoid traffic congestion. To book a scooter taxi, you can download the GoJek or Grab app. The same apps can also be used to book a car taxi.
While renting a scooter is an option, I would advise against it unless you are familiar with driving in Southeast Asia. The traffic and local driving skills can pose significant risks, making it potentially dangerous.
Where to stay in Bali
Homestays: Experience the essence of Balinese culture, connect with locals, and indulge in comfortable and well-maintained accommodations. Often family-run, these places offer an authentic glimpse into the local way of life.
Hostels: Perfect for the budget-conscious traveller seeking social interactions. While they may lack some cleanliness and tranquillity, the experience varies depending on the location.
Villas: Ideal for groups of friends or those seeking relaxation. Bali boasts incredible, yet affordable, villas. Having personally rented some, I can attest to the enjoyment they offer!
Bungalows: Delightful accommodations with charming wooden interiors, available in various shapes and sizes.
Hotels: Whether luxurious or budget-friendly, hotels offer a range of options. Solo travellers may find it less conducive to meeting new people, but they remain enjoyable in their own right.
FAQs: Answering your Burning Questions
Is it worth visiting Bali for 10 days?
Absolutely! You can definitely have an amazing holiday during this time and get a taste of Bali. It’s great for your first time and then eventually you will find out what you would like to explore next time around! If you have more than 10 days, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the east and north sides of Bali, where you’ll find breathtaking snorkelling spots, stunning waterfalls, and less-crowded destinations. But for now, 10 days is more than enough.
Spoiler alert: after 10 days you will want to stay for longer or book your next flight to Bali! I met lots of people who extended their trip – True story!
How much money do I need for 10 days in Bali?
As for the budget, the amount you’ll need for 10 days in Bali depends on your choice of hotels, but overall, meals, transportation, and activities are quite affordable. Let’s take a closer look at some estimated prices:
- Meals: A traditional Indonesian meal can cost around £2 ($2.43), while a Western meal may start at £5.
- Transportation: Ferries can be a bit pricey, ranging from £30 ($36.47) to £50 ($60.79) depending on your destination. However, scooter taxis are very affordable, usually costing less than £1 ($1.22) per day. Car taxis are also reasonably priced, with a 2-hour drive costing around £10 ($12.16).
- Accommodation: Homestays can be found for around £10 ($12.16) per night, and if you’re open to sharing a room, hostels can be even cheaper.
Based on my experience, I spent approximately £500 ($608) for accommodation, meals (both Western and Indonesian), activities, and transportation during my 10-day stay in Bali.
So, if you’re looking for an incredible cultural experience and aren’t looking to break the bank, Bali is definitely worth considering for your 10-day trip.
I hope this itinerary was helpful for you! Now that you’re all set, make sure to check out my blog post on the 13 things you need to know before heading to Bali. Enjoy!
See you soon in paradise! 🌴☀️🌊
Ciao for now,
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