There are so many things to consider when planning your Bali Itinerary. Here we suggest places to visit for people with different interests, things to do and timeframes to do them in. Use this as a guide only, or mix and match from different itineraries to make it fit for you.
How Long Should My Bali Holiday Be?
Bali is a great place for a holiday, whether it be a short break, a week or two..or three! It is very common, particularly for Australian travellers, to come here every year. It’s as if something’s in the water (the bottled water that is), once they get a taste for it, they just can’t stay away. That, and it’s so close to Australia (well, compared to everything else) and great flight sales are available. This can make a Bali Holiday travelling from Australia sometimes less expensive than travelling within Australia.
So if going to Bali for the first time, I would recommend no less than a 7 day Bali itinerary. We have ‘Bali One Week Itineraries‘, a 62 page interactive PDF, to help you have the best Bali experience.
If you’ve already been to Bali before, and the flight isn’t too long (e.g coming from Singapore), then you could easily do a 5 day Bali itinerary. But if you can stay at least a week, I would recommend this.
If you are going to Bali from Europe, USA or other locations where the flight will be long, then I would stay at least 2 weeks.
Different Interests, Different Bali
Ok, so there is only one Bali. But Bali really varies so much that different areas of Bali can cater for people with completely different interests. This is partly what makes Bali a great Holiday destination; not only can you please most people with something in Bali, but if you venture to a couple of different places (recommended) you can get such a variety of experiences. That’s why we have included Bali Itineraries for different interests…just scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the links.
Main Places of Interest For Your Bali Itinerary
Here we will give you a brief overview of the different destinations within Bali, so you can get a feel for what might interest you. For more detailed info on each destination, see our Bali Travel Guides.
Kuta and Legian
- Kuta is probably Bali’s most well-known destination, and Legian is its neighbour
- Very ‘Touristy’ and busy
- Best for shopping (shopping mall, markets), low – midrange bars and nightclubs
- Good to experience Kuta even just for an hour
- Where to stay in Kuta and Legian
- Seminyak is near Kuta, but with little more sophistication
- Best for boutique shopping, trendy bars, dining options (local warung to 5-star dining), beach
- Known for a good breakfast and sunset drink
- See our Seminyak Field Guide here.
- Where to stay in Seminyak
- Canggu is just north of Seminyak
- Popular amongst surfers, beautiful scenery and has some delicious places to eat.
- See our Canggu Field Guide here
- Where to stay in Canggu
- Ubud is in the centre of Bali, seen as the cultural heart of Bali
- Known for its healthy cafes, yoga, beautiful rice fields, waterfalls and nature
- See our Ubud Field Guide here
- Where to stay in Ubud
- Jimbaran is south of Kuta, near the Bukit Peninsula
- Best for beaches, seafood dinner, local seafood and fresh food markets
- See our Jimbaran Field Guide here
- Where to stay in Jimbaran
- Nusa Dua is on the south-eastern side of Bali
- Best for calm beaches, safety, resorts
- Where to stay in Nusa Dua
- Uluwatu is south of Jimbaran on the Bukit Peninsula
- Best for surfing beaches, Uluwatu Temple, stunning hotels on cliff faces
- Where to stay in Uluwatu
- Sanur is the oldest resort town in Bali
- Located on Bali’s south-east coast
- Best for beaches, water sports, laid-back town
- Where to stay in Sanur
East Coast of Bali
- Think Candidasa, Padang Bai, Amed
- Best for getting away from the crowds, relaxation, beaches, diving
- Where to stay in East Bali
North Coast of Bali
- Think Singaraja and Lovina
- Best for Singaraja old town, black sand beach, dolphin watching, West Bali National Park
Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida
- Small islands off the south-east coast of Bali
- Best for slow pace, relaxing, diving, surfing, snorkelling.
Bali Itinerary Options
Here we have different Bali Itinerary Options, for different lengths of stay and different interests. Click on the links below for Itineraries that are of interest to you.
One Week Bali Itinerary. For an in-depth itinerary, see our ‘Bali One Week Itineraries‘ interactive PDF, think of it as the value of an itinerary planning service but with the convenience of getting it and using it straight away.
Two Week Bali Itinerary
Three Week Bali Itinerary
Bali Travel Planning
We try to put as much information on the blog to help you plan your trip, but if you need a hand or want to save time, then we have our Bali Trip Planning Email Support to help you.
If you want to arrive and know exactly where to eat and what to do without doing the research, our ‘Field Guides’ might be perfect for you. These are filled will all our favourite picks. If you want some great tips for your first Bali trip then our ‘Beginners Guide To Bali’ may be for you.