A three week Bali itinerary gives you enough time to explore a bit more of Bali! Want to relax by the beach, find yourself in the rice paddies or go off the beaten track? Well, you can do it all in three weeks. Bali has so many sides it’s really difficult to experience it all in one week. In our three week Bali itinerary, we suggest going to 3 or 4 different regions. You even have time to combine your Bali Holiday with a trip to Lombok, Bali’s idyllic neighbour.
Three Week Bali Itinerary
We have set this one out a bit differently to our other itineraries. As this is three weeks, we will list some places we think you just might love and how long is a good amount of time to spend in each. This way you can mix and match depending on how you want to spend your Bali holiday.
Seminyak or Jimbaran: Beach Break in Central Location
Ok, so Seminyak and Jimbaran are in a similar region so it’s probably best to pick one out of these two. They are both by the beach and in a fairly central location in Bali. Seminyak wins in that it is closer to hives of activity and endless places to eat. whilst Jimbaran wins for its proximity to some of Bali’s best beaches and has a more local feel than Seminyak.
Seminyak is one of the busiest tourist destinations in Bali, along with its neighbours Legian and Kuta. It’s great if you want to walk out your door and go shopping, get a massage, eat at many restaurants, go to the beach or have a sunset drink at a beach bar. On the other hand, it’s not the nicest beach in Bali (but it’s still nice), you won’t come across many rice paddies and the area is driven by tourism.
Jimbaran is one of my favourite places in Bali. It’s often seen as a place that has 5-star resorts and not much else. Some people view it as extremely touristy because of the seafood dinners on the beach (which predominantly only tourists go to).
But when I go there I experience beautiful beaches. Beautiful accommodation often built with Balinese traditions and culture in mind. Amazing seafood dinners where I can relax with my feet in the sand and my hands in my food. And if you walk outside of your hotel… there isn’t much there to do. Not too many tourists. Not 100 shops or 100 different spas. But an actual real local community. Fresh Food markets the locals run and use. Seafood markets where you can see fisherman at work.
Jimbaran is great if you’re happy to relax and have some downtime and you’re interested in seeing a real local community, great food, great accommodation and great beaches.
How long should I spend here?
If you are planning a three week Bali itinerary, you could easily spend one week in Seminyak or Jimbaran. I would spend at least 4 days. See our Seminyak Accommodation Guide and our Jimbaran Accommodation Guide.
Ubud or Surrounding Areas: Culture and Tranquility
So really you can do both Ubud and the surrounding areas (as coincidentally they are both close to each other). But I guess your choice is whether or not to stay in Ubud Village or stay in the more remote surrounding areas. Either way, you should definitely explore both Ubud Village and surrounding areas as both have their advantages.
Ubud village is vibrant and full of life. If you are expecting peace, quiet and bicycles…think again. But we love Ubud village. It has this Narnia’s closet vibe about it…One minute you’re walking along traffic filled streets, then you see a sign for a spa, take the side path and all of a sudden it opens up to beautiful greenery and sounds of rivers.
The same can be said for some of the hotels in the village. They might be on a main road but most are set back and surrounded by the natural beauties of Bali.
The advantages of staying in Ubud village are obviously you can walk everywhere, with many restaurants, spa’s, art galleries and shops at the ready. You also avoid the traffic on the streets as you have no need for transport. Some of the disadvantages are unless you really explore the outskirts of the village or go on a tour, you won’t get to discover the overwhelming beauty of Bali.
A lot of the 4 and 5-star hotels are actually situated outside of Ubud itself in the surrounding areas. Advantages of this include being able to see the beauty of Balinese countryside, being in a remote peaceful area and truly being able to relax and unwind. Here you will be able to escape the tourists (except for the ones at your hotel) and explore parts of Bali that are off the beaten track. But remember to actually go out of your hotel if you want to experience the local communities.
How long should I spend here?
I would spend 4 days at a minimum in Ubud. Depending on what you want out of your Bali Holiday, you could easily spend a week here. See our Ubud Accommodation Guide.
Padang Bai/Candidasa/Amed or Singaraja/Lovina/Menjangan Island
Padang Bai, Candidasa and Amed are all on the East coast of Bali. They are much less touristy and a little of the beaten track. This area has great diving and snorkelling, with spots scattered along the coastline. It also has a variety of beaches, including pebble beaches, black sand beaches and some beautiful white sand beaches. You can also visit traditional Balinese villages, go hiking in the mountains, bike riding amongst the rice paddies and see Balinese water palaces, to name a few. See some of the best things to do in Candidasa.
Singaraja, Lovina and Menjangan Island are located on Bali’s North coast. Snorkelling, diving, dolphin trips, hot springs, temples, waterfalls and West Bali National Park are amongst the attractions and things to do in this region. This area can still be quite busy in peak season’s but is much quieter than the Kuta, Legian, Seminyak regions. Great for all travellers but particularly popular with families.
How long should I spend here?
Depends if you explore the regions mentioned or just go to one spot within them. If you go to one spot (which I wouldn’t suggest) then 2 – 3 days would be fine. If you explore the region, 3 – 7 days would be best, depending on what interests you. See our where to stay in East Bali in our East Bali Accommodation Guide article.
More Options for your Three Week Bali Itinerary…
Of course there are also many other places in Bali to explore, especially in a three week Bali Itinerary, but we chose the ones above due to personal favourites and to give you a wide view of Bali. Some other places you could go include:
- Nusa Lembongan (a small island off the south-east coast of Bali, great for diving, snorkelling and relaxing)
- Canggu (Next to Seminyak but still with some beautiful rice fields if you look for them. Canggu is popular amongst surfers and full of great food. See where to stay in Canggu.
- Sanur (a beachside town on the east coast of Bali, great for water activities and popular with families. Some nice places to stay in Sanur too.)
- Nusa Dua (a sectioned off area on the south-east coast of Bali, with flat beaches and big, beautiful resorts, popular for its security but lacking Balinese culture)
- Tanjung Benoa (close to Nusa Dua, great for watersports)
- Uluwatu (South of Jimbaran, famous for its beautiful surfing beaches, Uluwatu Temple and some of the most stunning resorts in Bali, best for couples, families and surfers)
- Sidemen (Full of nature. Come here for peace, quiet and treks through the rice fields and crops.)
What about Lombok?
If you planning a three week Bali itinerary, then why not spend part of it in Lombok?
Lombok is Bali’s neighbouring island. It is much less developed and has bucket loads of natural beauty. The mainland is peaceful with coastal towns and Mt Rinjani the main attractions. Lombok is also home to the Gili Islands, three islands off the north-east coast of Lombok. The Gili Islands are very popular with tourists, for their pristine beaches, diving schools and sites, and nightlife.
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