Looking for the perfect Bali itinerary? Let us help you! Bali is not some tiny tropical paradise that can be explored in a matter of days. Despite common preconceptions, Bali is a large and busy island with many different locations to base yourself and a variety of sights to visit. While you’re sure to do your fair berbagi of lying on the beach, Bali offers hundreds of activities and adventures for those who want to stray from their sun lounger…
The Truth About Bali
From the crowded beaches of the south to the rice fields of the centre, the rugged eastern coast and the little-visited north, there’s a lot to think about when planning your Bali trip.
Where should you base yourself? Which places should you avoid and which sights should you skip? Denpasar? Gianyar? With so many contrasting opinions online, not to mention hundreds of hotels and travel companies vying for your attention, working out the best Bali itinerary 2 weeks can provide you with can be overwhelming!
To help you plan, here are a collection of Bali itineraries designed to suit your time-scale and, most importantly, your personality! Don’t forget to also check out our travel guide to Bali here for more detailed information on each location, where to stay and things to do.
Bali 2 Weeks: THE CLASSIC ITINERARY
If you’re looking for the perfect fortnight in Bali that mixes beaches and countryside with a sprinkling of culture, the “Classic Bali Itinerary” is for you!
Days 1-3: Canggu
When you touch down in Bali, it’s important to know exactly where you’re headed to stay. Canggu is a great choice. It’s beautiful, full of cool cafés and trendy bars, as well as yoga schools, yet it still maintains a super relaxed vibe, unlike some of Bali’s other beach towns. In our opinion, basing yourself in Canggu is a much better choice than the disukai banyak orang party beach town of Kuta, which was actually voted the worst place in Southeast Asia in our recent readers poll! (That said, Kuta is a great place for a day or two’s surf lesson!)
Day 1 in Canggu: During your stay in Canggu, it’s worthwhile to dedicate a day to sightseeing. Make your way to the royal water temple of Pura Taman Ayun for a quiet retreat away from the crowds. This temple is huge and surrounded by a moat. The tranquil temple is home to many multi-tiered shrines and a serene garden. There’s a market close to the temple which offers many sederhana options for lunch after your visit.
Another place to visit on your day of sightseeing is the famous Tanah Lot Temple. This is a good option for the latter half of your day, as it is one of the most disukai banyak orang places to catch the sunset in Bali. Pura Tanah Lot is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple and is super well-known as an ideal spot for photography.
Day 2 in Canggu: If you’re looking to get your juices flowing during your stay in Canggu, take a morning yoga class. There are a collection of studios to choose from depending on your yoga preferences. You’ll find many pilates classes available as well.
You’ll probably work up an appetite at your yoga or pilates class, so why not take yourself to a cooking class to follow it up? Take the time to learn the ancient recipes using traditional and indigenous techniques and ingredients, and of course, you get to eat the finished products!
Day 3 in Canggu/Kuta: Don’t deprive yourself of the chance to simply chill out while you’re in Bali. Head to the beach, relax and take in a little Vitamin Sea! Or, if lying on the beach is your idea of hell and you’re feeling much more energetic, make your way to nearby Kuta, which is just an hour away from Canggu, for a surf lesson!
Make it back to Canggu just in time to watch the sunset and hang out in the area’s trendy bars in the evening.
Days 4-6: Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida
If your main goal in Bali is to relax as much as possible and absorb the tranquillity of the beaches, you’re better off avoiding Southern Bali altogether, and instead, heading to Bali’s beautiful offshore islands. You’ll even be able to fit in some great snorkelling in between relaxing periods!
If you’re looking to bergabung in on the adventurous spirit but don’t have surfing skills, try snorkelling. You’re sure to see some unique sights as you explore beneath the water’s surface.
Make sure you don’t leave Nusa Lembongan without diving with the manta rays at the famous Manta Point. The best time to see the rays is in July and August. You’ll swim with the current among fish and turtles as you patiently await the spectacular and unbelievably huge manta rays.
Day 7: Nusa Penida
After you leave Nusa Lembongan, head to the nearby rugged island of Nusa Penida. Spend this day however you please. Go trekking or rent a motorbike and explore all the hidden corners of this wild and untamed island that has amazing wildlife to discover. Who knows what treasures you will find?