So many people visit Bali every year. This tropical island has become such a top destination. The question we get all the time is how to plan a vacation to Bali. Believe us, Bali is not just about laying on the beach and sipping fresh coconut juice! There are so many different areas of Bali to visit that most likely you will not be spending that much time in one place. Prepare for an adventure! In this blog post, we tell you which are must visit places in Bali, where to stay in Bali and approximately how many days you should spend at each place! Let’s make your 2 weeks in Bali unforgettable! So let’s dive into our Bali 2 week itinerary!
- Bali 2 Week Itinerary | WHERE TO GO
- What to Do and Where to Stay in Kuta – 2 Days
- Where to Stay in Uluwatu – 2 Days
- The Most Popular Area of Bali – Canggu – 3 Days
- What to Do in Sanur – 2 Days
- What to Do in Candidasa – 1 Day
- What to Do in Ubud and Where to Stay – 4 Days
- Other Cool Places to Visit on Top of Bali 2 Week Itinerary
- Visit Banyuwedang Province in Bali
- What to Do in Lovina Bali?
- Luxury Bali Vacation in Nusa Dua
- Best Honeymoon Place in Bali – Nusa Lembongan
Bali 2 Week Itinerary | WHERE TO GO
You will be arriving at Bali Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport. Go through the immigration and get a 30-day visa-free stamp in your passport and you are all set to go. Tropical heat and a pleasant breeze will caress your skin as you head to the Taxi. Bali adventure awaits! Actually, pause right here. Instead of taxi get a Grab! (It’s Asian Uber.) It will be 3x cheaper than the regular taxis and you do not have to haggle. Grab can be used to get around Bali and it will bring you wherever you need to get.
Note: Grab cars are not allowed in front of the airport as taxi drivers get very upset that they cannot scam tourists anymore so they have banned entrance for Grab drivers. Just walk outside the airport a couple of hundred meters and get your ride there.
What to Do and Where to Stay in Kuta – 2 Days
Kuta is the closest place from the airport and most likely you will want to start with this small area as an introduction to Bali. It is very popular amongst Australian tourists so the party is always kicking hard. In Kuta region, the beaches are quite crowded, but for your first days and beating the jetlag it’s perfect. If you like going out, there is a great place – Sky Garden, where you get an all you can eat buffet and all you can drink from 5 pm to 9 pm for 115 000 IDR, which is roughly $ 9. The place has 4 floors and is located right in the town center! A great place to go out. We spent so many evening there, mostly because of the buffet, as it was so affordable.
Another pub you can head to for super cheap drinks is Alley Cats, where you can get the infamous double-double for 20 000 IDR. Go ahead and try it, it is a local spirit mixed with an energy drink. These places do attract a younger crowd, so if you are not really into backpacking and party life, just spend your time around the beach and get a massage for 80 000 IDR ( $ 6).
Visit a Waterpark in Kuta – WaterBom Bali
If you are traveling with kids or just really love water parks, you have to visit WaterBom Bali. It is the biggest water park in Asia, or at least they say so. It is huge and it is fun. The ticket will set you back $ 25, but they often have a 1+1 deal, so two for the same price. We are not really waterpark people, but we gave it a try because of the deal. It was a fun day out.
As we already mentioned, Kuta is very touristy, so try to spend as little time there as you can and get out and explore other beautiful places Bali has to offer.
Where to Stay in Uluwatu – 2 Days
Uluwatu is such a peaceful place and might be one of the most beautiful spots in Bali. If you are looking for where to stay in Bali to escape it all Uluwatu might be it. You can stay at any of the accommodations along the beach, there are so many options to choose from. It all depends on your budget, but private rooms start from $ 8. Look at all the offers on Booking.com and choose what suits your budget.
Uluwatu temple visit is a must! You have to dress accordingly, so no shorts or short sleeves allowed. The whole temple complex, its parks, and views are amazing. Come early to get the best photos and avoid the midday heat. The entrance fee is only 30 000 IDR, so less than $ 2. Be aware of the monkeys in the forest, they might steal your stuff! True story!
Suluban Uluwatu Beach is another amazing place you can spend hours exploring. Just rent a motorbike for a day to get around and follow the maps or ask a taxi driver to take you. The motorbike should not cost you more than $5 a day. You can hire a taxi driver for $35 for a full day if you negotiate well.
Suluban Uluwatu Beach is very popular amongst surfers because of the great waves. You can spend the time in either of the cafes above the beach or wander through the cliffs and try to find some hidden spots. When the tide is low you can walk far inside between the cliffs, yet when the tide is high it might cover the stairs down to the beach. This was one of the coolest places we visited during our Bali 2 Week Itinerary, so do not miss out on it.
The Most Popular Area of Bali – Canggu – 3 Days
When considering where to stay in Bali, consider Canggu. It is another great place if you love to surf. If not, there are so many must-visit places around Canggu. You can spend a day around the fancy Semynjak region, doing some shopping and indulging in treats the cool cafes have to offer. While you are in Canggu you have to visit Tanah Lot. It is a beautiful Balinese Hindu temple where local people make offerings every morning and from time to time they hold huge religious celebrations here. It is a very common sunset watching spot as well so it might get crowded in the evening.
Next to Tanah Lot you will find a snake charmer’s cave. We did not walk in, but apparently, the cave is sacred, as well as the snakes and the snake charmer. We REALLY don’t like snakes, so we avoided it, haha.
Old Mans is a great beachfront bar with a happy hour every day. All the surfers and travelers meet there to share their stories. Apart from that, there are many very atmospheric beach restaurants and bars, and they are not as packed as the ones in Kuta. Thus, Canggu offers a very relaxed vibe and due to its proximity to all the attractions in Bali, many people choose to stay in Canggu instead of Kuta.
Note: If you are a blogger, Instagrammer, youtuber, digital nomad or yoga teacher or anything in between, Canggu is your place to stay. You will find many Instagrammable cafes and likeminded people in Canggu.
What to Do in Sanur – 2 Days
Staying in Sanur is a must if you plan to go to Nusa Penida. We would highly recommend visiting Nusa Penida, which is only 30 minutes away from Sanur, Bali coast. The best way to do that is to stay overnight in Sanur. The location itself has some nice beaches, a whistling market, and a handful of nice cafes. It is a former fishing village so Sanur has its own magical ambiance. We would recommend spending a night in Sanur before your trip to Nusa Penida. Spend one night on Nusa Penida island as well. However, if you are tight on time you can also squeeze in a day trip to Nusa Penida. If you feel like going out, Casablanca will be your best bet in Sanur. It has live music, pub-like atmosphere, and food. It is by far the best place to hang out in the evening around Sanur.
Other than that Sanur is the sleepy area of Bali, which many travelers tend to overlook. If you are on a quest to escape the crowds, Sanur might be your perfect match.
What to Do in Candidasa – 1 Day
Candidasa is one of the remoter areas of Bali. However, it has so many beautiful sights around it, that it is very convenient to spend at least one night in Candidasa. It is rich in traditional Balinese arts and due to Candidasa’s remote location, you can have a tranquil time enjoying the culture.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is absolutely stunning and might be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. You should hire a motorbike to get there and be ready to get wet as you will have to walk through shallow water. To make some beautiful pictures you will have to stand close to the waterfall so getting soaking wet is guaranteed. It is well worth the struggle for those gorgeous pictures!
Temple Of Lempuyang Luhur, is the highlight of the region. This place is home to the famous arch everyone takes pictures at while in Bali! This is the arch that frames mount Agung so beautifully! It is not only the arch but the whole temple complex that is worth a visit.
Ujung Water Palace is yet another magical place in the region. This beautiful old complex consists of buildings on several water pools with a beautiful mount Agung backdrop. The whole water garden complex has served several purposes including being a bathing place for the royalties and a punishment place for the people conducting witchcraft.
What to Do in Ubud and Where to Stay – 4 Days
By far our favorite location in Bali is Ubud. When you plan Bali 2 week itinerary, you have to stay in Ubud at least for 3 nights! Ubud is home to the real Balinese culture. The cheapest Balinese massages and Spa’s are here along with the most expensive jungle retreats. The vibe is so laid back here and life here has a completely different rhythm. The price difference for accommodation and services is amazing, meaning you can get by for less than $25 a day per person and also spend more than $250 per day per person.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is 45 minutes away from Ubud and is one of the most popular temples in Bali. It is crowded day in and day out so make sure you come early to peacefully absorb the magic of this place. Otherwise, sunset also is a beautiful time to take some memorable photos. Entrance fee is 50 000 IDR (less than $4) and the views on the way are beautiful as well.
Lake Buyan is located close to Ulun Banu Bratan temple and is a great place to enjoy the cool weather and take some beautiful pictures from viewpoints built on the side of the road. If you are heading to the Bratan temple just include Lake Buyan as a short-stop on the way.
Visit Rice Terraces and Coffee Plantations in Bali
Tegallalang Rice Terraces and Coffee plantations are two other great sights not to be missed. We believe that rice terraces are the most visited place in Ubud and no one wonders why. The lush terraces have many levels and you can climb up and down exploring all around. Be aware that the rice terraces are very slippery when its rainy and that you have to carry some coins for donations as you stroll through. However, the coffee plantations you can visit for free and even sample the local coffees free of charge. In addition to that, you will be able to see charming Luwaks that digest the coffee to give it its unique and expensive taste. You will also be able to learn all about the process.
Make sure you do not miss on Mount Batur sunrise hike. It is an amazing experience climbing one of Bali’s volcanoes, especially because it can be done in less than 6 hours. You start your day early – 1 am. Transportation to the starting point takes around 2 hours, then the hike up takes around 3 hours. You can see a beautiful sunrise and the surrounding landscape is just breathtaking. You will hike down around 2 hours, but depending on the speed the total hiking time should not take more than 6 hours. By 1 pm you will be back to your hotel to get a well-earned nap. Thu,s if volcanoes and climbing is your thing, include this adventure on your Bali 2 week trip.
Other Cool Places to Visit on Top of Bali 2 Week Itinerary
Visit Banyuwedang Province in Bali
Banyuwedang province is located far across the Bali island away from the main tourist spots. However, if that is what you are looking for – blending in with the locals, you are looking in the right direction. This place is famous for snorkeling and hot springs in the region. It is close to Gilimanuk, where people board the ferry across to Java, thus if you are heading that way you can make a one night stop in Banyuwedang.
What to Do in Lovina Bali?
Lovina attracts tourists mainly because of dolphin watching activities. Also, this province is famous for its unusual black sand beaches. Previously mentioned hot springs can be reached from either Lovina or Banyuwedang. Thus, you are free to choose to stay in either one of the places. The road across Bali island to Lovina takes you through lush rice fields and up into hills where several lakes are to be found. Surprisingly it even gets cold along the way across the island due to the altitude changes. We crossed the whole island on a motorbike from one side to the other in around 3 hours and the views were purely magical. We stopped several times to take beautiful photos of the lakes and temples we saw on the way.
Luxury Bali Vacation in Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is a luxury region in Bali, mostly for the high-end vacationers. Where to stay in Bali and enjoy a luxury life? Nusa Dua will be your best bet! However, if you are on a budget the beaches are still beautiful so it is worth to take a half day trip here. The most important place to see is Waterblow. It is a point where the water rushes against the cliffs, so when the waves are strong getting soaking wet is guaranteed! It is quite a fun place and the whole park area is nice for a picknick or just a relaxing walk.
Best Honeymoon Place in Bali – Nusa Lembongan
If there is a single honeymooners paradise Nusa Lembongan must be it. It is located off the Bali coast so the island is very serene and secluded. If you want to see the crystal clear waters without going to Lombok or Gili Islands, because of the lack of time – this is the place. The beaches are so beautiful and the water so clear that you have to see it to believe it. Nusa Lembongan is also one of the less visited places in Bali, which provides for that long sought after authenticity.
Bali 2 Week Itinerary is Ready – Time to Pack and Go!
Planning your Bali 2 week itinerary might be overwhelming so hopefully, you found our itinerary useful. To our minds, these are the best places to explore in Bali. Flexibility is key so feel free to exclude places you think you might not like and spend some more time in places you absolutely love. This Indonesian island has so much to offer that most of the time 2 weeks in Bali will not be enough.
Thus, if you are staying for a longer time, you might work in some places from our worthy mentions section. If you have not bought the tickets yet, go ahead and do that with our guidance on how to find cheap flight deals. Let us know if you have been to Bali and loved some other places that we did not mention!