Bali 2-week itinerary
If you still haven’t purchased flights for your 2-week trip to Bali, I recommend you use Skyscanner. I always use this search engine, as it is easy to find the cheapest flights. The airlines Emirates, Qatar, Turkish Airlines, or Aeroflot offer flights to Bali from several major cities with only one stopover. The airport of Bali is located in Denpasar, in the southern part of the island.
Remember that one of the requirements to enter Bali and the rest of Indonesia is to have a visa on arrival (VOA). You can process it online in advance or once you arrive in Indonesia.
After going through airport security, you can take the opportunity to buy a SIM card for your cell phone and exchange currency. Doing this outside the airport is more affordable, but sometimes more of a hassle as well.
To go from the airport to your hotel, I recommend you take a cab or use Grab or Gojek (Uber style). You will be able to find them at any time, so don’t worry if you arrive in Bali late at night.
Don’t miss my article about the best things to do in Bali.
Summary Bali in 2-week itinerary
– Canggu: 2 nights.
– Ubud: 4 nights.
– Amed: 3 nights.
– Nusa Penida: 2 nights.
– Nusa Lembongan: 1 night.
– Uluwatu: 1 night.
Day 1: Canggu
↠ Canggu: 2 nights – View hotels in Canggu.
Canggu is a region in Bali that has become increasingly popular during the last few years. I warn you that here you will not see the most traditional side of Bali, but you will be able to enjoy beautiful sunsets at the beach, cafeterias and restaurants, surf, yoga, stores, etc.
You can also take the opportunity to withdraw money (I did it at the BNI bank), exchange currency (ask your hotel’s staff to recommend a place to exchange) and get a SIM card if you didn’t already do it at the airport and want to have data service.
After arriving at your hotel, leave your luggage and rest for a while. I recommend you rent a motorcycle and get lost in the streets of Canggu. To end the day, go to Batu Bolong Beach or Echo Beach and enjoy the sunset while having a drink and tasting grilled corn on the cob with spicy sauce.
If you are in Canggu on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I recommend you go have dinner at Berawa’s Kitchen, an outside food court where they have live music. Other cool places to visit in Canggu are Tamora Gallery (an outdoor gallery with stores and restaurants), Old Man’s (for a night out), Love Anchor Market (to buy souvenirs) and Sunday’s Market (in La Brisa).
If you want to know more detailed information about Canggu and discover more places, I recommend you read my guide to visiting Canggu.
🏨 HOTEL RECOMMENDATION IN CANGGU:
- $: Asung Guesthouse (my guesthouse), The Uma Guesthouse.
- $$: Maylie Bali Bungalows, Umah CinCin (my hotel).
- $$$: Kano Canggu.
- $$$$: Mayana Villas, Own Villa.
Day 2: Canggu
Second day in Bali: activities in Canggu, visit to Tanah Lot and Pasut Beach.
Start your second day in Canggu with one of the most popular breakfasts in the trendy cafes: the smoothie bowl. I recommend Secret Spot or Crate Cafe.
Activities in Canggu
In the morning, I propose the following plans:
– Surfing in Canggu. If you like this sport or would like to try it, Bali is a good place to do it. On the beaches of Canggu, you can rent a table or, if you are still a beginner, you can go to a school so that they give you a class. If you want, you can reserve this 2-hour surf class in Canggu.
– Yoga. Many of you will not go to Bali to practice yoga, but if you are a lover of this discipline, in Canggu you will be able to find many centers where yoga is practiced. I recommend Serenity Eco Guesthouse and Yoga.
– To go to a beach club. In Bali there are many beach clubs. Normally you pay for the entrance and then they discount you a part of the price in the consumptions. In Canggu, I recommend you Finns Beach Club, La Brisa or The Lawn. If you prefer to save some money, you can go to the beach on your own. I recommend you to go to Echo Beach.
– Rice paddies. Something that not many people know about Canggu is that there are also very beautiful rice fields. Get on your motorcycle and get lost between the streets of Jalan Pantai Pererenan and Jalan Raya Seseh. You can also go to Jogging Track Subak Uma Desa or Selingsing Jogging Track.
In the afternoon, I suggest you visit the Tanah Lot temple, a must-do in Canggu. The best time to visit this place is at sunset, although it is also true that this is when there are more people. If you prefer to avoid crowds, I recommend going a couple of hours before sunset. It is possible to hire in advance this guided tour of the Tanah Lot, thanks to which you can learn many things about this temple.
If you choose the second option, I propose another place to watch the sunset: Pasut Beach. It is a black-sand beach located a little further west of the island. It is a quiet place and is more frequented by locals than tourists. From Canggu, it takes about half an hour by motorcycle.
🍽️ MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN CANGGU:
- Local food: Warung Bu Mi, Warung Local.
- Cafes: Secret Spot Bali, Matcha Cafe Bali, Copenhagen, Ithaka Warung, BGS Canggu.
- International food: Tygr, Luigi’s Hot Pizza, Ji Restaurant Bali.
Day 3: Canggu → Ubud
↠ Ubud: 4 nights – View hotels in Ubud.
Transfer from Canggu to Ubud. Check in at the hotel.
In what’s left of the day in Ubud, I recommend visiting sites near the town of Ubud: Monkey Forest, Ubud Traditional Art Market, Goah Gajah Temple, Saraswati Temple, and Campuhan Ridge Walk.
– Monkey Forest. If you have never seen a monkey and are excited to do so, in this forest you can see how hundreds of them have fun playing with each other and approaching tourists. Hours: 9:00–18:00.
– Ubud Traditional Art Market. Come to this Ubud market if you want to find typical handicraft products and souvenirs. Do not forget to bargain with sellers.
– Goa Gajah Temple (Elephant Cave). Do not miss this temple, which features a cave that gives it its name, a stone pool, and gardens.
– Saraswati Temple. Visit the gardens and fountains outside this temple, dedicated to the goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom and learning.
– Campuhan Ridge Walk. It is a stone path that crosses hills full of vegetation. I recommend going at sunrise or sunset.
If you want to know more detailed information about Ubud and discover different things to do, I recommend you read my Ubud travel guide.
🏨 HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS IN UBUD:
Day 4: Ubud
Places to visit on the fourth day: Tegalalang Rice Fields, Tirta Empul Temple, Tibumana Waterfall and Kanto Lampo Waterfall.
Tegalalang Rice Fields
Get up early, get on the motorcycle and head north to the rice fields of Tegalalang. I recommend you arrive as early as possible, just after sunrise if possible, as later there are too many tourists and it is very hot (it is very humid). Besides, your visit to this amazing place will be much more special.
Entrance to Tegalalang is free; however, it is possible that at the entrance gates to the rice fields, you will find people who want to sell you a ticket. Ignore them and continue on your way. Of course, inside the rice fields, there are farmers who ask you for some money to let you continue on your way, but it is not much.
Tirta Empul Temple
After visiting these incredible rice fields, head to Tirta Empul Temple, one of the most famous temples in Bali, dedicated to Vishnu, god of water. Their sources possess sacred waters and you will be able to find locals and tourists making a ritual of cleanliness and Balinese purification. Schedule: 8:00–18:00.
Tibumana and Kanto Lampo Waterfalls
Once you have visited the temple, head further south until you arrive at the Tibumana Waterfall, one of the best waterfalls in Bali. From the parking lot to the waterfall, there is a walk full of beautiful vegetation. Once you arrive at the waterfall, you will be able to bathe and appreciate the beauty of the place.
5 kilometers south of Tibumana is Kanto Lampo, a waterfall whose popularity is growing every day. What makes this waterfall special is that the water falls through different channels, hitting the stones that are part of the waterfall.
🍽️ RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS IN UBUD:
- Local food: Warung Janggar Ulam, Sugriwa’s Warung, Ithaka Warung.
- Healthy food: Clear Cafe, Zest Ubud, Kafe.
- Restaurants with a view: Cretya Ubud, Layana Warung, Sayan Point.
Day 5: Ubud
It’s now time to go on a trip to the north of Bali: Handara Gate, Bali Twin Lakes, Sekumpul Waterfall and Ulun Danu Bratan Temple.
The north of Bali is one of my favorite regions on the island and a place that cannot be excluded from your Bali 2-week itinerary. I like it so much because it is much more peaceful than other parts of Bali, in addition to being a region with a cooler temperature (do not forget to take a jacket).
I recommend you begin your trip to northern Bali at Handara Gate. This Balinese gate, which is actually the entrance to a golf club, has gained popularity throughout the years and has become one of the most photographed places on the island. If you want to take a photo at this place, arrive as early as possible, unless you want to waste your time waiting in line. By the way, it used to be free to go there to take pictures; now you have to pay around $2.
Bali Twin Lakes
Head back on the road until you arrive at Bali Twin Lakes, two lakes located next to the other and surrounded by abundant vegetation. Hike, enjoy the view from a viewpoint, or take some photos on one of the numerous swings that you will be able to find in the surroundings. I recommend Wanagiri Hidden Hills.
The north is full of incredible waterfalls. The one that I recommend you visit, which also happens to be the most famous, is Sekumpul. It is one of the most impressive waterfalls that I have seen in Bali. Unfortunately, visiting the waterfall isn’t free any longer. It is now mandatory to visit the place with a guide at a price that, in my opinion, is a little excessive. You can visit it without a guide, but they only allow you access to a viewpoint.
Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Before the sun sets, I recommend you visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. It is located near the banks of Lake Bratan. This temple is dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of water, rivers, and lakes. Visit the temple on foot or rent a small boat to enjoy the view from the water.
If you want to know more information about this region of the island as well as discover different plans, I recommend you read my northern Bali travel guide.
Day 6: Ubud
You have different options: Jatiluwih rice fields, Leke Leke waterfall, Nungnung waterfall, Besakih Temple, or Tukad Cepung waterfall.
On your last day in Ubud, you can visit any of the places mentioned above, depending on what you feel like doing. I recommend visiting every place; however, the distances between the places are too great to visit them all in one day, so you will have to choose just a few of them.
Jatiluwih Rice Fields
The rice fields of Jatiluwih are not as popular as the rice fields of Tegalalang, but they are just as beautiful. In fact, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. It is a place that I still haven’t been to. My partner and I tried once, but we had to turn back because of a storm.
The second time we planned to go, we were warned that it was not a good time as they were dry and harvested. Before going all the way to the rice fields, ask your hotel staff if it is a good time to visit them.
Nungnung and Leke Leke Waterfalls
Two of my favorite waterfalls in Bali are Nungnung and Leke Leke; both are beautiful! They are not located very far from each other, but it still takes a little over half an hour to go from one waterfall to the other. Accessing Leke Leke is easier, as you only have to walk a short distance and the trail is straighter. To visit Nungnung, you have to go down and up many stairs. But it is worth it.
The Besakih Temple is the biggest and most important temple in Bali. Known as the Mother Temple, it is located at the base of Mount Agung. It is composed of a great number of temples, but the most important is the Pura Penataran Agung. A curious fact is that it miraculously survived the great volcanic eruption of 1963.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Tukad Cepung is also on of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. It stands out for being located inside a cave. At about 10:00 in the morning, the light enters a crevice and illuminates the cave.
Day 7: Ubud → Amed
↠ Amed: 3 nights – View hotels in Amed.
Transfer from Ubud to Amed. Check in at the hotel.
Amed Beach is another of my favorite zones in Bali. It is a small town located next to the sea with views of the incredible Mount Agung. It is a peaceful place, but it still has several stores, restaurants and numerous hotels. That being said, it is a very good place from which to visit the eastern part of Bali.
After having spent several exhausting days in Ubud, I recommend spending a peaceful afternoon in Amed and recovering for the following days. Get on the motorcycle and explore the rice fields inland, stroll along the seashore, appreciate the sunset from a viewpoint, snorkel, etc.
🏨 HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS IN AMED:
Day 8: Amed
Visit Lempuyang Temple, Ujung Water Palace, Virgin Beach and Bias Tugal Beach.
It is one of the most visited temples on the island and a must on a Bali 2-week itinerary. Although it is a complex formed by several sanctuaries, the most famous place (and one that you have surely seen several times on social networks) is the one in the photo above. It makes sense; Balinese gates with Mount Agung in the background are a picture that no one wants to miss.
However, now I am going to give you a piece of advice that will completely change your experience visiting this place: get up early! I recommend you get to Lempuyang between 6:00 and 6:30 in the morning, depending on what time the sunrise is. You will have to get up very early, but it will be worth it.
I’m giving you this advice because, at other times of the day, there will be thousands and thousands of visitors present, and you will have to stand in line for several hours just to take a photo—which, to be honest, seems ridiculous to me. So, I suggest going very early in the morning if you want to explore this site in peace. You won’t have to wait as long to have your photo taken, and you can soak in the beauty of the location more fully.
Entrance to Lempuyang used to be by donation but now costs about IDR 100,000. Wearing a sarong is mandatory (you’ll be provided with one there).
Ujung Water Palace
Another temple in the east of Bali that you can visit is the Ujung Water Palace. It occupies a quite extensive area full of ponds and gardens. The most popular part of the temple is a pillar with several columns and no roof. The entrance costs 50.000 IDR and is open from 7:00 to 19:00.
Virgin Beach / Bias Tugal Beach or free afternoon in Amed
After visiting several temples, I recommend you go to Virgin Beach, a beach located on the southeast coast of Bali. You will be able to enjoy a bath, relax on a lounger, and eat something in one of the numerous warungs (local restaurants) that you will find on the same beach. Another beach worth visiting is Bias Tugal Beach. I loved it!
If you don’t feel like going to these beaches, you can return to Amed and enjoy the afternoon there. A good plan is to go snorkeling at the USAT Liberty Shipwreck, located a few kilometers from Amed.
🍽️ RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS IN AMED:
- Cafes: Rimba Cafe, Green Leaf Cafe.
- Restaurants: Galanga, Blue Earth Village.
Day 9: Amed
Visit to Bukit Cinta, Tirta Gangga Temple and Lahangan Sweet Viewpoint.
Sunrise at Bukit Cinta
If you like photography or just want to enjoy beautiful views of Mount Agung, I recommend you start your day at Bukit Cinta. Visit this place at dawn, since at this moment of the day the light is better and the photos will be much more beautiful. Just at this viewpoint, there is a restaurant called Bali Asli that has a terrace with beautiful views of the mountain. They serve local food, although I must warn you that it is quite expensive relative to Bali prices.
Next, visit Tirta Gangga. This temple is named after the Ganges River, a sacred river in Hinduism. It consists of water gardens where you can find numerous ponds and sculptures. The most famous point is the pond, which has sculpted stone walkways. However, I recommend a walk through the entire complex, as it has many other charming corners that exude tranquility.
Lahangan Sweet Viewpoint
After enjoying a break in Amed, I highly recommend going to Lahangan Sweet, a beautiful viewpoint from which to watch the sunset with Mount Agung in the background. The best-known corner of this place is a wooden platform anchored to the trunk of a tree. The picture is beautiful!
Don’t miss my Amed travel guide to discover all the secrets of East Bali.
Day 10: Amed → Nusa Penida
↠ Nusa Penida: 2 nights – View hotels in Nusa Penida.
Nusa Penida to Amed Beach transfer. There are two ports in Bali that can be used to travel to Nusa Penida: Sanur and Padang Bai (local ferry). The closest port from Amed Beach is Padang Bai. To find out what time the Padang Bai to Nusa Penida ferry departs, I suggest asking the personnel at your hotel there. They can be scheduled in advance at 12Go Asia. Check in at the hotel.
Nusa Penida island is full of untamed and fascinating natural attractions that will manage to astonish you one after another. If you plan to create a Bali 2-week itinerary, it is, in my opinion, a must-visit place. To get to know the island, I advise staying in the western part of the island and renting a motorcycle (the roads are a lot better now than they used to be).
For the remainder of the day, I recommend you visit Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, and Crystal Bay.
Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong
These places are located next to each other. Broken Beach is a small cove located next to a natural arch that wraps around the bay and allows water to flow in and out of the ocean. Angel’s Billabong is a small natural pool whose tide fluctuates thanks to the ocean waves.
To end the day, I recommend you go to Crystal Bay at sunset and go for a nice swim in the sea. This place is usually very crowded throughout the day as many tours arrive, but at this time there are not many people, and you can enjoy a lot of peace and quiet. In addition, the road that leads to the beach is full of palm trees and is beautiful.
🏨 HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS IN NUSA PENIDA:
- $: Nuansa Penida Hostel (my hotel), Agasta Villa.
- $$: Meket Bungalows, Sebuluh Sunset Hill.
- $$$: Penida Bambu Green Suites.
Day 11: Nusa Penida
Day 11: Visit Kelingking Beach, Diamond Beach, and Rumah Pohon Treehouse.
It’s time to explore some of Nusa Penida’s most incredible places!
I recommend you start the day very early and visit Kelingking Beach, one of the most famous places in Bali. Before going to this beach, I had seen photos of it on social media an infinite number of times. For this reason, I thought I would not be so impressed to see it, but nothing could be further from the truth. Kelingking Beach never disappoints.
Visit this beach as early as possible to avoid the crowds and the intense heat, especially if you are going down to the beach, which I highly recommend. In this case, remember to bring appropriate footwear and water. The path is a bit complicated, especially the last stretch, but it is worth it. I do not advise getting into the water completely, as the tide is strong. On the beach, there is a stall where they sell food and drinks.
Diamond Beach and Rumah Pohon Treehouse
Once you have finished visiting Kelingking Beach, it is time to get on the motorcycle and go to the other end of the island to visit another spectacular beach, Diamond Beach. You will understand why it’s named the way it is once you get to the lookout point and have it in front of your eyes. As in Kelingking Beach, you can go down to the beach. On the other side of the lookout point, you’ll find Atuh Beach.
After visiting Diamond Beach, one place that might interest you is Rumah Pohon Tree House, a tree house that has become famous thanks to Instagram. To get to it, you’ll also have to go down a few steps.
If you have time to spare in the afternoon, other things to see and do in Nusa Penida are snorkeling with manta rays at Manta Point, Tembeling Natural Pool and Peguyanan Waterfall.
🍽️ RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS ON NUSA PENIDA:
- Cool restaurants: Penida Colada Beach Bar, Secret Penida Cafe, Amok Sunset and Warnakali Restaurant Nusa Penida.
- Cafes and local places: Warung Forest, Sunny Cafe Penida and Ogix Warung.
Day 12: Nusa Penida → Nusa Lembongan
↠ Nusa Lembongan: 1 night – View hotels in Nusa Lembongan.
Transfer from Nusa Penida to Nusa Lembongan. Check in at the hotel.
I recommend you visit Nusa Lembongan as early as possible to enjoy the full day on the island. Apart from touring Nusa Lembongan, don’t miss Nusa Ceningan, a small island accessible from Lembongan via a small yellow bridge. Nusa Ceningan, in my opinion, is much prettier.
Nusa Lembongan: Devil’s Tear and beaches
Some of the busiest beaches on Nusa Lembongan are Dream Beach, Mushroom Bay and Jungutbatu Beach. My favorite out of all these beaches is Dream Beach.
Near this beach is Devil’s Tear. Here you can see how the water reaches several meters high when it hits the cliffs, as if it were a blowhole. If you visit this place on a sunny day, don’t miss the rainbow that forms thanks to this phenomenon. Don’t get too close to the edge, as it can be dangerous.
Nusa Ceningan: Blue Lagoon and beaches
In Nusa Ceningan, you cannot miss Blue Lagoon. Here, I was able to see the most beautiful and intense blue I had ever seen in my life. You can walk around the entire cliff that surrounds the lagoon and appreciate the views of the lagoon.
Between one and two hours before sunset, I recommend going to one of the beachside cafes on Nusa Ceningan. You can take a swim while you have a drink and watch the sunset. In this area the water is very calm and clear. We went to a cafe called The Sand and I really liked it. There were swings and sun loungers, it was very nice.
Another beach you can visit in Nusa Ceningan is Secret Beach. Or if you prefer to have a drink while cliff jumping, don’t miss Mahana Point.
🏨 RECOMENDACIONES DE HOTELES EN NUSA LEMBONGAN:
- $: Dream Beach Hostel Lembongan.
- $$: Dayung Villas, Lembongan Seaview.
- $$$: The Acala Shri Sedana (my hotel).
Day 13: Nusa Lembongan → Uluwatu
↠ Uluwatu: 1 night – View hotels in Uluwatu.
Transfer from Nusa Lembongan to Uluwatu. You can book it in advance at 12Go Asia. Check in at the hotel.
Visit to Nyang Nyang Beach, Uluwatu Cliff and Uluwatu Temple.
Nyang Nyang Beach
I recommend you visit Nyang Nyang Beach, one of Bali’s most stunning beaches, if you’ve arrived in Uluwatu feeling upbeat. The beach is 1.5 km long, has white sand, and is encircled by a number of cliffs. Since there are numerous steps to descend in order to reach the beach, it is quite challenging. The upside is that you won’t find many people around. Update: A motorcycle can now be used to get there.
After enjoying this amazing beach, you can go to Uluwatu Cliff, also known as Karang Boma Cliff. The ocean views are beautiful. From the cliff, you can also see in the distance the Uluwatu Temple, the next place on the list.
To end the day, I recommend you go to the Uluwatu Temple, built on a 70-meter cliff. During the sunset (from 18:00 to 19:00), a traditional dance called the Kecak Fire Dance is held. If you are interested in seeing it, I recommend that you buy the ticket to the Uluwatu Temple show in advance.
Don’t miss my Uluwatu travel guide if you want to know more about this area of Bali.
🏨 HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS IN ULUWATU:
- $: Kayu Tua Villa.
- $$: Telaga Sari (my hotel), Oceanna.
- $$$: Hari Indah Boutique Hotel & Spa.
- $$$$: Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa, one of the best hotels in all of Bali.
Day 14 – Bali 2-week itinerary: Uluwatu
Day 14 is beach day! You can choose from all these places: Balangan Beach, Binging Beach, Thomas Beach, Suluban Beach, Melasti Beach, Sundays Beach Club and Single Fin (sunset bar) or Mana Uluwatu.
Balangan Beach Viewpoint
Uluwatu has the best beaches of all Bali and this day it touches to discover if it is true. I recommend you begin the morning at the Balangan Beach viewpoint. The views are very pretty.
Next, you can visit Bingin Beach. It is a small and cozy beach, a good place to take the first swim of the day. In front of the beach there are several bars and restaurants, so if you haven’t had breakfast or feel like having a drink, it is a good place to do so.
Thomas Beach (pictured above) is one of my favorite beaches in Uluwatu. It is one of the best beaches to stay a few hours and enjoy the sun and the sea. You can rent sun loungers for the whole day or a few hours at a good price. You can also rent surfboards and eat at one of the many restaurants.
Another beach that is never missing from any visit to Uluwatu is Suluban Beach, a beach well known among surfers. To access it, you have to go through a kind of cave formed by the rocks.
Single Fin or Mana Uluwatu
To end the day, I recommend Single Fin, one of the most famous bars in Uluwatu, to watch the sunset. Order a Bintang beer and enjoy the show. You can also go to Mana Uluwatu, a very cool restaurant-bar with a pool.
Sundays Beach Club or Melasti Beach
If you feel like relaxing a bit on your last day in Bali, I recommend going to Sundays Beach Club, located on a pristine beach. The admission fee includes a towel, wifi, kayak rental, snorkeling gear and a paddle board. We spent a day at the beach club on our first visit to Bali and we enjoyed it. If you wish to visit a beautiful beach, easily accessible and free of charge, head to Melasti Beach.
🍽️ RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS IN ULUWATU:
- Cafes: The Loft, Suka Espresso, BGS Uluwatu.
- Local food: D’alvie Kitchen, Kelly’s Warung.
Map: Bali in two weeks
In the following map, you can find all the areas and places to visit mentioned in this article and the hotels I have recommended, with their respective links to Booking.
If you have additional concerns about the places where you are going to stay during your trip to this island, take a look at my blog post about where to stay in Bali. Also, don’t forget to visit my Indonesia travel guide if you plan on visiting more places in the country.
I hope that this Bali 2-week itinerary has been of value to you in planning your unforgettable journey. If you have any questions, I encourage you to reach out to me by email or graciously share your thoughts in the comments section below. See you next time!