Entry requirements for Indonesia
Right now it is possible to enter Indonesia with a visa on arrival (VOA), which is available for 60 countries, including the United States, Canada and the UK.
This visa allows you to stay in the country for 30 days. If you wish to stay longer in Indonesia, it is possible to make a visa extension and stay another 30 days (total of 60 days).
The requirements to travel to Bali (or rest of Indonesia) with the “visa on arrival” are the following ones:
- Passport valid for at least the next 6 months.
- Outbound ticket from Indonesia.
- COVID-19 certificate of vaccination (at least 2 doses) or certificate of exemption.
- Only for those who have one dose of the vaccine: negative PCR result taken no later than 72 hours before the departure flight to Indonesia or antigen test taken 24 hours before the flight. Those who have at least 2 doses of the vaccine no longer need to submit PCR.
- Download the PeduliLindungi app and create a profile.
- Have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 in Indonesia. I recommend the insurance company I always use: Heymondo. You can book your insurance with a 5% discount through this link.
- Proof of booking at least one accommodation (any duration).
Important: Entry requirements to travel to Indonesia, or any other country, are constantly changing. For this reason, I recommend confirming this information. Check the IG account of @balisolve, as they share the most updated information.
How to move around during your trip to Bali in 10 days
One of the main doubts that arise when organizing a trip to Bali is how to move around the island. Next I am going to explain you the different options to make the transfers in Bali:
– Rent a motorcycle. The most affordable way to move around Bali is renting a motorcycle. If you rent it for days, you can expect to pay $5 per day. You may be able to rent it in your villa. If not, the personnel will be able to recommend a reputable place where to rent it. Gasoline is also very cheap. I remind you to be very careful on the road as traffic can be crazy and priority rules are not fully upheld.
– Private driver-guide. If you prefer to opt for comfort, another option is to hire a driver/guide, who will not only take you to all the places you wish to visit but will also give you interesting information about the places you visit. It is more expensive but you will not have to worry about the routes and you will be able to have a closer contact with the culture and Balinese history.
– Cab, Grab or Gojek. If you only want to be taken from one place to another, you can take a cab or make use of the apps Grab or Gojek (similar to Uber).
-Book tours. In websites like Civitatis or GetYourGuide, it is possible to book organized tours to different areas of Bali. Also, it is possible to book a custom tour, in which you can choose all the stops that you want to do.
What to see and do in Bali in 10 days
Ready to begin to explore Bali? Let’s begin! Although first, take a look at my map of Bali to get a general idea of the trip.
SUMMARY OF THE BALI IN 10 DAYS ITINERARY:
- Ubud: 4 nights (search for hotels in Ubud).
- Amed: 2 nights (search for hotels in Amed).
- Nusa Penida: 1 night (search for hotels in Nusa Penida).
- Uluwatu: 2 nights (search for hotels in Uluwatu).
Day 1 of the Bali in 10 days itinerary. Arrival to Ubud
Depending on when you arrive in Ubud, you may be able to visit more or less of the places that I’ll mention below.
If you are unable to take advantage of the first day in Bali to visit the following tourist attractions, do not worry. They are all located in the center of Ubud, therefore, you will be able to approach them during the following days.
TRANSPORTATION IN UBUD: Once you arrive in Ubud, I recommend renting a motorcycle during your entire stay in the area. This way you can visit places on your own and save some money. If you do not want to ride a motorcycle, I recommend hiring a private driver-guide.
Campuhan Ridge Walk, first stop in this Bali in 10 days itinerary
The Campuhan Ridge Walk provides a great first contact with the nature of Bali. It is a narrow path that crosses the jungle of Ubud. When walking it, you will be able to enjoy a charming and, above all, green landscape.
It is advisable to go first thing in the morning or at dusk, since there is no shade during the day and it can get quite hot. If it is not convenient for you to visit during these hours, remember to wear sunscreen and a hat. Don’t forget to bring water.
The walk takes between 20 and 25 minutes one way. If you are going to go all the way to the end of the trail and back, you will need about 45 minutes. A little longer if you are going to make stops to appreciate the surroundings or take some pictures.
Ubud Monkey Forest
The center of Ubud is one of the main homes for monkeys in Bali. The Ubud Monkey Forest invites you to take a walk among trees, temples and, of course, hundreds of Indonesian Macaques. If you have never seen this animal closely, you will find it very entertaining to observe its behavior. Besides, the place itself is very beautiful.
I remind you that you have to be careful with monkeys. Some of the recommended safety measures are to watch your possessions, do not touch or feed the monkeys, do not bring food, do not panic if a monkey climbs on you and do not stare into their eyes.
Hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Price: 80,000 IDR (adults), 60,000 IDR (children).
The Saraswati Temple, also known as the Ubud Water Palace, is located in the center of Ubud. It is dedicated to the goddess of knowledge and was constructed in the middle of the 20th century. The main attractions in the temple are the water ponds filled with lotus leaves and the entrance gate. In fact, tourists cannot access the interior as it is reserved for locals who come to pray. Access to the outdoor area is free of charge.
Every night, at 19:30h, a traditional Balinese dance is performed. The entrance costs 80.000 IDR.
Goa Gajah Temple
Another place that you visit near Ubud, located 5 km from the center, is the Goa Gajah Temple. Its name means “cave of the elephant”. This temple was built in the 11th century. Despite the temple being the main tourist attraction; the surroundings, full of gardens, ponds, sanctuaries and waterfalls, also attract visitors to the area.
Hours: 8:00h – 16:30h.
Price: IDR 50,000 (adults), IDR 30,000 (children).
Cretya Ubud, restaurant and pool overlooking the rice paddies
In my most recent trip to Bali (Indonesia), I discovered a place that fascinated me. That place is Cretya Ubud, a restaurant with several pools at different levels and with incredible views of the rice fields.
If you are able to visit all the places mentioned above on your first day in Bali, I recommend visiting this place, you will love it! The access costs 50,000 IDR. The food is a little expensive but it is delicious.
Hours: 9:00h – 21:00h.
Day 2. Outskirts of Ubud
On the second day in Bali, it’s time to take a day trip in the outskirts of Ubud. Pack your swimsuit, it’s time to explore some of the best waterfalls in Bali!
Visit the Tegallalang rice fields, an essential thing to do in Bali in 10 days
The Tegallaland Rice Fields are a must-see place in Bali in 10 days. If you have never visited a rice field before, this place will make you fall in love. Although you should know that the appearance of the rice fields changes depending on the time of year. In fact, it varies quite a bit, depending on whether the rice plants are fully grown or whether the rice has just been harvested.
You can observe the landscape from one of the viewpoints or enter the rice fields themselves. Access is free but it is possible that you will come across a farmer who wants to charge you some money to pass through their land. Totally fair in my opinion! In the surroundings there are several cafes with views of the same rice fields and swings.
Tegallalang is located about 25 minutes north of Ubud. I recommend that it be your first stop of the day and that you go as early as possible. Not only will there be fewer people, the temperature will also be more pleasant.
Tirta Empul Temple
Tirta Empul Temple is not only one of the most famous temples in Bali. It is also one of the most mystical and special corners that you will find on the island.
During your visit you will be able to see how locals and tourists perform a purification ritual. This takes place in the pools of sacred water that are in the center of the enclosure. If you would like to live a magical experience, I recommend performing the ritual. I haven’t had the opportunity to do it yet, but I’ve heard that it’s a very healing experience.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Price: IDR 50,000 (adults), IDR 35,000 (children).
After visiting the Tegallalang rice fields and the Tirta Empul Temple, it’s time to take a route through some of the waterfalls located near Ubud. The first one I recommend you visit is the Suwat Waterfall. Once you leave the motorcycle in the parking lot, you will have to walk for 10 minutes to reach it.
This waterfall is very nice. If you are looking to take a good bath in a natural pool and enjoy a beautiful environment, this is the place for you. You can also get on the bamboo raft.
Price: 15.000 IDR.
The next waterfall that I recommend visiting is Tibumana. Like the previous waterfall, this one also has a natural pool deep enough to bathe. In addition, the waterfall is higher and more abundant.
The path towards Tibumana waterfall is as beautiful as the waterfall. Before getting the parking lot, you will pass through a narrow road surrounded by rice fields and beautiful palm trees. It is a very cool place to take a photo. From the parking lot, it takes about 10 minutes to get to the waterfall.
Price: 15.000 IDR.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall
The Ubud Waterfall Route ends at Kanto Lampo. This waterfall draws attention because the water falls through numerous jets, creating a very picturesque picture. In addition, access to it is very easy. You will only have to walk for 5 minutes.
Day 3. Ubud: Excursion to Munduk (north of Bali)
On the third day in Bali, I suggest you make a trip to the north-central area of the island, known as Munduk. The day is full of temples, viewpoints and waterfalls. Are you ready?
Let me remind you that this region of Bali is quite cool and humid, therefore, do not forget to take a jacket. If it is waterproof, even better.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
The first stop of the day will be at the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, which stands out for its incredible location. The temple is located on the shores of Lake Beratan, in the town of Bedugul. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of water, rivers and lakes.
Apart from the wonderful natural surroundings, the most remarkable place in the temple is the sanctuary with the 11-tiered roof. Apart from strolling through the enclosure and observing this striking construction, you can rent a boat and take a walk on the lake.
Hours: 7:00h – 19:00h.
Price: 50.000 IDR (adultos), 25.000 IDR (niños).
A little further north of the temple, you will find Handara Gate. These typical Balinese gates are the entrance to a resort and gold club. The place does not have much historical or cultural interest but it must be admitted that it is beautiful. For this reason, many tourists decide to make a short stop to observe the giant gate up close and take a photo.
Price: 30.000 IDR.
Hidden Hills Wanagiri
Once you pass finish visiting Handara Gate, it’s time to follow the path further north. Before long, you’ll find yourself circling Lake Buyan. On this road there are many viewpoints where you can stop and enjoy the views of the lake. I recommend you advance until you reach Hidden Hills Wanagiri. Here you will find several swings and attractions where you can take a good photo to remember. You have to pay entrance.
If you prefer to save that money, you can stop at the “Twin Lake View” viewpoint, located between Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan. Another option is to stop at a cafeteria or warung and have a drink while you appreciate the landscape.
Price: 100.000 IDR.
The next stop is the Sekumpul Waterfall, one of the most impressive in Bali. The waterfall itself and the environment until you reach it, are a real wonder. You can enjoy the waterfall from several viewpoints or reaching its base, for which you will have to do a little trekking.
One of the drawbacks of visiting this waterfall is that you are forced to hire a guide. In my case, more than 2 years ago, I managed to visit it on my own, but I think now it’s a bit more regulated. The price is exorbitant because you really don’t need a guide. Still, the scenery makes it worthwhile.
If you prefer to go to other cheaper waterfalls in the area, I recommend Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, Gitgit, Red Coral Waterfall or Banyu Wana Amertha.
Sekumpul price: IDR 20,000 (without guide) / IDR 125,000 (with guide).
Leke Leke waterfall, do forget to add this place to your Bali in 10 days itinerary
Back in Ubud, it’s time to make another stop along the way. It is possible that you are already tired but I assure you that this place deserves that you make one last effort. This is the Leke Leke Waterfall, my favorite in Bali. You just have to look at the photo to get an idea of the beauty of this place. You can not lose this!
From the parking lot, you have to walk about 10-15 minutes. The trail doesn’t have any big inclines or stairs, so you’ll also really enjoy the walk.
Price: 50.000 IDR.
Day 4. Ubud: Nungnung and day trip to Canggu
On your fourth day in Bali, I propose an optional visit and an excursion to the Canggu area, one of the most famous towns on the island.
If you feel like adventure and getting to know more waterfalls, I suggest you include the Nungnung Waterfall in your itinerary. If, on the other hand, you want to spend a quieter day, my advice is to go directly to Canggu and enjoy the endless cafes, restaurants and beach clubs.
From Ubud, it takes about an hour to reach Nungnung Waterfall. Once you park the motorcycle, you have to go down about 500 steps. As I always say, going down is not the problem… but then going up! Of course, I assure you that the effort is worth it since we are in front of one of the most impressive waterfalls in Bali.
Next to the parking lot, there are several stalls selling snacks and drinks.
Price: 15.000 IDR.
After visiting the Nungnung Waterfall, it’s time to get back on the motorcycle. This time to go down to Canggu. This area of Bali stands out for its endless cafes and charming restaurants.
In addition, it is a good place to practice surfing if you are a beginner or if you have never done it before. Another of Canggu’s strengths are its sunsets, which you can enjoy from the beach or from one of the beach clubs.
Below, you can see some of my favorite places and plans in Canggu:
- Cafes and restaurants: Ithaka Warung (Asian and Spanish food), Warung Local (traditional food), Copenhagen Canggu, BGS (best coffee in Canggu), La Baracca (good pizza), Ji Restaurant Bali (Japanese restaurant with views), HoiAn by MeVui (Vietnamese food), Tygr, Ling-Ling’s (Seminyak)… There are plenty!
- Surf. Canggu is full of surfers. His waves are perfect for those who are just getting into this sport. On Batu Bolong beach you will find several stalls where you can rent equipment or hire a class.
- Beach clubs: Potato Head Beach Club (Seminyak), La Brisa (on Sundays there is a market of local products from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
- Get a massage. You cannot leave Bali without giving yourself a traditional Balinese massage. You can take advantage of your visit to Canggu to relax in one of its spas. I went to Dewah Spa (Pererenan street) a lot.
Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Bali
Very close to Canggu is one of the most famous temples in Bali. I speak of the Tanah Lot, dedicated to the god of the sea. This temple is located on an islet. When the tide is high, the temple is completely surrounded by water. When the tide is low, the temple is accessible by land.
You cannot enter the interior of the temple. Even so, the visit is totally worth it since the landscape is gorgeous. It is recommended to visit at sunset. However, I advise you to go in the afternoon and reserve the sunset to see it quietly from a beach in Canggu. Also, there will be fewer people.
Sunset from Echo Beach
After visiting the Tanah Lot I recommend you return to Canggu and enjoy the sunset quietly. For this, I advise you to go to Echo Beach. Watching the sunset from this beach is my favorite plan in Canggu. Do not miss it!
On the beach you will find several bars with armchairs on the sand where you can sit and enjoy a beer, a coconut, something to eat or whatever you fancy. You can also buy a spicy cob from one of the vendors. They are finger licking good!
After watching the sunset, if you still have room in your stomach, I recommend having dinner at one of the many restaurants in Canggu. The variety of cuisines is very wide, therefore, if you fancy something in particular, you can surely find it in this area of Bali.
Time to head back to your hotel in Ubud!
Day 5. Ubud → Amed
It’s time to leave Ubud behind to head towards the east of Bali, one of the most special areas of the island. If you read other itineraries of Bali in 10 days, they may not include Amed. I, however, did not want to leave this small fishing town out of my guide, as I consider it to be quite a magical and enchanting place.
To make the journey from Ubud to Amed, I recommend hiring a driver-guide, since it is convenient to take advantage of the trip to make some stops along the way. In this way, the driver will pick you up at your hotel in Ubud, take you to the places I mention below, and drop you off at your hotel in Amed.
HOTELS IN AMED: Book 2 nights in Amed. There are many hotels to choose from. Below, you’ll see several recommended hotels for different budgets: Bubu Racok Homestay, Bali Dive Resort Amed (our accommodation), Amed Beach Villa, The Griya Villas & Spa.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
If you want to visit more waterfalls, I recommend you make a first stop at Tukad Cepung Waterfall. This waterfall has become very popular in recent years because it is located inside a cave, which creates a very peculiar landscape. If you go early, you can visit the place with more peace of mind. Later, it gets crowded and loses quite a bit of charm.
Price: IDR 15,000.
La Montagne Coffee, coffee shop with views of the rice paddies and Mount Agung
On my last trip to Bali, I discovered a cafe-restaurant with incredible views. If you would like to have a coffee, or whatever you wish to have, overlooking the rice paddies and Mount Agung (Bali’s tallest volcano), stop at La Montagne Coffee. It will blow you away! Plus, it’s on the way to the next stop…
Besakih Mother Temple
The Mother Temple of Besakih is the largest and most important temple for the Balinese people. It is located at the bas of Mount Agung. A very curious fact about this religious building is that it was not affected by the 1963 volcano eruption. The locals saw this as the ultimate miracle.
The enclosure is made up of a total of 22 temples. I highly recommended visiting the temple with a local guide, as they can tell you the history of the place and a lot of information about Balinese culture.
Price: IDR 60,000 (adults), IDR 30,000 (children).
Sunset from Amed Beach
It’s time to get back on the road until and head back to Amed, where you will spend the next two nights. On your first afternoon in Amed, I recommend you put on your swimsuit and head to Amed Beach. On this beach I have enjoyed the most special baths in Bali.
The beach is made of black stones and is full of small fishing boats. It is not the typical paradisal beach at all but the waters are very calm and clear. It has a different beauty. Take the opportunity to do some snorkeling and watch the sunset over Mount Agung from the water.
Day 6. Outskirts of Amed, Bali in 10 days
Ready to discover the best of Eastern Bali? The sixth day of this itinerary is loaded with spectacular places to visit, so have a good breakfast that morning because you are going to need the energy.
TRANSPORTATION: I recommend renting a motorcycle in Amed to visit all these sites. However, if you prefer, you can hire a driver-guide.
The Lempuyang Temple is an essential place to see in Bali in 10 days. I am sure that your are familiar with this place since it is one of the most photographed corners of the island. My recommendation is that you go as early as possible as it is a very popular place among tourists.
Although the most famous corner of this place are those known as the “gates of heaven”, the complex has more temples spread over the hill. If you wish, you can take a walking tour and visit several of them.
Another mandatory stop in East Bali is at Tirta Gangga, known for its pond full of large gold fish. It is a royal palace that belonged to the Karangasem family and was built in 1948. It is beautiful wherever you look at it!
Snorkeling or diving in Amed
After visiting these two temples, head back to Amed, put on your bathing suit and go snorkeling or diving? I’m telling you from experience, it’s a great plan!
The best places to snorkel in Amed are Jemeluk Bay, Lipah Beach and the USAT Liberty, a cargo ship at the bottom of the sea. In all the places mentioned you can do both snorkeling and diving. If you do not have equipment, you can rent it at a good price.
Sunset from Lahangan Sweet
Another of my latest discoveries in Bali was Lahangan Sweet, a beautiful place to watch the sunset near Amed. It is located on top of a mountain and offers views of Mount Agung, if you are lucky enough to visit when the sky is clear, are impressive.
To get here you just have to put the name of the place on Google Maps. You will find a dirt road. Park your motorcycle and start walking. It takes around 20 minutes to get there. There is a moment when the path splits in two. You will have to go to the right, following the path that goes up.
Dinner in Galanga Restaurant
I do not usually include many places to eat or dine in my travel itineraries, since many times people eat wherever he or she wants. However, I have to make an exception for this restaurant. In its menu you will find dishes that fuse local food with European recipes and ingredients. We had a luxurious dinner and I did not want to miss the opportunity to recommend it. Of course, I recommend you reserve a table because it fills up.
The owners have another coffee shop in Amed called Rimba Café. We had breakfast there a couple of times and we really liked it too. If your hotel does not include breakfast, it is a very good to head to this place and have your first meal of the day.
Day 7. Amed → Nusa Penida
It’s time to leave Amed to go to Sanur, where you can take the ferry to go to Nusa Penida. The drive from Amed to Sanur takes just over 2 hours. The ferry from Sanur to Nusa Penida takes around 35 minutes. If you get up early, you can still take advantage of the whole afternoon on the island.
There is another port from which ferries to Nusa Penida also depart. It is located in Padang Bai and is closer to Amed (one hour and 20 minutes). However, there are fewer departure times and you won’t always find tickets online.
Once you arrive at the port of Nusa Penida, go to the accommodation to leave your bags, rent a scooter and get ready to discover the island.
TRANSPORTATION: Some time ago the roads were quite bad and many people decided not to rent a motorcycle. Now they are much better so I recommend visiting the island by motorcycle. As always, be very careful!
HOTELS IN NUSA PENIDA: Book 1 night in Nusa Penida. There are many accommodations. Below you can find some recommended hotels for different budgets: Nuansa Penida Hostel, The Mountain Cottage (our hotel), Meket Bungalows, Penida Bambu Green Suites.
Diamond Beach, a must-see place if you visit Bali in 10 days
One of the most stunning beaches you will find on Nusa Penida is Diamond Beach. It is located in the eastern part of the island. It takes about an hour to get there from the west side of Nusa Penida, which is where I recommend staying.
The best thing about this beach are the views from the viewpoint located between Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach. You can also go down to the beach and enjoy a short walk along the shore. Bathing is not recommended. If you want to swim, I recommend heading to Atuh Beach.
Rumah Pohon Tree House, enjoy a picturesque scenery
Adjacent to both beaches is the Rumah Pohon Tree House. This tree house is one of the most photographed places on the island for good reason. The very charm of the house and the natural environment in which it is located create one of the most picturesque images you will see on your trip. Once you park your bike, get ready to go down a few steps.
Peguyangan Waterfall, a waterfall located at the bottom of a cliff
If you have enough time, you can make an extra stop at this curious place. It is a waterfall located at the bottom of a cliff. To get to Peguyangan Waterfall you will have to go down some steep metal stairs anchored to the cliff face. It’s pretty scary!
It is a sacred place, so you will need to wear a sarong to visit. You can rent it right there.
Bath and sunset in Crystal Bay
To end your first day in Nusa Penida, I suggest you go to Crystal Bay, in the western part of the island. This beach, unlike many others, has quick and easy access. You can park the motorcycle right next to it. It is ideal for taking a bath, having a drink and watching the sunset.
Day 8. Nusa Penida → Uluwatu
It’s now the second day in Nusa Penida and it’s time to take advantage of it. During the morning of your eighth day in Bali, you will visit the most famous places on this island, including Kelingking Beach, a place that you cannot miss during your 10-day trip to Bali.
Kelingking Beach, the most famous place on the island
Kelingking Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Bali. I recommend you visit it first thing in the morning for several reasons. One of them is because there will be fewer people. Being such a popular place, it gets pretty crowded. On the other hand, at this time the sun is not as harsh, which you will appreciate if you plan to go down to the beach, and then go up.
You can enjoy the place observing the charming landscape from the viewpoints or, as I have already mentioned, you can go down to the beach. If you are going to go down, take water with you as there is a stand on the beach but it is not always open. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, etc. Wear good shoes because the path is rough. Especially the final stretch, where it’s time to climb.
Once on the beach, you may see people in the water. I recommend not swimming at Kelingking Beach as the waves and tides are strong and can be dangerous. You wouldn’t be the first to have problems.
Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong
Not far from the famous beach, you will find Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong, the other two most popular spots on Nusa Penida. They are located next to each other and there is not much to do other than taking a walk around the area and enjoying the scenery. They are both beautiful.
Snorkeling or diving with manta rays in Nusa Penida
If you are a lover of marine life, a very fun activity in Nusa Penida is snorkeling or diving at Manta Point, where it is very likely to see giant mantas. It’s an experience you will never forget. If you are going to dive, you can contact DPM Diving Nusa Penida.
It’s time to return to the mainland Bali. Once you arrive in Sanur, you can take a taxi or Grab/Gojek to go to your hotel in Uluwatu, where you will spend your last days in Bali.
If you arrive with time to see the sunset, I recommend you go to a place located in the Bingin area that is not well known among tourists. It is a cliff that has a grass plain, ideal for sitting down and having a drink while enjoying the views.
The coordinates are the following: -8.803298, 115.11639. You can leave your motorcycle at the far end of Jl. Pantai Bingin Street. In one of the last turns you will see a fence with an entrance. Walking by the entrance and approach the cliff.
HOTELS IN ULUWATU: Book 2 nights in Uluwatu. There are many hotels to choose from. Here are some recommended hotels for different budgets: Kayu Tua Villa, Oceanna, PinkCoco Uluwatu, Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa.
Day 9. Uluwatu, a must in Bali in 10 days
It’s time to explore Uluwatu from sunrise to sunset! This area of Bali has the best beaches on the island of Bali. It is a good place to end the trip, as there are many cool places to relax and bathe. Ready to discover the best of Uluwatu?
Below you will find the places I recommend visiting in Uluwatu. If you still have a lot of energy left, you can visit all of them. If you prefer to relax a bit, you can opt to visit only some of them and be more relaxed.
TRANSPORTATION IN ULUWATU: I recommend you rent a motorcycle in Uluwatu to visit all these sites. If you prefer, you can use Grab/Gojek or hire a driver-guide.
Balangan Beach Viewpoint
The first visit of the day is quite fast. You will visit Balangan Beach viewpoint. Once you arrive at the car park, instead of walking straight towards the beach, go to the right until you reach the famous viewpoint. From here you can have a nice view of the beach and cliffs.
Bingin Beach is one of the coolest beaches in Uluwatu. It’s beautiful, you can swim and it has a lot of cafes, restaurants and hotels on the beach. They are located on the cliff, one on top of the other, which creates quite a picturesque setting. To access it you have to go down a set of steps for 5 minutes.
Padang Padang Beach
Padang Padang is one of the most popular beaches in Bali. It is also one of the most beautiful. Because of this, there are usually quite a few people. Still worth a visit. To access it, you will have to go down a few steps. Along the way you are likely to see a monkey. Once you are on the beach, you can access other coves.
This is one of the most different and photogenic beaches in Uluwatu: Suluban Beach. In it you can find a kind of cave formed by the walls of the cliffs. It is also a very popular place among surfers.
Nyang Nyang Beach
A beach that I do recommend visiting is Nyang Nyang. It is an extensive white sand beach located at the foot of a cliff. It is a real beauty. Before, in order to access the beach, you had to beat yourself up going down steps. However, it is now accessible by motorcycle.
Before going down to the beach, I recommend you make a stop to see the plane located on the cliff. Next to it, you can get close to the cliff and enjoy a landscape that will remain etched in your mind.
There isn’t much shade on the beach, so don’t forget to bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Although if you are lucky, you can find some shade next to a bush.
The Uluwatu Temple is another essential place to visit in the area. It is located on a 70-meter cliff. The temple itself is quite small but the setting is impressive. Every evening at 6:00 p.m., there is a kecak show, a traditional Balinese dance. It is interesting to visit at this hour.
Price: 50.000 IDR.
Day 10. Uluwatu – Last day of this Bali in 10 days itinerary
The last day of this Bali route in 10 days has arrived! I suggest spending a day of pure relaxation and enjoyment. To do this, I am going to recommend 3 places that I love. Choose the one you fancy the most and get ready to savor every minute.
Melasti Beach, great beach to go swimming
Melasti Beach is another impressive beach in Uluwatu. In my opinion, it is one of the best to enjoy a good swim in the sea since the water is very clear and the beach does not have any rocks or reef. Access is comfortable and easy. You can go down with your vehicle to the beach.
Once you get to the beach you can rent sun loungers with umbrellas. Near the beach, there are many local restaurants, so don’t worry if you get thirsty or hungry. If you prefer, you can go to a beach club on the beach, such as Palmilla Bali or Cattamaran Beach Club.
Sundays Beach Club, my favorite beach club in Bali
If you want to spend the day at a beach club, I recommend Sundays Beach Club, located on a private beach. The place is very beautiful, the beach is amazing and the food is very tasty.
Admission costs IDR 100,000 ($6.50) and they ask you to spend a minimum of IDR 250,000 ($16.30) on food and drinks. Admission includes towel and kayak rental, snorkeling equipment, etc. It may seem a bit expensive if you compare the prices with the rest of the island but it is totally worth it.
Hours: 12:00h – 20:00h.
Mana Uluwatu, a bar-restaurant with a pool and views
Another place that I discovered on my last trip to Bali and that I really liked is Mana Uluwatu. It is a restaurant that has a swimming pool and bar with incredible sea views. Access to the pool is free. You just have to consume something in the bar or restaurant. There is no minimum spending budget. The place is great to relax and enjoy a few hours in the pool.
Other tips to visit Bali in 10 days
Here are some last tips before visiting Bali:
WHERE TO STAY IN BALI. Although my recommendation is that you spread out the nights in various areas, I would say that Ubud is the best area to stay in Bali if you are on the island for tourism. The town itself has many attractions and the surrounding area is full of temples, waterfalls and rice fields. Other areas that I recommend are Amed and Uluwatu.
TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR BALI. Travel insurance to travel to Indonesia is no longer mandatory. Although it is not mandatory, it is very important that you purchase international medical insurance for your trip. I always use and recommend Heymondo. I have had to use it several times and it has always worked great. You can purchase your insurance with a 5% discount here.
WHERE TO WITHDRAW MONEY IN BALI. Many of the ATMs in Bali do not charge extra fees for withdrawing money with a foreign card. I usually withdraw at an BNI Atm or at the bank. Use Revolut or N26 so that withdrawing Indonesian rupiah from the ATM costs you little or nothing extra.
WHERE TO RENT A MOTORBIKE IN BALI. I recommend renting a motorcycle once you arrive in Bali. Do not rent it online before because surely the price is very inflated. Many accommodations offer motorcycle rental. If not, ask a worker to recommend a nearby place to rent it. If during the trip, you can’t find a gas station nearby, don’t worry. You can find gasoline in many shops and stalls located on the road, although it is a bit more expensive.
INTERNET IN BALI. The internet in Bali works very well. You can buy a card at the airport (it is somewhat more expensive), at the company’s official store or at any phone store. I use and recommend the company Telkomsel. Another option is to buy a sim card from Holafly. In this way you will have internet from the moment you set foot in the country. It is more expensive but you will not waste time at the destination.
HOW TO GO FROM BALI AIRPORT TO YOUR HOTEL. The easiest and cheapest is to take a taxi or Grab at the airport itself. If you prefer, you can book your transfer from the airport to the hotel in advance.
I hope that this post about what to see in Bali in 10 days has been very useful to you in organizing your visit to this incredible Indonesian island. If you have any questions, I encourage you to leave a comment or write me an email. Until next time, travelers!