Requirements to enter Indonesia
At this moment, it is possible to enter Indonesia with a visa on arrival (VOA), which is available for 60 countries, including U.S, Canada, and UK.
This VOA allows you to stay in the country for 30 days. If you want to stay longer in Indonesia, it is possible to do a visa extension and stay another 30 days (total of 60 days).
The Bali entry requirements (or the rest of Indonesia) with a “visa on arrival” are the following:
– Passport valid for at least the next 6 months.
– Outbound ticket from Indonesia.
– COVID-19 certificate of vaccination (at least 2 doses) or exemption certificate.
– Only for those who have a dose of the vaccine: negative PCR result taken no more than 72 hours before departure 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 Heymondo travel insurance which is the insurance company that I always use. You can purchase your insurance with a 5% discount through this link.
– Proof of reservation of at least one hotel stay (any duration).
Important notice: The requirements to travel to Indonesia, or any other country, are constantly changing. For this reason, I recommend confirming this information. I recommend checking out @balisolve IG account as they share the most up to date information.
How to get around during your trip to Bali in 10 days
One of the main questions people ask themselves when planning a trip to Bali is how to get around the island. Below, I will explain the different ways to getting around in Bali:
– Rent a scooter. The most affordable way to get around in Bali is by renting a scooter. If you rent it for days, it usually costs around $5 per day. Your hotel or villa may even offer their own rental service. If not, the staff will tell you where to rent it. Gasoline is also very cheap. I remind you to be very careful on the road as the traffic can be crazy and the priority laws are not fully respected.
– Hire a private driver. If you prefer to opt for convenience and peace of mind, I recommend hiring a driver-guide, who will not only take you to all the places you ask, 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 journeys and you will be able to have a closer contact with the Balinese culture and history.
– Taxi, Grab or Gojek. If you just want to be taken from one place to another, you can take a taxi or use the Grab or Gojek apps (Uber type).
– Book day-trips. On websites such as Civitatis or GetYourGuide, it is possible to book trips to different areas of Bali. It is also possible to book personalized excursion, in which you can choose all the stops you want to make.
Places to visit in Bali in 10 days
Ready to start exploring Bali? Let’s begin! Although first, take a look at my map of Bali to get an idea of the trip.
SUMMARY OF TRIP TO BALI IN 10 DAYS:
- 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 this itinerary of Bali in 10 days. Arrival in Ubud
Depending on the time you arrive in Ubud, you may be able to visit more or less of the places I mention below.
If you arrive a bit late and are not able to visit places on your first day in Bali, do not worry. Every tourist attraction is located in the center of Ubud, therefore, you will be able to visit them during the following days.
TRANSPORTATION IN UBUD: Once you arrive in Ubud, I recommend renting a scooter for you entire stay in Ubud. You will be able to visit places on your own and save some money. If you do not want to ride a scooter, I recommend hiring a private driver-guide.
HOTELS IN UBUD: Book a total of 4 nights in Ubud. There are many accommodations. Here are some recommended hotels for different budgets: Buda Cottage Ubud, Raditya Villa Ubud, The Udaya Resorts & Spa.
Campuhan Ridge Walk, first stop in this itinerary of Bali in 10 days
Campuhan Ridge Walk is a great first introduction to Bali’s nature. It is a narrow path that crosses Ubud’s jungle. When going through it, you can enjoy a charming and, above all, green landscape.
I recommend going first thing in the morning or at sunset, as there is no shade during the day and it can get quite hot. If you can’t visit during the morning, remember to put on sunscreen and a hat. Also don’t forget to bring water.
Walking through the entire ridge takes between 20 and 25 minutes one way. If you’re going to get to the end of the trail and walk back, you’ll need around 45 minutes. You may take even longer if you are going to make stops to better appreciate the surroundings or take a photo.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud is home to one of the main monkey sanctuaries in Bali. The Ubud Monkey Forest invites you to take a walk among trees, temples and, of course, hundreds of monkeys. If you have never seen Macaques up close, you will find it very entertaining to observe. Also, the place itself is very beautiful.
I remind you that you have to be careful with monkeys. Some of the recommended safety measures are watching your possessions, not touching or feeding the monkeys, not carrying food, not panicking if a monkey climbs on you, and not looking them in the eye.
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: 80.000 IDR (adults), 60.000 IDR (children).
Saraswati Temple, also known as Ubud Water Palace, is located in the center of Ubud. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of knowledge and was built in the mid-20th century. The temple’s main tourist attractions are the ponds full of lotus flowers on the entrance. In fact, tourists aren’t allowed inside the temple because it’s reserved only for religious locals when they want to pray. Entrance to the outer part if free.
Every night, at 7:30 p.m, a tradicional Balinese dance is performed. The entrance fee is 80.000 IDR.
Goa Gajah Temple
Another place worth visiting very close to Ubud, only 5 km away, is the Goa Gajah Temple. Its name means “elephant cave”. This temple was built in the 11th century. Despite the cave being the best-known point of the temple, the surroundings, full of gardens, ponds, sanctuaries and some waterfalls, are also very popular amongst visitors.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
Entrance fee: 50.000 IDR (adults), 30.000 IDR (children).
Cretya Ubud, restaurant and pool with views to the rice fields.
On my most recent trip to Bali (Indonesia), I discovered a place that fascinated me. This is Cretya Ubud, a restaurant with several pools at different levels and with incredible views of the rice fields.
If on your first day in Bali you finish visiting the places I have mentioned early, I recommend going to this place. You’ll love it! Access costs IDR 50,000. The food is a bit expensive but it is very tasty.
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m – 21:00 p.m.
Day 2. Ubud’s surroundings
On day 2, we’ll visit some of the best places to visit around Ubud. Grab your swimsuit because we’ll visit some incredible waterfalls.
Visit Tegallalang rice fields, a must see place in Bali in 10 days
Tegallalang rice field is a must-see places during your trip to Bali in 10 days. If you’ve never visited rice fields, you’ll fall in love with this place. Although I have to mention that the rice fields may look different depending on the time of year you decide to visit. In fact, it varies a lot, sometimes the fields have rice plants and other times it is just a large mud field.
You can enjoy the rice fields from any of the many viewpoints, or taking a stroll through the rice fields. Entrance is free; however, you may run into local rice workers asking for a small donation. It’s fair in my opinion. There are several cafeterias nearby with views of the rice field and swings.
Tegallalang is located 25 minutes north of Ubud. I recommend visiting the rice fields very early in the morning. Not only will you avoid large crowds but also the temperature will be more pleasant.
Pura Tirta Empul
Tirta Empul isn’t just one of the most famous temples in Bali, but also one of the most mystic places you’ll find on the island
During your visit, you’ll be able to observe locals and tourists purifying themselves in water. It is a well-known ritual in this temple. The ritual takes place in the sacred pools inside the temple. If you are interested in a unique experience in Bali, I recommend doing this ritual. I haven’t been able to do it myself but I’ve been told that it’s live-changing.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: 50.000 IDR (adults), 35.000 IDR (children).
After visiting Tegallalang rice fields and Pura Tirta Empul, it’s time to plan a route to visit a few waterfalls located near Ubud. The first one I recommend visiting is Suwat Waterfall. Once you’ve parked your scooter, you’ll have to walk for about 10 minutes till you get to the waterfall.
This waterfall was very pleasant to visit, specially if you want to bathe in a natural pool and enjoy nature. You can also go for a ride on a bamboo platform as seen in the photo.
Entrance fee: 15.000 IDR.
The second waterfall I recommend visiting is Tubumana waterfall. Just like Suwat waterfall, Tubumana waterfall also has a natural pool, deep enough to swim in. In addition, the water falls from a greater height and in abundance.
The road to Tibumana waterfall is very beautiful as well. Before arriving to the parking lot, you pass by a narrow road with rice field and palm trees nearby. It’s a great road to take pictures in. From the parking lot to the waterfall, you’ll have to walk for about 10 minutes.
Entrance fee: 15.000 IDR.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall
This waterfall road trip through Ubud ends in Kanto Lampo. This waterfall gets a lot of attention because it has several water jets that create a very picturesque scenery. In addition, accessing the waterfall is fairly simple. You’ll only have to walk for about 5 minutes.
Day 3. Ubud: Day trip to Munduk – a must during your trip to Bali in 10 days
On your third day in Bali, I recommend going on a day trip to the north of Bali, known was Munduk. The trip to the north will be full of temples, viewpoints and waterfalls. Are you ready?
Before visiting the north of Bali, I should note that this part of Bali is a bit cooler and more humid. Therefore, don’t forget to take a waterproof jacket with you.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Our first stop will be at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, which stands out because of its location. The temple is located on the banks of the Beratan lake, in Bedugul. It’s dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of water, rivers and lakes.
Aside from the wonderful natural surroundings, what stands out about 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 of Operation: 7:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: 50.000 IDR (adults), 25.000 IDR (children).
A little further north of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, you will find Handara Gate. These traditional Balinese gates are the entrance to a resort and gold club. The place does not have much historical or cultural significance but it is beautiful. For this reason, many tourists decide to make a short stop to observe the giant gate up close and take photos.
Entrance fee: 30.000 IDR.
Hidden Hills Wanagiri
Once you’ve finished visiting Handara Gate, follow the road further north. Soon, you’ll find yourself circling Lake Buyan. In the road there are many viewpoints where you can stop and enjoy the views of the lake. I recommend following the road till you get to 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 rather save some money, you can stop at the “Twin Lake View”, 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.
Entrance fee: 100.000 IDR.
The following stop is Sekumpul Waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Bali. The waterfall itself and the nature on the way there, are a real wonder. You can enjoy the waterfall from several viewpoints or get to the base, which does require some hiking.
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 the waterfall on my own, but I think that it’s more regulated now. It’s a bit overpriced because you really don’t need a guide. Still, the scenery makes it worthwhile.
If you prefer visiting more affordable waterfalls in the area, I recommend visiting Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, Gitgit, Red Coral Waterfall and Banyu Wana Amertha.
Entrance fee to Sekumpul: 20.000 IDR (without guide) / 125.000 IDR (with a guide).
Leke Leke Waterfall, don’t forget to add this waterfall to your Bali in 10 days itinerary
Back in Ubud, it’s time to make another stop along the way. You may be tired already but I assure you that this place deserves one last effort. This is Leke Leke Waterfall, my favorite waterfall in Bali. You just have to look at the photo to get an idea of how beautiful this place is. You cannot miss this!
From the parking lot, you have to walk about 10-15 minutes. The trail is relatively flat, which makes the walk to the waterfall a bit more enjoyable
Entrance fee: 50.000 IDR.
Day 4. Ubud: Nungnung and trip to Canggu, on of the most popular places in Bali
On your fourth day in Bali, I propose an optional visit and a day trip to the Canggu area, one of the most famous towns on the island.
If you feel adventurous and want to get to know more waterfalls, I suggest including Nungnung Waterfall in your itinerary. If, on the other hand, you want to spend a more relaxed 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 get to Nungnung Waterfall. Once you park your scooter, 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 small local shops where you can purchase snacks and a drink
Entrance fee: 15.000 IDR.
After visiting Nungnung Waterfall, it’s time to get back on the road and head down to Canggu. This area of Bali stands out for its endless cafes and charming restaurants.
In addition, it is a good place for surfing if you are a beginner or if you have never done it before. Canggu is also known for its incredible 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 activities 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. Its waves are perfect for those who are getting into this sport. On Batu Bolong beach you will find several stalls where you can rent equipment or book a lesson.
- 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 getting 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
Tanah Lot is located near Canggu. It is 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. Nevertheless, the visit is totally worth it since the landscape is gorgeous. Going for sunset is very common. However, I recommend going in the afternoon and watching the sunset quietly from a beach in Canggu. Also, there will be fewer people.
Sunset from Echo Beach
After visiting the Tanah Lot, I recommend returning to Canggu and enjoying the sunset calmly. Head 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 loungers on the sand where you can sit and enjoy a beer, a coconut, something to eat, etc. You can also buy a spicy corn on the cob from one of the vendors. They are finger licking good!
After watching the sunset, if you’re still hungry, I recommend having dinner at one of the many restaurants in Canggu. The variety of cuisines is very wide, therefore, if you want something in particular, you can surely find it in this area of Bali.
¡Time to head back to Ubud!
Day 5. Ubud → Amed, Bali in 10 days
It’s time to leave Ubud and head towards the eastern part of Bali, one of the most special areas on 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 get to Amed from Ubud, I recommend hiring a driver/guide because it allows you to make a few stop along the way. This way you your driver can take you to several places on the list below and later take you to Amed.
HOTELS IN AMED: Book 2 nights in Amed. There are many accommodations. I leave you some recommended hotels of 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 stopping by Tukad Cepung Waterfall. This waterfall has become very popular in recent years because it is located inside a cave, which creates a very unique landscape. If you visit early, you’ll enjoy the waterfall with more peace of mind. Later, it gets crowded and loses quite a bit of charm.
Entrance Fee: 15.000 IDR.
La Montagne Coffee, cafe with views of the rice fields and Mount Agung
On my last visit to Bali, I discovered a cafe-restaurant with incredible views. If you feel like having a coffee overlooking the rice paddies and Mount Agung (Bali’s tallest volcano), stop at La Montagne Coffee. It will fascinate you! Plus, it’s on the way to the next stop…
Besakih Temple (Mother Temple)
Besakih Temple is the largest and most important temple for Balinese people. It is located at the base of Mount Agung. A very curious fact about this religious building is that it was not affected during the 1963 volcano eruption. The locals saw this as quite the miracle.
The place is made up of a total of 22 temples. It is highly recommended to visit Besakih Temple with a local guide, as they can tell you the history of the place and a lot of information about Balinese culture.
Price: 60.000 IDR (adults), 30.000 IDR (children).
Sunset from Amed Beach
Yes, it’s time to get back on the road and head to Amed, where you will spend the next two nights. On your first afternoon in Amed, I recommend putting on your swimsuit and heading to Amed Beach. On this beach I have enjoyed the most special baths in Bali.
The beach has black stones and is full of small fishing boats. It is not the typical paradise beach but the waters are very calm and clear. It has a different kind of beautiful. Take the opportunity to do some snorkeling and watch the sunset over Mount Agung from the water.
Day 6. Amed Surroundings, Bali in 10 days
Ready to discover the best places to visit in the eastern part of Bali? The sixth day of this itinerary is loaded with spectacular places, so have a good breakfast that morning because you are going to need the energy.
TRANSPORTATION: I recommend renting a scooter in Amed to visit all these sites. If you prefer, you can hire a driver/guide as well.
The Lempuyang Temple is a must-visit place in Bali in 10 days. I am sure that you’re familiar with this place since it is one of the most photographed corners on the island. My recommendation is that you visit the temple 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 reality is that the complex has more temples spread over the hill. You can take a walking tour and visit several of them.
Tirta Gangga, Bali in 10 days
Another mandatory stop in East Bali is the Tirta Gangga, known for its pond full of large goldfish. 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, how does heading back to Amed sound? Put on your bathing suit and do some 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 wreck, a cargo ship sunk 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
One of my latest discoveries in Bali has been Lahangan Sweet, a beautiful place to watch the sunset near Amed. It is located on top of a mountain and the views of Mount Agung, if you are lucky enough to visit when the sky is clear, are impressive.
To get to Lahangan Sweet you can simply search for it on Google Maps. You will find a dirt road on the way there. Park your scooter 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 one eats where it’s most convenient. However, this restaurant deserves an exception. 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 making a reservatio because it fills up quickly.
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 accommodation does not include breakfast, it is a very good option to have your first meal of the day.
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Day 7. Amed → Nusa Penida
It’s time to leave Amed and head to Sanur, where you take a ferry to go to Nusa Penida. The drive from Amed to Sanur takes just over 2 hours. The the journey 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 where you can also take ferries to Nusa Penida. 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 in Nusa Penida, go to your hotel and 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 opted not to rent a scooter. Now they are much better so I recommend visiting the island by scooter. As always, be very careful!
HOTELS IN NUSA PENIDA: Book 1 night in Nusa Penida. There are many hotels to choose from. I leave you some recommended hotels of different budgets: Nuansa Penida Hostel, The Mountain Cottage (our hotel), Meket Bungalows, Penida Bambu Green Suites.
Diamond Beach, one of the best beaches to visit in Bali in 10 days
Diamond Beach is one of the most stunning beaches you will find in Nusa Penida. 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 as the current is very strong. If you want to swim, I recommend visiting Atuh Beach.
Rumah Pohon Tree House, enjoy a unique and beautiful scenery
Rumah Pohon Tree House is located next to both beaches. This tree house is one of the most photographed places on the island and it’s no wonder. The house itself and the natural environment where it’s located creates 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 interesting 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’s face. It’s pretty scary!
It is a sacred place, so you will need to wear a sarong to visit the waterfall. You can rent it right there.
Bath and sunset at Crystal Bay
To end your first day in Nusa Penida, I suggest going to Crystal Bay, in the western part of the island. This beach, unlike many others, has quick and easy access. You can park your scooter right next to it. It is ideal for bathing, having a drink and watching the sunset.
Day 8. Nusa Penida → Uluwatu, Bali in 10 days
Second day in Nusa Penida and it’s time to take advantage of it. On the morning of your eighth day in Bali, you will visit the most famous places on this island such as, Kelingking Beach, a place that you cannot miss during your trip to Bali in 10 days.
Kelingking Beach, the most famous place on the island
Kelingking Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Bali. It is a real wonder. I recommend visiting 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 very 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 Kelingking observing the charming landscape from the viewpoints or, as I have already mentioned, you can go down to the beach. If you decide to go down, take water with you as there is a small stand on the beach but it is not always open. Don’t forget to take a hat, sunscreen, etc. Wear good shoes because the road is a bit rough. Especially the final stretch, where it’s time to climb.
Once you are at 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. Many accident have happened at this beach.
Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong
Not far from Kelingking 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 enjoy the scenery. They are both beautiful.
Go Snorkeling or Diving with manta rays in Nusa Penida
If you are a marine-life lover, a very attractive activity in Nusa Penida is snorkeling or diving at Manta Point, where it is very likely to see giant mantas. An experience that you will never forget. If you are going to dive, you can contact DPM Diving Nusa Penida.
It’s time to return to the Bali island. Once you arrive in Sanur, you can take a taxi or Grab/Gojek and head to your accommodation in Uluwatu, where you will spend your last days in Bali.
If you arrive on time to see the sunset, I recommend going to a place located in the Bingin area that is not well known among tourists. It is a cliff that has a small grass field, ideal for sitting down and having a drink while enjoying the view.
The coordinates are the following: -8.803298, 115.11639. You can leave your scooter at the far end of Jl. Pantai Bingin Street. In one of the last turns on this street you will see a fence with an entrance. Walk across the entrance and approach the cliff.
ACCOMMODATION 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, 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 take 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 a more relaxed visit, you can visit only some of them.
TRANSPORTATION IN ULUWATU: I recommend renting a scooter 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. We’ll start by visiting Balangan Beach viewpoint. Once you arrive at the parking lot, 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, great for swimming and has a lot of cafes, restaurants and accommodation nearby. They are located on the cliff, one on top of the other, which creates quite a picturesque setting. To access the beach, you have to go down some steps which takes about 5 minutes.
Playa Padang Padang
Padang Padang beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bali. It is also one of the most beautiful beaches as well. As result, it is usually very crowded. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth visiting. In order to access the beach, you’ll have to go down a few steps. On the way down, you may run into a few monkeys. Once you get to the beach, you’ll be able to visit different smaller beaches.
We’ve arrived at one of the most different and photogenic beaches in Uluwatu: Suluban Beach. In it you can find a 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 base of a cliff. It is a real beauty. To access the beach, you had to beat yourself up going down steps. However, there is now a road to the beach.
Before going down to the beach, I recommend making 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. If you are lucky, you can find some shade next to a bush.
The Uluwatu Temple is another must-visit place 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 pm, there is a kecak show, a traditional Balinese dance. It is interesting to visit at this hour.
Entrance fee: 50.000 IDR.
Day 10. Uluwatu
We’re now in the last day of this Bali in 10 days itinerary! I propose spending a day of pure relaxation and enjoyment. That being said, I am going to recommend 3 places that I love. Choose the one you want the most and get ready to savor every minute.
Melasti Beach, a nice beach for bathing
Melasti Beach is one of the most impressive beaches in Uluwatu. In my opinion, it is one of the best to enjoy a good swim since the water is very clear and the beach does not have any rocks or reef. Access is convenient and easy. You can access the beach by heading down the road with your scooter.
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 (7USD) and require you to spend a minimum of IDR 250,000 (17.30USD) on food and drinks. Admission includes a 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 of Operation: 12:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.
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 enjoyed was Mana Uluwatu. It is a restaurant that has a swimming pool and bar with incredible sea views. Access to the pool is free; however, you are required to spend something in the bar or restaurant. There is no minimum spend. The place is great to relax and enjoy a few hours in the pool. It is luxurious.
More tips to visit Bali in 10 days
Here are some tips before visiting Bali:
WHERE TO STAY IN BALI. Although I recommend staying 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 for Indonesia is mandatory. Even if it wasn’t 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 GET MONEY IN BALI. Many of the ATMs in Bali do not charge extra fees when you withdraw money with a foreign card. I usually withdraw money in BNI 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 scooter once you arrive in Bali. Do not rent it online before you arrive as the price tends to be 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 purchase gas in many shops and stalls located on the road. Gas is a bit more expensive at these stalls.
INTERNET IN BALI. Internet in Bali works very well. You can buy a SIM card at the airport (it is somewhat more expensive), at the company’s official store or at any cellphone store. I use and recommend the company Telkomsel.
HOW TO GET FROM DENPASAR (BALI) AIRPORT TO YOUR HOTEL. The most affordable and convenient way to get to your hotel is by taking a taxi or Grab at the airport. If you prefer, you can also book a hotel transfer before you arrival.
I hope that this post about what to see in Bali in 10 days has been informative and very useful to you in planning your visit to this incredible Indonesian island. If you have any questions, I encourage you to leave a comment down below or email me. Until next time, travelers!