Ok-k-kaaaay, ya’ll ready for this?! Your epic 2 week itinerary and guide to Bali, Indonesia awaits. We spent 2 amazing week driving around Bali exploring the beauty the island has to offer. From waterfalls, rice terraces, cities and temples. Bali has a little bit of everything for all you wander lusting folks 🙂
2 Week Itinerary and Guide To Bali, Indonesia
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Getting a Indonesia Visa
First things first, understand what you need for your Visa.
If you were like us and needed to extend your Visa in the country, you’ll definitely want to read our post about Indonesian Visas and Visa extensions.
Best Time of Year To Go To Bali?
April to September are Bali’s dry months. We spent the end of July to beginning of September backpacking across Indonesia, and we can 100% agree, the weather was great! Bali’s rainy season starts in October and ends around March. If you can avoid the rainy months, we highly suggest it.
Plan accordingly to ensure you can take full advantage of those waterfall chasing, volcano hiking, beach filled days.
How to Get Around The Island of Bali
Rent. A. JEEEEEPPPP!!! Seriously, rent a jeep!
We rented a jeep from Bima Sakti Bali Car Rental, in Denpasar, and paid $15 USD a day for the jeep.
Renting a jeep is seriously a blast and for us, the best way to get around Bali with our backpacks/luggage. We could go where we wanted to go, when we wanted to go. Total freedom!
A caveat to this recommendation is this..
- Make sure you know how to drive a stick shift
- We can’t stress this enough, make sure you are comfortable with driving in Asia – as in, you have experience!
The last thing we want to do is recommend something that will hurt you or end up putting a huge damper on your holiday. If you are comfortable driving in Asia, 100% go for it! .
2 Week Route & Itinerary For Bali
Day 1: Denpasar
Arrive in Denpasar. For us, we came from Java, by ferry, after visiting Mount Bromo and Ijen.
To be honest, there isn’t a whole lot to do in Denpasar but on the other hand, it is close to a handful of sites like Tanah Lot.
From Denpasar, you can get to Tanah Lot very easily. It’s a lovely drive getting to the west side of the island and if you rent that jeep we talked about, you’ll love it more.
Fair warning, if you visit Tanah Lot at sunset, while it is beautiful, it is PACKED with tourists! We went at sunset and yes, it was crazy packed, but the sunset was such a wonderful start to our trip. Totally set the tone.
While you’re there, make sure you get up close and personal with the temple and get a blessing. In addition, there are loads of shops to wander through and plenty of cafes to stop and grab a bite to eat or a refreshing Bintang Radler (cheers).
Where To Stay in Denpasar, Bali –> Paica Hotel
Day 2: Drive to Munduk
Leave Denpasar in the morning and expect to get to Munduk late afternoon/early evening. Why? Because you’re going to take you time! The drive is great so get your tunes updated and jam out on the road trip to Munduk!
On the way, stop for lunch at one of the many roadside cafes. We suggest stopping at one the cafes closer to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, which is where you are headed.
After lunch continue onto Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple to set your eyes on the iconic water temple in Northern Bali. You’ll easily spend an hour or so here. After you’ve had your fill walking around the grounds, continue onto Munduk.
Where To Stay in Munduk, Bali –> Aditya Homestay
Day 3 – 5: Munduk
Munduk holds a special place in our hearts. Everytime we think of it, we fall into a day dreaming trance.
Munduk is way less touristic, like significantly. It has incredible views and stunning waterfalls. No souvenir shops lining the streets and it is nowhere near as chaotic as the rest of Bali can be. Daily life goes on as normal here plus, the people are so kind and welcoming. All of these things make Munduk our favorite place in Bali.
We loved it sooooo much, we wrote a hole separate post about things to do and see in Munduk.
Where To Stay in Munduk, Bali –> Aditya Homestay
Day 6 – 10: Ubud
Ubud. Oh Ubud. One of the only places where you can find a Starbucks next to a temple and then walk 30 minutes and get completely away from the mainstream chaos.
Ubud is packed with so many things to see and do. It’s a Yogi haven. It’s a foodie’s paradise. It’s a place that comes to mind for so many that think of “Bali.”
What a setup, right? Ha, well you’ll have to read our tips on what to see and do here. We have a list of 10 epic experiences not to miss in Ubud, and let’s be honest, that’s too many to try and cram in this section 🙂
Where To Stay In Ubud, Bali –> Permana Ubud Cottage
Day 11 – 14: Uluwatu
We ended our time on the beautiful island of Bali in the south, in the popular area of Uluwatu. We spent our remaining days lounging on the beach, eating good food and taking in the Bali night life. Below is a list of our favorite experiences in Uluwatu.
Grab a Cocktail at Single Fin:
Single Fin, located at the top of Uluwatu Beach, it’s a bar/restaurant during the day and turns into a bar/club at night with live music.
Head over to catch the sunset. Grab a bite to eat and sip a cold cocktail as you watch the surfers get their last rides in of the day. Something about being up on 300 ft clifftop and sipping espresso martinis just holds a place in our hearts.
Eat Your Heart Out at Jimbaran Seafood Cafes:
Technically not in Uluwatu, but close by and a must visit in our opinion. Some of the best seafood and sunsets in the area can be found here.
Seafood cafes line the beach. Grab a table or beanbag, put your feet in the sand and eat delicious seafood while watching the sun go down.
At night, the entire beach lights up with warm mood lighting. Really, it’s a great spot and even better food!
Chill Out at Nyang Nyang Beach:
About a 20 – 25-minute drive from Uluwatu, Nyang Nyang is a total beach beauty.
Off the tourist road map, more than likely, you’ll have the entire beach to yourself.
Now, the hike down is long and the hike up is even worse! Being completely honest here. Let’s just say, you’ll get your butt workout in for the day.
Once on the beach, enjoy the scattered shipwrecks that have been painted and turned into pieces of art. In addition, we were able to find a bungalow on the beach that served up a small menu of food and drinks.
This place is a great spot to get away from the chaos and have a lovely quiet day chilling with the ocean waves.
Where To Stay In Uluwatu, Bali –> Cantik Villas
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