Planning a 3 week Bali itinerary can be tough. With so many places not to miss, here’s our tried and tested route.
Getting around Bali couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:
We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves.
However be sure to read up on our renting a scooter in Bali guide beforehand!
Most accommodations will allow you to store your big bags with them, even after checkout.
So if you’re comfortable on two wheels, and looking for somewhere to rent scooters from, you can book a trusted Bali Scooter or Motorbike Rental with Delivery.
Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Bali, and they start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).
You can opt for standard 5 seater vans, or larger minibuses for bigger groups.
This is a great option for those looking to design their own itinerary. Simply jump in, tell you driver exactly where you wish to go, and he’ll navigate the most efficient route.
If you’re looking for for a reliable service, you can book a Bali Private Car or Minibus Charter With Driver for the day.
Some of the best days out we’ve had in Bali have been on private tours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
There’s even a Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour, for those looking to photograph its most recognisable locations.
From sunrise hikes, to waterfall treks and island hopping, there’s plenty to keep you busy on the bustling island!
Best Time To Visit Bali
The best time to visit Bali is between April and October, the island’s dry season. This is when you can enjoy all the island has to offer, from beach days to trekking, with generally the perfect weather conditions.
For cheaper prices and fewer crowds, November to March is the best time. (Excluding Christmas and New Year.) However, this is the wet season and it can be pretty hot and humid with some heavy down pours.
Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.
What To Pack
The first stop for most holiday makers and your 3 week Bali itinerary!
Good for its night life and high end restaurants. You won’t really get a feel for Bali here as it’s very built up and a popular holiday destination amongst tourists. This will most likely be your first stop and most expensive one.
Although they do have some awesome little cafes!
A foodies heaven and most tourists preferred place to stay in Bali.
Don’t forget to indulge in the local culture though by trying out some of the Best Warungs In Canggu. Here you’ll find all the Indonesian dishes such as gado-gado, nasi goreng and rendang curries.
You will also find lots of beautiful markets in Canggu, selling all kinds of chic and start-up fashion labels. We guarantee you won’t walk away with your hands empty.
Canggu is the place where many people extend their stay because it has a certain homely feel to it.
If you’re asking yourself what should I definitely have on my 10 day Bali itinerary? Then the zen capital of Ubud is the single place where every one of your expectations will be fulfilled.
If you want nature and relaxation for sunset, take a walk along Campuhan Ridge Walk.
If you want to learn how to make some of the local dishes, check out Paon Bali Cooking Class.
Over all a home for yoga and meditation, Ubud will definitely have an impact for no matter how long you visit.
Known by locals as the coldest place in Bali, there are some beautiful early morning rises worth getting up for.
Visiting Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (Bali’s most famous temple) is a must and the Handara Golf & Resort entrance has become somewhat of a bucket list item thanks to Instagram!
If you want to tick off a few spots in one day with ease, we recommend the Northern Charm: Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, Waterfall & Swing tour.
Way way up in the fields and overlooking the most beautiful ocean views lays Lovina.
Great for dolphin watching and home to some of the best best waterfalls in Bali.
If you visit the north of Bali be sure to check out to Sekumpul, Gitgit and Aling Aling falls!
There’s even the North Bali Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples which covers the highlights of the north!
Home to some of the most famous landmarks on the island. but a little too far for most tourists to travel.
If you do get chance to drive out to Pura Lempuyang, Tirta Gangga Water Palace or Mount Agung Sunrise Viewpoint then you definitely should!
Eastern Bali has a much more traditional feel to it, and is a gem that most people miss on their Bali route!
There are so many things to do in East Bali that you could easily spend a few days exploring by scooter.
However, some tourists opt to book onto a tour with a guide, such as the Lempuyang’s Gates of Heaven Tour.
A lot of travellers don’t realise that the famous Gili Islands are actually part of the Lombok rather than Bali.
Regardless, they are well worth the hour boat trip out East.
For crystal clear waters, diving and snorkelling adventures and a few famous sunset swings you won’t want to miss Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno.
Also if you love turtles, Gili T is the place to swim with them in the wild!
If it’s white beaches and island life you’re looking for on your Bali route, then these three are a slice of heaven!
This is usually the highlight on peoples 3 week Bali itinerary.
Just a 40 minute boat ride from the main land the Nusa islands have become super famous through social media.
Thanks to Kelingking Beach and a few other equally as crazy spots, they’re definitely a ‘must visit’ in Bali!
We have a complete Nusa Islands Bali Guide that breaks down where to go and what to do.
Although we recommend booking your Nusa Penida Tours & Activities in advance in the peak seasons.
Uluwatu, Nusa Dua & Jimbaran – The southern bubble of Bali also gives you a great place to unwind and is where you can find some of the best beaches in Bali.
With spots such as Padang Padang, Bingin and Melasti Beach you won’t be stuck for ideas.
There are plenty of surf spots and places to explore in the south and you may even come across the abandoned airplane. A perfect final stop before you head back to the airport yourself.
For pre-booking accommodation when travelling, we always recommend Booking.com!
From 5 star hotels, to budget backpacker hostels, it’s got everything and the site is super easy to use.
We’ve actually written a full where to stay in Bali guide which covers a break down of each individual area on the island.
Otherwise you can pre book all of your Bali accommodation and check the latest prices on Booking.com.