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Bali Itinerary – How To Spend 1 – 3 Weeks In Bali

The island of Bali is located in Southeast Asia and is one of the thousands of islands that make up the country of Indonesia.

Measuring just over 5000 square kilometres, it sits between the two islands of Lombok and Java and is home to over 4 million people.

Bali is renowned the world-over for its natural beauty, with spectacular beaches, waterfalls, ancient temples, volcanoes and an abundance of iconic landscapes.

In addition it offers a rich history, traditional culture, arts and crafts, delicious food and genuinely warm people. Making it one of the most popular island destinations in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.

Planning a 3 week Bali itinerary can be tough, with so many places not to miss! So here’s our tried and tested route.

How To Get Around Bali

Getting around Bali couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:

Scooter

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.

Driver

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.

Tour

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

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

Renting A Scooter In Bali Pandawa Beach
Stay safe on your 3 week Bali itinerary!

Bali Itinerary

Seminyak

The first stop for most holiday makers on your Bali itinerary is Seminyak.

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!

Strawberry Fields Seminyak Best Restaurants In Seminyak Bali
The Seminyak cafes should definitely be on your 3 week Bali itinerary

Canggu

A foodies heaven and most tourists preferred place to stay in Bali.

Canggu is where you see the smoothie bowls and avocado dishes everywhere and is home to some of the best restaurants in Bali.

It has a very laid back vibe and beautiful beaches in Canggu. Making it popular amongst the Canggu surfing and digital nomad communities.

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.

Pererenan Canggu Things To Do In Canggu Bali
Cruising around Canggu – our home from home in Bali

Ubud

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.

From the outstanding Tegalalang Rice Terrace to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, it’s pretty much exactly how’ Eat, Pray, Love’ depicts the island.

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.

Oh and don’t forget to hit at least one waterfall! With Tegenungan Waterfall, Tibumana Waterfall and Tukad Cepung Waterfall all within adventuring distance of town, you’d be wild not to take a dip.

Over all a home for yoga and meditation, Ubud will definitely have an impact for no matter how long you visit.

Sunrise Tegalalang Rice Terraces Ubud Rice Terraces
Don’t miss Tegalalang Rice Terraces on your 3 week Bali itinerary

Munduk

Much more of a tourist spot recently thanks to Wanagiri Hidden Hills, and an easy way to break up the drive between Ubud and Lovina is by stopping by Munduk.

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.

Wanagiri Hidden Hills Bali Swing Bedugul
Wanagiri Hidden Hill – The most instagramable spot on your Bali route

Lovina

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!

Sekumpul Waterfall Bali Waterfalls Best Waterfalls In Bali
Chase waterfalls – one of the best things to do on your 3 week Bali itinerary

East Bali

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.

Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali Temple Pura Lempuyang Luhur
Pura Lempuyang – The Gateway To Heaven

Gili Islands

A lot of travellers don’t realise that the famous Gili Islands are actually part of 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 the things to do in Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno.

Also if you love turtles, Gili T is the place to swim with them in the wild!

Gili Trawangan Bicycles Things To Do On Gili Trawangan
Add cycling through Gili to your 3 week Bali itinerary

Nusa Islands

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.

Broken into Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan these stunning, palm tree covered islands are possibly the closest place we’ve ever been to paradise.

Thanks to Kelingking Beach and a few other equally as wild 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.

Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida Beaches Bali
Kelingking Beach – The ultimate Bali bucket list tick

Uluwatu

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.

Nyang Nyang Beach Bali Best Uluwatu Beaches
For some of the best beaches in Bali head South

Where To Stay In Bali

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.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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The Perfect 3 Week Bali Itinerary

PhillyCheesyG

Friday 8th of September 2023

Your blog is so helpful and informative, thank you! I’m doing my first solo backpacking trip on a tight budget, I’m so excited to spend time exploring these beautiful places! My focus is diving and exploring their stunning marine environment, so Gili’s, Nusa’s & Amed. From my research diving will cost 1/4 of my $3000 Aud budget. What Indonesian sim/data services can you recommend? And when getting to and from the Lombok islands using ferries is there any services that are cost friendly. If anyone has any advice I’d love to hear it. Thanks again.

Ruby Schroeder

Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

Hello ! Awesome blog, saw it while researching something about a 3 week stay in Bali. What would you recommend, where should we start our trip first from Airport based on the locations you recommended? Aiming to be there from 8-24 August 2022. Appreciate your input. Gili is definitely on my list too because we love to snorkel. TIA

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

Hey, I would literally do it in the order I've listed. You could even skip Lovina and East Bali in order to have more time.

BO BO

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Hi Charles & Lauren,

Thank you so much for posting this route. This is exactly what I want to go with my family. You have saved so much of my time searching around the website.

We have two kids(11 & 7 years old) and two Adult. I wonder if we should skip Penida Island and Lembongan Island. For sure, we will take kids to Gil T. They love snorkeling and see the turtles. Beaches for sure it's good for everyone. :) Please advise. Thank you.

Charlie Pauly

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Heyy, aw thanks so much it's such a great feeling when people leave feedback like this! :) For sure I think the Nusa islands may be a little tough for the kids but Gili T is super chilled and easy! Enjoyyyy x

Akram M. Salem

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

I've been doing massive online researches to find the ideal itinerary for Bali before visiting and then I came across this page which is basically a dream to everyone visiting Bali!

I think you covered absolutely everything! CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!

Charlie Pauly

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Hey thanks so much man! Comments like this really make our day, and make all the effort we put into the blogs worthwhile! Have a safe trip to Bali and enjoy.

Ezequiel Caggiano

Monday 3rd of June 2019

Hi guys, how are you? Im going to Bali next week and im not sure about the nights to spend in each place. My Idea is to be first in seminyak one night, 3nights in ubud, 3 nights in munduk and visit lovina, and 2 nights in east bali (I dont know where could be a good option to sleep). What do you think about it?

Thanks guys