How to spend 10 days in Bali

Its been over a year since I wrote a post about Top 10 reasons to visit Bali but the moment the post was published your comments started pouring in. Read the post HERE

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I received a lot of requests from readers to write a travel guide or an itinerary for Bali. While I don’t consider myself an expert on Bali travel, here is an itinerary for spending a week in this beautiful place. Feel free to amend the days or activities to your liking.

If you would like a list of places I visited and the beautiful B&BΒ  stayed at, please fill the this contact form and you will receive a detailed plan in your mailbox πŸ˜ƒ

My itinerary was – Amed (3N) – Ubud (3N) – Lembongan Island (2N) – Kuta (2N)

Bali travel guide

Day 1 Arrive

Arrive at Ngurah Rai airport (also known as Denpasar). Meet your driver and head off to Amed. Contact me if you’d like the name of the driver I chose who is now my friend and we still keep in touchΒ πŸ˜ƒ

Now why I did I choose Amed? It is a lesser known destination and less crowded (Excellent!) A lot of properties are sea facing or right on the beach. Most of the accommodation will offer bikes for hire and you can explore the area around quite easily. If you are an activities person like me, this place has everything for you – Snorkeling, diving, downhill cycling and without that rush of people queuing after you.

Reach your accommodation, take a walk around, familiarize yourself with the surroundings, have your first Bintang!

Day 2 Amed

If you are an early morning person, go to the beach and look at Mount Agung which is visible from Amed. Mount Agung almost erupted over the last few months but I remember seeing its shiny peak in the morning sun and was totally mesmerized by it.

Mount Agung at 6 am Bali
The golden peak of Mount Agung

Start with your first tour in Bali. I would do a whole day tour exploring the eastern part of Bali – Visit Tirta Ganga, Ujung water palace, Tenganan village. Tenganan island is bit commercial but its a good place to buy local artwork directly from the artists.

Day 3 Amed

Keep today’s morning relaxing. Just dip in the sea or hire snorkeling gear and try to find Nemo. Your afternoon is going to be adventurous. Head to Mount Agung for 4 hours of downhill bike riding. There are small companies that organise bikes, accessories and get you up the mountain. The views as you bike down are breathtaking. You ride through fields, some steep hills, some rough terrain and take pit stops on your way at stores to sample local delicacies. Your tour ends at a warung (Local Diner) for delicious dinner where you can relax and appreciate your hard work.

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Day 4 Ubud

Transfer to Ubud. On your way to Ubud visit Goa Lawah temple (Bat cave temple) and Coffee plantations. For a coffee lover this is the best part of the trip. You get to sample around 10 different coffees and Kopi Luwak which is one the most expensive coffees.

Bali culinary travel guide
Strictly for coffee lovers

If you are spending only 2-3 days in Ubud, make sure you book your accommodation close to the main street for ex. near the money forest from where everything is accessible.

Assuming you have checked into your accommodation later in the afternoon, head straight to the Monkey forest sanctuary. Word of caution – don’t carry food or anything in your hand and keep your belongings close your body at all times unless you want it snatched by a monkey! This sanctuary is a beautiful place and you can easily spend 1-2 hours exploring it.

There are some amazing restaurants in Ubud suiting every budget and palate. Make sure you try a new one for each meal! Make sure you visit the Gianyar night market to sample some local delicacies.

Bali culinary travel guide
Food like this does not need a caption

Day 5 Ubud

You can start your day with an early morning Mount Batur climb which lasts 4-5 hours and includes breakfast at the top of the mountain. Alternatively if you are more into culinary travel, book one of the cooking classes that include morning market tour and a learning to make authentic Balinese style food. Balinese food is quite from Indonesian food and is delicious!

Bali culinary travel guide
I HAD to learn how to make all that delicious food!

When in Bali do not miss the Balinese spa experience. I chose to get a Balinese massage at least once in each location that I went to. It is extremely relaxing and rejuvenating especially after the Mount Batur hike!

Bali travel guide

Day 6 Ubud

Northern Bali is blissful. Unlike the southern parts or even Ubud, it is not very touristy but has unspoilt beauty. I would recommend that you leave behind Ubud today and head to North Bali for a full day tour.

Visit Ulun Danu Beratan temple (the one that you see in all Bali postcards), Git Git Waterfall and watch sunset at Lovina beach.

Bali travel guide
Git Git waterfall

Day 7 Lembongan island

Today is the day you leave mainland Bali behind and head to the islands. My choice of island for a short trip would be Lembongan since it is close to Bali. Alternatively you can travel to Gili Islands that are equally serene. Lembongan island can be reached by taking a ferry from Sanur and land transfers from Ubud to Sanur are generally included in the price.

To explore this island you have to rent bikes. There are different beaches at different corners of Lembongan and each beach has fantastic resorts from where you can view sunset while chomping down freshly grilled catch of the day.

Bali travel guide
Mushroom bay, Nusa Lembongan

Day 8 Lembongan island

Take a half day snorkeling tour that will take you spots around the island and to Nusa Penida – another small island close to Lembongan. The waters around Lembongan are pristine and full of sea-life. If you are lucky you might even see some big fishes like the Mola Mola. These tours usually include kayaking through mangroves or stand-up paddle board.

Enjoy your last night in Lembongan and don’t forget walking on the beach at night. Lembongan is popular among the surfers and night surfing is as exciting as it sounds. Even if you are not a surfer, its fun to watch them catch a wave under moonlight.

Day 9 Southern Bali/West Bali

This is where it gets tricky. I would personally not recommend Kuta to anyone but if you wish to learn basic surfing, head straight to Kuta. Otherwise you can stay at Seminyak, Nusa Dua or travel to West Bali. West Bali is least populated and least visited region of Bali. You get privacy, serenity and wild beaches without all the tourists that you find in Kuta or Ubud. Ofcourse it is going to cost you but you have to decide what kind of holiday you want. Is it a luxury vacation on a mid range adventurous holiday or a budget trip.

I stayed at Kuta in a small B&B away from the main street which offered me privacy and very own private pool. Since my agenda was to learn surfing Kuta was the best pick.

Bali travel guide
Surfing lessons in Kuta

Day 10 Southern Bali/ West Bali

Shop, eat and say goodbye to this beautiful island. Kuta has numerous shopping malls and stores and if you have missed out on eating any particular thing (I am always thinking of food!) you can find it here.

Things to consider before you fly –

  • Even though Bali is a small island, the best mode of transport is car or ferries (if traveling to islands). Look for a car and driver and decide a package price. If you plan to use the same driver for multiple days, it is easy to agree on a price.
  • Ferries can be booked online. It is much easier to book transportation before traveling and not worry about carrying millions of Indonesian rupees.
  • Paying and tipping at local restaurants (warungs) in IDR is much simpler but most places accept USD. Carry US dollars and exchange USD to Indonesian rupees (IDR) once you reach Bali. Exchange in cities or small towns but not at airport where you will not get the best rate. But beware of fraudsters and check with your accommodation/guide for recommended currency exchange. Same goes for withdrawing from ATM/cash-points – make sure you are on the main street. I don’t mean to scare you and I have never had any negative experience throughout Bali but is important to be cautious anywhere you travel.
  • SIM card – I did not buy international SIM card before flying or any of the SIM cards at the airport. I asked my driver to take me to a local mobile store and got an awesome deal on a SIM card with good amount of data & calls. Plus most of the restaurants and hotels offer free WiFi – quite handy for those insta-stories πŸ™‚
  • Accommodation – I swear by the B&B throughout Bali. Especially the ones where you have the entire place to yourself. Check out Airbnb HERE Or luxury villas and hotels can be found everywhere. I normally choose a place where I get a local feel.
  • Negotiation is the key – Whatever you shop for, offer to purchase at a lower price. Having said that, do the decent thing and do not negotiate much with small vendors and for small ticket items!

Hope this itinerary helps you guys plan your own vacation in Bali. As I said, if you need a detailed list of places to visit or link to the B&Bs that I stayed at, use this contact form and let me know!

Bon voyage!

Love

Sneha

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Written by The Nomadic Gourmet

Hi!! I am Sneha - Nomad by choice and an investment banker by profession. Love food and enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. As an avid traveler, I am always planning my next itinerary. Join me on my quest for beautiful places, good food and memories that last forever. Explore the world with me.

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