Updated: Feb 11, 2020
Is it enough to go Bali for a week? Is it worth 7 days to explore such a beautiful place for such a short amount of time in Bali?
For those solemnly thinking whether or not it’s enough time to travel to Bali for a week, then the short answer is YES, you should definitely go to Bali! Because life is short, time is fast, no replay, no rewind, so enjoy every moment as it comes. And, to visit the best and instagrammable spots, seven days are more than enough.
BEFORE WE GET STARTED…
1. The 7 day Bali itinerary mentioned below has everything from famous Instagram spots to watching the beautiful Bali sunset with a cold brew at the beach.
If you thinking to visit all the majority of beautiful places with relaxing and soaking up the ‘Bali vibe’ and knowing their culture and lifestyle, then I highly recommend to stay more then 7 days.
2. If you are peregrinating from anywhere in North America, South America or Europe, or Africa it is best to orchestrate for at least a whole day’s worth of peregrinate time.
3. Bali Reality - There a heaps of beautiful places that feature long peregrinate times to get to, l immense crowds, long queues and vexing revelations (the famous Instagram spot at Pura Lempuyang is created using a special filter for the photographer’s camera whereas in reality it’s nothing like that. You will experience it live once you're there.
4. On Nusa Penida the road conditions are very bad. They are literally so severe that the locals coined the term "broken road."
5. No one wants to come down with an illness abroad only to have to pay tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket to be airlifted back to their abode country. On the safe side and get travel insurance — trust me, it’s so worth the placidity of mind knowing your next trip will never put you into extreme debt if something goes erroneous. I'm personally use World Nomads. They were fantastic to deal with when making a claim.
6. Find accommodation and best Bali flight deals AT THE BEST PRICE.
7. Cheap Ferries in Bali (without hotel pick-up) can be booked here AT THE BEST PRICE
The Perfect 7 Day Bali Itinerary
Day 1 – Fly into Ngurah Rai airport and head to Amatara Royal Ganesha, Ubud and get into the ‘Bali Jungle vibe’.
Day 2 – Tegenungan waterfall, Monkey Forest, Bali Swing, Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Tirta Empul Temple.
Day 3 – Option 1 - Lempuyang temple (Gate of Heaven), Tirta gangga and Tibumana Waterfall Option 2- Handara Golf Gate, Wanagiri Hidden Hills lookout, Ulun Danu Bratan Temple and Banyumala waterfall
Day 4 – Pack your bags, check out from the hotel and head to Conrad, Nusa Dua. Once check in, head to Uluwatu Temple for sunset and experience live Bali traditional kecak dance.
Day 5 – Tanah lot temple and later visit to famous spots for parties, options are - Potato head, La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant, Omnia Bali, Edge Bali, Rock bar Bali.
Day 6 – Nusa Penida tour, covering Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel Bilabong, Crystal Bay and Diamond Beach.
Day 7 – Do shopping before catching flight back to home.
UBUD : DAY 1-3
On this 7 day Bali itinerary, your first stop is one of the most stunning destinations on the islands, containing some of the most iconic sights in Bali. Ubud is a great place to commence your week in Bali.
HOW TO GET TO UBUD?
Once you reach the Denpasar International Airport, you'll find plenty of taxi drivers and shuttles ready to take you wherever you need to go.
Ubud is located depending on the traffic, only about a 45-minute drive from airport.
WHERE TO STAY IN UBUD?
Ubud is packed with a variety of accommodation options. And whether you want to live in an inexpensive budget hostel or a big luxury villa, Ubud has got you covered.
I personally stayed Amatara royal ganesha which is a a hidden gem in the heart of Ubud. The best feature of Amatara Royal Ganesha is the rooms that are spacious, comfortable and comes with a balcony that opens up to breathtaking views of the rice paddies and lush greeneries. Moreover, you can enjoy the floating breakfast wooohooo :)
Also, if you want to go far away from the Balinese chaos, eco friendly bamboo home in the jungle, is one of the most beautiful Airbnb's to live. It is in remote which takes your adventure to the next level. This place is a dream and I highly recommend to experience this.
Before you book, you can sign up to Airbnb here and get $70 off your stay!
WHAT TO SEE IN UBUD?
Ubud is renowned for its golden sunrises, affordable luxury villas, blooming rice fields and mystifying waterfalls.
So with plenty of options, you can choose what places you want to see depending on your choice.
Tegenungan Waterfall, Monkey Forest, Bali Swing, Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Tirta Empul Temple, Lempuyang Temple (Gate of Heaven), Tirta Gangga and Tibumana Waterfall, Handara Golf Gate, Wanagiri Hidden Hills lookout, Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Mount Batur Hike, Banyumala waterfall.
NUSA DUA, ULUWATU & SEMNIYAK: DAY 4-5
Your second stop is the breathtaking destination of the South Bali.
HOW TO GET TO THE SOUTH BALI?
Getting to the Nusa Dua or Seminyak is relatively simple from Ubud. All you will need to do is contact your accomodation and they will happy to arrange a taxi for you or you can visit one of the tour agencies scattered throughout Ubud town and organize your booking.
WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH BALI ?
Nusa Dua is secluded and peaceful. It's mostly luxury hotels, beaches and a small shopping centre. If you optate to relax in 5 star accommodation, then you definitely love it here as it is perfect for a Bali family holiday or romantic getaway.
I personally stayed at Conrad Bali for few days to experience the Real Luxury of 5 star resort in Bali.
Whereas, Seminyak is the place where you find all about the great shopping options, luxury hotels and trendy cafes. Seminyak is buzzing with people and with lots of stuff to do. You could spend a whole day on the beach with ease. Or get Balinese massages or do some shopping or enjoy the cocktail whilst watching a beautiful Balinese sunset at one of Seminyak’s beach clubs or bars (Potato head, La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant)
WHAT TO SEE IN SOUTH BALI ?
Renowned for its towering sea cliffs, vibrant beach clubs and breathtaking panoramic views, Uluwatu is where you'll find those spectacular Bali beaches.
So again with plenty of options, you can choose what places you want to see depending on your choice.
Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance, Tanah lot temple, famous spots for parties, options are - Potato Head, La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant, Omnia Bali, Edge Bali, Rock Bar Bali.
The above video is a Kecak dance performed at Uluwatu Temple. It is a Balinese Hindu dance and music drama which depicts a battle from Ramayana.
In Hinduism, Lord Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Shri Ram. One of the central characters of the Indian Epic Ramayana. This video shows how Lord Hanuman sets the Lanka on fire 🔥
With an amazing view of the cliffs and one of the most beautiful sunsets, Uluwatu is the best place to watch the Kecak performance in Bali.
NUSA PENIDA: DAY 6-7
Your final stop is the Nusa Island which is renowned for its beautiful tropical beaches embraced by transparent turquoise blue waters and powdery white sand.
Nusa Islands is comprised of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.
HOW TO GET TO THE NUSA ISLANDS?
In order to travel to Nusa Islands from Nusa Dua or Semniyak, you will first need to arrange a taxi or shuttle to drive you from your accommodation to the port of Serangan on mainland Bali. Once you arrive in Serangan, you need to organize a 30-minute ferry to the Nusa Islands which can be BOOKED HERE.
I recommend reserving this booking before in hand in order to guarantee you a spot on the boat. There are many tour agencies scattered throughout Bali town that can help you with your booking.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE NUSA ISLANDS ?
Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan are the two best islands to live on, while choosing which one is entirely up to you.
In terms of hotels, restaurants and beach clubs, Nusa Lembongan is much more built up. Whereas, Nusa Penida is famous for it’s attractions such as Kelingking Beach, Broken beach, Crystal Bay and so many others. Also, there is very limited hotels and restaurants but the famous instagrammable accommodation is Rumah Pohon Treehouse.
Nusa Penida has almost no nightlife. If you're visiting Nusa Penida for that, then I strongly recommend that you don't visit there and instead go to Gili Trawangan's party paradise.
WHAT TO SEE IN NUSA ISLANDS ?
If you looking for beautiful tropical beaches embraced by transparent turquoise blue waters and powdery white sand then definitely you need to visit Nusa Islands.
There are lots of things which you can see depending on your choice.
Kelingking Beach, broken beach, Angel Bilabong, Crystal Bay and diamond beach, Nusa Penida Treehouse, Peguyang Waterfall, Manta Point, thousand island viewpoint, Devils Tears and Blue Lagoon.
📍Kelingking Beach - Would YOU dare to make it all the way down and come back up on this stairway to heaven?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH TO BUDGET FOR 1 WEEK IN BALI ?
On a Backpacker budget, you can expect to spend a moderate price of around $45 USD per day. Mid- range can expect around $125 USD per day and for a luxury budget, you can expect around $330 USD per day.
This price includes hostel/hostel accommodation, transportation, food and partying.
WHEN IS THE GOOD TIME TO VISIT BALI?
Travelling between May and September is the best time to visit Bali as it's warm and bright. I would avoid going in a high season which is July and August as well as through the Easter holidays and Christmas holidays. This is the time when the prices are the highest.
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