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I have an ideal Bali travel guide that provides all the necessary information in a nutshell.
Honestly, none of the Bali trip itineraries you find online, may do justice to explore Indonesia’s only Hindu island.
Because, there are a plethora of beautiful places to visit in Bali, things to do, and experience, that you may find yourself short on time when trying to explore all the destinations Bali has to offer.
For instance, a couple of weeks could easily be dedicated to just lazing around the beaches in Bali, and indulging in water sports activities.
While a few more weeks could be consumed to loiter away and visit at least a handful of volcanoes in Bali, hop in and out of the vibrant temples that dot Bali, and admire the expansive terraced rice fields that the island is peppered with!
Therefore, putting together this 7-day Bali itinerary has been quite a herculean task.
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Bali – a family destination
No doubt that Bali is a backpackers’ paradise, an exotic honeymoon destination and a digital nomad’s dream.
However, as a family traveller, I found the tropical paradise of Bali a perfect family destination — offering a lot of things to do and experience with kids along.
Well, if you are rolling your eyes wondering, “Why the heck will I take my family to a place like Bali, which is a solo traveller’s dream?”
Ahem, Ahem…Maybe your spouse is also reading this write-up. And, you might actually change your solo plan to a family outing!
Nevertheless, here is a comprehensive Bali travel guide and a 7-day Bali itinerary — to explore in and around this paradisiacal island.
I’ve tried to include as much as insider’s information as possible in this Bali trip itinerary.
And, this one-week Bali itinerary has been put together and suggested keeping the Kuta neighbourhood as a base, due to its proximity to the airport.
If you choose to explore Bali and experience it with the help of a guide, do try to choose one from below. I had used the GetYour Guide services during my trip to Russia, and completely enjoyed my experience.
A 7-day Bali itinerary to explore in and around the Hindu island
Before I dwell into details of what to see and where to stay in Bali , apart from the 7-day Bali itinerary, let me give a brief idea as to where the island is located.
Information on Bali
Bali is one of the 17,500 islands that make up Indonesia — the largest archipelago in the world : out of these, just a mere 6000 islands are said to be inhabited.
And, many islands might be getting created slowly as you are reading this, due to constant volcanic activities around the region.
And, no, Bali isn’t the capital, but a province in Indonesia, while the capital city of Bali is Denpasar.
Day 1 of one-week Bali itinerary
The first day in Bali may just go in shaking off your jet lag depending on the region and country from where you’ve travelled.
It’s quite a long flight from India to Bali, with a stop-over at Singapore or Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok depending on the airlines and flight route.
Our trip to Bali was by Singapore Airlines with a super-impressive service. I suggest extending the layover time at Singapore, to avail of the free city-tour offered by Singapore’s Changi airport, as well as to explore the Jewel Changi Airport. It’s a world in itself!
You may want to make use of a guided tour of Changi airport like the ones below, to save time and make your life easier.
Upon landing at the Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar, and clearing the immigration formalities, we quickly hired a car to reach our property in Kuta.
Kuta is just a 15min drive from the airport, and is quite accessible at any time of the day and night. It’s a pleasant but buzzing and bustling neighbourhood with a beach on the west coast of Bali.
A short walk around the Kuta neighbourhood, relaxing family time along its beach or indulging in water-sports activities, could be a perfect way to end Day1 of this one week Bali itinerary.
Taste a delicious Balinese platter
If you are staying or visiting the Kuta neighbourhood, then do indulge in a varied mix of traditional Indonesian cuisine at this contemporary warung (a small family-owned restaurant) named Gabah, adjoining the Ramayana Resorts, filled with wicker furniture and chic bamboo screens
under the warmth of yellow lights.
Recommended is the vegetarian sayur mebrata (steamed rice in a yellow coconut shell with skewers, crispy fried bean cake, heart of banana blossom and fritters) made using the freshest produce from the local markets.
The highlight of their menu is their trendy Balinese Royal Kingdom cuisine, boasting an impressive selection of nearly 22 dishes. From traditional Balinese soup to roasted chicken elegantly presented on a grand bamboo tray, it captivates both tourists and Instagram enthusiasts alike.
Alternately, if you aren’t jet-lagged and want to kickstart your Bali itinerary right away — engage a cab, and drive towards Garuda Wisnu Cultural Park(GWCP) to spend quality hours exploring this architectural marvel.
And, then catch the setting sun at the picturesque Tanah Lot temple or one of the beaches in the Uluwatu area.
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Perched on a small rocky island is the revered Hindu site of Tanah Lot temple, at Baraban village, 30km from Denpasar town in Bali, Indonesia. * Tanah lot in Balinese language translates to ‘Land in the sea’, and the temple is dedicated to sea god – Dewa Baruna. This 16th century temple was constructed during the reign of King Dalem Baturenggong under the guidance of Dang Hyang Nirartha ( Pedanda Shakti Wawu Rauh) a Shiva devotee and a religious figure of the Shaivites in Java. * . Interesting to note: Brahmins of Bali are known as Pedanda! * . #travelphotography #travelguide #indonesian #wonderfulindonesia #bali #bali🌴 #hindutemple #hinduism #balinese #temples #architecturephotography #archilovers #agameoftones #natgeotravel #fodorsonthego #freelancewriter #travelgram #travelblogger #seaside #seascape #teampixel #pixel_ig #pixel #flowerstagram
What to do at Garuda Wisnu Cultural Park ?
Dominating the landscape of the Bukit Peninsula near Bali’s capital city Denpasar, an illustrious Garuda Wisnu Kencana portrays the Hindu deity Vishnu perched upon the majestic winged Garuda, and commands attention as a contemporary marvel.
Conceptualised by the esteemed Indonesian sculptor Nyoman Nuarta, and standing tall at over 120 metres in height and spanning 64 metres in width, the artwork is the main attraction of the cultural park that shares its name.
With live Balinese dance performances, manicured gardens, immersive art exhibitions, souvenir arcade and restaurants, the GWK Cultural Park is a one-stop gateway to experience Bali’s rich history and artistic splendour.
Experience the newly discounted all-inclusive package, offering a guided tour to the 23rd floor of the iconic Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue and free entry to ASANA Arts Museum, Bali’s first thematic photo studio, located within the park.
About Uluwatu Temple
Perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean, atop a dramatic rugged cliff on the southwestern coast of Bali is Pura Luhur (Uluwatu) temple, which holds a revered place in Balinese culture and religious traditions.
A sacred Hindu temple and a place of pilgrimage, it exudes a serene and mystical ambiance and is a witness to the island’s harmonious fusion of faith and nature.
The Kecak performance in the evenings at the Uluwatu temple is another unmissable immersive journey into Bali’s rich heritage and traditional artistry, in which a troupe of talented performers adorned in vibrant costumes, skillfully reenact epic tales from the Ramayana, captivating the audience with their synchronised movements and expressive gestures.
Do not miss the breathtaking sunset vistas while here, as Uluwatu is a must-visit Instagram-worthy spot.
Plan your day in Nusa Dua
One can also opt to explore Nusa Dua – an upscale area with a lot of 5-star accommodations, relaxing spas, and fun water-sports adventure activities, as part of this one week Bali itinerary.
Here are a few options that I found during my research on this. This may come handy to plan your day in Nusa Dua.
Recommendation: A great stay option could be the Ramayana Hotel which is centrally located to the market, money exchangers, ATMs, shopping markets, restaurants and pubs.While the Kuta beach is just a stone’s throw away!
Another property that I found very functional, uber chic and a great value for money is Sol, Bali.
Day 2 and 3 of the 7-day Bali itinerary: Explore in and around Ubud
Ubud has got a lot to offer in terms of shopping, sightseeing and serenity.
However, drive towards Ubud in the early hours of day to escape the famed Bali traffic.
The picturesque Tegallang terrace rice-fields flood this area and so do the coffee outlets of Luwak coffee.
You could spend hours in the Monkey sanctuary or just walk through the narrow lanes of Ubud with rice fields and temples for constant company.
While here, do experience the famed swing of Bali. If given an opportunity, I could dedicate the whole of this 7-day Bali itinerary to Ubud!
Since that may not be possible owing to a lack of time and resources, I share with you a mini ‘Bali best places to visit’ bucket-list when in Ubud, as well as a list of 12 Best Resorts in Ubud, if you are looking for some great properties to stay.
Pay obeisance to Saraswati, Goddess of Wisdom and knowledge, at Pura Taman Saraswati and also explore the Goa Gajah temple, an 11th-century cave complex with Hindu and Buddhist influences and figurines.
Take a brave walk inside the 12.5 hectares of lush greenery dotted with ancient temples in Ubud Monkey sanctuary
Heal naturally at the sacred springs of Tirta Empul temple
Visit the beautiful Ubud Palace, that’s just beside the market area.
Go shopping at the Ubud market
Shopping tips: Ubud market is flooded with souvenirs, silver jewellery and other paraphernalia at throwaway prices. And, these are the best of things to buy in Bali. Do not forget to slash the quoted price to 75%. And, yes, bargaining is encouraged in Bali.
Spend an afternoon at Alas Harum Agrotourism centre, Ji Lunga Tegallang in Central Ubud
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The Luwak coffee , a speciality of Bali; popularly also called the civet coffee, the Kopi Luwak beans are the partially digested coffee beans defecated by the Asian Civet, that are sun-dried, its dry skin is peeled out by hand, and, then dried further to be roasted to this deep brown colour and the unmistakable aroma of coffee beans. They are further pounded in a mortar to be made into its finer form of th famous Kopi Luwak coffee powder. * . No, I didn’t taste it for sure 😀 * . #wonderfulindonesia #coffee #kopiluwak #luwakcoffee #travelphotography #travelwriting #travelwriter #indonesia #exploreindonesia #fodorsonthego #agameoftones #passionpassport #nature #naturephotography #travelgram #travel #travelblogger #mediatrip #morningcoffee #polkapics #bali🌴 #bali
Watch an exhilarating performance of Kecak fire dance
I have penned an in-depth blog-post for layman and tourists, dedicated to Bali Kecak dance – covering its origins, history, evolution and a breakdown of the dance form. Do give it a read for better understanding of the dance before you watch a Kecak dance perfomance.
Consider booking tickets to watch a Kecak performance from the below options :
Have an afternoon meal with a volcano view at Kintamani Highlands
You may also want to combine your lunch with a view of Mount Batur, with a village tour, watching a Barong dance , and also a short trip to Ubud, with this guided tour of Kintamani highlands.
And, Mount Batur isn’t the only active volcano in Bali, and for that matter there are umpteen active volcanoes all across the various islands of Indonesia.
So, do read about the Top 10 incredible volcanoes you could visit in Indonesia.
Visit the floating temple of Ulun Danu Beratan
Day 4 and 5 of one week Bali itinerary: Island hopping, natural wonders and water adventures
Now that you have spent the first three days of this Bali itinerary exploring the land of Gods — Bali, it’s time to embark on sea adventures for the next few days. The most gorgeous natural wonders and non-touristy white beaches are to be found around the Nusa islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. The nearest harbour to catch a ferry to these islands is at Sanur. It usually takes a good 30-45 mins to reach Nusa Penida from Sanur by boat.
Nusa Penida is the largest of the three islands. Spend a day exploring the island by staying overnight. Angels’ Billabong and Broken Beach, Crystal bay and Kelingking Beach, are worth your time.
Did you know that Nusa Penida was once known as the ‘Black Magic Island‘? Read more about the island and its religious rituals in my article Ahoy! Nusa islands
Recommendation: We stayed overnight at the beautiful Star Semabu resort in Nusa Penida, that offers mesmerizing views of Mount Agung and the Indian ocean.
Nusa Lembongan has got pristine white beaches, mangroves and water-sports activities to indulge in. Dream beach is the most popular white stretch while the nearby’s Devil’s tear shouldn’t be missed. A mangrove tour and an overnight stay at Mahagiri resorts are highly recommended. Do not miss to catch the sunrise and sunset while here. The island offers beautiful views of Mount Agung (the highest volcano in Bali).
The best place to indulge in world-class snorkelling and scuba-diving is here.
You may also want to check the Top 10 surfing schools in Bali, if interested in surfing, apart from snorkelling and scuba-diving!
How to reach Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan
The boat cruise to either Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan from the Sanur harbour costs USD 10 per person for a one-way ride(₹750 approx). It’s better to book these tickets in advance. Although, there are booking kiosks available at the Sanur harbour.
Day 6 and 7 of one week Bali itinerary: Shopping, Batik and silver jewellery
Spend time exploring Celuk, a village of silversmiths and shop for exquisite Bali silver jewellery. En route, stop at one of the many Batik centres to have a first-hand account of the intricacies of making this handloom.
Shopping for souvenirs is best done at the Krisna Oleh Oleh shopping mart. They have a wide range of options from clothes to wooden artefacts to handwoven mobile covers and of course, everyone’s favourite- fridge magnets and keychains!
Batik: one of the best things to buy in Bali
Alternate 7-day Bali itineraries.
One week Bali Itinerary II
Day 1, 2 and 3 – In and around Ubud
Day 4, 5 – Nusa islands
Day 6 – Nusa Dua, Tanah Lot and Wisnu Garuda cultural park
7-day Bali Itinerary III
Day 1 – Kuta, Nusa Dua, Tanah Lot and Wisnu Gardua cultural park
Day 2 and 3 – Nusa Islands
Day 4, 5, 6 – In and around Ubud
Practical information on visiting Bali
Best time / month to visit Bali
Bali and the surrounding islands experience just two seasons: rainy and dry. Hence, the best time to visit Bali and the surrounding Nusa islands would be the dry season, which is from April to October.
During these best months to visit Bali, the weather is great and it is a good time to do walking tours and also visit various temples.
However, do note that this is also the most crowded tourist time of the year. So, be sure to get your bookings done well in advance.
What to pack for your Bali trip?
Bali has a pleasant tropical weather. Hence pack your dresses and clothing accordingly.
It can also become sultry in the afternoons. So light cotton or linen wears are highly recommended.
Do carry a light-weight cardigan or sweat shirt while going for early morning hikes, as it might get a little colder with a slight nip in the air.
Make sure you are decently and moderately dressed while visiting temples. Stick to the dress code.
Stock on mosquito repellents, sunscreen and basic OTC medicines.
Getting around Bali
For all practical purposes as a tourist in Bali, I suggest you either hire a car with a Bali driver who will double up as a tour guide or opt for a private guided tour for three days to explore the best of Bali. You could also opt to rent a scooter or bike for short distance trips in Bali.
Hope this 7-day Bali itinerary and alternate one-week itineraries, along with information on Bali tourist places, best places to visit and things to buy in Bali and more, help you in planning an upcoming trip to Bali. Feel free to send me your queries, suggestions and feedback by using the contact form.
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Disclaimer: This Bali trip was in collaboration with Indonesia Tourism office New Delhi, Om Tourism and Singapore airlines. However, as with my other posts based on media trips, the views expressed in this write-up too are my own and are not influenced by the sponsors.
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