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It’s easy to see why Bali has become Indonesia’s most-loved island. For an island so small it has big things to offer… from lush rainforests and steamy jungles to long sweeping beaches and blue azure waters filled with vibrant corals and colourful marine life, Bali is a true feast for the eyes.

Not only does Bali have so much visual appeal, the island’s laidback charm, rich culture, fantastic food and welcoming people make for the ultimate holiday experience.

Whether you’re looking for a party or some down time, chasing sunsets or catching sunrises, prefer luxury or the simple life – Bali has it all!

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AREAS IN BALI

Bali's western coast.

Arguably the most famous region of the tiny Indonesian Island, Bali's Western Coast boasts some of the best hotels, beaches and night life that the island has to offer. From the parties in Kuta, to the sophistication of Seminyak or the scenic beauty of Tanah Lot, Bali's Western Coast is simply superb.

Nestled in Bali's mountain region, Ubud is home to some of the world's most luxurious retreats. The Ayung River is also easily accessible and perfect for the more adventurous nature lovers with some great white water rafting spots.

Uluwatu & Jimbaran Bay

The cliffs of Uluwatu are truly one of Bali's hidden gems. With hotels dotted around Bali's southern peninsula, Uluwatu & Jimbaran Bay are the perfect place for secluded luxury.

Bali's Eastern Coast

Less well known, but just as beautiful (and perfect for families) is Bali's Eastern Coast. Enjoy world class resorts in Nusa Dua and Sanur, or take an adventure to the untouched Gili Islands.

TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO

Waterbom waterpark.

With world class waterslides, nearly 4 hectares of space, Waterbom is fun for the whole family with rides for Thrill-Seekers and lazy river lovers alike

Mount Batur

One of Bali's active volcanoes, Mount Batur is definitely worth a visit. Offering incredible views and, if you have the will to get up early, one of the most magnificent sunrises you will see.

Uluwatu Temple

Located on the top of Uluwatu's incredible cliffs, this Hindu temple offers staggering views out over the ocean. The walk up to the temple also gives you an opportunity to mingle with the local monkey inhabitants!

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

For the active instagrammers!! These waterfalls are so picturesque and beautiful that you won't know whether to swim or keep taking photos

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Flight time & currency.

Fly from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to to Denpasar in 9 hours 20 minutes.

The official currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

Time to Travel

Bali is great for any time of the year, due to the climate being mostly comfortable all year round.

The best time to go to Bali is from April to October, the driest time of the year.

Getting Around

Scooter taxis are the easiest and quickest way to get around the small island. Private taxi vans can also be hired from all the major hotels in the region for day trips. Just make sure you negotiate the rate before you set off!!

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Kopi Luwak has the distinction of being known as the most expensive coffee in the world and the reason might surprise you. The beans are collected from the excriment of the civet (a small nocturnal mammal). At USD50 a cup, would you be game to try it?

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At the heart of Indonesia , the beautiful island of Bali is a melting pot of cultures and a medley of stunning landscapes. From the lush rice paddies and ancient temples in Ubud to the active Mount Batur volcano and the golden beaches and iconic surf spots in Kuta , there is something for everyone here. Build a Bali family vacation package for the kids to learn all about Indonesian culture while you kick back on the beach in the sunshine. Or for a luxury Bali vacation package , consider hopping between a few of the island’s finest five-star hotels to see the highlights in style.

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Ubud City-Centre

Ubud City-Centre is known for its spectacular forests, and you can see some sights in the area like Ubud Monkey Forest and Ubud Traditional Art Market.

Seminyak which includes a city and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Central Seminyak

Beaches and abundant dining options are well-reviewed features of Central Seminyak. Make a stop by top sights like Eat Street while you're exploring the area.

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Petitenget is a destination visitors seek out for is beaches, abundant dining options, and relaxing spas. You might want to check out attractions like Seminyak Beach or Petitenget Temple while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Kuta Beach featuring markets and surfing

Downtown Kuta

Downtown Kuta is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Kuta Beach and Poppies Lane II, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Kuta.

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Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay is beloved for its stunning beaches. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Jimbaran Beach and Bukit Peninsula.

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Head to Bali’s most popular beach to surf, snorkel or socialize, and enjoy the spectacular sunset that has captured the hearts of so many.

Sanur Beach

Uncrowded shorelines, beautiful blue water and a village with a laid-back atmosphere makes this beach an oasis of calm in bustling southern Bali.

Seminyak Beach

Escape the crowds of Kuta Beach and relax on the stretch of sand that connects Seminyak’s luxurious spas, upscale hotels and oceanfront restaurants.

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There are 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, but none shine brighter than Bali. 

From the green slopes of Mt Batur to the Bintang bodegas on Seminyak’s main party strip, Bali is a volcano-dotted, beach-fringed paradise that’s serene and sensational by turns. But beyond the mega-resorts and yoga studios, you'll find the essence of Bali in the temples, out-of-the-way mountain towns, local markets and lazy fishing villages. Our Bali tours are about  diving the impossibly blue waters off Lovina, being welcomed into a Balinese family home , soaking in the Banja hot springs, or sipping smoothies in Ubud’s cafes . As always, when it comes to paradise, the hardest bit is choosing what to do first.

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Bali at a glance, capital city.

Denpasar (population 789,000)

4.2 million

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Local culture.

Between the 12th and 20th centuries, Bali has often been treated as a pawn in the games of kings, rajahs and generals. More often than not, its fate has been closely tied to neighbouring Lombok with fierce battles between the two islands over the centuries as different rulers vied for regional dominance. This history of varied occupation can be seen in Bali today, with elements of Hinduism and Islam present in modern Balinese society. However, there is no historical animosity between the religions, or even between the islands of Lombok and Bali.

One of the defining moments in Bali’s history took place in the 16th century when the collapse of the Majapahit dynasty encouraged the spread of Islam from the surrounding states into the Javanese kingdom. Rather than live under Islamic rule, many Hindu elites chose to escape to Bali. These elites included many artists, dancers, musicians, actors and court-supported artisans, as well as some more artistically inclined priests. The result was an intense proliferation of cultural arts across Bali, no doubt inspired by rich Balinese folklore featuring epic battles of good and evil, gods and mortals. This reputation persists today, with many travellers falling in love with the island’s intricate temple carvings, dance performances, colourful sarongs and handicrafts.

When you combine a love of arts with world-class beaches and deliciously fiery sambals, it’s no surprise Bali’s tourism industry is soaring. It’s not unusual for someone to ask you whether this is your second, third or fourth visit to the island. Many locals rely on tourism to some extent, either by working as tour operators or running hotels, yoga studios, massage parlours, bars, cafes or restaurants.

The destination’s popularity with  Australians  means there’s a gradual cultural creep in larger cities like Seminyak, where Melbourne-style cafes and international clothing labels are particularly popular. If you escape the resorts and head further north from Denpasar, you’re more likely to encounter traditional warungs (eateries) and villages untouched by tourism sprawl.

One last word of advice: always watch where you put your feet. Locals will traditionally place small offerings on the footpaths outside their homes or businesses up to three times a day. 83.5% of the population identifies as Hindu and religion plays a large part in Balinese life. In fact, there is a small religious ceremony associated with just about every aspect of Balinese culture, whether it’s the beginning of a soccer game, celebrating the full moon or cleaning the house.

Food and drink

At first glance it might seem difficult to pinpoint Bali’s exact culinary identity. The mishmash of Indonesian and pan-Asian influences means you’re likely to come across menus that sometimes feel part Thai, Malaysian, Indian and Vietnamese. But no matter what you order, the food will always be fresh and bursting with flavour. Dishes are typically made fresh each day, with curries and pastes prepared by hand using traditional methods.

The most authentic food in Bali is usually found streetside at eateries called warungs. Warungs are common in every village and city, and a good place for a quick feed on a budget. Many will specialise in a small menu of popular local dishes.

Top foods to try in Bali

Babi guling:  This is slow cooking Balinese-style. A whole pig is stuffed with chilli, turmeric, ginger, galangal, shallots, garlic, coriander seeds and aromatic leaves and rotated over an open fire. This dish is commonly seen at celebrations.

Satay:  Sometimes spelt ‘sate’ on local menus, Indonesia is famous for its tasty meat skewers (usually chicken) cooked over hot coals and slathered in moreish peanut sauce.

Nasi campur:  Nasi campur feels like a bit of a buffet. Your plate typically comes with a scoop of nasi putih accompanied by small portions of a number of other dishes, including meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs, and fried-shrimp krupuk.

Nasi goreng:  The old favourite among tertiary students is nothing like the local version. Nasi goreng, literally meaning "fried rice”, is a popular rice dish with pieces of meat and vegetables, and a fried egg added on top.

Sambal:  A fiery paste made using a chili base smashed with secondary ingredients like shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar.

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Eating vegetarian in Bali

Going vegetarian is relatively easy in Bali as many dishes are already meat-free. Tofu and tempeh are also a standard part of the local diet. Key vegetarian dishes to look out for include nasi saur (rice flavoured with toasted coconut and accompanied by tofu, tempeh, vegetables and sometimes egg), urap (steamed vegetables mixed with grated coconut and spices), gado gado (tofu and tempeh mixed with steamed vegetables, boiled egg and peanut sauce) and sayur hijau (leafy green vegetables, usually kangkung – water spinach – flavoured with a tomato-chilli sauce).

The abundance of fresh fruits in Bali means you can buy fresh coconuts and juices (or fruity cocktails) almost anywhere you go. If you're looking for something with a bit more punch then you could order a Bintang, the national larger or maybe arak – a local liquor made from fermented rice and coconut palm flowers.

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Festivals and events

Many festivals in the Balinese calendar revolve around religious and spiritual occasions marked by periods of prayer or silence, and followed by lots of festivities and feasting. Some festivals might be inconvenient for travellers, such as the Day of Silence, but they’re also a great opportunity to gain an insight into local life that many don’t get to see.

Multiple surf contests are held throughout the year at different times and in different places. Check with local surfing schools for up to date information.

Top festivals in Bali

Nyepi (Day of Silence):  Bali’s major Hindu festival, Nyepi, or the Day of Silence, celebrates the beginning of a new year and is marked by inactivity. Legends say that this is a strategy to convince evil spirits that Bali is uninhabited and therefore not worthy of visiting! Jokes on them. The day involves prayer, meditation and quiet reflection.

Bali Arts Festival:  For an island with a strong history of cultural arts, it’s no surprise the Bali Arts Festival has pride of place in the annual calendar. Based at the Taman Wedhi Budaya arts centre in Denpasar, travellers can see village-based dance groups competing for local pride across several traditional dance categories. The date changes each year but is typically held between mid-June to mid-July.

Bali Kite Festival:  From July to October, the skies of southern Bali fill with huge, colourful monsters, critters and imaginative creations. Scores of kites are launched by the locals as part of this special spiritual event. It is believed the kites urge the gods to provide abundant harvests.

Indonesian Independence Day:  Held on 17 August each year, this day celebrates Indonesia's independence from the Dutch in 1945. Expect to see legions of marching school children, flags, kites and fireworks. Don’t expect to get anywhere quickly either on the day or the days leading up to it.

Galungan and Kuningan:  Galungan celebrates the death of a legendary tyrant called Mayadenawa. The celebrations come to a head with the Kuningan festival, which is when the Balinese say thanks and goodbye to the gods. The exact dates of these two festivals vary as they are planned using the 210-day wuku (or Pawukon) calendar.

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Geography and environment

Bali is undoubtedly Indonesia’s most popular province thanks to its abundance of beautiful beaches, leafy jungles and impressive mountains. Located just east of Java and west of Lombok, the Bali province includes not only the island of Bali but also a few of the smaller neighbouring islands, such as Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

Bali's highest mountain is Mt Agung (3,031 m, 9,944 ft), which is also known as the "Mother Mountain”. One of the other popular volcanoes on the island is Mt Batur. Both of these volcanoes have contributed to Bali’s incredibly fertile soil, which has allowed the rice crop trade to flourish.

Bali is located just 8 degrees south of the equator, which means it enjoys a fairly even climate year-round. The average year-round temperature hovers around 30°C (86°F), with a humidity level of about 85%. It's also surrounded by coral reefs and is part of the Coral Triangle, an area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. Over 500 reef-building coral species can be found here, which is seven times the entire Caribbean.

Bali’s problems with environmental pollution are well-documented, and it’s fair to say that the nearly 5.7 million tourists who visit annually are contributing their fair share. In late 2017, Indonesian officials declared a “garbage emergency” after a tide of plastic washed up a 5.8 kilometre (3.6 mile) stretch of coastline. We encourage all travellers to carry a reusable plastic bottle with them, a reusable tote bag for carrying items and to try and minimise their use of plastics wherever possible.

While you’ll find many of the main tourism hubs, like Seminyak and Kuta, filled with international fashion labels, there are also many local boutiques offering a wide variety of hand-made goods. These include traditional wood carvings (and even some famously phallic bottle openers), silver jewellery, colourful sarongs, eco-friendly bags, bamboo satchels, recycled furniture and a near limitless range of body oils and fragrances. Of course, if you’re looking for a traditional ‘I Heart Bali’ t-shirt or Bintang singlet, these are never in short supply either.

Like many parts of South East Asia, bargaining is a big part of the local shopping experience. Getting a good price comes down to how well you can haggle, but it’s important to have fun, bargain in good faith, and remember to smile. You’ll usually find better prices, and more negotiable shop owners, away from the main tourist strips.

Health & safety

Intrepid Travel treats the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia? Go to:  SmartTraveller

From Canada? Go to:  Travel.GC.CA

From the UK? Go to:  GOV.UK

From New Zealand? Go to:  SafeTravel.GOVT.NZ

From the USA? Go to:  Travel.State.GOV

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information. Go to:  WHO.INT

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Bali?

Sitting a snug 8 degrees from the equator, Bali’s climate is classic tropics. There’s a dry season and a rainy season, and not a whole lot in between.

The best time for a Bali tour (weather-wise) is the July to August peak season, or from December to the first week of January.

Although if you’d like to avoid the crowds (and why wouldn’t you) shoulder months like April, May, June and September make an excellent alternative.

The weather is dry and slightly less humid, and the island in general is a lot more relaxed.

October isn’t too bad either, especially if you’re into water sports like scuba diving, surfing or snorkelling (the rainfall is much lighter than in November).

Do you need a visa for a Bali tour?

The short answer is maybe – depending on your nationality. Passport holders from over 60 countries (including the   UK ,   Australia   and the   United States ) can enter Indonesia with a free tourist visa on arrival which allows you to stay for 30 days for tourism purposes. An immigration officer will date stamp your passport when you arrive and you will not be able to extend your stay. If you overstay there are hefty fines of IDR 1,000,000 (approximately 70 USD) per day.

If there's a chance you might want to stay longer than 30 days, you'll need to pay for a visa on arrival or apply for one prior to travelling at an overseas Indonesian consulate or embassy.

To enter Bali, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • proof of onward or return ticket
  • proof of funds to pay for your expenses during your trip
  • completed immigration card (this will usually be given to you on the plane or at the arrival terminal)

Local laws require that you must be able to show your valid passport at any time when required to do so by an immigration office. We recommend taking a clear photocopy of your passport photo page, and visa (after arriving), to carry with you.

This page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 27 June 2023 

Should I tip on a Bali tour?

Tipping isn’t compulsory in Bali, or anywhere else in Indonesia. But, like most countries, it’s very much appreciated.

Remember that many Balinese rely on tourism as a main source of income, and a tip is always appreciated.

What is the internet access like in Bali?

In tourist centers like Kuta, Seminyak, Denpasar, and Lovina internet access should be fine, and there will be plenty of internet cafes (or cafes with free internet) to choose from if your Wi-Fi isn’t up to scratch.

In more rural areas, there could be little or no coverage, particularly during homestays. Just remember to plan ahead. 

What are the toilets like in Bali?

Restaurants and hotels in developed tourist centers will have Western-style flush toilets.

In more rural areas the traditional squat toilet will be more common.

We recommend packing a bottle of hand sanitizer if you plan to visit rural parts of Bali.

Can I drink the water on a Bali tour?

Drinking water from taps isn’t recommended in Indonesia, but for environmental reasons try to avoid buying bottled water every day. There are a number of filtered canteens you can purchase or bring a supply of water filtration tablets that you can drop into your bottle wherever you go.

If you’re travelling on an Intrepid Travel trip, we always carry with us a large drum of water in our truck to refill your bottles on the road. Our hotel operators will also provide water free of charge to refill your bottles.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Bali?

Major credit cards are widely accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants in Bali.

T hey may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas.

Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases since credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Bali.

What is ATM access like in Indonesia?

ATMs are found widely throughout Bali, so withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so be prepared for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.

Is Bali safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Homosexuality is legal in most of Indonesia, however, revisions to Indonesia’s criminal code are currently being considered that would criminalise gay sex and same-sex relationships. Advocacy groups fear this would represent a profound setback to human rights in Indonesia as a result. The LGBTQIA+ community has also been known to be targeted and harassed by police.

Bali, with its Hindu majority, has always been more liberal, tolerant and relaxed in attitude, however public displays of affection are still not the norm for any couples anywhere in the country. Upscale hotels will likely not have any issues with same-sex travellers sharing a bed, however if you are staying in budget or family-run businesses and are allocated separate beds, you might feel more comfortable not drawing attention to your relationship. 

Because sex, in general, is a taboo subject in Indonesian society, the issue of sexuality is unlikely to arise while travelling here. Indonesia is generally safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers, provided you are willing to be discreet and cautious with public behaviour.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel. 

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Are Intrepid trips accessible for travellers with disabilities?

We are committed to making travel widely  accessible , regardless of ability or disability. We do our best to help you see the world, regardless of physical or mental limitations. 

We are always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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Why should you book a vacation package to Bali?

When should you book a vacation package to bali.

There are two seasons in Bali, a rainy season from October to April and a dry season between May and September. Bali travel packages will help you find the best deals even during the tourist high season from May to July, and from December till early January. If you're a surfer, the best waves typically come between May and October. Bali flight and hotel rates are typically cheapest from April to May, and in September.

Where should you stay in Bali during your vacation?

For any vacation type in bali:.

The Stones Hotel - Legian Bali, Autograph Collection lets you stay in five-star luxury in a resort style hotel complex with a large pool and upscale amenities. Located in Legian on the west coast of Bali, the hotel operates its own shuttle service to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, just over 3 miles away. Private beach access and a garden setting with multiple pool and restaurant options make Meliá Bali the ultimate Bali experience. Located in Nusa Dua just over 7 miles from Ngurah Rai Airport, the resort can arrange airport pick-up and shuttle service.

For family vacations in Bali:

At the Padma Resort Legian, families can stay in interconnected rooms and enjoy extensive facilities, including a lagoon pool and infinity pool, family game room, and a location close to the beach. A taxi is an inexpensive option from the Ngurah Rai Airport, under 4 miles away. At the Hard Rock Hotel Bali in Kuta, the little ones will stay happy and busy at the exclusive kids' club while parents can swim up to the pool bar or lounge on the beach. There are plenty of taxis available for the brief 2 1/2 mile drive to Ngurah Rai Airport.

For romantic vacations in Bali:

Traditional Balinese elements meet modern design at the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa, offering you a romantic beachfront holiday just steps from the bustling city and all the shopping, dining, and night life it has to offer. The resort can arrange airport transfers from Ngurah Rai Airport, about 7 miles away. The Kuta Seaview Boutique Resort & Spa is small and offers you a secluded and lush garden setting near the beach. The resort will arrange airport transfers from nearby Ngurah Rai Airport.

For luxury vacations in Bali:

The Legian Bali is a hideaway from the tourist crowds, offering all-suites accommodations on a prime stretch of Seminyak Beach, yet close to upscale shopping and dining in the city. The hotel offers its own shuttle service for the 6 mile trip to Ngurah Rai Airport. Stay in the lush Bali highlands amid the rice fields at The Chedi Club, located just outside Ubud, a center for traditional arts and culture. A car rental is recommended for the 24 mile trip from Ngurah Rai Airport in Kuta.

For budget vacations in Bali:

Bali trips become affordable at Alam Puri Art Museum Villa and Spa, an oasis of authentic Javanese and Balinese culture a half hour's drive from Ubud on Bali Island. A car rental or private airport shuttle is available for the 30 minute drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport. The Haven Bali Seminyak Hotel offers affordable elegance, with a pool and dining options just steps from Seminyak Beach. The hotel concierge can arrange your transfers to and from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

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Bali Travel Guide: The Ultimate 3-Week Itinerary

Bali Travel Guide: The Ultimate 3-Week Itinerary

A spiritual haven and a traveler’s dream, Bali offers an unforgettable experience to the many visitors who flock to its beautiful beaches , vibrant green rice terraces, and sacred volcanoes. Three weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore all the hidden corners of this beautiful island, whether it’s creative Ubud with its colorful markets, the undiscovered coastal villages of Amed , or the paradise islands where turtles and manta rays float in the turquoise water. Use this Bali travel guide to plan your perfect route, and don’t miss a thing!

Bali Travel Guide (3 weeks)

This complete Bali travel guide includes a mix of the best the island has to offer. That way you can visit many cultural and spiritual sites, see stunning natural scenery, and meet wonderful local people. The Balinese people are very friendly, and although many people speak English here, learning a few words in Bahasa Indonesia goes a long way.

Here are all your hotel options in Bali.

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The island is also a foodie haven, with thousands of international restaurants, trendy cafes, and local warungs. Discover all the best spots using this Bali 3-week itinerary!

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Day 1-2: Canggu or Seminyak

Welcome to Bali! The beach towns of Canggu and Seminyak are less than an hour’s drive from the airport. Because of this, it’s a great place to kick off your Bali 3-week itinerary. 

Also read: The complete Bali 7-day itinerary

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Canggu is now one of the island’s most popular (and most expensive) destinations, famed for its hipster cafes, trendy beach clubs, digital nomad hub, and world-class surf scene.

See availability for a surf lesson in Canggu

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Both towns also have fantastic shopping, so spend some time browsing vintage shops and trendy concept stores. Canggu is particularly great for shopping. Plus, if you’re here at the weekend, you should check out the lively La Brisa Sunday Market.

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If you’re looking for prettier beaches and a more sophisticated resort-style location, Seminyak is a better option. This side of the island also boasts some of the best sunsets; we recommend heading to the clifftop temple Pura Tanah Lot for some spectacular golden views.

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Alternatively, simply grab a beanbag at one of the beach bars to watch the show; it’s a must-do while following this Bali travel guide!

Bali Travel Guide: The Ultimate 3-Week Itinerary

Once the sun has gone down, hit the clubs in Seminyak, which has one of the best nightlife scenes on the island.

Tip: It is a 20-minute drive or a 40-minute walk between the two towns, so you can easily base yourself in one place and split your time between the two.

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How to get to Canggu and Seminyak

Canggu and Seminyak are very close and easily accessible from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

It will take 35-45 minutes to drive to Seminyak and 45 minutes to an hour to reach Canggu. This is all dependent on traffic, particularly during the high season, when queues can be expected. A taxi from the airport costs approximately 300,000 IDR (~ 20 USD). Unfortunately, you can’t order a Grab taxi from the airport. 

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Where to Stay in Canggu and Seminyak

The most central places in Canggu are Batu Bolong and Berewa. Here, you’ll find plenty of great cafes, restaurants, beach clubs, and surf spots. 

Hotels in Canggu 😴

Amar Boutique Hotel

In Seminyak, stay around Jalan Kayu Aya Street, also known as ‘Eat Street’, for its wide variety of restaurants. The beach is just a 10-minute walk away.

Hotels in Seminyak 😴

The Legian

Day 3: Jatiluwih Rice Terraces or a Local Homestay

Nestled in the center of Bali is Jatiluwih, an area of stunning rice terraces over 600 acres in size. For the third day of your Bali travel guide, explore this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot. Alternatively, hire a bicycle, and take in the natural beauty of vibrant yellow and green rice fields, palm trees, and mountain views. It is not that touristy, so you can peacefully enjoy this incredible natural landscape away from the crowds. 

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If you want to give your legs a break, you can also stop off at the cafes scattered around the area. Sip on hot coffee and homemade rice cookies before heading out again.

Tip: Please remember that the rice terraces are working land, so be a respectful and sustainable traveler by staying on the designated paths as much as possible and taking trash with you.

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Bali Homestay

Alternatively (or additionally!), allocate some time on your Bali 3-week itinerary to get to know Balinese locals at a homestay. Staying with a local family is a fantastic way to meet new people and make lifelong friends! It will also give you a taste of day-to-day life in Bali, and you’ll learn something new about the culture and traditions. We stayed at a homestay in Gadungan, an hour’s drive from Jatiluwih.

Find out how to experience a homestay in Bali

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How to get from Canggu / Seminyak to Jatiluwih

From Canggu and Seminyak, it takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive. Please note that the traffic in Canggu can be particularly bad, so be extra careful if you are on a motorbike. Alternatively, hire a private driver if you don’t feel that confident.

Where to Stay near Jatiluwih

Stay with a local family on your Bali 3-week itinerary by contacting our friend Adi and his family on WhatsApp .

If you’d rather choose other accommodation, there are plenty of guesthouses and hotels around the rice terraces. Most of these have incredible views where you’ll wake up to stunning natural scenery. 

Hotels in Jatiluwih 😴

Ti Amo

Day 4-5: Munduk

The next stop on our Bali travel guide is Munduk. This stunning mountain region in the north of Bali is home to towering waterfalls, shimmering lakes, and some of the best coffee on the island! The higher altitude means cooler weather, so it’s a great place to escape the coastal heat and relax in peaceful surroundings. 

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Spend a few days discovering the area’s many beautiful waterfalls and hiking along jungle trails in the mountains.

Read: The best waterfalls in Bali!

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Activities in Munduk

Don’t miss a visit to Ulun Danu Bratan while you’re here; the floating water temple in Tamblingan Lake is easily one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. Go early in the morning to beat the crowds, as it is a popular spot. Alternatively, book a tour exploring Ulun Bratan, the Twin Lakes, and waterfalls.

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Before you leave Munduk, head up to the Wanagiri Swing viewpoint for sunrise, where you will be met by panoramic views of the beautiful Twin Lakes. 

Tip: If you have time on your Bali itinerary, you can also take a tour of a local coffee plantation. However, we recommend avoiding the infamous Luwak coffee; many producers use unethical and cruel practices, and 80% of the time, it is not even ‘real’ Luwak coffee!

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How to get from Jatiluwih to Munduk

It is 1.5 hour’s drive from Jatiluwih to Munduk. On your way into Munduk, stop at Handara Gate – a stunning spot for photos with an incredible mountain backdrop and beautiful greenery. Contact our dear friend Yande if you need transport or a tour!

Where to Stay in Munduk (Bali Travel Guide)

The area has many guesthouses and homestays. However, we’d recommend Munduk Moding Plantation for its peaceful nature, spectacular panoramic views, and infinity pool!

Hotels in Munduk 😴

Munduk Menir Villas

Day 6-9: Ubud

There is so much to see and do in this vibrant village, which is the spiritual and cultural heart of the island. There is a reason it is one of the more popular destinations and a must-see on any Bali itinerary; historic temples with traditional ceremonies, a dynamic art culture, and stunning natural surroundings mean you’ll never want to leave. Fill your days with traditional cooking classes , visits to beautiful temples, and afternoon tubing trips down the river!

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Activities in Ubud

On days 6 and 7, explore Ubud on foot. This is the best way to discover its hidden corners, cozy cafes, art markets with handcrafted souvenirs, and peaceful rice fields. For an evening stroll, we recommend the Campuhan Ridge Walk, which is popular among dog walkers and local families.

Read: Best Things To Do in Ubud

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During your time in Ubud, you should also spend a morning at the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces . We recommend arriving before 10 AM before everyone else gets there. Later, head to the sacred Monkey Forest to wander among ancient trees and temples bathed in a beautiful golden light; it’s one of the most popular sites in this Bali travel guide!

Here are all your hotel options in Ubud.

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Day Trip to Mount Batur

Allocate one of your days in Ubud to join a day trip to the incredible Mount Batur ! It’s only an hour and a half away and is one of Bali’s most sacred volcanoes. Hike up in the dark to catch the sunrise at the summit. It’s well worth it, as it’s a relatively easy trek that pays you back tenfold with panoramic views over the whole island. This is easily one of the best things to do in our Bali travel guide!

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You can book a tour with Yande that includes hotel pick-up and drop-off. A guide will keep you safe and teach you about the volcano’s sacred significance. Most tours also include a visit to the nearby Batur hot springs , where you can soothe your sore muscles in warm volcanic water while gazing over beautiful Lake Batur. 

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How to get from Munduk to Ubud

It takes about 2 hours to drive from Munduk to Ubud through beautiful mountain scenery. Rent a scooter so you can stop for photos!

Where to Stay in Ubud

There are many accommodation options in and around Ubud, whatever your budget, including hostels, hotels, and guesthouses.

Hotels in Ubud 😴

Kayon Jungle Resort

Stay in the center of the village to be close to the action. Alternatively, head a little out of town if you want to be among the beautiful rice fields.

best bamboo house ubud bali

Day 10-12 of your Bali Travel Guide: Amed

A beautiful and untouched area of Bali, this long stretch of coastline dotted with traditional fishing villages is far from the tourist crowds. It’s also one of the cheapest destinations in our Bali travel guide! Expect black sand beaches, stunning turquoise water, jungle-covered mountains, and local life. 

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This is the best place in Bali for snorkeling and diving, as it’s home to beautiful reefs and crystal-clear water. Discover colorful marine life, vibrant coral, and long-forgotten shipwrecks, or simply relax on a quiet beach with a book. 

Read: 13 Top things to do in Amed, Bali

things to do amed bali shipwreck diving

Amed is also one of the better places to explore on a motorbike, as the roads aren’t busy. Because of this, you can enjoy peaceful journeys, heading up into the mountains for some incredible viewpoints like Lahangan Sweet. The treetop platform boasts panoramic views over green forests, lush rice paddies, and the tallest volcano in Bali (most stunning at sunrise). 

Tip: Don’t miss out on a visit to the serene Tirta Gangga water palace, where you can wander around colorful gardens before cooling off in sacred pools of healing water.

Tirta Gangga Water Palace bali

How to get from Ubud to Amed

It is a 2.5-hour drive from Ubud to Amed. However, there are some incredible views along the way as you wind through stunning countryside and over lush green mountains. Amed is far from most of Bali’s main towns and attractions, but this is why it’s so uncrowded and peaceful.

Where to Stay in Amed

This area has fewer resorts and trendy hotels as it is less touristy than other parts of Bali. However, there are still some lovely guesthouses and homestays along this stretch of the coast.

Hotels in Amed 😴

Aquaterrace Amed

Day 13-15: Gili Islands

On day 13, leave from Amed to the magical Gili Islands! A ferry from Amed will take you to the next destination on your Bali 3-week itinerary: Gili Air .

Read: 1o Best things to do on Gili Air

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Gili Air is just one of several breathtakingly beautiful Gili islands off the coast of Lombok. We recommend basing yourself here on your Bali 3-week itinerary. It’s a lovely, laid-back island with white sand beaches and stunning sunsets.

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The island is small, and there are no cars, so rent a bicycle to explore at your own pace. Swim with turtles in turquoise blue water, lounge on beach swings, and find your new favorite cafe for chilled-out brunches.

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Tip: One of our favorite things on this Bali itinerary was to book a snorkeling boat trip off the coast of Gili Meno (a smaller island close to Gili Air). Here you’ll find some unique underwater sculptures and fantastic sea life!

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How to get from Amed to the Gili Islands

Take the fast boat from Amed Beach, which takes about 1.5 hours. Return tickets cost 40-65 USD, depending on the boat and the season.

See ferry tickets and availability here

Where to Stay on the Gili Islands

Gili Air is very small, so wherever you stay, you won’t be too far from anything. What’s more, there are a variety of beautiful hostels, villas, and hotels to choose from.

Hotels in Gili Air 😴

PinkCoco

The best beaches are on the island’s east side, while the best sunset spots are on the west side.

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Day 16-18: Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is another tiny island paradise off the south coast of Bali. It is all about the beautiful beaches here; sunbathe on soft white sand, snorkel in crystal clear water, or grab a board and catch some waves. 

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There are also some fantastic beach clubs on the island. One of our favorites is Ginger & Jamu , which has gorgeous sunset views and great food.

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If you need some adventure to break up all the relaxation time, try a paddleboarding tour through the peaceful mangrove forests, or dive with manta rays at Manta Point. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of our favorite things to do in this Bali travel guide!

Book a snorkel trip in advance

Tip: Nusa Lembongan is connected to the nearest island, Nusa Ceningan, by a yellow suspension bridge, so you can easily travel between the two!

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Day Trip to Nusa Penida

One of the best things to do on this Bali 3-week itinerary is a day trip to Nusa Penida , a stunning island just 15 minutes by boat from Lembongan. Take in the breathtaking ocean views from the top of enormous limestone cliffs before hiking down to blinding white beaches for a relaxing day of swimming, snorkeling, and all-around island paradise vibes! 

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How to get from the Gili Islands to Nusa Lembongan

There are daily ferries between the Gili Islands and the Nusa Islands. From Gili Air to Nusa Lembongan, it takes around 3 hours and costs 20-30 USD. 

See all ferry times and tickets here in advance

Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan

The island is small (you can walk from one side to the other in around an hour). However, there are many hostels, hotels, and resorts to choose from for any budget.

Hotels in Bali 😴

Nusa Veranda

Day 19-21: Uluwatu or Canggu

We’re finishing the Bali travel guide with a bang! For the last stop on your Bali 3-week itinerary, choose from hipster Canggu or the surf haven of Uluwatu.

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Canggu has bohemian vibes aplenty, big beach clubs, and great shopping. Alternatively, for a more chilled atmosphere, head to laidback Uluwatu for stunning beaches, epic clifftops, and incredible surf spots.

Read: 17 Things to do in Uluwatu, Bali

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Uluwatu – Our Bali travel guide favorite

Uluwatu is a little more off-the-beaten-track than Canggu and slightly more upmarket, so it is a good choice if you’re looking for a bit of luxury to end your Bali itinerary. Spend a few peaceful days exploring the beautiful beaches, discovering lovely cafes, and motorbiking along clifftops with the wind in your hair. 

travel guide bali uluwatu beach

While you’re here, you can’t miss out on one of the best cultural experiences in Bali, the Kecak Fire Dance. Ancient stories are told through music and movement in a clifftop amphitheater as the sun sets over the island – an amazing sight!

Book your tickets in advance for the Kecak Fire Dance

On the last day of your Bali 3-week itinerary, hit the beach for one final dip in the ocean before setting off for the airport, which is just under an hour away.

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How to get from Nusa Lembongan to Uluwatu / Canggu

From Nusa Lembongan, take the ferry to Sanur port, and from there, it is a 1-hour drive to Canggu or 1.5 hours to Uluwatu. Many taxis are available from Sanur, or you can rent a motorbike. 

Where to Stay in Uluwatu / Canggu

In Canggu, stay around the Batu Bolong and Berewa areas which are by the beach and close to everything. 

In Uluwatu, pick somewhere along the clifftop in the Pecatu area, which is central and offers stunning views!

Hotels in Uluwatu 😴

Padang Padang Inn

How to Visit Bali in 3 Weeks

Denpasar-Ngurah Rai International Airport is where you will fly into when visiting Bali. It is located on the southern tip of the island, close to Canggu, Seminyak, and Uluwatu.

If you are already traveling around Indonesia , you also have the option to take the ferry from Jakarta, Lombok, or the Gili Islands, among other places.

Traveling around Bali

Although Bali is relatively small, and driving distances can look very short on the map, be aware that heavy traffic can increase traveling times significantly, especially during the high season in July and August.

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By Motorbike

One of the easiest and most flexible ways to travel around Bali is by motorcycle. This is the best way to explore the island at your own pace, and you can make stops whenever you feel like it. You also have unimpeded views of the beautiful countryside! Additionally, renting a scooter is very affordable, with daily rates starting from as little as ~4 USD per day and cheap fuel.

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The downside is that some roads aren’t in that good condition (although this is continually improving) and the streets can get very busy, especially during the high season. If you are not that confident on a scooter, you might prefer an alternative form of transport to complete your Bali itinerary. 

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By Private Driver

Renting a car is a slightly safer option than a motorcycle. However, traffic is an issue in Bali, and it can take a long time to get from A to B. For that reason, we recommend hiring a private driver , which is very cost-effective, especially for a small group with lots of luggage.

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For day trips or multi-day itineraries, the driver will wait for you at each place, and the price is set for the day, so there are no surprising hidden costs. 

Hiring a driver in Bali costs around 35 USD per day, which is around the same price as a car rental without the hassle of navigating, parking, and getting fuel! 

Public buses are popular among the locals and an extremely cheap way to get from A to B, with an hour’s journey costing around 2 USD. However, if you are short on time, this isn’t the best option, as the schedules are a little unreliable. It will also take much longer than a scooter or taxi, and you may have to change several times to get to where you want to go.

Taxis are a very affordable and convenient way to travel short distances. However, always check that the meter is on or agree to a price beforehand! An even cheaper option is ride-sharing apps like Grab or Go-Jek. However, these aren’t allowed in some areas, like the airport, for instance.

For longer trips and for traveling between popular tourist attractions, it is better and cheaper to rent a private car and driver for the day. 

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Booking Tours

In this travel guide, you’ll find options for tours to join throughout your itinerary. Joining a tour is a good option for specific trips like the sunrise trek to Mount Batur or the day trip to Nusa Penida. Everything is included, including hotel pick-up and drop-off, and occasionally even a local guide who can provide fascinating local insight into the area and culture that you wouldn’t get otherwise.

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Our Favorite Bali Accommodations

There are some fantastic accommodation options in Bali, whatever your budget. Discover bamboo villas, lively hostels, and five-star resorts all over the island. Here are our favorite places to stay in every destination in our Bali travel guide:

  • Canggu : Amar Boutique , Cali Villas , Guru Canggu
  • Seminyak : The Legian , Elysian Boutique , Villa Air
  • Jatiluwih : Ti Amo , Saridevi Ecolodge , Dwan Tea Mountain Side
  • Munduk : Munduk Menir Villas , Munduk Cabins , Ekommunity
  • Ubud : Kayon Jungle Resort , Ubud Valley Boutique , Sapodilla Ubud
  • Amed : Aquaterrace Amed , Blue Earth Village , Kubu Kangin Resort
  • Gili Air : PinkCoco , The Koho Air Hotel , Anahata – Tropical Private Villas
  • Nusa Lembongan : Nusa Veranda , The Jingga Villas , Bukit Taman Cottages
  • Uluwatu : Padang Padang Inn , Bukal Sari , The Elementum

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How Much Do 3 Weeks in Bali Cost?

The cost of your trip will depend on what time of year you visit, which part of the island you’re in, and what you like to spend your money on. Bali is generally a very affordable travel destination, however, and if you go outside of the high season months of July and August, you can also find cheap accommodation in most places.

Costs of Traveling in Bali

Travel on a budget in Bali, from $200 − $500 USD weekly per person, mid-range $530 − $1180 USD, and high-end from $1160 − $1810 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here

  • Hotels: $25 − $150 USD Check available hotels
  • Hostels: $10 − $40 USD Check available hostels
  • Transport: $5 − $40 USD Book public transport
  • Car Rental: $25 − $60 USD Book a rental car
  • Food: $5 − $20 USD
  • Activities: $5 − $20 USD See tickets & tours
  • Sim: $1 − $3 USD Get an eSIM or SIM here
  • Travel Insurance: $2 − $6 USD Get Travel Insurance

Tip: Be aware that Canggu is one of the most expensive areas on the island. However, you can still find budget hostels and cheap local restaurants.

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Best Time to Visit Bali for 3 Weeks

The best time to visit Bali is during the dry season between April and October, when the weather is best for sightseeing, beach days, surfing, snorkeling, and diving. We recommend avoiding the high season of July and August. It gets crowded with local and international tourists, and prices go up to reflect this.

The wet season is much quieter, accommodation is cheaper, and the countryside is lush and beautiful. However, be prepared for at least a few hours of rain a day!

Tip: April, May, September, and October are the best months to follow this Bali travel guide. This is when the rice paddies are at their greenest and most vibrant, right before harvest.

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Do I Need a Visa for My Bali 3-Week Itinerary?

Most people will need a visa for Bali unless their country has a Visa Exemption Agreement. You can get a Visa on Arrival (VOA) when you land at the airport, which is valid for 30 days and costs 500,000 IDR (~ 33 USD). To avoid long queues at the airport, apply electronically at least 48 hours before you arrive.

Get your visa for Bali in advance

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Is Bali Safe?

Bali is generally a very safe place to travel and is one of the safest destinations in Indonesia. There is a small level of petty crime, such as phone theft or pickpocketing, particularly in the more touristy areas, so exercise caution and always watch your belongings.

Read: Top travel safety tips!

Traffic is the main issue on the island, especially during the high season in July and August, and there are very few pavements. This is something to consider if it’s your first time riding a motorcycle, and be careful while walking around the busier areas. 

Tip: Although a volcanic eruption on Bali is unlikely, check the local news or government website for warnings before attempting the hike up Mount Batur.

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Travel Insurance Bali

Travel insurance is an essential purchase for any trip away. It gives you peace of mind and may also save you money in the long run if anything unexpected happens while you are away. You can buy single-trip insurance very cheaply, and there are plenty of options if you are traveling long-term. 

What to Pack for a Bali 3-Week Itinerary

What you pack for your 3 weeks in Bali may change depending on what time of year you visit. If you are here during the wet season, waterproofs and suitable footwear are a must-have, while the hot weather of the dry season will require more sunscreen! Try to pack as light as possible, especially if you are moving around a lot.

Bali Travel Guide: Packing List

  • Layers – Useful for when you are up in the mountains where temperatures are much cooler (particularly at night) and for motorcycle trips.
  • Universal travel plug – A great addition to any trip, so your electronics can be charged wherever you are. ( Get one here )
  • Raincoat – In the rainy season, this is an essential item in Bali! It may come in handy during the dry season when there are occasional showers or to keep the wind off while motorbiking. 
  • Hat – Essential for keeping the sun off your face while sightseeing, hiking, or simply sunbathing on the beach.
  • Good footwear – Good hiking boots, sneakers, or sturdy sandals are a must for your Bali 3-week itinerary. You will need good shoes for hiking in the mountains or the rice paddies.

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  • Sarong – Most sacred temples require everyone to cover up their legs out of respect. There is often an option to rent these, but it’s good to have one packed just in case, even if it’s just to cover up from the sun.
  • Microfibre towel – A small, lightweight towel is great for beach days and waterfall trips, as they fit easily into a small bag and dry very quickly.  
  • Camera – You need something to capture all the incredible sights on your Bali itinerary! Consider a waterproof camera or a GoPro for snorkeling and diving or for that perfect waterfall shot.
  • Power bank – Helpful for day trips, mountain hikes, and power outages, a power bank is a great backup to have on hand.  Get one here .
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  • Stainless steel straw – Carrying a small stainless steel straw around with you will save on plastic and can be used for your sunset cocktail or a beachside coconut! Lots of restaurants offer refills!
  • Non-toxic insect repellent – Choose an insect repellent that isn’t made with harmful chemicals like DEET.
  • Non-toxic sunscreen – Opt for a reef-safe sunscreen , which helps to protect marine life.
  • Reusable bags – Say no to plastic bags at local markets by keeping a few reusable bags on hand.

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Hello, thank you for all the information, it help me so much to plan my trip to Bali in may! I will be visiting the island for 17 days, I would really appreciate if you provide any feedback on the itinerary D1 : Uluwatu D2-5 : Ubud and the area D6: Mount Batur D7-8: Munduk D9: Amed D10-11: Sidemen D12-14 Gili or Nusa penida? D15-17 Canggu/Seminyak (2 nights) Would you recommend Nusa Penida or Gili Air (as we don’t have a driving license)?

Thanks a lot !

Hi Colyne, looks like you are planning on seeing some of Bali’s best! Depending on where you’re flying from, you might want to have a few days to unwind from the journey. Amed is worth exploring for a few days, hopping around the different fishing villages and beaches (+ the journey from Munduk to Amed is not short). From Amed, it’s also really easy to get to the Gili Islands by fast boat! Gili Air is really small and doesn’t have any cars, so this is a great option to explore cycling around. From there, you can return to Amed and explore Sidemen after on your way to Canggu/Seminyak. Hope that helps a bit!

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