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Bali itinerary 7 days

If you are planning a trip to Bali Indonesia, then you are in for a treat. This island is incredible, and it will be a trip of a lifetime. From the rice fields in Ubud to the crazy monkies and incredible foods, this island is a fun-packed island getaway.

I created this Bali itinerary for 7 days in order to give you as much information and options as possible for your trip. I have spend a week in Bali myself, and there are a couple of things that I missed out on due to bad planning. I have done a bit of research and now, I’m sharing my best tips for spending 7 days in Bali!

Get comfy, grab pen and paper cause this Bali itinerary for 7 days is chuck full with information.

BALI BASICS

Underneath you will find all the basics that you need to know about Bali. What currency do they use, when it the best time to visit, how to stay healthy and more.

Language Balinese, though English is spoken pretty much island-wide.
Time Zone GMT+8
Electricity Flat three-pin plug. Electrical power in Australia runs on a cycle of 50hz, and a voltage of 230 Volt.
Currency The standard in Bali is a two-pin plug for a socket. Voltage: 230 V, Frequency: 50 Hz and Power sockets type C / F
Tipping Tipping in Bali is appreciated but it’s not required. However many service workers in Bali don’t earn very much, so even a small tip really helps

MONEY AND PRICE

The currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah. Currently, the exchange rate sits around:

€1 = 15376 IDR
$1 = 9516 IDR
£1 = 18099 IDR

Bali (Indonesia) is not an expensive country, hence why it is so popular amongst all travellers. Budget holidays to this island can easily be done if you plan your trip out. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice in Bali with the cost of food and beer being really affordable. If you stick to local spots then you can find Bintangs ( A pilsner, clear, bottom-fermented lager beer) for less than $2AU. A filling meal for two cost you around $15AU to $20AU or less. Wander out and try out some of the local cuisines. Tipping in Bali is considered to be a foreign concept. Although it isn’t mandatory to tip for every service you avail, the tips are nevertheless appreciated.

Cash is still an important form of payment in Bali. So make sure you carry enough with you to pay for your small shopping, transportation, and food & drinks.

LANGUAGE

Because Bali is quite a touristy island, most people speak basic- to good English.  However, it is always polite to speak a few basic words of the local language. Underneath are some words that could be helpful and polite:

BALINESE PHRASES & USEFUL TRAVEL PHRASES

Underneath you can find some handy Balinese/Indonesian phrases as well as some handy travel phrases that might come in handy during your time in the country.

English Balinese
Hello Halo
How are you? Apa kabar?
Thank you Terima Kashi
Good bye Sampai Jumpa
Sorry Maaf
Good morning Selamat Pagi
Yes Ya
No Tidak
So you speak English? Apakah kamu berbicara bahasa Inggris

BEST TIME TO VISIT BALI

May is the hottest month in Bali with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 26°C(79°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in April. The wettest month is January with an average of 90mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in January when the average sea temperature is 29°C (84°F).

ACCOMMODATION IN BALI

You can grab a hostel for as little as $3,- a night WHOAH! though most of them lie between £5-8 per person/per night. You can look on booking sites like Hostel Bookers and Hostel World for availability and rates.

Some recommended hostels with decent ratings :

  • Puji Hostel
  • Green View Backpackers Inn
  • New Ubud Hostel
  • RW Downtown hostel
  • Pondok Permata (Homestay)

LOOKING FOR A HOTEL OR PRIVATE VILLA?

Here are some helpful sites:

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Depending on your passport and citizenship, you have the following options, when your main purpose is to travel to the island as a tourist:

To enter Indonesia, your passport must be valid for at least six more months from the date of entry.  You also must have an onward ticket when arriving in the country.

HOW TO PREVENT BALI BELLY

The tap water in Bali is of uncertain quality and is often pegged as the cause of many cases of the ‘Bali belly’ (I’m sure you know what that means, I am not going to go into details) Go to the local mini-mart and stock up on big bottles of water to help you stay hydrated (Very important because it’s really hot and humid in Bali and you need to drink lots of water).

I, unfortunately, got incredibly sick when I was in Bali, due to food poisoning. I have written my story down in a previous blog post if interested.

GETTING AROUND IN BALI?

Getting around in Bali is quite easy and cheap.  If you fancy getting local or you are staying just outside of town, then hiring a motorbike or scooter is a great idea. It’s not too hard to drive in Ubud compared to the main roads in Bali, so it’s a great and very cheap option that will prove to be super convenient and efficient for exploring Ubud and the surrounding areas.

You can hire a scooter for around 60,000IDR a day, which is about $5,- AUD.

You do need an international driving license which you have to apply for in your home country. They are usually only valid together with your “real” driving license, so you need to bring both along. You can get a temporary Balinese driving license (tourist driver’s license) from the police station in Denpasar within a day.

Alternatively, you can hire a car with a private driver for 450,000 IDR who will take you to all the local hot spots.

Bali itinerary 7 days | everything you need to see and do 

Underneath I will you the best Bali itinerary for a 7 day stay on the island. While a week may not be enough to explore the deepest corners of Bali, you can definitely see the majority of the island and have an amazing trip! Here’s how you can plan your trip!

Bali road trip itinerary | route overview & drive times

Underneath you can find a basic (and handy) overview of my Bali road trip itinerary. Keep in mind that this is just an itinerary that I think works best. You can add on destinations or remove destinations if one does not appeal to you.

Day 1 | Sanur and surroundings
Day 2 | Tourist hot spots | Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu
Day 3 | Ubud Center and Monkey forest
Day 4 | Ubud surroundings and Tegallalang Rice fields
Day 5 | Hiking
Day 6 | Waterfalls galore
Day 7 | Bukit Badung peninsula

This Bali itinerary for 7 days covers 533 kilometres. The distances are not immense on the island, but with plenty of stops along the way, and plenty to see and do, the most day you will be busy most of the day! Underneath a handy break down:

Origin Destination Distance Drive time
Airport Sanur 15km 20 Minutes
Sanur Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu 30km 1-2 Hours
Canggu Ubud 28km 1 Hour
Ubud Ubud 185km 3 Hours
Ubud Ubud 83km 2-3 Hours
Ubud Singaraja 83km 2-3 Hours
Singaraja Bukit Badung 109 km 2-3 Hours

DAY 1 | SANUR AND SURROUNDINGS 

The first day starts off with relaxing and exploring in Sanur. Sanur is located about a 20-minute drive from the airport.

Sanur is known for being a quaint seaside town in Bali that offers visitors a quieter slice of the island. This area is not known for its parting like some other parts are. It is located far away from hubs like Kuta or Seminyak. So many holidaymakers travel here for the serenity, making it the perfect place for the start of the trip.

Sanur offers quiet (not surfing) beaches with beautiful soft sand. It has a wide selection of restaurants, pubs as well as resorts and smaller hotels. There are not a huge number of attractions here like large temples, but the few points of interest are fascinating, and the main reason to come here is to take it easy and enjoy the natural beauty of Bali and relax from the travels to the island.
One of the best things to do is spend the day on the beach and then dine on fresh seafood at night, and you will find a few charming bars and live music events if you are looking for something to do in the evenings.  One of the nicest areas of Sanur is its coastline which is flanked by a paved walkway that wraps around the edge of the sea and is the ideal spot to go for an evening stroll.

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS 

If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in Sanur then I would recommend Respati Sanur. Amazing gardens, large rooms, clean pool and direct access to the beach.

DAY 2 | TOURIST HOT SPOT | Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu

For your second day on the island, it is time to visit a bit of a tourist hot spot. You will not encounter typical Bali, but it is kind of a must-see when you are on the island. The hot spot to visit are:
  • Kuta
  • Seminyak
  • Canggu

These three cities are all on the seashore in the southwest of Bali. You can choose to check out all three, hang out at one or choose two different cities to spend some time at.

If you prefer to go to only one city, then I would suggest heading to Canggu. Especially Batu Bolong Beach is lovely. It is the best place for first surf experience, but be careful so many people in the water. 

Tanah Lot,

At the end of the day, head to Tanah Lot. Located a 25-minute ride from Canggu and offers of the best sunset spots! This temple, located on an island that’s only accessible when the tide is low. Highly recommended must go.

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

If you decide that Canggu is the best option for you, I recommend one of these options as your accommodation.

Day 3 | Ubud Center and Monkey forest

On day three of my Bali itinerary 7 days, it is time to head into the more authentic Bali and we head inland to Ubud.

On your way to Ubud, I suggest you stop at Taman Ayun Temple. This temple is located about a 30-minute drive from Canggu and is simply too amazing to skip. Taman Ayun is one of five sites jointly listed as part of the Bali Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site. It is also one of six surviving royal temples on the island, dating back to the 17th century. Highlights include a huge cockfighting pavilion, an ornate watchtower, a beautiful moat and numerous multi-tiered shrines known as Meru. The entrance to this temple costs 30,000 rupiahs for foreigners. (Which is about $3,-)

sacred monkey forest sanctuary, bali

Another 30-minute drive towards Ubud brings you to the infamous Monkey Forrest. Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions. A natural forest sanctuary that is home to a large horde of grey long-tailed macaques. Admission is IDR 40,000 for adults and IDR 30,000 for kids. Which comes down to $4 AUD for an adult and $3 AUD for a child, a bargain for a day out!

You will spend a couple of hours here, I have written an extensive post on what it is like to visit, tips and tricks and basic information on the Monkey Forest, make sure to check it out before you visit.

After visiting the monkey forest and you still have all your belongings, cause they cheeky basterds do like to steal, head to the Saraswati Temple. This temple dedicated to the goddess of knowledge and wisdom and is a beautiful water palace surrounded by full of lotus flowers. You can only see it from the front if you want to enter for free. The mini bridge leading up to the temple is very pretty with lotus flowers on either side. To get inside, you can pay to see the traditional dance done by the temple performers but this costs around 50k IDR the last time we were here. If you don’t opt for the dance, you can be in and out of here within 15-20 minutes (this includes time to take and pose for pictures)

Also check out Puri Saren Agung, better known as the Royal Palace of Ubud. The royal family still lives in this palace, so you can only visit part of it.

In the evening, if you still have some energy left, head to Pura Dalem Temple. A beautiful temple where at night they show Kecak Fire & Trance Balinese Dances.  

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

I recommend that you stay at the same hotel for days 3 and 4 because if you follow my Bali itinerary for 7 days you will be spending 2 nights in and around Ubud.

You can grab a hostel for as little as $3,- a night WHOAH! though most of them lie between £5-8 per person/per night. You can look on booking sites like Hostel Bookers and Hostel World for availability and rates.

Some recommended hostels with decent ratings :

  • Puji Hostel
  • Green View Backpackers Inn
  • New Ubud Hostel
  • RW Downtown hostel
  • Pondok Permata (Homestay)

Day 4 | Ubud surroundings and Tegallalang Rice fields

Today we are staying in the Ubud area, as there is still so much to explore!

The number one stop of today will be the Tegallalang Ricefields.

The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the famous tourist stops in Bali. It is stunningly lush and well maintained/touristy rice terrace with lots of vantage points, zips lines and ‘Bali Swings”.  This is probably one of the best Instagram-able moments of your holiday!

It is located a short 20-minute drive from Ubud and is very easy to find. There is a large carpark just a couple of minutes’ walk from the fields where you can park your car for a small fee. (I think it was around the 10,000 IDR, but don’t @ me)

Tegallalang rice terrace tegallalang rice terrace

At the entrance, they will ask for a ‘donation’. So technically the entrance is free, but the locals ask for a small donation to help improve their livelihood and maintain the terraces. They are located throughout the rice fields, so bring a bunch of smaller notes so you can pay each at each wooden shack. The average donation is usually around 10,000 IDR (which is roughly $1 AUD). Depending on how many donations you’re willing to pay you can decide how far into the rice terraces you want to go.

I spend about 1 hour here, so don’t plan a whole day at these fields. Yes, they are amazing and very cool, but truth be told, once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it. And there is only so many photos you can take.

In the surroundings, you will find lots of touristy shops and restaurants, which are fun to check out.

In the afternoon, I recommend you go to the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah, a must-see in any Bali itinerary for 7 days. This cave is seen as one of the most important Buddhist sights on the island. The temple boasts some spectacular Balinese architecture, intricate carvings, and very detailed statues, along with some well-preserved ancient relics.

Goa Gajah is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advise is to go early, cause it gets very hot. The entrance fee to the Elephant Cave is around 15,000 rupiah, or about $1.50,-.

For cheap or traditional clothing,  Indonesian souvenirs and local food, head to the central market on Jalan Raya in Ubud.
Be prepared to bargain, I was told by my tour guide that you should pay around 50% of the initial price. These markets are a great shopping experience and it allows you to take home some amazing mementos.

Day 5 | HIKING  

Wake up to some of the best views in the world, when in Ubud. So I recommend you start your day with a sunrise trek to the majestic Mount Batur and its volcanic top, Kintamani.  You will have to get up very early for this, around 2.30 am. A great site to find the perfect your is get your guide. On this site, you can book private tours for anywhere in Bali. They are pretty cheap and very reliable.

Then, take a trip to the holy spring waters of Tirta Empul Temple near the mountain if you wish. You might be a bit temple tired after visiting so many temples prior. You also might be exhausted from climbing mount Batur, so this temple is definitely optional.

The rest of the day you can chill, get a Balinese massage or join a yoga class.

You can return to the same hotel as the previous two nights or you can treat yourself to Hanging Garden of Bali, one of the best hotels in the middle of the jungle. (And a bucket list hotel for me)

Day 6 | WATERFALLS GALORE 

On the penultimate day of your trip to Bali we are heading towards the island’s most impressive waterfall, Gitgit Waterfall. Along the way stop at Kebun Raya Bali, a sprawling botanical gardens with diverse tree, plant & bird species, plus a greenhouse & lake views. And at Ulun Danu Beratan, A well-known lake in a tranquil, lush setting featuring a historic water temple & mountain views. You should see heaps of monkeys on the road near the twin lakes.

Bali itinerary 7 days, must see Ulun Danu Beratan

Then head to Gitgit waterfalls. There is a fee of IDR20K per person when you go down towards the Waterfall and the fees booth closed around 5 pm, so you can practically go there for free after the booth closes. The way has many steps but the path is well maintained with railings on this side for most of the path. There are many small shops along the way. There are quite a few “guides’ around that will ask for a lot of money to entre the waterfall, be sure to not fall for those scams.

Bali itinerary 7 days, must see waterfalls

If there is still time left in the day, drive a bit further and head to Aling-Aling Waterfall. This is a beautiful waterfall and kind of a must-see when in Bali. For $9 (US Dollars) you get a guide, water bottle, and 3 different waterfalls to cliff jump from. 5,10, and 15 meters high.

Singaraja is a nice town to stay the next night.

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

Underneath are just a couple of accommodation options for Singaraja.

Day 7 | BUKIT BADUNG 

As this is the last full day on the island, it is time to head towards the airport vicinity. The last day you will be staying in the Bukit Badung area. This is the piece of land that juts out to the south of the island and is known for its amazing white sand beaches, its roughed cliffs, and its incredible luxury resorts.

Some of the most famous beaches are Padang Padang (where the movie “Eat Pray Love” was filmed), Tebing Pantai Balangan, with its wonderful cliff views, and Pantai Tegal Wangi, which hides a cave are located in this area.

In the afternoon, before the sun sets, visit the Uluwatu temple, located on a cliff; you can see one of the best sunsets on the island from here. Green Bowl Beach is by far the best beach in Uluwatu.

Nusa Penida

Another option what you can do on your last day, if you still are motivated and energized to travel around is to take a day trip to Nusa Penida.  This island is simply incredible. Home to some magnificent photo stops worthy beached, such as Angela Billabong, Broken Beach, Klingking Beach, and the Crystal Bay. You can swim in the crystal clear waters our go snorkelling in Crystal Bay, Manta Bay, or Wall Bay and discover the majestic marine life in the area. This is definitely a must for any beachgoer visiting Bali.

There are organized day trip to this island, I recommend checking out Klook for some great tour options.

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

For the last night, I have opted to go for the more luxurious hotels. Of course, if this is not in your budget, then there are quite a few alternative options available:

And that is the end of your Bali vacation. By ending in Bukit Badung, you are reasonably close to the airport, so whatever time your flight is, you know you should be able to make it.  I hope this Bali itinerary for 7 days was helpful.

Have you been to Bali? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out this Bali Hidden gems post for even more incredible spots to check out whilst on the island.

WHERE TO GO AFTER YOUR 7 DAY TRIP TO BALI? 

Since Bali is located close to Australia, I will show you some great trips that you can do after your trips to Bali.

  • Perth | An amazing city in Western Australia that is located near Rottnest Island. I would recommend spending 4 days in Perth to explore the city itself as well as its surroundings.
  • Red Centre | Some of the most iconic Australian landmarks, Uluru, can be found in the Red Centre. Together with Stunning national parks, like King Kanyon and Kata Tjuta making this rough outback a must-visit.
  • Cape Hillsborough | The most iconic backdrop for a typical Aussie occurrence. Cape Hillsborough is located in Queensland and is home to the icon beach Kangaroos. They hop on the beach during sunrise, making an epic photo opportunity.
  • Great Barrier Reef | Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef is simply a must. I had the opportunity to snorkel at two different reefs, Including from Airlie Beach and from Cape Tribulation.

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