Visiting Bali in 10 days is the best plan for discovering the Island of the Gods. If you want to relax on idyllic beaches, visit gorgeous temples, and return home in love with Balinese culture, keep reading.
If you aren’t renting a motorcycle, don’t worry. Ascen, on her 7-day Bali itinerary, was able to visit the main Bali attractions without a motorcycle. Of course, if that’s the case for you, I’ll suggest some tours in Bali that will take you to the places you can’t miss.
Although ten days in Bali may seem like a short time, I assure you that, with proper planning, you can do more things than you imagine. It’s also essential to know where to stay in Bali so you don’t waste time on the road and can make the most of your vacation.
I made some mistakes when planning my route through Bali. Furthermore, upon our arrival in Indonesia, the Rinjani volcano, in Lombok, erupted, causing some earthquakes that prevented us from continuing with the itinerary we had. Therefore, the route you’ll find in this article is not exactly the route I took, although it’s undoubtedly the perfect Bali itinerary for 10 days.
Before we begin, remember that although earthquakes are unusual, Bali is in a seismic area, so there may be some during your trip. Therefore, I recommend you hire travel insurance for Indonesia that covers evacuation in case of a natural disaster.
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BEST BALI 10-DAY ITINERARY
This is the best itinerary to visit Bali in 10 days:
- Day 1: Ubud. Beginning of your trip to Bali in 10 days.
- Day 2: Mt. Batur sunrise tour. Essential if you visit Bali for 10 days.
- Day 3: Besakih, Tirta Gangga, Lempuyang and Amed.
- Day 4: Tegalalang and surroundings of Ubud.
- Day 5: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Bedugul waterfalls. Top of the Bali 10-day itinerary.
- Day 6: Jatiluwih, Pasut beach, Tanah Lot and Seminyak.
- Day 7: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Visit the Nusa Islands if you travel to Bali for 10 days.
- Day 8: Nusa Penida.
- Day 9: Uluwatu. A place you can’t miss on your Bali itinerary for 10 days.
- Day 10: Jimbaran Bay.
Next, we tell you everything you need to know to have a perfect 10-day trip to Bali. Also, I recommend having this map of Bali on hand, so you know where each of the attractions we mention is.
Day 1: Ubud. Beginning of your trip to Bali in 10 days.
The first essential visit to do in Ubud is the Traditional Art Market, which is at Jl. Raya Ubud Street. Here, you can find crafts and pieces of traditional art, as well as a multitude of souvenirs and local food.
Just opposite, you’ll find the Puri Saren Agung, better known as Ubud Palace. The royal family still lives in this palace, so only part of it can be visited, specifically, a central courtyard with beautiful Balinese decoration where traditional dances are held at night.
Going down the street, you’ll find a temple in honor of the goddess of knowledge and wisdom, the Pure Taman Saraswati. There is no entrance fee so you should visit it! It stands out for its two ponds full of lotus flowers.
Another of the temples that we found on the same street is the Pura Dalem Ubud, where I attended a Kecak Fire and Trance show on the first night of my trip.
At the corner of the Art Market is Jl. Monkey Forest Street, which leads to the Monkey Forest. This is, without a doubt, a place you won’t want to miss during your 10-day Bali itinerary.
In this forest are many macaques that make all kinds of mischief to get you to feed them. Be careful! Although I had no problem with them, they often steal what they can from tourists to return it in exchange for food.
Ascen had bad luck, since two monkeys bit her, so she had to use her travel insurance to Bali.
Even if you plan to rent a motorcycle, don’t use it for your first trip to Ubud. You should book the transfer to Ubud from the airport (45min approx) and give yourself some time to get familiarized with the quieter traffic of this village.
There are lots of great hotels in Ubud, including some of the best villas in Bali. Here is a selection of the best hotels in Ubud:
Adiwana Monkey Forest is located 1 mile from the Ubud market. This hotel has 21 suites, which mix the charm of the Monkey Forest with the indigenous culture of the area. Wondering where to stay in Bali? If you want greater immersion in Balinese culture, this is one of the best hotels thanks to its healthy and traditional gastronomic offerings.
B Saya Villas is a complex that has simple, traditional-style villas with wooden furniture. Since it’s located among rice fields, you’ll have fantastic sunset views from your terrace. In addition, every morning, they organize yoga sessions. For me, it’s one of the best accommodations in Bali, with prices starting at $40 per night.
Day 2: Mt. Batur sunrise tour. Essential if you visit Bali for 10 days.
The second day,I recommend you get up early to live out one of the best experiences you can have on your 10-day trip to Bali: watching the sunrise over Mt. Batur.
The views from the top of the volcano are wonderful, and the best thing is that your guide will cook you some eggs and banana pancakes for breakfast with the volcano steam.
Mt. Batur is sacred to the Balinese, so it’s essential to book a tour with a local guide. Also, if you want to arrive at dawn, you’ll have to leave Ubud at 2:30 in the morning, so I don’t recommend riding a scooter.
Depending on the tour you choose, after the hike, you can go bathe in some hot springs, visit a waterfall, or even go rafting.
When we headed back to Ubud, we stopped to visit Penglipuran, a small traditional village with a beautiful bamboo forest. We also visited the Pura Kehen temple and cooled off under the Tukad Cepung waterfall.
If you arrive in Ubud with enough energy, you can walk to Campuhan Ridge Walk. Here, you’ll find beautiful rice fields and gigantic palm trees, making it one of the best things to do in Bali at sunset.
It’s essential to book a guide to climb the Batur Volcano. We did this tour and paid an extra tip to our guide to stop in Penglipuran on the way to Ubud.
Other tours you can take are:
On your second night, you can stay in the same hotel as the night before or treat yourself to one of the hotels in the middle of the jungle that you will find in Bali. My favorite one is the Hanging Garden of Bali, although if it’s out of your budget, I recommend you take a look at Pertiwi Bisma 1, located next to the Monkey Forest.
Day 3: Besakih, Tirta Gangga, Lempuyang and Amed.
Our true motorcycle adventure began at this part of the 10-day Bali itinerary. We left all our luggage in our hotel and took only backpacks.
First, I recommend you visit the temple of Pura Besakih, which is 40 km from Ubud. This temple is known as the Mother Temple, since it’s composed of 22 independent temples. It would take you all day to visit it, so I recommend you go directly to Gunung Agung, where there is a 7-level temple that represents the Hindu universe.
Then, I recommend visiting Tirta Gangga, a royal palace that stands out for its tropical gardens, its fountains, and ponds. Specifically, there is a pond full of carp in which, thanks to small platforms, you can walk on water.
Continue to the Pura Lempuyang temple, where you can visit one of the most popular postcard-worthy photos of recent days, the Gates of Heaven. If you travel in the high season of Bali, it’s very likely that you’ll have to queue for hours to take the typical photo where you can see Mt. Agung, the highest volcano on the island, in the middle of the door. In my opinion, I don’t think it’s worth waiting for hours for that photo.
To end the day, I recommend visiting Amed beach and watching the sunset with Mt. Agung in the background.
If you haven’t rented a motorcycle, I recommend this tour and that you return to Ubud that same night.
However, if you did that, you wouldn’t visit Amed beach and some other things that we recommend visiting the next day in the morning. If you don’t want to miss them, you can hire a car with driver (10 hours) to make this personalized route.
The best hotels in Northwest Bali are found in Tulamben. These are the four that I recommend, depending on your budget:
Located in the town of Rubaya, this hotel is on the beachfront. Its facilities have views of the ocean, its tropical garden, and the Agung and Batur mountains. Villa Alba Bali Dive Resort has two swimming pools, a spa, a wellness area, Chinese, Indonesian and American restaurants, a bar, and a gym. Additionally, it offers diving tours to the Liberty sunken ship or to Nusa Penida, where you can dive with stingrays.
This hotel has a design inspired by the traditions of East Bali, and its privileged location will allow you to enjoy being on the beachfront and having a view of Mount Agung at the same time. At Bali Umah Tinjung, they organize visits to the Besakih temple and to Munduk, and adventure activities such as diving, fishing, snorkeling, and hiking, among others.
Day 4: Tegalalang and surroundings of Ubud. Visits to do in Bali in 10 days.
I recommend you get up early to head back to Ubud and stop at one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bali, the Bukit Cinta. From here, you’ll have amazing views of Mt. Agung over extensive rice fields.
You can also make a stop at the Pura Goa Lawah temple, where you’ll see thousand of bats sleeping on the ceiling.
On the way back to Ubud, you can stop in an area where there are several waterfalls. The most popular are Wisata Air Terjun Kanto Lampo and Tibumana. Although they are not something essential to visit in Bali in 10 days, I really recommend them.
Then, continue north to visit two temples of Bali that you cannot miss: Tirta Empul, popular among the Balinese for its sacred waters, and Pura Gunung Kawi, where the souls of the kings are buried symbolically.
Nearby, you can find the rice fields of Tegalalang, the most popular rice paddies in Bali.
Finally, and only 10 minutes from the center of Ubud, the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah, is another essential point to visit on your 10-day route through Bali.
If you leave from Ubud, you can book this private tour, and tell the driver to skip the Monkey Forest visit and add the Pura Gunung Kawi temple.
On that private tour, you’ll visit a large part of the aforementioned attractions, but it doesn’t include the area where you can visit the waterfalls. Therefore, if you also want to visit them, you’ll need to book a customized tour.
This is the last night I recommend you spend in Ubud, so, if you can, stay in one of the amazing villas you’ll find here. Additionally, there are many that are located northwest of Ubud, where you’ll head the next morning. My favorites are:
- Senetan Villas & Spa Resort
- Hanging Gardens Of Bali
- Samsara Ubud
- Ayuterra Resort
- Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan
Day 5: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Bedugul waterfalls. Top of the Bali 10-day itinerary.
Bedugul is an area that you have to visit in Bali in 10 days. I am convinced that it will surprise you. In this mountainous area, which stands out for its volcanoes and craters that have turned into lakes, there’s a totally different culture. You just breathe peace and nature in its purest form.
On the way, you can’t miss the Nungnung waterfalls, although I warn you that they won’t be the most beautiful you’ll see on this day. The Sekumpul, the Gitgit, and, especially, the Banyumala Twin are my favorite ones.
Then, be amazed by the three main lakes in this area (Tamblingan, Buyan, and Bratan). I suggest you start with Buyan, where you can visit the Hidden Hills Wanagiri, a place straight out of a fairy tale.
Then, if you’re traveling during the monsoon in Bali, it’s recommended that you go see Lake Tamblingan and, particularly, the Tamblingan temple. During the rainy season, the lake’s water level rises and the only way to get there is by boat.
To end the day, you can’t miss the jewel of Bedugul, the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple, on Lake Bratan. On the way, you can also see the Handara Gate, the door of a golf course that has become very popular. It’s beautiful, but if you don’t have too much time, don’t worry. It’s not a must.
If you don’t want to risk taking a motorcycle through this mountainous area, I advise you to book a customized tour. Most tours simply visit Ulun Danu Bratan, but they don’t go to the northern part of Bedugul.
Regarding areas to stay, if you go without a scooter, it’s best to return to Ubud, although if you have the opportunity to stay in Bedugul, do it! There is no place like this on the whole island. These are the best accommodations we found in this area:
Only a 15-minute walk from the Munduk waterfall, this boutique hotel offers luxury villas and suites from which you can observe a unique setting. In this resort in the middle of the jungle in Bali, you can even have breakfast in the infinity pool. In addition, Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort offers coffee made from beans grown in the fields around the hotel. Rooms start at $140 per night.
Day 6: Jatiluwih, Pasut beach, Tanah Lot, and Seminyak.
The rice fields of Jatiluwih are another essential place to visit in Bali in 10 days, as they are considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Its terraces are really unique.
After visiting, on your way south, stop at the Taman Ayun Temple, which can only be enjoyed through a wall that surrounds it. Moreover, the temple is surrounded by a moat and lush vegetation, which is why it is known as the Temple of the Beautiful Garden.
In the afternoon, you can visit Pasut Beach, a black sand beach surrounded by palm trees. Here, you can find an inclined palm tree of which you’ll have seen thousands of photographs.
This beach is one of the best to watch the sunset, although if you’re only spending 10 days in Bali, I recommend going to Tanah Lot, the most popular place to watch the sunset on the whole island. In this temple, located on an islet only accessible by low tide, I saw one of the best sunsets of my life.
To end the day, I recommend you enjoy the nightlife of Canggu or Seminyak. In Canggu, the atmosphere is more surfer and hipster, while in Seminyak, you can find nice bars with good music. In addition, it’s the best place to stay if you want to catch the ferry, which I recommend you take the next day.
If you don’t have a scooter, I recommend combining part of the previous day and this day with this tour, where you’ll visit the main attractions (Ulun Danu Bratan, Jatiluwih and Tanah Lot).
If you want to dedicate a full day to Bedugul and another full day to the coast area, then the best option is to booka customized tour.
Depending on where you decide to end the day, you can stay in Canggu or Seminyak. In Seminyak, you’ll also be in one of the best places to be picked up the next day, since I recommend you visit the Nusa Islands to continue with your 10-day Bali trip.
If you’ve decided to sleep in Canggu, these would be the best accommodations according to your budget.
Designed with a mix of Balinese, Japanese, and Scandinavian styles, Theanna Eco Villa is located near the beach. Here, you can not only enjoy the advantages of a villa with butler service and private pool, but you can also benefit from the resort’s services, such as a spa and infinity pool.
Kelapa is a small boutique hotel offering spacious villas with open spaces in a traditional Javanese rustic style. It’s ideal for nature lovers who want to escape the hustle and bustle but be close to the beach since it’s only 9 minutes away. In addition to having a Balinese massage area, it offers free daily yoga sessions.
Aston Canggu Beach Resort is a four-star hotel located on the beachfront, with spectacular panoramic views of the sea. The rooms have balconies from which you can listen to the singing of birds in the morning, and from the rooftop pool, you can enjoy incredible sunsets. You can sleep in one of Bali’s finest accommodations from $70 a night.
Eastin Ashta Resort is located a six-minute walk from Echo Beach. This three-star resort stands out for its colorful personality. The reception and colorful stairs will grab your attention immediately. In addition, it serves an excellent breakfast and its rooms are surprisingly spacious.
In case you decide to stay in Seminyak, I recommend these hotels:
Lloyd’s Inn is one of my favorite places to stay in Bali. This modern hotel has something of interest for everyone. Its contemporary style combines monochromatic decoration with pieces of wood. The showers are an open concept design, so you can enjoy the outdoors from the privacy of your room. In addition, it is less than a 10-minute walk from the beach and close to the best restaurants and shops in the area.
Dash Hotel Seminyak is, without a doubt, one of the hotels with the most personality and the most Seminyak atmosphere. In this hotel, the custom-made iron furniture is fused with paintings and accented by colorful sculptures and retro, industrial-style lighting. It has a spa, gym, and an amazing roof terrace. If you’re looking for accommodation in Bali that’s different from everything else, you should check this place out.
Day 7: Nusa Lembongan. Diving among stingrays
Visiting one of the nearby islands is an essential thing to do in Bali in 10 days. The Nusa Islands are very close, and there, you can find heavenly beaches and dreamy seabeds.
This archipelago consists of three islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida). If you want to go on your own, it’s best to take this ferry to Lembongan. In my case, I took this tour to the Nusa Islands because it included all the activities I wanted to do in the shortest possible time.
First, we went by boat to dive to different areas of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, where we were lucky enough to see manta rays and sea turtles. In the afternoon, we toured the Mangroves north of Lembongan and visited Panorama Point, the Devil’s Tear cliff and the Dream Beach.
If you’re doing a 10-day itinerary to Bali and you’re not spending more than one night in the Nusa Islands, booking this tour is the best option. The only downside of the tour is that lunch was quite simple. However, I think the price of the tour is quite good for all the activities it includes.
If you want to stay in the Nusa Islands, I recommend one of these accommodations:
- The Akah Cottage (we stayed here and it was great)
- Royal Retreat Villa’s Lembongan
- Harta Lembongan Villas
- Song Lambung Beach Huts
Day 8: Nusa Penida. The most beautiful beaches in Bali
The next day, they took us by ferry to Nusa Penida. There, we visited the jewel of the island, Kelingking Beach, possibly one of the best beaches to visit in Bali in 10 days. In addition, we saw other beaches, such as Pasih Uug and the natural pool of Angel’s Billabong.
In my case, this day seemed somewhat short, since I left without seeing the Thousand Islands Viewpoint and Atuh Beach area, of which I had seen amazing photographs. However, I know that on a 10-day trip through Bali, I didn’t have time for much more.
We were more or less back on the main island of Bali at 7 p.m. That night we stayed in Sanur.
If you simply want to visit Nusa Penida from Bali on your own, you can take this ferry.
However, the tour to the Nusa Islands that I booked during my trip was well worth it.
Once back in Bali, the tour guide can leave you at different places on the south part of the island. We asked them to leave us at Sudamala Suites & Villas, our hotel in Sanur. Depending on your budget, I recommend the following accommodation:
Maya Sanur Resort & Spa is a five-star ecological boutique resort with something for everyone. Its modern design is mixed with elements of Balinese tradition, and vegetation forms a key element of the hotel. It offers yoga lessons every morning, wellness services, and an infinity pool.
The art, craftsmanship, and traditional values of Bali are the central elements in the design of this hotel. Sudamala Suites & Villas seeks to foster an authentic link between the traveler and the traditions of Bali through cultural connections, culinary explorations, and tranquil rest in a unique enclave.
Day 9: Uluwatu. A place you cannot miss on your Bali itinerary for 10 days.
Visiting Uluwatu is an essential thing to do in Bali in 10 days. This area is located on the Bukit Badung peninsula, the piece that protrudes from Bali in the south.
There, you’ll fine incredible cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean that have space for small hidden coves. My favorites are the beaches of Green Bowl and Melasti.
Within the peninsula, you can visit the curiously abandoned plane, Boeing 737-200 PK RII that not even the locals know how it appeared there. In addition, not far away is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a park designed in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu that has impressive statues that are up to 120 meters tall.
Late in the day, you can visit the Karang Boma Cliff and very close to it, the Uluwatu Temple, one of the best places to watch the sunset on the island. Morevoer, at the Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Fire and Trance dance exhibitions are held at night, an experience that I recommend doing at least once.
The best way to do this route is by having your own scooter or at least booking a customized tour.
Another option is to enjoy some beaches in the morning and in the afternoon book this tour to visit the Uluwatu temple and go to the Kecak dance exhibition. They will also take you to Jimbaran for dinner.
For this night, I recommend staying in the Jimbaran area. The next day, you can visit some of the most spectacular beaches in this bay, ending the 10-day trip through Bali. These are the best accommodations:
RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA is a spectacular five-star hotel that has a huge garden, twelve swimming pools, two spas, three restaurants, and private beach access. Furthermore, at its facilities, you can find all kinds of activities for the whole family, from Balinese painting, yoga, or cooking classes to bicycle tours or beach picnics.
Day 10: Jimbaran Bay. End of the 10-day trip through Bali.
Last day in Bali before heading back. I recommend you take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beaches you’ll find in Jimbaran Bay.
You can start with Jimbaran Beach, although for me, it’s not the most spectacular in the area. If you go south, you’ll pass by Pantai Tegal Wangi, which has a hidden cave.
Continue driving along the coastline, and you’ll arrive at Tebing Pantai Balangan, where there aresome amazing blue water beaches under a cliff.
Padang Padang Beach is another essential beach in the area, as it was popularized by the movie “Eat Pray Love”.
And finally, you can visit Suluban Beach, a small hidden beach with deep blue waters.
To end the day, go have fresh seafood at any of the warungs found in Jimbaran. Can you think of a better way to end your trip to Bali in 10 days?
As on the previous day, the best way to do this route is to have your own scooter or at least a private driver.
On your last night in Bali, I recommend staying in Kuta or Legian to be near the airport. These are the accommodations that we recommend:
This boutique hotel mixes tradition with luxury and nature. From the tropical garden of The Sandi Phala you can enjoy incredible sunsets overlooking the white sand beach located at the foot of the hotel. Since it’s only 15 minutes by car from the airport, this hotel is ideal for those who want to say goodbye to Bali in style.
This resort has a spectacular pool from which you can admire its vertical garden. The Stones has a spa specializing in therapies from Southeast Asia and an Indonesian restaurant. It’s undoubtedly one of the best luxury hotels in Bali, with prices from $100 per night.
Located just a few feet from the beach, Sun Island Hotel & Spa Legian is an oasis of tranquility on one of the most vibrant streets of Legian. It has two restaurants, which serve Oriental dishes in a contemporary style. In addition to having several swimming pools, they offer spa services and a weekly calendar with several activities, such as craft classes, towel doubling, cooking, or music sessions.
Another 10-day trip to Bali idea
Hey traveler, what do you think of my 10-day trip to Bali? Pretty thorough, right?
If you want to visit the Gili Islands, don’t worry. Here’s a 10-day itinerary to Bali + Gili Islands.
Instead of taking the ferry to Lembongan or Penida, simply take a ferry to Gili Trawangan or Gili Air.
In our Gili Islands guide, I tell you which is the best island according to what you’re looking for.
If you want to book a tour to visit the Gili Islands instead of going on your own, I recommend this tour. In it, you’ll visit both Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, staying one night on each island. It also includes diving sessions to explore its seabed full of turtles.
Keep in mind that the tour I recommend is two nights and three days, so you would have to cut your day in Uluwatu down a bit. However, you’ll be back before noon, so you can take advantage of the afternoon to visit the Uluwatu temple and its cliffs without a problem.
Before you go, here are the essentials for your trip to Bali: