Bali, a famous island resort holiday in Indonesia. Many people go to Bali for their getaway holiday. In fact, most of my friends went to Bali for their honeymoon. In this post, key attractions on Bali have been highlighted below, mapping out a ten day itinerary that takes in some of the more compelling landscapes, culture and architecture you’ll ever witness. This post is contributed by Made, the first guest author for Kaki Jalans.
Day 1 – Kuta:
You will arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport and from there, you can take a taxi, shuttle bus or hire a car to your hotel in Kuta for your first night in Bali.
Kuta is the most developed part in Bali and a hotspot for Western tourists. Spending a night here is enough to experience the bars and restaurants, the narrow lanes and the stalls selling local crafts and food.
In the evening, it is suggested that you spend some time watching the sunset on Kuta beach as surfers take to the waves. If you know how to surf, you can even rent a surfboard yourself.
Day 2 – Gilis Isles (Lombok):
From Kuta, make your way down to the Serangan Harbor and charter a boat for the 2-hour trip to Gili Isles: three islands located on the northwestern edge of Lombok. Choose your island and soak up the tranquility. Gili Meno is the smallest of the three islands, while Gili Trawangan is the largest and most developed. Gili Air boasts the largest population, but is still a piece of paradise.
At the Isles, you can experience diving, snorkeling or watch the marine turtles swimming through the pristine waters. This location is very popular with newlyweds.
Day 3 – The Temples:
Still in South Bali, drive down to Bukit Peninsula and visit Bali’s most sacred temple, Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Built in the 11th century and then rebuilt 500 years later, this temple is situated high up on the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Take in the views from different points while admiring the shrine, courtyard and elaborate carvings over the entranceways and gates.
From Bukit Peninsula, drive along the west coast towards another tourist hotspot, Tanah Lot. This temple is a cultural icon more for its rock formations than spiritual context.
Day 4 – Ubud, Central Bali:
Make your way into cultural Ubud for your first night in Central Bali. Explore the area street by street on foot, taking in the galleries and restaurants on Monkey Forest Road before going down to Jalan Gautama for its popular boutiques. Afterwards, walk along the main strip to the main local market, Pasa Ubud, full of fresh produce, arts and crafts.
Day 5 – The Ubud Countryside:
Ubud is the gateway to Bali’s cultural treasures and a great base for exploring the surrounding areas. From Ubud, make your way to Ayung River Gorge to marvel at the Grade 2 and Grade 3 white-water rapids. If you’re up to the adrenaline rush, arrange for your own water rafting experience.
From the gorge, the emerald green rice terraces of Tegallalang are accessible after a short drive. Take advantage of the woodcarving industry and wholesale outlets, or people watch from one of the small cafes on the main road as you enjoy lunch.
Day 6 – 11th and 10th Century Bali:
Venture further into the heart of Central Bali and head to Pura Tirta Empul, a sacred spring temple and iconic tourist stop. This temple is dated back to the 10th century, but ongoing restoration has maintained the location’s stunning series of courtyards and bathing pools where, to this day, rituals take place.
From Pura Tirta Empul, a drive to Taro will give you the opportunity to explore one of the very first Bali settlements. Watch the albino cattle graze freely, and if you don’t fancy the drive back to Ubud, stay at the luxurious accommodation at the Elephant Safari Park (Pre-booking is advisable).
Day 7 – Volcanos and Lakes:
Visit Bali’s most active volcano, Gunung Batur and its almost 8km wide caldera. From the top, sweeping views will take your breath away. Afterwards, make your way down to Lake Batur below and the temple closely associated, Pura Ulun Danu Batur, for its magnificent architecture.
Day 8 – Beaches and Fishing Villages:
Discover the black sands of Kusamba beach and its lively little fishing village in East Bali. Spend the day strolling around before chartering an outrigger to take you to the nearby islands.
For accommodation, stay in nearby Candidasa’s boutique or seaside cottages, a good base for discovering the surrounds.
Day 9 – Cultural History:
The Bali Aga Village in Tenganan is great for exploring while learning about local legends and life. The village is best explored in the morning (it is closed to tourists after dark), and once done, head to the royal water palaces in Tirtagangga to experience springs, ponds and bathing pools.
Day 10 – Jimbaran Beach:
Spend your last day soaking up the sun after an early drive to the south to Jimbaran, and enjoy a final night in a deluxe five star resort. Don’t forget to spend your last hours watching one final Balinese sunset from the low key Jimbaran beach.
About The Author: Made Sugita is the proud owner of Taman Baru Bali, which consists of Villa Umah Wa Ke and Villa Nangka. They are two private villas in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia. You can get in touch with him at +62 819 3610 5782 or by filling out this contact form.