10 days in Bali Itinerary


With 10 days in Bali, you can be sure you can take everything at a leisurely pace (lucky you!) and be able to cover all the must visit places in Bali and try out some of the things to do in Bali as well. This Bali itinerary will help you in planning a trip to Bali.

In this itinerary, you will find yourself:

  • relaxing at some of the best beaches of Bali
  • eating the best foods of Bali
  • catching the famous Kecak Dance performance
  • visiting a few of the best temples in Bali
  • attending a cooking class
  • enjoying the sunrise at Mount Batur
  • taking some surfing lessons
  • shopping and tasting coffee
  • in a day trip to Nusa Penida or trying out some outdoor activities

Here are a suggested itinerary for 10 days in Bali for you to start your planning:

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Balangan beach, bali, indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Day 1 – Arrival, unwind and relaxing at the beach

Arrival at Denpasar International Airport. Plan early how you would get to your hotel. Our Top 10 Best Areas to Stay in South & Central Bali would be able to help you to choose the most suitable place for you. Then take it easy and unwind in the hotel after the travel and flight. For the evening, spend your quiet night at Balangan beach. The trip itself to get here will have you pass local villages and local people, giving you an apt introduction to Bali and for your days to come. During low tide, it is the perfect beach to stroll and enjoy the sunset. One of the most famous hotels in Bali is located at this beach, it’s the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *.

Rice fields terraces, tegalalang, ubud, bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Day 2 – Enjoying food and drinks, Tegalalang rice terraces and Kecak Dance

Start the day slowly with a lazy morning, like how it should be in Bali. Have lunch at the famous Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner), one of the best restaurants in Bali. After the scrumptious lunch, take a trip around Tegalalang rice terraces for the breathtaking view. From here, detour off the ordinary tourist trail and go to the coffee plantation at Bali Pulina Agro Tourism. Slowly sip coffee and watch the world go by here. Towards evening, go in time for the well-known performance in Bali – the Kecak Dance. After that, have another feast at Naughty Nuri and then end the night with drinks at the Potato Head club.

Kecak dance performance at uluwatu temple, bali indonesia

Kecak Dance Performance at Ubud, Bali. Photo by Meru Muhammad

Day 3 – Ubud’s art and culture, shopping, cooking class, spa and massage

Today is the day to soak in all of Ubud’s art and culture. There is a good collection of art museums and art galleries here in Ubud. If those are not your interest, there is the popular Ubud monkey forest that you may want to check out. After that, indulge yourself in shopping at the bountiful of shops and boutiques. By then your feet and body should deserve some good spa and massage pampering. Finally, to cap the one day of Ubud, participate in a cooking class at Payok/Paon. Also, squeeze in some shopping in Ubud in one of its many unique fashion boutiques.

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Day 4 – Sightseeing day of Lovina’s dolphin, Uluwatu and Tanah Lot temples

This would be the sightseeing day. Wake up early for the dolphin watching at Lovina. If you have the time, squeeze in a quick visit to the Lovina beach, also known as black sand beach nearby before leaving the area. Next is the visit to the famous Uluwatu Temple and then Tanah Lot Temple, in time to enjoy the amazing sunset there. End the day with a good dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak.

Pura luhur uluwatu temple, bali indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

Day 5 – Mount Batur and party at the beach

After last night’s unforgettable sunset, take a tour to Mount Batur, hike and trek up this wonderful volcano for a beautiful sunrise today. Later recoup at the hotel to refresh and reenergize for the long night to come. Head out to Kuta beach for a party and late-night out!

Day 6 – Seminyak, coffee and cafes and Ku De TA

Take this day to explore the upmarket Seminyak with many things to do. At the same time, sneak in more shopping in Ubud and Seminyak. Then its cafe hoping to try out all the delicious coffee. For another wonderful sunset, head to Ku De Ta and enjoy it among the beach bars.

Watching sunset from ku de ta, seminyak, bali, indonesia

Watching sunset from Ku De Ta, Seminyak. Photo by Graham Hills

Day 7 – Temple Tour

After only visiting both of the most famous temples in Bali, there are actually a few more that is well worth your time to check out. Since there is only one day, depending on where you start out, you can make a circle of these three beautiful temples with a hired car. An example starting from the center of Bali is first heading north to Pura Ulun Danu to see the floating temple, after that head east from there to Besakih Temple (the mother of temples) and then head back southwest to Tirta Empul temple. After this long tiring day, you may want to enjoy a good dinner at one of the best restaurants in Ubud.

Day 8 – Surfing lessons, beach and sunset dinner

Start the day with a late breakfast or brunch at Kuta before going for your surfing lessons at Kuta beach. This place is one of the best surfing spots in Bali and good for beginners too. Then get some suntan and swimming in at Kuta beach after the lessons. Go to Jimbaran for the famous romantic seafood dinner by the beach watching the sun go down.

Seafood dining at jimbaran bay, bali, indonesia

Seafood dining at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Güldem Üstün

Day 9 – Outdoor adventure or chill at the beaches or a day trip

Have an outdoor activities in Bali day before leaving by going for the white water rafting in the jungle. Next, go to the Elephant Safari Park in Desa Taro. If this is not your thing, take this opportunity to check out more of Bali’s best beaches such as Nusa Dua beach or Padang Padang beach. Else if you decide you want to take a break from mainland Bali and do a full day trip nearby, I highly recommend checking out Nusa Penida.

Day 10 – Last minute shopping and departure

Before flying off, sneak in some last minute shopping at Seminyak and then drive to the airport for departure.

As you can see, planning a trip to Bali itinerary is not difficult once you know the attractions and activities to cover. And if you have even more time after these 10 days, head on to Lombok or Gili Islands!

Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my trip to Bali. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bali:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • Oberoi Villa, Seminyak
    For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notable are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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  • Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur
    For those who appreciate traditional architectures and design. This hotel, built way back in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. Among the spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures and fish ponds. It also has direct access to the Sanur beach.
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