Complete Bali Itinerary 5 Days


With the Bali Itinerary 5 days, you could see some of the must-visit places in Bali and more.

One important tip is to consider hiring a driver and a car to take you around, as Bali island is huge and would take a lot of time to get from one place to another. If you don’t mind some serious moving around for some of the tourist attractions while having a day or two for relaxation, then our suggested 5 days itinerary in Bali is best for you:

Bali itinerary 5 days.
Bali Itinerary 5 Days. Photo by Alexandra Smielova on Unsplash

Why Follow this Bali Itinerary 5 Days?

Given our limited time to explore the stunning island of Bali, we have carefully curated an itinerary that includes its absolute highlights. Prepare to be amazed as we visit Uluwatu Temple, and Tanah Lot Temple, and witness the mesmerizing Kecak Dance. We’ll also relax and soak up the sun at some of Bali’s finest beaches.

Additionally, we’ll ensure you don’t miss out on classic Bali experiences like shopping, nightlife, and indulging in a memorable sunset dining experience. Lastly, we’ve dedicated a day to exploring the renowned heart of Bali, Ubud, and its captivating surroundings. Get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with the best that Bali has to offer.

Bali travel map

Bali and Lombok Travel Map
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Where to stay in Bali for 5 Days?

Given our limited time to explore this island, we recommend choosing a central area such as Ubud or Kuta for your stay. These two locations offer convenient proximity to Denpasar Airport, where most of us arrive in Bali. By staying in Ubud or Kuta, you’ll find navigating the island easier and making the most of your short trip.

For an optimized itinerary, we recommend visiting Kuta on the first day to enjoy its beach and vibrant nightlife. On the last day, focus on exploring Ubud, which offers a strategic location and a variety of serene retreats for unwinding after a day of adventures. I highly recommend staying in Ubud for these reasons.

Day 1 – Arrival and Kuta

Arrive at Denpasar International Airport and plan how to get to your hotel early. If you have not considered where to stay, our Top 10 Best Areas to Stay in South & Central Bali will help you find a suitable one. Head quickly to Kuta beach and get some suntan, and swim in. After enjoying the beautiful sunset, head to the city and check out Kuta’s vibrant nightlife. If you plan to stay in Kuta *, there are naturally lots of choices.


  • Kuta Beach
  • Sunset
  • Kuta Nightlife

There are also many places to stay in Kuta *, if you like to be in the center of the action. Hiring a private car charter *may be a good idea to cover airport transfer and visiting Kuta if you are not staying there.

Pura luhur uluwatu temple, bali indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

Day 2 – Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temple

Start your day by visiting Uluwatu Temple, an iconic cliffside temple known for its breathtaking views. Take your time to explore the temple grounds and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance. Afterward, make your way back to Tanah Lot Temple, a picturesque temple perched on a rocky outcrop surrounded by the ocean. Arrive in time to witness the mesmerizing sunset that graces this location. Also, catch the famous Kecak Dance, where enchanting chants and rhythmic movements unfold against the backdrop of the beautiful temple. To culminate your day, grab dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak, renowned for fantastic food in a vibrant atmosphere.


  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Tanah Lot Temple
  • Kecak Dance
  • Dinner at Ultimo Seminyak

Book this Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and Kecak Dance tour for convenience! *

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

Day 3 – Beach day

After the hectic day from yesterday, it is an excellent time to check out some of the best beaches of Bali. Choose one of the many choices and have a good relaxation. Chill on white sand beaches, swim or snorkel in the clear blue sea and get some holiday tan. A few of my favorites are Balangan Beach and Padang-Padang Beach. Towards the evening, go to Jimbaran for a romantic seaside dinner. Since you are in this area, check out the rock bar at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA * after.


  • Balangan Beach
  • Padang-Padang Beach
  • Romantic seaside dinner in Jimbaran
  • Ayana Rock Bar

To ensure a seamless experience while visiting the beaches you have chosen, including dinner and a bar, I recommend hiring a private car charter *.

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Padang-padang Beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

Day 4 – Explore Ubud and the rice fields

Ubud is the place one must explore when in Bali. Dedicate half the day to check out some of the best Ubud attractions:

  • Ubud Temples – Pura Taman Saraswati or Pura Dalem Ubud.
  • Monkey Forest
  • Art Museums

Next, head out to the north to the neighboring town of Tegalalang to find classic rice terraces of Asia. Prepare to be captivated by the sheer beauty of the landscape as you embark on your journey through Bali, whether by car or bike. Picture a picturesque backdrop with cascading terraces, creating a mesmerizing sight that stretches as far as the eye can see, framed by vibrant greenery and serene rice fields.

Then, stop by Aloha Ubud * to experience the renowned Bali swing, conveniently located on our route. This exhilarating attraction offers a unique perspective and an opportunity to capture breathtaking photos amidst the lush surroundings. Once you’ve enjoyed your swing adventure, conclude your day with a relaxing dinner in Ubud.


  • Ubud tourist attractions
  • Tegalalang rice fields
  • Aloha Ubud – famous Bali swing

Many tourists also like to stay in Ubud * as it is central to many attractions around Bali and yet away from the crowd in Kuta.

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Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Day 5 – Massage and last-minute shopping

For our last day, depending on when you are flying out, you may be able to squeeze in one of the famous massages or spas in Ubud for a lovely end to your Bali trip.

Then head out for some last-minute shopping in Ubud! In Ubud, you’ll find a vibrant shopping scene. Here are some options:

  • Ubud Art Market: Traditional crafts, textiles, and souvenirs.
  • Boutique Shops and Galleries: Unique fashion, jewelry, and contemporary art.
  • Pasar Seni Sukawati: Affordable Balinese crafts, batik, and silver jewelry.
  • Ubud Traditional Market: Local produce, spices, baskets, and snacks.

If you are pressed for time, choose one of the above before heading off. Also, if you are flying much later than check out, ask your hotel to let you keep your stuff while you head out to shop or for a massage.


  • Shopping in Ubud
  • Spa and massages

Bali 5 Days Itinerary Recommended Tours

Make the most of your 5-day trip to Bali by booking recommended tours that ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience.

Tanah Lot, Padang-Padang Beach, Uluwatu Sunset And Kecak Dance Day Tour

Visit the iconic Tanah Lot, catch a sunset at Uluwatu Temple, be mesmerized by Kecak Dance, and relax at Padang-Padang beach.

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  • Tanah Lot
  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Kecak Dance
  • Padang-padang Beach

Ubud Swing, Rice Terraces, Tirta Empul Temple – Day Tour in Bali

Witness the spiritual bathing ceremony at Tirta Empul Holy Spring Water Temple, marvel at the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terraces, thrill at the jungle swing, and visit a traditional village.

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  • Tirta Empul
  • Ubud Swing
  • Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • Traditional village

Private car charter

Discover Bali at your own pace with hassle-free car rental and driver service. Customize your itinerary for 6, 10, or 12 hours. Choose a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle that suits your group size. Professional and multilingual drivers.

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  • Hassle-free
  • Car rental with driver
  • Multilingual

Best Accommodations in Bali is my favorite site for booking a place in Bali when planning my trip. The main reason is that most bookings can be canceled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend for a stay in Bali:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

Oberoi Villa, Seminyak
For those looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasion. 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. Notables 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 architecture and design. This hotel, built in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. The spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures, and fish ponds. It also has direct access to Sanur Beach.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Sri Ratih Cottage, Ubud
For those who are looking for unpretentious comfort with Balinese charm. Located in Ubud, our favorite place to stay in Bali, the Balinese-style cottages with carved wood furnishings are set in beautiful gardens with a pool.
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Resort Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Seminyak
Marriott is a trusted brand for many, and this one in Bali lives up to its name. This secured luxury is located just 5-minute walk to Seminyak Beach. A noted feature is its private terraces for relaxation, making it a favorite of couples.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

Nick’s Pension, Ubud
For those seeking a mixture of peace and action in the heart of Bali – Ubud. The rooms come with traditional Indonesian architecture and air-conditioning. A swimming pool, restaurant, Wifi, and parking are also provided.
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Linda Villa, Sanur
For the budget conscious, this guesthouse in Sanur is a steal, featuring swimming pools, clean, air-conditioned rooms, and a simple breakfast. It is located at a quiet place with only 15 minutes easy walk to the beach. Prices start from only 24 USD!
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How to get to Bali

To get to Bali, there are several options available:

By Air: The most common way to reach Bali is by flying into Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar Airport. It is well-connected to major cities worldwide, with numerous airlines offering direct flights to Bali *.

By Sea: Bali can also be reached by sea through ferry services. Regular ferry connections are from neighboring islands like Java and Lombok to Bali. However, this option may take longer and is more suitable for those who prefer a scenic and leisurely journey.

Once you arrive in Bali, you can easily find transportation options like taxis, ride-hailing services, or private transfers to take you to your desired destination on the island.


Yes, it can be worth it to visit Bali for 5 days. Bali offers diverse attractions, including beautiful beaches, lush rice terraces, vibrant cultural landmarks, and a thriving food scene. With 5 days, you can explore popular tourist spots like Ubud, visit iconic temples such as Uluwatu and Tanah Lot, relax on stunning beaches like Kuta or Nusa Dua, and even take day trips to nearby islands like Nusa Penida or the Gili Islands. Keep in mind that Bali has a lot to offer, so plan your itinerary wisely to make the most of your time there.

The cost of a 5-day trip to Bali can range from 500 to 2000 USD per person, including accommodation, transportation, food, activities, and miscellaneous expenses, excluding flight tickets. The final cost will depend on your choices and preferences for accommodation, dining, and activities during your trip.

Use our Bali Itineraries to plan your trip! Our itinerary above should help if you’re spending 5 days in Bali.

The ideal duration for a trip to Bali is around 7-10 days to explore the island and its attractions fully. Check out our 1 week Itinerary in Bali and 10 days in Bali Itinerary.

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