1 week Itinerary in Bali


With 1 week or 7 days in Bali, you would be able to cover most of the must visit places in Bali in your itinerary.

If you only have a week in Bali, one important tip is that you should consider hiring a driver and a car to take you around as Bali island itself is huge and would take quite a bit 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 few days for relaxation as well, here are our suggested 1 week itinerary in Bali:

Day 1 – Arrival and Kuta

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. Without wasting much time, head to Kuta beach and get some suntan and swimming in. If you have the time, you may sneak in some surf lessons here. After that, check out Kuta’s vibrant nightlife. There are also of course a lot of selection of places to stay in Kuta.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

Day 2 – Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temple

Uluwatu Temple and then Tanah Lot Temple, in time to enjoy the amazing sunset there. If you come in time, you may also catch the famous Kecak Dance with the backdrop of the amazing temple. End the day with a good dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak.

-> Read Top 10 Best Places to Stay in South & Central Bali

Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

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

Day 3 – Beach day

After the hectic day from yesterday, it is a good time to check out some of the best beaches of Bali. Choose one to your delight and head there for some relaxation. Chill on white sand beaches, swim or snorkel in clear blue sea and get some holiday tan. One of the few you can check out is Balangan beach or Padang-padang beach. Toward evening head to Jimbaran for a seaside romantic dinner. If you are in this area, don’t forget to check out the rock bar at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

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. Walk around the city would be a delight, there are many boutiques to shop around, spas and massages to pamper yourself and art or attractions to visit. Next, head out to the north to the neighbor town of Tegalalang to find classic rice terraces of Asia. Imagine picturesque backdrop along the way as you explore Bali whether in a car or on a bike flanking by rice fields as far as the eye can see. Many tourists also like to stay in Ubud as it is quite central to many of the attractions around Bali and yet away from the crowd in Kuta.

-> check out our Top 10 Things to Do in Ubud

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Day 5 – Northern Bali

Head far north of Bali today to explore that area. First of all, wake up early to catch the dolphins at Lovina and after, chill at the black sand beach. Then head on to the underrated Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, an impressive temple by the lake. This is one of the most important temples in Bali. After that, you can head further west to Mount Batur for a view or if you prefer a hike up and then end the northern loop at the Besakih Temple.

Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu Temple at Lake Bratan, Bali. Photo by whyyan

Day 6 – Relaxation or Outdoor sports

Depending on how you feel you may want to check out the many outdoor sports in Bali, such as white water rafting, freediving, canyoning, surfing and bungee jumping. If a relaxing last day is what you are after, then head on to other of the many beautiful beaches of Bali and sun tan your day away.

Day 7 – Last minute shopping

Check out the few places to shop in Bali if you still have time before heading to Denpasar for your flight out.

Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place Bali when I am planning my trip. 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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