For most people, travelling to Bali is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you are, like a lot of people, only able to visit the ‘island of gods’ for a shorter, maybe 10-day trip, then you’re really going to want to make the most of it. To help you have an unforgettable trip we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the perfect 10 day Bali itinerary…
So, what should you do if you do only have 10 days in Bali? Can you see everything there is to see? Probably not…but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an AMAZING time.
If there are 100 ways to skin a cat then there are 200 ways you can travel around Bali…After all, Bali has something for everybody and there aren’t any ‘one-size fits all’ itineraries.
In this post, we’ll share with you three ideas for the perfect 10 day Bali itinerary. One of our itineraries will be varied, trying to show you the absolute best of what Bali has to offer. The other two itineraries are planned with a specific type of traveller in mind.
10 Day Bali Itinerary, Jump To:
The “all-in” 10 day Bali Itinerary -Experience the best Bali has to offer in 10 days
- Canggu – 2 Days
- Ubud – 2 Days
- Amed – 2 Days
- The Gili Islands – 2 Days
- Nusa Penida – 2 Days
Our first 10 day Bali itinerary is for those who want a varied trip. It’s for those travellers who want an amazing 10 days in Bali that allows them to see a little bit of everything.
We don’t blame you if you fall into this category, there’s such a variety of things to see and do on the island that you won’t want to miss out. It’s this variety on offer that makes Bali such an amazing and worthwhile travel destination!
Canggu – 2 Days
For your first couple of days in Bali, we highly recommend starting your trip in Canggu. This once sleepy village is now a surfer, hipster and foodies haven. Seriously, surfing and brunch are the name of the game in Canggu. It provides a kind of strange juxtaposition to the rest of Bali, as the whole village has a kind of Bondi Beach vibe…
Take it upon yourself to enjoy one of Canggu’s many beaches. And, if you’re up for it, why not try out surfing for the first time? You can find 2-hour surf lessons for as little as 300K!
Away from the beach, explore the massive food scene. Many Western and Aussie ex-pats have set up shop in Canggu and there’s an endless amount of amazing brunch cafes to choose from. The food scene is one of the main reasons we keep going back there…
You’ll be glad to know that the Balinese culture isn’t entirely lost in Canggu. Ceremonies from the local temples often bring traffic to a standstill. In all honesty, it’s a beautiful sight watching the locals go about their ceremonial business without a care in the world.
One of the absolute best things to do in the Gu’ (yes, that is its nickname), is visit Tanah Lot for a spectacular sunset. Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most famous temples and the sunsets there are incredible.
How to get to Canggu from the airport?
Canggu is going to be the first stop of your 10 day Bali itinerary so you’ll need to head there straight from the airport. You can arrange a taxi once you arrive. However, Denpasar airport is notoriously crazy and the taxi drivers there use overly aggressive tactics to get you into their cab, as well as charging 2 or 3 times the going rate.
We highly recommend hiring a driver before you arrive in Bali. They will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Canggu. The typical and fair price for this is usually around the 200K-250K mark. The trip should take around 1 – 2 hours depending on the time of day and amount of traffic.
Ubud – 2 Days
Next, make your way to the world-famous travel destination of Ubud. The next 2 days, of your 10 day Bali itinerary, are about experiencing some culture and Bali’s epic natural beauty. The vibe here is very cultural and spiritual and the area is also beautifully lush and green.
It’s in Ubud that you can play with monkeys, visit the famous Tegallalang rice terraces and explore the Ubud art market. Truth be told, there are so many things to do in and around Ubud that 2 days just isn’t enough.
We recommend spending 1 day exploring the heart of Ubud itself and one day venturing out on a day trip. Because of its positioning in Central Bali, Ubud is perfectly placed for exploring some of the island’s most amazing places.
How about hiring a private driver and planning your own one day, action-packed itinerary? Or, you can join a tour and climb a volcano for one of the most beautiful sunrises you’ll ever see. Alternatively, for the more adventurous traveller, you can rent a scooter and explore some of Bali all by yourself!
Getting to Ubud from Canggu?
In most cases, as you’ll have your luggage with you, we’d recommend getting a taxi or hiring a private driver to take you from Canggu to Ubud. Use a taxi company such as Bluebird who will use their meter, or pre-negotiate a price with a private driver. In any case, around 180K – 250K is a fair price to get from Canggu to Ubud. The journey will take anywhere between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the traffic.
Amed – 2 Days
Spend the middle portion of your 10 days Bali itinerary by travelling East to the sleepy fishing village of Amed. You won’t see this location recommended in many other Bali itineraries, but it’s honestly one of our favourite places in Bali.
Amed is a quiet town that is in the far east of Bali and sits at the foot of the always impressive Mt. Agung volcano. Besides offering superb views of an epic volcano there are many great things to do in the area.
One of our favourite things about Amed is that it’s a much quieter, less touristy side of Bali. You get to see a part of the island that a lot of other people don’t and the surrounding natural beauty is simply incredible.
For one day, we recommend hiring a driver or renting a scooter, to explore some of the nearby sights. These include the beautiful sunrise spot of Bukit Cinta, the gateway to heaven at Pura Lempuyang and the tranquil setting of Tirta Gangga. You can visit these locations from other parts of Bali, however, there’s usually a super early morning and a lot of driving involved!
Luckily, you can get to these sights in just 30 minutes from the centre of Amed.
On your second day, check out the black sand volcanic beaches of Jemeluk Bay. Go snorkelling and marvel at the spectacular marine life in the crystal clear waters. Then, head up the hill to watch the sunset behind Mt. Agung from the aptly named ‘Sunset Point’ bar…
Getting from Ubud to Amed?
Amed is quite a journey from Ubud, so we’re going to recommend hiring a private driver to get you there again. The journey will take anywhere between 3-4 hours and a fair price will be around 600K mark. After doing some research, we’ve often found that longer journeys like this are more cost-effective with a private driver, rather than taxi service like Bluebird or Grab.
The Gili Islands – 2 Days
After your time in Amed, head over to the Gili islands for the 2 of the most relaxing days of your 10 day Bali itinerary. Whilst technically a part of Lombok, many travellers consider a trip to the Gili islands as part of their Bali itinerary.
This small group of tropical, paradise-like, islands is the perfect place to unwind and chill on the beach. There are three islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Each of them has its own vibe and many travellers have a favourite.
If you need help knowing which island is the best suited for you, take a look at our detailed Gili Islands travel guide to help you decide! You could technically visit more than one island. But, with just 2 days there, we recommend staying put on one so that you can relax.
Ultimately, the three islands boast many of the same qualities and reasons for visiting. On each island, you’ll be able to chill out on a white-sand beach, take a dip in turquoise blue waters and see some of the most amazing sunsets ever.
You can also go on a snorkelling tour during your time on the Gili islands. The tour will take you around the island’s tropical waters and allow you to go swimming with turtles! Otherwise, leisurely strolls and bike rides through the island(s) are other nice pastimes.
Getting to the Gili Islands from Amed
One of our favourite things about Amed is its close proximity to the Gili Islands. You’ll need to get the Freebird express from Amed to the Gili’s as this is currently the only fast boat company that operates on this route. Official prices on their website suggest a one-way ticket costs 500K but you can book for 300K anywhere in Amed (we booked ours through our guesthouse.
The boat journey will take around 45 minutes, which is great because from other parts of Bali it can take between 2 and 3 hours to reach the Gili Islands!
Nusa Penida – 2 Days
The final 2, of your 10 days in Bali can be spent exploring the wonderful Nusa Penida. This fairly large island sits off the southern coast of Bali and is somewhat untouched by the mass commercial development of mainland Bali.
This island paradise is so fun to explore and offers a glimpse into what life in Bali might have been like 30 years ago. One of the best things to do is to rent a scooter and explore the island yourself, passing through small rural villages as you go.
On the other hand, you can head out to one of the island’s many beautiful attractions. These include the amazing (and now very famous) T-rex head of Kelingking beach, Broken Beach & Angels Billabong and even the stunning Diamond beach.
As Nusa Penida is fairly large, we recommend exploring the East side of the island on one day and the West on another.
The roads on Nusa Penida are terrible and difficult to navigate too. So if you aren’t confident on a scooter, we recommend hiring a driver to give you a tour of the island.
Getting to Nusa Penida from The Gili Islands
The option to get from the Gili Islands directly to Nusa Penida is a fairly new one. With new routes popping up all the time, we’re not sure how many fast boat companies offer this route.
We used the Golden Queen fast boat for our journey and found the service to be great. Tickets can be booked online or in person when you’re on the Gili Islands. The online price states 500K, though we paid around 300K when booking in person at a ticket office. The journey will take somewhere between 2 – 2.5 hours.
An idea for changing our ‘all-in’ 10 day Bali Itinerary
Our itineraries are always made to be flexible. Like we mentioned earlier, there’s never a ‘one-size fits all’ itinerary that will be perfect for every kind of traveller. Here’s an idea for one way you might consider changing this 10 day Bali itinerary.
Forget about travelling to Amed and spend 4 days in Ubud instead. Honestly, Central Bali and the areas around Ubud have so many things to do and see. You could stay put in Ubud for 4 days and explore more of central Bali from there instead.
If you do stay for longer in Ubud, then you can hire a private driver and go on some epic day trips. These day trips could include a trip to Northern Bali to explore the lakes and incredible waterfalls.
You can even take a day trip over to Eastern Bali too, so that you don’t miss out the amazing sights we mentioned earlier, like Bukit Cinta, Pura Lempuyang and Tirta Gangga.
The “Beach Bums & Island Life” 10 day Bali Itinerary – Experience the best beaches and islands in Bali
- Uluwatu – 3 Days
- Nusa Lembongan & Penida – 3 Days
- The Gili Islands – 4 Days
Our second 10 day Bali itinerary is for those of you who just love the beach! This one is for the type of traveller who intends to spend their 10 days in Bali relaxing on the sand, dipping in the ocean and absorbing some good old Vitamin D.
It is often said that Bali doesn’t have great beaches. Sometimes, they are called “dirty” and overrated. This might be true, for the beaches around Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu. They’re great for surfing but the beaches themselves… not so much.
Trust us though, there are some amazing beaches in Bali if you know where to look. In the South of Bali, and on the neighbouring islands, there are beaches good enough to rival any we’ve ever stepped foot on.
Uluwatu – 3 Days
Start your 10 days in Bali by travelling to Uluwatu, one of Bali’s most Southern points. The vibe in Uluwatu is a lot more relaxed and calm. Even though many tourists do visit the area, it’s nowhere near as busy as the further Northern towns of Kuta, Seminyak or Canggu.
Uluwatu is one of our favourite parts of Bali and it’s home to some incredible beaches, which is why we recommend basing yourself here.
The main draw to the area is the beaches, the world-class surfing opportunities, incredible sunsets and clifftop views.
You can spend your time here relaxing on the soft white sands of Melasti Beach, which is probably the best beach in Bali! Otherwise, you can take surf lessons on the easier Padang Padang beach. For the more advanced surfers out there, check out Suluban beach for a fiercer set of waves.
Watching the sunset from the sheer cliff face of Karang Boma will be another highlight of your trip. And, if you want a little bit of culture, you can visit the historic Uluwatu temple or GWK cultural park. The GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) cultural park is home to one of the worlds largest statues!
Getting to Uluwatu from the Airport?
If you do decide to make Uluwatu the first stop on your 10 day Bali itinerary then you’ll need to get there from the airport. As mentioned in the first Bali itinerary, we recommend pre-booking a driver for this journey.
Taxi journeys and private drivers should quote you around 250K – 300K to get from Denpasar airport and the journey will take around 1.5 hours.
Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida – 3 Days
Next up, head over to either Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida to experience more beach vibes and slower island life.
We’ve told you about Nusa Penida already and Nusa Lembongan is the much smaller, but equally beautiful, neighbour to Penida. They’re so close to each other that you could probably swim between them, even though we definitely wouldn’t advise you to attempt it.
Nusa Lembongan is joined by a bridge with the even smaller Nusa Cenigan. Both tiny islands have some stunning places to visit and are the true definition of paradise.
Our favourite things to do on Lembongan include watching the powerful waves thrash the coastline at Devils tear and the Blue Lagoon of Nusa Ceningan. Honestly, we’ve never seen water as blue as the waters at Blue Lagoon, it really does live up to its name.
Overall, Lembongan is so small that you can drive right around the island in no less than 20 minutes. This means that you can hit up all of it’s best spots in just one day if you want to.
Regardless of whether you decide to stay in Nusa Lembongan or Penida, we’ve suggested 3 days here so that you can travel between the two. Travel between the islands is done by a short 15-minute boat trip that costs just 50K (£2.50).
Your options could be to stay on Penida for 2 days and spend one day exploring Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan. Or, you could stay in Lembongan and travel over to Nusa Penida for a one day tour of the island.
Should you stay on Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida?
Well, Nusa Lembongan has better accommodation and restaurants. Nusa Penida, on the other hand, has much simpler, bungalow type accommodation but is the larger and requires more time to explore.
If you’re intent on spending your days exploring, choose Nusa Penida. If you want to chill on a beach and end the day with some good food, choose Nusa Lembongan. In either case, we suggest heading over to the other island for at least one of your 3 days.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida from Uluwatu?
Getting from Uluwatu to either Nusa Lembongan or Penida is easy. You’ll need to book a fast boat ticket from Sanur. This can be done from most guesthouses or ‘tourist info’ booths in Uluwatu.
Personally, we recommend using Scoot Fast Cruises to get to Nusa Lembongan and Crown Fast Cruises to get to Nusa Penida. The cost of each fast boat is anywhere between 200K – 300K depending on your haggling skills…and both companies offer free transfer from Uluwatu to Sanur. The fast boat from Sanur to either island takes around 30 – 40 minutes.
Gili Islands – 4 days
The final 4 days of your beach bums 10 day Bali itinerary can be spent on the wonderful Gili Islands. We’ve already told you a bit about the Gili’s in the first Bali itinerary (above), for more information, check out our Gili Islands travel guide.
The Gili’s are the place to be for great weather and relaxing on the beach though. That is why we recommend spending 4 out of your 10 days in Bali there.
Again, you can choose the one island that appeals to you most. Will it be the party island of Gili T, the super laidback Gili Meno or the ‘bit of both’ Gili Air? Alternatively, because you have 4 days to spend on the Gili islands, why not spend 2 days on one and 2 on another? That way, you can see a little bit more of these islands…
Getting to the Gili Islands from Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida?
We mentioned in Itinerary 1 that to get from Nusa Penida to the Gili Islands (and vice versa) we recommend Golden Queen Fast Boat. The ticket should cost around 300K and the trip take between 2 – 2.5 hours.
From Nusa Lembongan however, many more companies offer trips to the Gili Islands. Again, we recommend using Scoot Fast Cruises because that’s who we have used before. Though you might want to shop around and see who offers the best price. In any case, between 300 – 400K is a reasonable price and the journey will take between 2 – 2.5 hours.
The “Party Animals” 10 day Bali itinerary
- Canggu & Seminyak – 5 Days
- Uluwatu – 2 Days
- Gili Trawangan – 3 Days
This one is for those of you who plan to spend your 10 days in Bali living it up, drinking cocktails and partying the night away.
We have to admit, this isn’t our own preferred style of travelling. However, there’s no denying that Bali has some world-class beach clubs, day clubs and a young energetic, international crowd to go along with it.
In many regards, Bali is, with its perfect weather and relatively low cost of alcohol, the perfect place to party and enjoy yourself. We’d be lying if we said we haven’t been tempted out after dark to enjoy some of Bali’s amazing nightlife…
Canggu & Seminyak – 5 Days
Canggu, as previously mentioned, is a cool, hip surfer town with a younger crowd and a ton of great brunch spots. Seminyak is a slightly more ‘up-market’ location with fancier hotels and more family-friendly vibe.
Both Canggu and Seminyak have one thing in common though…amazing nightlife. Well, nightlife and day life, as both have some world-class beach clubs to enjoy round the clock.
If you do plan to spend your 10 days in Bali partying then these are two locations you can’t miss. Internationally renowned beach clubs like Finns and Potato Head live here and offer daily parties. And, they’re just two of many great options…
There are so many great places to party in both locations that it’s hard to choose one or the other. Luckily, Canggu and Seminyak are very close to each other. So, you could stay in one and go for nights out in the other if you wanted to.
Both locations have a number of beaches that you can use to relax or go surfing in the day and both locations, being on the west coast, are blessed with beautiful sunsets daily!
Just because you’re based here and intending to party doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of Bali’s top highlights. You can always hire a driver, or rent a scooter and head 1 hour over to Ubud to explore some of the natural beauty in Central Bali. You’ll even make it back in time for another night of partying…
Getting to Seminyak/Canggu from the airport?
Seminyak is the town next door to Canggu and ever so slightly closer to the airport. We still recommend hiring a private driver in advance to take you to Seminyak from Denpasar airport. The trip should cost around 150K – 200K to Seminyak and take roughly 1 hour.
Uluwatu – 2 days
Uluwatu, again, is one of our favourite places in Bali for it’s more laid back atmosphere and beautiful white-sand beaches. There’s also a great party scene to enjoy though, hidden away on the high cliffs of southern Bali.
In the far south, Omnia Day Club is a famous and internationally recognised party venue that hosts some of the world’s biggest DJ’s on a weekly basis. The club is a cliff-top, swimming pool paradise that overlooks the Indian ocean, partying here will be a highlight of your 10 day Bali itinerary.
Otherwise, there are less ‘pretentious’ clubs such as Single Fin, near Suluban beach that attract a young and fun crowd each and every night.
Getting to Uluwatu from Seminyak/Canggu?
To get to Uluwatu from either Seminyak or Canggu you can either hire a private driver or use a local taxi company, such as Bluebird or Grab. Private drivers should quote around 200K – 250K, whereas taxi companies are often around the 180K – 220K mark. Taxies can be slightly cheaper, private drivers can be more comfortable and be pre-arranged to pick you up at a specific time. Take your pick…
Gili Trawangan – 3 Days
For the final 3 days of your party based 10 day Bali itinerary, we recommend heading to the Gili Islands. We’ve discussed the Gili’s in both of the above itineraries but this time it’s for a different reason.
Gili Trawangan, the largest of the 3 Gili Islands, is a paradise by day and party hot spot by night. People from all over the world travel to Gili T purely for the ‘party in paradise’ opportunity that it offers.
Smaller, more rustic ‘bars’ are the name of the game there as opposed to swanky beach clubs. There’s a young, buzzing crowd that enjoy parties at one of the island’s bars every day of the week. More recently, a Gili T bar crawl has popped up for 2 nights a week, which is the perfect opportunity to go out, have fun and meet new people!
Getting to Gili Trawangan from Uluwatu?
Getting from Uluwatu to Gili T requires a trip to Sanur and then a fast boat journey over to the Gili’s. You can book fast boat tickets anywhere in Uluwatu including most guesthouses. The ticket should be anywhere between 250K – 350K depending on which company you book with and the boat journey will take between 2 – 2.5 hours.
There are a lot of fast boat companies offering trips from Sanur to the Gili Islands. We have previously used Scoot Fast Cruises, but we’re sure they’re all reliable enough. Most of them will offer free transfer from Uluwatu to Sanur too, but be sure to check this when booking the ticket.
Is partying in Bali expensive?
The golden question. Is alcohol pricey and is it expensive to party in Bali? In our opinion, it’s all about perspective.
We’ve found that even the most expensive beach clubs are similar in price, or cheaper, than what you’d expect to pay in Western countries i.e £8 a cocktail, £4 a beer. However, this is at the fanciest and most ‘up-market’ bars in Bali such as Potato Head or Omnia.
In most cases, the drinks (both beer and cocktails )in Bali are very cheap at most smaller bars. For smaller beach bars around Canggu, Seminyak and Gili T, you can find bottles of beer for around 30K (£1.50) and large 660ml beers for 50K (£2.50). Good cocktails can generally be found for around the 80K – 100K (£4 – £5) price point which is more than affordable!
What do you think of our 3 ‘10 day Bali Itinerary’ ideas?
We’d love to know if you’ve enjoyed our 3 sets of ideas for spending 10 days in Bali. Has it helped you to plan your trip? Which of our itineraries will you be following? Have we covered everything that you wanted to see?
Of course, we can’t create a master itinerary for everybody. So, maybe you’ll mix and match them. For example, spend some chilling time in Ubud before heading over to Gili Trawangan to party it up.
In any case, we’d love to hear from you. You can leave a comment down below. Or, if you need help and advice for planning a different 10 day Bali Itinerary, reach out to us on Instagram! Again, we’d love to hear from you and to help you plan your trip. Don’t be shy 😀