2 Weeks in Bali Itinerary

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Bali is a province of Indonesia located west of Lombok and east of Java. Indonesia has 17,000 islands and shares a land border with East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and eastern Malaysia. It shares maritime borders with Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, The Philippines, Palau, India, and Australia.

This tropical paradise is filled with lush hillsides and idyllic beaches with white sand. It is also well-known for its rice paddies, temples, aesthetic hotels, rich history, and traditional culture.

This 2 weeks in Bali itinerary provides a few choices for you to check out. You can decide which one you prefer or perhaps pick some information here and there and create your own travel itinerary.

BASIC TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR BALI

4 images - top left is a monkey statue in a Balinese temple. Top right is the Nusa Peninda island. Bottom right is the Beritan Temple. Bottom left is the Handara Gate - 2 Weeks in Bali Itinerary

Let me share some things you should know about visiting Bali. The following information will help you decide when to go, the cost, transportation, and where to book your tours and hotels:

When is the best time to travel to Bali

The best time to go depends on what you like. If you love the sun and don’t mind lots of people around, the peak season is from July to August. That’s when it’s super busy because everyone wants to enjoy the summer vibes.

But, if you’re not a fan of rain, try to skip the rainy season from November to March. It gets pretty wet, and some outdoor adventures might be a no-go.

The shoulder seasons are cool times to visit too, which are April to June and September to October. It’s not too crowded, and the weather is nice, making it great for exploring. The first time I visited Bali was in June for a month and had no rain at all.

Also, remember that during Indonesia’s public holidays, like Eid al-Fitr (the date changes every year, but it’s around May or June), lots of locals travel too. It gets pretty busy since everyone’s moving around the country, including Bali. During this time the prices can be higher due to demand.

Are 2 weeks enough for Bali

Yes, 14 days is plenty for Bali. The island itself is not very big, so you can easily see 3-4 cities in Bali in 2 weeks. Of course, if you have more time, that would be great, but with good planning, you can really maximise your time.

How to get around

Getting around Bali is pretty easy. The fastest and most convenient way is to rent a scooter. It lets you zip around traffic and explore freely. Just make sure you’re comfortable riding and have a helmet.

For the most affordable option when getting from one city to another, try the local bemos (mini-vans) or buses. They’re cheaper but might take longer to get where you’re going.

Yes, there are ride-hailing apps like Gojek and Grab. They’re super handy for quick trips and can be pretty affordable too. Plus, you can also order a car or scooter ride right from your phone, which is great if you’re not into driving yourself around.

When you arrive at Denpasar airport, it’s best to arrange an airport transfer to your hotel. This is because of the ongoing taxi mafia controlling the airport. Cars from Grab or Gojek have difficulty getting to the airport to pick you up because the taxi mafia won’t allow them.

This taxi mafia also has an influence on the city. This means that when you order a car or scooter on the app, they drivers prefer to pick you up in an alley than on the main road to avoid getting in trouble.

Language and currency

The main language in Bali is Balinese, but Indonesian is widely spoken too. Tourists can get around with English pretty well, especially in touristy areas, hotels, and restaurants.

Many Balinese people working in tourism speak English, so you’ll find communicating is generally not too tricky. It’s always nice to learn a few basic words in Indonesian or Balinese to show respect.

The main currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). While it’s possible to use major currencies like US dollars in some tourist areas, they are not common, and you’ll get a better deal by paying in Rupiah.

Cash is king in many places, especially in smaller shops, local markets, and for transportation like taxis and scooters. Although cards are accepted in bigger hotels, restaurants, and shops, relying on cash is a good idea to avoid any hassle. Plus, there are ATMs everywhere, so withdrawing local currency is easy.

Visa

Indonesia has one of the most friendliest and accommodating visa policies in place. Most foreign travellers can enter and travel to Indonesia, and head to Bali either visa-free or applying for an eVOA or visa on arrival.

If your passport is from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, you can enjoy a visa-free 30-day stay.

Other countries not mentioned can secure their eVOA (evisa on arrival) before arriving in Bali or get a visa on arrival (without applying online). I prefer getting it online so I can skip the long queues at the airport.

Cost of 2 weeks in Bali

A 2-week vacation in Bali can fit any budget. For an affordable trip, expect to spend around $700-$1,000, covering budget accommodations, local meals, and public transport.

If you’re aiming for a mid-range experience, including nicer hotels, some private transport, and activities, budget about $1,500-$2,500.

For a luxury vacation with top-notch resorts, gourmet dining, spa treatments, and private tours, the sky’s the limit, but starting from $3,000-$5,000 is reasonable.

These estimates are per person and can vary based on your choices like dining out, shopping, and how much exploring you do. Remember, planning and booking in advance can save you money. The cost of your main flight from your home to Bali (Indonesia) is not included in these calculations.

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MAP OF TOP SITES AND ACTIVITIES IN BALI

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2 WEEKS IN BALI ITINERARY

Itineraries are essential when travelling to have a smooth-sailing, hassle-free vacation. That’s why I created 3 itinerary options depending on one’s preference.

However, these itineraries don’t need to be followed to a tee. You can add or remove locations or modify them to your heart’s content; these only serve as guides on the places that you could visit or things to do in those locations.

We also have an itinerary for 2 weeks in Indonesia or 2 weeks in Southeast Asia.

Itinerary #1: First-timer (Denpasar, South Kuta, Ubud)

The first itinerary is for first-timers, and you will visit and stay at Denpasar, South Kuta, and Ubud. In this itinerary, you’ll glimpse what Bali has to offer. It perfectly balances well-preserved establishments, pristine beaches, rice paddies, and art centres.

Denpasar for 6 days

First stop for 2 weeks in Bali in Denpasar, the island’s capital. It has several historical sites with immense cultural significance, such as temples and museums. Some must-visit places include Sakenan Temple, Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali, Jagatnatha Temple, Kertalangu Cultural Village, and more.

It is the perfect starting place as it has an international airport, which makes it the entry point for international travellers. 

South Kuta for 4 days

South Kuta is a district within Bali’s Badung Regency. It is known as one of the most popular tourist hubs in Bali because of its beaches, home to some of the most beautiful sunsets.

The beaches here are also filled with bars where you can chill while waiting for the sunset. Surfing is a popular activity here as well. Uluwatu is the place in South Kuta that I want to focus on, as there are tons of sights to see here. You can either beach hop or go from temple to temple.

Some tourist spots here include Uluwatu Temple, where you can watch the traditional Kecak dance, Tanah Lot, Padang-Padang Beach, Balangan Viewpoint, Suluban Beach, and more.

The distance between Denpasar and South Kuta is very short. The travel time would only take a few minutes. The modes of transportation here include driving or riding a taxi.

2 images - on the left is the Nusa Peninda island from the aerial view. On the right is an elephant statue in a temple

Ubud for 4 days

Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali, located amongst steep ravines and rice paddies in central Gianyar Regency. It is a haven for foodies, nature, and art lovers, as you’ll find tons of art markets here with authentic pieces.

Some must-see places here include Mount Batur, Campuhan Ridge Walk, Monkey Sanctuary, Puri Saren Agung Royal Family Palace, and Tegenungan Waterfall, which is very close to Ubud.

The travel time between Kuta and Ubud is less than an hour, with a distance of 34 km (21 mi). To reach Ubud, if you’re coming from Kuta, you can ride the bus, take a taxi, or rent a private car.

You should end your trip to Ubud because it is quieter than the other beachside towns, but it is also pretty and filled with places to see and things to do. You can even take cooking classes here if you want authentic dishes. It is only an hour and a half away from the airport.

Itinerary #2: Off-the-Beaten Path (Denpasar, Amlapura, Sekumpul, Munduk)

The following itinerary focuses more on locations that aren’t crowded and roads less travelled, leading to enchanting natural sceneries.

People who are fond of nature and adventures will surely love these locations. Some of the scenery you’ll see includes a mangrove forest, water gardens, valleys, waterfalls, and beaches.

Denpasar for 2 days

Denpasar is perfect for those seeking an authentic Balinese experience because of its ideal blend of modern and well-preserved historical establishments and natural scenery.

A must-visit locations here are Shark Island, Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest, Pasar Badung Market, and Turtle Conservation and Educational Center.

This is the most suitable starting point because aside from being easily accessible domestically and worldwide, you can also do many activities here, including diving, spa therapy, soap carving workshops, and more.

You can even attend the annual Bali Arts Festival, which is filled with traditional dance and music performances.

2 images - on the left is the stairs and statue in the Monkey Sanctuary in Ubud. On the right is the Beritan Temple

Amlapura for 4 days

The second stop for your two weeks in Bali vacation is Amlapura, located at the regency seat of Karangsem. It is known for its stunning landscapes, traditional markets, and overall preservation of cultural heritage.

Some tourist spots here are Taman Ujung Water Gardens, Tirta Gangga Water Palace, and Pasar Amlapura Market; aside from fresh produce and spices, you’ll also get to find traditional crafts that can serve as souvenirs or additions to your collection.

The best way to get to Amlapura from Denpasar is by private car, but if you want to save money, there are tons of public buses and Bemos, an open-air minibus.

Sekumpul for 4 days

Sekumpul Waterfall, which is also known locally as Air Terjun Sekumpul, is one of the most spectacular cascades in Bali. It consists of 7 tall misty waterfalls found in a bamboo-forested valley.

These waterfalls are plunging on an average height of 80 meters (262 feet). You’ll also see a wide variety of trees on your way here, including cacao, jackfruit, mangosteen, clove, and more.

The distance between Amlapura and Sekumpul is 91.8 km (60.9 mi), so it’s a little far compared with other locations that were previously discussed. You can reach Sekumpul by driving. It has a travel time of more than 2 hours.

Munduk 4 days

Munduk is perfect for people who love the mountains. It is a gorgeous region located in the northern highlands of Bali. It is surrounded by orchid fields, waterfalls, vibrant markets, and other scenic views.

A couple of must-visit locations here include Munduk and Melanting Waterfalls, Gitgit Waterfall, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Handara Golf Course, and Munduk Moding Plantation.

There are two ways to reach Munduk if you’re coming from Sekumpul: by taxi or by private car rental. Both have a travel time of less than an hour.

This is the perfect place to end your trip because, despite the tons of beautiful scenery, it’s not as crowded as the other cities. It also has an overall cool climate as it’s in the highlands. Apart from all the tourist spots mentioned above, you can also try out Bali’s famous coffee here and witness the sunrise at Mount Batur.

Itinerary #3: Island Hopping (Denpasar, Lombok, Gili Islands)

The third itinerary focuses on people fond of island hopping, with islands both in and outside Bali. Lombok and Gili Islands are not part of Bali, but you wouldn’t have difficulties reaching these places.

On this vacation, you’ll bask in the sun’s warmth, feel the white sand and crystalline waters under your feet, swim to your heart’s content, watch fantastic sunrise and sunsets, and even do various water and land sports.

2 images - on the left is the rice terraces of Ubud. On the right is the Pura Tirta Empul Temple

Denpasar for 4 days

If you will stay for 2 weeks in Bali, I recommend that you stay in Denpasar for at least 4 days. It usually has a busy crowd, but you can still find a more laid-back vibe on its outer fringes.

There are swathes of rice fields and mangrove forests near here. Some must-visit locations here include Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Center, Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest, I AM Bali 3D Interactive Museum, Maospahit Gerenceng Temple, and more.

You should start your trip here because besides having an international airport that can accommodate the flights and a perfect balance of urban establishments and natural landscapes, there are also tons of surfing spots here.

Lombok for 5 days

Lombok is an island located in West Nusa Tenggara Province in Indonesia. It is known for its majestic Mount Rinjani, ethereal beaches, and diverse marine life. There are tons of activities here, both on land and in the water, so you’ll never run out of things to do.

A few must-see tourist spots here include Lombok Waterfalls, Pergasingan Hill, Pink Beach, Lombok Wildlife Park, and more. You might have noticed that the attractions here are nature-centric.

The distance between Denpasar and Lombok is 157.4 km (98 mi). The best mode of transportation is by taxi then ferry, which has a travel time of more than 5 hours. You can also fly with only a travel duration of less than an hour, but it is way more expensive. Another option is solely by high-speed ferry.

Gili Islands 5 days

Gili Islands comprises 3 islands, namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno. Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three. These islands offer adventure seekers various activities, including snorkelling, diving, and surfing.

Various land activities such as hiking the “Treasure Hill” and exploring Gilis through horseback riding or cycling; they even offer cooking lessons!

The cheapest way to get to Gilis from Lombok is by public ferry. Other modes of transportation include fast boats and private boats. You’ll need to travel by sea to reach this destination as these are a group of islands.

The best place to end your trip is in the Gili Islands because it is simply a vision of paradise. Turquoise waters surrounded by white sand, blue skies, and coconut palms make most of these islands.

WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN BALI (per city)

Denpasar

Ubud

South Kuta/Uluwatu

Amlapura

Sekumpul

Munduk

Lombok

Gili Islands

LOCAL BALINESE DISHES AND DRINKS TO TRY

3 images of Balinese dishes- on the left is a plate of babi guling. in the middle is plate of nasi campur. On the right is the green dessert called dadar gulung - 2 Weeks in Bali Itinerary

Personally, I thought food from Bali and Indonesia was fine in general. It’s not as remarkable as Thailand or Vietnam. But there are definitely some dishes that are must-tries during your visit:

  • Babi Guling – Succulent roast pork with a mix of local spices.
  • Bebek Betutu – Slow-cooked duck wrapped in banana leaves and richly seasoned.
  • Nasi Campur – A mixed rice dish with a variety of side dishes, perfect for sampling different flavours.
  • Sate Lilit – Minced seafood or meat on lemongrass sticks, grilled and full of spices.
  • Lawar – A traditional mix of vegetables, coconut, and minced meat or fish, seasoned with rich herbs.
  • Ayam Betutu – A spicy dish of steamed or roasted chicken mixed with traditional spices.
  • Gado-Gado – A vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing, sometimes with a boiled egg.
  • Mie Goreng – Stir-fried noodles with vegetables and an optional meat, a flavorful favourite.
  • Bali Coffee – Strong and traditionally served.
  • Arak – A traditional Balinese spirit made from distilled rice or palm sap.
  • Jamur – A unique drink made from rice wine and mixed with fruit juice or other flavours.
  • Dadar Gulung – Green pancakes filled with sweet coconut and palm sugar.
  • Klepon – Sweet rice cake balls filled with palm sugar and coated in grated coconut.
  • Bubur Injin – Black rice pudding served warm or cold, often with a touch of coconut milk.

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SUMMARY OF 2 WEEKS IN BALI ITINERARY

Bali is such an overall serene place that you probably wouldn’t want to leave or at least want to extend your trip; I know I felt that feeling, and I even included it on the list of possible places where I could retire. With that being said, hopefully, you’ll get to have a magical 14 days in Bali.

Other locations not mentioned here that you might also want to explore include Canggu, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Payangan, and Komodo Islands.

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