3 WEEK BALI TRAVEL GUIDE

3 Week Bali Travel Guide

 

Bali is the ultimate tropical dream destination to travel to. You’ll find everything in Bali from picturesque rice fields to beautiful islands, wildlife, beaches, mountains and some stunning luxury villas. You could easily spend a year in Bali and not see it all. So just how do you see the best of what Bali has to offer in only 3 weeks? I’ve created this 3 week Bali travel guide to help you find the best destinations and make the most of your time in Bali.

The itinerary I created is jam packed full of destinations so may not be the most relaxing schedule, but it is for someone who wants to make the most of their time in Bali and see a bit of everything.

 

DAYS 1-3 SEMINYAK OR CANGGU

Seminyak & Canggu are great places to start your trip in Bali. They’re located next to one other and easily accessible from the international airport. My personal pick of the two is Seminyak mainly due to it being more central. Both are quite touristy but offer a lot of beach bars, day clubs, shopping, and delicious restaurants including plenty of great vegan choices.

WHAT TO SEE

Best Beach Clubs – There are an abundance of beach clubs in this area. Some of the best ones include Tropicola, The Lawn Canggu, Old Man’s & Finns Beach Club.

Restaurants – Kynd Community, Strawberry Fields, Nebula Restaurant, Sea Circus Restaurant & Bar, Mexicola (great for dinner then turns into a fun club at night), Taco Casa (my favourite, delicious Mexican food)

WHERE TO STAY

Own Villa – A beautiful and relaxing getaway in the middle of a bustling city. Own Villa has a very small number of guests staying at any given time giving it secluded and peaceful vibes.

W Bali – This incredible 5 star hotel is the place to stay if you want luxury and excellent service. It features an amazing pool & bustling bar right next to the beach in the heart of Seminyak. Travel Tip: Even if this hotel is out of your budget stop in for a drink at the bar, outside guests are welcome to enjoy the bar area.

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DAYS 4-6 ULUWATU

Uluwatu is all about magnificent cliff ocean views. Whether its from your hotel or one of the many beach clubs you’ll find spectacular views wherever you go.

WHAT TO SEE

Best Beach Clubs – Similar to Seminyak, Uluwatu also has an abundance great beach clubs. Some of my favourites are Single Fins, El Kabron Beach Club, Ulu Cliffhouse, Sunset Point, Omnia Day Club (one of the nicer ones but they charge a big entry fee) & Palmilla Bali.

Best Views & Beaches – Balangan Beach Viewpoint, Karang Boma Cliff (best viewpoint for sunset), Thomas Beach (best for white sand & relaxing), Dreamland Beach

WHERE TO STAY

La Joya Biu Biu – Beautiful hotel with some of the most picturesque pool views in all of Bali. Get ready to see the most incredible sunsets here. & for such a beautiful hotel it’s very reasonably priced.

The Edge Bali – The Edge Bali is the ultimate luxury hotel with the most breathtaking pool you’ve ever seen.

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DAYS 7-9 NUSA CENINGAN / NUSA LEMBONGAN

Nusa Ceningan is my favourite place in Bali. It’s a small beautiful relaxing island but still has a lot to see and do. It’s connected by a narrow bridge to the larger island Nusa Lembongan. You’ll fall in love with these islands which are a great escape from the busy main island of Bali.

WHAT TO SEE

Blue Lagoon – The most picturesque place on Nusa Ceningan, the water is an incredible icy blue colour.

Beach Bars – The Sand & The Island were two of my favourite beach bars on the island. Chill out here during the day or watch the beautiful sunset from one of the swings.

Restaurants – Ginger & Jamu has some of the most delicious food I found in all of Bali, highly recommended for breakfast or lunch. Hai Bar & Grill has some seriously delicious food, perfect for lunch or dinner.

WHERE TO STAY

Blue Lagoon Avia Villas – The hotel with the best view on Nusa Ceningan is the Avia Villas. Located right in front of the Blue Lagoon, the view here just doesn’t get much better. They also have a great restaurant & pool with lagoon views.

Le Pirate Beach Club – This adorable hotel definitely has the most picturesque rooms. You’ll find little blue and white bungalows lined along the beach with a great pool overlooking the ocean.

For more on the best things to do check out my Nusa Ceningan Travel Guide.

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DAYS 10-12 NUSA PENIDA

The largest of the Nusa Islands, Nusa Penida has some of the most beautiful natural places in Bali. Nusa Penida is only a short 10 minute boat ride so it’s easily accessible. Day tours are common here but since it’s quite a large island with a lot of the sights spread out I highly suggest spending a good 3 days here exploring.

WHAT TO SEE

Kelingking Beach – You’ll most likely have first heard of Nusa Penida from seeing photos of this famous T-Rex shaped beach. Kelingking Beach is the most popular tourist attraction on the island, and for good reason. It truly is a sight to see.

Diamond Beach – One of the most picturesque beach views in the world, Diamond Beach is such a naturally beautiful location. Right next to it is Atuh Beach which is also incredibly beautiful and a perfect place to spend the day and relax.

WHERE TO STAY

Batan Sabo – Batan Sabo is a gorgeous and photogenic place to stay on Nusa Pendia. It is very popular so be sure to book this hotel ahead of time, it usually fills up months in advance.

La Roja Bungalows – Beautiful bungalows surrounding a pool in a great location, La Roja Bungalows has everything you need in a hotel.

Want to know more about Nusa Penida? Check out my Nusa Penida Ultimate Travel Guide.

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DAYS 13 -16 GILI ISLANDS

The Gili Islands are technically not a part of Bali, but actually a part of Lombok. However I’ve still added this to my itinerary since they are so close and easily accessible from Bali. The Gili Islands are a small chain of 3 islands that are extremely beautiful and not to be missed. You can catch a boat directly here from the Nusa Islands to save you time transferring back to Bali.

WHAT TO SEE

Swim with turtles – One of the most popular things to do around Gili Island is to discover the underwater world. You’ll find so many beautiful species of fish & coral plus plenty of sea turtles. The turtles can be found just offshore at all 3 of the Gili Islands so you don’t need a tour to see them.

Underwater Statues – One of the major attractions that people flock to the Gili Islands is to see the underwater statues. The statues, known as The Nest, were designed by an artist and placed in the ocean off the coast of Gili Meno to promote coral growth.

Watch the Sunset – The sunsets at the Gili Islands are among some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. There are some beautiful beach bars spread along the west coast of the islands that are in the perfect position to view the sunsets.

WHERE TO STAY

Le Pirate Gili Trawangan – For a beautiful hotel next to the beach with some great pools and a relaxed atmosphere, Le Pirate is a great place to stay on Gili Trawangan.

Pink Coco Gili Air – Pink Coco is the perfect place to stay on Gili Air. It’s got an incredible pool surrounded by palm trees and right next to the beach.

For more info check out my post on the Best Things to Do in Gili Islands.

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DAYS 17 – 19 UBUD

Ubud is well know for Balinese rice fields, a chilled vibe and yoga. There are also an abundance of incredible waterfalls surrounding Ubud.

WHAT TO SEE

Waterfalls – There are no waterfalls directly in Ubud itself but there a lot surrounding the area in either direction. Ubud is a great base to explore all these waterfalls. Some of the most picturesque ones include Leke Leke (pictured), Timbuamana & Tukad Cepung Waterfall.

Tegallalang Rice Terrace – This is one of the most beautiful rice fields in Bali showing off multiple tiers of rice terraces mixed with palm trees. It’s best to arrive here at sunrise to avoid the crowds & get the beautiful light streams coming through the trees.

WHERE TO STAY

Chapung Sebali – This gorgeous luxury hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Ubud. This hotel features an amazing infinity pool overlooking the Ubud jungle. Travel Tip: If this hotel is out of your budget you can still get access to the pool with a day pass. Charges apply.

Kamandalu Ubud – Kamandalu Ubud has what is possibly the most famous infinity pools in all of Bali. Located amongst the rice fields in Ubud you can expect traditional Balinese mixed with modern architecture.

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DAYS 20-21 SIDEMEN

Sidemen is a seriously underrated and undiscovered part of Bali. This is such a beautiful part of Bali to discover away from the crowds and tourist areas. Sidemen is the perfect place to get views of Bali’s volcano Mount Agung. This is a truly relaxing part of Bali with some of the most epic hotels.

WHAT TO SEE

Bukit Cinta – If you’re looking for the perfect view of Mount Agung then this is the place! It’s a beautiful rice terrace field directly in front of the volcano.

WHERE TO STAY

Patal Kikian Villa – With the most picturesque views, Patal Kikian Villa is a dream hotel. Patal Kikian has an incredible infinity pool right in front of Mount Agung. It’s a perfect hotel to escape the touristy part of Bali and really immerse yourself in  serenity and relaxation.

Camaya Bali – Camaya features breath-taking view of Mount Agung that you can see from a hammock overhanging the rice fields. Each of the villas are uniquely designed made of bamboo. If you are wanting to stay here don’t wait to book Camaya Bali as it is well known and almost fully booked a year in advance. It’s only available on Airbnb, so if you would like to save $55 on your next booking don’t forget to use my link!

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IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME

NORTH BALI

The north part of Bali is hugely untouristed yet so beautiful. If you have some extra time I highly suggest you head north. Some areas to look out for are Munduk & Lovina. There are a great number of beautiful waterfalls in the northern part of Bali that are great to discover. Get away from the crowds and enjoy a true Balinese experience.

 

I hope you’ve found this 3 Week Bali Travel Guide helpful. Bali truly is a beautiful place to discover with so much to see and do. Enjoy your time in this incredible part of Indonesia. If you have any questions leave them below.

x Michelle

 

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