Bali route guide, 3-week travel plan
This 3-week Bali route guide includes all kinds of sceneries like paradise looking beaches, incredible cliffs drops, waterfalls and the northern mountain views.
The route is improved by our own experience, by the things we didn’t know before we’ve visited Bali. Bali is relatively small, distances are short but it can take some time to just drive an of distance of 15 km. You can either get around by driver or by renting a motorbike.
Some of the days below contain links to much more information about that specific location.
Day 1 – 2: Arrival and staying in Seminyak or Canggu
Flying into Denpasar Airport doesn’t mean you have to stay in Denpasar after your flight. From the airport, take a taxi to Seminyak or Canggu. Canggu is a laid back, trendy surf-vibe town and Seminyak is more about beautiful beaches and beach clubs. Before arriving be sure to know which visa for Bali, Indonesia suits your visit.
Day 3 – 4: Staying with a local family
Bali is known for its luxury and perfect island life. Have a unique experience while staying with a local family in Bali. You will learn so much about life, food, and culture in Bali.
The best part is that you will make a lot of new life-lasting friendships. We stayed in
Day 5 – 6: Staying in the Munduk area
Many people do a day trip to the Munduk area for the temple at Tamblingan Lake. Actually staying in Munduk will give you the time to see even more beautiful places. The area is a little cooler and can feel really comfortable. Waterfalls, swings, coffee, trekking, Munduk has it all. From Gadugan to Munduk is a solid 2.5-hour drive.
Day 7 – 10: Ubud and Waterfalls
From Munduk, organize a trip to do the Bali waterfall route and end your trip in Ubud. Do a one or two-day trip and be amazed by Bali’s beauty.
P.S. There is a driver recommendation included in the next link.
Ubud is a great village in the center of Bali. There is so much going on here like the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, countless waterfalls, yoga retreats and many more things to do in Ubud.
Day 11 – 13: Gili Air
After the great life in Ubud, head over to one of the smallest islands you will ever be. There are no cars or asphalt roads on Gili Air. Get around by bike, relax at one of the many beaches, go on a search for turtles and enjoy the most incredible sunsets.
Day 14 – 16: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida
From Gili Air, hop on the boat and go to Nusa Lembongan. It takes about 3.5-hours to get from Gili to Nusa. The Nusa Islands are less tropical but the vibes and views here are just right.
Nusa Penida can be seen on a Nusa Penida day tour. However, if you have the time we recommend you to do a 3-day Nusa Penida trip.
Day 17 – 18: Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan and Lembongan are connected via a yellow suspension bridge which is just wide enough to cross it with a motorbike. The life on the Nusa Islands is good and we would recommend staying on Ceningan for one or two nights. Nusa Ceningan is just a 20-min trip from Nusa Lembongan town.
Best time to visit Bali
Bali’s absolutely best time to visit runs from May until July. However, if you are a surfer you might want to pick another season. May to October
Costs of food in Bali
The price of food in Bali is different per city and kind of meal. Eat very local food in a not too fancy looking place and you will pay $1.50 for a full plate of delicious food. When eating across the road at this great looking and tasting vegan place, you probably will pay somewhere from $5 – $8 per meal.