Bali in 9 Days - My Suggested Itinerary

 Experience Both Sea and Jungle in Bali

Bali is a little island with a lot to offer. What should you do to maximize your time, explore some new adventures, and stay away from the worst of the crowds? Follow my itinerary below!

And also check out what I did (both rightly and wrongly) in my own Bali itinerary

Days 1 - 2

Stay by the beach! You’ve had a long flight and a long year. Take a cab a short distance to Kuta, Seminyak, or Sanur. It’s the most Westernized area so it’ll help you acclimate and you can take advantage of guaranteed ATMs, English menus, and wifi. Just keep in mind that souvenir shopping will likely be more expensive here than anywhere else. Check out my guide in advance so you’ll be prepared with cash, sunscreen, and a willingness to go with the Balinese flow!

Sunset dining at Jimbaran Bay

Sunset dining at Jimbaran Bay

Days 3 - 4

It’s a one-hour taxi ride (and about $20 USD) up to the compact mountain city of Ubud, home of spiritual retreats, ex-pats, and windy streets filled with mopeds. Whether you stay in town to take advantage of the crystal shopping, stay outside town near the rice paddies, or simply use it as a base to explore nearby hikes, temples, and bike rides, it’s a great central location. Make sure to check out the Monkey Village, a short walk from town - though keep your valuables and jewelry packed away unless you want a monkey to walk away with them! Nighttime offers kecak dances, which can be interesting but make sure you get a story primer in advance, otherwise the dances will be tough to decipher.


Kecak dancers perform a story from the  Ramayana  in Ubud

Kecak dancers perform a story from the Ramayana in Ubud

Day 5

Stay in the Ubud area another night, but hire a driver for the day to take you out to eastern Bali to check out the Tirta Gangga Water temple along with either Pura Besaikh or the lesser-known Pura Lempuyang. These are about 1 hour to 90 minutes away. A driver for the day will cost about $40 USD plus tip, and you can usually get one through your hotel or homestay.


The statues and water gardens of Tirtta Gangga

The statues and water gardens of Tirtta Gangga

Day 6

Arrange a taxi to take you the one hour back to Sanur and hop a 50-minute ferry to the smaller islands of Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan, where streets are quieter and the beaches more idyllic. There are at least seven ferry crossings a day. Check to confirm the schedule in advance, as there are a few different ferry companies and their schedules do change. After several days in bustling Ubud, it’s time to get away from the crowds as you explore a quieter, more laid back scene.

Day 7 - 8

Stay on Nusa to do some snorkeling with Manta Rays or SCUBA the offshore reefs. If you’re thinking about getting SCUBA certified, Bali is definitely the place to do it. Not only are the costs inexpensive, there’s so much to see under the water here!


The beautiful blue waters of Gili Islands, courtesy of  Stijn Dijkstra  as I was foolish and didn’t go myself

The beautiful blue waters of Gili Islands, courtesy of Stijn Dijkstra as I was foolish and didn’t go myself

Day 9

It’s a 50-minute ferry and a 20-minute drive back to the airport. 


Hope you enjoyed this suggested itinerary! You may also like My Bali Itinerary or Bali Travel Overview.

What I saw and did in my nine-day solo adventure in Bali. Includes yoga retreats, rice paddy walks, temples, bintang beers, and an unfortunate sunburn! #bali #indonesia #travel #solotravel