It’s no secret that Bali has been hit pretty hard by mass tourism lately and it can be challenging to find a more authentic side of Bali that’s not overrun by tourists. This is where my 2-week Bali itinerary comes into play!
Since I always try to steer clear of overly-touristy attractions, I did my best to create an itinerary that includes a few underrated places to visit in Bali (so, no Kuta or Seminyak here).
While this guide also includes some popular attractions, I’ll share a few practical tips to help you beat the crowds and save some money while you’re at it.
So, keep reading if you want to know how to spend an awesome two weeks in Bali!
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Overview of Bali Itinerary for 2 weeks
- Day 1-3: Bedugul and North Bali
- Day 4-7: Ubud and Sidemen
- Day 8-11: Nusa Islands
- Day 12-14: Uluwatu
How to spend 2 weeks in Bali?
Day 1-3: Bedugul and North Bali
Start your Bali 2-week itinerary in Bedugul, a small and quiet village situated in North Bali. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to experience a more authentic side of Bali but still be close to some of its most spectacular waterfalls!
I recommend that you book a taxi in advance as those at the airport are usually more expensive.
Once you arrive in Bedugul, check into Pondok Nyoman Guesthouse, a cheap but charming guesthouse overlooking Bedugul rice terraces.
Take it easy on the first day of your trip to Bali by either relaxing at the hotel pool or walking around Bedugul village.
Things to do in North Bali
Bali has many spectacular waterfalls so make sure to visit some of them during your Bali itinerary for 2 weeks! You can rent a scooter for about IDR 60k (US$ 4.30) or a private taxi for about IDR 500k (US$ 35.80). Here are a few waterfalls worth visiting:
Git Git Waterfalls: There are actually three separate waterfalls here, a twin waterfall inside a small canyon, a bigger one with swings and nest structures, and a smaller one. Click here for the exact location of Git Git waterfall. Entrance fee: IDR 20k or US$ 1.40
Jembong waterfall: This one is a small but powerful waterfall set in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden. Entrance fee: IDR 25k or US$ 1.80
Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls: You’ll find three amazing waterfalls here (or four if you’re visiting during the rainy season). The path leading to the waterfalls is surrounded by tropical plants and colorful flowers. Entrance fee: IDR 30k or US$ 2.15. Read more about Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall here
Wanagiri Pucak Manik Waterfalls: Walk down a set of steep stairs for about 15-20 minutes until you reach these two stunning waterfalls! If you’re visiting during the rainy season, you’ll find a third waterfall as well. Entrance fee: IDR 50k or US$ 3.60
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls: It may not be the easiest waterfall to get to but once you get there, you won’t regret the extra effort! The path leading to the parking lot is full of potholes, so it’s safer to hire a taxi to get there. After a short but steep 15 minutes hike, you’ll reach one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali! Entrance fee: IDR 30k or US$ 2.10. Read more about Banyumala Twin Waterfalls here
Munduk Waterfall: A short 15 minutes hike is required to reach this towering waterfall flanked by cascading vines. You’ll also find Golden Valley waterfall within the same area. Entrance fee: IDR 20k or US$ 1.40
Related post: 15 must-visit waterfalls in Bali, Indonesia
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces: If you’re spending 2 weeks in Bali, one thing you can’t miss is Jatiluwih Rice Terraces! Located about a 30 minutes drive from Bedugul, Jatiluwih is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the biggest rice terraces in Bali. It’s a great place to hike or just stroll around without the crowds. The paths are mostly flat and well-marked, so there’s no risk of getting lost. Entrance fee: IDR 40k (US$ 2.85)
Related post: Guide to 7 most beautiful rice fields in Bali
Where to stay in North Bali?
Pondok Nyoman Guesthouse
The rooms at Pondok Nyoman Guesthouse are very spacious with a private balcony overlooking the pool and rice fields. The price starts from US$ 25 per night, including breakfast! And the best part: you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from the balcony! You’ll also find a few restaurants and mini-markets nearby.
Day 4-7: Ubud and Sidemen
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali, home to art markets, trendy cafes, yoga studios, and rice terraces. It’s definitely one of the best places to visit during your 2-week Bali itinerary!
The drive from Bedugul to Ubud takes roughly 1.5-2 hours and costs about IDR 300k (US$ 21.25).
Things to do in Ubud
Tegalalang Rice Terraces: Arguably one of the most popular rice terraces in Bali, Tegalalang is the perfect day trip from Ubud. For the best experience, try to get there at around 6.30 a.m.
Campuhan Ridge Walk: This spot is great for a sunrise or sunset stroll. If you keep walking past Karsa Kafé, you’ll come across a beautiful rice field!
Ubud Palace: Also known as Puri Saren Agung, Ubud Palace is free to visit. There’s not much to do here apart from taking photos. Get there as soon as it opens at 9 a.m to avoid the crowds.
Pura Saraswati Temple: This is one of the main temples in Ubud. Its most prominent feature is the lotus pond. Entrance is free.
Subak Juwuk Manis Rice Fields: A hidden rice field located down a small alley not too far from Saraswati temple. It’s free to visit and great for those who want to skip the crowds during their 2-week Bali itinerary!
Ubud Art Market: A tourist market where you can buy clothes and souvenirs. Prices are usually inflated, so make sure to bargain.
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Ubud Monkey Forest: This is where you can witness monkeys in the wild and it’s also the most popular attraction in Bali. While the monkeys might seem cute, they can be aggressive at times, so make sure you hold on to your belongings and avoid looking them in the eyes. The Monkey forest is open daily from 8.30 a.m to 6 p.m and the last ticket sale is at 5.30 p.m. Entrance fee: IDR 80k (US$ 5.70) for adults and IDR 50k (US$ 3.60) for children.
Take a yoga class: One of the top things to do when visiting Bali for 2 weeks is to take a yoga class. I recommend Ubud Yoga House (Mondays to Saturdays) or Yoga Saraswati (daily), both offer classes accessible to all levels. The price for a yoga session starts from IDR 75k (US$ 5.40).
Sidemen Valley Rice Fields: Take a day trip to Sidemen village, located in East Bali, to trek around the rice paddies. Luckily, they aren’t affected by mass tourism (yet). For a more authentic experience, I highly recommend booking a hiking tour with Sidemen Tour and Trekking.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall: Set inside a cave, getting to this waterfall requires a 20 minutes hike down a set of stairs and through an ankle-deep river. Entrance fee: IDR 15k or US$ 1.10
Dusun Kuning: This 20-meter waterfall is not well-known among tourists and a great place to visit during your Bali 2-week itinerary. Entrance fee: IDR 15k or US$ 1.10. Read more about Dusun Kuning Waterfall here
Tibumana Waterfall: A twin waterfall (depending on the season) located down a scenic path surrounded by a colorful jungle. Entrance fee: IDR 15k or US$ 1.10
Pengibul Waterfall: Located within the same area as Tibumana, Pengibul waterfall seems to be off the tourist radar. The area is well-maintained with concrete stairs and it takes only about 15 minutes to get to the waterfall.
Related post: Ultimate guide to 3 days in Ubud
Where to stay in Ubud?
If you’re wondering where to stay in Ubud, while being close to the main tourist attractions, you should definitely consider Alam Pangkung. While the hotel is located on a busy street, it’s very quiet at night. Each room features a large double bed, air conditioning, private bathroom, Wi-Fi and free breakfast for only about US$ 15 per night.
Tanggal Merah Guesthouse
Tanggal Merah Guesthouse is located about a 10 minutes’ walk from Ubud center. For less than US$ 20, you can get a spacious room with a private bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and free breakfast.
Find more hotels in my Ubud accommodation guide!
Day 8-11: Nusa Islands
Located less than 45 minutes from Bali, the Nusa Islands are made up of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Don’t be fooled by their small size as they pack quite a bit in terms of attractions!
Nusa Lembongan is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore the neighboring Nusa Islands!
The best way to explore the islands is by renting a motorbike which you can get for about IDR 70k (US$ 5).
To get to Nusa Lembongan, take a taxi from Ubud to Sanur (IDR 300k or US$ 21.45) followed by a fast boat.
Things to do in Nusa Lembongan
Mangrove Forest: Rent a kayak or a private boat to explore the Mangrove Forest. You’ll also find a wide selection of restaurants in this area.
Beach hopping: One of the best things to do in Lembongan is, obviously, beach hopping! The most popular beach on Nusa Lembongan is Dream Beach which is surrounded by jagged cliffs and caves. Other beaches worth visiting include Pantai Mahagiri, Mushroom Bay and Sandy Bay. Read more about Nusa Lembongan beaches here
Panorama Point: For the best views of Nusa Lembongan (and Mount Agung on a clear day), Panorama Point is the place to be!
Devil’s Tear: One thing you can’t miss on your two-week Bali itinerary is the Devil’s Tear. The massive waves and the red and orange hue reflecting on the tide pools make it one of the most spectacular attractions on the island!
Snorkeling tour: Book a snorkeling tour to explore the marine life around the Nusa Islands. The tour will last for about 3 hours with different stops on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida where you can spot the giant Manta Rays!
Related post: Ultimate Nusa Lembongan travel guide
Where to stay in Nusa Lembongan?
If you’re on a budget, Kawans Inn will set you back only about US$ 20! Each room has a large double bed, private bathroom, mini-fridge, air-conditioning, and a private patio! If you’re traveling with a group, you can book a family room with a private pool!
Things to do in Nusa Ceningan
Next stop on this 2-week Bali itinerary is the breathtaking Nusa Ceningan which is actually one of my favorite Nusa Islands! Since the island is connected to Nusa Lembongan by the Yellow bridge, you can get there on foot.
Ceningan Cliff: The best viewpoint on the island!
Blue Lagoon: The jaw-dropping Blue Lagoon is a must-visit during sunset and looks unreal with milky-blue water!
Yellow Bridge: The contrast of the yellow bridge against the turquoise water makes for excellent photo opportunities!
Secret point Beach: This private beach is owned by Villa Trevally and thus to access it, you’ll have to spend money at the hotel restaurant.
Mahana Point: Feeling adventurous? Starting from IDR 25k (US$ 1.80), you can do cliff jumping at Mahana Point or rent a surfboard to catch some waves.
Related post: 8 things you must do in Nusa Ceningan
Things to do in Nusa Penida
Take a day trip to Nusa Penida, famous for its spectacular viewpoints, white-sand beaches, and T-Rex shaped cliffs.
To get there, take a boat near the yellow bridge on Nusa Lembongan. It should cost about IDR 50k (US$ 3.45) per person. The boat will then drop you off at Toya Pakeh harbor and the next step will be to hire a taxi with driver, join a guided tour or rent a motorbike.
Kelingking Beach: This is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Bali due to its T-Rex shaped cliff and secluded beach. If you want to avoid the crowds, head a bit further away from the main viewpoint area or better yet, hike down to the beach. Read more about Kelingking beach here.
Angel’s Billabong: Another must-see when spending 2 weeks in Bali is Angel’s Billabong, a natural infinity pool flanked by jagged cliffs. Read more about Angel’s Billabong here.
Broken Beach: Less than a 5 minutes walk from Angel’s Billabong is Broken beach, famous for its a natural arched bridge. Read more about Broken Beach here.
Crystal Bay: Lined with tall palm trees, Crystal Bay is usually the last stop on most Nusa Penida tours. Spend some time relaxing on the beach or take a dip into the ocean.
Related post: Most beautiful places to visit in West Nusa Penida
Day 12-14: Uluwatu
For the last few days of your two weeks Bali itinerary, travel back to the mainland and take a taxi from Sanur to Uluwatu which should cost about IDR 200k (US$ 14).
Things to do in Uluwatu
Balangan Beach: With one of the biggest surf breaks in Bali, Balangan beach is a popular surfing spot, especially for beginners.
Uluwatu Temple: Situated on top of a cliff on the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is one of the most famous sunset spots in Bali! Entrance fee: IDR 30k or UD$ 2.10.
Kecak fire dance: After exploring Uluwatu temple, make sure to stay until after sunset to watch the Kecak fire dance. Cost: IDR 100k (US$ 7.05).
Nunggalan beach: Head to Nuggalan beach to take a photo with the famous graffiti shipwreck. The 30 minutes’ hike keeps the crowds away, so you’ll most likely be the only one there. There are no restaurants on the beach except for a small shack selling coconuts. You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas for about IDR 50k (US$ 3.60). Entrance is free but you have to pay a parking fee of IDR 2k (US$ 0.15).
Melasti Beach: This the perfect place to chill for a few hours before the end of your Bali itinerary. It’s one of my favorite beaches since the waves are not too strong. Make sure to stop at the viewpoint for a panoramic view of the beach. You’ll find a few warungs selling local food and fresh coconuts. Toilets and showers are also available for a small fee and you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas for about IDR 50k (US$ 3.50). Entrance fee: IDR 5k or US$ 0.35
Where to stay in Uluwatu?
Orange Balangan Bungalow
On a budget? Check out Orange Balangan Bungalow situated about a 10 minutes’ scooter ride from Balangan beach and Dreamland beach. The rooms are basic but clean and each comes with a private bathroom. You can also take advantage of the common pool for a refreshing dip.
How to get around Bali?
I recommend booking a private airport transfer in advance since taxis at the airport are more expensive.
Grab and Go-Jek are also available and much cheaper but you’ll have to walk out of the airport since they are not allowed inside.
The most comfortable but also the most expensive way to get around Bali is by hiring a private taxi. The price for a private taxi starts from IDR 500k (US$ 35.80) for 10 hours depending on the distance covered.
If you’re comfortable riding a scooter, it’s the cheapest way to get around Bali. Keep in mind that traffic can be very hectic especially around Ubud and the airport area. Also, make sure to bring your international driver’s license and always wear a helmet.
Scooter rentals start from IDR 60k (US$ 4.30) per day or cheaper if you rent for longer periods of time.
Where to buy a sim card in Bali?
When spending 2 weeks in Bali, I recommend buying a local sim card on Klook which costs about US$ 7. Once you get to the airport, someone will wait for you outside with the sim card and will activate it for you.
Depending on which package you choose, you can get from 8 GB to 30 GB of data and some of them also have calls included.
Best time to visit Bali
The rainy season in Bali is between December and February and the dry season is between May and September.
I recommend visiting Bali during the shoulder season: March/April and October/November. The weather will be great and you won’t have to deal with the crowds.
I hope you find this guide to spending 2 weeks in Bali itinerary helpful. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
Read more about Bali:
- The ultimate 3-day Ubud itinerary
- Ultimate guide to where to stay in Ubud
- 15 best waterfalls in Bali
- 7 Spectacular rice terraces in Bali
- 37 best photo locations in Bali
- 11 Fun things to do in Nusa Lembongan
- 7 must-visit beaches in Nusa Lembongan
- 8 must-visit attractions in Nusa Ceningan
- West Penida day trip: Top places to visit
- Banyumala Twin Waterfall guide
- Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall guide
- Dusun Kuning Waterfall guide