Endless rice paddies and waterfalls, towering mountains and volcanoes, white-sand beaches and T-Rex shaped cliffs are a few things that you can expect to see when spending 2 weeks in Bali.
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 in Bali (so, no Kuta or Seminyak here).
While this 2-week Bali itinerary also includes some popular must-sees, 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 two incredible weeks in Bali!
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How to spend 2 weeks in Bali?
- Day 1-3: Bedugul and North Bali
- Day 4-7: Ubud and Sidemen
- Day 8-11: Nusa Islands
- Day 12-14: Uluwatu
Day 1 – Travel to Bedugul
Start your 2-week Bali itinerary in Bedugul, a small and quiet village situated in the northern central part of Bali. It’s the perfect place to base yourself 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. Although you can book your taxi on Klook’s website, I was able to haggle and got a better deal through my accommodation and paid only IDR 450k.
Once you arrive in Bedugul, check into Pondok Nyoman Guesthouse, one of the cheapest and most beautiful accommodations I’ve ever stayed in Bali! The rooms are very spacious with a private balcony overlooking the pool and rice fields and costs only US$ 25 per night including breakfast! And the best part: you can even enjoy a beautiful sunset right from the balcony!
Take it easy on your first day in Bali by either relaxing by the pool or walking around Bedugul village to enjoy the local atmosphere and sweeping views over the rice terraces. You can also find a few restaurants and convenience stores just a few minutes from Pondok Nyoman.
Day 2 – Explore North Bali Waterfalls
After resting from the previous travel day, wake up bright and early to explore the waterfalls in North Bali. You can rent a scooter for about IDR 60k (US$ 4.30) or a private taxi for about IDR 500k (US$ 35.80).
To save time, I recommend that you start your waterfall hunting day in this order:
There are actually three separate waterfalls here, a twin waterfall inside a small canyon, a bigger one with swings and nest-like structures for photoshoots and a smaller one.
Entrance fee: IDR 20k or US$ 1.40
Jembong waterfall is a small but powerful waterfall set in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden. You can even zip line your way down for an additional fee!
Entrance fee: IDR 25k or US$ 1.80
Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls
You’ll find three amazing waterfalls at Banyu Wana Amertha (or four if you’re visiting during the rainy season). Walk along a path surrounded by colorful flowers until you reach a sign pointing to each waterfall.
The path on the left leads to Bwa waterfall with water literally bursting out of the rock wall. If you follow the path on the right, you’ll find the twin waterfalls and the massive spray waterfall which will definitely send mists all over you as you get closer!
Entrance fee: IDR 30k or US$ 2.15
Related post: Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfall guide
Wanagiri Pucak Manik Waterfalls
These waterfalls were slightly more expensive to visit but spectacular nonetheless. 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 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 reach Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, you won’t regret the extra sweat and pain! 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!
Tip: Make sure you explore further away from the main area to uncover other waterfalls.
Entrance fee: IDR 30k or US$ 2.10
Related post: How to visit Banyumala Twin Waterfalls?
If you have extra time left, I recommend making a stop at Munduk Waterfall. A short 15 minutes hike is required to reach the towering waterfall flanked by cascading vines.
If you backtrack to the ticket booth and make your way to the right, you’ll find the Golden Valley waterfall about 20 minutes away.
Entrance fee: IDR 20k or US$ 1.40
Day 3 – Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
If you’re spending 2 weeks in Bali, one thing you absolutely can’t miss is visiting the incredible Jatiluwih Rice Terraces! Located only about 30 minutes from Bedugul, Jatiluwih is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the biggest rice terraces in Bali.
Dotted with palm trees and small Warungs selling fresh coconuts, Jatiluwih rice terraces is the ultimate spot for hiking or just a leisurely walk without the crowds.
For only IDR 40k (US$ 2.85), you can spend the whole day walking along the different trekking routes. The paths are mostly flat and well-marked, so there’s no chance of getting lost.
The official opening hours are between 8.30 a.m and 6 p.m but you can also get there much earlier.
Related post: Guide to 7 most beautiful rice fields in Bali
Day 4 – Travel to Ubud and visit Campuhan Ridge Walk
On day 4, travel to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Home to art markets, trendy cafes, yoga studios and hidden rice paddies, Ubud is one of the best places to visit during your 2-week trip to Bali!
The drive from Bedugul takes roughly 1.5-2 hours and costs about IDR 300k (US$ 21.25).
Spend your first day in Ubud by taking a yoga class at 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).
Finally, head out for a sunset stroll at the Campuhan Ridge walk which is found along a path right after Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas and Spa. This is one of the most popular places in Ubud, so it can get crowded. But, if you keep going until you reach Karsa Kafé, there won’t be too many people and you’ll come across one of the most incredible rice paddies!
Where to stay in Ubud?
Alam Pangkung is the best option if you want to stay close to the main attractions in Ubud. While the hotel is located on a busy street, it was 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.
Day 5 – Downtown Ubud: Temples and Art Markets
It’s now time to explore downtown Ubud. Most of its popular attractions are located within walking distance, except for the Monkey forest which is found a bit further away.
Ubud Art Market
If you want to taste some delicious Balinese cakes, visit the Ubud market first thing in the morning (6-7 a.m). You can also find fresh produce here but only if you go early.
From 9 a.m, everything will be gone and you’ll find a tourist market with vendors selling souvenirs, clothes and the famous rattan handbags. Prices are usually inflated and you should always haggle to score the cheapest deals.
Next, make your way to the Ubud Palace or Puri Saren Agung which is totally 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
Hidden behind the Lotus Café and Starbucks is Pura Saraswati, one of the main temples in Ubud. The most prominent feature of the temple is the lotus pond.
There is a small alley leading to the temple but, unfortunately, tourists are not allowed to visit the inside. Since the Saraswati Temple is free to visit, you should definitely add it to your Bali itinerary.
Ubud Monkey Forest
After a quick lunch, hop on a Gojek or Grab (IDR 6k or US$ 0.45) to the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest. The monkeys may seem all cute but can become aggressive at times, so make sure you hold on to your belongings and avoid looking them in the eyes.
Apart from the monkeys, there’s a lot more to see such as a temple, open stage, holy hot spring and more. You can easily spend 1-2 hours strolling around at your own pace.
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 is IDR 80k (US$ 5.70) for adults and IDR 50k (US$ 3.60) for children.
Subak Juwuk Manis Rice Fields
For sunset, make your way to Subak Juwuk Manis rice fields. Located down a small alley not too far from the Saraswati temple, the path is surrounded by coconut trees and leads to some of the most beautiful and peaceful rice paddies in Ubud.
Day 6 – Explore the waterfalls near Ubud
Start your second day in Ubud by going on another waterfall hunting adventure, a must when spending 2 weeks in Bali! Although Tegenungan is one of the most famous waterfalls near Ubud, I decided to skip it since it’s very touristy. Here are the waterfalls that I recommend visiting instead:
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Start off with Tukad Cepung waterfall which is situated about one hour from Ubud center. Set inside a cave, a 20 minutes hike down a set of stairs and through an ankle-deep river is required to get to this waterfall.
Entrance fee: IDR 15k or US$ 1.10
Dusun Kuning (Yellow Waterfall)
Dusun Kuning (click here for the exact location) is one of the lesser-known waterfalls near Ubud. The 20-meter waterfall flows into a small pool, perfect for cooling off from the hot Bali weather!
Entrance fee: IDR 15k or US$ 1.10
Related post: How to get to Dusun Kuning Waterfall?
Goa Rang Reng Waterfall
About 25 minutes away, you’ll come across Goa Rang Reng waterfall. If you want to visit the other waterfalls within Goa Rang Reng, you’ll have to hire a guide. If you’re short of time, you can skip this one as it’s not that impressive.
Entrance fee: IDR 15k or US$ 1.10
As you get closer to Tibumana waterfall, you’ll pass some gorgeous rice fields. After paying the entrance fee, a short hike along a winding path surrounded by colorful tropical plants will take you to Tibumana.
Entrance fee: IDR 15k or US$ 1.10
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.
Day 7 – Tegalalang Rice Terraces and Sidemen Valley
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 to Tegalalang at around 6.30 a.m. That way, you can skip the crowds and entrance fee, although you might have to give a small donation to get to certain parts of the rice terraces.
Due to its small size, it should take about one hour to explore the rice fields and take photos.
Sidemen Valley Rice Fields
The beautiful rice paddies of Sidemen Valley are located in the Karangasem Regency, in East Bali. The good news that it’s not affected by mass tourism unlike the rest of Bali. The village has an authentic and local feel and is the perfect place to recharge during your 2-week Bali vacation.
While trekking in Sidemen you’ll encounter lush rice paddies, tropical forests and waterfalls with the majestic Mount Agung in the backdrop.
I highly recommend that you hire a guide through Sidemen Tour and Trekking to avoid getting lost. Your guide will show you exactly where to step while trekking between the rice paddies and even teach you some basics of the traditional Subak irrigation system.
Related post: Ultimate guide to 3 days in Ubud
Day 8 – Travel to Nusa Lembongan
Located less than 45 minutes from Bali, Nusa Lembongan is the perfect definition of remote beach paradise. Don’t be fooled by its small size, Nusa Lembongan packs quite a bit in terms of attractions and it’s the perfect base to explore the neighboring islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida!
Expect pristine beaches, scenic lookout points, mangrove forests, tide pools and epic blowholes on Nusa Lembongan!
To get to Nusa Lembongan, take a taxi from Ubud to Sanur (IDR 300k or US$ 21.45) followed by a fast boat (IDR 500k or US$ 35.80). I recommend booking with Rocky Fast Cruise since they are very reliable and offer free transfers from different areas in Bali and to your accommodation on Nusa Lembongan as well.
After checking into your hotel, head out to Pantai Mahagiri or Jungut Batu beach to explore for a bit and watch the sunset.
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 which has its very own private pool!
Day 9 – Explore Nusa Lembongan
For a full day of exploration, rent a scooter for about IDR 70k (US$ 5). It’s the best way to get around since there’s no public transportation on the island.
Rent a kayak or a private boat to explore the Mangrove Forest. If you’re hungry, you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants and warungs here.
One of the best things to do in Nusa 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 Mushroom Bay and Sandy Bay.
For the best views of Nusa Lembongan (and Mount Agung on a clear day) make your way to Panorama Point.
One thing you can’t miss on Nusa Lembongan is the Devil’s Tear. The massive waves and the red and orange hue reflecting on the tide pools attract hordes of tourists during the golden hour.
Tip: If you want to know about a secret spot at Devil’s Tear, click here.
Related post: Ultimate Nusa Lembongan travel guide
Day 10 – Snorkel with Manta Rays and visit Nusa Ceningan
On day 10, book a snorkeling tour which can be found pretty much everywhere on Nusa Lembongan. 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!
Armed with my bargaining skills, I was able to book a half-day snorkeling tour for only IDR 140k (US$ 10)!
Next stop on this 2-week Bali itinerary is the breathtaking Nusa Ceningan which is actually one of my favorite Nusa Islands. Here are some of the best things to do in Nusa Ceningan:
Nusa Ceningan is connected to Lembongan by the iconic Yellow Bridge. The contrast of the yellow bridge against the turquoise water makes for excellent photo opportunities! The bridge is very narrow, so make sure you’re careful when crossing over.
If you’ve worked up an appetite after your snorkeling tour, make your way to Ceningan Cliff restaurant. While the road leading there isn’t the best, it makes up for its sweeping views over the bright blue water and Nusa Penida!
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. If you’re on a budget but still want to see the beach, keep going straight ahead until you reach a small dirt road which leads to several viewpoints over the beach and neighboring bays.
Feeling adventurous? Starting from IDR 25k (US$ 1.80), you can jump off the cliff at Mahana Point or rent a surfboard to catch some waves.
The jaw-dropping Blue Lagoon is a must during sunset and looks unreal with the bluest water!
Related post: 8 things you must do in Nusa Ceningan
Day 11 – Day trip to Nusa Penida
Saving the best for last, spend the day on Nusa Penida, famous for its endless viewpoints, white-sand beaches and unusually shaped cliffs. I booked a tour with Nusa Penida Trip for IDR 1,100k (US$ 76.90) which included a boat transfer from Nusa Lembongan, private driver, entrance fees and lunch.
Shaped like a T-Rex, Kelingking beach is without a doubt one of the most Instagrammable spots in Bali! With one of the most unique cliffside views, soft white sand and turquoise water, Kelingking is bound to attract LOTS of tourists! So, plan on making it your first stop.
If you want to avoid the crowds, head a bit further away from the main viewpoint area or you better yet, hike down to the beach. Although very scenic, the hike is steep and the edge is only secured by wooden railings.
It should take about 30-45 minutes to reach the beach and you’ll be rewarded by the most turquoise water and the strongest waves you’ll ever see! I even had to hold on to the trees to avoid getting swept off by the waves! So, make sure you don’t get too close to the shore unless you’re a confident swimmer and the waves aren’t too high.
Related post: 37 incredible Instagram-worth spots in Bali
Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool flanked by jagged cliffs, perfect for soaking in during low tide. During high tide, the waves can get pretty rough and come crashing with extreme force into the pool.
Less than a five minutes’ walk from Angel’s Billabong is the Broken beach which is a natural arched bridge which has been shaped by erosion.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to get down to the beach but you can still admire the waves flowing in and out of the small cove or walk around to find other scenic viewpoints.
Entrance fee for both Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach: IDR 5k or US$ 0.35
Lined with tall palm trees, Crystal Bay is usually the last stop on most Nusa Penida tours. Spend some time lying on the sand or take a dip into the ocean after a long travel day through the bumpy roads of Nusa Penida.
Day 12 – Travel back to Bali and head to Uluwatu
Travel back to Bali and take a taxi from Sanur to Uluwatu which should cost about IDR 200k (US$ 14).
If you’re wondering what to do for the rest of your Bali itinerary, make your way to Balangan beach. With one of the biggest surf breaks on the island, Balangan beach is a popular surfing spot, especially for beginners! You can find surf schools all over the beach and a few restaurants as well.
Next, it’s time to visit Uluwatu temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. Situated on top of a cliff on the Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu temple is one of the most famous sunset spots in Bali!
One tip I have for you is to keep your distance from the monkeys since they are known to be very cheeky and notorious thieves!
After exploring the temple grounds and witnessing the spectacular sunset, you can watch the Kecak fire dance for an additional fee of IDR 100k (US$ 7.05).
Uluwatu temple entrance fee: IDR 30k or UD$ 2.10
Parking fee: IDR 2k or UD$ 0.15
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.
Day 13 – Nunggalan Beach
Nunggalan beach also known as “Shipwreck beach” is a true beach paradise in Uluwatu. There’s no entrance fee to Nunggalan beach and you only have to pay IDR 2k (US$ 0.15) to park your scooter.
The 30 minutes’ hike along a dirt track keeps the crowds away, so you’ll most likely be the only one on this pristine white-sand beach.
Luckily the path is shaded by trees and there are a few viewpoints that are worth checking out along the way.
Once you get to the beach, you can head in the water for a swim and also check out the colorful shipwrecks on the right side of the beach.
There’s no restaurant on the beach except for a small shack selling coconuts. You can also rent sunbeds and umbrellas for about IDR 50k (US$ 3.60).
Day 14 – Melasti Beach
Melasti Beach is the perfect place to chill for a few hours before the end of your 2 weeks in Bali. It’s one of my favorite beaches since the waves are not too strong.
The road leading to Melasti beach is in good condition but very windy and steep. Make sure to stop halfway at the viewpoint for a panoramic view of the ocean and colorful umbrellas dotting the sand.
There are a few warungs selling local Indonesian food and fresh coconuts for very cheap.
Toilets and showers are also available for a small fee and you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas for about IDR 50k (US$ 3.50).
Melasti beach entrance fee: IDR 5k or US$ 0.35
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 best way to get around Bali. Keep in mind that traffic can be very hectic especially in 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?
I recommend buying a sim card on Klook which costs about US$ 7. Once you get at 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 travel to Bali
The rainy season in Bali is between December and February and the dry season is between May and September.
I recommend traveling to 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 2 weeks in Bali helpful. Let me know in the comments if you have any additional questions.