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My Ultimate Bali 10 Day Itinerary for First Timers

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If it is your first time visiting Bali, I’m sure you would want to see everything. From beaches, rice terraces, waterfalls to mountains, Bali has it all! Which makes it a difficult task to pick and choose because there’s so much you can do in the tropical island of Bali!

My first time in Bali was only a few years ago. I had known about the island for many years, and whatever reasons never had the opportunity to go.

But after my first visit, I keep wanting to go back because I am drawn to the island and everything you can do there. I’ve been back at least three more times since my first time.

So I’ve compiled everything I know and turn it into this ultimate Bali 10 day itinerary. If this is your first time visiting the exotic island, you will want to maximize your time and fit everything in your plan.

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When is the best time to visit Bali

Located just south of the equator, the weather in Bali is mostly warm and humid all year round. Except it is slightly cooler around the central part of the island where the mountains are.

The best time to go to Bali is during the dry season which is less humid and less rain, which includes April, May, June, September and October. It is the best time frame to spend 10 days in Bali.

It is possible to travel to Bali during the rainy season as well, which is between December to February. However, be prepared from a few drops of rain to torrential rain. Especially for those of you who are on the scooter, always pay attention to the weather forecast and bring a poncho with you.

How to get around Bali

Visitors will arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, which is located near the south part of Bali. The best way to leave the airport is through pre-arrange transportation through your hotel or Airbnb.

When you are travelling in Bali, there are several ways to get around the island.

Hire a scooter

The best way to get around Bali is to hire a scooter. Distances between attractions may be far, and there aren’t any sidewalks on most roads, so pedestrians have to walk on the side of the road.

You can scoot around town to visit local attractions or eateries or even go on longer excursions to other parts of the island.

There are many scooter rental places in Seminyak, Ubud and Canggu. Renting a scooter costs about IDR 60,000 per day (not including petrol). 

It is probably the cheapest way to get around Bali during your entire self-guided Bali 10 day tour.

Hire a driver and car

Hiring a driver and car is an excellent option if you don’t want to navigate on your own and want to see several attractions on the same day.

If you arrange transportation with your Airbnb host, they may be able to arrange a driver for pickup from the airport. And you can continue to use the same driver for the rest of your trip. Daily rates for hiring a driver and a car is about IDR 500,000 per day which includes your driver, car, and fuel.

And if you don’t know where to hire a driver and a car, there are Facebook groups for Canggu and other parts of Bali where people are happy to share information. You can look for a driver online or ask someone for suggestions.

Hiring a car and driver is a excellent option if you are travelling between towns during your time in Bali.

Go-jek

Go-jek is Bali’s version of Uber and Grab. You can order a Go-jek bike or car through an app on your smartphone.

However, the local communities in Canggu and Ubud do not particularly like Go-jek. Each town has its taxi or mode of transportation, and they would like to keep Go-jek out of their towns. You can still use Go-jek in Canggu and Ubud but be aware of the controversy.

Besides hiring a scooter, ordering a Go-jek car or bike is the cheapest option for short trips.

 

Practical Tips

Money

Indonesia’s official currency is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR). Most establishments accept cash only especially smaller restaurants and stores. There are many ATMs all over Bali where you can withdraw cash. Retail stores and spa facilities will take credit cards so don’t leave them at home.

Electricity

The standard voltage is 230V. The power socket is type C, and F. Check here to determine if you need to bring a travel adapter for all your electronics.

Data & Wifi

Free wifi is available at your hotel, most restaurants and retail spaces.

However, if you are going to explore Bali on your own, you should get a prepaid local SIM card to help navigate around the island. There are several local SIM cards available. I got Telkomsel’s simPATI prepaid SIM card for the entire duration of my trip. The data speed is fast and very reliable.

SIM cards are available at the airport and local retail stores in tourist areas. If you wait until you get out of the airport to get a SIM card, you will get a much better price in town. Make sure to have your ID with you as the retailer will have to register the SIM card.

My 10 days Itinerary in Bali

There is so much to do that 10 days in Bali may or may not be enough. Wondering where to go in Bali? With proper planning and an excellent itinerary, it is possible to see all the highlights in Bali!

Check out the map below for all the places mentioned in this blog. Follow the colour coding structure of the map to see the best places to go in Bali each day.

Don't miss the sunset at Double Six Beach while you are in Seminyak
Don’t miss the sunset at Double Six Beach while you are in Seminyak

Day 1 – 4: Seminyak (4 days)

Welcome to Bali! Seminyak is a great introductory place for anyone who has not been to Bali. It is an upscale area on the west side of the island that has many beaches, boutique shops and a range of restaurants that will satisfy all your cravings.

So for the first four days in Bali, stay in Seminyak and use it as your home base as it is one of the best places to stay in Bali.

LLoyd's Inn Bali is the best budget boutique hotel in all of Seminyak
LLoyd’s Inn Bali is the best budget boutique hotel in all of Seminyak

Featured accommodation in Seminyak

Lloyd’s Inn Bali

Lloyd’s Inn Bali is one of the most affordable boutique hotels in Seminyak. The overall design aesthetics of the hotel is minimal and modern. And staying at Lloyd’s Inn Bali will not break the bank!

I loved my stay at the budget boutique hotel so much that I wrote an entire post about it. Click here to read my review.

Check prices and reviews on Agoda.

Day 1: Seminyak

It depends when you arrive in Bali, you can potentially see most of Seminyak or get the taste of the town.

Get a first glimpse of Seminyak by walking through Jalan Kaya Aya, the main street that is full of shops and restaurants. At the west end of the road, it leads directly into Jalan Petitenget, a long windy street with more boutique shops and cafes.

Try delicious Balinese cuisine at Breeze at the Samaya Seminyak Hotel. The beachfront restaurant offers the best view of Seminyak Beach while serving the most delicious food. Arrive before sunset so you can catch your first sunset in Bali.

Day 2: Seminyak + Jimbaran

Visit Double Six Beach to sunbath or learn to surf. If you want to be more social, visit one of the beach clubs like Potato Head Beach Club.

Of if you like spa treatments like me, there are many to choose from in Seminyak. There are two locations of Spring Spa in Seminyak or visit the one-of-a-kind massage centre like Jari Menari.

And end the day with a fresh seafood dinner on Jimbaran Beach. Order crab, fish, prawns, clams or lobster. Seafood is fresh and made to perfection. As one of the best experiences you can have in Bali, you wouldn’t want to miss having the most delicious seafood meal on a beach while watching the sunset.

Related Post – Detailed post on everything you need to know about spending a few days in Seminyak

One day trip to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is possible with Scoot Cruise
One day trip to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is possible with Scoot Cruise

Day 3: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan

Visit Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan just off the coast from Sanur on the east side of the island.

Make sure to book your fast book ticket online with Scoot Cruise for a day trip. Scoot Cruise will pick up in Seminyak about 1.5 hour before your fast boat. And they will bring you back to your accommodation at the end of the day.

For a full day trip to the Nusa islands, book the 9:30 am a fast boat to Nusa Lembongan and a 4:30 pm return fast boat. The fast boat is about 30 minutes.

Once you arrive in Nusa Lembongan, hire a scooter for the day.

First, visit the Devil’s Tear and Dream Beach on Nusa Lembongan. And then cross the Yellow Bridge to visit Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan. Then spend the rest of the day swimming or surfing. And when you are hungry, have lunch at The Island Ceningan where you can have a relaxing meal on a beanbag and hang out on the swing in the water.

Check out all the details of your one day itinerary to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan here.

Related Post – Want to see a tyrannosaurus rex coastline? Check out Nusa Penida

Discover Suluban Beach in Uluwatu
Discover Suluban Beach in Uluwatu

Day 4: Uluwatu

After a leisure breakfast, make your way to Uluwatu, which is just at the south end of the island. Due to traffic, it takes at least an hour or so to get there. But it will worth your time!

There are a few things you must do in Uluwatu. First, visit the abandoned Boeing 737 Aircraft. It is not known how the aircraft got there, but it makes pretty unique photo opportunities.

Next, visit some of the best beaches in Uluwatu. Head over to Pandawa Beach to see miles and miles of fine white sand and manmade limestone walls. Explore Suluban Beach as it has beautiful rock formations. Or relax at Bingin Beach with fresh coconut.

After all the fun in the sun, visit Uluwatu Temple, a majestic temple perched on top of a cliff. While you are there, enjoy the Kecak Fire Dance in the evening. It is a dance performance at the cliff-top amphitheatre where many male dancers chant and dance to the love story of Rama and Shinta. The show is at 6:00 pm which is a great time to catch the sunset and the performance at the same time.

It is possible to stay in Uluwatu overnight. However, from my experience, I haven’t had a lot of luck finding great budget accommodations in Uluwatu. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of excellent accommodations in the area, but they are not cheap! Plus for what you are paying, you can get much better lodging in Seminyak. However, if you are after the experience of staying in Uluwatu, by all means, check out Agoda for potential accommodation options.

Just north of Ubud town, visit the magnificent Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Just north of Ubud town, visit the magnificent Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Day 5 – 7: Ubud (3 days)

A trip to Bali isn’t the same without visiting Ubud. It is a laidback town with arts and crafts, culture, rice terraces, sacred temples and waterfalls.

The villa at Kamandalu Ubud Resort overlooks palm trees and rice fields.
The villa at Kamandalu Ubud Resort overlooks palm trees and rice fields.

Featured accommodation in Ubud

Kamandalu Ubud Resort

It takes three days to see Ubud properly. And Ubud has some of Bali’s unique accommodations, like luxury villas and eco-lodges and Kamandalu Ubud Resort is one of them. The resort has only private villas where each villa has a bedroom area, a large bathroom and an outdoor area where you can see the rice paddies and palm trees.

Check prices & reviews: Agoda

Day 5: Ubud

Get to know Ubud by seeing the town on foot. There are many sacred temples, souvenir shops, arts & crafts stores, galleries, spas, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants that can keep you busy for the entire day.

Make sure to visit the beautiful Saraswati Temple which is in the middle of the town. And watch out for the pesky little monkeys roaming around the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

At the west end of town, you will find Campuhan Ridge Walk, a relaxing walk between rice fields and palm trees. The best time to visit is either morning or late afternoon as the path is exposed to direct sunlight.

The view of Blangsinga Waterfall from afar
The view of Blangsinga Waterfall from afar

Day 6: Ubud

It is easy to see all the highlights around Ubud with a scooter.

First, visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace where you will see the cascading rice fields that are just perfect for Instagram. Then scoot on over to Pura Tirta Empul where you can see the sacred temples and even participate in a purification cleansing process.

Touring around Ubud isn’t the same without seeing a waterfall or two. First, visit Air Terjun Tibumana Waterfall and Pengibul Waterfall. They are both in the same vicinity. I like these two because they are not very touristy and mostly locals come here to escape from the summer heat.

Then scoot over to Tegenungan Waterfall and Blangsinga Waterfall. They are both more prominent than the previous waterfalls and much more touristy. You can easily spend a few hours between taking photos of the waterfalls, sipping fresh coconut at the cafe at the top of the waterfall and even go on one of the giant swings!

Day 7: Mount Batur and Ubud

One of the best things you can do in Bali is to see the sunrise from Mount Batur, one of the most active volcanoes in Bali.

There are plenty of tour companies in Ubud town. By joining one of the tour groups, you can ensure a safe and hassle-free excursion. The tour company will pick up from your hotel at 2:30 am and shuttle you over to the base of the mountain. The ascend begins at 4:00 am which gives you sufficient time to see the sunrise at 6:00 am.

You don’t need to be in tip-top shape for climbing Mount Batur. Just make sure you wear layers as it can be quite chilly in the early morning, but you will also be quite warm as you ascend the mountain. Also, wear proper hiking shoes to ensure safety and the best experience.

After a glorious morning at one of the highest peaks in Bali, spend the day relaxing by the hotel pool or Jungle Fish Bali. And book a luxury spa treatment at one of the many spa facilities in Ubud, like Spa Alila Ubud. A visit to Bali isn’t the same without a proper spa treatment which includes a Balinese massage.

Interested in seeing Mount Batur? Check out some of these tours:

Related Post – Learn more about Ubud and all the attractions around Ubud

Canggu is a laidback coastal town with excellent beaches and rice fields all around
Canggu is a laidback coastal town with excellent beaches and rice fields all around

Day 8 – 10: Canggu (3 days)

Canggu is a small coastal town just north of Seminyak and south of Tanah Lot. It is the perfect spot to end your 10-day epic trip in Bali.

Cap off your 10 days in Bali by staying at an affordable luxury villa in Canggu.
Cap off your 10 days in Bali by staying at an affordable luxury villa in Canggu.

Featured accommodation in Canggu

Vassani Stay

Canggu is known for its laidback vibes, beautiful beaches and cheap private Airbnb villas. For what you pay for a hotel, you can get a high-end luxury private villa.

While you are in Canggu, choose an Airbnb apartment over a hotel room because there are many amazing Airbnb villas in Canggu. My favourite one is Vassani Stay which is right above Gypsy Cafe on Jalan Batu Bolong. There are a few apartments to choose from.

Check prices & reviews: Airbnb

And if you are not part of Airbnb yet, please use this code to claim your $35 Airbnb discount.

There are endless options when it comes to accommodations in Bali. If you need more inspirations on where to stay, take a look at other accommodations in Bali.

Day 8: Canggu

If you ask me what is there specifically to do in Canggu? I would say visit Tanah Lot, hang out on the beach and learn to surf. It is one of those places where you don’t need to do anything in particular, but you will thoroughly enjoy your time there.

Once you arrive in Canggu, walk around Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, which is one of the main streets in Canggu, to get familiar with the new neighbourhood.

While you are browsing the new hood, check out one of two of the best cafes in Canggu. Cafe food is not as cheap as local Balinese food, but it is not expensive either. For what you get in Bali, you would have to pay 2 to 3 times back home.

Want some Canggu tour inspirations? Check out some of these tours:

Related Post – Do you like spa treatments? Check out some of the best spas in Canggu

A visit to Canggu must include an excursion to Tanah Lot
A visit to Canggu must include an excursion to Tanah Lot

Day 9: Canggu

Tanah Lot is a famous landmark just 20 minutes away from the heart of Canggu. The shrine is perfectly situated along the shores where waves come crashing in. It is an easy excursion from Canggu. And it is best to go early in the morning or catch the sunset in the late afternoon.

As this is your last full day in Bali, slow down and take your time to enjoy Bali. And Canggu is the best place to do that. Spend some time on black sand Echo Beach, have a drink at La Brisa, and be social at the Old Mans.

Day 10: Fly home

Ten days go by quickly. Depending on the time of your flight, you may be able to soak in a bit more of Canggu before your flight home.

Need more inspirations? Check out some of these tour ideas:

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Are you ready to spend 10 days in Bali?

There you have it! My ultimate 10 days itinerary in Bali! This is the best itinerary for someone who has never been to Bali before. You get to experience all the highlights of Bali at a comfortable pace as a solo traveller.

But there is so much more to do in Bali. There are so many more incredible things to do in Bali. When you go back to Bali next time, you can further explore the island including the north side of Bali to see more waterfalls and maybe even explore Nusa Penida. There are dolphins in Lovina, and west Bali is supposed to be beautiful as well.

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

7 Comments

  • Moha
    February 12, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you for your content

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    • queenie mak
      February 13, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      You’re very welcome! 🙂

      Reply
  • josie
    February 17, 2020 at 8:14 am

    This so timely – thank you for sharing!

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    • queenie mak
      February 17, 2020 at 9:18 am

      Thank you, Josie! Hope you have a great time in Bali!! 🙂

      Reply
  • tours a marruecos
    April 10, 2020 at 6:54 am

    es muy lindo

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  • Gwendolin
    April 21, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you for the detailed post! I will sure use the giude once I will be able to visit 🙂 may I ask how much budget is recommended for the 10 days, roughly? For food, travel and leisure activities. Thanks again! Gwen

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    • queenie mak
      April 22, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Gwendolin, It all depends how much you want to spend on food, accommodation and entertainment. I would say food costs between $10-30USD/day, accommodation can be $30-100USD/day, and entertainment about $5-20USD/day (including scooter rental). Hope this helps!

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