What to do and visit in Bali for 2 weeks

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Do you have 2 weeks ahead of you and want to get to know Bali? Would you also like to have a good time? This itinerary in the heart of Bali is the right one!
From the hustle and bustle of big cities to more remote places off the beaten track, you are going to experience incredible moments. After this trip, you will know Bali like the back of your hand… or almost!

Summary of 2 Weeks Itinerary in Bali

3 Nights in The Bukit Peninsula and Uluwatu, in the very south of Bali

The Bukit Peninsula and Uluwatu, in the very south of Bali (3 nights): Thomas Beach and Padang Padang beaches, visit to Uluwatu temple and Kecak dance show, paragliding over Nyang Nyang beach, sunset , trendy bars.

4 Nights in Ubud in the center of Bali

Ubud in the center of Bali (4 nights): center of Ubud town (palace, market, …), visit to the Monkey Forest, Teggalalang rice fields, Pura Tirta Empul (temple of sacred water), Pura Gunung Kawi , Goa Gajah, Tegenungan Waterfall.
From Ubud to Munduk: Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Beratan Bedugul Temple.
Read also: Ubud Complete Travel Guide

2 Nights in Munduk in the North of the island

Munduk in the North of the island (2 nights): hike to the 3 waterfalls, green landscapes

3 Nights in Nusa Lembongan, a small island east of Bali

Nusa Lembongan, a small island east of Bali (3 nights): rest, stroll through Yellow Bridge, Dream Beach, Devil’s tears, Mushroom Bay, Lembongan Beach…

2 Nights in Seminyak, near the beach and the airport

Seminyak, near the beach and the airport (2 nights): beach, surfing initiation, beach bars, shopping…

+ Tips: For these two weeks in Bali and if you have to do it again, maybe you would change a few points on this itinerary, or if you vae more time, you would have gone to Amed (diving/snorkelling) and Sidemen (hiking ). And of course, if you have more times, you can visit gili islands in Lombok!

Read also: Activities in Bali with children | What to do in Bali with kids?

Details of of 2 Weeks Itinerary in Bali

3 Nights in The Bukit Peninsula and Uluwatu, in the very south of Bali

— Bukit Peninsula and Uluwatu —
We spent our first days in Bali on the Bukit Peninsula. We had initially booked our first two nights here and then as I said above in the “Accommodation” section, we added one night to take advantage of the activities of the Peninsula, in particular for paragliding above Nyang Nyang beach.

What to do and see in Bukit and Uluwatu?

ULUWATU TEMPLE AND ITS KECAK DANCE SHOW

We went with a person from the hotel who accompanied us to get the temple tickets, put us in our Balinese style sarongs and while we were walking around lined up to get us our tickets to Kecak dance. Uluwatu Temple is very famous and it will be very crowded, especially around sunset time. You can’t get to the temple at the edge of the cliff though. But the view of the cliffs is fantastic!

When at the Kecak show, it’s very touristy but I liked it and I found the group of men who sing for almost 1 hour impressive. The show is even sometimes funny. Watch out for your belongings and the monkeys, we saw a man trying desperately to recover glasses stolen by a monkey and the latter was very aggressive. In the monkey/man duel, I believe that the monkey wins hands down.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple access: 50k with sarongs (3.20€)
Show access: 100k per person (6.45€)
Schedule of the show: 6 p.m. – end 7 p.m. (plan to settle in the bleachers before 5:45 p.m.)
Drive from the hotel to the temple with waiting for the driver to pick us up after the show (and even queue to buy us tickets while we went to see the cliffs): 150k Rp (9.60€ )

THE BEACHES OF THE BUKIT PENINSULA

Thomas Beach: a stone’s throw from our accommodation, Thomas Beach is quite small but very pleasant. You have to go down the stairs, and it’s a great discovery! It takes 100k Rp (6.5€) for a parasol and two mattresses for the day, and 100k to rent a surfboard. Be careful here there are corals and it cuts! Better to take a teacher for beginners.

Padang Padang: Close to Thomas Beach, you have the better known beach of Padang Padang. On the other hand it is small and paying. So we saw her from afar. On the Bukit Peninsula, there are also other beaches further north to discover: Bingin Beach or Dreamland Beach.

Nyang Nyang Beach: Large deserted beach where swimming is not recommended, the waves are quite strong. You can take a dip by the sea but watch out for the waves. To access this beach, you will have to come here by scooter or by car (100k Rp from Uluwatu or possibly cheaper by Grab). We mainly came here for the paragliding with Nyang Nyang paragliding. Prices are lower than in France (65€ for 10min, 96€ for 15min, with video). Depending on the season, it is rather at the beginning of the afternoon that the wind is optimal. The view is breathtaking on the cliffs and the beach of Nyang Nyang!

COOL PLACES TO GO OUT

Cliff House (a stone’s throw from Thomas Beach): Free entry but to have a mattress you have to consume at least 1.5 million rupees (96 €) which is not cheap! Fortunately, you can have a drink, eat a good pizza, which is rare because it is rare, and even swim, staying near the restaurant/bar.

Single Fin Beach Club: Ideal place for a drink at sunset. Young and modern atmosphere with a large swimming pool with a view. Incredible sunset ♥! A nice favorite to end our second day at Uluwatu in Bali!
Reasonable drink prices with beers at IDR 50k or € 3.20. Inquire for the price to access the swimming pool.

4 Nights in Ubud in the center of Bali

DAY TRIP TO UBUD
In this 2 weeks Itinerary in Bali, you can take a private driver (the owner of the hotel) who took us to all the main places to visit around Ubud town. It was a day that started at 9 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m., a big 9 a.m. day of discoveries. Price of the day for two: 600k Rp (38€) but if you go there by yourself by scooter or on an organized tour, you can get better prices.

Rice fields of Tegallalang: rice fields yes, but very touristy. To enter, you have to make a donation, to continue the route too. Ideal for those who want Instagram photos, wicker nests, swings, heart, “I love Bali” sign, finally the total :). Otherwise do not spend too much time there and go to Jatiluwih.
Pura Tirta Empul Holy water temple: a beautiful temple with basins in which holy water springs flow. The entrance is a few euros with the rental of sarongs. And if you want to purify your soul, for a few extra euros we can lend you a sarong to go into the water and a locker to put your things in. It was not very hot but I tried the experience in the pools, plunging my head under the sacred water ♥. Of course it is not a temple for tourists but primarily a temple for believers.
Gunung Kawi Temple and Goa Gajah Temple: I really liked the first one which is surrounded by rice fields! It is one of the oldest temples in Bali. At the bottom a statue shop in which I fell for 2 pretty typical Balinese statues of Sita (Balinese goddess) for 12€.
Tegenungan waterfall: this waterfall is very beautiful and very touristy. Some even bathe!

— Ubud & its surroundings —
To continue our itinerary, we joined Ubud, a must for a stay in Bali which appears in all itineraries, and above all a central place to shine in the surroundings. Many restaurants and cafes, shops, markets, the center of Ubud teems with life. But also tourists and traffic is heavy.

What to do and see in Ubud and its surroundings?

THE CENTER OF UBUD IN BALI

For our first day in Ubud we went to visit the Ubud Palace, the Lotus Café, the Ubud market, have a drink and have dinner in the evening in one of the many restaurants in town. Also, the Monkey Forest is located 1km from the center of Ubud.

Ubud Palace: Admission to Ubud Palace is free. Pretty temples, decorated statues, which can be visited quickly.
Monkey Forest: this place is very well known because it is a sanctuary for monkeys. We went very early and so much the better because the monkeys were not very aggressive, eating or having fun kicking stones (which was quite funny, it looks like they were all trying to make a fire!). But when a monkey sees something sticking out of your bag, he wants to grab it and jump on you. Nice visit but I left before the tourists / monkeys storm. Price of entry at 50k Rp (3.20€).
Restaurants in Ubud: very good restaurants and bars including Café Wayan, and many others for everyone (vegetarians, etc.). We tested the Babi Guling in Oka (suckling pig, specialty), but nothing more.
Massage: Balinese massage is known all over the world, a little softer than Thai massage but with a firm hand, you can do a 1 hour Balinese massage between 100 and 150k Rp.

DAY TRIP TO UBUD

We took a private driver (the owner of the hotel) who took us to all the main places to visit around Ubud town. It was a day that started at 9 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m., a big 9 a.m. day of discoveries. Price of the day for two: 600k Rp (38€) but if you go there by yourself by scooter or on an organized tour, you can get better prices.

Rice fields of Tegallalang: rice fields yes, but very touristy. To enter, you have to make a donation, to continue the route too. Ideal for those who want Instagram photos, wicker nests, swings, heart, “I love Bali” sign, finally the total :). Otherwise do not spend too much time there and go to Jatiluwih.
Pura Tirta Empul Holy water temple: a beautiful temple with basins in which holy water springs flow. The entrance is a few Euros with the rental of sarongs. And if you want to purify your soul, for a few extra euros we can lend you a sarong to go into the water and a locker to put your things in. It was not very hot but I tried the experience in the pools, plunging my head under the sacred water ♥. Of course it is not a temple for tourists but primarily a temple for believers.
Gunung Kawi Temple and Goa Gajah Temple: I really liked the first one which is surrounded by rice fields! It is one of the oldest temples in Bali. At the bottom a statue shop in which I fell for 2 pretty typical Balinese statues of Sita (Balinese goddess) for 12€.
Tegenungan waterfall: this waterfall is very beautiful and very touristy. Some even bathe!

CLIMBING THE BATUR VOLCANO

From the city of Ubud, it is easy to organize an excursion to climb Mount Batur. It will be from Ubud that you will take the least time to reach the foot of the Batur volcano. The volcano is active but has not erupted since 2000. It is the second highest volcano on the island of Bali after Mount Agung, which erupted in 2017 and has since been closed to the public.

>> Climbing Mount Batur in Bali, my feedback! <<

The ascent of Mount Batur is done at night. Departure from Ubud at 2:30 am, arrival on site at 3:30 am, time for hot tea and banana fritters. And around 4h-4h30 we start the ascent. It takes approximately between 1h30 and 2h to climb. It is not too difficult for people in physical condition. Personally, I climbed it quietly in 1h45, without rushing because I was emerging from my few hours of sleep.

The most difficult thing is to climb at night and not see the route. At the top, the other hikers wait for the sunrise trying to warm up with the breakfasts served by the guides (bananas, cereal bars, tea) and even eggs cooked in the volcano’s steam. Sunrise above the clouds: a magical little moment ♥!

Going down is easier than going up, because you can finally see where you are stepping. In 45min we descended with our guide. And after the ascent, you have the opportunity to go to the hot springs! And frankly it is only happiness to dive into its hot water pools with a view of the lake. You must of course choose this option with your organizer.

2 Nights in Munduk in the North of the island

— From Ubud to Munduk —
For this day trip between Ubud and Munduk, we opted for a shared vehicle with an Austrian couple. Already it does not allow not to be 2 + the driver, but to have the car full (Price of the day in transport: 400k Rp). Leaving from Ubud towards Ubud, we decided to make 2 stops: the rice fields of Jatiluwih and the temple of Beratan. We could also have stopped at a coffee plantation. But we didn’t for 2 reasons: we drink very little coffee, and we are very uncomfortable with Luwak coffee.

Let me explain: Luwak coffee is one of the best in Bali (apparently) and also one of the most expensive in the world, but do you know how it is produced? These are civets, kinds of large rodents, which consume the cherries of the coffee tree, digest their pulp but not their stones, which are found in the animal’s excrement. Then the kernels are cleaned, dried, and it makes good coffee! So in terms of animal exploitation we are very average on Kopi Luwak! So I spend my turn to encourage this (just like I spent my turn on excursions to Lovina to see dolphins, or swim with manta rays in Nusa Penida).

The rice fields of Jatiluwih: it’s an absolute hit ♥, I loved walking in these rice fields! You can even cycle through them! Price: Rp 40k
Beratan Temple: This is a beautiful temple by the water. Price: 50k Rp. If possible add the Bali Botanical Garden which is not far away!
The superb rice terraces of Jatiluwih
— Munduk in the North —
Munduk is the best known of Bali’s mountain villages, set in beautiful green hills. Even if the village is quite small and located on the side of the road, strolling around the area, you find yourself in peace, and I liked it. It’s not very hot, rather chilly in the evening, so the pool (unless it’s heated), isn’t much use. And then if you are too hot, you can always try to swim in a waterfall, there are plenty around Munduk. The Munduk region is also known for its coffee plantations but also its cultivation of cloves, which mainly end up in cigarettes.

HIKE TO THE 3 WATERFALLS

The hike to the 3 waterfalls starts in the center of Munduk at the Taman Ayu Homestay, where you just have to take the small path. And then continue on the main path. It is not very well indicated but do not panic! We had read that there may be dogs, but we mostly saw hens and their chicks. A beautiful day of walking through the waterfalls (allow 4 hours even more time to return).

1. Melanting Waterfall: a beautiful and high waterfall!
321 steps down (and up)
137 steps after to go to waterfall 2.
2. Labuan Kebo Waterfall: a wide waterfall
170 steps to get to Labuan Kebo waterfall
10,000 Rp to pay to access each waterfall
3. And to finish the Red Coral, and if you still have a little courage, go to the eco café a little further.

3 Nights in Nusa Lembongan, a small island east of Bali

— The island of Nusa Lembongan in the east of Bali —
To get to Nusa Lembongan: taxi from Munduk to Sanur town (2h30 trip) for 500k Rp (booked with Munduk hotel), then boat from Sanur to Mushroom Bay beach in Nusa Lembongan for 200k Rp (booked with Lembongan hotel) then the transportation company will take you to your hotel.

The boat trip between Sanur and Nusa Lembongan lasts 45min and we went through the Marlin company. In Lembongan we collect seaweed, which once transformed, becomes an emulsifier to thicken ice cream.

We stayed near Jungutbatu beach and the island being small we walked around it a bit, and sometimes by taxi to save time. So we went to the Yellow Bridge which provides access to the tiny island of Nusa Ceningan. Returning to the west on Nusa Lembongan, you will discover the pretty beach of Dream Beach, and next to it the Devil’s Tear where the water bursts on the cliffs. Be careful, tourists may risk their lives for the perfect selfie.

2 Nights in Seminyak, near the beach and the airport

Its beaches and numerous restaurants make any visit to Downtown Seminyak a real delight. And while you’re around, take the opportunity to stop at one of its most popular sites: Eat Street.

Stay in a luxury villa, indulge in a spa, treat yourself to designer clothes in an upscale boutique or simply relax on the beach in Seminyak, the chic alternative to bustling Kuta.

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On the road north to Seminyak from Kuta, either following the coast or via Jalan Legian, you will notice a change in mood. The beaches are quieter, the buildings more glitzy and the goods in the shops more expensive. All these differences have allowed Seminyak to forge its identity, that of a chic destination.

Read also: Why choose SEMINYAK during your trip to Bali?

You can easily spend an entire day shopping in Seminyak. Here you will find the most famous brands and independent boutiques. Prices are high compared to other parts of Bali, but still lower than those found in western countries. Jalan Laksmana is home to many designer boutiques, while at Seminyak Square you can pick up bargains away from the hustle and bustle of the high streets.

Come mealtime, Bali’s best restaurants, many located along Jalan Petitenget, will satiate your stomach. Lunch or dinner on a rooftop terrace is common here: order a cold beer or a cocktail and nonchalantly watch the hustle and bustle of the street.

To experience traditional Bali, head straight for the Temple of Petitenget, a typical ornate structure near the beach. Many religious ceremonies often take place there, sometimes down to the beach.

To regain your strength, book a treatment in the many wellness centers in the area. You can also go sunbathing on the beach where it is much easier to find a quiet spot than on the Kuta coast. Seminyak Beach offers some of the calmest waves on the island, ideal for trying your hand at surfing. Along Double Six Beach, you can indulge in horseback riding, enjoy a massage or sip a fresh fruit cocktail.

To get the most out of Seminyak, get around on foot. Traffic is often heavy and public transport is not very efficient. You can also rent a bicycle or moped or take a taxi from Seminyak Square.

Enjoy your stay in Bali! If you liked this 2 Weeks Itinerary in Bali or if you have any questions, leave us a comment below!

Extra… 2 weeks itinerary in Bali

Lovina

Like Munduk, Lovina is located in the north of the island, it is a destination which is also very famous for its magnificent natural landscapes, and in particular its waterfalls. Lovina Beach and makes it the name of a set of villages located on the north coast. From these villages, several hiking routes allow you to explore the region.
In Lovina, you will also have the opportunity to go to sea to see dolphins. Tourism represents one of the main sources of income for the inhabitants of this region, but the places have nevertheless managed to retain a certain authenticity.

During the few days spent in Lovina, you will be able to take excursions in the mountains and in the heart of the coffee plantations, discover magnificent sites like the waterfall of Gitgit and relax in the hot springs. Lovina is also one of the best places to practice diving in Bali. Near the villages, you can visit Singajara, the former capital of the island, which notably houses the largest Buddhist temple in Bali.

Amed

Amed is one of the increasingly popular destinations in Indonesia. Located at the eastern end of Bali, this village is relatively isolated. You will not regret making the trip, especially since the road that will take you there will take you through some beautiful places. Before arriving in this charming fishing village, you will come across beaches, rice fields and sumptuous palaces.

Amed is located just at the foot of the Agung volcano, one of the volcanoes of Bali 🙂 If this place attracts more and more people, it is for several reasons. In the surroundings, you can enjoy superb beaches, such as Lipah Beach, Jemeluk and Virgin Beach.

Amed is a fishing village on the east coast of Bali with beautiful volcanic black sand beaches, where there are several spots for snorkeling and scuba diving to see fish, corals, and blue starfish.

For those who do scuba diving, it is also possible to see the Liberty wreck in the village of Tulemben which is not far from Amed.
Late afternoon you could take a nice ride in a traditional fisherman’s boat for fishing and watch the sun set behind Mount Agung…

Speaking of volcanoes, I advise you to climb the Batur volcano rather than Agung if you only have to do one 🙂 It is simpler and the view is magnificent in the early morning!
Jemeluk Beach is a beach of pebbles and black volcanic sand which is probably not the most attractive beach in Bali, but which turns out to be a true paradise for diving enthusiasts. Its clear water and very rich seabed make it one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.

Spending a few days in Amed is the perfect opportunity to discover some of the most beautiful buildings in Bali, such as the Taman Soekasada Ujung water palace, the Tirta Gangga water palace and the Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple.

Legian

To end this 2-week stay in Bali, return to the south of the island, to spend the few remaining days just ten kilometers from the airport. The coastal village of Legian is located between two major tourist towns: Seminyak and Kuta. These three localities are also connected by the famous beach of Kuta Beach, a very long beach which is particularly popular with surfers.

Legian is a fairly popular seaside destination, where you can rest enjoying golden sandy beaches and practicing a lot of water activities.

The center of Legian is one of the best places where you can do a little shopping in Bali. You will find many small local and artisanal shops, as well as large brands. In this village there are also many cafes and restaurants, where you can spend lively and festive evenings in a friendly atmosphere.

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