With one week in Bali, you can hop between the northern highlands, the quaint coastal village of Pemuteran, and the bustling resort town of Sanur on a highlights tour. Or, join a sun-kissed adventure featuring Seminyak and Gili Trawangan filled with snorkeling excursions and beach time. If you're seeking a culturally rich trip, dedicate your time to the villages and temples in and around Ubud, and add on a trip to Sanur or Nusa Lembongan for a slice of coastal paradise.

Itinerary #1: Discover Bali's Waterfalls: Munduk, Pumuteran & Sanur

Crafted for travelers eager to experience the many fascinating temples, roaring waterfalls, and tucked-away villages Bali is renowned for, this weeklong trip promises a well-rounded adventure. Starting with three nights in Munduk, you'll immerse yourself in the northern highland landscapes with hikes, guided tours, and visits to quaint villages. Then, spend the second half of the trip between Pemuteran and Sanur, each ideal spots to enjoy land and water-based activities. 

Visit some of Bali's loveliest hidden waterfalls, tucked throughout the island's interior
Visit some of Bali's loveliest hidden waterfalls, tucked throughout the island's interior
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Munduk & the Northern Highlands Munduk
Day 2 Tour Munduk & Tamblingan Lake, Visit Aling Aling & Gitgit Waterfalls Munduk
Day 3 Trek to Umejero Waterfall, Enjoy a Balinese Massage Munduk
Day 4 Transfer to Pemuteran, Hike to Sekumpul Waterfall Pemuteran
Day 5 Snorkeling Trip to Menjangan Island, Free Time in Pemuteran Pemuteran
Day 6 Transfer to Sanur via Leke Leke Waterfall, Cycle the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Sanur
Day 7 Relax on Sanur Beach, Depart  

Welcome to Bali! Your adventure begins with a scenic transfer from the Denpasar airport to the serene northern highlands village of Munduk. Settle into your hotel, which will be your home for three nights, and spend the evening getting your bearings while exploring independently. The next morning, embark on a guided walk to Tamblingan Lake, then delight in a short hike to Aling Aling Waterfall for a refreshing swim. On your final day in Munduk, challenge yourself with an uphill trek to Umejero Village and onward to Santhiipala Waterfall before treating yourself to a Balinese massage at a nearby spa. 

From Munduk, you'll head northwest to the coastal village of Pemuteran. After refreshing at your hotel, your first evening here is spent on a guided trek through bamboo forests to Wekumpul, Bali's tallest waterfall. Next, cruise to Menjangan Island, located in the Bali Barat National Park, and discover its colorful underwater world during a snorkeling excursion. That afternoon, the choice is yours to laze on Pemuteran Beach or visit Pulaki Temple. Then, transfer to Sanur the following morning, where you'll round off your adventure with an insightful cycle tour around the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Indonesia Island-Hopping Adventure: Bali, Lombok & Gili Islands

Perfect for water-loving visitors to Bali, this island-hopping adventure focuses on the lively beaches of Seminyak, the well-known and secret Gili Islands, and the towering waterfalls on Lombok. You'll pack in numerous memorable activities, including a surf workshop, two days of snorkeling, and jungle hikes. Plus, with time set aside to book in massages or laze on sandy beaches, you'll leave feeling fully rejuvenated and sun-kissed.

Ferry between some of the most beautiful islands around Bali, Indonesia
Ferry between some of the most beautiful islands around Bali, Indonesia
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Seminyak Seminyak, Bali
Day 2 Surfing Workshop in South Bali, Explore Seminyak Seminyak, Bali
Day 3 Transfer to Gili Trawangan Gili Trawangan
Day 4 Island Hop & Snorkel in the Gili Islands Gili Trawangan
Day 5 Waterfalls & Culture on Lombok Island Gili Trawangan
Day 6 Explore the Underwater Worlds of Gili Nanggu & Gili Kedis Gili Trawangan
Day 7 Transfer to Bali, Depart  

Straight off the plane at Denpasar Airport, you'll meet your driver and be whisked away to the lively resort town of Seminyak. Take the rest of the day to shrug off jet lag, which will be easy, considering there are numerous beaches to sunbathe, spas to book a massage, and water activities to tick off. Then, refreshed and eager for more, you'll join a surfing workshop in South Bali the following morning and reward your hard work by settling in at one of Echo Beach's beachside clubs. Next, on the morning of Day 3, it's time to bid farewell to mainland Bali and ferry to Gili Trawangan.

This small island, off the coast of Lombok, is known for its lively party atmosphere, yet it also offers pockets of serenity, both here and on nearby islands. This balance becomes evident as you embark on a snorkeling excursion the following day, visiting Turtle Point near Gili Meno and Haan's Reef near Gili Air. Then, allocate a day to explore Lombok and discover its spectacular waterfalls, including Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu. As your trip draws to a close, enjoy a day snorkeling among the less-known "Secret Gilis" of Gili Nanggu and Gili Kedis before returning to Bali to catch your onward flight. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Bali Unveiled: Culture, Temples & Beaches in Ubud & Sanur

Delve into Bali's rich culture and natural beauty on this authentic Bali itinerary, which features five days in Ubud and a one-night stay in Sanur. Ideal for visitors eager to learn about Balinese temples and the rural way of life, highlights include a visit to the spiritual Goa Gajah Cave, attending a Barong dance performance, hiking through the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, and a trip to the iconic Uluwatu Temple. 

See cheeky macaques and ancient temple ruins in the Sangeh Monkey Forest in Ubud
See cheeky macaques and ancient temple ruins in the Sangeh Monkey Forest in Ubud
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Ubud Ubud, Bali
Day 2 Visit Balinese Temples, Holy Springs & Hindu Cave Ubud, Bali
Day 3 Mount Batur Summit Hike, Barong Dance Performance Ubud, Bali
Day 4 Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Village Visit & Monkey Forest Ubud, Bali
Day 5 Balinese Market Visit & Cooking Class, Sunset at Tanah Lot Ubud, Bali
Day 6 Transfer to Sanur, Bukit Peninsula Beach Time, Uluwatu Temple & Kecak Show Sanur, Bali
Day 7 Free Time in Sanur, Depart   

Your Bali trip begins with an easy transfer to the culturally rich town of Ubud, which will be your base for five nights of your weeklong adventure. Spend your first evening meandering through Ubud Art Market or touring Ubud Palace independently. Then, enlist the help of a local guide the next day for insightful visits to the holy temple of Tirta Empul, Gunung Kawi temple complex, and the sacred Goa Gajah Cave. Wake early on the morning of Day 3 for a guided trek to Mount Batur's summit, followed by a stop at Pura Besakih Hindu temple and a traditional Balinese Barong dance performance once back in Ubud. 

Continue your exploration of Ubud's surroundings the following day during a hike among the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, as well as stops by Rumah Des and the Sangeh Monkey Forest. Then, join a local chef for a cooking class and visit the temple of Taman Ayun and the iconic Tanah Lot. Bid farewell to Ubud next and transfer to Sanur, a laid-back resort town famed for its beaches, culture, and top-notch restaurants. Enjoy all three while hopping between Melasti and Geger Beach, admiring Uluwatu Temple, and attending a traditional kecak show before catching your onward flight. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Balinese Cultural Escape

Travelers seeking a slower-paced escape filled with insightful cultural moments will find a weeklong stay in Ubud the perfect fit. On this adventure, you'll unpack your bags and settle in your accommodation for a six-night stay. Then, throughout, explore rice terraces, give a helping hand on a traditional farm, attend numerous art and dance shows, and learn about sustainable seaweed farming on Nusa Lembongan. 

Delve deep into traditional Balinese culture and artisan traditions
Delve deep into traditional Balinese culture and artisan traditions
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Ubud Ubud, Bali
Day 2 Rural Balinese Life Tour, Traditional Balinese Cooking Class Ubud, Bali
Day 3 Explore the Terraces & Temples of Ubud Ubud, Bali
Day 4 Witness Traditional Customs in Trunyan Village Ubud, Bali
Day 5 Experience the Traditional Art, Dance & Music of Bali Ubud, Bali
Day 6 Seaweed Farming Tour on Nusa Lembongan Ubud, Bali
Day 7 Depart Bali  

Bali is renowned for its welcoming culture, and the best way to experience this is to spend a week based in Ubud, the island's cultural capital. So, after arriving in Bali, you'll transfer straight there and settle in with a Campuhan Ridge Walk or indulge in a traditional massage. Spend the next day fully immersed in the local way of life while helping out on a rice farm, and reward your hard work with a traditional feast you've helped prepare. You'll then dedicate the third day of your adventure to exploring the cascading Tegalalang Rice Terrace and several significant temples. 

Your cultural exploration continues with a visit to Trunyan Village, known for its unique burial practices and natural beauty. While here, you'll interact with locals and sample traditional kopi luwak coffee. Then, take a day to dive into Ubud's art scene, starting with a tour of Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets, followed by time to shop at Ubud Art Market and attend a traditional legong dance performance at the Ubud Palace. Lastly, spend a day on the island of Nusa Lembongan, touring a seaweed farm and learning about sustainable farming practices before bidding a fond farewell to Bali. Learn more

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