This two-week itinerary immerses you in the best of Bali's natural landscapes, rich culture, and thrilling adventures. Travel from the black sands of Pekutatan Beach to the quaint countryside of Sidemen, stopping at hidden waterfalls, Hindu temples, and lush rice terraces. You'll also dive into Bali's unique culture with a cooking class, a Barong performance, and an ikat fabric-making demonstration. Kick in a little adventure, too, with a sunrise trek to Mount Batur and a rafting trip down the Telaga Waja River.


  • Unwind with a traditional Balinese massage in Pekutatan
  • Cruise to Menjangan Island and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters
  • Trek to the tallest waterfall in Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall
  • Spend your last day in Indonesia relaxing on Sanur Beach

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Pekutatan on the West Coast Pekutatan
Day 2 Visit Tanah Lot, Enjoy a Balinese Massage Pekutatan
Day 3 Transfer to Pemuteran with Stops at a Waterfall, Monastery & Temple Pemuteran
Day 4 Boat Cruise to Menjangan Island, Free Time in Pemuteran Pemuteran
Day 5 Transfer to Munduk via the Banjar Hot Springs & Sekumpul Waterfall Munduk
Day 6 Tour Munduk & Tamblingan Lake, Visit the Aling Aling & Gitgit Waterfalls Munduk
Day 7 Transfer to Ubud, Visit the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple & Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Ubud
Day 8 Cooking & Arak-Making Class, Visit Puri Sebatu, Watch a Barong Dance Ubud
Day 9 Sunrise Trek to Mount Batur Summit, Introduction to Balinese Painting Ubud
Day 10 Transfer to Sidemen, Whitewater Rafting on Telaga Waja River Sidemen
Day 11 Visit Tirta Empul, Pura Lempuyang Luhur & Pasir Putih Beach Sidemen
Day 12 Ikat Fabric Demonstration, Visit Besakih Temple Sidemen
Day 13 Transfer to the Quaint Seaside Town of Sanur Sanur
Day 14 Relax on Sanur Beach, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Pekutatan on the West Coast

Relax on the black sands of Pekutatan Beach

Selamat datang, welcome to the beautiful island of Bali! Meet your driver outside Ngurah Rai International Airport and head to your hotel in Pekutatan, nestled on the island's west coast. During the two-hour transfer, your driver will introduce you to some of Bali's history and its popular landmarks. Once you arrive and settle into your hotel, the day is yours to spend as you wish. You can stay in and enjoy the hotel's amenities or venture out to explore on your own. For a relaxing afternoon, visit Pekutatan Beach to lay on the black sand or swim in the Indian Ocean.

If you want a more cultural first day in Indonesia, visit Rambut Siwi Temple instead. Ascend the stairs to the temple to admire its intricate architecture and detailed carvings reflecting local artistic traditions. When you're done exploring the temple grounds, stroll over to the cliff's edge to watch the sunset over the shimmering water. Once darkness falls and your hunger sets in, meander to one of the many beachfront restaurants to savor delicious local cuisine while listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean. After filling up your belly, return to your hotel to rest.

Day 2: Visit Tanah Lot, Enjoy a Balinese Massage

Explore the Hindu temple of Tanah Lot overlooking the Indian Ocean

After breakfast, set off on a two-hour drive down the coast to Tanah Lot, an iconic Hindu temple perched dramatically on a rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean, as it's dedicated to the sea god Baruna. As you approach, you'll be greeted by the rhythmic crashing of waves, lush greenery, and panoramic views of the water. Head into the temple complex to discover the tiered pagodas and intricately-carved stone reliefs telling stories of Balinese mythology. Don't miss the smaller shrines, sacred freshwater springs, and hidden caves that add to the site's mystique. 

If you visit at low tide, you can also walk across the base of the temple surrounded by the ocean, adding an adventurous element to the experience. Once you've explored the entire complex, return to Pekutatan for a traditional Balinese massage. As you enter the tranquil spa, the soothing aroma of essential oils and the gentle sounds of ambient music set the stage for relaxation. Enjoy the flowing strokes, acupressure, and reflexology administered by the skilled masseuse, helping you release tension and unwind. After the one-hour massage, return to your hotel.

Day 3: Transfer to Pemuteran with Stops at a Waterfall, Monastery & Temple

Look out for the long-tailed macaques guarding Pulaki Temple

Trade one coastal town for another, as this morning, you have a two-hour transfer to Pemuteran on the island's north coast. Along the way, you'll make a few stops, starting at Leke Leke Waterfall. Walk 15 minutes through the dense foliage to reach the 131-foot (40 m) falls emerging from the forest's canopy. Swim in the serene pool and enjoy the greenery before continuing the drive, stopping at Brahma Vihara Giri Monastery, one of two Buddhist monasteries on the island. Explore the complex, adorned with intricate carvings and statues, and listen to the soft chants of monks praying.

Head to another religious site next, Pulaki Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu monuments in Bali and a major pilgrimage site. Enter at the main gate adorned with intricate stone carvings to discover the ornate shrines, moss-covered statues, and vibrant ceremonial pavilions. You may come across the resident troop of long-tailed macaques, considered sacred guardians of the complex, before ending your action-packed road trip at your hotel in Pemuteran. When you've worked up an appetite, meander the main street to find a spot for dinner.

Day 4: Boat Cruise to Menjangan Island, Free Time in Pemuteran

Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Menjangan Island

One of the best ways to see the island is from the water, so you're off to Bali Barat National Park this morning to jump on a 30-minute boat cruise across the Bali Sea to Menjangan Island. Get your snorkel gear on and dive into the crystal-clear waters to see this protected area's colorful coral, tropical fish, sea turtles, and reef sharks. After exploring the island's underwater world, relax on the sandy shores and enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Pemuteran. 

You have the rest of the afternoon to yourself, so you can return to the hotel to rest or explore the area on your own. Visit the nearby Pemuteran Beach, known for its black and yellow sand, or if you've had enough beach time already today, head 45 minutes out of town to West Bali National Park, a pristine sanctuary of diverse ecosystems, from mangrove forests to savannas. Follow one of the well-marked trails winding through lush greenery and looking out for deer, macaques, or even wild boars. Following the hike, return to your hotel in Pemuteran to rest. 

Day 5: Transfer to Munduk via the Banjar Hot Springs & Sekumpul Waterfall

Trek to the tallest waterfall in Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall

Say goodbye to Pemuteran this morning as you head 1.5 hours inland to Munduk, a village in the serene northern highlands. On the way, make two stops, the first at Banjar Hot Springs to soak in the mineral-rich waters. Enter the lush, tropical hot spring and relax in the warm water sourced from Mount Batukaru. Once you're rejuvenated, continue to Sekumpul Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Bali. Start the two-hour trek, walking through quaint villages, crossing rivers, and admiring the bamboo forests to reach this dramatic 262-foot (80 m) cascade.

Once you finally arrive, cool off with a swim in the natural pool, letting the water refresh and reinvigorate you before hiking back to the car to finish your drive to Munduk. After checking into your hotel, you can stay in to relax following the action-packed road trip or venture out to explore a bit on your own. Head to the Pancasari Market and stroll the narrow alleys, browsing an assortment of tropical fruits, colorful vegetables, and handmade goods. Pick out some souvenirs to take home or grab a bite to eat for dinner before returning to the hotel. 

Day 6: Tour Munduk & Tamblingan Lake, Visit the Aling Aling & Gitgit Waterfalls

Photograph the temple of Ulun Danu Tamblingan on the shores of Tamblingan Lake
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After breakfast, head out on a guided tour of Munduk and its surroundings this morning. Walk through plantations in the countryside to reach hidden waterfalls, and cool off with a swim or relax on the rocks before continuing on your walk to Tamblingan Lake. Admire this ancient crater lake from its shores or glide across the water in a canoe if the weather permits. Visit the small temples dotted around the lake's shores, including the 10th-century Hindu temple of Ulun Danu Tamblingan. Enter the temple grounds to see the intricate stone carvings and traditional Balinese architecture to end your tour. 

In the afternoon, set off on a self-guided visit to the 114-foot (35 m) tall Aling Aling Waterfall, nestled in the tropical rainforest. After a 10 to 15-minute walk to the falls, you can jump in the cool waters, zip down the natural rock waterslide, or jump off the surrounding cliffs. When you're ready, head to the smaller, twin waterfall, Gitgit. Enter the dense tropical greenery and start the short walk to the falls. As you get close, the cool mist in the air will refresh your senses. Swim in the emerald pool at the waterfall's base and take in the tranquility of your surroundings before returning to the hotel.

Day 7: Transfer to Ubud, Visit the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple & Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Admire the blend of Balinese and Hindu architecture at Ulun Danu Bratan 

Bid farewell to Munduk this morning, as you transfer 1.5 hours south to Ubud, surrounded by emerald rice terraces and tropical rainforests in Bali's uplands. After settling into your hotel, venture out to Ulun Danu Bratan, dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu from Balinese Hinduism. Admire the blend of traditional Balinese and Hindu architecture surrounded by mist-shrouded mountains and the shimmering Lake Bratan. Explore the temple grounds to discover its multitiered shrines, landscaped gardens, and intricately carved gates before continuing to the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.

Hop on a bicycle to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site up close. Cycle through the luscious greenery and look out for local farmers going about their daily tasks, such as plowing the fields with their buffalo. Following the walk, enjoy a drink in a quaint café overlooking the rice terraces. End your first day in Ubud with a visit to Sangeh Monkey Forest, home to a thriving population of long-tailed macaques. Enter the forest of sacred nutmeg trees full of monkeys freely roaming the grounds and observe their playful antics before returning to your hotel in Ubud for the night.

Day 8: Cooking & Arak-Making Class, Visit Puri Sebatu, Watch a Barong Dance

End your day watching a traditional Barong dance in Ubud

Dive into Bali's culinary heritage this morning with a market tour and cooking class led by skilled local chefs. Transfer to a local market, where you'll be introduced to a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices that are essential to Balinese cuisine. Follow your guide through the narrow alleys and listen as they teach you about each ingredient. When you have all the supplies you need, head to the kitchen to create traditional dishes, such as nasi goreng, an Indonesian fried rice, or meat skewers called satay. While your food cooks, learn how to make arak, a distilled spirit made from aniseed and grapes.

Discover each step, from harvesting the ingredients to aging and distilling them using techniques passed down through generations of arak makers. Once everything is ready, sit down to try the different dishes paired with a previously prepared bottle of arak. After filling your bellies, venture 30 minutes north to Puri Sebatu, a sacred water temple. Enter the temple grounds amid emerald rice terraces and tropical foliage to discover its intricate stone gates, manicured gardens, and holy hot springs. If you're up for it, take part in a melukat, a purification ritual led by local priests.

Immerse yourself in the water to cleanse your body, mind, and spirit while the priest guides you through prayers and mantras to the deities. Following this spiritual experience, return to Ubud to watch a Barong dance, where a mythical lion-like creature called a Barong representing good engages in a dynamic battle with the menacing Raganda, symbolizing evil. Watch the age-old dance, admiring the performers' skillful choreography and expressive gestures combined with the hypnotic rhythm of an orchestra. End this action-packed, culturally rich day with dinner along the main street, Jalan Raya Ubud.

Day 9: Sunrise Trek to Mount Batur Summit, Introduction to Balinese Painting

Wake up early for a sunrise trek up Mount Batur

Set an early alarm for today's adventure, hiking up Mount Batur to see the sunrise. Begin the trek in the dark, following an experienced guide slowly up the trail surrounded by the cool mountain air. After two to three hours, you'll approach the summit, revealing panoramic vistas of Lake Batur and Mount Gunung Agung while the sun slowly rises over the mountain's peaks. Enjoy a packed breakfast from the hotel while the rest of the island awakens around you before trekking down the mountain along the same path.

Return to the hotel to rest for a bit before strolling over to a nearby art gallery in the afternoon. This is where you'll meet your skilled teacher for a comprehensive painting class. Discover traditional painting techniques and learn about the symbolic meanings embedded in Balinese art while you paint your masterpiece. When the finished product is dry, it's the perfect souvenir to take home. Before returning to the hotel, browse the gallery and admire the collection of local artists' work. 

Day 10: Transfer to Sidemen, Whitewater Rafting on Telaga Waja River

Cruise nine miles down the Telaga Waga River in a raft 

Exchange the lush green landscapes of Ubud for Sidemen's terraced rice fields and towering volcanic peaks this morning. Enjoy a scenic, one-hour transfer through the countryside to your new hotel. After changing into your bathing suit, head to Telaga Waga River for a whitewater rafting adventure. Following the safety briefing, jump into your raft and begin the 9-mile (14 km) journey down the river, passing lush tropical rainforests, deep valleys, and cascading waterfalls. Expert guides will lead you through the twists and turns of the river, so this activity is open to both beginners and seasoned rafters.

As you continue down the river, take in the views of rice terraces, dense vegetation, and the towering peaks of Mount Agung in the distance. After two hours, enjoy lunch along the river's edge to end your rafting adventure. Return to your hotel in Sidemen to relax or meander around the town on your own. If you're not too tired, you can rent a bike to pedal through the countryside, visiting rice fields and small villages, but after an adrenaline-packed morning, you may want to visit a spa instead. Unwind with a Balinese massage, then stroll back to your hotel for the night.

Day 11: Visit Tirta Empul, Pura Lempuyang Luhur & Pasir Putih Beach

Watch locals partake in a purification ceremony at Tirta Empul

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel this morning, then set off on a 30-minute drive to Tirta Empul, a Hindu water temple built in 962 CE. Explore the peaceful compound surrounded by lush vegetation and learn about the rich spiritual traditions of Balinese Hindu culture. Watch as locals pray at the opulent shrine, then enter the water to bathe at 11 spouts, each believed to have different healing properties. Head to another temple next, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, often called the "Gateway to Heaven." Explore this sacred complex, admiring the ornate gates, intricate carvings, and views of Mount Agung.

After a morning of temple hopping, continue to your final destination, Pasir Putih Beach, tucked away in the village of Perasi. Walk along the white sand of this secluded beach, enjoying panoramic ocean views and indulging in water activities like swimming or snorkeling. Stop at one of the warungs (street-side vendors) lining the beach for fresh seafood or cold drinks when you get hungry. Once you've soaked up the sun, return to your hotel in Sidemen for the night.

Day 12: Ikat Fabric Demonstration, Visit Besakih Temple

Watch the locals tie, dye, and weave traditional ikat fabric in Sidemen

Throughout your time in Indonesia, you may have seen the colorful ikat fabric that's made here, and this morning, you get to learn how to make it. Head to a local workshop and grab a front-row seat to this time-honored weaving demonstration. Watch the step-by-step process of creating ikat textiles, from tying and dyeing the threads to the careful weaving on traditional looms. The vibrant colors and intricate patterns tell stories of Bali's heritage, making each piece of fabric a unique work of art. At the end of the workshop, browse the available fabric and handmade goods to find the perfect souvenir to take home.

In the afternoon, visit Besakih Temple at the base of Mount Agung. This is by far the largest complex on the island, with over 86 shrines and individual temples dotting the landscape, so take your time admiring each element. Ascend through a series of grand staircases, passing through various courtyards dedicated to the deities to reach the highest platform. From the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of the volcanic terrain, emerald rice paddies, and flowing streams. Once you've explored the entire complex, return to Sidemen. 

Day 13: Transfer to the Quaint Seaside Town of Sanur

Watch the kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple overlooking the Indian Ocean

Set off for your final destination this morning, Sanur, a seaside town on the southeast coast. After the one-hour transfer, check into your hotel, then venture out to explore the area on your own. Go for a scenic walk along the Sanur Promenade, bordered by white sand and the glittering ocean. Continue to the main street, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, to browse the shops, cafés, and art galleries. Pause at a local warung for authentic Balinese cuisine to rejuvenate, trying local dishes like nasi campur, steamed rice topped with meat, eggs, and sambal—an Indonesian chili sauce.

In the evening, head one hour out of town to Uluwatu Temple, the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the water. When darkness falls, a kecak dance performance will start. Listen to the haunting sounds of a chorus and watch as elaborately costumed dancers enact stories from the "Ramayana," an ancient Hindu epic. Following the dance, visit one of the restaurants or bars along the nearby Uluwatu Beach and enjoy the live music or beachside bonfires to commemorate your last night in Bali. 

Day 14: Relax on Sanur Beach, Depart

Spend your last morning in Bali relaxing on the golden sand of Sanur Beach

Spend your last day in Bali enjoying the sun on Sanur Beach's golden sand. The water is gentle and shallow, making it the perfect place for your last swim on the island. After enjoying the water, walk along the boardwalk and pop into one of the many cafés or restaurants for a snack before your flight. At the appropriate time, head back to the hotel to grab your bags and start the 3.5-hour transfer to Ngurah Rai International Airport. Sampai jumpa lagi—see you again soon!

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