Add some activity to your holiday with this itinerary through the islands of Bali and Nusa Penida. You'll start on Bali with walks through rice paddies and temples, a cycling tour, hikes down into a volcanic caldera and up to a mountaintop, whitewater rafting, and more. The catch a boat out to Nusa Penida for three days of island exploring and snorkeling before you return to Bali to depart.

Highlights

  • Trek up Mount Batur volcano at sunrise
  • Snorkel with manta rays on Nusa Penida
  • Experience Balinese culture on guided walks
  • Raft through rainforest on the Telaga Waja river

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali Sanur
Day 2 Explore Ubud Ubud
Day 3 Cycling Tour & Travel to Kintamani Kintamani
Day 4 Mount Batur Climb, Rafting & Travel to Amed Amed
Day 5 Tulamben Snorkeling Amed
Day 6 Amed to Candidasa Candidasa
Day 7 Candidasa to Nusa Penida Nusa Penida
Day 8 Manta Point & Atuh Beach Nusa Penida
Day 9 Nusa Penida to Sanur Sanur
Day 10 Depart Sanur  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali

Island colors
Island colors

Welcome to Indonesia! You'll meet your transfer at the airport to head to Sanur, where you'll spend the evening.

Day 2: Explore Ubud

In the rice paddies
In the rice paddies

Take a morning walk for roughly 2.5 hours through the rice paddies around Ubud, stopping at the workshops of local craftspeople.

After you've refreshed yourself with lunch, climb up the 300 steps of the Gunung Kawi Mausoleum, the ancient tomb of the last king of the Udayana dynasty. Return to Ubud to walk around town with your guide, exploring the Royal Palace and central market. You'll have free time in the afternoon to venture out on your own before you meet your guide for dinner, which you can choose to follow up with a dance show.

Day 3: Cycling Tour & Travel to Kintamani

Within the caldera
Within the caldera

Drive up to the start of your two-hour cycling tour in the morning. You'll cover flat ground and a few downhill stretches as you spin past rice fields and Balinese villages. Stop for lunch, then hop back in the van to drive north to the Batur area to the small town of Kintamani.

Once you've arrived and dropped off your belongings, you'll embark on a downhill trek from Kintamani down into the caldera of its neighboring volcano. Reach the bottom and spend some time on the ancient black lava fields before you return to Kintamani for the evening.

Day 4: Mount Batur Climb, Rafting & Travel to Amed

Make a splash
Make a splash

Wake up before the sun to make the climb up to the top of Mount Batur. A two-hour guided hike will take you up the mountain surrounded by picturesque views, then head down back to your guesthouse to see recently formed craters nearby.

Take a late morning nap to refresh your energy before you head south to the Telaga Waja river, famous for its whitewater rafting. Raft downstream for two hours through the rainforest, stopping close to some of the waterfalls on the way. Hop back on the road and dry off on the way to Amed, a smaller fishing village.

Day 5: Tulamben Snorkeling

Off the beach
Off the beach

Spend your day floating in the waters of Tulamben. Depending on the sea conditions, you may visit the wreck of the USS Liberty from World War 2, a Japanese submarine wreck, or Jemeluk Bay. An intro to scuba diving class is also available.

Day 6: Amed to Candidasa

Resident star
Resident star

Sneak in a morning snorkeling session before you continue south. Stop at the white sand beach on the way, a contrast to the black sand on many of Bali's other beaches. Then continue to Candidasa, where you'll have the evening free to settle in and maybe get in some additional snorkeling.

Day 7: Candidasa to Nusa Penida

Take in the views
Take in the views

Transfer via minibus to Padangbai, where you'll board a boat out to Nusa Penida island. Once you arrive, a bemo bus will take you around to check out the island. Stop at Kelingking Beach and its landmark whale-shaped limestone rock for a picnic lunch and panoramic views. Then continue to Crystal Bay to snorkel off the beach, before you head to your lodging in Nusa Penida for dinner and a free evening.

Day 8: Manta Point & Atuh Beach

See the rays
See the rays

Start off with a boat ride out to Manta Point, where you may be able to swim with manta rays, and snorkel over the coral gardens of Garnat Bay. Return to the land and transfer to the other side of the island for a trek to secluded Atuh Beach and its surrounding cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Linger on the beach or return to your lodgings; the rest of the day is up to you.

Day 9: Nusa Penida to Sanur

Checking out the reef
Checking out the reef

Get in one last snorkeling session on the island's northern reefs. Then catch a boat back to Sanur on Bali and a transfer to your hotel for a free evening.

Day 10: Depart Sanur

Wave to the flowers
Wave to the flowers

Catch a transfer to the airport for your flight home or onward to your next adventure.

Map

Map of Outdoor Adventures in Bali and Nusa Penida - 10 Days
Map of Outdoor Adventures in Bali and Nusa Penida - 10 Days