Dive into Bali's cultural, natural, and historical wonders on this 14-day itinerary. Jump right into the action with a visit to three iconic temples, including a Hindu sea temple called Tanah Lot. Then, trade the south coast for the north as you head to Pemuteran, where you'll snorkel around Menjangan Island and trek in a national park. Your journey continues inland to the quaint villages of Munduk and Sidemen before visiting a range of beautiful beaches across Sanur to soak up some last-minute sun.


  • Visit the meditation rooms and prayer halls at Brahma Vihara Monastery
  • Snorkel and hike through the dense jungle in Bali Barat National Park
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
  • Watch the sunset from Uluwatu Temple following a day of beach hopping

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to the Hindu Sea Temple of Tanah Lot Tanah Lot
Day 2 Visit Taman Ayun Temple, Tirta Taman Mumbul & Tanah Lot  Tanah Lot
Day 3 Transfer to Pemuteran via Brahma Vihara Monastery Pemuteran
Day 4 Snorkel Around Menjangan Island in Bali Barat National Park Pemuteran
Day 5 Trek Through Bali Barat National Park, Visit the Bali Turtle Hatchery Pemuteran
Day 6 Transfer to Munduk via Banjar Hot Springs & Ulun Danu Bratan Temple Munduk
Day 7 Trek to Bali's Tallest Waterfall, Sekumpul Waterfall Munduk
Day 8 Transfer to Sidemen via Jatiluwih Rice Terraces & Batukatu Temple Sidemen
Day 9 Immerse Yourself in Bali's Unique Culture Sidemen
Day 10 Explore the Besakih Temple Complex Sidemen
Day 11 Transfer to the Seaside Town of Sanur via Semarapura & Goa Lawah Sanur
Day 12 Bukit Peninsula Beach-Hopping Tour, Visit Uluwatu Temple Sanur
Day 13 Enjoy a Free Morning, Sunset Cruise from Jimbaran Beach Sanur
Day 14 Free Time, Depart Sanur  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali, Transfer to the Hindu Sea Temple of Tanah Lot

Stretch your legs after the flight with a walk on Kedungu Beach

Welcome to the tropical island of Bali in Indonesia! Meet your driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel near the Hindu sea temple of Tanah Lot. After the 45-minute drive, check into your hotel, and stay in to fight off your jet lag or venture out to explore the area on your own. Meander through the village of Beraban, where you can observe traditional Balinese life and dine at one of the roadside stalls called warungs for authentic Indonesian cuisine. Then end your first day on the island at the black-sand Kedungu Beach to watch the sunset over the water.

Day 2: Visit Taman Ayun Temple, Tirta Taman Mumbul & Tanah Lot 

Admire the multi-tired structures in Taman Ayun 

Enjoy a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, then head out on a full-day temple-hopping tour, starting at Taman Ayun in the nearby village of Mengwi. Explore the water temple, built in 1634 by the Mengwi Kingdom's first ruler, by crossing over the large moat and walking across the landscaped grounds. Discover the lotus ponds, intricate carvings, and multi-tiered buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage Site before continuing to Tirta Taman Mumbul, a serene water temple. Admire the ornate stone carvings and statues depicting Hindu deities and the large pond surrounded by tropical gardens.

After walking around the grounds, take part in a purification ritual to cleanse your soul and body, then return to the hotel to rest. Around 4 pm, venture out on a trek through lush rice terraces and traditional villages to get to Tanah Lot in time for sunset. When you arrive, you'll be greeted by the rhythmic crashing of waves and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Head into the temple to explore before the sun goes down so you can see the tiered pagodas and intricately carved stone reliefs. As the sun goes down, meander to the viewpoint to watch the ocean reflect the sky's golden hues. 

Day 3: Transfer to Pemuteran via Brahma Vihara Monastery

Look out for the long-tailed macaques walking around Pulaki Temple

Trade the south coast for the north this morning, as you set off on a three-hour transfer to the small fishing village of Pemuteran. As you drive, look out the windows to enjoy views of emerald rice terraces and lush jungles. Stop at Brahma Vihara Giri Monastery, one of only two Buddhist monasteries on the island. Explore the complex, adorned with ornate architecture and lush tropical gardens, creating a harmonious blend of Buddhist and Balinese aesthetics. Discover the meditation rooms, prayer halls, and intricate statues before continuing your drive. 

When you arrive in Pemuteran, check into your new hotel, then venture out to explore the area on your own. Head to Pulaki Temple perched on a hill overlooking the Bali Sea. After climbing the stairs to reach the complex, you may come across the resident group of long-tailed macaques, considered guardians of the temple in Balinese Hindu tradition. Admire the stone carvings and traditional Balinese motifs reflecting the island's rich cultural heritage. Once you've worked up an appetite, stroll over to the main street lined with restaurants offering authentic flavors and local favorites. 

Day 4: Snorkel Around Menjangan Island in Bali Barat National Park

Snorkel in the pristine waters surrounding Menjangan Island

One of the best ways to see Bali is from the water, so this morning, head out on a boat cruise to Menjangan Island in Bali Barat National Park. When you arrive, put on your snorkeling gear and jump into the crystal-clear water to discover the underwater landscape full of vibrant coral gardens and an abundance of marine life. You may see colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and reef sharks while you snorkel. Once you've worked up an appetite, swim to the island's shores to enjoy a picnic on the white sand before cruising back to Pemuteran, where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool.

Day 5: Trek Through Bali Barat National Park, Visit the Bali Turtle Hatchery

Watch the rescued baby turtles run into the sea at the Bali Turtle Hatchery

Return to Bali Barat National Park today, this time to hike along the well-maintained trails on land. Lace your shoes and follow your guide through mangrove forests, savannas, and lush rainforests, revealing a rich tapestry of flora and fauna. Look out for the park's residents, such as wild boars, monkeys, and even leopards if you're lucky. When you reach the park's highest point atop Mount Patas, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the glittering Java Sea. Trek back down the mountain and make your way to the Bali Turtle Hatchery on the coast.

Enter the conservation center and discover the challenges turtles face in Bali, as they're often killed for food and ceremonial purposes. Learn about Project Penyu, which focuses on protecting turtle nests, relocating them to safer areas, and nurturing the hatchlings until they're ready for release into the ocean. If you visit at the right time, you may be able to witness this release, watching the babies make their way to the water. Those who want to support the project can sponsor a juvenile turtle or purchase something in the gift shop before returning to the hotel in Pemuteran for the night.

Day 6: Transfer to Munduk via Banjar Hot Springs & Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Relax in the mineral-rich waters at Banjar Hot Springs

Say goodbye to Pemuteran this morning, as you transfer to Munduk, a serene village in the northern highlands. Break up the 1.5-hour drive with two stops, the first at Banjar Hot Springs to relax in the mineral-rich waters sourced from Mount Batukaru. Step into the first of three tiered pools adorned with intricate Balinese stone carvings and let the warm water heal you. After the natural hydrotherapy experience, jump back in the car and continue the drive, stopping at Ulun Danu Bratan, dedicated to the goddess Dewi Danu, guardian of the lake and rice fields.

Enter the temple grounds, set on a small island surrounded by Lake Bratan. Admire the distinctive multi-tiered meru towers adorned with intricate carvings and vibrant offerings, all surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Complete the journey to Munduk, where you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or discovering the area on your own. If you like coffee, you can go on a plantation tour to learn about the coffee-making process, from bean cultivation to brewing. In the evening, meander through the village to find a local warung for dinner.

Day 7: Trek to Bali's Tallest Waterfall, Sekumpul Waterfall

Trek to the tallest waterfall in Bali and go for a swim

Venture one hour out of town today to get to the charming village of Sekumpul, your starting point for a five to six-hour trek into the jungle to the tallest waterfall in Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall. Meander through the village until you reach the dense tropical forest, following your guide as you hike up the mountain. As you walk, your guide will point out the diverse flora and fauna of the area, so keep your eyes peeled for colorful birds or monkeys swinging in the trees.

When you arrive at the base of the waterfall, the 262-foot (80 m) cascade will greet you as it plunges into the crystal-clear pool at the bottom. Jump into the cool water for a refreshing swim and relax on the rocky shores before continuing the trek to smaller, hidden waterfalls deep in the jungle. After a day of chasing waterfalls, return to the village along the same path, then head back to your hotel in Munduk to rest for the night.

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Day 8: Transfer to Sidemen via Jatiluwih Rice Terraces & Batukatu Temple

Admire the endless green landscape of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Bid farewell to Munduk as you transfer 2.5 hours south this morning to Sidemen, nestled in the foothills of Mount Agung. Make two stops along the way, starting at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. When you enter the grounds, you'll immediately be surrounded by an endless stretch of green, offering an awe-inspiring panorama of the terraced rice fields framed by the majestic peaks of Mount Batukaru. Stroll through the fields, looking out for farmers and their water buffaloes going about their daily tasks. After discovering this UNESCO World Heritage Site, jump back in the car and continue to Pura Luhur Batukaru.

As you ascend Mount Batukaru, the temple will slowly appear as the mist clears, creating an ethereal ambience. Explore the temple complex, admiring the intricate gates, tiered structures, and ornate sculptures dotting the landscape. Enjoy the panoramic views of the dense jungle and distance peaks, then stroll back to the car to complete your drive to Sidemen. After checking into your hotel and leaving your bags behind, venture out for dinner at one of the local restaurants along the riverfront. 

Day 9: Immerse Yourself in Bali's Unique Culture

Take a workshop and learn how locals make these colorful sarongs 

Immerse yourself in Balinese culture today, starting with a sarong workshop to learn how to make this versatile item of clothing. Begin by learning about the significance of sarongs in Balinese tradition, as they're often worn in religious ceremonies. Then watch as your guide applies wax and vibrant dyes to the silk or cotton fabric, creating a unique sarong. Continue your day with a walk through the nearby rice terraces, learning about the ancient water irrigation system used in fields and farms across the island. Rest your feet at a local's home to cook three Balinese recipes with them over a wood fire. 

Sit down to enjoy the traditional meal with your hosts before heading to another workshop, this one focusing on lontar manuscript making. Use the lontar palm leaf as a piece of paper, engraving and decorating it with letters from Aksara Bali, the Balinese alphabet, creating the perfect souvenir to remember your trip. End your cultural journey with a plant-based drink called jamu, which you'll prepare yourself. It's known for its health benefits, so it may not be the most delicious drink to choose from, but you're sure to feel rejuvenated after. 

Day 10: Explore the Besakih Temple Complex

Ascend the grand staircase and explore the Besakih Great Temple

After breakfast, set off on a 30-minute drive deeper into the countryside to Besakih Great Temple, often referred to as the "Mother Temple of Bali." Enter the sprawling complex to explore the numerous shrines and pavilions, then ascend the grand staircase to Pura Penataran Agung, the largest and holiest temple in the complex, as it's dedicated to the supreme Balinese god, Sang Hyang Widi Wasa. Admire the intricate carvings, adorned gateways, and panoramic view of the surrounding landscape before strolling over to the neighboring Pura Kiduling Kerteg.

Enter the temple, which pays homage to the creator deity, Brahma, and meander around the serene courtyard to see the floral offerings lying at the feet of each shrine. End your tour of the complex at Pura Batu Madeg, dedicated to Wisnu, the preserver in the Hindu trinity. Listen to the rhythmic chants of prayers, smell the fragrance of burning incense, and take in the unique Balinese Hindu architecture. Once you've fully explored the complex, return to your hotel in Sidemen to rest for the evening. 

Day 11: Transfer to the Seaside Town of Sanur via Semarapura & Goa Lawah

Take a stroll around the floating Kertha Gosa Pavilion in Semarapura

Set off for your final destination this morning, Sanur, a seaside town on the southeast coast of the island. Halfway through the one-hour drive, stop in Semarapura, the capital of Klungkung Regency in Bali. Head to the Kertha Gosa Pavilion, a historic court of justice set within a lush garden. Enter to see the main draw of this landmark, the intricately painted ceiling panels depicting scenes from the ancient text of "Bhagavad Gita." Don't forget to explore the outdoors as well to see the serene lotus pond and elaborate carvings adorning the pavilion.

Continue to the nearby Goa Lawah, better known as the Bat Cave Temple because of the thousands of bats that call this ancient site home. If you're not afraid of these flying critters, enter the cave temple dedicated to the god Maehswara, and discover the sacred spring believed to have mystical properties. Admire the carvings and shrines adorning the cave before jumping back in the car and completing your drive to Sanur. After checking into your hotel, meander to the Sanur Night Market to sample an array of Indonesian street food options, such as satay, which are grilled meat skewers.

Day 12: Bukit Peninsula Beach-Hopping Tour, Visit Uluwatu Temple

Relax on the golden sands of Padang Padang Beach

Put on a bathing suit because today you'll embark on a beach-hopping tour to some of the best beaches along the Bukit Peninsula. Visit Padang Padang Beach, Thomas Beach, Green Bowl Beach, and Pandawa Beach, spending as long as you like at each spot. Lay on the soft sand, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or participate in water sports like kayaking or paddleboarding at the beaches that allow it. When you get hungry, find the warungs lining each beachfront for delicious street food or fresh fruit.

After a day of soaking up the sun, head to Uluwatu Temple to take in a spectacular sunset over the water. As night falls, stay for the kecak dance performance, which enacts stories from the "Ramayana," an ancient Hindu epic. Watch as the performers, dressed in elaborate costumes, dance and chant along to the haunting sounds of the chorus, making the open-air amphitheater come alive. Following this dramatic performance, visit one of the restaurants or bars along the nearby Uluwatu Beach, capping your day off with dinner and a drink.

Day 13: Enjoy a Free Morning, Sunset Cruise from Jimbaran Beach

Enjoy a sunset boat cruise along the coast from Jimbaran Beach

The morning is yours to spend as you wish, so you can return to one of the many pristine beaches you visited yesterday or rent a bicycle to pedal down the beachfront promenade. You can lock up your bike and pop into one of the boutique shops or cafés before continuing down the coast. If you want a more relaxed activity, there's no better place than a spa. Indulge in a traditional Balinese massage, which combines gentle stretches, acupressure, and long, flowing strokes to release tension and promote a harmonious balance of mind and body.

In the early afternoon, return to your hotel to meet your driver and transfer to Jimbaran Beach, where you can jump on a boat for a sunset cruise. Sail across the azure waters while the sun begins its descent, casting a warm glow over everything. Jump in the sea for a refreshing swim or relax on deck until the smell of meat and fish grilling on a barbecue reaches your nose, working up an appetite. Enjoy the delicious barbecued meal on board, then cruise back to Sanur and return to your hotel for the night.

Day 14: Free Time, Depart Sanur

Browse the Sindhu Market stalls for some last-minute souvenirs

Spend your final day in Bali relaxing on the sands of one of the many beaches around Sanur. If you have some last-minute souvenir shopping to do, visit Sindhu Market near Sindhu Beach, and browse the stalls full of clothing, accessories, handicrafts, and traditional Balinese souvenirs. Keep an eye on the clock as a driver will be meeting you back at the hotel to transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Safe travels! 

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Map of Bali Nature & Culture Tour - 14 Days
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