Best of Ubud, Bali

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Ubud, Bali
Surrounded by rice paddies and forested hills, Ubud lies in the verdant interior of Bali and is best known for its vibrant craft traditions. You’ll find a wide range of galleries, markets and boutiques, which showcase the work of local artists and artisans. The small town (with a population of around 12,000) and the surrounding countryside are atmospheric places to explore with an assortment of ancient temples along with forested reserves where you can see wildlife. Many visitors come for relaxation and rejuvenation, and Ubud has yoga studios, plant-based restaurants and sustainable spa resorts. 

On day trips outside of Ubud, you can visit architecturally striking temples like the Pura Tirta Empul, where devout Hindus have visited its holy springs for over 1,000 years. You can head out on walks through the rainforest and cool off at hidden waterfalls along the way. Cycling tours take you through photogenic landscapes, such as the Tegallalang rice fields, with lush terraces stretching high above the valley floor. Ubud is also a great place for a cooking course, and you can learn all about unique spices and market-fresh ingredients while preparing (and enjoying) a Balinese meal. 
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Lush green stepped rice terraces in Bali
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Highlights of Bali - 5 Days

See the best of Bali on this short but thrilling getaway. Your tour of this lush tropical island starts in the artistic and cultural center of Ubud. Then you'll soar high above the jungle treetops on a day trip to Bali Swing and enjoy a snorkeling excursion off the coast of Nusa Lembongan Island. Visit ancient temples, sample Indonesian seafood, experience Balinese-style nightlife, or relax on the beach in the resort town of Seminyak before the trip comes to an end.

A sunrise at Sanur
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Bali Adventure: Ubud, Amed, & Sanur - 10 Days

Over 10 days, you will exercise your leg muscles as you hike to the top of Mount Batur at sunrise and get your adrenaline kicking as you go water rafting along Ayung River. This adventurous itinerary, which includes Bali's top destinations, will start with three days in Ubud where you'll learn about Bali's history as well as have time to explore this scenic and cultural city independently. In Amed, a small fishing village, you'll discover the vibrant tropical colors of Indonesian fish while snorkeling before visiting Lempuyang Temple and then heading to Sanur with a stopover at White Sand Beach.

Tjampuhan Hill in Ubud
Map of Magical Indonesia: Ubud, Sidemen, Gili Air, & Jimbaran  - 14 Days
Magical Indonesia: Ubud, Sidemen, Gili Air, & Jimbaran - 14 Days

Independent travelers will love this 10-day adventure that will take you through two of Indonesia's most beautiful islands while allowing for plenty of free days. You'll start in Ubud, where you will tour ancient temples, take a Balinese cooking class, climb a volcano, and learn about this island's unique culture. Next, you will enjoy the peace of Sidemen's verdant rural communities before wrapping up your adventure on the island paradise of Gili Air and the beaches of Jimbaran.

The heart-shaped isle of Pulo Cinta
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Honeymooner's Secret Escape to Bali - 14 Days

You don't have to be a newlywed to enjoy this romantic itinerary ideal for adventure-loving couples with two weeks to spend. Together, you'll immerse yourselves in Bali's scenic beauty, hike to a hidden waterfall for a picnic lunch, receive a honeymooner's holy blessing ceremony, and indulge in sunning and snorkeling while savoring being romantic on tiny, heart-shaped Pulo Cinta, the "magical Island of Love."

Sunset over the Island of the Gods
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Discover Bali: Ubud, Seminyak, Gili Air, & More - 9 Days

Uncover the secrets of Bali on this trip around the Island of the Gods. Visit temples that were built over a thousand years ago, wander through lush green rice terraces around Ubud, drive through lava fields in a vintage Volkswagon convertible, and bask in the turquoise waters of the Gili Islands. End with the trendy beaches and bars of Seminyak, all with plenty of time to relax and learn about the Balinese culture.

Beautiful scenery on Bali
Bali & Lombok Family Adventure - 7 Days

This weeklong adventure around the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok, featuring a range of outdoor activities, is ideal for families. The itinerary starts in Ubud, where you'll get a taste of the island's rich culture, take a cooking class with a Balinese chef, and hike to a waterfall. Then catch a ferry to Lombok, where you'll base yourself while exploring the pristine waters around the Gili Islands on snorkeling excursions. With a great balance of relaxation and active pursuits, this 7-day trip is ideal for travelers of all ages.

The sea temple of Tanah Lot
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Scenic Bali - 5 Days

Bali is world-famous for its gorgeous natural scenery and elegant architecture. This 5-day itinerary offers an overview, taking you to some of Bali's most picturesque temples — including a sea temple and a "floating temple" — framed by striking landscapes. Visit rolling green rice terraces, hike to the towering Sekumpul Waterfall, and take in spectacular views at the "Gateway to Heaven" temple at Pura Lempuyang. You'll relax in the tropical gardens of Tirta Gangga, a royal bathing complex in the highlands, before spending the last night of the trip in the peaceful countryside retreat of Sidemen. 

Sunset over Borobudur
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From Yogyakarta to Bali - 14 Days

Chock-full of fun activities, this two-week sojourn through Java and Bali is perfect for adventure-minded travelers who also want to check off the top sights and cultural experiences. From the ancient Buddhist complex of Borobudur to the artist studios of Ubud, in-between, you'll hike to the summit of Mt Ijen Volcano, snorkel around Menjangan Island, cycle through the Jatiluwih rice paddies, learn the art of Balinese cooking, and much more.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali
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Indonesian Temples & Culture: Yogyakarta, Turi, Ubud & Karangasem - 11 Days

Travel through the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali on this thrilling 11-day journey. You'll start by exploring the magnificent temples of Yogyakarta and hiking up sacred Mount Merapi in Turi. Then, you'll fly over to Bali, where you'll explore beautiful Ubud and its surroundings, including its rice terraces and Monkey Forest. Finally, you'll head east to Karangasem regency for more breathtaking temple complexes and palaces, as well as some well-earned beach days.

Explore the beaches of Bali's Bukit Peninsula
Beautiful Bali: Tanah Lot, Ubud, Sideman & Jimbaran - 8 Days

Escape to paradise on this immersive, 8-day exploration of Indonesia's most popular island. Focused on Bali's southern districts, you'll hop between the cultural center of Ubud, the lush rice fields of Sideman, and the breathtaking beaches of the Bukit Peninsula. Along the way, try your hand at Balinese cooking, explore the volcanic Mount Bakur by vintage VW, and meet the monkeys of the clifftop temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

The rice terraces of Tegalalang
Highlights of Bali - 7 Days

Get to know the beautiful island of Bali on this weeklong tour of the island. Starting in Canggu, you'll drive along scenic Pupuan Road, passing terraced rice fields and jungle landscapes on your way to a temple that appears to float in mid-air. Hike to the gorgeous Munduk Waterfalls, then trek to the summit of Mount Batur for spectacular views at sunrise, followed by a soak in hot springs. You'll finish with a day of market browsing and strolling on the beach in Sanur.

Uluwatu Temple
Map of Indonesian Escape: Borneo, Maratua, & Bali - 12 Days
Indonesian Escape: Borneo, Maratua, & Bali - 12 Days

For travelers who want to focus on natural beauty and wildlife, this 12-day itinerary will show you the best features of three of Indonesia's islands. Start with a stay in a wildlife sanctuary in Borneo before taking a boat to Maratua Island, where you will swim at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Then, head to Bali to explore rock-cut temples guarded by monkeys, verdant terraced rice fields, and colorful art markets.

Explore the wild beaches of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali
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Discover Bali: Temples, Trekking, Volcanoes & Gili Islands - 12 Days

Discover the beauty of Bali and the Gili Islands on this 12-day adventure. Kick off the trip in Ubud with a vintage car safari through the rice paddies and a sunrise trek up to Mount Batur before visiting some of the island's holiest and most beautiful temples. Then, head to Sidemen for a taste of traditional Balinese culture in the countryside before a few days of relaxing in tropical island paradise on Gili Meno. You'll end up in Uluwatu with a mesmerizing Kecak dance performance as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.

Sunrise on a Balinese farm
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Explore Authentic Bali - 10 Days

Soak up the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Bali on this wide-reaching 10-day tour around the island. In addition to traditional sightseeing and outdoor adventures, from visiting temples to swimming in a waterfall, this itinerary features a range of local experiences—you'll learn to cook regional dishes with a Balinese chef and spend time with a local family. You'll also snorkel, canoe, and hike through terraced rice fields before finishing the adventure on one of the island's best "hidden" beaches.

Visit the lakeside Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Family Trip to Indonesia: Bali & Gili Air - 14 Days

Perfect for families, this two-week Indonesian itinerary blends adventurous excursions with plenty of free time to spend at the beach. Visit temples, hike to waterfalls, discover the monkey forest in Bali, then hop on a speedboat to reach the neighboring island of Gili Air. Here the whole family can enjoy an island paradise—exploring white sand beaches, swimming in turquoise seas, and snorkeling with sea turtles.

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple
Map of Adventure and Wonder in Indonesia: Yogyakarta, Ubud, Munduk, Gili Air, & Jimbaran - 11 Days
Adventure and Wonder in Indonesia: Yogyakarta, Ubud, Munduk, Gili Air, & Jimbaran - 11 Days

This dynamic 11-day itinerary is perfect for travelers looking for a balance of culture and adventure in Indonesia. Start your tour in Java's capital of Yogyakarta and see palaces and ancient temples before hopping over to Bali to explore Ubud's markets, hidden waterfalls, and rice paddies. Then, you'll top it all off with a snorkeling adventure on Gili Air Island and beach relaxation in Jimbaran.

Cruise through the remarkable Komodo Archipelago
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Journey Through Bali & Komodo - 14 Days

This two-week adventure combines the best of Bali with an unforgettable detour through the wild Komodo Archipelago. Starting on the "Island of the Gods," you'll hike to waterfalls, canoe to Balinese temples, meet the monkeys of Sangeh, and sample mouthwatering street food from local markets. Then it's off to the island of Flores to set sail on a two-night cruise through the stunning Komodo National Park. Snorkel with manta rays and spot Komodo dragons in their natural habitat, then head back to Bali to end your adventure soaking up some sun on the breathtaking beaches of the Bukit Peninsula.

Lombok
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Family Trip to Indonesia: Bali, Gili Air & Lombok - 21 Days

On this three-week tour, enjoy waterfalls and hot springs, take bicycle tours, climb a mountain, go snorkeling, and spend plenty of time relaxing on gorgeous beaches on Bali, Lombok, and tiny Gili Air. There will be plenty of sights and activities included every day, but also enough downtime to relax around hotel pools and spend quality family time together.

Komodo Dragon
Map of Indonesia: Java, West Bali, & Komodo - 17 Days
Indonesia: Java, West Bali, & Komodo - 17 Days

This 17-day, multi-island itinerary will allow you to discover some of the highlights of Indonesia. The tour launches with visiting the temples and active volcanoes in Java, before the discovery of Balinese culture and nature. The trip ends with an encounter alongside the famous Komodo dragons and heads back to Bali for some relaxation by the beach of Seminyak.

Ubud Dancer
Map of Family Trip to Bali: Ubud, Amed, Kuta & More - 13 Days
Family Trip to Bali: Ubud, Amed, Kuta & More - 13 Days

Both parents and kids will find plenty to satisfy them on this family-friendly tour of Bali. The itinerary is full of educational activities so kids learn while they're having fun. Enjoy a combination of natural beauty and wildlife parks, and cultural attractions like dance performances and temple visits.

Nusa Penida
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Outdoor Adventure in Bali & Nusa Penida - 10 Days

Hike, swim, cycle, and snorkel around two of Indonesia's islands, Bali and Nusa Penida, on this active 10-day itinerary! You'll start on Bali with walks through rice paddies and temples, a bicycle tour, hikes into a volcanic caldera, a sunrise trek to a mountaintop, and a thrilling whitewater rafting trip down the Telaga Waja River. Then catch a boat out to Nusa Penida for three days of snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.

Sunrise over Mount Bromo
Explore Indonesia: Sumatra, Java & Bali - 21 Days

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Indonesia on this three-week adventure across three of the country's most spectacular islands. Spot rare orangutans on an unforgettable multi-day jungle trek on Sumatra, then hop over to Java to visit ancient Buddhist temples and climb active volcanoes. Your adventure ends on the tropical beaches of Bali, where you'll snorkel through colorful underwater worlds and raft down the Ayung River.

Discover active volcanoes as you trek some of Indonesia's most impressive craters
Map of Temples and Trekking from East Java to Bali - 14 Days
Temples and Trekking from East Java to Bali - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary will take you from East Java to Bali with stops at sites both famous and less-frequented. Tour multiple Javanese temples, including Borobodur and Prambanan; trek up to the tops of Bromo, Kawah Ijen, and Batur volcanoes; and stroll through terraced rice fields and coffee plantations as you explore these two lush islands.

Pink Beach in Komodo national park
Beautiful Beaches of Lombok & Komodo - 5 Days

This photogenic 5-day trip takes you to some of Indonesia's best beaches. Spend the first few days exploring the island of Lombok, stopping to learn about Sasak indigenous traditions in a fishing village before going snorkeling in the aquamarine waters off Gili Nanggu. Then you'll jet over to Komodo Island and board a short cruise through Komodo National Park. Island-hopping through the park's island chain, you'll sunbathe on the famed Pink Beach, explore coral reefs on a snorkeling excursion, and spot Komodo dragons in the wild.

Other popular travel destinations in Indonesia
Bali · Yogyakarta · Munduk, Bali · Lombok · Amed, Bali · Pemuteran, Bali · Gili Air · Senggigi, Lombok · Komodo Island · Uluwatu, Bali · Kuta, Bali