Bali, the Island of the Gods, is a hub of endless opportunity for adventure, exploration, spa hopping, and spiritual growth. There is so much to do that you could spend a whole month on the island and barely scratch the surface! Trying to figure out what to do in Bali to make the most of your holiday can be a bit overwhelming, so we have done the work for you! Keep reading to discover the perfect 5 day Bali itinerary with an ideal balance of physical activity, cultural immersion, and beach time, including varied options depending on your personal desires.
Bali Itinerary Day 1:
Surf’s Up, Cocktails on Ice, Temples Stand Silhouetted by the Sunset, and the Party is Thumping
9 AM- Open your eyes to the glistening waters of Seminyak and dive right in with a morning surf class in Kuta, or Seminyak. The waves are gentle, consistent, and break over sandy bottoms, making it the perfect place to learn under the safe guidance of experienced and cheerful instructors. If surfing is not quite your style, dynamic and trendy Seminyak is a great place for shopping, with options for everyone from upscale boutiques to wholesale prices. Stylish jewellery, eclectic clothes, swimwear and even art galleries make for fantastic window shopping too!
NOON – After working up an appetite in the waves or perusing the shops, have lunch at one of Seminyak’s beach clubs. There is nothing like enjoying a delicious meal surrounded by the energy of the sea. Potato Head Beach Club is a must do on your Bali holiday with an open air restaurant, swanky cocktail bar, and infinity pool facing the beach.
3 PM – After lunch, head back to your hotel for a shower and refreshing rest, grab your camera and depart to one of Bali’s most famed destinations, Pura Tanah Lot; a striking temple dramatically perched on an offshore rock and shrouded in a mystical mythology. Multi-teared shrines create a magnificent backdrop for the colours of a tropical sun disappearing into the vast horizon.
7 PM – The sun has set, but the night is young! Head to La Lucciola, a romantically lit beachside restaurant with decadent Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Don’t miss the pan seared fillet of coral trout, marinated artichokes, and lemon zesty wild rocket. If you’re in the groove, keep the party going and sample Seminyak’s nightlife at Ku de ta oceanfront nightclub for an aperitif, or to dance the night away. Or try La Flavela and check out their VW bus bar!
OR 5 or 6PM – You might prefer to enjoy the sunset on a quintessential culinary adventure! On an exclusive and unique four-hour food safari tour, you will sample 12 exquisite dishes from top restaurants all with a view and by way of a privately guided chauffeur.
Bali Itinerary Day 2:
Village Cycling, Riding the Rapids, Spa City, Volcano Trekking, and Hot Spring Soaks
7 AM – Wake up early for the ride up to the artsy and spiritual village of Ubud, a place that has earned so much notoriety, that your Bali Itinerary would not be complete without it! A cycling tour is a must do in Ubud, and a relaxing way to explore, while feeling the fresh tropical breeze as you glide through local life, villages and ornate temples. If you are looking for a bit more adrenaline, a rafting tour is a great way to get your blood pumping and also be refreshed by the cooling currents of the Telaga Waja river. You can even maximise your Bali circuit and do both tours by booking here.
And, of course, do not miss the Monkey forest, which is Ubud most popular attraction for great photo souvenirs with monkeys around you 🙂
2 PM – After an adventurous morning, you might opt for some self-indulgent spa time in the afternoon. Ubud is renowned for massages, facials, floral baths, or array of other healing modalities. Tasku Spa, Cantika, and Shambala are some of our favourites. For a real treat, have a Treetop Massage at the Mango Tree Spa perched along the upper banks of the Ayung River Valley. If you are feeling more energetic, you might wander the streets of Ubud, where shopping is at it’s best! The market has beautiful silk sarongs and dresses as well as an array of statues, woodwork, and crafts to take home.
6 PM – Enjoy an early dinner in Ubud and if you are in a romantic mood, do check out these amazing selection of romantic dinners in Ubud. Be sure to get an early night in preparation for your sunrise hike up the spectacular Mount Batur, a cornerstone to your journey across Bali!
You will be picked up at 2:15 AM, so that your hike will begin under a blanket of stars and unfold beneath the magic transition time to dawn. As the sun rises, the magic of the land around you will be revealed and the colours in the crisp air of altitude will be a display you shall never forget. This tour will carry you into the morning, with a relaxing soak in natural hot springs and a delicious brunch at 11 AM. Book here to experience the once in a lifetime Hiking up Mount Batur and spice your Bali Itinerary with adventure.
Bali Itinerary Day 3
Rice Paddy Roaming, Expansive Yoga, and an Aromatic Balinese Cooking Class
9 AM – If Mount Batur, was a bit too adventurous for you, you have the morning in Ubud to enjoy yoga and meditation classes, a rice paddy walk, or shop till you drop! If you choose to wander the rice paddies, a wonderful lunchtime destination is Sari Organic. If you opt to stay in town and shop, try Cafe Wayan, set in beautiful gardens of soothing water fountains and private, luxurious eating nooks.
2 PM – If you opted for the adventure of climbing Mount Batur, you will be dropped off in Ubud at 1 PM. You might choose to squeeze in a yoga class at one of Ubud’s renowned studios such as Yoga Barn, Radiantly Alive, or Intuitive Flow to stretch your muscles.
4 PM – Next try your hand at Balinese cooking, take home skills that you will never forget, and enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by you during an evening Balinese cooking class. In a traditional Balinese compound and overlooking a forested ravine, you will learn about foundational spices, how to make an offering, traditional coconut oil processing, as well how to prepare as an array of mouth-watering dishes.
Bali Itinerary Day 4
The Rugged Bukit Coastline, a Holy Temple, and the Famed Kecak Dance
9 AM – Explore the dramatic and jagged coastline of the Bukit peninsula, an area on the southern end of the island that includes the fishing village of Jimbaran, the clifftop temple of Uluwatu, and resorts of Nusa Dua. You may take some time to wander the crescent shape bay of Jimbaran’s golden beaches. Or perhaps visit one of Bali’s holiest temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, which sits upon a rock jetting out into the Indian Ocean and is dedicated to the spirits of the sea. With the temple stairway at you back, follow the pathway to the right for some of the best views of the multi-teared temple atop a wall of limestone and the surrounding coastline.
NOON – Complete your Bali Itinerary by checking out the beaches of Nusa Dua, we recommend Nusa Dua Beach Grill for a beachside lunch & for those looking for a fun afternoon in the sea Nusa Dua is the best part of Bali to enjoy watersports, such as Jetski, Parasailing or even underwater scooter! More info about Nusa Dua Watersports,here.
Another option could be to have a fantastic lunch with a view in Jimbaran, at the famous Rock Bar, a must-do in Bali!
4 PM – In the late afternoon, you might embark on a journey combining nature and culture, followed by a candlelit dinner on the beach. The Uluwatu Kecak Dance is an experience not to be missed. Balinese men gather cross-legged in concentric circles, swaying and waving their arms in unison, while making hypnotic chattering sounds in an other-worldly way of telling a Ramayana story. The performance, dramatic and memorable, takes place against the backdrop of the setting sun, presenting unparalleled photographic opportunities. Next, you will be chauffeured to an ocean front restaurant in Jimbaran for seafood by candlelight. The entire adventure lasts five hours, and will likely place you in a dreamy state, perfect for enjoying a good night’s sleep.
7:30 PM – Alternatively, you might prefer to have a sunset dinner at a restaurant of your choosing, followed by the more contemporary Devdan Show at the Nusa Dua Theatre. Inspired by the culture of Indonesia, the professional show is translated by modern acrobatic dance routines and incorporates all the elements of water and fire!
Either way, you are guaranteed to have an exciting and unforgettable night!
Bali Itinerary Day 5
Beach Club Chilling and a Catamaran Sunset BBQ Cruise to Bid Bali Farewell
9 AM- It is your last day in Bali, and it is time to unwind and relax! A great place to chill is Finn’s Beach Club which lies at the base of Uluwatu’s cliff face and boasts 180m of white sandy beach. You might choose to bask in the sun and enjoy the DJ, while watching the surfers do fancy footwork. For the more actively inclined, you might kayak, stand up paddle, or snorkel the turquoise waters.
4pm – A great to end your trip in style is to embark on a Sunset BBQ Catamaran Cruise. Sipping cocktails and enjoying the breeze, you will cruise around Serangan Bay and Turtle Island, the site of an important temple and turtle conservation center. To experience sunset over the glistening sea, breath in the salt water spray, and see the island from afar is a fitting way to top off your Bali adventure.
Creating a well-balanced Bali Itinerary is not an easy task, but with this guide, you can sit back and relax and enjoy the experience of a lifetime with memories to share for years to come.
By Joia Holman