In this blog post, we share with you our 4 weeks travel route we did in Bali and our highlights on the island. Bali has been a dream destination of ours for a long time, and we had the best time traveling around this paradise. We must admit we can understand why so many people love this island. Bali has so much variety to offer. With this post, we want to show you what not to miss when visiting Bali and how to see most of the island during your trip.
How to get to Bali and the best time to visit
Book your flight to the International Airport of Denpasar, Bali. Once you get there, you can take an airport taxi to get to the place where you are staying. They are mostly more expensive than Grab. But Grab taxis can not enter the airport area. So if you want to save some money, you can leave the airport and order a Grab taxi outside of the airport (for example at one of the airport hotels close by.
Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, and that means the temperatures are pleasant all year round. There are two seasons, which are the dry season from May to September and the rainy season from October to April. We visited Bali in September, and we can highly recommend you to visit just before or after high season. So the best months to visit Bali would be May and September, in our opinion. Because during that time the weather was perfect and there weren’t too many tourists. But Bali can be visited all year round because every season has its advantages.
Visa to enter Indonesia
To visit Bali or other places in Indonesia you can easily get a Visa on arrival at the airport which is valid for a 30 days stay. If you want to extend your stay up to 60 days you can either get your visa back home at the Indonesian Embassy in your country or you can extend it at the immigration office in Bali.
4 week route for Bali
This is the route that we made and that we can recommend you to do. But of course, you can only do parts of this route or change the duration of the places, depending on the length of your trip and on what you want to see.
Day 1-4 in Uluwatu
From the airport, we headed south first and stayed in Uluwatu. We really loved this area because of the magical sunsets, the surfing vibes, and because it has some of the best beaches in Bali with white sand and turquoise water.
What to do in Uluwatu
- Relax and swim on the most beautiful beaches on Bali in Uluwatu.
- Bingin Beach
- Melasti Beach
- Thomas Beach
- Enjoy the view at Balangan Beach
- Visit Uluwatu Temple for Sunset
- Go surfing – Uluwatu has the ultimate surfing vibes
- Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets
Where to eat in Uluwatu
- Drifter Café was our favourite lunch spot (also a very cool shop)
- Bukit Café (very delicious, great vegan options)
- The Loft Uluwatu (cool dinner spot)
- Suka Espresso (very delicious buddha-bowls)
- The place with no name (cool dinner location)
- Land’s End Cafe (amazing smoothie bowls)
Where to stay in Uluwatu
Day 4-8 in Canggu
Canggu is the place to be in Bali and we really loved our days there. It is the area with the most amazing cafes and boutiques. A lot of expats are living in this area, it’s very easy to get around by scooter here and there is endless amazing food to try. Also it’s one of the best places to enjoy the sunsets at the beach because there is a lot going on at sunset time.
What to do in Canggu
- Enjoy some time at the beach, especially at sunset, there is such a vibe at the beaches in Canggu at this time which you don’t want to miss
- Take a surfing or yoga class
- Go shopping at Love Anchor Sunday market or the amazing boutiques
- Drink the best Almond milk Cappuccino at BGS
- Join a Beach clean-up
Where to eat in Canggu
Canggu is the absolute foodie heaven especially for vegans. We can not name all the amazing cafes here but we list our highlights:
- Give Cafe (our favourite place to eat, Indonesian food, all vegan and amazing concept)
- Silkroad Cafe (the ultimate boho vibes, very delicious food and great vegan options)
- Cinta Cafe (Great Lunch spot, and also great to work at, beautiful view on rice-fields)
- Amami Vegan Italian (best vegan Italian food we ever had)
- The Shady Shack (garden café with delicious bowls and salads)
- Carte Cafe (very good prices for delicious smoothie bowls and smoothies)
- Peloton Supershop (very cool dinner spot)
Where to stay in Canggu
- Dreamsea Canggu (perfectly located, boho vibes, very amazing smoothie bowls included)
Day 8-14 explore the Nusa Islands
The Nusa Islands are part of Bali and they are a must do. You can drive from Canggu directly to the harbour of Sanur and take the fast boat to get to the islands. Check out our detailed blogposts about these islands:
Day 14-19 in Ubud
Ubud should not be missed when visiting Bali because it’s the place with the beautiful rice terraces and it has some very relaxing vibes, great food and it’s the place for some yoga and waterfall tours.
What to do in Ubud
- Sunrise at the rice terraces in Tegallalang
- Chase some beautiful waterfalls such as Tibumana waterfall and Tukad Cepung
- Go for a stroll on Campuhan Ridge walk
- Visit the Monkey forest
- Go shopping on the traditional art market (if you look for some basket bags or a beautiful dream catcher this is the place to get them)
Where to eat in Ubud
- Kafe (our favourite place for dinner)
- Suka Espresso (great buddha-bowls for lunch)
- Earth Cafe and Shop (vegan cafe)
- The Seeds of Life
Where to stay in Ubud
In Ubud we chose to stay at a cute Guesthouse which was a great budget option
But in Ubud you can also find some very beautiful resorts when you have a bigger budget:
Day 19-21 in Munduk
Munduk is located in north Bali and we highly recommend to visit this area. There are way less tourists and it’s a very beautiful area of Bali. We saw some of the most beautiful waterfalls up there which we had totally to ourself in the middle of the afternoon.
We drove up to Munduk from Ubud by scooter and it took us about 2.5 hours. We stopped at two Waterfalls on our way to get there what was perfect to take a break from driving. The waterfalls are called Leke Leke and Nung Nung waterfall.
What to do in Munduk
- Take pictures at the Hadara Gate (come here before 8am to avoid the crowds and make your photos more magical with the morning mist)
- Visit the Ulun Danu Buyan watertemple
- Enjoy the view at Wanagiri hill
- Explore the most beautiful and infamous waterfalls of Bali
Where to stay in Munduk
- Munduk Mooding Plantation (dreamiest place to stay with the most amazing infinity pool overlooking Munduk)
Day 21-24 in East Bali
If you look for some more quiet areas which are not very touristy, then you should not miss east Bali. This is the perfect place to stay at a beautiful bamboo house and relax for a few days. Enjoy the less crowded rice fields and enjoy the best view on the volcano.
What to do in East Bali
- Visit the Viewpoint Bukit Cinta to have the best view on Mount Agung
- Visit the beautiful Ujung Water Palace
- Stay at a unique Bamboo Villa
Where to stay in East Bali
- We stayed at the exceptional Camaya Bali (make sure to book your stay at a bamboo villa early they are usually fully booked early) We know these villas are a bit more pricey but it’s such an amazing experience that we can say it’s worth the money. We dreamed about staying at this house for a long time and are super happy that we made it.
Day 24-28 on the Gili Island
The Gili Islands are part of Lombok, but they are easy to access from Bali, and they are the perfect tropical island hideaway to enjoy some beach days and snorkeling.
There are three islands called Gili Trawangan (busiest island, good for parties), Gili Meno (smallest and most quiet island, great snorkeling), and Gili Air (great vibes, lots of cute cafes, perfect for couples).
What we loved most about these islands is that there is no traffic at all. The only way to get around is by walking, bike, or e-scooter. Because of that, the islands are much more relaxing. There are also horse-carriages, but please do not support this way of transportation because it is known that these horses aren’t treated well. Things like that can only stop if tourists stop using it, that is why every person counts 🙂
What to do on the Gili Islands
- Enjoy the beautiful, white beaches and tropical vibes, drink a fresh coconut
- Bike around on the Islands
- Go Island hopping (the cheapest way is by local ferry which runs a few times a day)
- Go on a snorkeling tour (a shared one costs you about 90 K IDR (7 $) / We did a private tour and payed 700K IDR (about 49 $) for two people)
- Dive to the underwater statues on Gili Meno (we did this during our private snorkeling tour and had the chance to be there before all the tourist boats)
Where to eat on Gili Air
- Musa Cookery (our favourite Restaurant on the Island, all vegan/vegetarian)
- Pachamama Cafe (bohemian style lunch spot with delicious salads and smoothie bowls)
- Hello Lumbung Warung (completely vegan and very delicious local Restaurant)
- ZZZ Warung (very cheap and delicious local food)
- Mama Pizza (super delicious and authentic Pizza, run by an Italian – we normally barely eat Pizza or similar food when we travel in Asia but this one was really worth the try – we had the vegan Pizza)
Where to stay on Gili Air
We decided to stay on Gili Air and did some day trips to the other Islands.
- The Hangout Gili Air (very lovely place to stay, perfectly located and run by a lovely family)
Day 28-30 in Seminyak
Spend your last days in the area of Seminyak before you head back to the Airport of Denpasar, which is close from here. Spend these days enjoying the foodie heaven of Bali again and do some souvenir shopping if you like.
Don’t miss the best cafés of Seminyak, Shelter Cafe and Kynd Community to have a great Lunch or Breakfast in your last days.