In the last year Bali has been at the forefront of everyones mouths, and it’s fair to say the land of healthy eating and beautiful rice fields truly lives up to expectations. So here’s our backpacking Bali itinerary to help you plan your visit and figure out where to go in Bali.
Bali is a small island and after arriving in Denpasar airport everything will be within a 4 hour journey across land. So here is our tried and tested efficient Bali itinerary.
Our Backpacking Bali Itinerary – Where To Go In Bali?
The first stop for most holiday makers! Good for its night life and high end restaurants. You won’t really get a feel for Bali here as it’s very built up and a popular holiday destination amongst tourists. This will most likely be your first stop and most expensive one.
A foodies heaven! Just up the road from Seminyak but completely different! This is where you see the smoothie bowls and avocados everywhere and is home to some of the best restaurants in Bali.
Canggu has a very laid back vibe and is popular amongst the surfing and digital nomad communities. This is the place where many people extend their stay because it has a certain homely feel to it. They run beautiful markets in Canggu selling all kinds of chic and start up fashion labels. We guarantee you won’t walk away with your hands empty.
Ubud… Where do we start? If you’re asking yourself what should I definitely have on my backpacking Bali itinerary? Then the zen capital is the single place where every one of your expectations will be fulfilled.
From the outstanding Tegalalang Rice Terraces to the crazy monkey forests. It’s pretty much exactly how Eat, Pray, Love depicts the island.
Check out 8 Things You Must Do In Ubud for our guide of what not to miss.
Not such a popular tourist spot but an easy way to break up the drive between Ubud and Lovina is by stopping by Bedugul. Known by locals as the coldest place in Bali, there are some beautiful early morning rises worth getting up for.
Way way up in the fields and overlooking the most beautiful of ocean views lays Lovina. Great for dolphin watching and waterfall hunting if you visit the north of Bali be sure to head out to Sekumpul, Git Git and Aling Aling falls!
Home to some of the most famous landmarks on the island but too far for most tourists to travel.
Gili Islands (Ferry from Padang Bai)
A lot of travellers don’t realise that the famous Gili Islands everybody has on their backpacking Bali itinerary, are actually part of the Lombok rather than Bali. Either way we’ve noted them in the guide because they are well worth the hour boat trip out East to visit.
For crystal clear waters, diving and snorkelling adventures and a few famous sunset swings you won’t want to miss Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. If you love turtles, Gili T is turtle heaven!
Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan
If it’s white beaches and island life you’re looking for then these three are a slice of heaven! Just a 40 minute boat ride from the main land the Nusa islands have become super famous through social media.
Broken into Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan these palm tree covered islands are the closest place we’ve ever been to paradise and thanks to Kelingking Beach and the crazy dinosaur head shaped rock formation are a MUST visit in Bali!
Uluwatu, Nusa Dua & Jimbaran – The southern bubble of Bali also gives a great place to unwind and is where you can find some of the best beaches in Bali. With spots such as Padang Padang, Bingin and Melasti Beach you won’t be stuck for ideas.
There are plenty of surf spots and places to explore in the south and you may even come across the abandoned airplane. A perfect final stop before you head back to the airport yourself.
So that concludes our backpacking Bali itinerary and where to go in Bali! Although if you need any more info don’t hesitate in leaving a comment below.
Check out our Best Places To Stay In Bali blog for our selections in each area.
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