In the last year Bali has been at the forefront of everyones mouths. So here’s our 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary to help you plan the best Bali route.
Getting around Bali couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:
We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves.
However be sure to read up on our Renting A Scooter In Bali guide beforehand!
Most accommodations will allow you to store your big bags with them, even after checkout.
So if you’re comfortable on two wheels, and looking for somewhere to rent scooters from, you can book a trusted scooter rental here.
With A Driver:
Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Bali, and they start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).
You can opt for standard 5 seater vans, or larger minibuses for bigger groups.
This is a great option for those looking to design their own itinerary. Simply jump in, tell you driver exactly where you wish to go, and he’ll navigate the most efficient route.
If you’re looking for for a reliable service, you can book a private car with a driver for the day here.
Some of the best days out we’ve had in Bali have been on private tours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
There’s even a Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour, for those looking to photograph its most recognisable locations.
From sunrise hikes, to waterfall treks and island hopping, there’s plenty to keep you busy on the bustling island!
Book your Bali tours: Bali: Top Tours & Activities
WHAT TO PACK
DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Tripod: Zomei Z666 Tripod
Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50
Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50
Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket
Things to do:
Best Seminyak Restaurants
Walk Along Seminyak Beach
Hit The Shops
Relax At The Beach Clubs
The flashy side of Bali!
The first stop for most holiday makers and your 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary!
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.
Although they do have some awesome little cafes!
Book your Seminyak Tours: Seminyak: Top Tours & Activities
The hippest of all the hipster!
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.
Book your Canggu Tours: Canggu: Top Tours & Activities
Things to do:
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Ubud Monkey Forest
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Ubud Art Market
Mount Batur Trek
Take A Cooking Class
Absolute zen heaven, market heaven and waterfall heaven!
Ubud… Where do we start?
If you’re asking yourself what should I definitely have on my 3 week 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.
Book your Ubud Tours: Ubud: Top Tours & Activities
Things to do:
Wanagiri Hidden Hills & The Famous Bali Swing
The Handara Bali Gates
Ulun Danu Temple
Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Banyumala Twin Waterfall
Leke Leke Waterfall
Bali Coffee Plantation
Famous Instagram spots and epic waterfalls!
Much more of a tourist spot recently thanks to Wanagiri Hidden Hills, and an easy way to break up the drive between Ubud and Lovina is by stopping by Munduk.
Known by locals as the coldest place in Bali, there are some beautiful early morning rises worth getting up for.
Visiting Pura Alun Danau Beratan (Bali’s most famous temple) is a must and the Handara Golf & Resort entrance has become somewhat a bucket list item thanks to Instagram!
Book your North Bali Tour: Northern Charm: Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, Waterfall & Swing
Dolphin watching and waterfall hunting!
Way way up in the fields and overlooking the most beautiful 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, Gitgit and Aling Aling falls!
Book your Dolphin Watching Tour: North Bali Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples
Plenty more culture out East!
Home to some of the most famous landmarks on the island. but a little too far for most tourists to travel.
If you do get chance to drive out to Pura Lempuyang, Tirta Gangga Water Palace or Mount Agung Sunrise Viewpoint then you definitely should!
Eastern Bali has a much more traditional feel to it, and is a gem that most people miss on their Bali route!
Book your East Bali Tour: Mother Temple of Bali and Lempuyang’s Gates of Heaven Tour
Things to do:
Snorkel With Turtles
Relax At The Beaches
Rent Bicycles & Explore
Enjoy Sunset At The Gili Swings
Party At Sama-Sama Bar
The home of party and turtles!
A lot of travellers don’t realise that the famous Gili Islands everybody has on their 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary, are actually part of the Lombok rather than Bali.
Either way we’ve noted them in the 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary because they are well worth the hour boat trip out East.
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!
Book your Gili Islands Tours: Gili Islands: Top Tours & Activities
Iconic photos and islands of adventure!
If it’s white beaches and island life you’re looking for on your Bali route, then these three are a slice of heaven! The is the ultimate bucketlist tick on most peoples 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary.
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!
Book your Nusa Penida Tours: Nusa Penida: Top Tours & Activities
Beach and surf in paradise!
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.
Book your Uluwatu Tours: Uluwatu: Top Tours & Activities
For pre-booking accommodation when travelling, we always recommend booking.com!
From 5 star hotels, to budget backpacker hostels, it’s got everything and the site is super easy to use.
We’ve actually written a full Where To Stay In Bali Guide which covers a break down of each individual area on the island.
Otherwise you can pre book all of your Bali accommodation and check the latest prices here.