3 Week Backpacking Bali Itinerary – The Best Bali Route

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Bali Things To Do In Ubud

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.

3 Week Backpacking Bali Itinerary – The Best Bali Route

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Getting Around Bali + Tips
Seminyak
Canggu
Ubud
Munduk
Lovina
East Bali
Gili Islands
Nusa Islands
Uuwatu
Where To Stay In Bali

What To Pack? We’ve put together our Ultimate Travel Packing List for every type of trip.

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Our 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary map

GETTING AROUND BALI

Getting around Bali couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:

RENT A SCOOTER:

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.

HIRE 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.

TAKE A TOUR:

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

Renting A Scooter In Bali Pandawa Beach
Stay safe on your 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary!

Seminyak

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!

Click HERE for our full Best Restaurants In Seminyak Bali blog.

Book your Seminyak Tours: Seminyak: Top Tours & Activities

Strawberry Fields Seminyak Best Restaurants In Seminyak Bali
The Seminyak cafes should definitely be on your 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary

Canggu

Things to do:
Canggu Cafes
Canggu Markets
Shopping In Canggu
Hop The Canggu Beaches
Surf At Echo Beach
Sunset At Batu Bolong Beach
Tanah Lot Temple
Best Warungs In Canggu

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.

Click HERE for our Things To Do In Canggu Bali – The Ultimate List guide.

Book your Canggu Tours: Canggu: Top Tours & Activities

Pererenan Canggu Things To Do In Canggu Bali
Cruising around Canggu – our home from home in Bali

Ubud

Things to do:
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Ubud Monkey Forest
Tegenungan Waterfall
Tibumana Waterfall
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Hidden Canyon
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.

Click HERE for our Things To Do In Ubud Blog – Ultimate Guide.

Book your Ubud Tours: Ubud: Top Tours & Activities

Sunrise Tegalalang Rice Terraces Ubud Rice Terraces
Don’t miss Tegalalang Rice Terraces on your 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary

Munduk

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
Munduk Waterfall
Banyumala Twin Waterfall
Nungnung Waterfall
Leke Leke Waterfall
Tamblingan Lake
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!

Click HERE for our full Best Things To Do In Munduk Bali – Ultimate Guide blog.

Book your North Bali Tour: Northern Charm: Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, Waterfall & Swing

Wanagiri Hidden Hills Bali Swing Bedugul
Wanagiri Hidden Hill – The most instagramable spot on your Bali route

Lovina

Things to do:
Dolphin Watching
Sekumpul Waterfall
Aling Aling Waterfall
Gitgit Waterfall

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, Git Git and Aling Aling falls!

Click HERE to check out our Bali Waterfalls – The Best Waterfalls In Bali guide.

Book your Dolphin Watching Tour: North Bali Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples

Sekumpul Waterfall Bali Waterfalls Best Waterfalls In Bali
Chase waterfalls – one of the best things to do on your 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary

East Bali

Things to do:
Pura Lempuyang Temple
Tirta Gangga Water Palace
Mount Agung Sunrise Viewpoint
Hidden Canyon
Blue Lagoon Beach
Stay At Hideout Bali

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!

Click HERE for our full Things To Do In East Bali Tour – A Complete Guide blog.

Book your East Bali Tour: Mother Temple of Bali and Lempuyang’s Gates of Heaven Tour

Pura Lempuyang Temple Bali Temple Pura Lempuyang Luhur
Pura Lempuyang – The Gateway To Heaven

Gili Islands

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!

Click HERE for our Top 9 Things To Do On Gili Trawangan + 1 DON’T blog!

Book your Gili Islands Tours: Gili Islands: Top Tours & Activities

Gili Trawangan Bicycles Things To Do On Gili Trawangan
Add cycling through Gili to your 3 week backpacking Bali itinerary

Nusa Islands

Things to do:
Nusa Penida Tour
Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan

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!

Click HERE for The Only Nusa Islands Bali Guide You’ll Ever Need guide.

Book your Nusa Penida Tours: Nusa Penida: Top Tours & Activities

Kelingking Beach Nusa Penida Beaches Bali
Kelingking Beach – The ultimate Bali bucket list tick

Uluwatu

Things to do:
Visit The Best Beaches
Karang Boma Cliff
The Abandoned Plane
Surf

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.

Click HERE for our full Top Things To Do In Uluwatu Bali blog.

Book your Uluwatu Tours: Uluwatu: Top Tours & Activities

Nyang Nyang Beach Bali Best Uluwatu Beaches
For some of the best beaches in Bali head South

Where To Stay In Bali

Check out our Best Places To Stay In Bali blog for our selections in each area.

Or you can pre book all of your Bali accommodation and check the latest prices here.

MORE BALI

8 Things To Do In Ubud That You Cannot Miss

Bali Waterfalls – The Best Waterfalls In Bali

The Best Uluwatu Beaches – An Ultimate Guide

The Only Nusa Islands Bali Guide You’ll Ever Need


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38 Comments

    • April 16, 2018 / 12:59 pm

      Hey we’ve been in Bali for 4 months but this route could be done in two weeks.

  1. Courtney
    April 19, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    Looking to go in November for 3 weeks; suggestion on adding or taking away any of the above suggestions during that length/time of stay? 🙂

    • April 20, 2018 / 5:05 am

      All of this is coverable in 2-3 weeks so you should be sweet! Ubud and Canggu are the most popular spots on mainland and then of course Gili Islands and Nusa for the beaches ?

  2. Chiara
    May 8, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Hi,
    How much time will I need to visit all this places? Do you think 3 weeks is enough?
    Love your blog by the way ?
    Chiara

    • May 9, 2018 / 3:58 am

      Hey Chiara. Thanks so much ? yes 3 weeks will be sweet. It’s possible to do in 2 weeks if you rush but 3 weeks would be a comfortable amount of time ??

      • Chiara
        May 9, 2018 / 4:26 pm

        Thanks guys, I’m considering visiting Bali in August… I’m a bit undecided between Mexico and Bali actually, but we’ll see ahah ?

    • Nikki Joanna Rojas
      June 22, 2019 / 2:07 pm

      Hello. How to get around Bali? Are there scooter rentals? Thank you.?

  3. Rachelle
    May 9, 2018 / 4:37 am

    Where do you recommend staying on Gilli T for a couple

  4. May 9, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Hi! I’m going to Bali with my boyfriend in a couple of weeks.
    We’ve planned 2 weeks and I used your itinerary a lot for inspiration!
    If you had to skip one of the cities/islands you’ve visited, which would it be? Because I think 2 weeks to do everything is possible yes but it’s a lot 🙂
    Thanks a lot xx
    Julie

    • May 11, 2018 / 10:09 am

      Hey Julie! As long as you include Canggu, Ubud, Gili islands and Nusa Penida. They are the main main spots. Anything else is a bonus ???

  5. Katerina
    May 9, 2018 / 11:54 pm

    I will spend 1 week there, which places do you recommend? I will arrive to jakarta on october 27.

    • May 11, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Ubud is the main place tourists visit to see true Bali! If you have more time Canggu is good ?

  6. Jeremy
    May 11, 2018 / 5:19 am

    Hi! This has been so helpful. Just wanted to know though if what’s the best way to go to the ferry port (to Lombok) from Lovina. Thank you!

    • May 11, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Heyyy. We haven’t been to Lombok yet so wouldn’t know but head over on 1st June so all blogs will going up shortly after haha. ???

  7. June 13, 2018 / 4:44 am

    Thanks so much for your sharing! I fall in love with your blog due to the stunning beach life photos. I am heading to Bali in October this year, so I am wondering whether I should include Gili Islands or Nusa Penida in the itinerary.

    • June 13, 2018 / 11:06 am

      Aww thank you so much ? for sure try and get both in there! Gili is doable in a couple days and same with Penida. ??

  8. Pauleen
    July 10, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Hi! Do you know best place to stay in bali for honeymoon? What mode of transportation did u use? Did yoh rent a car or had a guide? Thank you 🙂

  9. Anja
    July 26, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Hi – love the blog – how did you get from A to B – did you drive yourself?

    • July 27, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Hey Anja. Yes we were living in Canggu so had a scooter and just travelled around. Daily drivers are easy to hire in all areas though!

  10. TanyA
    August 21, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    Hi! Great information, it really helped ?we’re coming for new year, any recommendations of the best area to stay in for new year?

    • August 30, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      Hey! Thanks Tanya. We were in Canggu last year for NYE and La Laguna was awesome!

  11. alice
    September 7, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    hi! and what about a transportation? how to get from canggu to munduk etc. only private driver? could you tell us a prices?

    • September 9, 2018 / 10:40 pm

      Hey. We lived in Canggu so had our own scooter but many tourists either rent scooters for 50,000 IDR per day or hire a private driver for around 500,000 IDR per day.

  12. Mar Lo
    September 26, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    I am looking to go in mid february to early march for 2 weeks. Is this an ok time to travel there?

    How much should you budget for?

    • October 12, 2018 / 7:52 pm

      Yes mid February should be coming just out of wet season so that’s perfect. As for budget we’d have no idea it depends on how you choose to travel.

  13. November 13, 2018 / 8:14 am

    We are heading to Indonesia in March next year, first stop Bali! This is an awesome itinerary and we will be sure to use it when we visit.

    • November 13, 2018 / 11:58 am

      Ahh thanks so much guys! Have an awesome trip and I’m sure we’ll see you there!

  14. Frankie
    January 14, 2019 / 11:23 am

    This is such a wonderful itinerary, my boyfriend and I are traveling to Bali in September and have got some really good ideas from here! What do you do for phone data etc when you’re traveling so you can access maps etc without massive charges?

    • January 17, 2019 / 8:38 pm

      Hey Frankie, thanks so much, that means a lot! Because of us working online we usually just buy local sims wherever we go and top up the data. Although for offline maps ‘Maps.me’ is an awesome app. 🙂

  15. Ezequiel Caggiano
    June 3, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    Hi guys, how are you? Im going to Bali next week and im not sure about the nights to spend in each place. My Idea is to be first in seminyak one night, 3nights in ubud, 3 nights in munduk and visit lovina, and 2 nights in east bali (I dont know where could be a good option to sleep). What do you think about it?

    Thanks guys

  16. Akram M. Salem
    June 25, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    I’ve been doing massive online researches to find the ideal itinerary for Bali before visiting and then I came across this page which is basically a dream to everyone visiting Bali!

    I think you covered absolutely everything! CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH!

    • June 25, 2019 / 8:50 pm

      Hey thanks so much man! Comments like this really make our day, and make all the effort we put into the blogs worthwhile! Have a safe trip to Bali and enjoy.

  17. BO BO
    October 3, 2019 / 9:28 pm

    Hi Charles & Lauren,

    Thank you so much for posting this route. This is exactly what I want to go with my family. You have saved so much of my time searching around the website.

    We have two kids(11 & 7 years old) and two Adult. I wonder if we should skip Penida Island and Lembongan Island. For sure, we will take kids to Gil T. They love snorkeling and see the turtles. Beaches for sure it’s good for everyone. 🙂 Please advise. Thank you.

    • October 5, 2019 / 6:17 pm

      Heyy, aw thanks so much it’s such a great feeling when people leave feedback like this! 🙂 For sure I think the Nusa islands may be a little tough for the kids but Gili T is super chilled and easy! Enjoyyyy x

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