Bali Itinerary – Backpacking Bali + Where To Go

Bali Itinerary – Backpacking Bali + Where To Go

In the last year Bali has been at the forefront of everyones mouths. So here’s our backpacking Bali itinerary to help you plan where to go in Bali.

Our Backpacking Bali Itinerary – Where To Go In Bali?

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Our Where To Go In Bali itinerary


The first stop for most holiday makers and your 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.

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The Seminyak cafes should definitely be on your backpacking Bali itinerary


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 13 Ultimate Things To Do In Canggu guide.

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Cruising around Canggu – our home from home in Bali


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.

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Don’t miss a banger Tegalalang Sunrise off your backpacking Bali itinerary


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 Bedugul.

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!

Also for an alternative to Tegalalang Rice TerracesJatiluwih Rice Terrace is a great option.

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Wanagiri Hidden Hill – The most instagramable spot in Bali


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!

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

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One of the best things to do on your backpacking Bali itinerary

Eastern Bali

Home to some of the most famous landmarks on the island but too far for most tourists to travel.

If you do get chance to drive out to Pura Lempuyang Bali – The Gateway To HeavenTirta Gangga Water Palace or Mount Agung Sunrise Viewpoint then you definitely should!

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Pura Lempuyang – The Gateway To Heaven

Gili Islands

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!

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

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Add cycling through Gili to your backpacking Bali itinerary

Nusa Islands

If it’s white beaches and island life you’re looking for then these three are a slice of heaven! The is the ultimate bucketlist tick on most peoples 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

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Kelingking Beach – The ultimate Bali bucket list tick


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 Top 5 Things To Do In Uluwatu Bali blog.

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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.


8 Things To Do In Ubud That You Cannot Miss

Bali Waterfalls – The Best Waterfalls In Bali

Best Beaches In Bali & Where To Find Them

The Only Nusa Islands Bali Guide You’ll Ever Need

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    • 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

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

    • 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 😍

  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

    • 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 ‘’ is an awesome app. 🙂

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