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Suggested Itineraries

Consult our suggested itineraries, created especially depending on the duration of your stay, the traveller’s type (couple or family with children), and of your areas of interest (visit the Must-See’s and/or get off the beaten tracks).

The indicated durations are defined as a minimum. You might envisage a few extra days for a smoother travel :-).

The Must-Do’s (a week long, with or without children)

A week is the strict minimum to visit Bali. You will spend quite some time on the roads. It will neither be relaxing for you, nor for your children (the Balinese roads are not the same as in Occident!) and you will not really have the time to appreciate what the Balinese culture really is.

  • South of the island: sunrise or sunset depending on the beach (choose between: Jimbaran, Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur . . .), visit of Tanah Lot temple. Kuta, Seminyak, Legian and Jimbaran (mostly famous for its quaint fish restaurants) are fairly touristic places. Sanur is less touristic and more “family friendly”.
  • North of the island: Jatiluwih rice fields, Ulun Danu Bratan temple near Bedugul.
  • Central part of the island: Ubud for a traditional music or dance show, its monkey forest, a stroll in the rice fields nearby, art galleries, a massage....
  • East of the island: Tirtagangga Water Palace, Besakih temple, Amed.

The classic tour (two weeks long, for a travel without children)

This journey is the ultimate classical tour. You will be able to see Bali’s different facets. It is however useless to expect to be alone while visiting!

  • South of the island: sunrise or sunset depending on the beach (choose between: Jimbaran, Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur . . .), visit of Tanah Lot temple. Kuta, Seminyak, Legian and Jimbaran (mostly famous for its quaint fish restaurants) are fairly touristic places. Sanur is less touristic and more “family friendly”.
  • North of the island: Jatiluwih rice fields, Ulun Danu Bratan temple near Bedugul. Get a taste of what the Balinese culture is by visiting the surroundings of Lovina. Regarding dolphin watching in Lovina: beware, it became very touristic. If you have already had the chance to see dolphins in the past, we suggest you skip it. A real shame as it is quite photogenic!
  • Climb Mount Batur.
  • East of the island: Besakih temple, Amed, Tirtagangga Water Palace, Sidemen rice fields.
  • Central part of the island: Ubud for a traditional music or dance show, its monkey forest, a stroll in the rice fields nearby, art galleries, a massage.... Also, get a taste of what the Balinese culture is by visiting the surroundings of Ubud.

The classic tour with children (two weeks long)

Unlike the classic tour, this one is adapted to children. The climb of Mount Batur is off the program. We also highlighted the excursions that children especially enjoy.

  • South of the island: sunrise or sunset depending on the beach (choose between: Jimbaran, Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur . . .), visit of Tanah Lot temple. Kuta, Seminyak, Legian and Jimbaran (mostly famous for its quaint fish restaurants) are fairly touristic places. We rather advise you to visit Sanur, less touristic and more “family friendly”.
  • North of the island: Jatiluwih rice fields, Ulun Danu Bratan temple near Bedugul. Get a taste of what the Balinese culture is by visiting the surroundings of Ubud. Regarding dolphin watching in Lovina: beware, it became very touristic. If your children have already had the chance to see dolphins in the past, we suggest you skip it. A real shame as it is quite photogenic!
  • East of the island: Besakih temple, Amed, Tirtagangga Water Palace (children especially enjoy it!), Sidemen rice fields.
  • Central part of the island: Ubud for a traditional music or dance show, its monkey forest (children usually enjoy it, but only if they are not afraid of monkeys!), a stroll in the rice fields nearby, art galleries, a massage, etc. A few kilometres south from Ubud, the Bali Bird Park will charm the little ones and the adults as well: you will find many bird species (some of them are very rare), most of them in the wild, and some reptiles including the famous Komodo lizard. Finally, get a taste of what the Balinese culture is by strolling the surroundings of Ubud and try to pay a visit to a local school!

Must-Do’s but not only (two weeks long)

This itinerary combines the Must-Do’s and a few others less visited but easy to access places.

  • South of the island: discover Nusa Dua Beach, Dreamland Beach or Pandawa Beach. Visit of Denpasar and Tanah Lot temple.
  • North of the island: Jatiluwih rice fields, Ulun Danu Bratan temple near Bedugul. Get a taste of what the Balinese culture is by visiting the surroundings of Munduk. Visit the only Buddhist temple of the island near Banjar. Get a taste of what the Balinese culture is by visiting the surroundings of Lovina. Regarding dolphin watching in Lovina: beware, it became very touristic. If you have already had the chance to see dolphins in the past, we suggest you skip it. A real shame as it is quite photogenic!
  • Climb Mount Batur.
  • Central part of the island: Ubud for a traditional music or dance show, its monkey forest, a stroll in the rice fields nearby, art galleries, a massage.... Get a taste of what the Balinese culture is by visiting the surroundings of Ubud.
  • Northwest of the island: possibility to experience scuba diving and/or snorkeling in Menhangan island, easily accessible by boat from Pemuteran.
  • East of the island: Tirtagangga Water Palace, Amed, Sidemen rice fields, Besakih temple.

Off the beaten tracks

Get off the beaten tracks takes time! This is the reason why this section neither describes set itineraries (but rather a list of places), nor give any notion of duration. The time will depend on your mean of transportation: it will obviously take longer in a bemo (if you find one!) than in a car with a driver.

Find below the places, by region, which are not (or less) visited by tourists:

South of the island: Nusa Dua Beach, Dreamland Beach or Pandawa Beach and visit Denpasar.

North of the island:

  • Near Munduk and Tamblingan: hills, rice fields, forests bordering lakes.... Don’t miss the chance to hike in beautiful sceneries.
  • Between Air Sanih and Tejakulah: black sandy or pebble beaches, Yeh Mampeh waterfall and temples with odd bas-relief ornaments.
  • The Must-See terraced rice fields of Jatiluwih (they are also part of the Classic Tour).
  • Northwest of the island: possibility to experience scuba diving and/or snorkeling in Menhangan island, easily accessible by boat from Pemuteran.

West of the island:

  • Near Jembrana, Negara: forest covered mountains, rice fields, plantations and wide black sandy beaches.
  • From Blimbingsari or Palasari: visit of local markets, fishing harbours, forest hikes and waterfalls, monuments of Catholic, Protestant and Balinese’ influences coming from the Dutch colonial era.
  • Around Tabanan (north of Tanah Lot): Yeh Gangga beach and Pejaten pottery village.

East of the island:

  • Near Sidemen and Tabola: follow small trails between streams and rice fields, climb of Mount Agung, white water rafting, discovery of bamboo or salak palm trees (snake fruit) plantations, Gambuh musical show (kind of opera), visit of traditional weaving factories.
  • Near Bangli: mountain hikes, forest, waterfalls, traditional villages and beautiful temples to visit.
  • Kusamba (not touristic at all): fishermen village, black sandy beach.
  • Near Amed and Tulamben: visit of a salt factory.
  • Southeast of the island Nusa Penida island is far less touristic. There can be seen: very beautiful sights from the cliffs, small local market, fishermen villages and seaweed farming.

It is now up to you, create your own itinerary!

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