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Bali is probably the most famous island in Indonesia and there is so much to see and do. I’ve visited Bali twice, for a total of around 6 weeks, but I’m not going to create a 6 week itinerary, because most people don’t have that long!
Instead, I’m going to provide you with a 7 day Bali Itinerary that will take you through all the highlights of Bali and give you a taste of what this awesome island has to offer.
First things first, before we dive into our 7 day Bali itinerary, we need to get you into the country! The good news is, you can get into Bali for free for up to 30 days on a tourist visa. This is all you need for 1 week in Bali.
However, if you find yourself falling in love with the country and don’t want to leave (this happens to a lot of people!), then you can “reset” your Bali visa by leaving the country and re-entering. There is currently no limit on how many times you can do this and a lot of people head to Kuala Lumpur (Singapore) on a “visa run”.
OR, if you know you’re going to stay a few months, then you can get a visa on arrival and pay a certain fee, then head to an immigration office within Bali and get it extended for another fee. Or you can pay an agent to do it for you.
But for the purposes of a 7 day visit to Bali, you only need your 30 day visa.
Storytime: I just want to warn you that when we entered Indonesia and purchased our visa on arrival (As we wanted to extend in the country), the immigration officer told us we could pay for a 2 month visa right there now. I knew this wasn’t the case online, but since he was an officer, I thought “oh, maybe it’s changed”.
We gave him the extra money, and headed to the counter to get the stamp into the country, but I felt like I needed another officer to confirm everything was true. I explained to another officer what the guy at the desk had said and what we paid and he said, nope, you can’t do that, you have to go to an office in Bali and extend there….so he asked me to point the guy out, I did and the immigration officer shook my hand “he had the money he had conned me out of in it” handed it back and said “sorry”....so moral of the story is, don’t trust immigration officers, just trust what you read online haha.
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So let’s get into it, the ideal 7 day Bali itinerary!
You’ll be arriving into the international airport, there’s only one: Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is located in Kuta, and whilst you could stay in Kuta for a night, I think you should make your way straight to Canguu/Seminyak area. There are some beautiful airbnbs and hotels in the area and you can spend the days relaxing by the beach, checking out the amazing restaurants, trying some surfing and get a traditional massage at the spas.
Ubud is another popular place to visit in Bali and it’s worth spending a day and night here. You can check out the beautiful rice terraces, interact with the monkeys at monkey temple, and hit up the Ubud markets to grab some souvenirs. There are also some great waterfalls in the area that you can check out.
Head over to Sideman to experience one of the most tranquil spots in Bali. It’s such an amazing place to be and you can take a tour among the rice paddies and relax among nature. I definitely recommend Villa Karma Loka as a great place to stay!
Where to stay in Sideman: Villa Karma Loka
Do not leave Sideman out of your 7 day Bali Itinerary, even if you have to skip Ubud, embrace Sideman!
Amed is a great place to spend a night since it’s close to the famous “Bali Gates Of Heaven” and the famous Titra Gannagh water palace.. It’s worth visiting there for a night. Also the beaches there are beautiful. It’s also got some great snorkel opportunities if you’d like to swim with the fishes.
With only 7 days in Bali, it’s hard to fit everything in, but I think it’s worth popping to the north for the day and checking out the amazing waterfalls up there. My favourites are Sekumpul waterfall and Aling Aling waterfall. If you can only visit one, choose Aling Aling!
Where to stay in North Bali: Sunset Sala is an amazing airbnb.
But this 7 day Bali itinerary will give you a great insight and overview of all the highlights of Bali. You’ll get to visit the north of the island which is often undiscovered. I didn’t include any south of Bali in this 1 week Bali itinerary, but you could skip out the north to check out Uluwatu, Jimbaran or Nusa Dua, but I think the north has more to offer!
Getting around Bali is super easy. There are lots of choices. You can rent a car, you can rent a driver, get around via Grab and GoJek, or even go on an organised tour to get around. But to help you out, I’ve done a full guide on getting around Bali to help you organise your trip. Check it out here.
Bali is one of the cheapest places to visit in Asia and it’s perfect for all types of budgets. When we first visited our budget was a little stricter, but on our second visit we spent an average of £50. This included very nice accommodation, 3 meals a day, a couple of drinks, daily moped rental and the costs of tourist attractions in Bali. I suggest you use booking.com to find the cheapest hotels in Bali.
If you’ve got 10 days in Bali, then you’ll give yourself a chance to visit the south and capture some of the delights down there, or you could use your time to simply take the 7 day Bali itinerary a little slower.
Either way, I’ve listed a useful 10 day Bali itinerary below.
If you’ve got 2 weeks in Bali, then you’ll be able to see the full island and possibly add in some day trips to Nusa Pendia and Nusa Lembongan.
Below I’ve suggested a 2 week Bali itinerary
If you do find you like one area in Bali more than the other and want to spend an extra day,then you can just do day trips to the Nusa Islands, rather than staying over. I recommend the following tours:
Nusa Penida: This tour allows you to choose West, South or East Nusa Penida.
PS: This 2 day, 1 night tour from Klook takes you to all 3 Nusa Islands, so it is perfect if you’re short on time but want to experience it all on your Bali itinerary.
So there you have it, my easy, breezy 7 day Bali itinerary! I hope you find this post useful if you've only got 7 days in beautiful Bali and if you’ve got any other suggestions or questions then simply pop a comment below and I’ll get back to you.