This is my 1 week in Bali and I believe each day was the fullest. Starting from Kuta Beach I worked my way up to the west to see some rice terrace. temples and then North to see more temples and waterfall. My total expense is around $600. Travel from one place to another place by local Grab Car service, I got a local SIM card for the week with unlimited 4G for less than $20 at the airport. Did some shopping at local markets, made some friends at guesthouses. Caught many many breath-taking views.
Beginning of planning I checked places I wanted to visit, Marked those places on google map, having a general idea of where everything located helped me limit what to see within the time being. I try not to visit more than 2 places each day and limit traveling time from one location to another under 2 hours. After deciding what to visit I got on Booking.com research guesthouses near each location and bookmark them on the map also. I use AirAsia for my flight because usually, it’s the cheapest travel within Southeast Asia. But you can also check on Kayak or Hopper to find the cheapest price.
Day 1: Kuta Beach (5 mins by car from Bali Denpasar Airport)
Kuta is a great backpacker beach. Many guesthouses, shops, bars, restaurants. Very easy to exchange money, everything seems reasonably priced. Lots of surfers come to Kuta, so it’s easy to talk to people from all over the world.
You can just get a drink and spend $3 to rent this sandbag and umbrella for the whole day.
Make sure you stay for the sunset around 6. Sunset around equator happens very fast and amazingly beautiful.
Day 2: Dreamland Beach(20 mins by car from Kuta Beach)
Dreamland beach has much better sand. Not many restaurants around but the one on the beach is quite nice. There are few tourist shops around and many beautiful photo spots.
Sunset on Dreamland Beach is another level.
Day3: Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park & Uluwatu Temple( 30 mins by car from Kuta to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, 20 mins from Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park to Uluwatu Temple)
Day4: Bali Jungle Hut(1.5 hours by car from Kuta Beach)
Even though this place has no air conditioning no fan no hot shower, it was one of the most amazing experiences. Feeling like living in the jungle dream. And don’t worry there is wifi and it’s quite fast.
Day5: Tegallalang Rice Terrace & Gunung Kawi (40 mins walk from Bali Jungle Huts to Tegallalang Rice Terrace, 25 mins by taxi from Tegallalang Rice Terrace to Gunung Kawi)
Take a walk from Jungle huts to the rice terrace because there are many cute shops along the way, also it’s really cool to see some local residences.
Tegallalang Rice Terrace is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, but it’s quite a hike so make sure wear something comfortable. If you want to get one of those popular Instagram swing photos above the terrace, almost every restaurant has one.
Day6: Pura Luhur Batukaru(1.5 hours by car from Bali Jungle Huts)
It is very high up in the mountains, quite a bit of a hike, but for me, the hike is what makes it great. Enjoy the natural beauty and fresh air.
Day7: Ulun Danu Beratan Temple & Gitgit waterfall (50 mins by car from Pura Luhur Batukaru to Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, 1 hour from Ulun Danu Beratan Temple to Gitgit waterfall)
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is not very big but has many great photo spots. I got my Balinese outfit at one of the shops near there for $12, I loved the whole experience.
Gitgit waterfall and Fiji waterfall are the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali, it is very impressive. After paying at the entrance the local tour guide will take you there by 10 mins motorcycle and then 20 mins hike. They are very good at taking care of you and taking pictures for you, their service fee is included in the ticket.
It will take 2 hours from Ulun Danu Beratan Temple back to Kuta, so if you have extra travel day I recommend you travel back to Kuta next morning, do some souvenir shopping then fly out from Kuta.
You can also stop at the famous Instagram Gate at Handara Golf & Resort for your Bali Picture.
If you get sick on the heat, you can get Tiger Balm at any drug store, it really helps a lot.
Hope you have a great time in Bali