One week in Bali: Must-sees & itinerary

Bali is a dream destination with lots of different things to see and do. It’s simultaneously party and detox destination, action and calm, blue water, white beaches, green rice terraces. With this photo travel guide you’ll get a good idea of what to do in Bali during a week, or more if you really can’t bring yourself to leave.

What are the best places to see and things to do on your one week Bali holiday?

My first advice would be to rent a scooter as this gives you so much flexibility when it comes to exploring the island. You can roam around and find the most beautiful, secluded spots.


Ubud (2 – 3 days)

This is an amazing place in the centre of the island and it’s very popular for doing Yoga retreats – why not book a Yoga holiday now? You could easily just spend a week here. But it’s also a nice day trip from other parts of the island. Visit rice terraces and just relax in one of the cafes.

Book Meditation Retreat

Book Detox Retreat

Book Yoga Teacher Training


Mount Batur (1/2 – 1 day)

From Ubud, it’s only a bit further until you reach Mount Batur. You can visit one of the restaurants that gives you a great view of the volcano or you could even book a sunrise volcano hike tour.


Uluwatu Temple (1/2 day)

This temple is in an absolute stunning location on top of a cliff and it’s one of Bali’s six key temples. It’s full of monkeys and you have the possibility to feed them. So bring bananas or simply buy them at the entrance. You will also need to wear decent clothing and they will give you cover-ups at the entrance if you wear shorts and shoulder free tops. It’s a popular tourist attraction so pretty crowded.


Tanah Lot (1/2 day)

Tanah Lot is a rock formation and home to another temple called Pura Tanah Lot. Prepare to get wet if it’s really stormy and wavy and you will also need to plan your visit so it coincides with low tide or you won’t be able to reach everywhere. Just as Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot is normally really busy.


Nusa Dua Beach (1 day)

A small and quiet beach between the Grand Hyatt and Melia hotel with few vendors so you can really enjoy some quiet here. But it’s neighbours, Mengiat Beach and Geger Beach are lovely, too.


Kuta/Legian Beach (1 – 2 days)

There are most certainly more beautiful places on Bali than Kuta. If you want to relax and unwind, this is not the place for you. But if you’re looking to party and meet loads of people, go to Kuta. Also, if you want to learn how to surf, then Kuta is a good spot for that as the shore is flat and sandy and depending on time of the day and the weather, the waves are easy for beginners. It’s also a great sunset watching spot!

Book a surf camp in Bali.


Karma Kandara Beach (1 day)

I loved this little piece of beach… even on a grey and cloudy day it looked so beautiful. It’s nestled in between cliffs and the sand is so white, the water so blue. It’s a private beach belonging to Karma Kandara Resort but non-guests can still access it with a day pass. You will access it via a cable car. However, when we were there in 2010, it was still possible to access a piece of the beach that did not belong to the hotel and was free to the public. You had to climb up and down a lot of steps but it was well worth it. I’m not sure about the current situation so it’s best to ask some locals.


Take your scooter and check out these hidden beaches in Bali.

Hah, I’m dreaming… Who else would like to be in Bali now?

15 Comment

  1. This is great! I’ll be in Bali around May, although for about three weeks but this is definitely a great guide in some of the places I have had to see. Thank you

    1. How exciting, Lorena! Three weeks is even better so you’ll get to explore much more of Bali. Enjoy!

  2. Great guide! There’s so much to see in Bali and I can’t wait to go when I can!

  3. Which time of the year did you visit Tanah Lot? It looks so crowded! Is it always like this in Bali? I have never been.

    1. It was in December, just about a week before Christmas so maybe that’s why it was especially crowded. I’ve read several times that it is often quite crowded but unsure of whether there may be times of the year when it’s less crowded.

  4. My husband and I been planning to visit Bali but never pushed through and always gets bumped off when another travel opportunity comes. I love you photos, very captivating especially the facial reaction of that adorable monkey. I bet you have a great time in Bali. And that massage on the beach is what I badly need right now. 🙂

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you like them. Yes, I’d love another of those massages right now 🙂

  5. I just got back from Bali and there is so much to do! I loved Ubud! I actually didn’t make it to any of the other places you did, but hopefully next time!

    1. Oh that’s great! To be honest, I would even consider just going back to Bali to stay in Ubud for a week or two and do lots of Yoga. It’s so beautiful there.

  6. Bali looks like such a dream. I’m so glad to see that you can do so much in just a week’s time. Thank you for sharing!

  7. I seriously need to get to Bali! It looks incredible. I love the photos of you and the monkeys! Thanks for posting this 🙂

  8. Hi thanks for sharing 🙂 Im going to Bali around July and was looking for some inspiration.
    Which month were you there?
    br, Nana

    1. Hi Nana,

      I went to Bali in December just before Christmas so it was super busy with young Aussies going on their Christmas holidays. Also it was rainy season so it did rain every day (although mostly just a heavy rainshower for a few hours and then sunshine).

  9. Wow,I like your post.
    Very nice and very informatif

  10. Hi thanks for sharing ?

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