Heading to the enchanting island of Bali this March holiday? Let us save you the trouble of tedious planning. From beaches to mountains, experience the best the Island of the Gods has to offer in this 5D4N Bali itinerary!
Welcome to the enchanting island of Bali, where vibrant culture, stunning scenery, and endless adventure awaits! Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, Bali is famous for its picturesque landscapes, from the emerald green rice terraces to the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. But it’s not just the scenery — Bali is a place where ancient traditions are still very much alive. Witness stunning temple ceremonies, intricate dance performances, and admire local crafts that have been passed down for generations. And you definitely can’t miss out on a taste of Balinese cuisine — a true delight full of colourful bursting flavours. Sample delicious street food or indulge in a fancy schmancy fine-dining experience! There’s something to please every palate.
But this is not your average Bali itinerary. We’ll take you off the beaten path to discover hidden waterfalls, explore untouched locations, and connect with the locals as you go. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a little bit of both, Bali is the perfect destination.
Day 1: Arrival
Bask In Bali’s Golden Hour Watching The Sunset At Uluwatu Temple
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As soon as you arrive at Ngurah Rai International airport, you’ll be greeted with warm hospitality and stunning views. For those who have a bit of time (and can’t wait to start exploring this tropical gem), head to Uluwatu Temple for an unforgettable sunset experience!
Perched on top of a steep cliff (~70 metres above sea level), Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s nine key directional temples and is one of the most spectacular ones on the entire island. During sunset hours, you’ll be in for a treat as you witness a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance which tells the story of the Hindu epic Ramayana. With swirling flames and vibrant cultural outfits, you can enjoy the fire and dance show amidst a fiery skyline — just be sure you book your tickets in advance on Klook with our YouTrip Perks for up to 5% cashback!
Opening Hours: 7 AM – 7 PM
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regancy, Bali, Indonesia
Cost: IDR 30,000 for entrance fee, IDR 100,000 for Uluwatu Temple Kecak dance tickets
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Dinner At Menega Cafe
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After the stirring performance, drive down to the famous Jimbaran Beach and indulge your stomachs in a delicious seafood dinner at the Menega Cafe. From live lobsters, jumbo prawns, and king prawns, to crabs, squid, barracuda, grouper, and even kingfish, you’re spoilt for choice at the seafood haven. After picking out your fishy dinner for the day, let the staff know the desired amount you’d like and if you’d want your dish to be steamed, fried, or grilled.
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM
Address: Jl. Four Seasons Muaya Beach, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbran, Kec.
Cost: ~ IDR 155,000/pax
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Day 2: Ubud
Breakfast At Bali Buda Cafe
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Rise and shine! Get up early and make a drive to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali! Start your day right with breakfast at the famous Bali Buda Cafe, known for its healthy and organic menu. With fresh juices, a lengthy list of smoothies, tasty oversized cinnamon rolls, and New York-style bagels, you can be sure to kick back and relax as you take care of your stomach and your mind. On the lower level, there’s also a store stocked with soaps, massage oils, raw desserts, and travelling essentials for those who might have forgotten to pack a bottle of insect repellent or two.
Opening Hours: 7 AM – 10 PM
Address: Next to Ganesha Book Shop, Jl. Raya Ubud, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Cost: ~IDR 20,000 onwards
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Get Your Coffee Fix At Tegalalang Rice Terraces
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Take the chance to capture some Instagram-worthy shots as you stroll through the greenest areas in Ubud! Upon arrival at the Tegalalang Rice Fields, the first thing you should do is savour the view from the top of the elevation. For our coffee fanatics, the Bali Pulina plantation allows you to learn the process of making traditional Luwak coffee. Enjoy the stunning green scenery as you’re guided through the plantation while sipping on the most authentic coffee in Bali. It’s the perfect spot after a morning stroll.
Opening Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM
Address: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Cost: ~ IDR 50,000/pax
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End Your Day With A Heron Welcome At Petulu Village
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In the evening, head to Ubud’s lesser-visited site Petulu Village to witness the incredible sight of thousands of herons returning to their nests at sunset. The white heron, locally known as Kokoan, is ubiquitous in Bali — soaring through the skies, scouring flatlands for food, and sometimes stalking through the muddy waters of rice fields for worms. Home to approximately 4000 herons, you can head to the viewing platform in the middle of the village for the best bird show of your life!
Address: Petulu, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80561, Indonesia
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Day 3: Nusa Penida Island
Take a day trip to Nusa Penida Island, a hidden gem that’s still largely undiscovered by tourists. The island is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and dramatic cliffs. You can either take a taxi to Sanur or ride the ferry, which will cost you ~ IDR 300,000 per person.
Climb Down A Tropical Dinosaur At Kelingking Beach
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The Kelingking Cliff is the most famous view of Nusa Penida and probably one of the most iconic views anywhere in Bali. Shaped like a T-Rex, this great cliff sticks out over the ocean, providing you with a breathtaking view the first time you look over the edge. The hike up to the cliff will take you around two hours, but the view is definitely worth every drop of sweat.
Address: Bunga Mekar, Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency, Bali 80771, Indonesia
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Lunch At The Krusty Krab
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Named after the popular underwater establishment of one of our favourite cartoons, the Krusty Krab is an ever-popular option amongst tourists and locals alike. Its colourful cartoon theme draws in crowds with cheap and cheerful Indonesian and Western favourites. Grab a Nasi Goreng or sink your teeth into a Burger without making a dent! For visitors who are looking to chill in the evenings, the Krusty Krab does live jam sessions with happy hours too!
Opening Hours: 8 AM – 11 PM
Address: Jl. Raya Toya Pakeh – Ped, Ped, Kec. Nusa Penida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia
Cost: ~ IDR 30,000/pax
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Play With Manta Rays At Broken Beach
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A cool circular cove formed between rocks, Broken Beach boasts a large leftover arch that will leave you in awe. As you step into the arch, you’ll be able to see clear turquoise waves and a small white sand beach. While you can’t enter the beach, it provides a cool and unique view of the formation from above. This area is also one of the popular hangout spots for manta rays, which you will most likely observe floating around the sea nearby if you’re lucky!
Address: 7F82+R4, Sakti, Kec. Nusa Penida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia
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Dine & Relax At Crystal Bay
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One of the most popular spots on the west side of Penida, Crystal Bay is a beautiful white-sand beach that’s perfect for swimming, snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the sand. With plenty of food and drink shacks for refreshments, you can kick back, enjoy a few sticks of chicken satay and get the most amazing tan. The great thing about Crystal Bay is that it’s one of the best spots on the island to catch the sunset. So be sure to stick around for a great view!
Address: Sakti, Nusa Penida, Kelungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
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Experience The Popular Tegenugan Waterfall
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Before you leave, dedicate a day to visiting some of Bali’s most beautiful waterfalls! Start your day by visiting Tegenugan Waterfall, a popular spot located just outside of Ubud. The lush greenery and picturesque falls are a great photo op to commemorate your exciting trip to Bali. For a bird’s eye view of the falls, be sure to check out the viewpoint near the entrance. If you’re blessed with optimal weather conditions, take a dip in the inviting pool at the base!
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Address: Jl. Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia
Cost: IDR 15,000 – 25,000/pax
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Bond With Nature At Gitgit Waterfall
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Gitgit waterfall is one of Bali’s biggest waterfalls, and it’s definitely not one to be missed! Take a short and easy hike on a path that follows a river into the jungle. And don’t worry too much about getting lost as the path is lined with little shops selling handmade souvenirs! At the end of the path, you’ll reach an enormous twin waterfall with two tiers, thundering down on the rocks below. Soak in the majestic beauty of the waterfall by swimming in the pool below! Do note that a local guide is not needed for this waterfall and that it has been reported that scammers in the parking lot will try to trick unsuspecting tourists by claiming a guide is required to enter for a small fee.
Address: Jl. Raya Bedugul – Singaraja, Gitgit, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161, Indonesia
Cost: IDR 20,000 for entrance fee
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Dinner At The Arwana
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One of the best restaurants in Nusa Dua for a romantic candlelit dinner along the Laguna beachfront, the Arwana is not your typical restaurant. With an open-air kitchen, guests can watch a live show of their food being prepared. There’s even a live seafood aquarium for diners to select the seafood they want for the night! And if you’re in the mood for barbeque, the restaurant has a great set-up for grilled seafood too. So get ready for a feast!
Opening Hours: 12 PM – 4 PM, 6 PM – 11 PM
Address: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot N2 The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua Indonesia
Cost: ~ IDR 80,000/pax
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Enjoy A Sunrise From The Active Volcano, Mount Batur
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Spend your last day in Bali on a guided sunrise trek to Mount Batur, an active volcano located in the northeast of the island. Whilst the trek takes two hours, the stunning views of the sunrise over the crater lake are well worth it. For those who have trouble waking up early for a long hike, you can experience a sunrise jeep adventure as a private car takes you all the way to the summit. After your trek, enjoy a romantic sumptuous breakfast meal specially prepared by your guide as you take in the beauty of Mount Batur.
Address: Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Cost: IDR 100,000 for entrance fee, IDR 574,000 for breakfast package
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Relax In Batur Natural Hot Springs
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With all of the strenuous and spontaneous activities over the past few days, allow your body to heal and recover as you take a dip in the warm waters of Batur Natural Hot Spring. Relish your day swimming in any of the 10 multi-tiered pools available on-site as you find one with the best temperature suited for your body. Aside from relaxing, you can also get an Instagrammable view of Mount Batur with its hardened lava and volcanic stones offering a rare backdrop.
Opening Hours: 7 AM – 7 PM
Address: Jalan Toya Bungkah Desa Batur Kintamani Kintamani, Bangli, Bali, 80612, Indonesia
Cost: IDR 200,000/pax
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Ready To Explore The Island Of The Gods?
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