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The Ultimate Bali 1-Month Itinerary: Island of the Gods

The Ultimate Bali 1-Month Itinerary: Island of the Gods

Bali is a truly magical destination and I hope this Bali 1-month itinerary captures its essence and cultivates your curiosity perfectly.

Nicknamed the island of the Gods for good reason, you can feel the culture and history of the Balinese people running through the very heart of everything. Allow yourself to become immersed in island life, take note to slow down and get back in touch with yourself and with Bali’s incredible surroundings.

Located in Indonesia, South East Asia this tropical island has the perfect mix. You can go from the busy streets, secluded rice terraces and thick jungles to snorkelling and surfing under and on the wild waves, all within minutes of each other.

Bali has something different to offer in every corner that you visit and you will discover this for yourself with my ultimate Bali 1-month itinerary! From shore to shore including all the best islands around, there is no shortage of adventure awaiting you in these 28 days!

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The Ultimate Bali 1-Month Itinerary

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Bali 1-Month Itinerary Overview

  • Canggu — 3 nights
  • Ubud — 5 nights
  • Munduk — 4 nights
  • Kintamani — 2 nights
  • Nusa Lembongan — 3 nights
  • Nusa Penida — 3 nights
  • Gili Trawangan — 4 nights
  • Uluwatu — 4 nights

Canggu — 3 nights

Up and coming in the Bali scene, Canggu has the perfect chilled-out boho beach vibe. Imagine tons of incredible eats, relaxed boutiques, surfers scooting to the beach to catch the waves & street markets filled with amazing food & handmade crafts. The perfect start to this Bali 1-month itinerary!

Things to do in Canggu

  • Learn to surf
  • Explore the rice paddies
  • Organic Sunday market
  • Pura Tanah Lot Temple
  • Hit the beach for the day
  • Nusa clay club
  • Chill at a beach club
  • Watch the sunset
  • Browse the boutique shops
  • Enjoy Mexican at Lacalita

Where to Stay in Canggu

Luxury: LA Rose Villas & Suites & Blossom Eco Luxe Villas

Mid-Range: The Breeze Stay & Surf & Pangkung Sari Bed & Breakfast

Budget: Surf Lodge Canggu & TRIBAL Coworking Bali

Canggu ➡️ Ubud

Getting around Bali is super easy and even though there is no, or very little, public transport on the island the taxis here will not set your budget back very far.

You can either speak to your hotel to arrange a taxi or use the Grab app to arrange a driver, this is a bit like Uber in the west. Alternatively, if you do want to save some money you can get a minivan between the destinations – you can easily book this and get instant confirmation on 12go.asia.

Or if you want to make the most of your journey between Canggu and Ubud then you can hire a taxi for the whole day, this usually costs around 500,000 IDR (£25).

Ubud — 5 nights

Set amongst jungles, temples and rolling emerald hills Ubud is known as Bali’s art & culture capital for excellent reason. This majestic Balinese town truly immerses you in the magic of this incredible island, from here you can understand why it is often nicknamed the island of the Gods. The home to many seeking a holistic way of life and the wellness hub of Bali here you can find everything from authentic Balinese dances, Yoga classes, amazing local and western food, and a diverse range of temples and waterfalls to explore.

Things to do in Ubud

  • The Sacred Monkey forest
  • Traditional Balinese Legong Dance
  • Taman Saraswati Temple
  • Ubud Art Market
  • Tegegunan Waterfall
  • Tibumana Waterfall
  • Kanto Lampo Waterfall
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk
  • Tirta Empul Temple
  • Goa Gajah Temple
  • Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Where to Stay in Ubud

Luxury: Kuwarasan a Pramana Experience & Sapodilla Ubud

Mid-Range: Villa D’Uma & Dupa Villas Ubud

Budget: Goutama Homestay & Boge House

Ubud ➡️ Munduk

Getting around Bali is super easy, although there is little to no public transport on the island the taxis here are not overly expensive.

I recommend speaking to your hotel and arranging a full-day taxi hire, this should cost you around 500,000 IDR (£25) and means you’ll have the car at your disposal to explore the island as you travel north!

Munduk — 4 nights

Munduk is Bali’s little hidden oasis, here you can find less crowds, more greenery and the space and permission to completely switch off and connect to the lush mountains around you. From incredible waterfalls to authentic Balinese culture, Munduk is well worth exploring. It should definitely be part of your Bali 1-month itinerary, especially for more than a day trip as many people do!

Things to do in Munduk

Where to Stay in Munduk

Luxury: Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Munduk Heaven Luxury Villas

Mid-Range: Sri Lestari Banyuatis & Gumi Ayu EcoStay

Budget: Desa Hostel & Lesong Hotel

Munduk ➡️ Kintamani

Munduk to Kintamani is not a very popular route and with the lack of public transport on Bali, I would recommend booking yourself a private taxi.

You could either choose the straight A to B route or you can hire a driver for the day, costing around 500,000 IDR (£25), this way you can stop off and explore as you go visiting some amazing viewpoints and local warungs.

Kintamani — 2 nights

The main reason for staying in Kintamani is to hike up the famous Mount Batur for sunrise so Kintamani is a spot in Bali that many people miss due to Mount Batur being done mostly using large travel agencies who pick you up early in the morning from around the island to complete that day. But I recommend staying in Kintamani, a small local village and immersing yourself in the slow way of life here, you can then use a local guide and help to support this local community.

Things to do in Kintamani

  • Hike Mount Batur
  • Soak in the hot springs
  • ATV (quad bike) tour
  • Visit Trunyan village
  • Hike Mount Abang

Where to Stay in Kintamani

Luxury: Bahari Villa Tejakula & Villa Wastra

Mid-Range: Heaven in Bali & Hillside Bali

Budget: Ampik Batur & Les Garden Villa

Kintamani ➡️ Nusa Lembongan

Getting from Kintamani to Nusa Lembongan will probably be your most complicated day of travelling so far in this Bali 1-month itinerary.

To get to Nusa Lembongan island you are going to have to get a taxi and then a boat from Padangbai.

I recommend speaking to your hotel or accommodation to book you a taxi from Kintamani to Padangbai then you can easily book your boat tickets on 12go.asia to get you across on this short 30-minute journey to Nusa Lembongan or to get between the islands in Bali you can also book speedboats using Get Your Guide!

Nusa Lembongan — 3 nights

Nusa Lembongan is the perfect location if you are looking for somewhere to relax on beautiful beaches, vibe at some incredible beach bars and eat your way through your stay here at some of the yummiest restaurants. This small tropical paradise is also often very quiet as it’s not a popular destination for tourists to stop at but it’s well worth a spot on the Bali 1-month itinerary as its like Bali before tourism, it’s a wonderful glimpse into a slower more remote way of life.

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan

  • Dream Beach
  • Mushroom Bay
  • Coconuts Beach
  • Jungutbatu Beach
  • Cliffs at Blue Lagoon
  • Mangrove boat tour
  • Learn to surf
  • Visit Devils tear
  • Dreampoint viewpoint
  • Snorkel with Manta Rays
  • Visit Marine Megafauna Foundation
  • Watch a movie at the Theatre Restaurant
  • Take a class at The Yoga Shack
  • Snorkel mangrove point

Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan

Luxury: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort & Blue Lagoon Avia Villas

Mid-Range: Dream Beach Huts & The Acala Shri Sedana

Budget: TS Hut Lembongan & Tropical Garden by TANIS

Nusa Lembongan ➡️ Nusa Penida

This short 15-minute ferry is super easy to book and is a rather hassle-free part of your Bali 1-month itinerary travel!

You can easily book your journey at multiple times during the day with instant confirmation on 12go.asia or to get between the islands in Bali you can also book speedboats using Get Your Guide!

Nusa Penida — 3 nights

Nusa Penida like its neighbouring island is just like stepping back in time to Bali before tourism, it is remote and vast and everything here feels like true tropical island life. You can find the busiest side of the island along the north/west coast and the more remote side on the east, filled with amazing accommodations throughout as well as some stunning viewpoints and amazing beaches Nusa Penida is a wonderful addition to your travels throughout Bali.

Things to do in Nusa Penida

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida

Luxury: Atalaya Villas Nusa Penida & MAUA Nusa Penida Bali

Mid-Range: BB Resort Villa & Spa & Mambo Hill Resort

Budget: Abian Selumbung Bungalows & Unicorn Bungalow

Nusa Penida ➡️ Gili Trawangan

To get to Gili Trawangan from Nusa Penida you will need to catch another ferry. This is a slightly longer journey and often here the ocean can be quite rough so I would recommend booking on a day that it looks like there will be low winds.

You can easily book your tickets with instant confirmation on 12go.asia or to get between the islands in Bali you can also book speedboats using Get Your Guide!

Gili Trawangan — 4 nights

Gili Trawangan is one of my favourite places in on this Bali 1-month itinerary! Although it is known mostly for its partying you can easily avoid this and just tune into the slow, island life vibes that ooze over this tropical paradise, known for its extra easy and chilled way of life here with no cars at all, just bicycles and horse & cart. Here you have the best of both worlds, amazing oceans to explore as well as so many incredible restaurants to pick from. Make sure you don’t skip Turtle Beach here, it is my favourite place in the whole of South East Asia to snorkel and that is one big statement to make!

Things to do in Gili Trawangan

  • Snorkel at Turtle Beach
  • Take a snorkelling day trip around the islands
  • Learn Balinese cuisine at Gili Cooking Class
  • Sunset Kiss Beach Club
  • Cycle around the island
  • Chill out on a beach
  • Catch some evening music at Sound Bar
  • Enjoy a seafood BBQ at Scallywags
  • Visit the Gili T food night market

Where to Stay in Gili Trawangan

Luxury: Martas Hotel & Kaleydo Villas

Mid-Range: Pearl Sunset Resort & Pink Coco

Budget: The House Hostel & Trawangan Oasis

Gili Trawangan ➡️ Uluwatu

Getting from Gili Trawangan to Uluwatu is going to be a long day, from Gili T you have to get a long ferry over to the east coast of Bali’s southern tip near Kuta, as I suggested previously as this is another long journey I would recommend doing it when there are low winds and calm conditions.

Once you arrive at the port you must either prebook or arrange a taxi once there to take you on to your accommodation in Uluwatu. If you book this in advance and message your hotel ahead of time they may be able to help you with a good price to get to them.

To find ferry tickets and taxi options with instant confirmation check out 12go.asia.

Uluwatu — 4 nights

Uluwatu is known around the world for its surf break, attracting people from all around not only for this but also for the glistening turquoise oceans, limestone cliffs and white sand beaches. Uluwatu is a relaxed, boho and off-the-beaten-path destination that isn’t always on everyone’s itinerary, which is exactly why it has to be on your Bali 1-month itinerary!

Things to do in Uluwatu

  • Suluban Beach
  • Bingin Beach
  • Visit the cliff top monkey temple – Pura Luhur
  • Chill out at Cliff Club
  • Surf the famous breaks
  • Kecak Fire Dance
  • Go fishing with a local
  • Padang Padang Beach
  • Explore on scooter
  • Shop the manny boutiques
  • Have a seafood beach BBQ
  • Catch the sunset
  • Make silver jewellery
  • Visit the statue at GWK cultural park
  • Take a Yoga class
  • make ceramics at Jenggala
  • Enjoy some local food at a warung

Where to Stay in Uluwatu

Luxury: Terra Cottages Bali & Hari Indah Boutique Resort & Spa

Mid-Range: Bukal Sari Villas & Uluwatu Desa

Budget: Bali Bio Villas & Druwa Bali

Uluwatu ➡️ Next Destination or Home

As your time in Uluwatu comes to an end that marks the end of our Bali 1-month itinerary! 1-month is definitely not enough time to explore Bali let alone the rest of Indonesia. I recommend extending your visa here if you can or certainly ensuring you revisit another time to discover what else this incredibly diverse country has to offer.

I hope you enjoyed the Bali 1-month itinerary, I would love to know what your favourite destination was and if you have any questions about any of the information I have shared in the comments below.