If Bali is where you are headed to, greeting with an Om Swastyastu goes a long way! The island that rose to fame post Julia Robert’s famous Hollywood flick, Eat, Pray, Love, Bali finds hordes of tourists coming in. An economy majorly thriving on tourism, Bali has everything from beaches, stunning rice terraces, waterfalls, shopping, temples, trekking, nightlife, museums, adventure, you name it, Bali has it. Also dubbed as the ‘Island of gods’, Bali’s scenic natural beauty, awe-inspiring wonders and out of the world landscapes are a testament to the fact, and needless to say absolutely marvel worthy. Perplexed and confused about crafting your perfect 7 days Bali honeymoon itinerary? Fret not, here’s mine for you to get some inspiration.
Bali 7-day itinerary
Day 0 - Arrival at Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar) - Check into your Ubud hotel Day 1 - Taman Ayun Temple - Tegenungan Waterfalls - Goa Gajah - Pura Taman Saraswati - Ubud Palace - Ubud Art Market Shopping - Kecak Fire Dance Day 2 - Balinese Barong Dance - Tegelagang Rice Terraces - Tirta Empul Temple - Luwak coffee tasting Day 3 - Check out of your Ubud hotel - Head to Sanur port - Take Angel billabong ferry from Sanur port to Nusa Penida port - Check into Nusa Penida hotel - Crystal Bay for Sunset Day 4 - Kelingking T-Rex & Beach - Angel Billabong - Broken Beach - Atuh Beach - Thousand Islands viewpoint Day 5 - Check out of Nusa Penida Hotel - Ferry from Nusa Penida port to Sanur port - Check into Seminyak Hotel - Kuta Beach - Ku de ta - Woo bar - Bali Joe Day 6 - Padang Padang Beach - Uluwatu Temple - Potato Head Beach Club Day 7 - Tanah Lot - Check out of Seminyak hotel and leave for airport
After your long flight, get a good night sleep, and start your day with a little swim in your private pool villa, and savour delectable floating breakfast served to you. Now, rent a moped at your villa and on your 7 days Bali honeymoon itinerary, head first to the royal temple of Taman Ayun.
Taman Ayun Temple
A royal family temple of the Mengwi Empire located in the Mengwi village, Taman Ayun temple is one of the six royal temples in Bali. In 2012, it was awarded by UNESCO as a cultural heritage site. Taman Ayun which translates into Garden Temple in the Water, is set on the land that is surrounded by a big fish pond and looks like a drift on the water. Built with a very sophisticated architectural design, the temple’s major highlight are the towering tiers from the temple shrines that are a gesture of mark of respect from the people of Mengwi for their deified noble ancestors, as the temple complex is considered to be the royal family temple of Mengwi.
After a tour of the royal temple, head next to Tegenungan waterfalls, a waterfall not very far from Ubud – just about 30 mins drive, that houses a plethora of photo-ops that offer a good and unobstructed view of the falls, and indeed guarantees you of a pleasant time. On a hot day, a bath in these cold natural waters will be just the much needed respite. Take a swing ride here and capture in your lens some amazing frame-worthy shots with the waterfalls as the backdrop.
After a tranquil experience with the mother nature, drive to Goa Gajah aka Elephant cave, as it is locally known. A very small sacred Hindu site with a menacing entrance of a demonic mouth, it gives you the feeling of venturing into an underworld of darkness. As you venture in, on the left passage you will find a small deity of Lord Ganesh, representative of Elephant and on the right passage you will find several stone lingams in the honour of Lord Shiva. Do your prayers and take a walk around the temple complex. Now, break for lunch at one of the restaurants just outside the Elephant cave.
Pura Taman Saraswati
After a good lunch, head next to the Saraswati temple. Also known as Ubud water palace, this temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Saraswati, the goddess for learning, literature and art. The temple’s most note worthy feature is the lotus pond that lays in front of the temple giving it a picturesque and pretty lovely view.
Not very far from the Saraswati temple is the Royal Ubud Palace also known as Puri Saren Palace. A place of residence for the royals, Ubud Palace is an architectural marvel where you can witness beautiful intricate carvings and grandeur of Balinese architecture and art. Lush gardens surround the palace enhancing the beauty of the palace and giving it a serene feeling. Ubud Palace is also a cultural repository as a number of international events on art, music and literature are held here.
Ubud Art Market Shopping
A minute’s walk from the Ubud Palace is the Ubud Art Market. Featured in the Julia Robert’s Eat Pray Love, shop everything from clothes, silk scarves, baskets, souvenirs, handmade woven bags, hats and handcrafted goods here and take home some fine keepsakes. Don’t forget to bring out your haggling skills to get the best prices.
Kecak Fire Dance
After filling up your shopping bags, head next to Pura Puseh to witness the traditional hypnotic dance of Kecak. Performed by a group of bare chested Indonesian men swaying to the rhythm of kechak chak chak kechak, depicting the story of Ramayana in the most dramatic way is in short the Kecak fire dance. One demon king, two young princes, a damsel in distress and a mischievous monkey all play parts and unfold an interesting spectacle before the viewers. The kidnap of Sita by Ravana and finally her reunion with Ram, enacted with just the right set of expressions is a riveting performance that is a must watch. For history lovers, this would be a visual delight so as to watch the history come alive.
After a gripping performance, stop by any restaurant in the Ubud market for dinner or head to your hotel and order on grab. While you await your food, enjoy a good swim, and relax yourself. Enjoy your dinner and hit the sack.
After a wholesome breakfast at your villa, on the Day 2 of your 7 days Bali honeymoon itinerary head first to Sahadewa Batubulan in Ubud to witness the captivating traditional balinese performance of Barong.
Balinese Barong Dance
Barong dance, a very famous story telling dance in Bali that narrates the fight between good and evil. Barong, a bizarre creature of a shaggy dog and half lion is a king of the good spirits and enemy of Rangda. The story commences with two monkeys teasing Barong. Soon enough, the evil Rangda appears and tries to use black magic on the monkeys and orders them to commit suicide. Barong uses protective magic and makes the monkeys invulnerable. In the Barong dance, the story ends with Barong, the king of good spirits fighting a fitting battle against Rangda, who represents evil, and emerges victorious.
Tegalagang Rice Terraces
After experiencing another touch of Balinese culture, ride next to Bali’s renowned rice terraces of Tegalagang for a visual treat. Famous for a post-card perfect view of lush green scenic rice paddies terraced beautifully and also for the traditional innovative irrigation system, called subak, at Tegalagang rice terraces savour vistas that are unmatched. Click pictures at various photo ops with its lush greenery as a backdrop. Also enjoy an exhilarating swing out over these stunning rice fields for an adventurous and thrilling experience.
Tirta Empul Temple
From the rice terraces, head next to the temple of Tirta Empul. Pura Tirta Empul or the Holy Water Temple, a very famous temple is Bali known for its sacred springs that are said to have been created by Lord Indra and known to hold healing properties. People from all over the world come to bathe in its holy waters and perform a purification ritual known as ‘melukat’. The ritual is performed by standing under the water spouts and taking a holy bath. The purification process involves getting cleansed under each water sprout, there are 13 of them, and hence after purification from one water sprout, you have to join the queue on the next water sprout. The last two water sprouts are for the cleansing of the death, and hence the ritual of holy dip & bath has to be performed under 11 water sprouts.
After the holy bath, also visit the large koi pond near the exit that has plenty of giant koi fishes which you can feed.
Luwak Coffee Tasting
If you are in Bali and have not tasted Bali special Luwak coffee? Trust me, you haven’t done enough! Considered to be the World’s most expensive coffee, it is made from poop of a catlike creature called civet, who is fed with coffee beans that are partially digested and then pooped out. You will find a number of centres near Tirta Empul Temple for Luwak coffee tasting. While you do taste the Luwak coffee, at these centres you can also find a variety of teas available for tasting. You can also purchase the flavour of your choice from the tea shop post a tasting session.
After an amazing tasting session, drive back to Ubud and if you fancy lunching with a view of rice fields, head to Sari Organik and enjoy a luscious meal with a lush green view. After lunch, take a stroll down Ubud Market and indulge in some shopping if you haven’t shopped enough. Dine at one of Ubud’s best vegan restaurants Alchemy cafe and find a perfect end to your Day 2 on your 7 days Bali honeymoon itinerary and head back to your villa.
After enjoying a nice floating breakfast at your villa, check out from your villa at 12PM and book a Grab to Sanur. Get your Angel billabong pass from the Angel Billabong booth and board the ferry to Nusa Penida. It takes 1 hour to get there. Board the taxi waiting for you arranged by your Nusa Penida hotel and complete the check-in formalities.
When you reach Nusa Penida, you will hear loads about the perfect sunset at Crystal Bay. So, rent a moped and get in time to witness the spectacular beauty of Crystal Bay sunset. Grab a beer, book your spot and watch the beautiful sun as it goes down. I kid not as I say, it was one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful sunset I’ve witnessed in my entire life. If you can get to the beach earlier, then you can also do some snorkelling or enjoy a swim, as the conditions are very relaxing.
Nusa Penida gets very dangerous at night, majorly because of lack of good roads. So after witnessing a gorgeous sunset, get back to your hotel and order dinner. Enjoy a swim in the pool after dinner if you like and then call it a day. Get good rest for the next morning as you have to rise early for sunrise.
Kelingking T-Rex & Beach
Wake up to an early alarm at 5:30am and head to the beauty of Kelingking. One of the most iconic viewpoints on the island, Kelingking in English translates into pinkie, a term used to refer to the smallest finger on the hand. The T-Rex shape cliff at Kelingking, that is enveloped by turquoise waters and powder white sand beach will render you speechless. It is one of the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring views that Bali offers. You will find pictures of Kelingking all over the internet so as to promote tourism to Bali and also to the Nusa islands.
Now, getting to the beach, mind you, is not an easy trek. The safety relies only on a bamboo railing and in some areas, there is no rail whatsoever making it very risky and dangerous. Take good precautions if you are planning to visit the beach. And forget not, good trek shoes are a must!
From Kelingking, drive next to Angel Billabong, Nusa Penida’s yet another wonder. A majestic place that is marvel-worthy, Angel Billabong is a spectacular tide pool with emerald tones and crystalline waters that cascades into the ocean giving it a stunning look. You can enjoy a swim here, but check for the time when there is going to be low tide in Magic Seaweed before you head out for a swim, as the waters here are a bit rough.
A few minutes walk from Angel Billabong ismMy most favourite spot in all of Nusa Penida, words literally fall short in describing the beauty of this place. Broken beach, as the name goes, gets its name from a hill rock arch that wraps around the bay allowing waves to crash in and out from the ocean creating a spectacle that is absolutely breathtaking. If you are lucky, you can also spot silhouettes of Manta Rays in its crystal clear deep blue waters. Savour panoramic views, click umpteen pictures with this backdrop and feed them to your Instagram handle and watch as you turn into the next Instagram star.
After exploring Broken beach, head back to your hotel and get some rest. After lunch at your hotel, head to the next remarkable destination of Atuh Beach.
The incredible beauty of Atuh Beach is par excellence and cannot be missed on your Nusa Penida itinerary. A rough drive navigating through the poor roads with loose gravel and potholes and short trek after, on reaching the beach you will realise how insanely pretty and epic this beach is. Another spot to take several pictures and feed to your Instagram handle and spike up the likes.
Thousand Islands Viewpoint
Not very far from Atuh Beach, the Thousand Islands viewpoint located in the east coast of Nusa Penida island is pretty as a picture and also the next attraction in the day to explore. Nusa Penida Tree house or famously known as Rumah Pohon, perched high on a tree, is the best place to go, to take in the most amazing views of Thousand Islands and also Nusa Penida’s clear blue waters and epic rock formations.
After a day of full blown exploration, head back to your hotel. On your way back, stop by a restaurant and finish dinner.
After your breakfast, to utilise the time available on the Day 5 of your Bali honeymoon itinerary for 7 days to get a couple spa done at a nearby massage centre and soothe your body muscles. Post a relaxing spa experience, check out from your hotel at noon and head to the Nusa Penida port to take a ferry back to Sanur. Upon reaching Sanur, book a grab to your Seminyak hotel.
Get ready and head to Kuta beach. Get by to this beautiful beach just around sunset and watch as the sun goes down and paints the sky in all colours pretty. Grab a beer, find your comfy spot, and enjoy the cool breeze as it hits your face, wet your feet as the waves come crashing at the shore, and take a romantic walk with your partner in the powder white sand. Once the sun sets, head to Ku De Ta, a club just by the beach.
Ku De Ta
Lovely atmosphere, amazing service, scrumptious food, light music, pleasing views of the water and beach, nice cocktails and comfy sitting, at Kudeta you are guaranteed of a great time. You can also enjoy amazing views of the sunset here, but for which you need to get well ahead in time, as around sunset, the place is cramped.
After Ku De Ta, the next on the list for club hopping is Woo bar. Drive away yourself next to Woo bar.
The moment you enter the hotel grounds, you will be met with incredible beauty and the views just keep getting better as you go through the property. Yet another fantastic place to enjoy dinner and drinks, with cool breeze from the beach brushing your face and good music soothing your ears and making up for a good mood, mesmerising views of a huge infinity pool and delectable food served to you by a very hospitable staff, Woo bar is just going to take your experience of Beach clubs at Bali to another level.
Ever been to a gay bar? Know what a drag show is? No? Worry not, add another firsts to your list of firsts, thanks to Bali and your 7 days Bali honeymoon itinerary!
Drag show at Bali Joe/Mix Well
Ubud is about tradition and culture preservation and Seminyak is about partying and letting loose. A gay bar with drag shows starting at 10 pm and that go on till 4 in the morning, with drag queens lip synching to famous songs, is an absolute fun experience. Grab your favourite cocktail and dance the night away. After a fun night, head back to your villa.
On the day 6 of our 7-day Bali itinerary, since the sun was shining bright, we decided to spend the morning at the villa. At noon, we left for our first attraction of the day – Padang Padang Beach.
Padang Padang Beach
The beach that rose to fame for its feature in Julia Roberts’ Eat, Pray, Love, is a quiet beach with clear waters at noon. Rent a shade and spend sometime relaxing under the shade sipping some coconut water. This beach is also a good spot for surfing, swimming and sun bathing, so, go hit the waters!
After a relaxing time at the beach, head next to one of Bali’s most iconic temple of Uluwatu.
One of Bali’s 6 royal temples perched on top of a cliff about 70 meters from the waves, the Uluwatu Temple is one of the best places to savour Bali’s breathtaking sunsets. Ulu means ‘top‘ and watu means ‘stone‘, hence explains the temple’s high setting on the edge of a cliff overlooking the great Indian Ocean. A temple that is believed to date back to the 10th century, the Uluwatu Temple is surrounded by concrete walls on the cliff side to pause and overlook the stunning beauty of the ocean and relish the views of water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon. If you are visiting Uluwatu around sunset, don’t miss the amazing Kecak performance with a stunning sunset as the backdrop.
After a long day driving away in the hot sun and exploring places, everyone deserves a place to just relax and reboot. Potato Head Beach Club is just that right place!
Potato Head Beach Club
Every person who visits Bali, by default also visits Potato Head Beach Club, for why not it has an ambience worth dying for. This place is ridiculously amazing. We got here by 7 in the evening, but get here by noon so that you can get a table and also make for a good evening watching a picture-perfect sunset. The vibe of the place is great and it is definitely worth the hype. Food and cocktails are excellent as well as out of the box. Overall, if i can say, it is the most decked up place you will find in the whole of Seminyak. Head back to your villa after a good time partying.
With an afternoon flight back to India, our 7 days Bali honeymoon itinerary was coming to an end. But we still had the morning to our hand. So we set out for Tanah Lot early in the morning.
Tanah Lot Temple
One of Bali’s most iconic landmarks, Tanah Lot is famed for being perched on top of an outcrop with constantly crashing waves. Yet another place in Bali to savour eternal yellow-brown sunset, the temple’s offshore setting on an island shaped by the tides is unique and an attractions with tourists. The sea is super clean and the sound of the waves very refreshing. An absolute must have on your 7 days Bali honeymoon itinerary.
After your Tanah lot visit, head back to your villa, pack your stuff, check out from your villa and head to airport to take your flight back to India. I hope you have an amazing trip to Bali following my Bali honeymoon itinerary for 7 days.
Frequently asked questions about Bali travel
How to get to Bali
At the moment, Bali has only one International airport, that is the Ngurah Rai International Airport, located in Denpasar. It takes about 10 – 13 hours to reach Bali from India depending on the city you are travelling from. Unfortunately we have no direct flights going to Bali from India. You can take one stop flights and depending on the airline, the layover airports will be any one of these – Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia (Jakarta) or Bangkok.
Visa requirements for Bali
Bali offers free visa for Indian citizens for a travel period of 30 days or less. All you need is to have a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from your date of return and your return flight tickets.
Reaching hotel from airport
Generally, if your stay is over 2 days at one hotel, then one way pick up from the airport is arranged by the hotel. If the arrangement is not made, you can book a grab upon arrival at the airport or request your hotel to make arrangements.
Availing SIM Card
You can find plenty of stores selling SIM cards in Ubud. For good connectivity, it is advisable to opt for Telkomsel, XL or Axis.
Essentials to pack for your Bali trip
Universal adapter to charge your phones, sunscreen, flip flops, sunglasses, swim wear and reusable water bottle.
How to get around in Bali
You can either rent a moped at your villa or use Grab to commute between places.
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